The modern nation of Egypt encompasses the heartland of its ancient empire, from the course of the Nile to the Sinai Peninsula. Capital: Cairo, Official language: Arabic, Continent: Africa. The first associations most of us have with Egypt are the pyramids at Giza, the sphinxes, the pharaohs, Cleopatra, as well as with Mount Sinai, holy to the Abrahamic Religions, and coral reefs, cool diving and glass-bottomed yachts. All this guaranteed Egypt steady year-long tourism. Popular Egyptian beverages include Karkade, a hibiscus tea, and Asab, or sugarcane juice. High quality wine and beer are also available. Despite the fact that Egypt is an Islamic country, many Egyptians enjoy alcoholic drinks, and alcohol can be purchased in a network of stores under the general name Drinkies. High-quality imported wines are usually purchased in Duty Free stores. Interestingly, Egyptian Duty Free stores are not only found in airports but in cities. In Sharm el Sheikh, for example, there are stores in Soho Square shopping center, in the shopping district of Naama Bay, and in La Strada Mall in Nabq Bay. Stores also exist in Hurghada at Senzo Mall, with three more stores on Sheraton Road in Mamsha; a Duty Free EgyptAir can be found in El Gouna. Almost all the bars of leading Egyptian hotels are licensed to sell imported alcohol. The same licenses are given to top restaurants.
Beer is the most common alcoholic beverage consumed in Egypt, with wine also popular, as well as spirits: mostly vodka, rum, and brandy. Note: Due to the fact that Islam is Egypt’s dominant religion, certain restrictions exist on the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Wines from France (French Champagne and sparkling wines are favored for special occasions and celebrations), Italian wines, Spanish wines, Wines from Australia, Chilean Wines, Wines from South Africa and others.
While not as well-known as wine-producing countries, Egypt has a small wine industry. The main wine-producing regions in Egypt are located in the Nile Delta, Upper Egypt, and the Sinai Peninsula. The most popular Egyptian wine brands include Omar Khayyam, Chateau de Granville, Cape Bay, Grand Marquis, XO, Beausoleil, and Shahrazade.
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