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International Coffeehouses: Egypt
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Сашка Денисов. (Photographer). (2017). Cairo, pyramids, panorama [digital image]. Retrieved from wikimedia.org: commons.wikimedia.org. Used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.
Facts in Brief
The Arab Republic of Egypt occupies the north-eastern corner of Africa, extending into the Sinai Peninsula. The climate is arid, with a maximum annual rainfall of only 200 mm around Alexandria. More than 90% of the country is desert, and some 99% of the population live in the valley and delta of the River Nile. Arabic is the official language. More than 90% of the population are Muslims, mainly of the Sunni sect. The remainder are mostly Christians, principally Copts. The capital is Cairo (al-Qahirah). A new Constitution was approved by national referendum in January 2014, and in May the former Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi, was elected as President.
Falafel, a staple Middle Eastern dish—and a popular street food around the world—that consists of fried spiced balls or patties of ground chickpeas or fava beans (or a mixture of both) stuffed into a pita or wrapped in laffa bread with hot sauce, tahini sauce, and generally some saladlike combination of tomato, lettuce, cucumber, onion, parsley, and yogurt. Falafel may refer either to the balls or patties or to the sandwich. Variations on the dish abound. In Egypt, for example, fava beans are typically used, while Israeli falafel sandwiches are usually made from chickpeas and include more accoutrements.
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