Egypt is a located in the eastern part of North Africa and at the southwest corner of Asia. Because of its geographical location, it is called a transcontinental country. The vast and rugged Sinai Peninsula extends to Southwest Asia and serves as a land link between the two continents.
The country's strategic location at the edges of Asia, Africa and Europe made it a powerful nation during earlier times. Its rivers, canals and land connections connected the three continents and provided easier transportation. During World War II, Egypt was considered the gateway to the Middle East, which was the main source of oil for ships and planes during the war. The Suez Canal, a man-made sea-level waterway in the country, connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and provides a convenient route for ships to navigate from Europe to eastern Asia without going around Africa.