I lived in the middle east for over 6 years (including on 9/11/01 and immediately thereafter) and visited Egypt in 2000 spending 3 days in Cairo before a Nile cruise to various destinations along the river. It was easily one of the most fascinating destinations and most memorable trips we've taken so far, incredibly rich in history and culture. That said, Cairo is a city of contrasts with extreme poverty existing right up against luxurious tourist hotels. The Egyptian people though are by nature very gregarious and well accustomed to tourists. I attach a US State Dept travel advisory for Egypt because I was curious about what they're telling travelers in light of the overthrow of Mubarak:
Egypt is really an unforgettable, 'bucket list' type place. At least for me it was but it depends on what kind of vacations you like. I don't think this travel advisory would deter me from going if I really wanted to especially if my trip was later than June 30th, when the new government is scheduled to take office.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say “I used everything you gave me.”