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Travel Guide To Cairo

  • Egypt
  • Cairo
  • 528.4 km²
  • 21°C, Wind
  • Mon 11:48 pm
  • Pound
  • Arabic
  • 9.511 million
  • Cairo is one of the greatest storehouses of human achievement on earth, ranging from the pharaonic through the Christian and Islamic periods to the Belle Epoque.

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    Michael Haag
  • If Cairo infidels, Baghdad is fed up, Casablanca is ignited and Riyadh is called to heal.

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    Anis Mansour
  • I thought the best Islamic work was in Spain. But as I learned more, my ideas shifted. I traveled to Egypt. I found the most wonderful examples of Islamic work in Cairo.

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    I. M. Pei

General Information About Cairo

Cairo, and the area around it are considered to be the heart of Egypt, and one may find almost every aspect of Egypt represented in the area, including some of the most famous Pharaonic, ancient Christian and Islamic monuments. Cairo offers an incredible selection of shopping, leisure, culture and nightlife.
Shopping ranges from the famous Khan el-Khalili souk, (or bazaar) largely unchanged since the 14th century, to modern air-conditioned centers displaying the latest fashions. All the bounty of the East is here - particularly good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya.
Try some of the famous street markets, like Wekala al-Balaq, for fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments and, although you probably won't want to buy, the Camel Market makes a fascinating trip.

Sports Played in Cairo

Football is the most popular sport in Egypt, and Cairo has a number of sporting teams that compete in national and regional leagues. The best known teams are Al-Ahly and El Zamalek.

About Sport Games in Cairo

Football is the most popular sport in Egypt, and Cairo has a number of sporting teams that compete in national and regional leagues. The best known teams are Al-Ahly, El Zamalek and Al-Ismaily. Al-Ahly and El Zamalek annual football tournament is perhaps the most watched sports event in Egypt as well as the African-Arab region. Both teams are known as the "rivals" of Egyptian football, and are the first and the second champions in Africa and the Arab world. They play their home games at Cairo International Stadium or Naser Stadium, which is Egypt's 2nd largest stadium, Cairo's largest one and one of the largest stadiums in the world.
The Cairo International Stadium was built in 1960 and its multi-purpose sports complex that houses the main football stadium, an indoor stadium, several satellite fields that held several regional, continental and global games, including the African Games, U17 Football World Championship and was one of the stadiums scheduled that hosted the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations which was played in January 2006. Egypt later won the competition and went on to win the next edition In Ghana (2008) making the Egyptian and Ghanaian national teams the only teams to win the African Nations Cup Back to back which resulted in Egypt winning the title for a record number of six times in the history of African Continental Competition. This was followed by a third consecutive win in Angola 2010, making Egypt the only country with a record 3-consecutive and 7-total Continental Football Competition winner. This achievement had also placed the Egyptian football team as the #9 best team in the world's FIFA rankings.
Cairo failed at the applicant stage when bidding for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which was hosted in Beijing, China. However, Cairo did host the 2007 Pan Arab Games.
There are several other sports teams in the city that participate in several sports including el Gezira Sporting Club, el Shams Club, el Seid Club, Heliopolis Club and several smaller clubs, but the biggest clubs in Egypt (not in area but in sports) are Al Ahly and Al Zamalek. They have the two biggest football teams in Egypt. There are new sports clubs in the area of New Cairo (one hour far from Cairo's down town), these are Al Zohour sporting club, Wadi Degla sporting club and Platinum Club.
Most of the sports federations of the country are also located in the city suburbs, including the Egyptian Football Association. The headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was previously located in Cairo, before relocating to its new headquarters in 6 October City, a small city away from Cairo's crowded districts.
In October 2008, the Egyptian Rugby Federation was officially formed and granted membership into the International Rugby Board.
Egypt is internationally known for the excellence of its squash players who excel in both professional and junior divisions. Gizira Club in Zamalek is where former world #1 Amr Shabana and former world #1 Karim Darwish practice. The Heliopolis Club in Heliopolis is the home of current world #1 Ramy Ashour and his brother, world #24, Hisham Ashour. Other major squash-playing venues are The Shooting Club (Nadi el Seid) in Dokki, The Maadi Club in Maadi and Wadi Degla in Degla.

Cairo Culture and History

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Culture

Cairo has a legacy that spans millennia – even though the present city was built just over a thousand years ago – and stands as a monument to one of the longest-lived empires in the world. With a population of nearly 7 million, the city is the largest in the Arab world and one of the most densely populated on the planet. Cairo also is a very cosmopolitan city, incorporating elements from hundreds of cultures as well as from its own checkered past. The area in which Cairo was built was home to many great cities in Ancient Egypt, and Cairo is located near many of the major cultural sites of Egypt, including the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx.

History

In the early fourth century, the Romans established a large town in the area now occupied by Cairo, creating the first large-scale permanent settlement in the region. In the seventh century, the Muslims conquered Egypt and moved the capital from Alexandria to a new city, Fustat, in present-day Cairo. As subsequent dynasties took control over the next centuries, they continued to move the capital slightly north, but always in the region that is now Cairo. In the 10th century, the most-fortified city to date was built, eventually given the name Cairo. Subsequent dynasties, from Saladin to the Mamluks, kept Cairo as their capital, and when the Ottomans conquered Egypt they made Cairo the capital of the territory.
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Landscape

The park is very beautiful landscape in the heart of historical Cairo, the design is extraordinary expressing the spirit of cairo especially the Islamic era, there are many restaurants and cafés there, also a theatre, and you can see the Citadel and a huge part of Cairo from it. The park is very beautiful landscape in the heart of historical Cairo, the design is extraordinary expressing the spirit of cairo especially the Islamic era, there are many restaurants and cafés there, also a theatre, and you can see the Citadel and a huge part of Cairo from it.

Cairo Nightlife

The exceptionally charming capital of Egypt, Cairo is a city you’ll never forget, whether you’re here on a spontaneous weekend getaway or a long-planned holiday. From busy mosques to forgotten monuments, world-famous operas to experimental new performances, wild dance clubs to lazy hookah lounges, Cairo has it all. Read on for our guide to the vivid nightlife of this 24-hour travel destination.

Popular Bars in Cairo

Riverside
16 Montazah St - Cairo Tel. : +20 121 280 1290
Sequoia
53 Abo El Feda Street, Cairo Tel. : +20 227 350 014
The Garden
25 Al Ahram St - Cairo Tel. : +20 100 826 3000
The Tap
257 El Maadi Road, Cairo Tel. : +20 101 600 0558

Famous Clubs in Cairo

Cairo Jazz Club
197, 26th July St, - Cairo Tel. : +20 233 459 939
Pub 28
28 Shagarat el Dor St, - Cairo Tel. : +20 227 359 200
Johnny’s Pub
Le Pacha 1901, Saray El Gezirah St, Cairo Tel. : +20 227 356 730
The Lemon Tree
19 Saray El Gezirah St, - Cairo Tel. : +20 100 222 3999

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Cleopatra Hotel
Cairo Egypt

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Cleopatra Hotel is amazing set in its own Tahrir Square with an unrivaled and time-honored location, only 15 minutes reaching to Cairo Tower & five minutes from Cairo's city center.

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Horizon Shahrazad Hotel is beautifully set in its own Nile view with an unrivaled and time-honored location, only 10 minutes reaching to Cairo Tower & revolution square (Tahrir Square and only thirty minutes from Cairo's city center.

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Indiana Hotel
Giza Egypt

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Indiana Hotel is perfect set in its own El Dokki with an unrivaled and time-honored location, only 15 minutes reaching to Cairo Tower & thirty minutes from Cairo's city center.

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Salma Hotel
Giza Egypt

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Salma Hotel is perfect set in its own El Dokki with an unrivaled and time-honored location, only 15 minutes reaching to Cairo Tower & thirty minutes from Cairo's city center.

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