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  • Egypt
  • Cairo
  • 465.4 km²
  • January -4°C (24°F); July 21.7°C (71°F)
  • 2 pm Cairo time = noon Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Egyptian Pound
  • Arabic
  • 29.211 million
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General Information About Cairo

The capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". It is located on both banks of the River Nile near the head of the river's delta in northern Egypt and has been settled for more than 6000 years, serving as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilizations. Cairo is known locally as "Misr", the Arabic name for Egypt, because of its centrality in Egyptian life
Because of the city's warm climate and numerous historical and cultural attractions, tourism plays an important role in its economy. Cairo receives goods shipped on the Nile at the river port, located at the northern end of the city. From Cairo, products are sent by road, railroad, and waterway to the Mediterranean ports of Alexandria and Port Said. The city is connected by train service to other major cities. Traffic congestion is a growing problem in Cairo, but it is the only city in the Middle East and Africa that has a subway.

Sports Played in Cairo

Egypt's main sport is football. People in Egypt gather around to watch various Egyptian clubs and the Egyptian national football team play almost on a daily basis. The most commonly known Egyptian clubs are El Ahly and El Zamalek of Cairo. For the Egyptian Premier League the main competition is split between these two teams making majority of Egyptians rooting for either team, calling themselves Ahlaweyeen or Zamalkaweyeen in the Egyptian own dialect of Arabic, leaving the minority rooting for the rest of the teams in the league. These two teams create the greatest football rivalry in Africa.

About Football in Cairo

Cairo Culture and History

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Culture

Cairo is a center of legitimate Arabic theater, although performances are subject to government censorship. Both ballet and modern dance are exceptionally popular in Cairo, whose ballet company (the Cairo Ballet) was founded in 1960 with help from the Soviet Union, which sent its own dance teachers to help train the members of the company. However with the expulsion of Soviet advisers from Egypt in 1972, the Russian presence at the ballet ended. The quality of the troupe is subsequently said to have declined, and in 1991 it was bolstered by the addition of dancers from Russia and Italy. Cairo is the film capital of the Arabic world, although its film industry has declined since its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, thanks to strict censorship and economic factors. However, Cairo's residents are avid filmgoers and flock to both Egyptian and foreign movies. The Cairo Puppet Theater performs at the Ezbekiyya Gardens north of Ataba from October through May.

History

The first settlement in the region of present-day Cairo was al-Fustat, founded in A. D. 641 as a military encampment by the Arabic commander 'Amr ibn al-'As. Under the dynasties that ruled Egypt over the following centuries, the town grew into a major port city. In A. D. 969 Jawhar, the leader of an Islamic sect called the Fatimids, founded a new city near al-Fustat, initially naming it al-Mansuriyah (its name was later changed to al-Qahirah, or Cairo). When the Fatimids became the rulers of Egypt, founding a dynasty that lasted for two centuries, Cairo became their capital. When Saladin, a Sunni Muslim, defeated the Crusaders and founded the Ayyubid dynasty in the twelfth century, he retained Cairo as his capital, and it became the center of a vast empire. (Al-Fustat, however, was burned down as part of the "scorched earth" strategy that defeated the Crusaders.) In the thirteenth century, the Ayyubids were eclipsed by Turkish military conquerors known as the Mamluks, who ruled Egypt from A. D. 1260 to 1516. During the first hundred years of Mamluk rule, Cairo experienced its most illustrious period. Al-Azhar University, which had been founded in the tenth century, became the foremost center of learning in the Islamic world, and Cairo played a key role in the east-west spice trade. Most of its greatest buildings were constructed during this period.
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Landscape

The medieval landscape of the city of Cairo indicates the elemental forces that shaped the development of the city. The natural movement, formations, and the rhythm of the Nile have dictated the human relationship to the landscape. The scale of these natural and human forces has meant that it is not a static landscape, but a constant subject to subtle changes. Parts of the landscape of Cairo have been totally transformed, and this transformation can sometimes be detected in an archeological record. Over the past twenty years, the growth of planned and informal settlement in Old Cairo has rendered the ancient landscape unrecognizable. Many elements of the ancient landscape have been obscured and sometimes destroyed. Some evidences show how distinct the modern topography of Old Cairo is from the ancient landscapes that lies beneath 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

Sequoia

53 Abo El Feda Street, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 350 014

Riverside

16 Montazah St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 121 280 1290

Johnny’s Pub

Le Pacha 1901, Saray El Gezirah St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 356 730

Pub 28

28 Shagarat el Dor St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 359 200

Famous Restaurants  in Cairo

Koshary Abou Tarek

16 Marouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt +20 100 105 9950

Kazaz

Bab Al Louq, Abdin, Cairo, Egypt +2 02 23960034

Maharaja Restaurant

1115 Corniche El Nil, DO, Cairo, Egypt +20 2 25777444

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Climb the mountain in darkness to take in the stunning sunrise from the mountaintop before descending again to visit one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, St. Catherine.
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Cairo Day Tour from Dahab by Flight 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Leave your resort in Dahab and fly to Cairo to get a glimpse of the heart of Egypt. Visit the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum , and go exploring Cairo’s legendary bazaar, Khan al Khalili before flying back to your hotel.
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Today, Abydos is a large archaeological site in northern Upper Egypt, often visited in conjunction with nearby Dendera. Today the pilgrims are New Age devotees following in the footsteps of Dorothy Eady (d. 1981), who believed herself to be the reincarnation of an Abydos temple priestess.
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Ride across the Gulf of Aqaba on the ferry to Jordan, where we will take you to the incredible, rock-cut city of Petra. This is truly a site to behold. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive archeological sites you will ever see.
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Luxor Day Trip from Dahab by Flight 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Fly to Luxor for the day to see Luxor’s best sites in one day. Visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple on the East bank and see the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple on the West bank. We will pick you up at the hotel and guide you whole way.
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Overnight Luxor Tours from Hurghada 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Leave the beach for a day and head to Luxor to see Egypt’s ‘open-air museum’. See Luxor Temple and Karnak on the east bank of the Nile, as well as Hatshepsut Temple and the Valley of the Kings on the west bank.
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Travel to the mountains near Nuweiba to hike through these impressive canyons with narrow passages and towering, beautifully colored walls. Our staff will introduce you to your Bedouin guide and provide lunch.
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See the most famous sites around Luxor on both sides of the river in one day. Visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple on the East bank and then see the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple on the West bank.
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Fly to Cairo from Dahab where you will visit the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. Explore Khan El Khalili Cairo`s old bazaar before heading to the airport to fly to Luxor. Visit Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and Hatshepsut’s Temple in the next day before flying back to Dahab.
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Two Day Tour to Cairo from Dahab 12/16/2020 - 12/31/9999

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Ride across the Gulf of Aqaba on the ferry to Jordan, where we will take you to the incredible, rock-cut city of Petra. This is truly a site to behold. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive archeological sites you will ever see.