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Getting Around
Getting around Cairo by public ...
Metro
The metro system is a good mobility ...
Taxi
Taxis in Cairo are colored in black and ...
From airport
Taxi is the best way to get from the ...
Bus
It is not recommended that you take ...
Cars for Hire
An international driver's license and ...
Cairo in One Day
As with any city, the breadth of Cairo can not be captured in one day. Yet, there are a few main ...
Ashura
Taking place on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar at El-Hussein Mosque, Ashura ...
Prophet's Birthday
The celebration of the birthday of the Prophet, Mawlid un-Nabi is one of the most spectacular ...
Festival at Abu Simbel
Twice a year, on February 22 and October 22, thousands gather to watch as the sun passes over the ...
When to Go
It is best to check the weather when choosing to go to Cairo because the climate can make ...

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo Today
There is no doubt that Cairo will alarm your senses, and this can either be a good or bad thing. Cairo's allure stands tall with the Pyramids of Giza, which is the only surviving wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World. Additionally, its fascinating winding streets, oriental bazaars, and Islamic architecture can easily seduce any tourist. Yet, this seduction turns sour when experiencing Cairo's dirt, pollution, and crowd. Such contrasts may be too raw for the tourist that wants everything presented in a packaged platter. But for the intrepid soul, discovering Cairo can become a time-travelin

Cairo Back Then
Cairo' s ancient roots are rich in history. The city is a sage of the world, especially since it was founded in AD116 by the Romans when they rebuilt an old Persian fortress along the Nile (then known as Babylon-in-Egypt ).
 
From the late ninth century onwards, a succession of Arab rulers made their mark on the city: Ibn Tulun built his royal city el-Qatai, the Fatimids built the walled city of el-Qahira, from which Cairo takes it name. In the 13th century, the Mameluks, a caste of Turkish soldier-slaves, rose to power. They we

Grand Hyatt
Located near the airport and business district, the Grand Hyatt is located on the banks of the Nile
Oberoi Mena House
This traditionally elegant hotel was built in 1869 and offers classy comfort along with views of the
InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
This luxury hotel is perfectly situated near all the main tourist attractions in Cairo . This is al
The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons on Corniche el Nil is the newer of the two Four Seasons hotels in Cairo. This luxu
Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino
The Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers, and Casino complex works as two separate hotels, with the Towers b
Talisman Hotel de Charme
The Talisman is a charming boutique hotel that is boldly designed in an orien

Stars Center
Stars Center is a luxury mall located within CItyStars, an integrated urban development project that
Ramses Hilton Mall
If you want to buy some general items, try the Ramses Hilton Mall. This mall sells casual clothes, s
Al Khatoun
For contemporary Egyptian handicrafts visit Al Khatoun. Here you can find lamp shades, pots, jewelle
Arkadia Mall
International fashion brands and a decent food court can be found at Arkadia Mall.  It is the bigge
Khan al-Khalili
The Khan al-Kahlili market is a fun experience for both shopping and people gazing. The hustle of th
Souq al- Gomaa
Location: Khalifa neighbourhood, South of the Citadel
You can find practically anything at th

Cairo Book Fair
Book lovers are in for a treat at the Cairo  Book Fair. Considered the largest event of its kin
Moulid of Sayeda Zeinab
This is one of the several religious festivals in the city. It is celebrated with great fervor and
Ashura
Taking place on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar at El-Hussein Mosque, Ashura cele
Moulid of El- Hussein
This is one of the most popular and colourful festivals of the year, gathering pace over a week and
Prophet's Birthday
The celebration of the birthday of the Prophet, Mawlid un-Nabi is one of the most spectacular festi
Flora Egypt Fair
Flora Eypt Fair is an annual international exhibition of fresh cut flowers and ornamaental plants.

Abu el-Sid
The Abu el-Sid is Cairo's best Egyptian restaurant and bar. The food is traditional and appetizing a
Da Mario
If you want to escape Egyptian cuisine for a moment, then head over to Da Mario (located in the Hilt
Revolving Restaurant
The Grand Hyatt hotel's Revolving Restaurant is the tallest restaurant in Cairo and the only dining
Moghul Room
Famed as the best Indian restaurant in Cairo, the Moghul Room offers quality food with a serene dini
Khan El-Khalili Restaurant & Naguib Mahfouz Coffee Shop
The Khan El-Khali Restaurant & Naguib Mahfouz Coffee Shop offers its diners something most resta
Andrea
Andrea restaurant is a family-oriented restaurant that specializes in grilled Egyptian dishes. There

Fast Facts
Location: Egypt, North Africa Country Dialing Code:  20 City  Dialing Code : 02   Emergency  / Important numbers: Police: 112 Tourist Police: 126 Traffic Police: 128 Fire: 125 Ambulance: 123 Cairo Airport Information: 2914255 / 2914277 Railway Information: 5753555 / 5740365 Emergency Travel Service: (02) 569 3299 Tourism Information: 4931291 / 4932712 Telephone Number Assistance: 140 / 141 International Calls: 144 Speaking Clock: 15   Population: 18-20 million (metropolitan area).

Time Zone: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from the last Friday in April to the last Friday in Sept)

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are used. Average January temperatures: 17.5ºC (63.5ºF); 8ºC (47ºF) at night. Average July temperatures: 36.5ºC (97.7ºF). Annual rainfall: 25mm (1 inch) per year, usually Dec-Mar.   Languages : Arabic (official), English is widely spoken Currency : Egyptian Pound ( E £ )

 

 

       

 

 

In Muslim countries there is usually a masjid at every street corner so we are not listing masjids here.

What to do in Cairo with Children in Tow
Some of the major tourist sites tend not to be child-friendly because of its large crowds. Yet, do not be turned off if the Pyramids of ...
Child-Friendly Hotels
This hotel offers a petting zoo with a staff trained to make sure that the children have fun in a safe and friendly environment. Children ...
Le Meridien Pyramids
The Le Meridien Pyramids's children's area offers pint-sized chairs and ...
Cataract Pyramids Resort
The Cataract Pyramids Resort's has both an indoor and outdoor children's area. The indoor children's ...
Funfairs, Parks, and Playgrounds
Cairo Land 1, Salah Salem St Tel: 364-5251/364-0430   Dream Park 6th October City Tel: 840-0887   Fun Planet Arkadia ...

In Muslim countries the food served in most restaurants is Halal so we are not listing halal restaurants here.

Staying Healthy in Cairo
It is highly advisable not to drink tap water or place ice cubes in your drink. It also may serve you well to bring iodine tablets to put ...
Bug Bites and Wildlife
Flies and mosquitoes are very prevalent in Cairo . If this is a cause of concern for you, make sure to bring bug repelant or buy some upon ...
Terrorism
The Egyptian government has put a great deal of effort and money into ...
Discrimination
Because of Cairo's cosmopolitan atmosphere, harsh discrimination will not be encountered. Yet, be aware that you ...
Theft
One thing you should be very careful of is petty crimes like pick-pocketing. These are rather frequent in Cairo, ...
Drugs
Drugs are no longer tolerated in Cairo, and so anyone caught with even the slightest amount of drugs on him will ...
Land Mines
There are still some minefields left over from past wars in the Western Desert(numerously found near the North Coast) and near the ...
Getting Out of Trouble
If by any chance you get your passport or wallet stolen, be sure to first contact the police and then the nearest embassy or consulate. ...

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