Overview: Cairo, Egypt's capital city, is Africa's most populated city and the Arab world's cultural centre and largest city. With 6.8m people in the city, and a further 10m living just outside, Cairo is one of the world's most densely populated cities. Located on the banks of the Nile, just south of where the river divides in two to flow into the Nile Delta. Several bridges across the Nile join the city of Cairo with the suburbs if Imbabah and Giza. A series of extensive water systems have permitted Cairo to expand east into the desert. Cairo should not be confused with 'New Cairo', a nearby city.
Cairo was established in the 10th Century but even before this time the land upon which it sits was home to the previous capital cities. Parts of Old Cairo still show signs of these earlier cities. Close to the pyramids at Giza and also the Great Sphinx, Cairo is closely linked to Ancient Egypt. There is a vast amount of Islamic architecture and this is responsible for Cairo's nickname 'City of a 1,000 Minarets'. Many government offices are located in Cairo and the city has more schools, and institutes of higher learning than the rest of Egypt.
Culture: It is widely accepted that Cairo has, in the Arab world, the largest, and oldest, music and film industries and the second oldest University (al Azhar University) in the entire world. As a result Cairo is now home to the regional HQs of many of the world's media organisations. The Pharaohs, Greeks and Romans have all left their mark on Cairo.
Sights to visit:
Cairo Opera House - opened in 1988 after the Royal Opera House was burnt down almost 20 yrs before
Cairo International Film Festival - held annually, in August, since 1976
Cairo Geniza - a collection of almost 200,000 Jewish manuscripts
Al Azhar Park - a gift from the Aga Khan in 2005 and located near the city's Darb al-Ahmar district
The Egyptian Museum - 136,000 items on display and the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts in the world
Khan el-Khalili - An ancient shopping center with workshops and factories
Old Cairo - the part of the city which contains the remnants of the cities which were previous capitals, such as Fustat
Cairo Tower - a free-standing 187 metre TV tower made of concrete, in the Zamalek district on Gezira Island
Diving at Zafarana
- By road - An extensive road network existis in Cairo with flyovers and bridges allowing fast travel across the city. A new ring road enables quick access to the outer districts
- By rail - Rameses Square is the center of the transportation network
- By metro - Cairo boasts the only Metro system in Africa and, with more than 700m passenger rider per year it is among the world's 15th busiest. Rush hour is particularly busy. The 4th and 5th carriages are reserved for women only. Women may also ride in the other carriages but men may not ride in those reserved exclusively for women
- By bus - privately-owned public buses and microbuses operate throughout the city
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Getting to Cairo:
By air - Cairo International Airport is in the north east of Cairo approximately 15km from the city's business district. It is Egypt's busiest airport and the base for EgyptAir.
Climate: a mix of mediterranean and desert climates although the river valley frequently gives rise to high levels of humidity. Saharan dust is often brought into the city by wind storms during March and April. Although rainfall is rare it can be sudden and heavy and give rise to sever flooding. Winter temperatures range from 13°C to 19°C (daytime) and 8°C (nightime) whilst summer temps reach 40°C (daytimes) and 20°C (nightimes).
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