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Experience Cairo

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab World. With a population of over 20 million, it is the largest city in Africa, the Arab world and the Middle East and is one of the largest cities in the world. Sitting astride the mighty Nile River, it is an intoxicating mix of the remnants of ancient Egypt and the modern world with all conveniences that anyone could wish for. 

Cairo has long been a centre of the region’s political and cultural life and is titled “the city of a thousand minarets” for good reason.  

The city and country are not just one to be visited, but rather to be experienced. The sights, noises, smells and foods allow the visitor to the country to become immersed in an experience that is both unique and memorable. 

There is a myriad of things to see and do in Cairo and some of the key areas that can be visited are: 

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities that traces 5000 years of Egyptian history

The Giza Necropolis that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Khan el-Khalili is the famous bazaar and souq in the historic centre of Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. It is also home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs

The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. 

Other interesting sights and places to visit are

  • Cave Church
  • North pyramid (first successful flat faced pyramid)
  • Sharia Al Mu’izz Li-Din Allah
  • Camel Rides ( Giza)
  • Hanging church
  • Street of the tentmakers (Sharia Khayamiya) (market)
  • Al-Azhar park
  • Al-Azhar mosque
  • Al Rifai mosque
  • Baron palace
  • Coptic Cairo (old Cairo)
  • Sultan Hassan mosque
  • Bab Zuweila

Experience Egypt

Whilst Cairo is the hub of the country, Egypt offers a number of other great cities and places to visit.  

This is just a small taste of what this remarkable city and country has to offer 

  • Amun Temple Enclosure (Luxor)
  • St Catherine’s monastery (foot of Mount Sinai)
  • Temple of Horus (Edfu)
  • Temple of Seti I (Luxor)
  • Great temple of Ramses II (Abu Simbel)
  • Temple of Isis (Philae)
  • Valley of the Kings (Luxor)
  • Ras Mohammed National Park\ Ras Mohammed National Park (sharm El-shiekh)
  • Thistlegorm Dive Site. Diving the wreck of the Thistlegorm (Sharm El-shiekh)
  • Desert Jeep Expeditions & Quad Biking ( Hurghada )

Useful Phrases

A few useful phrases to use in Egypt include the following 

Hello

salam / marhaban / ahlan

Peace be with you

As-salāmu alaykum – Even though this literally means ‘peace

Thank you 

shukran

Please

min fadlak (if you’re a male), min fadlik (if you’re a female)

You’re welcome

Afwan

Ok

Mashi

Yes

naam

No

I don’t understand

ana mish fahem

How much is this?

bi-kam da.

It costs too much

Da ghali awi

I want

Enna iza (if you’re a female) or Enna ayez (if you’re a male). To negative the sentence, add ‘mish’. For example, ana mish iza/ayez (I don’t want)

Helpful and General Information

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound

Traffic can at times be heavy in Cairo so it is suggested that you use taxis or transfers from your hotel.
Uber is also available

Make sure to try the bread, aish baladi

It is going to be hot (approx. 30 Celsius) so pack accordingly

Shorts can be worn, and shoulders shown in tourist areas and in your homes but be respectful when necessary - especially in churches and mosques

Remember to bring the right power adaptor across as plugs differ from the US, UK etc.

Bring sunscreen along with you as the sun is quite harsh and don’t forget a hat

Tipping is expected in Egypt (‘baksheesh’ means tip)

Haggling and bargaining is a must in the markets