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Flights to Cairo

Flights to Cairo

A historically famous city, Cairo serves as the capital of Egypt and one of the most mystical cities in the world. The city is largest in Middle East and stands second largest in Africa, after Lagos. The 93,369 km2 large metropolitan area of the city makes it is the 13th largest in the world. The city is located near the Nile Delta and is the cultural and political capital of the country. Due to its proximity to the ancient cities of Memphis, Giza and Fustat, Cairo is often associated with the rich ancient history of the region. Also called as Misr by the locals, Cairo is known for being the oldest and largest film and music industry in the Arab world and houses the regional headquarters of many international media, businesses, and organizations. Fostering a population of 6.76 million people, the city is largest city in Egypt. While Arabic is the official language of the city, English and French are also spoken widely.

Overview

Cairo airport is the busiest airport in Egypt and second busiest airports in Africa after OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Currently 46 airlines operate from the airport connecting the Cairo International airport to more than 100 destinations across the world. The city experiences hot desert climate often accompanied with high humidity and frequent wind storms. As the city has desert type climate, days are generally hot and nights are cooler. The summer season last from May to October and temperatures can reach 35° Celsius on an average. The months from November to April are cooler and most of the rainfall also happens during the winter season. The dust storm ‘khamsin’ blows during March and April every year and it is best to stay indoors until the dust storms have passed.t the best time to visit the city is during the annual Cairo Film Festival.

City Attractions

From antediluvian architectural marvels to modern delights, the attractions in Cairo are sure to surprise and entice even the finickiest traveller. A visit to Egypt is incomplete without a trip to the Egyptian Museum, which is a treasure house of the city’s rich cultural history. The vast collection of antiquities and artifacts displayed here makes it one of the best museums in the world. Al -Azhar Mosque located I the center of the city is finest building of Cairo's Fatimid era, and one of the city's earliest surviving mosques and world's oldest universities. When holidaying in Egypt, then set a day aside just to explore the charismatic lanes and by lanes of the Old Cairo city. Roman towers, Coptic Museum, Hanging Church, Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus, Ben Ezra Synagogue and Mosque of Amr Ibn al-As are some of the major attractions located here.

The Citadel located at the foot of the Mokattam Hills is another major crowd puller. The Sultan Hassan Mosque is a fine example of Mamluk architecture and has the tallest minaret in Cairo at 81.5 meters. A medieval era relic, Bab Zuweila is an interesting attraction wherein tourists need to climb atop the attractions for some amazing rooftop views over Islamic Cairo. Al-Muizz li-Din Allah Street, Zamalek, Al Azhar Park, Roda Island, Downtown Cairo, Ibn Tulun Mosque and Mosque of Al-Hakim are some of the other attraction tourist should not miss on their trip to Egypt. A day trip to Gaza, Tanis, Al-Fayoum, Saqqara and Ancient Heliopolis and El-Matariya from Cairo should also be not missed.

Eating and Shopping

Egyptians are known for being one the most hospitable people and there is not a better way to sample Egyptian cuisine in Cairo than eating the local food served by street vendors. From small road side stalls to five star restaurants, food is a delicacy in Cairo and is available for people of all budgets. Meat is a major component in Egyptian cuisines and most of the dishes use meat in some form. Some of the traditional dishes that tourists should savor in Egypt are koshary, Fuul, taamiya, Kebobs, Kebobs, fatayeer and Egyptian bread. While halting at the street stall is one of the cheapest and tastiest way to satisfy your palate, the city has numerous air conditioned restaurants that offer wide array of menus and wonderful service.

It won’t be an over statement to tag Cairo as a mecca for shopping lovers. While there are quite a few malls and large departmental stores available in Cairo, the souks are actually the real shopping places. From flavorful spices to fragrant perfumes, everything is available in Cairo. Silver and gold jewellery, cute kitsch, beautifully scented natural body products, Egyptian leather boots antique clothing, and old posters, arabesque chandeliers, hand woven baskets and Egyptian cotton sheets are some of the major buys in Cairo. Souk al-Fustat, al-Muizz Street, Khan al-Khalili, Ahmad Heshmat Road and Yehia Ibrahim Street are the major shopping destinations in Cairo.

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