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General Information about Cairo

General Information about Cairo

Egypt lies in the northeastern corner of the African continent, with an extension across the Gulf of Suez (NYSE:SZEZY) into the Sinai Peninsula in southwestern Asia. On its northern coasts is the Mediterranean Sea and on its eastern coasts the Red Sea.


Egypt covers an area of about one million square km, with about 96 percent desert. It has 29 governorates (provinces) and a population of around 78 million. Cairo, the capital, has more than seven million people. Most of its people are Muslims. Coptic Christians account for about 10 percent.

General Information about Cairo (Hotels, ...etc.) This little world, the great Cairo... the most admirable and the greatest city seen upon the earth... the Microcosmus of the greater world..." William Lithgow, 1614.

Founded on the site of Babylon, near the ruins of ancient Memphis, Cairo has been the largest city in Africa for centuries. Modern Cairo encompasses many former cities and their monuments: the pyramids of the pharaohs; early Christian monasteries and churches; Salah al-din's Citadel; mosques of the Mamluke and Ottoman sultans Five thousand years of culture are concentrated here, at the center of three continents. Travel through time in a city that is a living index to civilization. Enjoy the comforts of a cosmopolitan twentieth-century capital. Cairo, a microcosm of the greater world.

" The Nile does not change. Indeed I know of no place where everything changes as much as it does here and nothing is ever changed... you feel quite at home." Henry Adams describing Cairo, 1898.

Today's skyline mixes minarets and palm trees with art deco villas and multicoloured neon-but you can still see the sunset over the Nile. Cairo has a unique atmosphere: both exciting and relaxed. The city pulses with life while the Nile flows on to the sea. "The Mother of the world" is one of the friendliest (and safest) cities in the world: Egyptian hospitality will ensure that, wherever you come from, you'll feel quite at home. "... a palimpsest, in which the Bible is written over Herodotus, and the Koran over that" Lady Duff Gordon on Egypt, 1865.

With one of the world's longest civilizations, Egypt boasts huge numbers of splendid historic relics and antiques, such as pyramids, the Sphinx, obelisks and mummies. Culturally, Egyptians are fond of socialising with family and friends in local parks. Emphasis has been given to this aspect of life with local squares, parks and walkways.

"The Nile does not change. Indeed I know of no place where everything changes as much as it does here and nothing is ever changed... you feel quite at home." Henry Adams describing Cairo, 1898"

Today's skyline mixes minarets and palm trees with art deco villas and multicoloured neon-but you can still see the sunset over the Nile. Cairo has a unique atmosphere: both exciting and relaxed. The city pulses with life while the Nile flows on to the sea. "The Mother of the world" is one of the friendliest (and safest) cities in the world: Egyptian hospitality will ensure that, wherever you come from, you'll feel quite at home.

The museum was not only a place for displaying the treasures of Islamic art but also an institution for publishing hundreds of books in several languages on the history and art of the Islamic civilization. The museum continued to follow its mission until the features of Cairo began to change, with overcrowding and urbanization taking its toll on the city. As a result the museum building began to age due to professional negligence and damage caused to it by pollution and earthquakes. Ultimately, the building declined to a state where it was impossible to simply restore it, and it was necessary for a decision to be made to change the situation. As a result of this I took the decision to shut down the world's oldest Islamic Art museum in 2003. A lot of hard work went into restoring and improving the building which is located in one of the most crowded district of Old Cairo.

Last Updated on Tuesday 30th November 2010