Travel Guide To Cairo
- Country: Egypt
- City: Cairo
- Area: 1,010,407.87 km²
- Time zone: EET (UTC+2)
- Currency: EGP
- Language: Arabic
- Population: 10,230,350
General Information About Cairo
Cairo is Egypt’s capital and its largest city, located on the banks of the Nile River. With a population of nearly 20 million people, Cairo is also the largest city in Egypt and also in Africa. It was founded in 969 a.d. and has been the capital of the great Egyptian dynasties of the Middle Ages. It dominates Egypt culturally, economically and politically and remains a prime tourist destination.
After that, what makes an interesting visit to Cairo? There is something for everyone in Cairo. You can see the different types of people who live in it and how they live. It’s a love-hate relationship similar to that of Bangkok. There are many extraordinary places in Cairo. Ancient temples, tombs, Christian churches, a theater opera, magnificent Muslim monuments and excellent museums, such as the Egyptian Museum which is among the best in the world. The most famous monuments of Cairo are the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Other interesting visits are the pyramids of Sakkara and Memphis, and the Citadel.
Cairo Culture and History
One of the main national characteristics of Cairo are very severe moral standards. Many local rules may seem quite strange to foreign tourists but we must express respect for national culture and follow all the rules. During the conversation with the people you can notice some high-expressiveness and emotionality. In general the natives are very friendly and treat foreign culture with attention and respect. The only rule to follow during your stay in Cairo is the observation of the rules and traditions, only in this case you can count on the friendliness of the people.
Egypt’s first capital was the city of Heliopolis. It was built north of the current Cairo. Sixteen centuries later, king Menes unified the country and built a capital called Mennofer, called Memphis by Greeks. When the Fatimids conquered Egypt in 969. they established their headquarters here, and the city called Al-Qāhira, ‘the Victorious’. In the 13. century the Mamluks established their capital in Cairo, whose prestige and reputation spread throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.
You can buy alcoholic beverages only in specialty stores and take them only in restaurants and bars. Appearing drunk on the street is considered a sign of bad behavior and is seen as a violation of public order. Just go for a walk through the streets of the city dressed appropriate clothing. Open and extravagant clothes can call the perplexity of citizens.
The streets of Cairo are even more live at night than during the day. People often go out after sunset. Activities such as shopping, meeting with friends and drinking coffee normally take place before dinner. The fun can continue even after most locals close, around 03:00 or 04:00, there are some places that are open 24 hours. Wednesdays nights and Thursdays are the main days to go out.
Although Egypt is an Islamic country and most people can have fun all night drinking soda, it is not hard to get alcohol. If you are accompanied by Egyptian friends or colleagues and they reject an invitation to have a drink, respect them and do not insist.
There are plenty of options to enjoy the nightlife in Cairo. The most basic option is the baladi bars, also called cafeterias to hide the fact that they are selling alcohol. They are safe, although women may feel a little uncomfortable in the environment frequented almost exclusively by men. Some of these bars are located in the Sharia Alfy area around Midan Orabi.
Popular Bars in Cairo
22 Taha Hussein St. Zamalek, Cairo
Tel.: +20 10 9332 3333
Saray El Gezirah Street Zamalek, Cairo
Tel.: +20 2 27356730
16 El Moseqar Kamal El Tawil Street Cairo
Tel.: +20 121 280 1290
28 Shagaret El Dor St. Zamalek, Cairo
Tel.: +20 2 27350972
Famous Clubs in Cairo
25 Al Ahram St.helioples Cairo
Tel.: +20 100 826 3000
Saray el-Gezira Street Zamalek, Cairo
Tel.: +20 2 340 6730
Boulaq Num.1 Boulaq, Cairo
Tel.: +20 2 25796511
Saray Al Gezira Street Imperial Boat, Cairo
Tel.: +20 2 2736 5796