The crossroads of the world pulses with a rhythm that must be experienced, where graceful minarets alongside modern skyscrapers pierce the skyline and remnants of medieval splendor are found at every turn.
“This little world, the great Cairo… the most admirable and the greatest city has seen upon the earth… the Microcosmos of the greater world” William Lithgow, 1614.
Cairo has its roots in the Memphis City to be Egypt’s first capital built by Menes in the 6th-century B.C., who unified upper and lowered Egypt; then upgraded in Babylon’s site, near ancient Memphis’s ruins and renovated in AD 969 the Islamic Fatimid dynasty.
Cairo is a cosmopolitan city that blends the Middle East’s charm with Mediterranean flavor and accommodates 25% of the Egyptian population; it is called Al-Qahira in Arabic, which means the Victorious city, a city of a thousand Minarets.
The northeastern part is known as Al-Qalyubia Governorate. At the same time, the west bank is part of Giza’s governorate. The eastern regions and southeastern parts are other governorates known as Cairo; the three components are Greater Cairo. A marvelous mixture of antiquities of Pharaonic dynasties, Greco-Roman civilization, Christian and Islamic landmarks co-exist.
The city is marked by the East and the West’s traditions and influences, the ancient and the modern. However, the city also reflects Egypt’s growing poverty, and it struggles to cope with problems caused by massive population growth, urban sprawl, and a deteriorating infrastructure.
Cairo’s weather is moderate and low in humidity at almost any time of the year, except for some specific times in summer.
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