An ancient site with an incredibly rich heritage, book a flight to Cairo with Qatar Airways and explore one of the Islamic world’s most vibrant cities. Located on the timeless River Nile, Cairo is packed with great museums and historic buildings and is also home to a vibrant, modern society. The iconic pyramids are close by, but it was the Fatimid dynasty that gave the city its modern name. With over 17 million inhabitants, Cairo is a hectic and exhilarating metropolis, with something for everyone. Flights to Cairo are easily accessible from most international departure points.
On your trip to Cairo, a visit to the famous Al-Azhar Mosque, the world’s oldest university, is a must. The best view of the city is to be had from the Cairo Tower on Gezira Island. The Egyptian Museum in Midan Al Tahrir houses the best collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. This leads straight on to the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt’s main tourist attractions.
A trip to Cairo also must include a look at the Abdeen Palace, home of King Farouk, and a visit to Khan El Khalily, the main souk in Cairo.
A great way of getting into the ‘feel’ of the city during your trip to Cairo is to sip mint tea in a café in the Khan El Khalili area. You also shouldn’t miss the chance to ride a felucca along the Nile. For a less strenuous day out, take a walk in Giza Zoo or watch some horse racing at Zamalek’s Gezira Club.
If you come with children, take them to Kidzania or Dream Park, the best theme parks in the city.
Eating in Cairo
There are many different dining venues in Cairo, to suit all tastes. There are lots of snack stalls and street restaurants to grab a bite at, but if you’re looking for fine cuisine you should head for the Nile boats and city hotels. The affluent parts of town such as Heliopolis, Mohandiseen and Zamalek are best for 5-star gourmet dining.
Traditional Egyptian staples are served up everywhere, but it’s always wise to avoid empty venues because it’s a sign that the food served there may be less than fresh.
Shopping in Cairo
If you’re travelling to Cairo for shopping then you’ll be able to find just about anything here, from small souvenirs to top designer goods. Most of the more upscale shops are to be found in the affluent suburbs such as 6th of October and Heliopolis Malls.
Nasr City, a newer development, has the biggest shopping mall in Cairo at City Stars. Here you can pick up most international brands and there’s also an amusement park and numerous international food chains, so you could easily spend a relaxing day just here.
Cairo is a modern but also in many ways a traditional city. Dress tends to be conservative so if you dress somewhat formally you shouldn’t go far wrong. Do not sit with your legs crossed, as it’s considered rude to show the sole of a shoe, even inadvertently.