Egypt Cairo Info


Egypt Cairo Info


Cairo Info


The Triumphant City, Cairo, known officially as Al-Qāhirah is one of the world's largest cities and promises many sites to see for visitors. It is the administrative capital of Egypt and, and is very close to almost every Egyptian pyramid, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza on the very edge of the city.
Cairo, Egypt is a spectaculay city full of life and movement, and it is always that way almost 24 hours every day, with the noisy beeping of horns, children playing in the streets and merchants selling their items and services. And here, modern Egyptians feel most at home in this powerful, modern and yet ancient city.

Cairo, Egypt offers great culture, including art galleries and music halls, including the Cairo Opera House.


As well it should, Cairo being one of the largest cities in the world.


It also offers some of the grandest hotel accommodations and restaurants in the world, such as the Four Seasons and the Cairo Marriott.
Cairo provides locals and tourists alike an incredible selection of shopping, leisure and nightlife activities. Shopping ranges from the famous Khan el-Khalili souk,


(or bazaar) mostly unchanged since the 14th century, to modern air-conditioned centers showcasing the latest fashions.


All the wealth of the East can be seen here. Particular good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya. Sample some of the famous street markets, like Wekala al-Balaq, for fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, visit Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments and, although you probably won't want to buy, the Camel Market makes a memorable trip. This part of the word has been for over a thousand years, a true shopper’s paradise.



Cairo’s city streets are redolent with black-and-white taxis (usually Fiats or Ladas) so getting a cab is never a problem. Simply stand at the side of the road and at the sight of an approaching taxi point one hand towards the road.
Cairo Information

The taxi driver will slowly go past you. When he does, yell out a district or landmark near your destination (eg. “Al-Azhar”) and if the driver wants to take you there, he will stop for you.


Single males should sit in the front seat next to the driver. It is customary for single females to stay in the back seat. Once in the cab, name your specific destination. Only newbies discuss price at this point, as to do so ensures that the driver will spend the entire trip negotiating for a high fare. If the driver insists on knowing how much you will pay, give him your price. If he does not agree with you, you can get out and find another cab.


Meters are usually turned off or not in use. The meter rate is really a disadvantage for taxi drivers as it is really too low, having been installed years ago and not in-keeping with the rising costs of operation. This is why Cairenes ignore the meter and instead pay the going market rate for the distance covered.



It is not unusual for taxis to pick up extra passengers going in the same direction, so don’t be afraid if you should find yourself sharing the ride.



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