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Flights to Cairo with Jazeera Airways

Discover Cairo

As Africa’s second largest city, and home to over 16 million people, Cairo is a feast for the senses and will keep you engaged for weeks. Bustling markets, countless museums, noisy traffic and the warmest of welcomes all make Cairo a truly remarkable experience.

It is home to a thriving business and commercial district, but the ancient history that the country is so famous for can be seen just on the horizon, as the setting sun catches the tops of the pyramids at nearby Giza.

Cairo’s central streets are packed with street vendors and diners, businessmen and artists, antiques and artefacts shops and salesmen offering you bargains and mint tea. There’s never a dull moment. But when you want to take a break and get away from the bustle you can gaze in awe at the Pyramids of Giza or glide down the Nile in a felucca boat. As the cradle of Islamic civilisation, Cairo is steeped in history, and it's no surprise that the old quarter has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Essential Facts

Time
07:36
Date
12/12/2019
Time Zone
+02:00
Weather
16.82°C
Language
Arabic
Currency
Egyptian Pound
Electricity
220v/50Hz
Best Time To Visit
April

Things To Do

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum

You can discover more about ancient Egypt at the Museum of Cairo. Home to one of the world’s most important collections, you can marvel at the glittering treasures of Tutankhamun or wander around exhibits charting the history of the region. The Museum prides itself in being one of the world’s best collections of ancient artefacts. 

Museum Of Islamic Art

Museum Of Islamic Art

This museum hosts one of the world’s most precious collections of Islamic art and is the Middle East's most successfully curated museum. The items on display are sensational. Although damaged in January 2014 the museum was consequently renovated and reopened in 2017.

Pharaonic Village

Pharaonic Village

Definitely worth a trip. It begins with a boat ride showing the ancient Gods and rulers followed by live enactments of how Egyptians lived and worked in the old days. There are also several museums exhibiting the pyramids, mummies, and past and recent rulers.

Shopping

When it comes to shopping in Cairo, the secret is knowing where to start looking because there’s heaps of souvenir shops and lots of vendors. In the Khan el-Khalili area, you’ll find streets dedicated to specific trades such as brass trays, leather goods, spices, and jewellery. The outer edges of the souq is where you’ll find practical household items, like towels.

Go Downtown and you’ll find an array of cheap fashion shops but don’t miss the well-managed Oum El Dounia Egyptian craft shop. If you’re looking for carpets, then The Carpet Bazaar (near the Mosque-Madrassa of Al Ghouri) is the place to look. It has some excellent flat-weave Bedouin rugs.

Citystars is Egypt's largest shopping mall. It not only offers most international brands but has some well-known international food chains like McDonald's, TGI Fridays, Fuddruckers, Ruby Tuesday, and more.

Food And Drink

Food And Drink

As you’d expect from a major city, you’ll find cafés, restaurants and coffee shops catering to every taste and budget in Cairo. The luxury hotels are the places to go for high-end fare, while you’ll find great value local food in the markets and street stalls.

Here you can sample traditional Egyptian dishes like fuul (bean paste), taa'miya (falafel) and kushari (rice, macaroni, lentils, chick peas, tomato sauce with red pepper oil) – with a dash of garlic/vinegar. You can also ask for a beef hot dog, corned beef, eggs, fried potatoes and salads. Lebanese favourites like fetyeer (pancakes with different fillings) and shawarma (pieces of roasted meat usually wrapped in bread) are also on the menu.

At the other end of the scale, you’ll find posh restaurants in hotels and some on the boats that cruise the Nile. If you want to spend a bit more go to Zamalek, Mohandiseen, or any of the other more wealthier parts of town. However, your best bet is to go downtown for good, budget eating.

Things To Know


Visa Requirements

 
  • A visa is necessary for most nationalities, except nationals of certain Arab countries. 
  • Single-entry, 30-day tourist visas can be purchased online (www.egyptvisa.com) for approximately US $25, or at the airport on arrival for many nationalities, including Indian nationals.
  • Citizens of Kuwait do not need any visa for tourist or business trips of up to 90 days. 
  • Visa extensions are possible once in-country.

  Getting Around

 
  • Cairo is home to Africa's first metro system. The modern system is the most extensive in the region and runs three lines that cover most of the main districts of Cairo Metro. Line 1 Stretches 43km along the east bank of the Nile via Downtown, Coptic Cairo and Maadi. Line 2 Crosses to the west bank, passing through Downtown and across Gezira en route. Line 3 runs from Ataba in Downtown to Al Ahram station in Heliopolis, with plans to extend its network to the airport and east to Imbaba via Zamalek.
  • Looking for a taxi? Try the modern sedans that are run on natural gas and equipped with ACs. These are popular with tourists as they are more comfortable than the black and white ones and can be hailed from the street and are reasonably priced.
  • The other option is the minibus which is painfully slow and makes cheap trips to the Pyramids or from the airport. Just pay the conductor as he comes around selling tickets.

Other Cities in Egypt to Visit

Alexandria

Founded by Alexander the Great and the birthplace of Cleopatra, Alexandria sits like a jewel on Egypt’s Mediterranean coastline.

Luxor

Widely known as the greatest open-air museum in the world, Luxor draws thousands of tourists from around the world to visit its monuments.

Sharm El Sheikh

With soft sandy beaches, a vibrant nightlife, and world-class diving just metres from the beach, Sharm El Sheikh is Egypt’s most popular holiday hotsp...

Sohag

Sohag is a great spot to explore the meandering Nile and the tranquility of the location makes a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of Cairo or ...