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Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets.
Cairo has long been a major city in Egypt, and now is its capital, and its proximity to ancient Memphis and the Giza pyramids have drawn visitors from far and wide for centuries. The Great Pyramids, the only of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing, are a clear symbol of Egypt and Cairo. Nearby rests the enigmatic and utterly ancient Sphinx. To truly understand Ancient Egypt, after your flight to Cairo, make sure to visit the open-air museum of the city of Memphis, once the capital of the pharaohs in the Old Kingdom. After seeing the sights first-hand, visit the Egyptian Museum on Al-Taḥrīr Square with the treasures of Tutankhamen. The Museum of Islamic Art with illuminated medieval manuscripts, figuratively-designed ceramic pieces, furniture inlaid with silver, and much more showcases Islamic masterpieces. Cairo is also home to the Coptic Museum, which houses art from the earliest days of Christianity. Old Cairo is brimming with medieval Islamic sites as well as the Roman Babylon Fortress. Historic Islamic Cairo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounds Sharia Al Muizz Li Din Allah, or Muizz Street for short, with one of the highest concentrations of medieval architecture in the Islamic world. Luckily for those of us on foot, during the day the street is pedestrian only, so stroll and gaze at ease. Also located in the historic area is the medieval Saladin Citadel.
Travel from Jeddah to Cairo, a bold and ever-evolving city.
Cairo houses one of the oldest universities in the world, Al-Azhar, founded in the late 900s and home to higher education still which caters to its enormous population of young people. Its mosque has been updated and enhanced for over a thousand years, yielding a physical amalgam of styles. Cairo’s youth is tech-savvy and pushing the development envelope at every turn, making it an enticing location for new companies to do business. Make sure you go all the way to the top of the Cairo Tower, the tallest structure in Northern Africa, for 360º views of the city and on a clear day a glimpse of the pyramids. You can even have a bit to eat after your flight to Cairo at the café. Cairo is the proud capital of Arabic cinema and many a famous face can be seen on the bustling streets of the city. After digging into Cairo’s ancient history and having walked to your heart’s content, sit down for a full plate of ful medames, the national dish based on fava beans.