Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cairo : Explore The Egypt and Africa's Biggest city

 Cairo is the capital of Egypt, the largest city in Africa Cairo is also ranked as one of the most densely populated cities in the world. As you fly into to Cairo, Egypt one will be left speechless as they look out the window and see the contrast of the setting. Out one side of the plane, you can see the vast arid desert which seems to be never ending; out the other side of the plane you see a busy city which looks like a modern day Oasis.

Upon arrival, the choreographed chaos here hits you like a ton of bricks. It doesn’t take long, however, to acclimatise to Cairo’s wall of noise, snarl of traffic, cry of hawkers and blanket of smog, and get drawn into the hypnotising charm of this pulsating metropolis. Known to its nearly 20 million residents as Um ad-Dunya (Mother of the World), modern Cairo is a hotchpotch of recent growth barely superimposed on a dense bed of history. Wander down to Islamic Cairo and you’ll be sucked in through the looking glass to a bygone medieval era. Head out west to Giza’s famed pyramids and the time warp sets you back a full 4000 years. Meanwhile, the city’s main museum bursts at the seams with the priceless wealth of ancient Egypt’s antiquities. But the real allure of Cairo lies somewhere in the quiet moments in between: sipping a sugary shai or puffing leisurely on a sheesha while watching the life of the city whirl past as it has for eons.

Cairo, Egypt Fast Facts
City proper 6,800,992
Metro area 11,146,000
23 meters (75 feet)
January 19°/9°C (66°/48°F);
July 34°/22°C (94°/71°F)
Average daily High/Low °C (°F)
January 7 (0.3);
July 0 (0)
Average monthly mm (inches)
Time Zone
+2 hours UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

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