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Nile Maxim cruise Cairo

Nile Maxim cruise Cairo

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Nile Maxim cruise Cairo is a cruising restaurant in Cairo. In fact, it offers an exceptional and luxurious model of the cruising restaurants in Cairo. Moreover, it is the only one which serves “A La Carte” International cuisine. Furthermore, Nile Maxim cruise Cairo features live entertainment program. The program adds an unforgettable atmosphere to the whole scenery. It also features extravaganza Band‚ Belly Dancer and the Folkloric Tanoura show “Spin Man”. The capacity of Nile Maxim cruise Cairo Venue can accommodate up to 350 guests. It is with a flexible and adjustable set up. It is according to reservations and nature of event.

In fact, Nile Maxim cruise Cairo makes 3 trips daily. Each is for 2 hours starting with the sunset cruise. Upon special request other cruises offered for Breakfast, lunch, or Super Late Dinner. In fact, Nile Maxim cruise Cairo indeed is the most favorable and first choice of the top VIP clients. It is reputable organization. The cruise ship had the pleasure to host Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers. Moreover, the cruise also did for Ambassadors & Political Delegations and EU 2007. Furthermore, Nile Maxim cruise Cairo also hosted African Football Cup delegations. Nile Maxim cruise is near to Gezira Sporting Club. It is the largest multi sport facility in Egypt and founded in 1882.

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In fact, the cruise ship is also near to Tower of Cairo. The tower is 187 meter high and in the form of a latticework tube. It fans out at the top. Moreover, it imitates a lotus plant. Cairo Tower ranks the fourth among the world highest towers. It is nice to be up high in Cairo. Furthermore, Cairo Tower gives one a prospective view of this great city. It is with it’s modern and ancient districts. One of the best views is from the Cairo Tower. It is just north of the Modern Art museum. Cairo Tower provides a panoramic vision of Cairo. Cairo Tower made of granite. It is the same material which often used by the ancient Egyptians. It is about 45 meters higher than the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt

Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt

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Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt, once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period. In fact, it now usually just called the ‘Khan’. The names of it and the Muski market often used to mean either. Moreover, Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt market built in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks El Khalili. It was in the heart of the Fatimid City. El Khalili Khan Cairo Egypt and Al Muski market to the west comprise one of Cairo’s most important shopping areas. They represent the market tradition which established Cairo as a major center of trade. At the Khan, one will still find foreign merchants. Moreover, the market involved in the spice monopoly controlled by the Mamluks. This encouraged the Europeans to search for new routes to the East. It led Columbus to discover the Americas.

Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt was also a center for subversive groups to raids. It was before the Sultan El Ghouri rebuilt much of the area in the early 16th century. Moreover, it was trade which caused Cairo’s early wealth. It was even from the time of the Babylon fort which was often a settlement of traders. El Khalili Khan Cairo Egypt situated at one corner of a triangle of markets. These markets go south to Bab Zuweila and west to Azbakiyyah. Khan El Khalili Cairo bordered on the south by Al-Azhar Street and on the west by the Muski Market. In fact, Al Muski is one of the old original gates guards the entrance to the original courtyard. Moreover, it lies midway down Sikket al-Badistan (street).

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On a narrow street leading off Al Badistand, one will find El Fishawy cafe. It was once a meeting place for local artists. It frequented by the Nobel Award winning Naguib Mahfouz. He is one of Egypt’s most well known authors. There are any number of canvas which cover the streets such as the one pictured to the right. Egyptian buyers generally shop in the area north of Al-Badistan and to the west. It is where prices may be lower. Better deals for gold and silver found west of Kahn El Khalili. It is along the “street of the gold sellers”. It is also further on one will find the Brass and Coppersmith Markets. Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt is a tourist trap. All manner of souvenirs may purchased there. It goes from statues to ‘personalized’ cartouches to papyrus art.

In fact, Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt is the best place to buy souvenirs. This because Khan El Khalil Cairo Egypt is the best and cheapest place. One discovers that the Egyptians are here as well. They buying their fabrics and clothes, pots, and other ordinary household needs. Step into this world by heading west Muski street from Midan Hussein. Many of the shops for specific goods clustered along specific streets. They are also in specific areas. For example, there is the Coppersmith’s street. This is less true then most guide books would have one believe. Many shops, particularly those catering specifically to tourists have a variety of different products. The Medieval atmospheres of this market and the labyrinth layout of the streets gives a lot of pleasure.

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Cafes, restaurants, shops, large number of vendors and buyers constitute a dynamic panorama of the place. In Khan El Khalili Cairo Egypt you can drinking Hibiscus, Karakare or Helba. There are many of the various typical Egyptian beverages is a pleasant experience. For smokers, there is the Shisha, or water pipe which they can try. One can take the opportunity to safely enjoy the walk through the narrow streets of Khan El-Khalili. We strongly recommend visiting this vivid bazaar. Keep in mind that in open traditional markets, the prices not fixed. Remember to bargain (haggle) to get the best price. Khan El Khalili market is place where art and commerce come together. It gives a unique, remarkable and harmonious experience.

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Katameya Heights Golf Resort Cairo

Katameya Heights Golf Resort Egypt

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Katameya Heights Golf Resort opened in 1997. It set a new trend in Egypt real estate market. In fact, it located where once there was nothing but a desert. Moreover, it was pioneering vision to turn the desert sand into lush green rolling hills. The resort became the first commercial venture to combine golf and real estate in Egypt. The number of golfers and golf resorts increased since Katameya Heights Golf Resort set the trend in Egypt. Katameya Heights Golf Resort features designed golf course, a marvelous clubhouse and luxurious villas. In fact, Katameya Heights Golf Resort area is 1.5 million square meters. It became the first commercial venture combining golf and real estate in Egypt.

Visitors encouraged to play from Sunday to Thursday. Katameya Heights Golf Resort situated 20 minutes from Cairo’s International Airport. It is between Cairo’s distinguished districts of Heliopolis and Maadi. Furthermore, Katameya Heights Golf Resort designed taking family and children in consideration. It houses a kids center including two heated swimming pools. Moreover, the swimming pools are shallow enough for you to enjoy a round of golf. You will not worry about the safety of your little ones. Children can play on the swings, slides and playhouses. They scattered around the playground.

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After a round of Golf, take advantage of the relaxing treatments and offered service. This will be at the resort’s Spa and Health Club. In fact, the facilities feature an equipped gym, 3 Jacuzzi, 2 saunas, a steam room and a massage room. Moreover, The Golf course is 18 holes, Par 72, 6,780 yards and 9 holes. Furthermore, the facilities include Club Cars, pull carts and trained caddies. They also include Pro shop and Locker Room Facilities. They also include Club rental, dining areas and practice facilities. It also include Golf Academy and 3 PGA professionals.

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Katameya Dunes Golf course Cairo

Katameya Dunes Golf course Egypt

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Katameya Dunes Golf course located in New Cairo. In fact, it is just 15 minutes from Cairo International Airport in Cairo, Egypt. It is indeed new luxurious golf course. Katameya Dunes Golf course boasts 27 hole Golf Course. Moreover, it designed by Sir Nick Faldo. He is a former world’s number one Golfer. In fact, he currently, a renowned Golf analyst on CBS and Golf Channel. The 27 holes have configured into two Championship Golf Courses. They called “The Lakes” and “The Palms”. Furthermore, they are 7400 and 7300 yards long. An opening of 113 rooms and 18 suites hotel and Spa took place in the early 2012. The suites include one presidential suite.

The facility will managed by a world renowned premier brand operator. It specializes in the management of ultra luxury properties. Katameya Dunes is a Golf course, Hotel and Spa. Moreover, Katameya Dunes Golf course also has a wonderful Wildlife. The golf course features a Golf Academy. In fact, the golf Academy is available on site. Moreover, it equipped with the latest in teaching equipment technology. The course also offers extensive practice facilities. It offers a 350 yard floodlit Driving Range. Katameya Dunes Golf course meets the requirements of every level of golfer. It is an exceptional venue for hosting international championships. The course is 27 holes, 2 championship Golf Courses, 7400 and 7300 yards.

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The golf academy offers Putting Zone, Bunker Zone, Chipping and Pitching Zone. It features 400 yard ALL GRASSED surface range. The art swing studios equipped with V1 Swing Analysis, Flight-scope Launch Monitor and SAM Putt Laboratory. All in a fully air conditioned studio. It also features high quality Srixon range balls and fully Qualified PGA Professionals. All PGA Professionals hold fully recognized certificates in Child Protections, Health and Safety. Their wealth of experience and knowledge on the game will help any golfer improve their game. They also have lots of fun on the way. Only members of the club entitled to hold an official handicap at Katameya Dunes.

Katameya Dunes Golf course operates the CONGU system for handicapping. It is the official handicap system which operated in Egypt. There are two ways to get a handicap at Katameya Dunes Golf course. If you have held an official handicap in the past or you have existing current handicap at another club. If you have not held a handicap in the past , then you should get one. To get a handicap a player, you should submit at least 3 scorecards over 18 holes. It is on any of the course combinations at Katameya Dunes Golf course. The facilities of the golf course include Floodlit Driving Range, Golf Academy Pro Shop and Golfers Bar. The also include Golfer Terrace, Lounge, Bag Storage Facility and Underground Parking.

Contact : golf@katameyadunes.com, (+20) 1000084588.

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Gezira Sporting Club Cairo Egypt

Gezira Sporting Club Cairo Egypt

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Gezira Sporting Club Cairo is the largest multi sport facility in Egypt. In fact, it founded in 1882 and called Khedivial Sporting Club. It located on the island of Zamalek in Cairo. Moreover, it is near to Cairo Tower and Opera House. In fact, the 150 acre grounds of it carved out of the Khedivial Botanical Gardens. That is why acacias and gardens decorated the area. After the land leased to the British military command, club rules licensed. In fact, the land divided into several recreational playing grounds. At first, the club was for the exclusive use of the British Army. In 1906, Gezira Sporting Club Cairo members asked the Egyptian government for ownership. In fact, their request refused. Instead, they granted a 60 year lease. The exclusive character of the club continued until after World War II.

In fact, in January 1952, Gezira Sporting Club Cairo nationalized and became a public club. Half of its eighteen hole Cairo course given over to a youth club. It built by the Egyptian government on the club premises and made it a nine hole course. The ethos and structure of the club further altered during the Nasser regime. Most members of the club were Egyptians. Thy were from society’s elite. In the early 1960, the Egyptian government once again took over the club’s premises. It took half of it to make room for a public club called El Ahly Club. That was to promote sports among all Egyptians. At that time, much of aristocratic nationalized for the benefit of the poorer majority.  Gamal Abdel Nasser became beloved and popular among middle and lower classes of Egypt at that time.

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A new elevated highway built over the remaining nine hole Cairo course. The elevated highway is the 6th October Bridge. That was in Al Sadat era. Despite suffering vandalism, Gezira Sporting Club Cairo still offers most of the sports. It offers tennis, squash, croquet, horse riding and cricket. The sporting club started as a British military club. It now evolved into one of Egypt’s greatest outdoor attractions. Gezira Sporting Club Cairo remained both a landmark and one of Cairo’s greatest assets. Moreover, it is over five decades. Gezira Sporting Club golf course features 18 holes. It played on 9 fairways. Furthermore, it also feature Par 70, 5,860 yards, rating 68 and three tees. The facilities are Pro Shop, caddies, trolleys, driving range and club rental.

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El Fishawy Cafe Cairo Egypt Islamic Cairo Alexandria tour

El Fishawy Cafe Cairo Egypt

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El Fishawy Cafe Cairo indeed is the most renowned cafe in the Arab world. It is a monument to the traditional Egyptian social style. El Fishawy Cafe Cairo is popular for relaxing with friends and colleagues. It is the occasional stranger over coffee, tea and tobacco. Some 240 years ago, a man named El Fishawy began serving coffee to his friends. It was in an alley of Cairo’s Khan El Khalili district. This was each evening after prayers. According to his descendants El Fishawy’s gatherings grew larger. It fueled by the talk of the town. El Fishawy added mint tea and anise tea to his informal menu. This is besides shishas (water pipes). “We are different from the other coffeehouses because we work to preserve the old style”. Says Akram El Fishawy. He is one of the El Fishawy Cafe Cairo’s seventh-generation owners.

In fact, El Fishawy Cafe Cairo really represents Egypt’s past. El Fishawy Cafe Cairo’s sits cramped and noisy at the hub of Cairo’s richest area. It is of Islamic architecture and historic institutions. Besides the labyrinthine 14th-century Khan El Khalili market, the popular Al Hussein mosque is nearby. It is where the head of one of the grandsons of the Prophet Muhammad said to be buried. Only a few meters across the road from El Fishawy Cafe Cairo is Al Azahr. It is one of the world’s oldest universities. Partly because of this location, El Fishawy Cafe Cairo became a popular neighborhood watering hole. It also became a rallying point for more than two centuries of Egyptian writers, artists, musicians and students. “Loving greetings I present to my beloved home, El Fishawy” reads one entry in the cafe’s multi-volume guest register.

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The Arabic script is small and clear. “God grant it and its owners long life, fame and happiness. Your loyal son, Naguib Mahfouz. December, 1982”. Akram El Fishawy explains that Mahfouz was the café’s most famous “regular”. In fact, he wrote parts of his Nobel-Prize-winning trilogy in El Fishawy Cafe’s back room. “His boyhood home is just down the road” Other notable patrons have included Ahmad Rami. He is the poet who wrote songs for the legendary singer Umm Kalthum. Even King Farouk, ruler of Egypt in the years before and after World War II. Good wishes also appear in the guest book from the pen of Alex Haley, author of Roots. The television series made from his book was one of the greatest hits in recent memory in Egypt.

“Everything that has happened in Egypt has passed through Fishawy’s” says El Fishawy with pride. El Fishawy Cafe Cairo is a cafe for ordinary people, and each day has its rhythm. In the early morning, cabbies, craftsmen and shopkeepers often drop in for a wake-up pot of tea.  Noon brings the peak hours. It is when camera-toting travelers can often spotted moving in herds among the tables. It is while the cafe’s waiters stride through their midst, like egrets. Afternoon brings a wave of students and groups of worshipers. This is after their prayers at Al Hussein. On weekends, El Fishawy cafe seems filled with Egyptians from towns and cities outside Cairo. At such a time, someone might begin to recite a poem, half-heard amid the nocturnal buzz and bustle.

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There are changes which affected both the cafe and the country over the years. But in fact, El Fishawy Cafe Cairo remains a social monument. Traditional menu, battered mirror frames and the waiters shouting their orders. It is across the alley to the kitchen let Fishawy cafe endears itself to all who enter. In fact, the tea is the most popular drink at Fishawy’s and in much of the Arab world. It comes in a battered two-cup enamel teapot with a bowl of sugar. Moreover, it comes with sprigs of fresh mint and a small glass. Coffee served in the traditional Arab kanakah. It is a fluted, long-handled copper pot with sugar on the side. Other national favorites include Karkaday, a tart, and deep-red hibiscus. They include also anise infusion, fresh lemonade and Sahlab. They also include a hot thick drink like thinned Cream of Wheat.

To the habitues, long-handled shishas, the traditional Arab water pipes, are as indispensable as tea. On a typical night, the cafe’s tiny kitchen turns out as many as 400 clay pipe-bowls. It packed with aromatic tobacco mixtures. It made sticky with either traditional molasses or a lighter apple flavoring. Women as well as men smoke, drawing it through a flexible tube and a cylindrical wooden handle. Most of the tiny, round tables, their marble tops cracked. Furthermore, they held together by their aluminum rims, have seen as many years as Fishawy’s itself. El Fishawy Cafe Cairo has large oil paintings. They varnish darkened to deepest brown. It also features enormous mirrors, heavy in gilded arabesque frames and some inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

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The walls, covered with a dimmed yellow paint. This makes El Fishawy Cafe Cairo as old as Khan El Khalili itself. El Fishawy Cafe Cairo’s inner sanctum is the “closed treasure room” once Naguib Mahfouz’s favorite writing spot. It now used for private parties. In El Fishawy Cafe Cairo stands a full-length Spanish mirror with lotus blossoms. It carved into its ponderous dark frame. It reflects light from an over sized chandelier. “We can’t redecorate” says Akram El Fishawy. “When we tried to repaint the walls, the customers complained. They said, ‘We like it better when they are dirty!” That genuineness, El Fishawy says, is not likely to change. His ancestor started the cafe for social reasons and for his friends. He points out that Fishawy’s today “is not an investment project”. It is something to preserve.

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Dreamland Golf Course Cairo Egypt

Dreamland Golf Course Cairo Egypt

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Dreamland golf course Cairo located only few minutes from the Great Pyramids of Giza. In fact, the site designed by the famous Golf architect Karl Litten. Dreamland golf course Cairo indeed is one of the longest in Egypt. Moreover, it has a special pharaonic touch. The actual Giza pyramids are visible from some holes. The holes themselves have called names like Ramses the First! Challenges include mounding, lakes, trees and sand areas. Furthermore, Dreamland golf course Cairo features Indiana Jones inspired clubhouse. It is an attraction itself. It houses waterfalls, rocks, bridges and a wooden terrace on stilts. The resort also houses a state-of-the-art Spa & Wellness Center. It is on site at the Hilton Pyramids Hotel. It is where one can enjoy reinvigorating treatments.

You also can enjoy some quality pampering time with the help of massage professionals. Dreamland golf course Cairo features 18 holes, par 72 and 7,205 yards. It also features 9 holes, par 36, 3,532 yards. The facilities include Caddies, trolleys and club rental. They also include 2 food and beverage halfway houses on the Championship Course. It is besides to Golf academy. They also include PGA instructors, lessons, floodlit driving range, putting and practice greens.

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Dreamland golf course Cairo is near to Dream Park. Dream park is the leading amusement Park in Egypt & the Middle East. The Park established in 1999. It designed by The Famous Canadian Architecture Company. It is Forrec, designed Universal Studios and Mall of America. Dream park is a member of IAAPA. It is International Association of Amusement Parks and attractions). You can go amuse your self to that park after a golfing day. Dreamland golf course Cairo is also near El-Hassana Dome National Park. It created by contortions of the earth’s crust that caused Cretaceous limestone. It is 135 million years old. You can also have a look on the national Park before you start your golfing day.

Dreamland golf course Cairo is near Hilton Pyramids Spa. It is an ode to luxury and serenity, tinted by thousands of years of Ancient Egyptian history. The hotel’s on site spa dedicated to the well-being of guests. They will feel transformed into Egyptian gods. It is only for the duration of a treatment. You can go there enjoying it after a golfing day.

Dreamland golf course Cairo is also near to Giza Plateau. Giza Plateau located only a few kilometers south of Cairo. It is several hundred meters from the last houses in the southernmost part of the city proper. Giza Plateau is where a limestone cliff rises from the other side of a sandy desert plateau. You can start your day by a short visit to Giza Plateau before you start your golfing day at Dreamland.

Contact: opr@dreamlandgolf.com, +(202) 3855 31 64 (Golf Tee Time), (+20) 100177 3410 (Reservation)

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Dream Park Cairo Egypt

Dream Park Cairo Egypt

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Dream park Cairo is the leading amusement Park in Egypt and the Middle East. The Park established in 1999 and designed by The Famous Canadian Architecture Company. The company is Forrec. In fact, it is same company who designed Universal Studios and Mall of America. Moreover, The park is a member of IAAPA. It is the International Association of Amusement Parks and attractions. Dream park Cairo built over 150 acres. It located within the giant Dreamland residential compound. Furthermore, The park is at 6th of October City in Cairo, Egypt. In fact, The park divided into three distinct zones. They fulfilling the entertainment needs of all Family members.

Kids area features a fantasy world of myths, legends and fairy tales. Moreover, it also includes 9 rides and a simulator theater. The whole Family have fun with 12 more rides besides 10 more thrilling rides. The family area also features a wide range of fast food cafes, restaurants that more than 15 outlets. There are also more than 5 souvenir shops. A train encircles the whole park to make everything within an easy reach. Dream park Cairo includes two theaters. The first one is Children theaters. The other one is the Roman theater. Both of them present wonderful and interesting shows. Being more unique, the park comprises the most largest concert area.

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Safety on all rides. In fact, equipment assured with safety certification from the world famous T.U.V. Rhineland. The park can accommodate more than 30000 visitors per day. Tickets prices give an unlimited access to all rides and games. In fact, Dream park Cairo became a major destination for individual guest and groups as well. Dream park Cairo is near to Dreamland Golf course. Moreover, the golf course designed by the famous Golf architect Karl Litten. Dreamland golf course is one of the longest in Egypt. It has a special pharaonic touch to it. The actual Giza pyramids are visible from some holes.

The holes themselves have called names like Ramses the First! Challenges include mounding, lakes, trees and sand areas. Dreamland park Cairo is also near to Hilton Pyramids Spa. It is an ode to luxury and serenity, tinted by thousands of years of Ancient Egyptian history. The hotel’s on site spa dedicated to the well being of guests. They will feel transformed into Egyptian gods. It is only for the duration of a treatment. You can go there enjoying it after you spend your day at the Park.

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Cairo Tower Egypt

Cairo Tower Egypt

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Cairo Tower is 187 meter high and in the form of a latticework tube. It fans out at the top. Moreover, the tower imitates a lotus plant. In fact, Cairo Tower ranks the fourth among the world highest towers. It is really nice to be up high in Cairo. The Tower gives one a prospective view of this great city. It is with it’s modern and ancient districts. One of the best views is indeed from the Cairo Tower. Furthermore, it located on Gezira Island (Zemalak). It is just north of the Modern Art museum. The tower provides a panoramic vision of Cairo. Cairo Tower made of granite. It is the same material which often used by the ancient Egyptians. Moreover, it is about 45 meters higher than the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Cairo Tower was the best place to dine out for the late President Gamal Abdul Nasser. He used to go together with his family to dine in the tower’s restaurant. Today, the restaurant rotates at an almost unnoticeable speed. Signatures of all the presidents who visited the tower are here in the honoring book. And even engraved in the tower’s walls keeping unforgettable memories. But such politicians were not the only ones who loved the tower. One of the tower first visitors was Hollywood movie star, Katherine Hepburn. It had somewhat of a rocky footing back then in Egyptian American politics. Moreover, it actually financed with American funds. It not exactly what the Americans expected Nasser to do with the money.

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In fact, Cairo Tower completed in 1961 under the direction of Naum Chebib. Some say that the tower is, after the Great Pyramid, Cairo’s most famous landmark. This highest of Cairo’s buildings is a highlight of the modern city. The best time to visit the tower is at sunset. It is when millions of twinkling lights come to life. From here, one can make out on a clear day the easternmost extent of Cairo. It is where the dark gray buildings run up against the cliff face of the Muqattam Hills. Looking west, the pyramids mark the limits of the city and the start of the desert.

Nile River flows north to the Mediterranean, seeming to slice Cairo in two. To better ease the view, there are also telescopes. The Tower opens every day from 9:00 in the morning until 1:00 the next morning. The whole of Cairo awaits you at the top of the tower. This is not a sight one should miss. Note that one must pay to take photos from the tower, and video camera tickets are somewhat expensive.

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Cairo Opera House

Cairo Opera House Egypt

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Cairo Opera House is a part of Cairo’s National Cultural Center. Moreover, it is the main performing arts venue in the Egyptian capital. Cairo Opera House is the home to most of Egypt‘s finest musical groups. It located on the southern part of Gezira Island in the Nile River. It is in the Zamalek district west of and near downtown Cairo. In fact, Cairo Opera House inaugurated on October 10, 1988. The funds for the complex were a gift from the nation of Japan to Egypt. It was as a result of President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to Japan in April 1983. In fact, the construction of Cairo Opera House began in May 1985.

In fact, the work lasted for three years. President Mubarak and Prince Tomohito of Mikasa inaugurated Cairo Opera House. It was in October 1988. Prince Tomohito of Mikasa was the younger brother of the Japanese Emperor. Moreover, it was the first time for Japan to stage a Kabuki show in Africa or the Arab World. It is a traditional popular drama with singing and dancing. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra chose Cairo Opera House as a venue for their first performance. In fact, it was their first performance in the Middle East and Africa in January 2007.

Khedivial Opera House:

In 1869, Khedive Ismail gave instructions to build an opera house. It was to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. In fact, it called Khedivial (Royal) Opera House. It meant as a lasting and outstanding symbol of the arts of drama and music. Furthermore, the opera house designed by Italian architects Avoscani and Rossi. It completed in six months, in the center of Cairo near the Azbakeya district. The Khedive commissioned a performance which would reflect the ancient Egyptian history. French archaeologist Auguste Mariette Bey, in the Khedive’s service, wrote a plot. It served the respected Italian librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni as a basis for his libretto. Giuseppe Verdi appointed to compose the music. The result was the famous opera Aida. It is with its heroic quality, powerful dramatic scenes and its passionate music.

The sets and costumes for the premiere of Aida could not transported from Paris in time. In fact, it was because of delays caused by the Franco Prussian war. Moreover, in 1869 the Opera House opened instead with Verdi’s Rigoletto. It was indeed one of Verdi’s earlier masterpieces. Aida would receive its world premiere in Cairo in 1871. Moreover, Aida not commissioned for the inauguration of the Suez Canal. It is contrary to general belief. Khedivial Opera was the first one in Africa to perform world famous operas. Furthermore, it was also the first one to perform symphonic masterpieces. In fact, in October 28, 1971, Khedivial Opera House completely destroyed by a fire. It was in the early morning.

Cairo Opera house Performance spaces:

Main Hall: Seats 1,300 people in its four levels. It also include orchestra seating, three tiers and a presidential box. It used for operas and orchestra and ballet performances.

Small Hall: Seats up to 500 people on a single floor; used for chamber music and recitals. Can double as a large reception hall for important events.

Open-air Theater: Designed square shaped stage used for outdoor performances, seats 600 people.

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