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Aerial view of the skyline containing tall buildings over the Nile River, set before a pink and purple sky.

City at a Glance

New Cairo, Egypt
Location Northeastern Egypt
City type Megalopolis
Population 21 million
Official language(s) Arabic; English widely spoken 
Climate Desert 
Average temperatures January: 59º F, July: 85º F
Landscape Desert and low mountains
Factoid In Arabic, Cairo is known as Al-Qāhirah, meaning The Victorious.

About New Cairo

The capital city of Egypt is a land of beautiful contrasts and is known as the City of the Thousand Minarets. Ancient architecture shares the stage with modern skyscrapers, and small serpentine streets intersect with major boulevards. The greater Cairo area is home to over 20 million people (most dwelling in apartments)—making it one of the largest cities in Africa. Tourists from all over the globe are drawn to this location thanks to its close proximity to the Pyramids of Giza, which are just 11 miles away from the city center. But there are other wonders to discover in this bustling hub including museums, mosques, markets galore, and a happening nightlife scene. 

Where is New Cairo

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What to do in New Cairo

  • Pyramids of Giza: It’s the most obvious must-do when in New Cairo, but must be mentioned. Trek to the Pyramids of Giza for a half-day getaway and bask in the epic glory of our mysteriously advanced ancestors.  
  • Egyptian Museum: Behold the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East, and home to the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities on Earth. This is such a massive museum that you can easily lose an entire weekend exploring it!    
  • Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan: Take in striking images of history in an imposing location. Built in the mid-14th century, the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is one of the largest mosques in the world. 
  • Khan el-Khalili: Sidle through an ancient shopping district that dates back to 1400 CE. This is an ideal spot to get a finger on the pulse of economic and cultural life in New Cairo, as well as to stock up on souvenirs.  
  • Nile River Boat Ride: Sail along the world’s longest river and float past astonishing scenery. Set out at dusk for the most scintillating starry views. 
  • Cairo Tower: Designed to represent the lotus flower, it is the tallest skyscraper in North Africa. The best time to visit is at dusk when the open-air observation deck at the top is open with telescopes offering incomparable views of the surrounding landscape.   



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