Long considered to be the jewel of the orient, Cairo is an international city overflowing with an interesting mixture of different cultures. It is a city steeped in the early civilizations of the ancient pharaohs, blended with the history of Christian and Islamic cultures. It is all brought together by the modern sights and luxuries of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.

Facts

Population

12 million

Currency

Egyptian Pound - EGP 1 EGP = 100 Piaster

Opening hours

Generally 9 am-6 pm, but will vary slightly for each business or museum.

Newspapers

Egyptian Gazette Cairo Times Middle East Times Progrès Egyptien

Tourist information

Cairo Tourist Office 5 Sharia Adly, near Midan Opera 8:30 am-8 pm (9am-5pm during Ramadan) +20 2 391 3454

Travel to Cairo

Book your flights to Cairo with Etihad Airways and prepare yourself for the exotic Egypt experience. Cairo, being the capital of Egypt, is the best place to explore the country’s archaeological wonders and to witness how beautifully the ancient city has transformed into the bustling metropolitan it is today.

Great for short breaks and long holidays, Cairo’s history stems back more than 4,000 years so you never know what historic monument you may come across when you are here. Cairo will give you the matchless experience of skyscrapers with world heritage monuments nestling close by. With a unique blend of Roman, Islamic and Coptic cultures, Cairo is the best representation of the essence of the modern multi-cultural Egypt.

Top 5 things to do in Cairo

  • Incorporate a visit to the most renowned place of interest in the whole of Egypt - The Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Truly experience the grandeur of this ancient civilisation in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, that hosts a stunning collection of Egyptian artefacts
  • Atop the Cairo Tower you can get a breathtaking view of the city with the Pyramids in the distance
  • Ride a felucca under a starlit sky and enjoy a calm night in the lap of the Nile River
  • To experience the true Egyptian way of life, head straight to the oldest part of the city, which is also the original site of Babylon inhabited for thousands of years

Shopping in Cairo

Once you are finished sightseeing, make some time to embrace the bounty of the East in the shopping districts of Cairo. From modern air-conditioned shopping malls to bazaars, like the well-known Khan el-Khalili Souk, you will find treats and trinkets of every variety. Clothing, copper-ware, leather, ceramics, carpets and gold are just a few of the delightful items you can pick up here.   

Meanwhile, Wekalat al-Balaq is another popular street market selling beautiful fabrics and Egyptian cotton, while the Egyptian Camel Market, specialising in the sale of various camel breeds, makes for a Cairo shopping trip of a different kind. 

Restaurants in Cairo

Dining in Cairo will open culinary doors that you never knew existed. With hundreds of restaurants serving the best in international and traditional Egyptian cuisines, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice.

Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a meal with 5-star service, you will find it on holiday in Cairo. Since café-going is a way of life in Cairo, there are many famous tea and coffee houses in the city too.

Nightlife in Cairo

As a relatively relaxed city, you may be surprised to discover that there are a pulsing variety of things to do during the evening in Cairo. Most of the large, upscale hotels have popular restaurants and lounges attached to them.

You can also opt for something a little more traditional with a dinner cruise along the Nile followed by a belly dancing or whirling dervishes show. Nightlife in Cairo is great for families as well as people traveling alone or with friends.  

Plan your Cairo holiday

The weather in Cairo is moderate and dry all through the year. Summers witness soaring temperatures and can make outdoor activities inaccessible during the day so the winter months are the best time to visit Cairo. Avoid last minute hassles by booking your tickets to Cairo in advance.

Being one of the largest cities in the world, you can find accommodation to fit all budgets in Cairo. Accommodation by the Nile, with a lovely river breeze, can be found along with other cheap hotels in Cairo throughout the off-peak season.

Book your flights to Cairo today

Check out our popular deals for great prices on flights to Cairo by browsing through the deals section on our website. Once you are ready to go, make packing a little bit easier by ensuring you know the baggage allowance on flights to Cairo, and what is and is not permitted aboard our Coral Economy, Pearl Business and Diamond First Class seats.  

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