Fun Things to Do in Cairo, Egypt

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Curator’s statement

Cairo is a city filled with intrigue and imagination. Right out of the customs gate, you see images of Umm Kulthum and Abdel Halim Hafez, Egypt's musical legends who set the tone in this never ending city of music, dance, and energy. Having such a central location in the world, and such a majestic Ancient history; Egypt attracts diverse international tourism. You will see the unity of different people from all over the world, usually all within the same day, in addition to the vibrant people of Egypt. Let's talk about some fun attractions, and where they are in the looping city-scape of Cairo.

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Where to stay in Cairo, Egypt

Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo

Helming the river Nile, this gracious hotel combines art deco and modern design to provide timeless elegance and refinement.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

Luxurious guest rooms and suites alongside five-star dining and majestic views in the heart of Cairo.

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Marriott Mena Hotel

Luxury rooms and suites boasting views of the Pyramids, with lavish gardens, swimming pool, plus four restaurants and lounges, and health club.

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Things to do in Cairo, Egypt

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  • The (Old) Egyptian Museum: The Old Egyptian Museum is a once in a lifetime experience for Ancient Egypt fanatics. Be forewarned, there are strict laws regarding cameras in public spaces in Egypt, you can get fined or get it confiscated. Having said that, if you have a camera visible, you will get charged a fee for bringing it into the museum. Upon entering the Museum, you are immediately met with the Rosetta Stone, towering sculptures of Egyptian Pharaoh's, art in papyrus, the massive 24 karat gold tomb of Tutankhamun, and so much more. You will be left in awe, dreaming of the magic of Ancient Egypt.

  • Giza Plateau: Giza plateau will leave you in awe at the wonders of Ancient Egypt. It is so incredible that you may begin to understand why people speculate that it wasn't built by humans at all. Controversies aside, this is an incredible, vast space. Giza is actually a separate 'governate' in and of itself, because it is such a large expanse of land, and pyramids, but it is located within Old Cairo. If you decide to enter the Great Pyramid, be warned that it is a steep walk through the main 'shaft.' Upon entering the main chamber, you can hear the acoustics of the chamber when speaking or humming. The Great Pyramid was designed for preservation of matter, so you may start you emit a wonderful glow upon exiting.

  • The Sphinx is located on the other side of the Pyramids (as their guardian, or protective lion.) It is a good distance walk to the Sphinx, and it is all in the open sun, so beware not to travel to the Sphinx in the middle of the day, when the sun is at it's highest point.

  • Nile Maxim Dinner Cruises: You cannot leave Egypt without going on some Nile Cruises. Nile Maxim cruises offer some of the finest entertainment and belly dancing around. You will enjoy traditional Egyptian music and dance; a big fun part of Egypt's culture. Be mindful that if you're visiting Egypt during Ramadan, the month-long holy month, you will not see bellydancing during this time.

Places to eat & drink in Cairo, Egypt

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  • Fairmont Nile City: You can find an array of dining options here, from Bab el Bil, where you can find a wide array of Middle Eastern Classics, meals, mezzes, grill items, desserts, and pasteries. Also here you will see live entertainment and Bellydancing. Fairmont Nile City also offers Saigon Restaurant and Lounge, a classy restaurant that has an offer of Vietnamese and Thai food options, with tons of sushi available, as well as desserts.

  • Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo offers several restaurants as well. Choose from Osmanly Restaurant, traditional Turkish Restaurant, to indulge in the delights of Turkish food. Or, enjoy the Rooftop Lounge, to enjoy Shawarma beneath the stars. Go to the Chocolate Lounge for High Tea, to choose from an array of delicious desserts.

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