ATTRACTIONS OF MODERN CAIRO
NATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER (Opera House)
The new 7-storey opera house at the Gezira Exhibition Grounds was inaugurated on 3/10/1988. Designed by a team of Japanese and Egyptian architects. It is an architectural masterpiece of Islamic design. It is equipped with the most sophisticated audio-visual system and comprises:
- The Main Theater, a closed hall comprising 1200
seats, is used for opera, ballet and classic music perfor-
- The Second Theater is also a closed hall comprising
500 seats and is used for various purposes including film
festivals and conferences.
- The Third Theater is an open one comprising 1000
seats. There are other halls, some of which are used for
training and rehearsals, in addition to the Museum and
the Library containing references pertaining to the most
significant artistic works.
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR CONFERENCE
Located in Nasr City, it comprises three main conference halls, a fourth for receptions and a fifth for exhibitions. In addition, there are fully-equipped secretarial offices and a press center.
For information - Tel. (202) 2634637 / Fax. (202)2634640
- Main Hall: 2,500 sq.m., 2,500 seats.
- Second Hall: 840 sq.m., 800 seats.
- Third Hall: 900 sq.m., 600 seats.
- Receptions Hall: 1,600 sq.m., 1,250 seats.
- Exhibition Hall: 2,500 sq.m.
CAIRO TOWER (Gezirah)
Over 180 meters high, it is the most outstanding attraction of modern Cairo. The first of the top two storeys has
a rotating restaurant and cafeteria. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Cairo from the observation platform.
SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW
In an enchanting atmosphere, with sound, light, and music, the show captivates audiences and makes re-live ancient times, the history of the Pyramids and the glory of the Pharaohs. The show is presented in six languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
For information Tel: 3852096
Historical spectacle reflecting the style of life of ancient Egyptians. Visitors witness the daily activities of the ancient Egyptian who has known the oldest civilization. The Village also contains a papyrus museum and offers adequate services to its visitors. The visit lasts two hours.
For further information: Tel: 729053 / 729186 Cornich el Nil, Giza.
THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM (Tahrir Square)
It is regarded as one of the most prominent museums in the world for it offers visitors a chance to aquaint themselves with Egypt's ancient history over a period of 50 centuries. Its most significant showpiece is the magnificent Tutankhamun collection.
THE COPTIC MUSEUM (Old Cairo)
The museum houses a rare collection of ancient Christian relics including remains of architectural works, textiles, icons and old manuscripts reflecting the history of Coptic civilization.
THE MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART (Bab al-Khalq Square)
It is regarded as the largest museum in the Middle East, housing 80,000 rare objects dating from the dawn of Islam to the Ottoman period.
THE MILITARY MUSEUM (The Citadel)
The museum displays a magnificent collection of ancient weapons, statues, and uniforms in addition to other exhibits, designed to show the art of warfare in Egypt from the earliest times.
There are other museums and modern landmarks in Cairo that are also worth seeing.
PUBLIC GARDENS / PARKS
There are several spacious parks in Cairo including the Zoological Gardens in Giza, the Andalusian Gardens overlooking the Nile, the Kanater al-Khaireya Gardens (the Good Barrage), about 25 kms from the capital, the Fish Gardens in Zamalek and the International Garden in Nasr City.