Egypt - Middle East

Egypt – The Gift of the Nile

Average weather and climate in Egypt

With the small exception of its strip of Mediterranean coastline, the whole of Egypt has an arid desert climate. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter, between December and February, when temperatures range between 20 to 26 degrees Celsius (68 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit)

CAIRO

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Middle-East and second-largest in Africa after Lagos. Its metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the world. Located near the Nile Delta, it was founded in AD 969. Nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a center of the region's political and cultural life. Cairo was founded by the Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century CE, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo is also associated with Ancient Egypt as it is close to the ancient cities of Memphis, Giza and Fustat which are near the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN CAIRO

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.

Khan El-Khalili is a major souk in the Islamic district of Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.

Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church also known as the Hanging Church is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the 3rd century AD.

The Pyramid of Djoser, or step pyramid is an archaeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis, Egypt, northwest of the city of Memphis. It was built during the 27th century BC for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser by Imhotep, his vizier.

The Giza Necropolis is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt

The Cairo Tower is a free-standing concrete tower located in Cairo, Egypt. At 187 m, it has been the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa about 50 years.

The Mosque-Madrassah of Sultan Hassan is a massive Mamluk era mosque and madrassah located near the Citadel in Cairo. Its construction began 757 AH/1356 CE with work ending three years later "without even a single day of idleness".

Islamic Cairo is a part of central Cairo noted for its historically important mosques and other Islamic monuments. It is overlooked by the Cairo Citadel.

The City of the Dead, or Cairo Necropolis, is an Islamic necropolis and cemetery below the Mokattam Hills in southeastern Cairo, Egypt. The people of Cairo, the Cairenes, and most Egyptians, call it el'arafa.

Tahrir Square, also known as "Martyr Square", is a major public town square in Downtown Cairo, Egypt

ACCOMMODATION

BARCELO HOTEL (4*)

Barceló Cairo Pyramids hotel is situated in the legendary city of Cairo, only 4 km from the famous pyramids of Keops, Kefren and Micerinos and the mythical Giza Plateau, declared a World Heritage Site. The hotel is situated in Sharia Al Haram, one of Egypt's most famous avenues, known as Pyramids Street. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.barcelo.com/

CAIRO RAMSES HILTON (5*)

The Ramses Hilton hotel is set along the east bank of the River Nile, in the heart of Egypt's metropolitan capital. The hotel's location in Cairo city center, just north of Tahrir Square, puts you on the doorstep of the city's most famous cultural attractions. Visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum located directly across the street, and discover the main shopping districts, ministries and government building, all conveniently within walking distance. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.placeshilton.com/ramses-cairo

KEMPINSKY CAIRO (5*)

Kempinsky Nile Hotel, Cairo is located on the east bank of the Nile River in the historical quarter of Garden City. A pleasant walk away from the Egyptian Museum and the Cairo Opera house. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.kempinski.com

LE MERIDIAN PYRAMID (5*)

Is beautifully set in its own landscaped gardens with an unrivaled and time-honored location, less than 1 km from the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, one of the seven ancient wonders of the World and only twenty minutes from Cairo's city center. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.lemeridien-pyramids.com

FAIRMONT HELIOPOLIS (5*)

Located in the city of the sun, Heliopolis, where ancient Egyptians chose to celebrate life, creation and the sun, the hotel enables its guests to easily reach Cairo International Conference Center, along with the palace of the modern Heliopolis founder, Baron Empain, the Virgin Mary’s Tree, and many more of the legendary Cairo attractions. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.fairmont.com/heliopolis-cairo/

SHARM EL SHEIKH

Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 35,000 (2008). Sharm El-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate, which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN SHARM EL SHEIKH

Naama Bay is a natural bay in Sharm El-Sheikh resort and is considered the main hub for tourists in the city, as it is famous for its cafes, restaurants, hotels, and bazaars.

Ras Mohammad is a national park in Egypt at the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Suez on the west and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east

Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb, is a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt that is a possible location of the biblical Mount Sinai. The latter is mentioned many times in the Book of Exodus and other books of the Bible, and the Quran.

Tiran Island is an Egyptian-administered island that is also claimed by Saudi Arabia.

The Red Sea Riviera, in Egypt, consists of the resort cities lying on the western shore of the Gulf of Aqaba and along the eastern coast of mainland Egypt south of the Gulf of Suez

Pharaoh's Island refers to an island in the northern Gulf of Aqaba off the shore of Egypt's eastern Sinai Peninsula.

ACCOMMODATION

MOVENPICK SHARM EL SHEIKH (5*)

The Mövenpick Sharm El Sheikh is located in Naama Bay, the prime location in Sharm El Sheikh. Experience relaxing and luxurious stays at any time of the year.

Refresh your senses with natural corals, coloured fish and the view of colourful Mount Sinai. Our hotel is conveniently located at a 10-minute drive from the International Airport. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.moevenpick-hotels.com/

MARIOTT SHARM EL SHEIKH (5*)

Discover five star luxury at Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort. Centrally located within walking distance of the city's vibrant night life, Resort offers outstanding service and amenities for your Red Sea holiday. Stretch out in one of our 520 elegant hotel rooms, spread among two distinctive buildings beach side and garden side, with spectacular views of the sea, pool and garden. Recommended for families and couples.

Website:www.marriott.com/.


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