#Egypt #travel Cairo 4K – Night Drive – Driving Downtown





Weekday night drive in downtown Cairo Egypt. Downtown Cairo was designed after and has been known as ‘Paris on the Nile’. Video begins in Giza and heads to the historic center of Cairo. I would love to walk and explore this area of the city in greater detail! Enjoy!
Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views.

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Its metropolitan area, with a population of over 20 million, is the largest in Africa, the Arab world, and the Middle East, and the 6th-largest in the world. Cairo is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, Cairo was founded in 969 AD by the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a centre of the region’s political and cultural life, and is titled “the city of a thousand minarets” for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. Cairo is considered a World City with a “Beta +” classification according to GaWC.

With a population of over 9 million spread over 3,085 square kilometers (1,191 sq mi), Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. An additional 9.5 million inhabitants live in close proximity to the city. The Cairo Metro is one of the only two metro systems in Africa (the other being in Algiers, Algeria), and ranks amongst the fifteen busiest in the world, with over 1 billion annual passenger rides. The economy of Cairo was ranked first in the Middle East in 2005, and 43rd globally on Foreign Policy’s 2010 Global Cities Index.

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17 Comments

  1. Looks really chaotic from here but im pretty sure these people who live there will begin to miss the chaos once they are in a wuiet place

  2. What a dark and dystopian Moloch! Time seems to have stood still in Cairo. No lights, no resplendence, only dark and poorly lit buildings. Most terrible are those brutal highway bridges in the midst of the city.
    When I was there for the first time 40 years ago, it looked the same. Creepy, sad and dull! If you compare Cairo with more developed cities such as Istanbul, Algiers, Beijing or Cape Town, you notice that Cairo has remained a stagnant, poor and desolate urban desert! What a shame!

  3. I lived a couple of years in Egypt back in the 2006-09. Being a kid, I thought Cairo was dirty, crowded, underdeveloped and traffic was crazy. Then I traveled in Asia with my family: Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila. And I thought Cairo was not so bad after all. Then we visited India: my sibling, my mom and I were crying for Cairo after 6 days horrible days in Delhi and Mumbai 🙂 And forced my dad to finish our planned 3-weeks Indian vacation in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 300 miles from our home in Cairo! Didn't peep a word about Cairo or its traffic after India!

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