Cairo is the capital of Egypt and, with a total population of Greater Cairo metropolitan area in excess of 16 million people, one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East.

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Downtown Cairo is the commercial heart of the modern city of Cairo, centered on Midan Talaat Harb and located to the east and north-east of Midan Tahrir.

Giza is a city located at a Governorate with the same name, to the west of the Egyptian capital Cairo, but for a long time now absorbed as part of the heavily-populated Greater Cairo metropolis.

Gezira is a district of modern Cairo that occupies the southern portion of the main island in the Nile within Cairo itself; in fact, gezira means "island" in Arabic.


Midan Tahrir is the name given to the large public square at the epicentre of modern Cairo and, as a city district, to the streets and institutions located nearby.

Islamic Cairo is the name commonly given to the core of medieval Cairo, a part of the city remarkably different from the modern Downtown district and the suburbs to the west.

Garden City is a well-planned and leafy district of central Cairo, immediately south of the very centre of the modern city at Midan Tahrir.

Heliopolis is one of the nicest places to live in Cairo, but there isn't much to visit as a tourist.

Dokki and Mohandiseen are districts in Giza suburb on the west bank of the Nile River, part of Greater Cairo.

Old Cairo is the name given to the extensive district of southern Cairo from the southern boundary of Garden City down to the precinct commonly known as Coptic Cairo.

Ma'adi a suburban district of Cairo, to the south of the city center on the eastern bank of the Nile, consists of two distinct areas, Old Ma'adi and New Ma'adi.

Midan Ramses is the name of the large square in front of the Ramses station, the main station in Cairo for long-distance trains.


  • Location:  , , ,
  • Population:  7,900,000
  • IATA airport code:  CAI
  • Latitude:  30° 3' 25.5" (30.0571°) north
  • Longitude:  31° 13' 30.6" (31.2252°) east
  • Average elevation:  23 meters (75 feet)
  • Wikidata:  Cairo
  • DMOZ Open Directory:  Cairo
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  • Afrikaans:  Kaïro
  • Amharic:  ካይሮ
  • Arabic:  القاهرة
  • Arpitan:  Lo Cayiro
  • Azerbaijani:  Qahirə
  • Basque:  Kairo
  • Bosnian:  Kairo
  • Bulgarian:  Кайро
  • Catalan:  El Caire
  • Cebuano:  Caire
  • Croatian:  Kairo
  • Czech:  Káhira
  • Danish:  Kairo
  • Dutch:  Caïro
  • Esperanto:  Kairo
  • Estonian:  Kairo
  • Finnish:  Kairo
  • French:  Le Caire
  • Galician:  Cairo - القاهرة
  • Georgian:  ქაირო
  • German:  Kairo
  • Greek:  Κάιρο
  • Hebrew:  קהיר
  • Hungarian:  Kairó
  • Icelandic:  Kaíró
  • Ido:  Kairo
  • Indonesian:  Kairo
  • Italian:  Il Cairo
  • Japanese:  カイロ
  • Javanese:  Kairo
  • Korean:  카이로
  • Latin:  Cairus
  • Latvian:  Kaira
  • Lithuanian:  Kairas
  • Macedonian:  Каиро
  • Malay (macrolanguage):  Kaherah
  • Norwegian:  Kairo
  • Norwegian Nynorsk:  Kairo
  • Ossetian:  Каир
  • Persian:  قاهره
  • Piemontese:  Ël Cairo, Ël Càiro
  • Polish:  Kair
  • Russian:  Каир
  • Serbian:  Каиро
  • Serbo-Croatian:  Kairo
  • Sicilian:  Cairu
  • Slovak:  Káhira
  • Slovenian:  Kairo
  • Spanish:  El Cairo
  • Swahili (macrolanguage):  Kairo
  • Swedish:  Kairo
  • Tagalog:  Lungsod ng Cairo
  • Tamil:  கெய்ரோ
  • Thai:  ไคโร
  • Tibetan:  ཁ་ཡི་རོ
  • Tosk Albanian:  Kairo
  • Turkish:  Kahire
  • Uighur:  Kayro, قاھىرە
  • Ukrainian:  Каїр
  • Urdu:  قاہرہ
  • Volapük:  Kahirä
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