Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Orientation and Maps
Egypt's crowded city of Cairo is also extremely captivating and has a population of almost seven million people in the city, and many millions more in the metropolitan area. Cairo has become one of the world's most densely populated cities and beneath the crowds, a wealth of history and spectacular sights await.
Most people visiting the city of Cairo fly into the area's Cairo International Airport (CAI), which is situated on the north-eastern fringes and serves many millions of passengers every year. One of the busiest airports in the whole of Africa, Cairo Airport in linked to the city by two main roads and is used by EgyptAir airlines, amongst many others.
Cairo International Airport (CAI) Maps: Important City Districts
A modern city with a history spanning more than 7,000 years, Cairo's central district is based around the Midan Tahrir and features a good selection of places to shop, eat and drink. Downtown Cairo is also home to a number of theatres, museums and galleries, with highlights including the Egyptian Museum and also the relatively new Abdeen Palace Museum. This part of the city is fairly young and was only developed in the middle of the 19th century.
A more historic area, Old Cairo is known locally as 'Masr el Qadima' and features a number of important Coptic churches and some ancient city ruins. Nearby, Islamic Cairo is a particularly interesting area and features many medieval attractions. Those visiting this district should be sure not to miss the Citadel, the local stores at the Khan el Khalili bazaar, and the Gayer Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), which features many impressive Asian collections and art works.
Other prominent districts around Cairo include the Giza area, located on the western side of the Nile and home of the world-famous pyramids. The Mohandissen area is also worth a mention and is full of offices, fast-food restaurants and plenty of shops to go round.