What is Cairo?


Cairo ( /ˈkaɪroʊ/ KYE-roh ) is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. Its metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the world. Located near the Nile Delta, it was founded in 969 AD. Nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life. Cairo was founded by the Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century AD, 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.

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Raouf Abbas - Academic Career
... Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, from September 1, 1996–1999 ... Professor, Department of Arabic Studies, The American University in Cairo, September 1992 - August 1996 ... Professor of Modern History, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, from December 30, 1981 to present ...
Hilana Sedarous
... primary school she went to study at Sannia school in Cairo and after to the College of Teachers... 1930 and returned to Egypt to work in Kitchener hospital in Cairo to become the first female Egyptian doctor ever ... and gynaecology, and she carried her surgical procedures at the Coptic hospital in Cairo ...
Cairo, New York - Notable Residents
... Joseph Alden, (1807–1885), born in Cairo, was a noted academic and author of over seventy books Jennifer Connelly - the Academy Award winning actress was born in Round Top in 1970 ... Thurlow Weed, (1797–1882), born in Cairo, was a newspaper editor and political boss, who promoted, by turns (and sometimes simultaneously), the National Republican, Anti-Masonic ...
Museum Of Islamic Art, Cairo - Design
... The Museum entirely faces Historic Cairo ... It has two entrances one on the north-eastern side and the other on the south-eastern side ...
Hany Mahfouz Helal
... Helal worked as professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University (1993), and the Head of Singor University, Alexandria (October 2004) ... as an expert in Earth Sciences Programs of the UNESCO's regional office in Cairo (1993), and the UNESCO consultant of International Laboratory for Scantron, Jordan (2002) ... Helal graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University with a B.Sc ...

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