With an interesting and fascinating historical heritage, geographically a city in an African country, Cairo is culture wise, more likely an Arab city (often times, mistaken by others and considered by the locals themselves as part of the Middle East). Called "the city of a thousand minarets" for its numerous buildings representing Islamic architecture, Cairo is associated with Ancient Egypt as it is close to the ancient city of Memphis, home to Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. Cairo has some of the world’s top universities, including a reputed institution, the second oldest in the world. Cairo universities are committed in delivering high standard education and they get involved in world-class research opportunities. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Middle-East and second-largest in Africa after Lagos. Cairo is situated near the Nile Delta, spanning the northeast corner of Africa.
Cairo has a rich and diverse economy, mainly supported by the following industries: commerce, manufacturing (textile, iron), education, health care, media, tourism.
Some of the biggest companies in Cairo include: General Motors Egypt, Vodafone, IBM, Mobinil, Ericsson, LINK Develpoment, Commercial International Bank, Oracle, PepsiCo, Raya.
International students can engage in several internship opportunities, especially those involving knowledge of English.
Whoever comes to Cairo, has the feeling of travelling back in time and thinks he or she is part of one of the Arabian Nights stories. Cairo is like an open air museum with monuments from different historical periods displayed everywhere. Make time to explore this stunning city, including the newer parts—Garden City, Downtown Cairo and Zamalek.
The most important attractions of Cairo are:
Check out the Khan el-Khalili, a typical ancient bazaar or wander around Desert Park, where you can jog, have rock climbing and cycling.
Ride a felucca along the Nile River or attend one of the coolest festivals, the Cairo International Film Festival.
Interestingly enough, Cairo is one of the coolest cities worldwide in terms of nightlife; you can have fun in many night clubs, or relax in one of the many cafés, especially since there is a traditional coffee culture in the region.
See Pharaonic Village, a village representing Egypt, just twenty minutes from the city centre.
You can take a trip to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", which is around two hours and a half away by car.
Besides the international students and tourists coming from all over the world, Cairo has several foreign-born residents. These are people from Sudan and other countries from Africa, from U.S., UK, Arab countries, and a small number of Europeans mainly French, Italians, Armenians and Greeks.
As the main economic hub of Egypt, many multinational companies have placed a local office or agency in Cairo.
Weather in Cairo is typical for a hot desert, although sometimes high humidity is present, due to the city’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Nile Delta. Sand storms may occur, usually from March to May and the atmosphere becomes dry. High temperatures during winter range from 19 to 29 °C (66 to 84 °F), and in the summer, the highs are around 40 °C (104 °F). Rainfall is recorded only in the colder months.