Cairo – Experience Two Worlds

August 28, 2011 · Posted in Africa, Travel 

Cairo itself is one of the world’s oldest currently inhabitated cities. There is a plethora of historical monuments to see. In Old Cairo, there are pyramids, mosques, minarets, and many museums to explore. There is also an emerging “New Cairo” to see, as modernization sweeps through the country.

From Antiquity to Modern Luxury

The New Cairo district is one of the most modern urban developments in Egypt. Its nickname is “Land of Gold.” Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo is one of the newest elite 5-star hotels to open in this area. This district has become a verdant oasis with waterfalls, parks, and lakes. The hotel is only a 20 minute drive from the Cairo International Airport. There are over 200 rooms, 2 lounges, and 1 Grand Ballroom and 9 Meeting Rooms. Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo also has a large swimming pool, tennis, squash, and a fitness center. The hotel’s proximity to many international universities, makes it an ideal place for travelers interested in an erudite and tranquil environment.

New Cairo is also an exclusive area for suburban style residential homes. The Mosque of Sultan Hassan is one of the most magnificent examples of Mamluk architecture in Cairo. The Islamic Cairo section of Cairo has the highest concentration of Islamic monuments in the world, and is well worth visiting. Al-Ghuri Mausoleum is an excellent place to see Sufi dancing. The Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar offers exotic perfumes, spices, and an array of local souvenirs. Al Azhar park is a huge verdant oasis in Islamic Cairo where travelers can relax.

Places to visit around Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo include The Red Sea, which is about 200 kilometers away from Cairo. It has been named one of the “Seven Underwater Wonders of the World.” This is an ideal way to counteract the desert weather with waterfront excursions. There are also plenty of commercial centers, entertainment, and all modern amenities and facilities available here for travelers.

Some of the most interesting places to see that are accessible from Cairo are Hurghada, Safaga on the Red Sea coast. Diving and snorkeling are very popular and make for a spectacular beach holiday. These cities are about 200 kilometers away from Cairo. Tours can easily be scheduled at hotels or other locations in the city. Travelers who are planning to spend several days in Egypt can also visit the beach at Marsa Matruh, which is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Marsa Matruh is a Mediterranean seaport. The beach is a seven kilometer stretch of pristine white sand with beautiful rock formations. It is about 500 kilometers from Cairo. Train travel is available from June through September leaving Cairo. Otherwise, for the adventurous traveler who enjoys history, Luxor is about 670 kilometers from Cairo and offers a close-up view of an incredible ancient civilization.


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