Cairo (Arabic: al-Qahira) is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab World. Nicknamed "The City of a Thousand Minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a center of the region's political and cultural life. Even before Cairo was established in the tenth century, 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 due to its proximity to the Great Sphinx and the pyramids in nearby Giza.
Egyptians today often refer to Cairo as Misr, the Arabic name for Egypt itself, emphasizing the city's continued role in Egyptian influence. Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab World, as well as the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city, and the Arab League has been based in Cairo for most of its existence.
With a population of 6.8 million spread over 214 square kilometers (83 sq mi), Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. With an additional ten million inhabitants just outside the city, Cairo resides at the center of the largest metropolitan area in Africa and the eleventh-largest urban area in the world. Cairo, like many large cities in developing countries, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic, but its metro is currently the only on the African continent and also ranks among the fifteen busiest in the world, with over 700 million passenger rides annually.
- Time Zone GMT +2 Hours
- Daylight Saving Time from May 1 through the Last Thursday in September.
- Telephone Code +202
- Weekend Friday. Some business close on Saturday or Sunday as well. Shops and Stores are usually open on Friday.
- All people speak Arabic.
- English is the second language.
- Few people speak German and French.
1 Egyptian pound = 0.183278 U.S. dollars = 0.123477734 Euros.
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Most areas in Egypt use 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Wall sockets are the round two pin European type. Adaptor plugs are easily found in city stores but bring a transformer if you need one.
German University in Cario
The German University in Cairo, GUC , is an Egyptian Private University founded by the presidential decree 27/2002, according to the law number 101/1992 and its executive regulations number 355/1996.
GUC is established in cooperation with the State Universities of Ulm and Stuttgart, under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts, State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service ( DAAD ), the German Embassy in Cairo, the Arab/German Chamber of Industry and Commerce ( AHK ), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany, The State University of Tuebingen and The State University of Mannheim.
For more information, please visit the GUC website.