Cairo Travel Guide
Though self-service check-in is less than surprising for U.S. travelers, it’s big news in Egypt. At Cairo Airport’s kiosks, passengers heading on to other Egyptian cities can check in and print boarding passes without waiting in line.
Cairo’s most famous bookseller, Al Diwan, will open at Cairo International in late 2009. At the shop you’ll find Egyptian titles including No One Sleeps in Alexandria by Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, as well as novels in English by the Cairo-born Nobel Prize–winning author Naguib Mahfouz.
This oft-overlooked gem in Cairo, holds an impressive collection that reflects modern Egyptian culture.
VIPs who pay $1,000 for your-round access get ultra-special treatment in this sleek space that looks more like an urban loft than an airport lounge.
In 2011, the airport’s People Mover—which is modeled after the old-fashioned cable car system—will soon begin its loop between the terminals and the multistory parking lot, also under construction.
The gallery is frequented by the older Cairo set of artists.
Youngsters looking for fun before takeoff should head to the play areas in every departure terminal. Look for plastic seesaws and playhouses from American toy company Step 2, touch-screen video games in Terminal 3, and a climbing wall outside the food court in Terminal 3.
Many news and book outlets in the airport are operated by Al Shorouk, Egypt’s largest publishing house. Here you’ll find nonfiction and literature in three languages: English, French, and Arabic.
This contemporary art gallery sits on a lovely quiet lane.
Located east of downtown, this old quarter of narrow alleys and soaring minarets (which dates to the Fatimid period) is the city’s traditional center of culture and commerce.
If you anticipate needing a hand with your heavy suitcase or a complicated connection, hire a Cairo Airport staffer, who, for just $50, will greet you upon arrival and guide you through immigration, baggage claim, and customs clearance.
Though this small shop sells Segafredo espresso and plenty of small bites, in-the-know travelers come to Coffee Time for Egypt’s local beer, Sakara.