Cairo

Things to do in Cairo

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. 

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.

The gallery is frequented by the older Cairo set of artists.

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 independent gallery specializes in traditional fine arts.

Although there are 550 Bijoux Terner boutiques worldwide, the affordable accessories shop has only two outposts in Egypt, one in Cairo International (the second in Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport).

The gallery space exhibits works by respected contemporary artists who use traditional and indigenous materials.

Looking for a specific luxury brand? You’re likely to find it in Cairo’s new Terminal 3. Bally, Rolex, Tumi, Hugo Boss, and Shiseido, among others, are now located in EgyptAir’s almost 40,000-square-foot duty-free flagship store.

This oft-overlooked gem in Cairo, holds an impressive collection that reflects modern Egyptian culture.

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.

This contemporary art gallery sits on a lovely quiet lane.

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.

The go-to place in Cairo for English-language books.