There are sixteen million people living in Cairo; this makes it one of the largest cities in the world. It is also one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Because of this, visitors to Cairo tend to either love it or hate it. It is often referred to as Paris on the Nile. The recent political troubles in Egypt have been very bad for tourism but those who visit Cairo will usually enjoy the experience.
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The Egyptian Museum in Cairo offers the most extensive collection of exhibits from ancient Egypt. There are over 120,000 items to see here, so it would not be possible to see everything in just one visit. There are 27 royal mummies in the museum, but it is usually not possible to see them all. A visit to the Egyptian Museum is well worth doing if people later plan to visit any of the historical sites around the country, as it will help to put things into context.
The Pharaonic Village is located on the outskirts of Cairo. This theme park attempts to bring Ancient Egypt back to life so that visitors can get a real understanding of what it must have been like to live during those times. A visit to the Pharaonic Village also means being able to watch shows that help bring the past alive.
The Cairo Tower is 185 metres tall and provides some excellent views of the city. It is well worth going up here and taking some photos - it also allows visitors to find their bearings in the city as they get to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view.
Cairo is one of the best shopping cities in the world and it is always possible to find some great bargains here. Part of the fun of the shopping experience in this part of the world is haggling in the markets, and this is the only way to get the best bargains. There are also plenty of modern department stores and high-end shops.
Ride a Felucca on the Nile
A felucca is a traditional sailboat, and it is possible to get on one of these from the city and travel along the Nile River. You could charter one of these for an hour or two, and this can be relatively cheap to do. It is always important to agree on a price before you hit the water.
Watch Some Sufi Dancing
Sufi dancing is highly skilled, and you can watch this in a number of locations in Cairo.
Cairo International Film Festival
The Cairo International Film Festival is the most important of its kind in the Arab world and it usually takes place in November. There was no Cairo International Film Festival in 2012 due to political unrest, but it is expected to return soon. Awards are given to not only Arab films but also international movies.