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Cairo

Cairo (Arabic: القاهرة‎ al-Qāhira) is a megacity and a global city serving as the capital of Egypt. It is the largest city in Africa,Mediterranean Countries and North Africa.[2] 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 Maṣr (Arabic: مصر‎), the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation of 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[3] 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.[2] Cairo, like many large cities in developing countries, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic, but its metro currently the only on the African continent also ranks among the fifteen busiest in the world,[4] with over 700 million passenger rides annually.

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Transit - Young turks
Transit - Young turks
Transit - Taxis at night
Transit - Taxis at night
Transit - Patriot
Transit - Patriot
Cairo skyline
Cairo skyline
Cairo skyline II
Cairo skyline II
Cairo skyline with the pyramids
Cairo skyline with the pyramids
Cairo houses
Cairo houses
Cairo traffic
Cairo traffic
Cairo traffice over the Nile
Cairo traffice over the Nile
Cairo traffice over the Nile II
Cairo traffice over the Nile II
Cairo traffic II
Cairo traffic II
Bus terminal
Bus terminal
Bus terminal trash
Bus terminal trash
God bless America
God bless America
Mirrors
Mirrors
Bike
Bike
High street
High street
Side street
Side street
Crossing the street III
Crossing the street III
Crossing the street IV
Crossing the street IV
The tower
The tower
Guard
Guard
Guards
Guards
Guard II
Guard II
Girls on Nile
Girls on Nile
Girls making carpets
Girls making carpets
Knot
Knot
Kids making carpets
Kids making carpets
Girls making carpets II
Girls making carpets II
Man selling carpets
Man selling carpets
Napping II
Napping II
Napping III
Napping III
Horses and camels
Horses and camels
By the pyramid
By the pyramid
The pyramids
The pyramids
The Kheops pyramid
The Kheops pyramid
A camel by the pyramid
A camel by the pyramid
The sphinxs
The sphinxs
Mosque exit
Mosque exit
On a street
On a street
On the same street
On the same street
All names of Allah
All names of Allah
A boy carrying a load of pita bread
A boy carrying a load of pita bread
Girls sitting by the street
Girls sitting by the street
A deli
A deli
Men drinking tea
Men drinking tea
After the men are gone
After the men are gone
A photographer and a model
A photographer and a model
Napping
Napping
An old man and a flag
An old man and a flag
A mosque roof
A mosque roof
Egyptian girls
Egyptian girls
Egyptian girls II
Egyptian girls II
Egyptian boys
Egyptian boys
Old town house
Old town house
At the edge of the old town
At the edge of the old town
A man on the balcony
A man on the balcony
Patriot II
Patriot II
Patriot's house
Patriot's house
Football fans
Football fans