Cairo, Egypt In-Flight Catering and Travel TipsNovember 25, 2014 by Stacey Farooqui
To say Cairo, Egypt and the surrounding areas are well-known for impressive ancient architectural feats is an understatement. Understanding the majesty of this entire city becomes quite simple, even before touching down on the runway, as you gaze out your window onto the desert landscape contrasted by the fertile ground around the Nile River.
Cairo, nicknamed the “City of a Thousand Minarets,” has one major airport that handles all commercial and private aviation traffic – Cairo International Airport (HECA). In-flight catering is available, but as with all locations in Africa, it is a best practice to place your order at least 48 hours in advance. Since the country is predominantly Muslim, and Muslim holidays follow a moon calendar, it is best to research upcoming holidays in advance of your trip. This will allow you to plan around any days where businesses may be closed that you need to work with during your time on the ground.
Absolutely at the top of the list for anyone visiting Cairo for the first time is a trip to see the ancient monolithic sites. The Great Sphinx of Giza, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure are the most famous of the Egyptian monuments. Although Friday is typically the holy day of the week in Egypt, the ancient sites are open seven days a week. Day tours are available for touring the ancient sites and boat tours are available for exploring the Nile River.
With the long history and prolific culture around in Egypt, Cairo has several museums to enjoy, including the Egyptian Museum, the Coptic Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art and the Gayer-Anderson Museum. The city also has plenty of contemporary culture to celebrate. Each year the Cairo International Film Festival is held by the Ministry of Culture and the Cairo Opera House hosts the Arabic Music Festival.
For ideas of where to dine in Cairo, some local favorites are Sequoia for Mediterranean cuisine, Taboula for Lebanese cuisine and the restaurants that make up Le Pacha 1901. Located on the Nile River, Le Pacha consists of ten restaurants, ranging from Italian cuisine at Piccolo Mondo to sushi at L’Asiatique.
When it comes to hotels, peak season in Cairo is from October through May so rates will be higher. The absolute peak dates are around Christmas, New Year and Easter. Generally, the more luxurious hotels are along the Nile River.
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