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By Taxi

Zamalek is best reached by taxi from Downtown or Mohandiseen, which should be no more than 5 LE. The Opera Station of the Cairo Metro (line 2) is located on the southern tip of Gezira, adjacent to the Opera House and Gezira Sheraton, but is still a significant walk from the main areas of Zamalek.

Key places to visit
Akhenaten Centre of the Arts, Cairo Tower, Gezira Centre of Arts, Museum of Islamic Ceramics, Cairo Opera House


Places to Visit

Akhenaten Centre of the Arts

Eastern end of Sharia 26th of July (adjoining the bridge crossing over to Bulaq).

Cairo Tower

open 9AM - midnight. A distinctive landmark visible from most of downtown Cairo, the Cairo Tower was completed in 1961 and reaches a height of 187 m. Great day and night views over central Cairo and to the Pyramids from the revolving café and restaurant at the top. Be wary of security guards who will give 'tours' of the area and demand large tips, and note that the café requires a minimum expenditure of 30 LE.

Gezira Centre of Arts

1 al-Sheikh Marsafy. Sat-Thu 9 AM-1 PM. Displays an interesting collection of Islamic ceramics and galleries for temporary art exhibitions.

Museum of Islamic Ceramics

Al Marsafi St Open daily, 9:30 to 1:30 and 5:30 to 10 pm. The museum is located in the former palace of Prince Amru Ibrahim in Zamalek. 

Cairo Opera House

El Borg Gezira Egypt's most important cultural stage, home to much more than just the opera. Founded in 1869 as the Royal Opera House by Khedive Ismail,, who commissioned Verdi's Aida, the original building was destroyed in a fire in 1971, so an entirely new one was built and opened in 1988. Today, it has two halls that can house 1300 and 500 people, as well as an outdoor theatre, and there are cultural performances virtually every night.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
October - December