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Zamalek (Gezira Island)

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Address: Cairo, Egypt
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This island is located in the Nile River between downtown Cairo and Giza,...

This island is located in the Nile River between downtown Cairo and Giza, and is characterized by upscale hotels, restaurants and pleasant gardens.

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I have visited Cairo few times and it is a rule to choose a hotel in this area. It feels laid back, old, fancy all in one. It differs a lot from other areas in Cairo. Zamalek is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2014

I have visited Cairo few times and it is a rule to choose a hotel in this area. It feels laid back, old, fancy all in one. It differs a lot from other areas in Cairo. Zamalek is a wealthy district with lots of embassies. The police is therefore always patrolling there which makes you feel more safe during late... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2014

Where I have spent my chidhood to and from Alexandria many years ago and each time I pass by Cairo I have to go to the old builòding where I used tolive...It's a great place many Ambassies and nice shops

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

a small island in river nile between cairo and giza, i pass through it in my way to work everyday, and it's a fantastic place to have breakfast or lunch in any nile view restaurants :)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

Like a green oasis in the desert, this island in the Nile makes for a much needed break from the noise, dust and endless drab color of the rest of the city. Leafy streets to walk, and some amazing architectural gems from Cairo's earlier days; most in need of of repair, it must be said, but beautiful nonetheless. In a... More 

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McLean, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

This island has a sense of space and charm. The polo club takes up much of the land. It is relatively uncrowded. We like to stay here!

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Brno, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

The Zamalek , which in Egyptian means literally Island , is located between two branches of the nile canal . It' considered by many as the heart of Cairo as it is situated virtually in the middle of the city . The streets are full of fast foods , restaurants and coffee shops . It is a nice escape from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

This nice little neighborhood is situated about 15-30 minutes walking distance from downtown by crossing one of the three bridges that connects it to the city center. There are tea sellers on each bridge. Zamalek has a mix of trendy new restaurants and old antique and local shops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Basically it is on Gezira Island on the Nile. The bridges connecting the island are super crowded and bustling with life. Zamalek is a place you can roam around on foot, you may be surprise what you will find while roaming the streets of Zamalek. Lots of high end hotels and residences on the island too.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Zamalek is a very beautiful island. We walked most of it, but there are horse carriages available. It is green and clean. I recommend walking across the lion bridge and along the cornice while you are there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

The way I like to discover cities is simply walking and admiring architecture and urban organisation. Zamalek is the ideal area to spot old buildings and houses dating from 19th century or the 1920s. Just walk and enjoy. On Zamalek island I would do it day and night.

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