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Cairo Tower facts and advice

Cairo tower is one of the landmarks of Cairo. Built in 1961 the 187m high lotus shaped tower looks over most of the city from its location in the heart of Cairo on the Gezeera island in Zamalek district. Cairo tower is higher than the great pyramid of Giza by 43 meters and it was built in the era of Gamal Abd El Nasser as a symbol of modern Egypt a few years after the 1952 revolution.

There is also a restaurant at the top which rotates to be able to see the view from all sides while you eat.

Now it's time for a few tips and advices before visiting the Cairo tower:

  • There is only one elevator that has a capacity of 10 people which means you can wait for an hour or two to go up (or down)
  • If there's someone who has a reservation at the rotating restaurant, he/she will have priority to go up or down in the lift which could be frustrating for others who don't.
  • There are only 2 telescopes on top and you have to stand in line to be able to have a look using the telescope
  • Tickets prices are non-refundable, meaning if are frustrated of standing in the line for several hours you cannot return the tickets to get your money back.
  • Don't ever go during Egyptian holidays, you will be shocked of the number of Egyptians and you will wait for a couple of hours more than usual.
  • Ticket prices vary, it's EGP 30 if you are an Egyptian and EGP 180 if you are a foreign citizen, I personally think it's not worth it.

a view of Cairo from the Cairo Tower ( also called Borg El Gezeera in Arabic)

Other places to visit in Cairo :

For a recommended place to stay you can visit or page of Hotels in Egypt

Cairo tower at night Cairo tower overlooking the Nile




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