The Main Al Azhar University in located in Downtown Cairo and you would not miss the tall minarets of the Mosque in the center of the large Islamic university there that can be seen from the elevated highways of Cairo, the Islamic University now has an annex to the ritzy Heliopolis District in Nasr City, along the Main El Nasr Road before the Unkown Soldier Memorial. The Al Azhar is the only Islamic University in the world and this annex houses their sciences and medicine divisions.
Being a military City, Heliopolis host Nasr City and just beside the huge city stars mall in Heliopolis, across the street is a large blue mosque called the Armed Forces Mosque, which is the official mosque of the Egyptian Armed Forces and the mosue is often busy during friday prayers and the City Stars Mall just across the street looks literally deserted during friday mornings. unfortunatley, you cannot enter the armed forces mosque unless you are a muslim but you can take pictures of it from one of the entrances to the City Stars Mall.
Heliopolis is a wealthy neighborhood and where many of the Egyptian Military Memorials and headquarters are located and one of the prominent things to do in Heliopolis is the Unknown Soldier Tomb at the Main El Nasr Road. the pyramid shaped memorial was erected by the late beloved egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1974 to honor all the egyptian soldiers who fell during the October War of 1973 (known as the Yom Kippur War of 1973 in Israel). Anwar Sadat was also buried here in 1981 after being assasinated by an egpytian soldier.
the monument is open to the public from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday and lies a short drive away from the city stars mall.
We were invited to a wedding at this hotel, but as we arrived early decided to have a drink. ATurkish coffee and an can of Seven -up cost as about 30 Egy pounds.
The hotel was luxurious with many outside cafes, bars, casino, beauty salon, gym etc.
The wedding reception was held in the Donia room downstairs, especially set up for weddings. This allowed the bridal couple to descend a wonderful staircase accompanied by musicians and guests.
A buffet was served.
Favorite Dish: The whole buffet was first rate, I couldn't fault anything from the salads, the meat, chicken, kofta, vegetables, but out of this world was the Um Ali dessert.
Saw an Ad about this place in a flyer and thought we`d try it,
the restaurant as the name tells,has an African jungle theme,
a two story place with lots of animals(statues).
some of them even move.
the restaurant has a smoking and non-smoking areas.
the menu is just so full of many choices,big portions.
Favorite Dish: I once had a steak with mashed potatoes.(really good)
and once just soup and salad.(also good)and very filling.
best thing my kids loved this place!
In this picture you can see them standing infront of the gorilla(it moves once every couple of minutes).
Open noon-1 am week days, and noon-2 am on weekends. Prices fall in the moderate category.
One of the most elegant restaurants,it`s a very romantic spot,I went ther with friends of mine to celebrate my recovery of a minor operation that I had in Cairo.
It was once a villa that offers a classy dining experience and a delicious Italian menu.
Dress Code: Just be dressy.Reservations is recommanded.
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City Stars Centre is a large Mixed Use Commercial and Shopping and Residential Complex in the Heart of Nasr City in Heliopolis District of Cairo. The City Stars Centre is the anchor of the complex and is the largest shopping mall in all of egypt, occupying more than 151,000 square meters in retail space and more than 650 stalls, two large food courts, several restaurants and coffee shops and hotels like the Intercontinental Hotel and Holiday Inn. It is patterned after the shopping complexes of Dubai and South East Asia.
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri: 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
according to their website:
Citystars Heliopolis is the first project undertaken by Citystars Properties and it is considered to be one of the first integrated urban developments in the Middle East and Europe. The complex is extended over an area of 750,000 square metres in the heart of Cairo, with a total investment of over a billion dollars. Citystars is the newest landmark in Cairo and consists of:
Offers 650 stores over an area of 151,000 square metres, including diverse entertainment venues and spacious exhibition halls. Stars Centre introduces brands for the first time in Egypt.
What to buy: all the items you can think off like clothes, handicrafts, local egyptian products, food, and a lot more.
What to pay: since this is a mall, no haggling is allowed. if you want to haggle than go to the khan el khalili