River Nile, Cairo

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    The Nile Ritz Carlton, Mar 2016
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    The Nile Ritz Carlton (ex Nile Hilton)

    by MM212 Updated Mar 2, 2016

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    Built in 1959 as the Nile Hilton, the distinctive powder blue Miami-style art déco building quickly became the symbol of modernism and luxury in the years following its construction. It has since also become an important landmark occupying the strategic position overlooking the Nile on one side and Midan Tahrir on the other. After years of neglect, it was purchased in 2008 by the luxury Ritz Carlton hotel management company, which subsequently renovated the building and opened its first hotel in the city of Cairo. It is now called the Nile Ritz Carlton and has become one of the top places to stay in Cairo.

    Address: 1113 Corniche El Nil

    The Nile Ritz Carlton, Mar 2016 The landmark Nile Hilton Building, Apr 2007 Jul 2005
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    A FEW FACTS WHILE YOU ADMIRE THE NILE

    by davidjo Written Jan 8, 2016

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    No trip to Cairo would be complete without wandering by the River Nile. The river Nile is the longest river in the world (well maybe) and passes through the heart of Egypt's Capital.
    Actually the River Nile means river river, as the word NILE as the word Nile derives from the Greek word NEILOS, meaning river.
    It is 4160 miles long and consists of two rivers before they converge in Khartoum, the White Nile from east Africa and the Blue Nile from Ethiopia.
    Lake Victoria feeds the White Nile while Lake Tana feeds the Blue Nile.
    Before the river reaches the Mediterranean it splits in to two branches, the Rosetta and the Damietta.
    300 million cubic meters of water are discharged on average each day.
    Ancient Egyptian knew the Nile as Ar or Aur because of the black sediment found on the riverbanks after the annual flood.
    The river passes through nine countries---Egypt, Zaire, Tanzanian, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya
    The largest crocodiles in Africa can be found on the banks of the river.
    There are four dams that have been constructed on the river----Aswan High Dam, Roseires Dam, Owen Falls Dam, and Sennar Dam.
    Ancient Egyptians worshiped the Nile as god Hopi and made sacrifices to the river.
    The blocks to make the Pyramids were transported along the Nile from many kms away.

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    Walk along the Nile

    by awladhassan Updated Jan 19, 2011

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    The Nile has a number of bridges and walking across them is enjoyable as you can see boats, feluccas and floating restaurants, as well as getting a view of the sky!
    In the river are two islands that make pleasant places to walk. The Gezira [=Island] includes the suburb of Zamalek with shady streets and interesting shops and cafes.
    Here is the Cairo Tower, the Fish Gardens and the Marriott Hotel which was a palace of the former Khedive.
    The other island is Roda where the Nilometer is situated.
    Both banks of the nile have long Corniches, but probably the eastern bank is more popular .

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    River Nile

    by windoweb Written Apr 20, 2010

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    Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its estimated 77.4 million[1] live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable agricultural land is found. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.

    River Nile Lush green
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    A drop of culture and communication

    by Delia_Madalina Updated May 22, 2009

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    Among travelers there are a few gifted with the talent of observing smaller or more astonishing ways of communication among different cultures. I'm not one of them, but I enjoy following their footsteps.
    Probably in Cairo the easiest and most handy manner of getting in touch with mass culture and ways of interacting is to take a long stroll down the Nile , sit on a bench, chew some seeds and simply OBSERVE.
    Some couples do hold hands, other ladies prefer just holding the gentleman's arm while some act as if they're on the catwalk, wrapped in their beautifully coloured veils or long dresses.
    And if you're lucky enough you might just meet two young ladies studying Arts willing to practice their English while explainning you a bit about how to stay in the shaddow.
    Lead the way!

    Address: You won't have any problems finding the Nile

    The Cairo Tower in the background Posing...

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    Egypt's Lifeline

    by MM212 Updated Nov 23, 2008

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    Without it, Egypt would not be as we know it. For many millennia, the Nile has been Egypt's source of life, water, transportation and inspiration. The river flows from as far south as tropical Africa and cuts its way through the Sahara before reaching the Mediterranean. In Cairo, it separates Gizah from the main city and within it lie two large urban yet green islands: Gezira and Rodah. The Nile provides Cairo with stunning views that you can enjoy. Take a stroll along the banks of the Nile, but beware, do not swim in it or drink from it!

    Lush Greenery at Manyal el-Rodah, Jul 2005 Looking North A stroll along the banks of the Nile, Apr 2007 The Nile, Apr 2007 Feluca on the Nile
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    Charming Nile

    by Pharohtemo Written May 31, 2008

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    During your trip in Cairo and in your way from the Mesuem to the Pyramids , you can take a boat in the river Nile , it takes about 20 minutes to reach a place near the Pyramids and during these 20 minutes you will be able to see a lot of Cairo sights including hotels , bridges and many bulilding representing the modern civilization in Egypt.
    you can arrange the boat trip alone and bargaining the boat owners or u can simply select it when arranging the Cairo tour , later u can have a nice dinner at a resturant by the nile .
    Here we say : who drinks from Nile water should come again to visit it :)

    Me on Board :P Nile with a view to Cairo tower Bridge (many on nile) Resturant (Also many)

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    River Al-Nil - A beauty

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 21, 2008

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    One of my fondest memories is strolling across the Nile bridges in the city that never sleeps, and watching the young egyptian lovers, hand in hand, just before the sunsets. The Nile is the lifeline of egypt, economically, strategically, historically and environmentally, but more than that is just how dear the nile is to egyptians.

    I walked through much of egypt, especially along the nile, and will remember at night seeing the city lights reflecting off the water, as the small boat barges and rough looking boats painted colourfully with home-made tarps covering, fans running, the egyptian music blowing the speakers blaring across the nile the fervantly passionate egyptian music. Stark contrasts of Marriot and Sheraton towers on the street where ghetto taxis commute. Its a sight to see.

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    One of the most rivers famous on Earth!

    by VolsUT Written Apr 9, 2008

    The Nile flows north through downtown Cairo. It is like a requirement when in Cairo to see the Nile.
    It is obviously one of the most important waterways in history. It is not all that impressive but worth a quick stop.

    The gang Im in the middle

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    Take a trip

    by PierreZA Written Oct 6, 2007

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    A felucca ride down the Nile in Cairo is a pleasent experience. I took a ride just before sunset, which was great.
    You can decide on the lenghth of the ride, but you will pay per hour. You need to haggle once again. There are mooring points along the corniche.
    I do not know what the average price would be, but paid EPounds 60, for an hour.
    At night there are many motor-driven sight-seeing boats, which seems very popular with the local in-love couples.

    Felucca Rides on the Nile
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    The River Nile

    by vesna04 Updated Sep 2, 2007

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    During the summer the river cornish and its bridges are full of peoplle looking cool of a bit. It is not unusual to even see the locals sitting on the chairs on the bridges, I guess, not everybody can afford to have an aircon. The views from the bridges are great especially at night, when everything that is not the prettiest is hidden away and you can see the richly lighted city and the light reflection on the water.

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    Strolling down the Corniche

    by Tijavi Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    One of the most relaxing things to do after a hard day at the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum is to take a walk on the Corniche, the riverside promenade. The best time to start your walk would be around dusk when the Corniche starts to buzz with ordinary Cairenes enjoying an evening stroll with their friends and family. It's the most opportune time to mingle with them, chat with them, and get to know more about them. These are your ordinary Cairenes, so touts are rare. And it is generally safe as long as you stick to the main areas around Qasr el-Nil/Nile Hilton.

    One of the most extraordinary sights would be the sunset on the west bank - it is beautiful. The transformation of Cairo's skyline from a one giant urban eyesore to a glittering spectacle is fascinating. If you're tired of it, a change in perspective could do the trick - from one of the many colorful boats that take passengers on a short leisurely ride on the Nile.

    For more scenes from the Corniche, click here to go to my travelogue Strolling down the Corniche.

    Directions: Around Qasr el-Nil bridge and in front of Nile Hilton.

    Touts are rare here, just friendly locals Beautiful sunset Watch this ugly skyline transform... ...into a glittering spectacle Ride one of these colorful boats
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  • The View of Nile River in Cairo

    by pangtidor Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The Nile River is the longest river on the earth, 6695KM or 4160Miles in length and flowing across many countries in Africa : Burundi, Congo, Eritrea,Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Egypt. The source of Nile River was found in 1858 by A british man, John Hanning Speke in Lake Victoria Nyanza, Burundi. Because of the river`s maximum usage of ancient Egyptian and its part in making The Great Pharoonic Civilization of Egypt, most of the people know that the Nile River is mainly located in Egypt. You may see the Nile River from many main streets of Cairo. You can even take a 5-10minutes walk from Egyptian Museum to the Nile River. Magnificient views in both day and night time.

    Nile River From my Hotel Room`s Balcony Door
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    City and the River Nile

    by kentishgirl Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    The Nile in Cairo wasnt as relaxing as the stroll we took in Luxor, but at the same time this is the capital - the pace here is so different!
    Either side of the river there are buildings in Luxor it was so different - but this is Cairo and it is the Nile - so its gotta be done!

    Cairo Scene
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    River Nile

    by leffe3 Updated Oct 21, 2006

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    Access to the banks of the Nile are not as straighhtforward as I had imagined - few opportunities for sweeping views. The island of Zamelek offers you the best opportunities in central Cairo - mainly because there are any number of private homes, clubs, diplomatic centres etc whose demands on prime real estate make it difficult to get to the river.

    The northern tip of Zamelek offers you open views - problem being it's alos one of the ugliest views in Cairo!!

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