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** The first act of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' is mostly set in Egypt (and was filmed on location), with Bond investigating in and around Cairo.

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** The first act of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' is mostly set in Egypt (and was filmed on location), with Bond investigating in and around Cairo.Cairo, and near the Pyramids of course.


* In ''Film/OSS117CairoNestOfSpies'', bumbling and stupid French secret agent OSS 117 is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances both of another OSS agent and a ship full of illegal weaponry. His ignorance of local culture gets him in trouble more than once. It was actually filmed in Essaouira, UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}.

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* In ''Film/OSS117CairoNestOfSpies'', bumbling and stupid French secret agent OSS 117 is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances both of another OSS agent and a ship full of illegal weaponry. His ignorance of local culture gets him in trouble more than once. It was actually filmed [[CaliforniaDoubling Actually filmed]] in Essaouira, UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}.UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' has the climax taking place at the Pyramids of Giza in modern day.


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* In ''Film/OSS117CairoNestOfSpies'', bumbling and stupid French secret agent OSS 117 is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances both of another OSS agent and a ship full of illegal weaponry. His ignorance of local culture gets him in trouble more than once.

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* In ''Film/OSS117CairoNestOfSpies'', bumbling and stupid French secret agent OSS 117 is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances both of another OSS agent and a ship full of illegal weaponry. His ignorance of local culture gets him in trouble more than once. It was actually filmed in Essaouira, UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}}.


Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{modern|egypt}} UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the UsefulNotes/ArabWorld, and is thus a major Arab and [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{modern|egypt}} UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta [[UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} Jakarta]] and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the UsefulNotes/ArabWorld, and is thus a major Arab and [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.



Cairo is often nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" owing to the very large number of mosques in the city (it is one of the few major Arab cities founded by the Muslims).

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Cairo is often nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" owing to the very large number of mosques in the city (it is one of the few major Arab cities founded by the Muslims).Muslims).
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* ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer go there in ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid'' (two volumes).

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* Film/JamesBond goes there twice:
** In ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', Bond goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Ernst Stavro Blofeld. One member of Blofeld's chain of contacts is a fez-wearing Cairo gambler at a local casino. The gambler tells the dealer "Hit me." Bond taps him on the shoulder, then [[HeyYouHaymaker obliges]] and interrogates him. It was filmed at Creator/PinewoodStudios, however.
** The first act of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' is mostly set in Egypt (and was filmed on location), with Bond investigating in and around Cairo.
* In ''Film/OSS117CairoNestOfSpies'', bumbling and stupid French secret agent OSS 117 is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearances both of another OSS agent and a ship full of illegal weaponry. His ignorance of local culture gets him in trouble more than once.
* In ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', [[ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse]] awakens from his thousands of years sleep in [[TheEighties 1980s]] Cairo and meets ComicBook/{{Storm}} there. In the climax, he [[MindOverMatter reshapes the entire city]] into a pyramid for his transfer ritual.
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Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of an united Egypt, Memphis; and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it is a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).

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Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, dates back to AncientEgypt, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of an united Egypt, Memphis; and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it is a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).

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Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{modern|egypt}} UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major UsefulNotes/{{Arab|World}} and [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{modern|egypt}} UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, UsefulNotes/ArabWorld, and is thus a major UsefulNotes/{{Arab|World}} Arab and [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.


Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major UsefulNotes/{{Arab|World}} and [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{modern|egypt}} UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major UsefulNotes/{{Arab|World}} and [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.


Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital city of UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab UsefulNotes/{{Arab|World}} and Muslim [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.


Cairo is the capital of Egypt.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital city of Egypt.UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.


Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of a united Egypt, Memphis; and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it's a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).

The story of Cairo is generally considered to have begun with the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 642. The Muslim armies needed a base and the administrators needed a capital; Alexandria being too vulnerable to Byzantine naval assaults, it was decided that the capital should be inland. The armies took over Byzantine Babylon; they then expanded it into a settlement called ''(Al)-Fustat'', meaning "(The) Tent", supposedly because a dove had landed in the commander's tent there and laid an egg. Over the next few centuries, the city was expanded a few times by various dynasties, responding to population pressure and to security concerns (each dynasty wanted to have a big section of city for itself and its court). Finally, in 969, the North African Shiite Fatimid Dynasty took over Egypt. Recognizing that as Shiites they weren't exactly welcome in majority-Sunni Egypt, they wanted to make sure the palace was far from the masses; to this end, they established a new palace-district "city" adjoining the old ones: Al-Qahira, meaning "The Conqueror". This new name eventually came to be applied to the whole agglomeration. However, Italian traders couldn't be bothered to pronounce that, so they just called it ''Il Cairo''. And now you know.

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Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of a an united Egypt, Memphis; and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it's it is a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).

The story of Cairo is generally considered to have begun with the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 642.642, when the traditional capital was still Alexandria. The Muslim armies needed a base and the administrators needed a capital; Alexandria being too vulnerable to Byzantine naval assaults, it was decided that the capital should be inland. The armies took over Byzantine Babylon; they then expanded it into a settlement called ''(Al)-Fustat'', meaning "(The) Tent", supposedly because a dove had landed in the commander's tent there and laid an egg. Over the next few centuries, the city was expanded a few times by various dynasties, responding to population pressure and to security concerns (each dynasty wanted to have a big section of city for itself and its court). Finally, in 969, the North African Shiite African, Shiite, Fatimid Dynasty took over Egypt. Recognizing that as Shiites they weren't exactly welcome in majority-Sunni Egypt, they wanted to make sure that the palace was far from the masses; to this end, they established a new palace-district "city" adjoining the old ones: Al-Qahira, meaning "The Conqueror". This new name eventually came to be applied to the whole agglomeration. However, Italian traders couldn't be bothered to pronounce that, so they just called it ''Il Cairo''. And now you know.


Cairo is the capital of Egypt.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after UsefulNotes/{{Jakarta}} and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital of Egypt.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after UsefulNotes/{{Jakarta}} Jakarta and ahead of UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.


Cairo is the capital of Egypt.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after {{Jakarta}} and ahead of {{Istanbul}} and {{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of a united Egypt, Memphis; and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it's a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).

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Cairo is the capital of Egypt.[[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after {{Jakarta}} UsefulNotes/{{Jakarta}} and ahead of {{Istanbul}} UsefulNotes/{{Istanbul}} and {{Karachi}}).UsefulNotes/{{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of a united Egypt, Memphis; and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[ByzantineEmpire [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it's a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).


Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of a united Egypt, Memphis; the capital of weird monotheist pharaoh Akhenaton, Akhetaton (today called El-Amarna or Heliopolis--also the name of a preexisting city nearby that was never capital); and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it's a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).

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Cairo sits next to the only extant Wonders of the Ancient World, the [[PyramidPower Pyramids of Giza]]. This allows many to assume that Cairo is just as ancient, but the city is only about a thousand years old. However, the area has often been the site of an Egyptian capital, including the first capital of a united Egypt, Memphis; the capital of weird monotheist pharaoh Akhenaton, Akhetaton (today called El-Amarna or Heliopolis--also the name of a preexisting city nearby that was never capital); and the Roman fort of Babylon, which was the main military garrison of the [[ByzantineEmpire Eastern Roman Empire]] in Egypt. The location almost immediately south of where the Nile splits up into its Delta--or in other words, right at the border between Upper and Lower Egypt--is highly strategic. This position makes it a natural place from which to govern the country--Lower Egypt tends to be more populous and more economically important than Upper Egypt, for a variety of reasons (including Lower Egypt's proximity to Mediterranean trade routes and the fact that it's a lot ''wider''--Upper Egypt is a narrow ribbon, but Lower Egypt has some actual area to it).


Cairo is the capital of Egypt. At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after {{Jakarta}} and ahead of {{Istanbul}} and {{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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Cairo is the capital of Egypt. [[note]]Supposedly, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31874886 a new city to Cairo's northeast]] is supposed to take over as capital sometime in the 2020s. An Egyptian will say, "And the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Valley_Project New Valley]] produces a quarter of Egypt's agricultural output."[[/note]] At 20 million people in its greater metropolitan area (which includes the governorates of Giza and Qalyubiyya), it is Africa's largest urban area, and the world's second largest Muslim-majority metropolitan area (after {{Jakarta}} and ahead of {{Istanbul}} and {{Karachi}}). It also happens to sit near the middle of the Arab world, and is thus a major Arab and Muslim cultural center. When a movie is dubbed in Arabic, you can bet that everyone will suddenly be from Cairo.

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