Standing firmly at the height of 187 metres from the ground, the Cairo Tower situated at Sharia Hadayek Al Zuhreya Gezira is considered as the second most popular tourist spot after the Great Pyramids of Giza. Whether it be the design and architecture of the place or the view of Cairo city from the top floor, you are bound to get deeply fascinated by the beauty of this place.
Although the land of Pharaohs holds in its name a large number of tourist hotspots, there are chances that you may get confused between which attractions to visit and which to postpone till the next time. Whatever be the reason, the Cairo Tower is and must be on your To-do list when you visit Cairo.
The reason why it is strongly recommended to pay a visit to the place is that there are a lot of restaurants within the building. This gives the food loving people another purpose to visit the place and experience the mouth-watering cuisines offered at the restaurants here.
And while you are busy wiping clean the dishes of the food, don’t get scared if you feel the floor moving, because that will be the restaurant rotating. Yes, that’s true. The circular platform atop the Cairo Tower makes one complete rotation every 70 minutes. This way, you get to see the view of Cairo City while gobbling up the food and enjoying the decent charm of the place the pharaonic way.
Along with the numerous fascinations people have for the place, there is bit of a political and diplomatic history pinned with the name of this place. Originally designed by the architect Naoum Shebib, the construction of the Cairo Tower was carried out in between the years 1954 to 1961.
The then president of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser was attempted for bribery by the U.S. government. In order to be on the safer side, the president moved funds accounting to approximately USD 6 million into the Egyptian government’s funds for the construction of Cairo Tower.
It is even believed that the location of Cairo Tower has been selected in a manner so as to taunt the U.S government. This is because the tower is visible clearly from the Embassy of the United States, which happens to be situated across the Nile.
The Cairo Tower has also undergone restoration sessions between November 2004 and May 2009. The main objective of this restoration was to prepare the tower for its 50th anniversary in April 2011. Since then, the tower stands firmly enough to attract tourists from all over the world.
The Architecture of Cairo Tower
On closely observing the details of the design and architecture of Cairo Tower, one can surely observe the partially opened latticework geometrical design all over the tower. The overall appearance of this design makes it look like a lotus plant, which was considered one of the major iconic symbols back in Ancient Egypt.
The top of the ‘Lotus’ design comprises of a rotating deck, which gives a mouth gaping view of Cairo city while rotating slowly. All in all, the building is a masterpiece of architecture and construction and beautifully showcases the Arab craftsmanship and knowledge through its design.
The place is mostly occupied by expensive yet top-rated restaurants and nightclubs. You can buy the entry fee to the clubs, or dine at your favourite restaurant as per your choice, but as part of a sightseeing activity, the excitement is much more.
You can visit the top floor of the Cairo Tower so as to get a view of your lifetime. Situated almost at the centre of Cairo city, the Cairo Tower allows you to have a 360 degrees view of the city, though at its own speed. In case you wish to take the sightseeing thing to the next level, you can grab the telescope devices installed there and zoom into the beauty and magnificence of the city.
On focusing to the west direction, one can observe the Pyramids of Giza with the Sahara desert covering the land of Pharaohs beyond them. Further, on moving the scope towards the east, you will get to witness the medieval quarters of the city. This way, you can enjoy the fun of this place up to your hearts’ content.
Nightlife at Cairo Tower
Since the moment you enter the building premises, you will surely feel the aura of the place. Starting from the Ground Floor, the Legends Nightclub plays for your music which will give you goosebumps. Further, the lighting and crowd of the place will boost your stamina to hit the dance floor for sure.
Not only this, there are even restaurants and clubs at the tower which organize belly dancing shows for their audience. This way, you can feel the vibes of dance culture of Egypt in a modern way.
As you move to the top floor, the view of downtown Cairo gets even better, and the glitter and sparkle of Cairo city is clearly visible from the rotating platform on the top. Your travel diary is guaranteed to get filled for many pages only on the memories you take away from your visit to Cairo Tower.
Entry Fees and Timings
Any adult person needs to pay a minimal amount of EGP 70 as an entrance fee to the place, while there is no fee charged for children. The timings to visit the Cairo Tower are as follows:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM.
Further, it is advised to visit the tower either during early morning or afternoon hours or during late evening hours. This way, you can avoid the excessive crowd at the place and enjoy yourselves.
How to ReachCar
Either you are a local resident of the city or any tourist, you can easily drive your personal car or hire a taxi to the place situated at Sharia Hadayek Al Zuhreya Gezira.Subway
In order to reach Cairo Tower, you can hop on to the subway and get down at Sadat metro station, which is the closest to the place. From there, you can either hire a taxi for a minimal distance of 2.4 Kms. to the east from the station.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Cairo Tower is during late evening hours. This is because the atmosphere gets a little bit chilled due to the desert climate, and it becomes very relaxing in the open air.
Further, it is advised that in order to experience the fun and thrill of the place, one should visit the place during winter season months. This will help you in maintaining your chill even in the hot atmosphere of the nightclubs and restaurants of Cairo Tower.
It is advised to wear loose and comfortable clothing while visiting the place during Summers, and proper winter clothing during Winters and Spring season.
Cairo Tower has a rotating platform at the top, which completes one rotation every 70 minutes.