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Workshop venue

The workshop will be held at the 'Smart Village Club' close to the Nile University Smart Village Campus at the Smart Village.

If you will not be using the buses from the Novotel/Hilton Pyramids Golf resort just ask the taxi to bring you to the Nile University Building (B2) at the Smart Village Cairo (Km 28 Cairo Alexandria Desert Road, 6th October 12577, Egypt) and take directions to the 'Smart Village Club'.

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Travel information

VISA

1-month tourist stay permits are issued to the nationals of most European and (other) Western countries at the airports of Egypt upon arrival. Passports must have mandatory 3 months validity from the day of scheduled departure out of Egypt. You have to get the visa stamps from any of the bank counters before lining up at the Passport control. The fee for the visa is about $ 15.00. For clarification on eligibility for a stay permit on arrival or other classes of immigration permits, please contact the nearest Egyptian Embassy at your place of residence. Necessary invitation letters can be sent from the organizing committee is required. For more information refer to www.touregypt.net/visa.htm

Airport Pickup

Participants are encouraged to arrange for airport pickup with their respective hotels. Please copy MCS local organizers at mcs2010hotels AT nileu DOT edu DOT eg so we can follow up on your pickup request. You can also just use a taxi.

Taxi and Transportation

Transportation will be provided to participants to the conference site and back to two main hotels (Hilton & Novotel 6th October). For all conference activities transportations will be arranged.

Otherwise, taxis are the best way to get around in Cairo. Try to take the new 'white' taxis; they are at least working with a meter. Black and white taxis are the common ones. Note they are not working with meter (so please negotiate fares in advance), the drivers barely speak English and the taxis are often somewhat worn out.
In addition, there are two cab services that can be ordered by phone (please arrange at least three hours ahead & ask for English language):

  • City Cab (16516)
  • Cairo Taxi (19155)

Avoid any other Public transportation.

Credit Cards and Currency

The national currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. You can easily change any foreign currency into Egyptian pounds either at banks or exchange offices. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are around in major areas with many machines offering encashment services for major credit cards. Credit cards are accepted at major tourist establishments but are not very commonly accepted at shops.

Sightseeing in Cairo

Cairo hosts some of the most famous ancient monuments in the world including the nearby Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and a plethora of other important Islamic and Christian monuments.

Some sections of the city are attractions in themselves. The narrow streets of Old Cairo, the Coptic quarter and Islamic Cairo are like museums of historical buildings, punctuated by mosques, edged by the city gates and presided over by the citadel.  Old Cairo also hosts a number of ancient Coptic churches and some the oldest Christian churches in the world. Meanwhile, Khan al-Khalili, is the city's main authentic market.

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is at the heart of the city and hosts the world’s largest collection of ancient and exquisite antiquities.

Another area worth exploring is the Nile island of Gezira, famed for its opera house and art museums, and for a fashionable area of bars and restaurants known as Zamalek.

It is quickest and easiest to take a taxi to the first destination of the day and walk to nearby sights from there. Note that most museums are closed during midday prayers on Fridays, approximately 11.30-13.30.

For more information on Cairo visit http://www.touregypt.net/cairo/

A recommended site for you to check is Eternal Egypt, which brings to light over five thousand years of Egyptian civilization.