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In Cairo , Egypt 's capital and the largest city in the Middle East and Africa , East meets West, and tradition and modernism coexist side by side. This dazzling metropolis, humming with activity all year round, is alive day and night.

Cairo is home to the Sphinx and the Pyramids at Giza – the only remaining wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world – along with the thousands of Pharaonic artifacts at the Egyptian Museum; the architecture of the ancient Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Hanging Church (one of the oldest churches in existence, built on Roman ruins); Amr Ibn Al'As, the first mosque built on Egyptian soil; the sprawling Khan Khalili market and the streets of medieval Cairo quarter bustling with life. Cairo is history's treasure trove; take it in to the full.

But Cairo is also Egyptian cuisine at a Nile restaurant, evenings at a local discotheque, casino or theater, or a folklore performance with traditional music and dance. Cairo is the quintessential Middle Eastern capital city, with all of its energy, action and life.