Old Cairo’s Ain el-Sira: From a slum area into tourist destination

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 - 03:26 GMT

Old Cairo’s Ain el-Sira: From a slum area into tourist destination

Old Cairo’s Ain el-Sira: From a slum area into tourist destination

CAIRO – 7 April 2021: Among the breathtaking scenes of the historic parade of Egyptian royal mummies that took place Saturday, are the scenes of Ain el-Sira lake with the Pharaonic boats floating in an dazzling piece of art.  

 

In Old Cairo neighborhood, the Ain el-Sira historic area that once had been a slum area, was turned into an attractive hub with various services, thanks to a comprehensive developmental project that took place there. 

 

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Visitors are expected to head to the area after the first phase of the developmental works was accomplished, and its inauguration is set to be in the coming days. 

 

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In Fustat area in old Cairo, Ain el-Sira area hosts four restaurants on 1.5 feddan, an external fence along 2400 meters, parking area accommodates 425 cars, three gates and entrances, and four public bathrooms.

 

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Beside the project, a bridge was built to link the area to a number of main roads.

 

The Ain el-Sira project stays on a distance of 63 feddan. It includes a restaurants area, an open-air theatre, green areas, wooden pergolas, fountains and purification plant of lake water.

 

 

About Ain el-Sira

 

Ain el-Sira Lake is a subterranean spring located south of Cairo. Ain el-Sira are is also known for hosting several sulfur springs.

 

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Ain el-Sira area houses Amr Ibn Al As Mosque, the oldest in Egypt and Africa, in addition to a number of ancient churches like the Hanging Church, Mar Gerges, Abou Seifein, and the Virgin. The neighborhood is also home to a Jewish temple, the Wells Wall (Sour Magra El Oyoun), and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which hosted the 22 royal mummies.
 

 

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Ain Al Sira used to house leather tanneries, which are currently being relocated to Robeiky Textile Complex.

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