Cairo is the capital of Egypt, the largest city in the Middle East and one of the largest in Africa and the whole world. Founded in 969 by the Fatimid dynasty, Cairo covers over 3085 square kilometers with an estimated population of over 19 million, which makes it one of the most inhabited cities in the world.
Located near the Nile delta, Cairo was the site of a number of ancient national capitals over the history of Egypt, including Memphis that was the place of the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the world’s wonders.
Cairo is called “City of the Thousand Minarets”, referring to the great amount of mosques found there. The most famous of them is Al-Azhar, which also doubles as the biggest Islamic university in the world. The Egyptian capital is also the home for the Arab League headquarters, and a number of continental and international organizations, including the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF).
Cairo Metro is the first in Africa and one of the busiest fifteen lines in the world. The city includes a great number of attractions, including The Egyptian Museum, Cairo Tower, Cairo Citadel, and the River Nile. Cairo hosts one of the world’s biggest Film Festivals annually, besides many musical and art shows, mainly in its famous Cairo Opera House.
The weather in Cairo is somehow hot in the summer, with a June average of 34⁰ C.
Cairo is the home of many clubs, including the infamous giants Al-Ahly and Zamalek; the most successful teams in Africa.
Cairo International Stadium
With a huge number of stadia, the 75,000 seated Cairo International Stadium remains one of the most renowned football grounds in the world. Opened in 1960, it hosted Africa Cup of Nations final matches in 1974, 1986 and 2006, as it’s expected to be once again this year. It also hosted the final matches in the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 1997, and the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2009.
Training venues for Cairo International Stadium
- Arab Contractors Annex
- Al Sekka Al Hadeed Stadium
- Arab Contractors Annex
30 June (Air Defense) Stadium
Another Cairo based stadium that will be used in this year’s Total Africa Cup of Nations is the 30 June Stadium, also known as Air Defense Stadium. Opened in 2011 in New Cairo suburb, the modern styled stadium has a capacity of 30,000 and has witnessed some domestic and international matches, including the UAE Super Cup being held there twice.
Training venues for 30th of June stadium
- 30th of June Stadium Annex (1)
- 30th of June Stadium Annex (3)
- Enppi Club Training Field
Al Salam Stadium
Also in Cairo the 2019 AFCON will have the venue of Al Salam Stadium. Built in 2009 as one of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup venues, Al Salam Stadium is home for Egyptian Premier League side El Entag El Harby and also was home for giants Al Ahly games at both domestic and continental scenes. With the capacity of 30,000, Al Salam Stadium had originally an artificial grass pitch, before being modified to natural grass in 2014.
Training venues for Al Salam Stadium
- Al Shams Club
- Aero Sport Training Field
- Military Academy Stadium Annex
- Cairo International Stadium Annex