Cairo named OIC capital of tourism for 2026: A heritage-rich city steeped in history



Sun, 02 Jun 2024 - 09:19 GMT


Sun, 02 Jun 2024 - 09:19 GMT

The Mosque of Rifai in Cairo - Pixabay/Shady Shaker

The Mosque of Rifai in Cairo - Pixabay/Shady Shaker

CAIRO – 2 June 2024: In an exciting announcement, Cairo has been designated as the capital of tourism for member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for the year 2026.

The prestigious title was revealed during the 12th session of the Conference of Tourism Ministers of OIC member states, which is taking place in Uzbekistan from May 31 to June 2.

The conference, themed "Developing the Tourism Industry in a Sustainable and Flexible Manner," aimed to select tourist cities from the Islamic world for the years 2025 and 2026.

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The Egyptian Museum in Cairo


Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa expressed his delight at Cairo's selection as the OIC capital of tourism for member states, highlighting the city's diverse range of tourism offerings.

He emphasized Egypt's efforts to develop the innovative cultural tourism initiative called Cairo City Break, which aims to establish Cairo as a standalone destination for tourists and increase overnight stays.

Adel El-Gendy, the Director General of the General Department of Strategic Management, highlighted that Cairo City Break showcases the ministry's endeavors to enhance various historical, spiritual, and heritage attractions.

The nomination file for Cairo encompassed a wide array of captivating sites, including the iconic Giza Plateau, Saqqara, the Religions Complex, the renowned mosques of Al-Hakim, Al-Azhar, and Ibn Tulun, as well as the Holy Family journey.

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Muhammad Ali Mosque


The file also shed light on Cairo's Islamic cultural attractions, such as the historic Al-Muizz Street, Al-Gamaleya, and Al-Azhar, along with remarkable museums like the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) and the highly anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

Furthermore, it showcased other popular tourist and entertainment areas, including the enchanting Fustat Hills Park, Mamsha Ahl Misr, and vibrant lifestyle destinations featuring shopping venues, delectable cuisine, and traditional arts.

The file also acknowledged the modern landmarks present in the New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo, highlighting the new capital’s potential to become one of the world's top city tourism destinations.



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