Cairo was founded in the 10th century close to where the ancient city of Memphis once stood. Today, it is one of the world's most densely populated cities at 7.8 million inhabitants.
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the gateway to the Nile River delta. Since the latter half the 20th century, urban sprawl and political turmoil have left an imprint on the metropolis. Cairo became a flashpoint of Arab Spring protests in 2011. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Cairo.
Egypt is building a new capital from scratch. It's just one of a number of mega projects pursued by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The new capital is expected to house up to seven million people, along with government offices, embassies and businesses on 700 square kilometers (about 270 square miles). But who can afford to live in this new city?
Egypt's Coptic Christians are in mourning after an attack by suspected Islamic extremists. Authorities say eight worshipers and a police officer were killed in a gunfight when an attacker attempted to break through security outside a church.