Knowing Cairo and its people!
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There are many beautiful and known places to visit and explore in Cairo; I will briefly mention them (all the travel guides invlude further details) and focus on the native Egyptians! As a I have never met any Arab person before, I was on my way to Cairo thinking of the Egyptians as some kind of 'different' and 'terorrist-friendly' people (Western media propaganda has also helped to this way)...I WAS SO WRONG! All these people (I had the chance to meet quite many) had a very kind and mature personality and they were all frienldy, talkative and unoffending (just to say that as we were siting and discussing about the aforementioned issues with some natives, they pointed as to their cars showing that they were all unlocked, thus indicating zero criminality)!
Here is just an example: As we were hanging around in Islamic Cairo, an Egyptian, who had lived in Athens, regognized our Greek origin (as he heard our Greek talk) and kindly offered to guide as (of course, without taking any money) through the area.
Another thing that any traveller should know is that one of the most famous cultural habits of Egyptians is bargain! You can (or -most likely- you should) bargain nearly for everything (from a taxi tariff to a souvenir)...So feel free to bargain! You will save a lot of money and have the chance to talk and laugh with the sellers (they sure love to talk over the price of their goodes)!
So, about my personal must-see sightseeings:
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (located downtown)
Giza Pyramids (18 Km from the city center)
Khan al-Khalili (the main market of the city with plenty of things to buy)
Ibn Tulun Mosque (the oldest mosque of Cairo, located in islamic Cairo)
Cairo Tower (in Zamalek, it stands 43 meters higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza)
You should also take a Nile boat cruise and a 'tour' to the Western luxurious hotels located in the city center (they have great roof restaurants and bars)!