THE TOURNAMENT: ITF MEN Al Solymaneiyah Egy F1 Women’s Future
Date: From 01/16 to 01/22
Money prize: $ 15,000
Surface: Clay Outdoor
Tournament Location: Al Solymaneiyah Tennis Center – 55 km Cairo Alex. Desert Road – Cairo Egypt
How to get: Al Solymaneiyah Golf & Resort spa is a city in the city build in the Desert far 55 km from Cairo. Cairo International Airport is far 78,5 km from Resort (1h15 minutes by car).
Top 10 Players: Chantal Skamlova (Svk) – Lenka Jurikova (Svk) – Sandra Samir (Egy) – Ayaka Hokuno (Jpn) – Fatma Al Nabhani (Oma) – Christina Ene (Rou) – Oana Georgeta Simion (Rou) – Helene Scholsen (Bel) – Bojana Marinkovic (Srb) – Shelby Talcott (Usa)
Cairo is the capital and, with a population of 6.76 million, the largest city of Egypt. Modern Cairo was founded in 969 CE by Jawhar al-Siqilli (“the Sicilian”) of the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a center of the region’s political and cultural life, and is nicknamed “the city of a thousand minarets” for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. Lonely Planet introduces Cairo in this way: “First, the drawbacks: Cairo’s crowds make Manhattan look like a ghost town, papyrus sellers and would-be guides hound you at every turn, and your snot will run black from the smog.But it’s a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm ad-Dunya – the Mother of the World. This urban buzz is a product of 22-or-so million inhabitants simultaneously crushing the city’s infrastructure under their collective weight and lifting its spirit up with their exceptional charm and humour. One taxi ride can pass resplendent mosques, grand avenues, and 19th-century palaces, with a far away view of the pyramids of Giza. A caked-on layer of beige sand unifies the mix of eras and styles.Blow your nose, crack a joke and look through the dirt to see the city’s true colours. If you love Cairo, it will definitely love you back.”
TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:
- Giza Plateau
- Mohamed Ali Mosque
- Cave Church
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Best View Pyramids Hotel. Wonderful *** hotel at walking distance to pyramids and only 12 km from Cairo. This hotel has an high rate on Booking (8.6). The price for a deluxe triple room is 68€ per night breakfast, free wifi and parking included. Good on site restaurant.
- Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences. Good **** accomodation, this hotel is set on amazing Zamalek island among Nile’s waters and features an outdoor pool, a restaurant and a gym. A rich breakfast buffet, free wi fi are available for customers. Price for a 26 mq2 Hilton guest room is 112€ in b&b.
- The Nile Ritz-Carlton. Luxurious ***** hotel located in the heart of Cairo between Nile river, Tahrir Square and Egyptian Museum. Inside you could eat at 9 different restaurants or relax at spa or outdoor pool. Hotel offers 44 mq2 deluxe rooms with Nile view at 269€ per night with breakfast and free wifi included.