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Cairo is home to the International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the only comprehensive event venue in the country. The massive building covers 0.3 kilometres, with over 3,000 square metres of convention rooms. With onsite restaurants, catering, and nearby hotels available, Cairo's convention centre is one of the most luxurious in the world.
Cairo's dining experience covers everything from street-stand food to fine dining, with a taste of food from around the world. Many of the nicer hotels in Cairo have bars, lounges, and full restaurants where travellers can stop for a bite to eat. Anyone looking for a taste of Egyptian cuisine can try Koshary Abou Tarek, one of Cairo's most popular restaurants.
There are shopping centres near the Cairo hotels to compete for attention but to the true tourist, the bazaars and markets hold more appeal. Cairo has dozens of them, and shoppers can browse through to buy anything from souvenirs to belly dancing gear, or goats. The Khan el-Khalili Bazaar is perhaps the most popular, probably due to its proximity to the al-Azhar Mosque.
While famed for its proximity to Egyptian monuments like the Giza Necropolis, Cairo's points of interest lie within the city. The Egyptian Museum is a must-see for any visitor, as it contains one of the largest collections of Egyptian relics on the planet. The Cairo Film Festival, which is held once a year, features international actors and film producers, FIAPF awards to acclaimed actors and films. Other must-see attractions include the Cairo Tower, the al-Azhar Mosque, the Cairo Opera House, Babylon Fortress, and Muizz Street, which are located around the city.
Soccer is the Cairo sport of choice, and visitors can see matches nearly every weekend, although tickets are frequently sold out so be sure to purchase in advance. The most popular teams are Zamalek SC and Ahli SC, who compete on an international level. Cairo is also home to horse racing, running, and cycling events throughout the year.