Shubra El Kheima

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Shubra El Kheima
شبرا الخيمة
City
ShubraPalaceNymphaeum.jpg
ShubraPalaceFacade.jpg
Pigeon tower in Shubra Khit.jpg
القناطر الخيرية - القليوبية.jpg
Clockwise from top:
Shubrah Palace, Shubrah Palace Facade, Pigeon towers, Al-Qanatir
Shubra El Kheima is located in Egypt
Shubra El Kheima
Shubra El Kheima
Location of Cairo within Egypt
Coordinates: 30°7′43″N 31°14′32″E / 30.12861°N 31.24222°E / 30.12861; 31.24222
Country  Egypt
Governorate Qalyubia
Area
 • Total 270.68 km2 (104.51 sq mi)
 • Land 270.68 km2 (104.51 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,099,354
 • Density 4,100/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Shubra El Kheima, (Arabic: شبرا الخيمة‎, IPA: [ˈʃobɾɑ lˈxeːmæ]) is the fourth largest city in Egypt. It is located in the Qalyubia Governorate around 30°7′43″N 31°14′32″E / 30.12861°N 31.24222°E / 30.12861; 31.24222Coordinates: 30°7′43″N 31°14′32″E / 30.12861°N 31.24222°E / 30.12861; 31.24222 and along the northern edge of the Cairo Governorate. It forms part of the Greater Cairo agglomeration.

Demographics[edit]

Panoramic view of Shubra on the Nile

Shubra El Kheima was primarily inhabited by workers (and their families), who have worked in surrounding factories since the 1940s. However, recently it contains the great expansion of Greater Cairo towards the north as a consequence of migration from rural areas, its population was 1,016,722 at the 2006 Census. It is administered as two kism (wards):[1]

Transportation[edit]

Shubra El Kheima is an important link point to many of other Governorates like the capital Cairo, Giza, Sharqyia, and Manofia, for instance it's a link to the Egyptian capital Cairo through many roads e.g. Cornish El-Nile road if someone want to go to downtown, Ahmed Helmi street if someone want to go to Ramses area and also another way to downtown, as well as Shubra El Kheima has the northern terminus of Line 2 of the Cairo Metro.

Landmarks[edit]

Shubra El Kheima hosts the famous Assem Elaraby Palace of As Elaraby pasha, it also contains the Palace of Mohamed Ali which is built from 1808 to 1821.

Mohamed Ali Palace[edit]

One of the fascinating lesser known landmarks of Cairo is Muhammad Ali Pasha palace. Muhammad Ali, the founder of modern Egypt, choose an isolated palace or an official residence away from the Citadel in the district called Shubra, the construction of the palace began in 1808 and it was completed in 1821, The palace of Mohammad Ali or Shubra Palace is distinguished by its style of decoration that mixes between the Islamic style of decoration and the European one.

Mohammed Ali's Palace is the first flourishing structures in Shubra, The palace of Mohammed Ali or Shubra Palace is characterized by its design of decoration that mixed between the Islamic design of decoration and the European design, This palace was once involving about 13 building but the only remaining parts of it are the reception area, the fountain kios, the basin area and the garden that was provided with a collection of rare plants and some of them still exist and it is regarded as a museum currently.

The palace finally came under the authority of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in 1978, The most remarkable one is the drawing room that was used a dining room, A small garden was planted in each step of this scalar hill which was irrigated the waterwheel tower that was constructed to provide the gardens and the villa with fresh water.

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External links[edit]

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