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Egypt Air begins non-stop flights between Cairo International and Washington Dulles

Egypt Air is flying a new route non-stop from Cairo International Airport (CAI) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) from June 3, 2019. This route marks another step by the Government of Egypt, to further improve diplomatic relations with the United States.
The announcement for this route came just before President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made an official visit to the White House in April.

The Cairo (CAI) – Washington (IAD) route is planned to operate three times a week. Flights depart from Cairo International Airport on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The return flights depart Washington Dulles International Airport on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Egypt Air will fly the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on this route. It has the capacity to seat 280 passengers in a three-class arrangement.

RouteDayDepartureArrival
Cairo to Washington D.C.Monday, Wednesday, Friday11:00 PM5:10 AM (next day)
Washington D.C. to CairoTuesday, Thursday, Saturday12:00 PM4:50 AM (next day)

 

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The importance of Egypt and the United States to each other

Since the 1978 Camp David Accords, Egypt has remained a strong and important ally of the United States. It is a key economic and security partner in the Middle East.

Egypt remains the largest non-NATO beneficiary of US military aid after Israel. This enables the United States to access the oil routes in the Arabian Peninsula and to secure the Suez Canal, which is critical for U.S. warships transiting from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

The Government of Egypt maintains a Commerical Office in Washington D.C., which works toward advancing and developing foreign trade and commerce with the United States. Delegates visit Egypt on a regular basis and meet with officials and local MPs on various economic matters.

While the majority of Egyptians in the United States are found in the New York City Metropolitan Area, a significant number of Egyptian-Americans are also found in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Egyptian Americans are known for their relatively high educational status and professional attainment in management, business, science and arts. The Government of Egypt sees them as a valuable resource for foreign direct investment, and a source of income through remittances sent home to families in Egypt.

Egypt is a popular tourist attraction and tourists play a crucial role in Egypt’s economy. The major tourist attractions for Americans to Egypt are those of Ancient Egypt such as the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Luxor and Abu Simbel.

Egypt is one of the sunniest countries in the world. Its climate attracts beachgoers to resorts in Alexandria and Sharm Al-Sheikh. The Nile cruises between Aswan and Luxor are also extremely popular.

However, due to the threat of terrorism and local attitudes, it would be wise to check with the US Department of State for any Travel Advisory issued for Egypt before booking your trip.

Washington D.C.: The political centre of the modern world

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. It was named after the founding father and the first president, George Washington, who helped locate and plan the city. Washington himself preferred to call it "Federal City". It is located just south of the Mason-Dixon line, that demarcates the Northern United States and the Southern United States.

Washington D.C. is the political capital of the world. It is a city that was created by politics for politics. Images of the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial are famous throughout the world as icons of the United States of America, the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation.

Every visitor to Washington D.C. must see its main attraction, The National Mall. It is a unique National Park that has a large concentration of monuments, memorials, museums and government offices.

The Mall begins at the Capitol Hill on the east end, followed by a cluster of 19 Smithsonian Museums, that is free and open to the public 364 days a year (closed on Christmas Day). The west end of The Mall contains the Washington Monument followed by the reflecting pool and ends at the Lincoln Memorial on the bank of the Potomac River. The White House is located just north of the Washington Monument.

The National Mall is much larger than it looks because of the massive size of its buildings. It stretched 3.2 km end-to-end. So you must be prepared with good shoes to walk in. In the hot and humid D.C. summers, it is advisable to visit the indoor museums in the afternoon and then visit the exterior attractions in the cool evenings.

The Arlington National Cemetary is located across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial. It a United States military cemetery where the dead of the nation's conflicts have been buried since the Civil War. The Pentagon is located adjacent to the south side of the cemetery.

George Washington's Mount Vernon is about a half-hour drive south of the Pentagon in Fairfax County. George Washington himself began the tradition of inviting "any sober or orderly person's gratifying their curiosity in viewing the buildings, Gardens, &ca. about Mount Vernon".

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Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River and still contains the gardens, estates and distillery that were designed by Washington himself. The grounds contain the tombs of George Washington and his wife, Martha. There is also a slave memorial and burial ground of the slaves who lived and worked at Mount Vernon.

When it comes to local cuisine, Washington D.C. is unique for its half-smoke: smoked half-beef, half-pork sausages, served on a hot dog bun and topped with chili. The best-known half-smokes are found Ben's Chili Bowl. This landmark Washington D.C. restaurant has seen numerous celebrities and politicians since its opening in 1958. There is a sign that says Bill Cosby and The Obama Family can eat at Ben's for free and no one else.

Washington D.C. is served primarily by the Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), located 40 km west of the city in Sterling, Virginia. It is an architectural masterpiece, with the roof suspended over the main passenger departure area. It is connected to more than 125 destinations around the world and sees more than 60,000 passengers daily.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located in Washington D.C. which makes it the most convenient airport. However, due to its small size, flights are restricted to a  2320km radius, non-stop, with the exception of flights from Montreal and Toronto.

Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) is the busiest airport in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. It is located about 15 km North-East of Washington D.C. It is a fortress hub for Southwest Airlines. It connects to 79 US domestic destinations and 13 International Destinations served by 7 international Airlines.

Washington D.C. has a myriad of options when it comes to staying at hotels. Because of the business nature of most of its visitors,  hotels in D.C. are cheaper on the weekends. It is worth to note that the hotel-tax in D.C. is 14.50% while the tax is 13% in Virginia and Maryland.

The best deals on hotels are found in the districts of Dupont Circle, Shaw, Near Northeast, and Capitol Hill, where there is an active night-life compared to the West End and the East End, which are business-centric and generally dead after dark.

Cairo: Gateway to an ancient Civilization

Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and one of the largest cities on the African continent. It is a political and economic hub for North Africa and the Arab world, with the headquarters of the Arab League and many multinational businesses being located here.

Cairo was founded over the ancient city of Memphis. Egypt's most famous landmarks, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are located on its outskirts. Cairo began as Al Fustat, a campsite of the Muslim general, 'Amr ibn al-'As, who captured Egypt in 641 AD from the Byzantines for the caliph Umar.

After the reign of the Umayyads, Egypt was later captured from the Abbasids in 969 AD by the Fatimids, who built a new capital, Al Qahirah, just north of Al Fustat. Eventually, Al Qahirah expanded and annexed Al Fustat. The English name of Cairo comes from Al Qahirah, The Victorious.

In 970 AD, the Fatimids commissioned the construction of Al-Azhar mosque. It is the second oldest continuously run university in the world. It is a deeply influential institution and highly revered in the Islamic world for the study of Theology and Islamic Law.

Cairo entered into its golden age under Sultan Salah ad-Din Ayyubi, who build the Citadel of Cairo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of preserved historic mosques and museums. The citadel was the seat of Power for the Ayyubids and the Mamlukes. In the Osmānīye period, the citadel remained the centre of Khedive government.

Cairo is the hub of trade and commerce in Egypt. It accounts for 22% of the nation's GDP. It is a major centre for Egypt's automobile industry, manufacturing and assembling vehicles under license for the likes of BMW, Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler and many more.

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Cairo is the centre of publishing, music, television and cinema of the Arab world. The annual Cairo International Film Festival attracts film submissions from across the world. It is the oldest Film Festival in the Arab World and is the only Festival in the Middle East and Africa accredited by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is located east of the city in Heliopolis (Masr Al-Gedida). It is a hub for Egyptair and Nile Air. It is served by many major international airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Emirates and Etihad. The most popular international destinations from Cairo are to Saudi Arabia, with more than 1.7 million passengers a year travelling to Jeddah (JED), Medina (MED), Riyadh (RUH) and Yanbu (YNB). Other top destinations from Cairo are to Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Kuwait (KWI), Amman (AMM) and Istanbul (IST).

Cairo has a tremendous range of accommodation, from low-rent budget hotels in downtown to five-star palaces along the Nile. Staying in Downtown Cairo is the best way to experience the city. The Heliopolis district is ideal for those who wish to stay close to the airport.

For a new visitor, forehand information on the districts of Cairo will help tremendously in choosing the right locations and hotels to book.

About Egypt Air

Egypt Air is the Flag Carrier Airline of Egypt and 100% owned by its government. It is a member of the Star Alliance Network and the Arab Air Carriers Organization. It serves around 70 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. The domestic and regional market is operated by its subsidiary, EgyptAir Express

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Egypt Air primarily operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800. It plans to expand its fleet with several more Airbus A320neo by 2020. Its subsidiary, EgyptAir Express operates a fleet of Embraer E-170.

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is the primary hub for EgyptAir, with focus cities at Alexandria (HBE), Hurghada (HRG), Luxor (LXR) and Sharm El Sheikh (SSH)

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