The largest city in Egypt and the entire Middle East, Cairo is one of the most important places in the Arab world. Sitting alongside the River Nile, the capital is known for its proximity to several ancient sites and as the home of Tahrir Square, the center of 2011's Egyptian Revolution. The wealth of antiquities in this city has always drawn both leisure and business travelers from all around the world.
The main airport is Cairo International Airport (CAI), which is the busiest in Egypt. About 15 kilometers northeast of the city center, it has direct flights from New York City on Egypt Air and many other routes from European cities.
Cairo International Convention Center (CICC) is one of the chief conference venues in Cairo. Spread over 30 hectares, CICC has 580,000 square feet dedicated to conference facilities, including a Chinese garden, 150,000 square feet of exhibition space, a banquet hall for 3,000 people, and three auditoriums (the largest of which can seat 2,000).
Cairo hotels offer some of the best meeting venues in the city. The 726-room InterContinental Cairo Semiramis offers 25,000 square feet of meeting space divided among 11 meeting rooms with varied configurations. Also on the list of best Cairo hotels is the 641-room Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, which has 4,948 square feet of meeting space. Other hotels known for their event venues include the 449-room Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo, featuring 40,820 square feet of meeting space, and the 433-room Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah, with 14,250 square feet of meeting space.
Among the unique event spaces in Cairo are some outstanding restaurants, including Taboula, a Lebanese restaurant in Garden City; the very Egyptian, very wonderful Abou El Sid; Al Dabke, which serves Lebanese cuisine in the huge, 247-room Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis hotel, and La Piazza, which is located in the 440-room JW Marriott Hotel Cairo, a venue with 85,000 square feet of meeting space.