Cairo Governorate

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Cairo Governorate
Flag of Cairo Governorate
Cairo Governorate on the map of Egypt
Cairo Governorate on the map of Egypt
Country  Egypt
Seat Cairo (capital)
 • Governor Galal Mostafa Saeed[1]
 • Total 3,085 km2 (1,191 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 9,102,232
 • Density 3,000/km2 (7,600/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1996 6,800,991 —    
2006 7,902,085 +16.2%
2014E 9,102,232 +15.2%

Cairo Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة القاهرة‎‎ Muḥāfẓet El Qahira) is the most populated of the governorates of Egypt. Its capital, the city of Cairo, is the national capital of Egypt, and is part of the Greater Cairo metropolitan area. Because it is completely urbanized, the governorate is considered a city proper, and functions as a municipality. However, there are uninhabited desert areas.

Parts of the governorate were separated in April 2008 to form the Helwan Governorate (reincorporated into the Cairo Governorate in April 2011).

Administrative divisions[edit]

The Cairo Governorate is divided into 41 administrative divisions, called qism in Arabic.


The current Governor is Galal Saeed, who previously served as Minister of Transport under Kamal Ganzouri.[4]

Industrial zones[edit]

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[5]

  • Torah and Shaq Al Tho’ban
  • South Helwan
  • Katamia
  • Shaq Al Tho’ban
  • Al Robeiky
  • Al Maasara
  • Division Maadi Company for Development and Reconstruction
  • Egypt-Ismailia. Road - Al Nozha District
  • El Salam City
  • El Marg District
  • El Sharabya District
  • (New urban community industrial zone) Badr City
  • (New urban community industrial zone) 15th of May
  • (New urban community industrial zone) New Cairo
  • (New urban community industrial zone) Al Shrouk

Due to its congestion and overcrowded streets Cairo is not attractive to investors. UN-Habitat is promoting alternative methods of transportation with the aim of relieving these issues.[6]


In a program that began on August 28, 2012 (through 2018), the European Union invested 40 million Euros on upgrading the infrastructure of informal areas in Cairo Governorate.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mansour appoints 20 new governors". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "EGYPT Administrative Division". 2012-01-08. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "New governors are mostly generals.". Mada Masr. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Investment Regimes, Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Egypt-Urban Issues". UN-Habitat Egypt. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Upgrading Informal Areas in the Greater Cairo Region". European Union External Action. 

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Coordinates: 30°02′N 31°13′E / 30.033°N 31.217°E / 30.033; 31.217