El Zaher is named after al-Malik al-Zahir Rukn al-Din Baibars al-Bunduqdari, who was a Mamluk Sultan of Egypt and Syria, whose memoirs were recorded in the a long Arabic folkloric tale Sirat al-Zahir Baibars.
Sakakini was originally part of El Zaher, but it was named after a wealthy, famous, family of Syrian origin, whose patriarch (head of the family), Count Gabriel Habib Sakakini Pasha (1841-1923), had built a palace and a church in the area in 1897. In addition, Sakakini Pasha is known to have established the Roman Catholic Patriarchate in Faggala and the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Old Cairo.
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