Gezira is west of downtown Cairo and Tahrir Square, connected across the Nile by four bridges each on the east and west sides, the Qasr El Nil Bridge, 15th of May Bridge, Al-Gala'a Brigde and 6th October Bridge. Under 19th century ruler Khedive Ismail the island was first called "Jardin des Plantes" (French for "Garden of Plants"), because of its great collection of exotic plants shipped from all over the world.
- Cairo Tower (1960), the tallest concrete structure in Egypt, built near the Gezira Sporting Club.
- Egyptian Opera House (1988), built near the Cairo Tower, and one of the better performing arts venues in the Middle East.
- El Sawy Culture Wheel Centre (2003) (Arabic: ساقية الصاوى), located beneath 15 May Bridge in Zamalek, one of the most important cultural venues in Egypt.
- Gezira Sporting Club (1882), the oldest club in Egypt.
Schools on the island include:
- Lycée Français du Caire Zamalek Primary Campus
- Pakistan International School Cairo in Zamalek
- Previously, the British International School in Cairo (BISC) in Zamalek
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