Gezira Island

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Aerial view of Gezira Island looking south, with the Zamalek district, surrounded by the Nile.
Map of Gezira Island.

Gezira Island is in the Nile River, in central Cairo, Egypt. The southern portion of the island contains the Gezira District, and the northern third contains the Zamalek District.

Gezira Island is west of downtown Cairo and Tahrir Square, connected across the Nile by three bridges each on the east and west sides, including the Qasr al-Nil Bridge 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.[1]

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  1. ^ "Zamalek Today". Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Samir Raafat (16 August 1997). "The Cairo Tower". Archived from the original on 15 June 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "egypt hosts london’s royal philharmonic orchestra for the first time in the region". Albawaba News. 30 January 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Sawy Culturewheel in Egypt: From a place for beggars to a resort for intellectuals" (in Arabic). CNN. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  5. ^ Helmy, Heba. "Four clubs, four communities: The Gezira Sporting Club". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

Coordinates: 30°03′N 31°13′E / 30.050°N 31.217°E / 30.050; 31.217