Guide to a Perfect trip in Egypt!
Ismailia governorate is one of the 27 Egyptian governorates, situated in the northeast of Egypt. The capital city of this governorate is Ismailia, and Fayed,Tel-el-Kabeer and El-Qantara-el-Sharqiyya are also other major cities in this Egyptian province. Ismailia has expanded over a small area of only 1442 square km, with the current population at just over 1 million. It is known as the eastern gateway of Egypt to Asia, since people can directly move to Arabian or Asian countries through this region.
Ismailia governorate is located on the bank of Suez Canal. It shares borders with Suez governorate in the south, North Sinai governorate in the east and Sharkeya governorate in the west, while Port Said lies in the north of this province. There are several tourist attractions in this governorate. The most noteworthy are Grand Morra Lake, the Archaeology Museum, Delesibs Museum, Orabi Castle and the beautiful Fayed beaches.
Historically this has been known as the ‘City of Beauty and Enchantment’ all across Egypt. It is situated on the bank of Suez Canal, which becomes Khedive Ismail the Magnificent's Lake Timsah. Ismailia city was founded in 1863 and named after its founder Khedive Ismail the Magnificent. Later, it was captured by the British in 1882. This city is also historically important due to the Battle of Ismailia, which occurred here between the Egyptian and the Israeli armies in 1973.
Apart from several schools and colleges, Ismailia is the location of the Suez Canal University, which is the main educational base of higher education for all students of Ismailia and Sinai governorates. Two international schools are also established here, Manar Language School that offers degrees of an American Diploma in languages and the Educational Language Complex School that teaches innovative, cutting-edge teaching methods.
The main tourist attraction of this city is Ismailia Museum, built in 1932 that exhibits many archaeological artifacts obtained from several sites around Ismailia, Sinai and Upper Egypt. Ismailia City is not that famous among foreign tourists, although the Egyptians often visit this place for personal tours. Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai is only a four hour journey from Ismailia, which houses St. Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai. Mount Sinai is considered to be holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims, as all believe that Moses got the sacred Ten Commandments from God on the top of this mountain. Anyone can visit the Border areas of Taba Crossing and Rafah Crossing, as both can be reached by driving only a few hours from Ismailia City.
Ismailia is also well-known for its two annual festivals that are related to the art and culture of the area. One is the International Film Festival for Documentaries and Short Films, which is usually held every June and for the last 18 years. The other notable event of this city is the Ismailia International Folklore Arts Festival, which occurs every September and features various folk dance groups from all corners of the world who gather here to show their individual folk cultures in front of the enthusiastic audiences.