Port Said

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Port Said (Arabic بورسعيد) is a northeastern Egyptian city near the Suez Canal, with an approximate population of 500,000. The economic base of Port Said is fishing and industries, like chemicals, processed food, and cigarettes. Port Said is also an important harbour both for exports of Egyptian products like cotton and rice, but also a fueling station for ships that pass through the Suez Canal.

Port Said also thrives on being a duty-free port, as well as a summer resort for Egyptians. There are numerous old houses with grand balconies on all floors, giving the city a distinctive look. Port Said's twin city is Port Fouad, which lies on the eastern side of the canal. The two cities coexist, to the extent that there hardly is any town centre in Port Fouad. The cities are connected by free ferries running all through the day, together they form a metropolitan area.

Port Said Attractions

Port Said Stadium

Port Said lies some 200km away from Cairo and is located on the meeting point between Africa and Asia. The origins of Port Said are that of a working camp founded in 1859 by Said Pasha to house men working on the Suez Canal.

Suez Canal

The Suez Canal is a canal in Egypt. Opened in 1869, it allows water transportation between Europe and Asia without navigating around Africa or carrying goods overland between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The northern terminus is Port Said.

Port Said Web Sources

Port Said Online (Arabic)

Port Said Online is a community website for those living and interested in visiting the lovely Egyptian city. The site contains sections for forums, attractions, history, advertising, news and local events. It is a nice example of how a city can bring together its residents in an online sharing experience.

Port Said-Wikipedia

The wikipedia page for the city of Port Said