City of Qalyub, Egypt
Qalyub in Egypt often referred as Kalyub is a town located in the Al Qalyubiyah governorate here and this town is at the tip of the Nile river delta in Lower Egypt. The town lies to the north of the metropolitan area of Cairo. The town lies close to the right bank of river Nile and the Nile Delta Barrage which is responsible for dividing the waters of the Nile into two major branches namely Rosetta and Damietta branches.
Overview of Qalyub in Egypt
The town is popular as a commercial center and has a vast agricultural area. Also, the famous printing press for Al-Ahram newspaper is located here, which is touted to be constructed from the housing material obtained from the ancient Heliopolis which lies just few miles away. As per the calculation in 2006, the population of Qalyub at that time was about 106,804 in number. In February 13, 2005; the town saw a political strike which occurred due to the controversial part between the privatization and benefits of the Qalyub Spinning Company.
History of Qalyub
Constructed from the ruins obtained from the modern day Misr al-Jadidah, the earliest mention of the town can be found in 641 ce which is one year after Amribn al-As, the Arab conqueror constructed a bridge across the canal to help in the subjugation of the towns in Misr Province. Three years after the Napoleonic forces withdrew from Qalyub i.e. in 1804-1805, the town saw depredation by the soldiers of Mamluk Sultans. In mid 19th century, Qalyub lost its status of being the capital city to Banha.
Some famous towns located near Qalyub
Some popular cities, Suburbs and towns that are situated near Qalyub include
- Shubra El Kheima
- Mit Ghamr
- Hihya And more
Sightseeing in an around QalyubVisiting Qalyub gives an opportunity to explore many other interesting destinations like Tel Aviv, Tyre, Gaza, Beersheba, Haifa, Al Fayyum, Madinat as Sa'adah, Masakin al Farnawani al Qadimah, Masakin al Akhshab wa ash Shay, Ash Sharqawiyah al Qadimah, Ard al Junaynah and Masakin Shirkat an Nasr lil Masbukat. Some other places that can be visited while on a Qalyub tour are Shubra El-Kheima, Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Al-Matariyyah, Plastic Stadium, Ain Shams and the ancient Hetropolis.
The modern town of Qalyub still manages to preserve some very old mosques; the most renowned is the Great Mosque which was renovated in 1735-36. The place is well connected to the Cairo-Alexandria highway and acts as a railway junction for many lines crossing the delta. The major industries in this town include the silk weaving and cotton industries.
Reaching Qalyub is much easy due to its close proximity with many international airports, the closest being Cairo International Airport which is located in Cairo and is just 35 km from the place. Other airports from which Qalyub can be reached within a few hours’ drive are Alexandria International Airport, which is 203 km away and Borg El Arab International airport in Borg Al Arab which is 225 km away from Qalyub.
More about Qalyub
Qalyub made to the news in 2006 due to the rail crash which occurred here in the August of 2006 which made the town grab headlines of many national news channels in Egypt.