Abdel Aziz Street, Cairo's biggest electronic market
unique architectural style to Cairo's major commercial streets
Abdel Aziz Street extends from Abdeen Palace to
Ataba Square. The street was established to connect between Abdeen Palace and
Khedive Abbas's Palace in Ataba Square.
An important visit to Abdel Aziz
The street was named after the Turkish Sultan Abdel
Aziz in commemoration of his fruitful visit to Egypt in April 1863 during Ismail Pasha's reign. This visit considered to be a historic one as it is the
first time for an Ottoman Sultan to visit Egypt since Sultan Salim conquered
Egypt in 1517.
Sultan Abdel Aziz arrived
in Alexandria, and Ismail Pasha personally received him. He stayed at Ras
El-Tin Palace, then he travelled to Cairo by train to be his first time to see
the train, as Egypt has been one of the pioneers who built a railway station as
Abbas Pasha established the first train line in the Middle East between Cairo-
Alexandria in 1852.
Street, Cairo's main electronic market
In its early days,
Abdel Aziz Street was an example of urban coordination and artistic beauty,
but recently it became one of Cairo's busiest markets. The trade business began to grow gradually at
Abdel Aziz Street starting with Omar Effendi Stores located at the intersection
of Abdel el-Aziz Street and Rushdi Street. Omar Effendi stores were popular and
considered to be one of Egypt's largest department stores whose owner was
Turkish until it was sold to a French merchant. The building
of the store was famous for its hanging lantern in the entrance lit as an
announcement of the store's sales.
Following the Omar Effendi department store, the furniture trade
business started to spread in the street to be home to the most famous
furniture shops in Egypt. Then in the early nineties, it became the biggest
market for electronic devices and mobile phones. Now Abdel
Aziz Street is one of Cairo's most crammed streets and a top destination for