Who Are We
Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment S.A.E. (“Al Ismaelia”) is a real estate development company based in Cairo, Egypt, focusing on acquiring and renovating prime real estate in Downtown Cairo with the aim of revitalizing the historic neighborhood and celebrating its unique, organic urban framework.Read More
History of Downtown
For a city with such a long history, many are surprised to learn that Downtown Cairo is less than 200 years old. Until the mid 1800's, the undisputed heart of Egypt's capital city was predominantly swamp land.Read More
Al Ismaelia developed the company’s Urban Planning Project to outline their vision for Downtown Cairo; a vision that not only considers the company’s interests, but the interests of all the neighborhood’s players whom encompass every segment of Cairo’s rich urban fabric.Read More
The importance of Downtown Cairo to modern Egyptian society is evident in the number of films and books that have been based in the district. Throughout the 20th century and continuing today, Egyptian filmmakers and writers have honored this dynamic neighborhood, sharing its stories both historic and fictionalized with the world.
Lucette Lagnado’s “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit”: My Family’s Exodus from Cairo to the New World is a poignant memoir detailing the many changes witnessed by Downtown Cairo following President Nasser’s rise to power and their effects on a Jewish family. More consequences of
Perhaps the most famous example of both literature and film to be based in Downtown Cairo in recent years is The Yacoubian Building, the 2002 novel by Alaa Al Aswany adapted to the silver screen by Marwan Hamed and starring Adel Imam, Nour El Sherif, and Hend Sabri.
The district’s role as a home to Egypt’s expansive bureaucracy since the days of Nasser’s presidency is explored in the 1992 comedy, Al Irhab wal Kabab (Terrorism and Kebab), starring Adel Imam, which takes place entirely inside Midan Tahrir's adjacent Mogama’a.