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Cairo Governorate on the map of Egypt
|• Governor||Atef Abdel Hamid|
|• Total||3,085 km2 (1,191 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,000/km2 (7,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
Cairo Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة القاهرة Muḥāfẓet El Qahira) is the most populated of the governorates of Egypt. Its capital, the city of Cairo, is the national capital of Egypt, and is part of the Greater Cairo metropolitan area. Because it is completely urbanized, the governorate is considered a city proper, and functions as a municipality. However, there are uninhabited desert areas.
Parts of the governorate were separated in April 2008 to form the Helwan Governorate (reincorporated into the Cairo Governorate in April 2011).
The Cairo Governorate is divided into 41 administrative divisions, called qism in Arabic.
According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:
Due to its congestion and overcrowded streets Cairo is not attractive to investors. UN-Habitat is promoting alternative methods of transportation with the aim of relieving these issues.
In a program that began on August 28, 2012 (through 2018), the European Union invested 40 million Euros on upgrading the infrastructure of informal areas in Cairo Governorate.
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