A Brief on the Cairo International Conference Center
By Dr. Maged El-Bialy
Egypt has long been the focal center of Africa and the Middle East, but while the capabilities of the facilities available were never in doubt, the proper facilities to conduct the larger conferences had not been available. To insure the capability to set up international and local conferences and conventions The Cairo International Conference Center (CICC) is the result of tireless planning and careful execution. It is the only comprehensive conference center in the country. Almost 58,000 sq. m. have been given over to conference facilities that are nothing less than state of the art. The Center is the very latest in conference facilities to ensure that while everything is carried with the greatest possible efficiency, your comfort and convenience have been seen to.
To start with, the Center is a ten-minute drive from Cairo International Airport, a short drives from any one of several five star hotels and a five-minute walk from the Cairo Stadium and the Cairo International Exhibition Grounds.
Once you arrive, you might be pleased to know that there is parking space available for 1,200 cars.
As you stroll along its immaculately kept interiors you will be able to appreciate so much more than the magnificent architecture. The Center hired expert artists and art buyers to lovingly collect millions of pounds worth of art, now on display at the Center. Not all the art displayed at the Center is Egyptian origin. There is a substantial amount of art on display that is the gift of Chinese artists, among them a breathtakingly beautiful hand carved wall mural that took over three years to complete. Another is, a magnificent wall painting depicting marriage in Egypt down the ages that took up one and a half years of the lives of a husband and wife team of artists. The art is not the only thing you can view in the Italian marble corridors. Discreetly placed along the walls are large Closed Circuit Television Monitors, linking you to every one of the five halls, to ensure that you are up to date wherever you are at all times.
The Center is assured that efficiency rests on every possible level. There are fully equipped kitchens and cafeterias ensuring a gourmands paradise, and your every wish in this field may be accommodated. We are, however, aware that man does not live by bread alone. We have seen to it that the your safety and security have been ensured by installing state of the art fire detection and prevention systems and seeing to it that the most sophisticated and thorough security systems to be found are available. Security is handled on a two-sided basis; the In-house Security assures your safety, and the government special branch is always on hand to provide that comforting, specialized extra protection.
The exquisite Chinese Garden is one of the outstanding facilities that the Cairo International Convention Center holds. It is carefully designed on 28 acres to look like a Chinese garden. Thus, you can step outside the halls of the center to warp from Egypt to China. The Chinese garden is a peaceful place that will ensure some relaxation from a tiring day of work in the center. There is a beautiful Chinese pagoda that is accessible by a marvelously paved winding road. The artificial lake in the garden is guaranteed to set tranquility to your soul.
In order to ensure a five star service, experienced catering companies have been confided to handle the catering of the center. To aid these companies to perform at high skill levels the center has a fully equipped kitchen. By that the center has the capability to provide from the simplest refreshments to the most luscious banquets.
The CICC is a huge establishment and has to been run by highly dedicated and qualified personnel. To insure that things run smoothly, a distinguished administrative building was erected for the administrative staff. Like a beehive, the offices are filled with non-stop workers of various ages to ensure the efficiency of the center. The administration building is the creative core of the center.
We do realize that conference of all types entail more than just meetings. They are a time when a great deal of work has to be completed, sometimes in a very short time span. And we also know that you will almost certainly have more on your plate than you can handle. To make sure that you complete your workload with as little fuss as possible, we have provided a quietly efficient and competent secretarial pool. There is no need for you to leave your office behind just because youre thousands of miles away from home. The Center also has mobile interpretation units and three large rooms or boardrooms each with a capacity of 50 persons for the smaller meetings or receptions or even just for a display area.
The Five Wonders of the CICC
The CICC was built to receive international and local conferences and conventions. It has to contain up-to-date facilities in order to create a lovely image on Egypt the hosting country or these international meetings. The world may have seven wonders but the CICC has five more. There are four halls and a press centers to insure that a successful convention could be executed without and burden.