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Cairo (Governorate, Egypt)

al-Qahirah, ةرهاقلا

Last modified: 2021-03-06 by ian macdonald
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[cairo governorate, variant] image by Jaume Ollé, 23 February 2007

[cairo governorate, variant] image by Jaume Ollé, 23 February 2007

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The Governorate

City foundation: July 6, 1969
Location: Lower Egypt
Area: 3,085 km˛
Population: 9.5 million
Capital: Cairo
Ian MacDonald, 20 February 2021

Description of the flag

I took photos of the current flag, that is well know by the guides and drivers, many of whom remember the white-blue flag (remember that was published in Vexilologie-Czech and others vex bulletins). I attach the flag of Cairo in two version attested by photos.
Jaume Ollé, 23 February 2007

Report of another flag

[Cairo governorate] image by Jaume Ollé

Source: Official website of the Egyptian government and personal archive.

[cairo governorate, variant] image by Jaume Ollé

Source: Vexilologie [vex] #35 & 38

White over light blue bicolor, with a central white disk, bordered dark blue, bearing a red silhouette of minarets and text below. A variant shows a castle gate instead of minarets.

This flag was first published by Vexilologie (Czech) from a calendar but as I think the central emblem was reconstructed too simply. I modified it according the logo of the city. I'm not sure of the existence of this flag: when I was in Egypt in 2003 I asked several officials and people of Cairo about this flag and was completely unknown. The flag hoisted in official dependencies and in the streets was white with a stylized logo as shown at the top of this page (I have several photos of it in my files). I assume that the white-blue flag was an old and now forgotten flag.
Jaume Ollé
, 11 January 2009

The flag of the Cairo Governorate and the Municipality of Cairo, Egypt as shown on Wikipedia is similar to the image here, except the shade of red used on Wikipedia is much darker - it
is if not a blood red than certainly a brick red.
Ron Lahav, 11 January 2009

[governorate arms] image located by Ian MacDonald, 20 February 2021
Source: Frank-René Putz, Der Flaggenkurier 51/2020

A historical flag of Cairo has long been seen in blue and white, with a blue ring in the center, inside a red historical city gate in white. The later flags show a mosque and underneath the lettering of the city name in Kufi script. In the 2006 flag, the symbol is placed on a white and blue long striped flag in the middle within a blue ring. The symbol was further developed in 2010 by showing the image in front of a stylized golden sun. This redesigned symbol has initially been shown in the center of a light blue flag since 2010. In 2016, a white flag with the coat of arms placed in the middle was determined as a binding flag pattern. There is another variant of this flag in which the representation of the mosque with a Kufic signature is shown freestanding at the top right (fly end).