Bibliotheca Alexandrina

2018 IEEE GCIoT will be held in Alexandria specifically in Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Bibliotheca Alexandrina took its inspiration from the Library of Alexandria of Classical times and it is a vast and striking example of the modern 21st-century architecture, Construction of the $200 million structure was completed in 2001, and the library’s design drew worldwide praise.

Essentially, the library is a massive cylinder emerging from the ground at a shallow angle only about 130 feet (40 meters) from the Mediterranean Sea. The disk-shaped roof suggests the sun rising over the Mediterranean, and the roof pattern of aluminum and glass panels resembles a microchip. One outer wall of the structure is made up of some 6,400 granite panels bearing characters from all the known alphabets.


The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern ; ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km. from Cairo.

Alexandria Weather Averages

Winter (DEC - FEB) Spring (MAR - MAY) Summer (JUN - AUG) Fall (SEP - NOV)
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History of Alexandria

Named after Alexander the Macedonian who ordered its foundation in 332 B.C., on the site of a small village called Rhakotis to be the capital of his reign in Egypt, a port near to his country and a Greek cultural centre.

Since its foundation Alexandria remained for many centuries a centre of cultural radiation to the whole world. It occupied a remarkable place in the history of mankind.

Today Alexandria is considered the second capital of Egypt. It is distinguished by its strategic location, moderate climate and its beautifully fine sandy beaches which cover a large area between Agamy in the west and Abu Qeir in the east which made it worthy of its well merited title "Pearl of the Mediterranean".

Alexandria was, and still is, a prominent cultural beacon for knowledge seekers and the history of its famous library tells the story of the dawn of culture, enlightenment and creation.

Sites to Visit in Alexandria


Egypt’s national currency is the Egyptian Pound, which comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 pound (geneh) notes. The smaller denominations, both in coin and paper form, are 25 and 50 Piasters (ersh), with 100 Piasters to every 1 Egyptian Pound.

The currency depicts the country’s ancient and very rich heritage, including Ramses II on the 50 Piaster note and the temples of Abu Simbel on the 1 Pound note.

Currency is readily available throughout the country with currency exchanges in just about every hotel and airport, as well as banks that can be easily navigated to using a simple Google search.

There is a foreign currency limit of approximately $10,000 (or its equivalent) and a local currency limit of 5,000 Egyptian Pounds that can be brought in or taken out of the country.


Upon entering the Arab Republic of Egypt, travelers should be aware of the following:
Each traveler can only have a maximum of one liter of alcoholic drinks and 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars, or 200 grams of Tobacco.
Goods not exceeding more than $200 from the duty-free shops within one month of arrival may be exempted from customs along with all personal effects, as long as it is for personal use.
All firearms, including sporting guns, narcotics, drugs, cotton, and poultry are prohibited
Precious items purchased in Egypt, such as Gold and Silver, can only be exported in small quantities if it is clear it is for personal use.
Certified government health certificates are required in the event a traveler is accompanied by their pet, and is open to additional inspection by local veterinarians.

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