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An old photo of the Imbaba bridge
An old photo of the Imbaba bridge
Imbaba is located in Egypt
Location in Egypt
Country  Egypt
Governorate Giza Governorate
 • Total 373,000
Time zone EST (UTC+2)

Imbaba (Egyptian Arabic: إمبابه, IPA: ) is a neighbourhood in northern Giza, Egypt, located west of the Nile and northwest of and near Gezira Island and downtown Cairo, within the Giza Governorate. The district is located near (southeast of) , in the historic upper Nile Delta, and is part of the Greater Cairo metropolitan area.

Imbaba is also the name of an adjacent administrative centre (مركز) in rural Giza Governorate, which has 19 villages in its jurisdiction.


  • History 1
    • The Siege of Imbaba 1.1
    • The Battle of the Pyramids 1.2
  • Name origins 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


For centuries Imbaba was the final destination for camels brought from as far as Sudan and the Horn of Africa, to be sold in the village's Friday market. The market still exists, but is no longer as important as it was up to the turn of 20th century due to increasing urbanisation.

The Siege of Imbaba

In late 1992, the "Islamic Group" (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya) expanded its influence in parts of Imbaba. In November, the group purportedly announced the establishment of the "Emirate of Imbaba" (some accounts claim that foreign news media coined the term, not the group itself). This challenge to the sovereignty of the Egyptian state triggered the siege of Imbaba, beginning on December 8, 1992. In its course, the government deployed over 12,000 police and State Security forces, along with one hundred personnel carriers and bulldozers, all of which put an end to the Emirate.[1][2][3]

The Battle of the Pyramids

The Battle of the Pyramids, also known as the Battle of Embabeh, was a battle fought on July 21, 1798 between the French army in Egypt under Napoleon Bonaparte, and local Mamluk forces. It occurred during France's Egyptian Campaign and was the battle where Napoleon put into use one of his significant contributions to tactics, the massive divisional square. Napoleon named the battle after the Egyptian pyramids, although they were only faintly visible on the horizon when the battle took place.

Name origins

The origin of the name Imbaba is not certain; however, the word specifically pronounced "Embaba" in the Tigre language and Tigrinya language means flower. So it is possible that the area was called so by Tigre speaking camel merchants and herders to describe the place where they met to do business.

See also


  1. ^ Singerman, Diane. “The Siege of Imbaba, Egypt’s Internal ‘Other,’ and the Criminalization of Politics.” In Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity, ed. Diane Singerman, 111-144. New York, NY: The American University in Cairo Press, 2009. Pages 112-114.
  2. ^ "Church burning deepens tumult of Egypt transition".  
  3. ^ Lindsey, Ursula (4 March 2010). "And then Cairo turned itself inside out".  

External links

  • "Few Focus on Religion in One Cairo Neighborhood" by Anthony Shadid, New York Times February 15, 2011.
  • Imbaba Journal; Camels and Men: All Is Changing and Unchanged
  • the November/December 1989 print edition of Saudi Aramco World: '"Imbaba"
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