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Port Said

Port Said, and the entrance to the Suez Canal, viewed from the ISS
Port Said is located in Egypt
Port Said
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 31°15′N 32°17′E / 31.25°N 32.283°E / 31.25; 32.283
Country  Egypt
Governorate Port Said Governorate
Population (2001)
 - Total 515,007
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Port Said (Arabic بورسعيد transliterated Būr Saʻīd) is a northeastern Egyptian city near the Suez Canal, with an approximate population of 515,007 (2001).

The economic base of Port Said is fishing and industries, like chemicals, processed food, and cigarettes. Port Said is also an important harbour both for exports of Egyptian products like cotton and rice, but also a fueling station for ships that pass through the Suez Canal. Port Said also thrives on being a duty-free port, as well as a summer resort for Egyptians.

There are numerous old houses with grand balconies on all floors, giving the city a distinctive look. Port Said's twin city is Port Fouad, which lies on the eastern side of the canal. The two cities coexist, to the extent that there hardly is any town centre in Port Fouad. The cities are connected by free ferries running all through the day, and together they form a metropolitan area with over a million residents.

The diocese of Port-Said for the Coptic Orthodox Church was founded in 1976 by his grace Bishop Tadros. In 1993, the late subdeacon Nosshy Attia Anbary wrote the history of the diocese in Arabic.

In addition to its port, the city is served by Port Said Airport.


The port

The port is bordered, seaward, by an imaginary line from the western breakwater boundary till the eastern breakwater end. And from the Suez Canal area, it is bordered by an imaginary line extending transversely from the southern bank of the Canal connected to Manzala Lake, and the railways arcade livestock.


Navigation Channels

Main Channel
  • Length: 8 km (5 mi)
  • Depth: 13.72 m (45.01 ft)
East Verge Channel
  • Length: 19.5 km (12 mi)
  • Depth: 18.29 m (60.01 ft)

Approach Area

Port Said Canal in 1880

Two breakwaters protect the port entrance channel: the western breakwater is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long, and the eastern breakwater is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km).

Dwelling Area

The Suez Canal dwelling area is situated between latitudes 31° 21' N and 31° 25' N and longitudes 32° 16.2°' E and 32° 20.6' E. where vessels awaiting to accede Port Said port stay whether to join the North convoy to transit the Suez Canal to carry out stevedoring operations or to be supplied with provisions and bunkers. The dwelling area is divided into two sections:

The Northern Area is allocated for vessels with deep drafts. The Southern Area is for all vessel types.

Sister cities

Notable natives


Port Said has a Mediterranean climate, with moderate summers and winters. The city witnesses average rainfall during winters. Sleet and hail are also common.

Weather data for Port Said
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17.4
Average low °C (°F) 11.1
Precipitation mm (inches) 18
Source: Climate Charts [1] 2009-09-11

Port Said City Image gallery

See also


External links

Coordinates: 31°16′N 32°17′E / 31.26°N 32.29°E / 31.26; 32.29

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Africa : North Africa : Egypt : Sinai : Port Said
Suez Channel, Port Said
Suez Channel, Port Said

Port Said (Bur Said) is a city in Egypt, the entry point of the Suez Canal by the Mediterranean. It is situated on one bank of the canal, facing its twin city, Port Fouad (Bur Fouad).

Get in

By train

direct connections with Alexandria and Cairo.

By boat

Louis Cruise Lines from Limassol (Cyprus)

  • Free shuttle between Port Said and Port Fouad.
  • The port facilities (modern & ancient)
  • The passing through of the canal convoys (supertankers and container ships)
  • The rests of the old town (bombed during the 1956 Canal War)
  • The bazaar.
Military Museum, Port Said.
Military Museum, Port Said.

Inaugurated in 1964. It consists of several halls which showcase several battles fought by the Egyptian Army and the people of Port Said:

  • the hall of ancient ages: pharaonic, Islamic and modern age
  • 1956 canal invasion
  • other wars against Israel (1967 & 1973).

Military/militaristic paintings, bas-reliefs, statues. Captured war material. Models.


Entry: 5 EGP (as of 2007-04-11), camera 2 EGP.


Some oldies from the French and English communities can be found from time to time (books...), and of course the unavoidable and omnipresent tourist collectibles.

  • Italian Restaurant, Helnan Hotel. This is one of two restaurants in Port Said worth eating at. The service is good and the food is cooked fresh for you whilst you wait. Choice of Alcohol is limited and expensive though.  edit


Lots of nice and cheap fruit bars.

Get out

No night life in Port Said or Port Fouad, except at the numerous chicha bars.

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Port Said (Arabic بورسعيد, transliterated Būr Saʻīd) is an Egyptian city near the Suez Canal, with a population of about 500,000.

Port Said has fishing and industries, like chemicals, processed food, and cigarettes. Port Said is also an important harbour both for exports of Egyptian products like cotton and rice, but also a fuelling station for ships that pass through the Suez Canal.

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