Port Said


Port Said (Arabic بور سعيد, Būr Sa ʿ īd ) is a port city in northeastern Egypt. It is located on the Mediterranean coast at the northern end of the Suez Canal.

Economy and infrastructure

In Port Said lived 2010 after a calculation of 607 353 inhabitants. The city has the second most important Egyptian port after around 220 kilometers west of Alexandria located. It is hub for cotton and rice. The most important industries are the chemical industry, the cigarette production, salt production and fishing. Since 1976, the city has the status of a free trade zone. Port Said is a major seaside resort and port of call international cruise ships. A new harbor area will be created in the neighboring town of Port Fuad (East Port Said ).

To the west of the urban area is the Regional Airport Port Said Airport. There is a ferry service between Port Said and Port Fuad.

In Port Said Port Said offers the university and a national museum.


The city was founded in 1859 as part of the channel construction and named after the viceroy Muhammad Said. For entertainment of seafarers and port workers wore in the second half of the 19th century in the ever-popular dance music style Bambutiyya. Its main melodic instrument is the lyre Simsimiyya, for the rhythm make several drums and jerry cans.

In Sueskrieg (1956) and Yom Kippur War ( 1973) Port Said badly damaged.

On February 1, 2012, came after a football match between Al - Ahly and Al -Masry serious riots that killed at least 70 people and more than 1,000 were injured.


  • Russia Volgograd, Russia, since 1962
  • Tunisia Bizerte, Tunisia, since 1977


Sons of the city

  • Amr Diab, Egyptian singer, superstar in the Arab world
  • Cecil Purdy, Australian chess player first official correspondence chess world champion, four-time Australian national champion
  • Mohamed Zidan, Egyptian footballer, until May 2012 active in the German Bundesliga
  • Olaf Stapledon, English novelist, grew up in Port Said

Those associated with the city

  • Simon physician (1814-1910), cigarette manufacturer in Port Said