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Cairo is the capital city of Egypt (previously the United Arab Republic). It has a metropolitan area population of approximately 15.2 million people, the largest in Africa. There are, however, millions of homeless and undocumented citizens. With these factored in, some population estimates reach as high as 25 million people. Cairo is the sixteenth most populous metropolitan area in the world (the 10th according to 2004 statistics). The city is located at 30°2' North, 31°13' East (30.03333, 31.21667).
While al-Qahirah is the official name of the city, in local speech it is typically called simply by the name of the country, Misr pronounced Masr in the local dialect.
The name Al-Qahirah literally means "The Subduer," though it's often translated as "The Victorious." The origin of the name is said to come from the appearance of the planet Mars during the founding of the city. The planet Mars, associated with destruction was called "Al Najm Al Qahir" in Arabic, from which the name of the city was derived. However the legacy of the name evolved into the title "Qahirat Al Adaa" meaning "subduer of the enemies". This title was given to the city as many armies were destroyed in attempts to invade Cairo or defeated elsewhere by troops sent from Cairo (Mongols, Crusaders & Ottomans are examples.)
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