Ismailia, one of the cities of the Suez Canal. The population of the city and its suburbs is approximately one and a half million.
The city was built on the northwestern bank of Lake Timsah - considered part of the Suez Canal corridor - about halfway between Port Said in the north and Suez in the south, to be the center of the Suez Canal International Navigation Company during the era of Khedive Ismail.
The city developed in recent years following the increase in the population, so the Gamal Abdel Nasser tunnel was established in the city center, and the city of the future to accommodate the population increase and is located on the Cairo-Ismailia desert road. The governorate also began to renovate and build new bridges on the Ismailia Canal. The city is famous for its many parks and natural parks, and its pure air is due to the lack of industrial facilities compared to the neighboring governorates, attracting visitors especially in the spring and on the holidays.
Arts and Festivals
Ismailia hosts two important festivals every year. The first is the International Film Festival for Documentary and Short Pants which takes place in June, and in June 2014 the seventeenth festival was held in succession. The second is the Ismailia International Festival of Folk Art, which takes place in September. In this festival, folkloric groups from all over the world meet in Ismailia, where they perform folk dances that represent the culture of their country.