Baron Empain (1852 – 1929), was a wealthy Walloon Belgian engineer, industrialist as well as an amateur Egyptologist. He arrived in Egypt in January 1904, intending to rescue one of the projects of his company. Empain established the Cairo Electric Railways and Heliopolis Oases Company, which bought a very large stretch of desert (25 square kilometers) to the northeast of Cairo at a low price from the Egyptian government. His company proceeded with the building of the new town of Heliopolis, in the desert ten kilometers from the center of Cairo. It was designed as a "city of luxury and leisure. His Palace is a unique structure ornamenting the neighborhood’s urban landscape that is also is inspired by Cambodian temples, and bears witness to the story of Heliopolis, the Sun City.
The palace includes an exhibition of a diverse assortment of documentary and archival photographs, plans, and maps of the structure, in addition to information panels narrating the history of Heliopolis across the ages. The panels, which will be complemented by videos and photographs displaying daily urban life in this unique time period, will also recount the history of several other heritage sites in the area. And because Cairo is not always such a historical city, but it links the history with modern life. That is why we continue divining to one of the most modern places in Cairo called Cairo Festival City. It's currently the biggest shopping mall in New Cairo. Enjoy a new era of entertainment. There’s always a unique and exhilarating experience waiting at every corner, for all ages alike.