El-Korba square was named “La Courbet” because of its rotated design unlike other streets at that time as La Courbet means in Italy “the bow” .
The tram used to take this rotated road on its way from Fouad Street and during the journey Belgian tram conductor used to announce the arrival calling street el-Korb hence it became its common name.
The square has shape of a triangle with huge buildings on each side that was uniquely designed by the Belgian industrialist “baron Edwar Empain”.
It was the inception of the famous Misr El-Gadidah with its historical arcades.
The triangle square extends from Al-Ahram Street starting from Heliopolis Hotel now “presidency palace” to Nazeeh Khalifa Street, intersects with El-Thawra Street to Baron Empain Palace.
El- Korba, unlike most of the new cities in Cairo, is characterized by special features making it seems like an open air compound that attracts both citizens and visitors.
El-Korba square is the home to some of Cairo’s famous landmarks on top of them Baron Empain Palace and Boghos Nubar Pasha Palace and other historical landmarks such as Basilica Church, Korba Church and Heliopolis Hotel “now presidency palace” which is the jewel of Korba Square. Heliopolis hotel was built in 1906 and inaugurated in 1910 in a grand opening ceremony.