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In pictures: Mouthwatering Egyptian sweets for Prophet's birthday celebrations

Decorated sugar dolls, horse-shaped candies and nut-filled treats are on display in shops lining the busy street near Islamic Cairo, a historic district filled with mosques, tombs and caravanserais.

In pictures: Mouthwatering Egyptian sweets for Prophet's birthday celebrations

The sweet smell of candies wafts through downtown Cairo's historic Bab al-Bahr street as the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi", draws near. 

In pictures: Mouthwatering Egyptian sweets for Prophet's birthday celebrations

As the faithful look forward to the celebrations, Cairo's dessert makers are preparing other mouthwatering sweets made of peanuts, sesame seeds, coconuts and pistachios. 

In pictures: Mouthwatering Egyptian sweets for Prophet's birthday celebrations

Decorated sugar dolls, horse-shaped candies and nut-filled treats are on display in shops lining the busy street near Islamic Cairo, a historic district filled with mosques, tombs and caravanserais. 

In pictures: Mouthwatering Egyptian sweets for Prophet's birthday celebrations

Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate Mohammed's birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which this year falls on Saturday, November 9. 

In pictures: Mouthwatering Egyptian sweets for Prophet's birthday celebrations

The Prophet Mohammed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, some 1450 years ago.