I've been to Alexandria.
You mean Al Iskandria?
No.. I mean Alexandria.
But the name in Arabic is Iskandria
Yeah that's because they got confused and warped the first part of the name of the city into an article. It would be like if I went home and told eveyone I had been to "the mama" (there's a popular area of the desert near Riyadh called "thumamah")