I have always felt that I don’t like Medinet Nasr and El Mohandessin. (No Offense to anyone living there). It just feels like a plastic wrapped districts. The architecture is horrible. The traffic is insane. There is no ‘soul’ in these places. That’s why it’s filled with shopping malls and streets (City Stars, Abbas El Akkad, City Center, Gam3et el Dewal, Shehab,,,)
Compare this to Maadi (trees, relatively quite, distinctive, nadi el yaght, Kotob Khan, cilantro st. #9,,,), Zamalek (el sawy, also distinctive architecture, sequoia, diwan,,,), Heliopolis (lovely houses, il pennelo, Diwan -coming soon- ,,,).
Even after considering what makes a place appealing for me more than the other, the logical things like what I mentioned may not seem very convincing…
Maybe it’s the factor of time. Time glorifies things sometimes (or leads to decay at other times)….
I’ve never been to el khalig countries, but I feel that I will have the same sensation there. Plastic Plastic Plastic.
Lately I’ve been reading Galal Amin’s “ماذا علمتني الحياة؟ / What did life teach me?”. It’s pretty interesting. The author lived for 4 years in Kuwait. He had a well paid job, nice apartment, a car, and owned many stuff, but he didn’t feel at ease. I can imagine what he went through. That’s why – if I had the choice- i wouldn’t live in a city like Dubai even though many people (especially Egyptians) would dream of going there.
It really can get cold amidst the hottest weather…