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Heliopolis Metro: Reasons to Go

The long-anticipated third Metro line has officially opened for business, connecting Heliopolis to the rest of Cairo. Here are five reasons you hop on and head to Masr El Gedida (or not)...

"But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.

"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."

"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.

"You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.” 

And that's how many Cairenes feel about Heliopolis. However, this is all about to change thanks to the Metro extension putting the 'Paris of East Cairo' on the map for everybody. Here are the five best things to do in Heliopolis:

Going to The Garden and not being allowed inside.

The Garden Bar caused controversy by requiring would-be attendees to reveal their Facebook profile to make a reservation. However, if for some bizarre reason you choose not to hand over your deets or if you just aren't very cool...you're screwed - go home.

Going to the airport and realising you don't have a ticket.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of jetting off into the sunset to check out pastures new. Of course joining the mile high club requires a ticket, having somewhere to go, or some money.

Going to Citystars and realising you're broke.

Retail therapy is the ideal way to unwind after a hard week at work. However in order to shop til you drop one must first have a LOT of cash to spend. There's a reason why the bawab doesn't hang out there.

Going to Rab4a and realising that the protest is over.

You're mad as hell and ready to stick it to the man and support legitimacy and democracy in the form of the bearded guy who used to be president. You get there, all riled up and.....it's over. Once again you've arrived too late to the party.

Going to Korba, pretending you live there and then realising you don't....Sigh.