Al-Sisi meets Hashemite king, discusses ‘war on terrorism'    More Egyptians return to Egypt from Libya    GDF Suez returns to Profit; warns on Oil-price hit    HSBC Chief leaves Lawmakers puzzled by ‘Quite Strange' Pay Setup    Sisi meets Coca-Cola and Siemens Chiefs to boost investments in Egypt    Sanofi wins Approval for New Insulin Drug    Marijuana legalized in Washington D.C., but Congress isn't Happy    Cairo explosion kills one    University Students Live the Stock Market Moment    Four Years after Egypt Uprising, Patronage Politics Dominate Again    Dozens of suspected militants killed in Egypt's North Sinai    Suicide Attack on Turkish Embassy Car in Kabul kills One    Ukraine heaps on Economic Pressure as Central Bank confuses, Truce takes Hold    Australian PM strikes Conciliatory Note over Indonesia Executions    Al-Ahly maintains global lead despite CAF Super Cup loss    Formula 1 winter tests in Barcelona    $6bn foreign company investments in FY 2015/2016: El Molla    UBIFRANCE, IFA merge to form Business France    Chris Bush to miss Miami Heights till end of season    Egypt funds first of several dams in South Sudan    2 prisoners allegedly die of torture in Matariya Police Station    Egyptian pound steady at official auction, weaker on black market    Billions of spending on electoral campaigns face ghost of court ruling    Formula One: Alonso leaves hospital after testing crash    VIDEO: Failed Messi penalty could be Barca's 'what if' moment    Greece will not complete power utility, grid operator sales: minister    Clubs to get no compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup - FIFA    Russian wheat arriving in Egypt after export tax delays: Trade    Shoukry's international tour tackles regional tensions    Dozens of Detainees expected to be released in Egypt: NCHR Member    Meem: An animation in the face of taboos    Syria fighting kills 132 Islamic State fighters: Monitor    France says Russia would face more sanctions if Mariupol attacked    Human rights in Egypt face obstacles that will soon be eliminated: Ziada    Cholera feared in Syria due to dirty water, WHO warns    Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt Confirms 2017 Bid Withdrawal    Washing dishes by hand linked to fewer allergies in kids    ‘Birdman' wins Four Oscars, including Best Picture    Egypt activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah sentenced to 5 years in prison    'Ida' wins Oscar for best foreign language film    Complete list of winners of Oscars 2015    'Birdman' wins four Oscars, including best picture TRAILER    Sisi says culprits will be punished in killings of activist, football fans    Oscars 2015: 10 Fun Facts about Hollywood's Biggest Awards Show    Egypt's Cabinet to pay EGP100,000 for families of stadium disaster    In Pictures: Egyptians ask for intercession on Mulid Al-Hussein    Cairo Japanese Film Festival begins 15 February    Antiquities ministry requests EGP 488m to continue projects: Cabinet spokesman    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.




Your friends recommend

Two tales of a city
Published in The Egyptian Gazette on 04 - 09 - 2012

It was due to a bad piece of advice that I saw the other side of the coastal city of Alexandria, known as Egypt's second capital.
In the absence of signs on the road, I had to ask a local pedestrian for directions to Al-Mamura, where I planned to spend some relaxing days by the sea.
The pedestrian said in a very sincere tone of voice that it would be better to drive right through the centre of Al-Mamura instead of using the Corniche.
“The Corniche is usually busy at this time of the day," he warned me in a solemn, convincing manner.
No sooner had the man disappeared from view, them we – myself and the other passengers in the car – realised we'd been, literally, taken for a ride.
For more than an hour, the driver had to thread his way across haphazardly constructed speed bumps and negotiate gaping manholes.
It happened more than once that we reached the end of a road only to find it closed for maintenance, without prior warning. We had to do several huge detours, with the driver steering his way cautiously as if he were sailing on rough seas.
Like Cairo, several areas of the outskirts of Alex were piled high with garbage. And, even in those places were there were rubbish skips, they were far too small to cope with the mountains of trash, overflowing in every direction.
Alexandria is traditionally a major holiday attraction for both Egyptians and foreigners. Compared to other seaside resorts, Alexandria is relatively near Cairo and boasts lots to do during the day and a colourful nightlife. It is also famed for its revived Bibliotheca Alexandrina and European-style cafés.
Thus, the city earns a lot from the bustling tourism, mainly in the summer. There is no good reason why the profits are not spent on improving the lives of the city's people and its infrastructure and facilities.
At the entrance to the city, a few yards from a tollgate, our driver had to spend nearly half an hour negotiating his way through a large puddle caused by a fractured pipeline. No local or government official there seems to care a fig about safety of motorists and pedestrians.
In stark contrast, Al-Mamura, if you can actually get there, is blissful. Neatly dressed, immaculately clean workers diligently keep the resort spotless.
To my delight, I didn't see a single fly, mosquito or other insect, a fact testifying to the efforts of these workers and their supervisors.
The leafy district is also distinguished from other resorts by its well-preserved, four-storey buildings, which look as though they are of recent construction. Some of them were run up in the late 1970s.
Al-Mamura is not a resort for the elite or the rich. Its beaches are open to the public for a nominal fee. However, it is the constant attention given to the place and the strict enforcement of rules that make it different.


Clic here to read the story from its source.