Agreement signed converting 2,000 cars to run on natural gas    Obourland Cheese Company to launch 2 factories with EGP 100m investments    Protests continue for 3rd day in Egypt    Court upholds jail term for activists Douma, Maher, and Adel    3 militants killed in North Sinai, 68 others arrested    Saudi Arabia jumps on bets that oil has bottomed out    Foreign governments, UN ‘deeply disturbed' by deadly 25 January clashes    Egypt to apply for North Africa candidacy on UN Security Council    Court postpones ‘Shi'a lynching' case to 10 February    Dubai mall firm Majid Al Futtaim aims to double in size after strong 2014    Court denies prosecution appeal on Ramsis bathhouse verdict    Siemens Profit hurt by Weak Economy, Oil Prices    Egyptian Travel Agents elect new Association Board Today    Egypt prosecutors to examine social media videos of El-Sabagh killing    Probe after 11 die in NATO training jet crash in Spain    China to Cut Retail Price of Gasoline and Diesel    China Stocks snap Winning Streak amid Growth, Yuan Concerns    Australia beat UAE to join South Korea in Asian Cup final    US deficit to dip in 2015 as era of dramatic declines ends    Bombings in Upper Egypt and Nile Delta    Doctor jailed after Egypt's First FGM Conviction    5 International Groups to monitor Egypt Parliament Polls    Facebook suffers widespread outage    Sisi to participate in African Summit in Addis Ababa: MENA    Russia's ruble down on rating downgrade    Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge    29 injured In Egypt's Menoufiya Train Fire    Bomb on track halts trains in Beheira    Blizzard shuts down New York City, much of U.S. Northeast    Real Madrid complies fully with Fifa rules    Tennis: Nadal disappointed but bows out content    Man drowns at newly opened theme park    Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with US    2nd round Drift Championship 2014/2015 to launch in February    BREAKING: Egypt convicts doctor, father in first ever FGM trial    11 Egyptian Railway Lines to halt Night Services until February    PepsiCo considers developing Pepsi league for students in Egypt: Ahmed El-Sheikh    Text of Saudi King Salman's speech after taking the throne    Art Alert: Cairo Opera House suspends all concerts for seven days    Beard of Egypt's King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy    Sotheby's Fends Off Rare Negligence Suit Over Caravaggio Dispute    Antiquities ministry requests EGP 488m to continue projects: Cabinet spokesman    Faten Hamama's shining star fades away    Ronaldo wins best player title for 2nd year: FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015    Japan funds Egyptian palm handicrafts project    Mortada Mansour: The Football Eccentric Dividing Egypt    Shah Rukh Khan's ‘Happy New Year' To Release In Egypt On December    VIDEO: ENPPI upset Zamalek to top league    







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.