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Moving to Cairo

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Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:26 am

Hi Everyone.

I am new to the forum. I would really appreciate everyone’s advice on where would be the best place to move to if my work place is in Nasr City. I have been given conflicting advice. One choice is to stay in Nasr City, which will be next to my work place but the other choice is in Maadi where all the expats live, but it is far from Nast city.
Also I really want to buy a car but not sure how much it would cost me? Is it better to buy a new one? or an old one?
Please help Smile

 

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Re: Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:18 pm

The distance on the ringroad fom Maadi to Nasr city is not bad. You can easily get there in 20 minutes. However, whereabout in Nasr City could be the decisive element! Moving around Nasr City is not very good at rush hour. Mind you it is more like rush hourssssssss!


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Re: Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:52 pm

Thanks for your message sos; my new job will be near the Kattameya Golf club. i don't know if this helps?
Commuting was one of the things that really annoyed me when i was working in the UK. Ideally i would like to live closest as possible to my work, but with the luxury standard of the UK.
Hence i think i cannot escape from buying car. So any advice on buying a car would be appreciated. new one>? old one? the price range.
please please help Smile

Many thanks already.


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Re: Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 12:36 am

If your job is in Kattameya Heights then you are going to be working out of town. There are many nice places to live in that area and, depending on your income, you could rent a nice villa with garden and pool. Kattameya in close to the Ring Road so you can get to Maadi easily. If you are going to get a car then it would be a good idea to live close to work and drive to wherever you want to socialise. Cars are expensive here - more than in the UK. I would suggest a nearly new or new car just for reliability and its important here to have the oil and the air filter changed much more regularly than in the UK. The sand gets in! However, most cars have dents in them so maybe a nearly new one would be better. Its quite depressing when you find the car has been hit whilst its parked in the street. Its probably worth getting insurance too although I think most people don't!

Good luck!

 

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Re: Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:02 pm

how bout El Rehab - that is right next to Kattamaya, and is very nice area.
They have apt, townhouses, villas, etc.
not much traffic, easy to drive around in, lots of trees, flowers, etc.
Its a compound-like community - their own restaurants, souk area, schools, banks, malls,etc.
And close to Heliopolis and Nasr City.

 

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Re: Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:04 pm

Hi Everyone,

Thank you very much for your feedback. It’s really appreciated.
My budget for housing is 3500LE, possibly a little more. Is this enough to get a nice place for a young couple, near or in Nasr City?
In the morning rush, does anyone know how long it will take to travel to Nasr City?
El Rehab sounds really good. I had a look at some pics from Google Earth.
Our budget for the car is about 90,000LE. Is this enough to get a decent new or nearly new car?

Many thanks once again.

I am currently working and living in Jordan and if anyone needs any help there; please go to www.wasapninjordan.wordpress.com (its my blog to help others who may wish to venture out in this part of the world.


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Re: Moving to Cairo

Post Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:00 pm

you can get a new car here for 90...no problem.
We got a chinese brand (Chery) for 63 about 2 years ago, and have had no problems with it whatsoever.

 

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