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Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

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Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:33 pm

Hi all,

well the time has almost come. The wife and I are moving to Cairo on the 25th of July. The school that I am working for has found a 2 bed place in Maadi, not too far from the Maadi Grand Mall and i think they said it was also next to a Mosque. Does the area ring a bell for anyone here?

Also i am sending most if not all our belongings through a door-to-door service. I have been informed that I will have to pay a huge duty/tax on all electric goods. Any advice of packing? what to send via fright or what to bring with us when we fly.

Any other advice would be great too. Smile




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Re: Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:03 am

It is a nice neighbourhood, but the Mos praying speakers might be a problem, their prayer start at 4am in the morning and pls expect to hear more. Everyday there will be 5 times. So you must get use to it. If you are a light sleeper, better to get a ear plugs.

Make sure you pack your things with care and protect it very well. I heard from some people, their things come in broken, or lost in transcation. Best is try not to get anything here, tax is one thing, most of the items will be either lost, late or broken by the time it reach you.

Better check with your employer, regarding the Bawad's monthly fees(he is like a security guard for the building). Is your apartment ready with Satellite TV, Internet and etc. If not better get the landload to do all these. Or not you will need to deal with the people, and it will take years to get it done right. It took us more than 4months to have our internet setup.

We are from Singapore. We just move here and we live in Maadi as well. My husband is here for 6months already and I'm here for only 1 month plus. We can try to help you or we can explore the place together. There is a lot of things to note. Hope we can be a help


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Re: Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:38 pm

The Grand Mall is on the Corniche...runs along the water side.
and there are a gazillion mosques...lol.
But you guys will like Maadi...a gazillion expats there.
Tell wife to find the CSA, and they will help with LOTS of info, and they have lots of classes and small trips there.
We are surrounded at my house by 5 mosques, all calling for prayer just a second or 2 behind each other...lots of noise. Solution...fan or Air Cond...blocks it all out !
CSA website....http://www.livinginegypt.org/

bring all valuables on board (carry on) - laptop, jewelry, papers, meds, CD's. Don't trust that to a suitcase or shipping freight.


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Re: Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:47 pm

Hi JB,

I dun know if that is the same Maadi Grand mall we are talkin about. The one near my house, have no Nile river runs along. Then again some of the shopping malls had similar names over here.


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Re: Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:55 am

Thats great that you finally got ur moving date. Congratulations and I think like all have said you will love your area.

As u are coming from Jordon you will no doubt be aware of the Azan calling for prayer the five times a day. You never know u may actually not see it as a burden as the others. Hopefully you dont. I think it is somewhat beautiful and i actually enjoy it finding it strangely relaxing, the minaret for the masjid here is right outside my bedroom and kitchen window so i definately hear it loud and clear, lol.

Hope all your bits come through ok, am glad u have a door to door service, I picked all my things up from the cargo at the airport and I will NEVER EVER do it again, must be the worst day I have had here lol.

Good luck with it all and let us know how everything goes.

Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile


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Re: Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:28 am

There is only one Grand Mall in Maadi as far as I can recollect and I have been here for 28 years, and that is not on the Corniche.


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Re: Moving to Cairo next friday :-)

Post Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:07 pm

yep only one grand mall, its off the cornish to the left coming from the conrad you would turn left and go almost straight to maadi I lived on rd 256 just next to the grand mall only one mosque located directly next to the mall.


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