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Best Areas to live in Cairo

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Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Sat May 02, 2009 7:02 pm

Hi All

I'm new to this site and soon to be new to Egypt. Myself and my wife and daughter will be relocating to Egypt from Dubai in June and I would like your help / capture your knowledge.

Please can you advise what areas in Cairo are the best locations to live.

My family is british and ideally we would be looking at a gated community or high rise apartments.


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Re: Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 12:08 am

So much depends on where you are working. Traffic is grim here so you don't need a long commute. Kattameya Heights is a nice gated community in New Cairo as is El Rehab City. These areas are good if you are working on the airport side of the city. If you are going to work on the other side then there are plenty of options out in 6th October City. There are good British International Schools in both areas. If we know where you are working then we can be more informative. Maadi is the place where most expats live but its not as nice as it used to be. I hope the transfer goes smoothly for you and your family.

 

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Re: Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 12:05 pm

The offices where I will be working are located in Heliopolis, is this any help?

Also, what would I expect to paying for a 2+ bedroom villa or apartment in US Dollars?

Many thanks in advance for any hewlp that you could give me.

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Re: Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:45 pm

I would suggest Katamaya, there are lots of foreigners living there. The air is much cleaner there. There is also a very good school called New Cairo British International School situated in that area which has a lot of Brits.

 

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Re: Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 9:05 pm

Hi Aubreys , i think maadi will be ideal for you where most expats are located also the british,american and french international schools are loacted (CAC,Lycee or OASIS and Maadi British International school) also you will find maadi club and wadi degla club a very nice new club with alot of green area ,a lake and horse riding facilities.
And regarding your question for the cost it will be around 1500$-2000$ for a good 2+ bedroom furnished apartment.
If you need any help regarding the websites for the schools or the clubs and also for housing i'll be very happy to help you.
And for the work my work is a few minutes from Heliopolis and it takes about 20-30 min from Maadi.

 

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Re: Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 2:56 pm

Kattameya is closer to Heliopolis than Maadi. There are lots of clubs in Maadi but so too in New Cairo where there are three British Schools. Maadi British International School only take children up to the end of primary, I think, so it wouldn't be an option if your children are older than that. Even from Kattameya Maadi British International School is very close. There are clubs there too and plenty of golf and you are closer to the airport if you have to travel. There is a great horseriding club on the outskirts of Heliopolis with a wonderful dressage ring. Either way, you will find plenty to do. However, in Maadi, depending on how old your children are, it would be so easy for them to go walk about on their own if they are under 14 or so and you would probably find that $2000 would stretch to a very nice appartment but not a villa.

 

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Re: Best Areas to live in Cairo

Post Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 12:21 pm

as a expat living here for over fifteen years, I would recommend having somebody that understands the ins and outs of local rental process/issues based on the current laws.. does your company have a office staff here and a local lawyer which could ask all the right questions on your behalf and review the rental agreement which should also be in your native tongue and spell out exactly what is a repair whom pays for it. and it should list whats part of the rent on a monthly basis like the doorman,trash, shared building water and eletrict and garden care also its very very important to really check out the available parking space if your looking in cairo. what you will find is they always use wording in the contract which indicates the place is new and they will ding you for every little thing they find. you can pretty much kiss any security money paid good by. but by using a local lawyer and writing some things into the contract you can protect your self to some degree and force them to honor the agreement. also most owners will drag out repairs in hopes of you doing the work yourself.

you need a good plain that includes some wording on rental dispute and should should know you do have some options when a issue does arise by using a government office for making your rental payments that are under dispute the owner knows it will take them forever to recover thei money if ever.


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