The Road to Egypt’s 6th of October

Source: Washington Institute

Author(s): Angie Omar

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Egypt, with all its variety, novelty, and antiquity, also happens to have a sophisticated Uber service. On a quick Uber trip from Cairo’s Abdeen neighborhood to the 6th of October city in Giza governorate, I had the chance to ride with a 59-year-old Egyptian driver who brought to the conversation an underreported but vital perspective on the hidden costs of Egypt’s drive to develop megacities and megaprojects. Both the conversation and the trip itself highlighted Egypt’s challenging history with these developmental marvels, and how the system’s appetite for these projects leaves regular Egyptians behind.

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