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Qahrawya: Artsy Walking Tours in ‘The City That Never Sleeps’

September 1, 2022
Photo credit: Mohamed Abdel Kawy and Nora Kahil-Akhrass

Planning to visit Cairo soon? The first thought that comes to mind is typing “places to visit in Cairo” on the Google search bar, although this will not give you the most wholesome experience you can get when venturing into the bustling Egyptian capital. There is so much more to Cairo than what one finds when searching online. Aside from its riveting history and heritage, Cairo’s artistic and cultural flair is indisputably distinct despite the fact that, unfortunately, not many locals, let alone tourists, know about it. A compelling desire to show off the richness and beauty of the ‘City that never sleeps’ pushed Samia El Khodary to launch Qahrawya (Cairene) in 2018. Qahrawya offers walking tours focusing on the city’s visual and artistic side, uncovering hidden gems and diverse cultural venues. From cultural centers and art studios, to photography exhibitions and film studios, Qahrawya takes people on walking tours in Downtown Cairo, El Mounira, Garden City, and Zamalek. “I always tell my team ‘don’t choose what’s Googleable’. Don’t choose places that 90 percent of the people know, pick places that only 10 percent know,” El Khodary tells Egyptian Streets….

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