Comment from Cairo Expert: Ahmed
It seems like I am a tourist in a place that I have never visited before, not a tour guide in Egypt. People faces are smiling, saying hello and happy day, they even got a strange since of humor and I guess that they are welcoming all foreigners and tourists to their new Egypt as if it is the free land that was brought back by them. Now Egyptians are ready for congratulations! They even guide foreigners to the Egyptian sights, of course after adding an important new sight, the (Tahrir square) - it's an Arabic name meaning the"liberation square". Oh my God I am lecturing on 2/3 the monumental sights of the whole world in Egypt which are registered in the UNESCO, but Tahrir square in the center of Cairo is a new sight for me - it seems that I have to study again - doesn't matter, we are always learning :-)
Don't get surprised when you find a local Egyptian in Cairo inviting you for lunch at his home or offering you a free tour, this Capitol is a melting spot of civilization.
Thousands of sights mentioning the history of Egypt from 3,200 BC until our modern history, but Egyptians got a new look for tourists now - even local Egyptians who were not interested in tourism are talking about there sights guiding foreigners in helpful overwhelming way on the streets. I am not surprised, lot of Egyptians now understand the importance of tourism specially in country like Egypt + they are very kind people. I guess we have more than 80 million Egyptologists now but am not going to change my job : -)) I am sure that we got a lot of visitors eager to know more about my charming country.
One of the things that attracts me is security. From my experience people are safe to move here and there all night specially in Cairo which never sleeps but after the revolution I can taste the differences in security. Police officers are interviewed in the local TV talking about there new strategies on air for the first time, they are even talking about how they are solving local people problems. One of the officers was checking the kids on school asking them if they need any help, they are even pointing on corruption to the media.
I must be dreaming :-))
He why don't you come and share me my new dreams!
Reply by Cairo Expert: Ahmed, Egypt, March 2011
Love this article! Nice to hear from a true local of what Cairo is like at the moment -so much positivity and faith. This must be the time to see and experience the "new Egypt".