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AIS Egypt provides housing in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. Teachers who do not wish to share school provided housing may rent an apartment of their own choosing and receive a monthly housing allowance.
A popular area of choice is Maadi due to its high expat community and westernised facilities. Below is an overview of Heliopolis and Maadi.
Accomodation in Maadi
The suburb of Maadi is located south of cental Cairo and with its tree lined boulevards and relatively quiet streets it is a favorite location for the expat community.
The town traces its modern history to 1904 when the railway between Cairo and Helwan was built. Situated on the shores of the river Nile, the waterfront promenade known as the Corniche, offers a wide variety of facilities and restaurants.
Three metro stations within Maadi itself offer cheap and reliable transportation into Central Cairo and outer areas. A variety of supermarkets provide both westernised and Egyptian products.
Services in Maadi are geared to a great extent to serve the town's expat population. In addition to numerous western restaurants, there are many churches and recreational and sporting facilities including the Maadi Sporting Club which has served the local community since 1921.
to view a guide to Maadi visit the link : http://maadi.info
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Accomodation in Heliopolis
Modern Heliopolis is a district of Cairo, Egypt., established by the Heliopolis Oasis Company headed by the Belgian industrialist Édouard Louis Joseph in 1905.
The new town represented the first large scale attempt to promote its own style (Heliopolis style). The Basilique Catholic church situated in Al-Ahram street is a famous landmark in the area. The many places of worship in the district, including Saint Maron and Saint-Rita church in Beirut street, a Jewish synagogue in Al Missalah street and the mosques all over the city, demonstrate that the city has been living in religious tolerance since it was established.
Heliopolis was originally settled mostly with foreigners and native aristocratic Egyptians. After the 1952 military coup d'état led by Nasser, it became home to much of Cairo's educated middle class. As Cairo has expanded, the once large distance between Heliopolis and Cairo has vanished and it is now well inside the city. Because of the large growth in population, the original gardens that filled the city have mostly disappeared although traces of its past spendor can be seen in central Korba.
There are many recreational facilities available in Heliopolis including the Merryland Park and Al Azhar parks. Heliopolis offers a choice of modern cafes including Starbucks and Cilantros alongside a number of traditional Egyptian cafes serving shisha. A number of supermarkets provide both Egyptian and westernised products.
to view a guide to Heliopolis visit the link : http://wikitravel.org/en/Cairo/Heliopolis
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