That's right. Cairo Has No Traffic Lights and No Traffic Signs. You share the streets with buses, cars, donkey carts, scooters, cycles, pedestrians and horse drawn carriages. It is an adrenaline rush simply crossing a street. I know this is not an artistic photo. However, in order to grasp this place, you need to see this photo of the traffic.
Cairo has a population of about 7.7 million people, while its metropolitan area has a population of about 17.285 million people. Cairo is the sixteenth most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is also the most populous metropolitan area in Africa.
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with all due respect, Cairo DOES have Traffic lights and Traffic Signs!
There are lots of places in Cairo though that seem a little of a mess. But to generalize and claim that all Cairo is a mess and a line of cars and donkeys and carts is not fair. I'm sorry you've seen only the ugly part, because Egypt has lots of beauty
I want to go out there now and take some pictures for all the traffic lights and signs in Egypt to prove you wrong
You would know Cairo much more than I would, of course, you live there. I was not trying to insult Cairo with my observation. However, it is what I saw wherever I went. The drivers have a high degree of cooperation and sensitivity to each other in order to navigate through such a situation. Putting it into perspective, I'd rather drive through Cairo, with little nor no traffic lights, than to drive through Rome, which has traffic lights.
Thank you for the favorite.
Thank you for the fave on Cairo Minarets at Sunset.
very easy to get used to, actually.
the most unusual thing for my german self was how honking can be something totally different than aggression or venting of anger.
the very best thing is that making mistakes or circumventing the rules does not lead to authorities bothering you. it takes a lot of stress out of the traffic in think.
Go somewhere egyptians go - it may look awful, but believe me, you won't get crappy food there
Cairo is known to be filled with traffic problems but aren't all major cities like that? especially capital cities?
and as far as the donkeys and horses that you keep saying u're seeing in the highway .. its because if the government banned them then u'd end up with millions of men and women with no food no water.. because they simply cannot afford anything else but this type of employment
and men there do not walk with guns in their hands.. and they certainly do not follow women when they feel they want to intersect.. we do have minorities but its not all men ... and all countries got those type of men doing that
It was also my experience that riding on the main highway was a frightening experience for most of us. Seeing no visible controls made it feel that much more scary. Certainly, Egyptians most likely have an understanding among themselves how to behave in traffic, but to us foreigners it is not readily apparent.
The men with the guns were the police and private guards who were assigned to our groups. I witnessed many many Egyptians with guns and automatic weapons. Of course, they were likely security forces, but they did not all wear uniforms.
In conclusion, I did not mean insult, but at the same time, my commentary was meant to express how my friends and I experienced it.
I believe at some Point Egypt was amazing but due to its economic fall it has been poorly judged and controlled by the government..
Number of taxi's in the country.. donkeys and horses everywhere which are not i can tell u are being banned from the main streets .. but the highways are full of side roads that lead to peasant houses and farms so thats why u see them there..
I hate the traffic but i tell u .. driving in egypt.. really does give u the privilege that you can drive anywhere in teh world lol
There are dangerous places in Egypt just like anywhere else in the world.. and that is mainly in the poor neighbourhoods.. I've never been there myself and I honestly do not want to.. but I only donate to the poor through charities..
Anyways I do still hope that you have enjoyed ur time in egypt .. and sorry if I seemed harsh but ey everyone is trying to protect their own country
I do love this picture though. I tried so hard to get a good picture of the traffic, but I never got one. Good job!
I got the traffic photo from the top of a freeway bridge looking down on the traffic.
It was 120 degrees F in April. How did you withstand it in June!?