New Cairo is located beside a desert and being located in Egypt, which is basically a country formed due to a past revolution, it is best not to read much about the place online and one should just concentrate on the intriguing stuff. The people over there are friendly and welcoming and the city does not make a guest uncomfortable, as it shows in the news or online.
There might be some cultural differences, but there is nothing to be extra cautious.It is pretty much the same lifestyle like in any other city. People like to spend time with their family and friends, have meals together, go to offices or school whichever is applicable etc.Most people in New Cairo, live in apartments; only the rich people live in standing houses as there is space crunch. Children live with their parents till the time they get married. Previously their used to be joint families, but nowadays people prefer nuclear families.
There is a majority of Muslims in Egypt who are looking for villa for rent in New Cairo, hence Friday is a day off for businesses and government offices. The other day off is usually Saturday. Some schools work for 6 days a week, with only Friday being observed as day off.In Cairo, formal education is really significant. Public schools are funded and there is mandatory 12 years of formal education for all. Post school, children can choose to do college from the country itself, or they sit for relevant exams and move to other parts of the world. Some students also don’t complete college / school and choose to be an entrepreneur instead and accordingly groom themselves.In New Cairo, some foods are associated with the festivals like Ramadan, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. They do not appreciate pork in any of their meals. Felafel is a dish that is popular in this city, which is basically fried patties that is made out of chick peas and spices. The main course generally has lamb or beef or chicken that is served with bread or rice. One of the native vegetable of Egypt is moulkhiyya which is kind of like okra. Another popular food item is kushari, which is a mix of lentils, pasta, rice and is topped with fried onions and spicy tomato sauce. In Egypt, Hummus is very popular and is loved by one and all. Hummus is an appetizer that is a paste of sesame seeds and ground chickpeas.Another traditional institution in New Cairo is coffee houses.
People visit coffee houses, they sit their for hours, play backgammon and smoke shisha, the water pipe (or hookah). This water pipe can be available in different flavors like mint, honey, apple etc. These coffee houses are places where people recite Quran or hold long discussions or watch TV or even listen to the radio. There is also an active industry of movie making in Egypt. They produce around 60-100 films every year. They also get movies from outside of Egypt, but any offensive scene is edited.Apart from these there is a dominant real estate market where many flat or apartments are available for sale in New Cairo. Some are also available on rent. Some of the prominent real estate companies is House Solution Egypt.