Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Neptune, King of Yamama

How grand it must have seemed when Yamama Centre was first built in Zamalek in 1989!

The oldest mall in Cairo is a near ghost-town these days but for the gym on the 8th and 9th floors, and the two-pounds-fifty store on ground level. I've looked at the few shops that are left and they are pretty sad excuses for stores.

But try as they might with their faux obelisks and pyramid roofs, the malls of Nasr City and Heliopolis can never hope to overcome the original mall in the arena of sheer tackiness. King Neptune, a giant beanstalk, and Pegasus adorn the center court at Yamama. Viva Yamama.

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