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Outcry in Egypt as iconic Nile houseboats are destroyed

Outcry in Egypt as iconic Nile houseboats are destroyed
Arts and Culture 

Outcry in Egypt as iconic Nile houseboats are destroyed

Wael Hussein  Yolande Knell   /  Source:  BBC
21/07/2022


For many locals and foreign tourists, the brightly painted wooden houseboats dotted along the River Nile are an iconic part of Cairo's rich cultural and architectural heritage.

But starting this week, the last of those remaining - about 30 in total - are set to be destroyed or removed by the Egyptian authorities as part of what they describe as an effort to beautify the waterfront.

Some of the floating houses, permanently moored on the riverbank, are inhabited by poor residents, while others have been expensively restored. A few have been turned into restaurants, offices and gyms...

BBC: Outcry in Egypt as iconic Nile houseboats are destroyed


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