Here’s a gorgeous illustration by Jennie Edwards for the piece I wrote in February’s Condé Nast Traveller: ‘A Letter From… Cairo’.

What’s amazing is just how much it takes me back to the day described in the piece, in spite of JE having no photos to go on. I’d gone off to visit one of the exclusive new gated communities now popping up around Cairo. We spent what felt like most of the day rumbling around in a 4 x 4, and while the ground was never as dramatically orange, nor was there a flashing neon sign for Utopia, there might as well have been.

For more on these places go to the website of one of the leading companies building them – SODIC – or look at the fascinating photo-essay Cairo Divided by Jack Shenker with photos by Jason Larkin.




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