A ten-minute taxi ride from the Tahrir branch is our second branch in Muhandseen, an upmarket area of Cairo located on the other side of the Nile. This is a quieter residential area with a broad selection of places to eat very near to the school that serve a variety of different cuisines; from traditional Egyptian dishes such as Kushari and Taamiya to Yemeni, Syrian, Indian and more western style restaurants. Everyday amenities such as supermarkets and clothes shops are readily available and links via bus, microbus or taxi can be easily made to various areas of Cairo. The Muhandseen branch is the bigger of the two and has a reception area, garden with space for students to work, a kitchen with tea and coffee and books for study reference. Classes here are bigger and any events such as concerts, lectures and feasts held by Arabeya usually take place in the garden so students have plenty of opportunity to socialise with teachers and other learners of Arabic from various countries around the world, all the while using their Arabic.
The Muhandseen accommodation is a 3-minute walk from the school and a 5-minute walk from Gameat Al Dewal Al Arabeya (Arab League Street), which cuts straight through Muhandseen. This wide street is lined with shops, restaurants and sports facilities, making this a popular area amongst the younger generation.
All these factors promise prospective students a vibrant, unique and safe environment in which they can fully engage in order to get the most of their time in Egypt.
The Tahrir branch is located directly overlooking Tahrir Square itself. Here, an abundance of services that reflect the dynamics of living in Cairo can be found, meeting the various needs and wants of everyday life for absolutely anyone. Within a few minutes walking distance from the branch is our accommodation and in addition to this, a number of centres of culture such as the AUC Downtown Cultural Centre, with its bookstore and art gallery, the Goethe Institute, and of course the renowned Egyptian museum. A myriad of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants dot the surrounding area, making this place a hustling centre for the cooler evenings of the Egyptian summer. For those who prefer to prepare food, there are also grocery stores and supermarkets with fresh fruit and vegetables, all a short walk from the Tahrir branch and the accommodation. The metro station of Sadat is on the junction for the two main lines of Cairo, linking Tahrir to Maadi, Giza and Ataba, which is on the border with Islamic Cairo and the famous bazaar of Khan al-Khalili.
The branch’s welcoming and friendly atmosphere coupled with all the necessary facilities such as Wi-Fi, reference books and small kitchen with coffee and tea create a sociable learning environment for our students where more individual relations with teachers can be easily fostered.