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Night time on the Nile

At night the banks of the Nile are filled with brightly lit life


The Nile is one of Cairo’s constants; its timeless movement brings a sense of calm and relaxation in its wake and provides a natural contrast to the dusty concrete that makes up most of the city.

The river offers many different distractions to Cairenes. During daylight hours you can see fishermen ply their trade from little boats; feast your eyes on the lush greenery of crops growing on the islands in the middle river and notice the secret rendezvous’ of couples on the majestic bridges that span the water. On hot summer days a trip on a felucca can surprise you with a much needed drop in temperature as the wooden boats glide along on the breeze that only exists on the water.

At night the banks of the Nile come alive and are home to many different forms of entertainment; couples meet in greater secrecy under the cover of darkness, friends hang out, drink tea and discuss the way of the world or take one of the ubiquitous colourful, noisy boats to have a party on the relative privacy of the river.

This is what we encountered on a short stroll along the Corniche, from the Qasr Al-Eini to October Bridge.

Hearts, stars and teddybears are but a few of the neonlight decorations of the boats. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Hearts, stars and teddybears are but a few of the neonlight decorations of the boats.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Rows of plastic chairs are lined up, ready for customers to sit and catch a glimpse of the Nile through the railings. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Rows of plastic chairs are lined up, ready for customers to sit and catch a glimpse of the Nile through the railings.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Fluorescent colours are used to light up the small boats and entice customers to come on board. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Fluorescent colours are used to light up the small boats and entice customers to come on board.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Fluorescent colours are used to light up the small boats and entice customers to come on board. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Fluorescent colours are used to light up the small boats and entice customers to come on board.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Groups of youngsters use to boats to glide along the water for an hour or two while listening to very loud music. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Groups of youngsters use to boats to glide along the water for an hour or two while listening to very loud music.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
A small, makeshift stall provides tea to a terrace full of thirsty customers. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
A small, makeshift stall provides tea to a terrace full of thirsty customers.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Green, blue and pink reflections turn the Nile into a riot of colours. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
Green, blue and pink reflections turn the Nile into a riot of colours.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
A string of lights, a broom and a few horse carriages combine to create another meeting point along the Nile. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
A string of lights, a broom and a few horse carriages combine to create another meeting point along the Nile.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
A happy bride, surrounded by friends and family is getting ready for a celebratory trip on the Nile. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
A happy bride, surrounded by friends and family is getting ready for a celebratory trip on the Nile.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
The combined lights of the boats create a stark contrast with the darkness of the waters. (Photo by Aaron T. Rose)
The combined lights of the boats create a stark contrast with the darkness of the waters.
(Photo by Aaron T. Rose)