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Cairo is such a massive city and none of its neighborhoods is like the other. Each has its own mood; some are very calm, others are buzzing with life all day and night, and in the end it all boils down to what you are most comfortable with. There are several things to consider before renting or buying an apartment such as location, value, and traffic. Worth mentioning, some neighborhoods have been in high demand for several years now, so here are the top neighborhoods to keep your eyes on when in search of an apartment.

  • New Cairo / El Tagamoa

Based on our data and statistics, New Cairo ranks number 1, not only in demand but also supply given the new compounds that keep emerging into this area. It is closer to the airport while being less crowded than central Cairo. New Cairo has a growing number of compounds in addition to being a popular hangout spot due to the variety of options in restaurants and cafes as well as shopping malls. Also, a lot of companies and banks have moved their head offices to this area which makes it not only a residential area but also a business one, worth mentioning that New Cairo is home to the American University in Cairo.

  • 6th of October / Sheikh Zayed

The 6th of October and Sheikh Zayed are the western equivalents of New Cairo and come second in ranking in terms of high demand. this area is significantly big, not crowded, and has most of the top shopping malls and complexes such as Mall of Egypt, Mall of Arabia, Galleria 40, and Walk of Cairo, as well as restaurants, and upscale nightlife spots.


If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and live in your own bubble while still accessing everything you need very easily, then Madinaty is the place to be. Madinaty offers a modern lifestyle in residential villas and apartment buildings but at the same time, you get to enjoy a lot of tranquility, privacy, and high security. When you live in Madinaty, you will find everything you could possibly need from hospitals, entertainment facilities, clubs, household services, supermarkets, basically anything that is in Greater Cairo, and more. With spacious green areas and golf courses, this city boasts an amazing landscape, and let’s not forget Open Air Mall, one of the largest open-air shopping centers in Egypt and Mena.


Warm, cozy, and boasts some of the most beautiful views in Cairo. Located on the border of the Nile and with plenty of ancient trees, Zamalek is a lovely place to live. It is one of the areas a lot of foreigners prefer to stay in for its nice vibes. Zamalek is also home to a lot of embassies and for that reason, there is a lot of security in the street. You will find there a lot of nice restaurants, cafes, and bars. Even just walking around in this neighborhood is a delight on its own.


Another neighborhood that expats and foreigners love to live in. Maadi is like a closed community. It is calm, and not much of a nightspot like Zamalek. However, you can find there some small bars, and restaurants run and owned by foreigners offering specialties from their authentic cuisines. Maadi is also known for being a green area full of beautiful gardens and is one of the cleanest neighborhoods in Cairo. It is also pet friendly and a place that encourages you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will find a lot of residents there cycling, jogging, and running around the blocks.

There is a lot of nice places to live in Cairo. Visit OLX  to explore a variety of apartments and villas for rent and buying.

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