Many floating boats are anchored (permanently) on the banks of the Nile in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. One of the floats actually looks more impressive than the other: while some of the boats are inhabited by poor Egyptians, others are decorated with expensive materials. Some of the boats have been converted into a restaurant, office or sporting goods store.
But above all, according to some, boats are “an important part of Cairo’s heritage”. “Not only are houses where some have lived for decades, some boats are historical monuments. They are part of our heritage and should not just be erased.” People express their discontent mainly on social media.
The boats are also called “buoys”. The buoys are the Arabic language for buoyancy: “We must write stories, novels, and legends about the Nile and buoys.”
The barges were built decades ago and now no longer have the correct permits, according to the government’s letter. Therefore, the relevant ministry warns that it will continue to remove boats that violate current regulations. This happens in the context of the modernization of the city.
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