A long stretch of waterfront in central Cairo is paved, clean, and planted with some shrubs and palm trees, overlooking the skyline on the eastern shore of Cairo, but it is empty of humans. The unused stretch of waterfront is about one kilometer long and begins about 150 meters north of the Qasr el Nil Bridge in Zamalek up to the Marriott Hotel (just before the 26th July Street).
The first 150 meters north of Qasr el Nil Bridge of this paved and designed waterfront is well used by couples and families. It is Cairo’s only waterfront public space accessible without requirement to sit at a restaurant or cafe, or without belonging to one of the many waterfront social clubs for various professions.
It is not clear why the remainder of this already designed and paved public space is off limits to the public. Restaurant boats such as Nile City and Blue Nile are lined along this unused part of the waterfront, which maybe a clue as to why the public space was closed off. Regardless of the reasons, it seems that Cairo can regain a kilometer of publicly accessible waterfront with a political decision to reverse the ongoing continuation of restrictions on public space.