Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

YES. Sidewalks are laughable, if available, they are very high from the street and usually crumbly with small tiles. Anyone that uses a cane, or wheelchair will have problems. Stairs everywhere, usually no ramps. My elderly parents visited and had a great time but walking around with them always felt a little dangerous. Most people walk in the street. - Feb 2021

Oh yeah, Cairo is not handicap friendly. - Nov 2020

Yes. Cairo is not friendly for those with physical disabilities. There are many buildings without ramps and streets without sidewalks. You've been warned. - Jan 2020

Yes. I don't know how someone in a wheelchair or who couldn't walk up/down stairs could live here. There are no sidewalks or where there are they are broken with no curb cuts/cars parked on them. Most apartment buildings require you to walk up a half flight of stairs before reaching the elevator (if there is one). - Jun 2018

Yes! Poor or non-existent sidewalks, large holes in sidewalks and roads, large curbs, many stairs, not always elevators and little to no handicapped parking. The US embassy residential compounds do have ramps, elevators and a handicapped parking spot. But getting around the rest of the city would be hard. - Jan 2018

Yes. Cairo is difficult to navigate even for able-bodied people due to uneven sidewalks, potholes, etc. Many people resort to walking in the streets next to traffic. Very few buildings can easily accommodate people with disabilities. - Sep 2017

Yes. There are high curbs, few sidewalks, and many piles of rubble or trash on the street/sidewalk. - May 2017

It would depend on the disability. The pavements are shocking so using a wheelchair would be challenging for example. - May 2017

YES. Sidewalks are rarely useable, curbs are crumbling, elevators break all the time. - Jan 2016

ir is difficult for anyone to walk in Cairo, but taxis and Uber are readily available. Most apartments are not designed with physical disabilities in mind. Many have steps to navigate with no ramp. Some residential elevators are unreliable, making it necessary to climb several flights of stairs. - Jan 2016

No no no..the roads are rubble in many places, no handicapped access. No no no. - Jan 2016

I think that they would but there might be some accommodations if they lived in the U.S. Government compound housing. Our apartment building, for example, does not have an elevator until the second floor. Go figure. - Oct 2014

YES - the sidewalks are broken with high curbs or non existent curbs. There is trash and dog poop on the sidewalks. - Aug 2014

It would be utterly impossible to easily live here with a physical disability. The electrical power goes out for one hour at a time several times a day in the summer and this affects elevators... - Aug 2014

Of course. Bad roads and sidewalks - May 2014

Yes. There are absolutely no accommodations for anyone with physical disabilities. - Apr 2014

Yes, it would be very difficult because the infrastructure is so poor. - Mar 2014

Lots. I can barely walk down the street without tripping. I would hate to think of needing a wheelchair. - Jul 2013

A lot. This city is not handicap-accessable. - Jul 2013

No accommodations exist for people with even the mildest disabilities. Forget trying to walk anyhwere! - Jun 2013

Lots of difficulties. Travel would be difficult, no work environments are equipped for folks with physical disabilities. - Jun 2013

Forget it. This city is impossible for someone with a disability. - May 2013

This is not a handicapped-friendly society or city. - May 2013

There is absolutely no way that people with physical disabilities would do well here, because there are no sidewalks and the streets are in awful condition for walking, let alone for someone with a disability. - May 2013

Having a physical disability in Cairo would not be easy - accessibility is non-existent, even in the USG buildings (obvious ADA violations). - Feb 2013

There are absolutely no accommodations for the handicapped. It's unliveable. - Feb 2013

Many. Do not come here. Sidewalks are broken or non-existent, and cars will run you over. Dead animals in the streets, donkey carts. falling in holes...seriously, there are simply too many to list. - Mar 2013

This would be nearly impossible. - Mar 2013

It would be impossible to get around Cairo with disabilities. The sidewalks are almost nonexistent, there are huge curbs, breaks in the pavements, and drivers have absolutely no respect for anyone who can't run out of their way fast. - Feb 2013

That would be inviting disaster. Egyptians will even happily run down anyone who is walking, and there are no sidewalks. - Jan 2013

Many. The curbs here are nearly up to my knees. There are only sidewalks sometimes and there are many potholes and unmarked/unpainted speed bumps everywhere. That and all of the sand...maybe wheelchairs wouldn't work well with all of the sand. - Nov 2012

Very hard. No handicap ramps, few usable sidewalks. - Sep 2011

Blocked and broken sidewalks, no curb cuts, heavy and random traffic, few accomodations. Challenging, but possible. Elevators and ramps exist, and people are massively helpful. - Aug 2011

Many - Aug 2011

It would be hard if you have mobility issues, because very few buildings are wheelchair accessible, and curbs not only don't have ramps but are also extremely high. I think it would be hard if you were missing one of your senses as well, because you need to be alert to dodge traffic, bicycles, potholes, etc. - Jul 2011

It's not a good city for the physically disabled. The sidewalks are terrible or non-existent. Poor elevator service. And emergency response is awful. - Jun 2011

Forget it. There is no accommodation for the disabled in Egypt. The sidewalks are blocked by parked cars, there are no ramps to access the sidewalks, and the curbs are impossibly high for wheelchairs. - Sep 2010

There are no sidewalks, no wheelchair access, and elevators don't work. - Jun 2010

Yes! Sidewalks are either non-existent, or are frequently interrupted by trees, crowds, piles of rubble or trash, etc. - Dec 2009

Lots- sidewalks are all really high so that cars won't park on the sidewalk, so moving about in a wheelchair or with a stroller is very difficult. - May 2008

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