Thursday, April 08, 2004

An Hour Wait at Cairo Airport

After another 3 hours flight from Bahrain, we finally reached Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The view of Cairo from the sky was not spectacular, and it was hazy. But if you're on the lucky side of the plane, you can viewed the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara. We did, but it's too late for me to take any shoot.

Nile River and Unattractive Cairo from the Sky

The Cairo airport is very small and sub-standard, especially when I am so used to grandness of Kuala Lumpur Sepang International airport and effectiveness of Singapore Changi airport. And here, worse still, Wei Heng and I had another scare. We submitted our passports, and the immigration officer just pushed it aside and retained our passports! Finally we waited more than 1 hour just for our passports, despite constantly went to the immigration office to 'harass' them.

It seemed like the officers randomly chose whose passports are retained, and those on left side lane more likely been victim. Both Sing Wei and Herman were able to clear the immigration within minutes.

And also, never believe the imigresent officer. He promised us that within 10 minutes we supposed to get back the passport, yet it turned out to be an hour. This is the first time I tasted what so called as "Egytian time".

Cairo International Airport


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