We’re the generation that grew up going to Sahel every summer with our family and so one can only imagine the place this summer getaway holds in our hearts. As current young adults, we’ve grown to have this “I want to go but I really don’t” feeling towards Sahel come the Eid holidays- aka, “The Season.”

Why do we feel that way? Well, here are the reasons why we have a love-hate relationship with Sahel during the holidays.

Cairo’s Traffic Jams Find a New Home


Have you ever tried to drive around the infamous Marina compounds during Eid? Well, it’s basically 6th of October bridge during the rush hour reincarnated. You can pretty much forget about getting any rest and relaxation if you plan on cruising around.



From that lovely crisp pastry Fresca being three times as expensive as normal, to a heightened minimum charge everywhere, you’ll be making a huge dent in your account if you head up to Sahel during the season.

The Many Woes of Private Beaches


If you want to catch a spot right by the sea, you’ll literally have to get yourself over there at the crack of dawn and we all know that when in Sahel, we all consider going to bed at that time. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck in the fifth row from the sea with the lovely view of people’s sweaty backs instead of Sahel’s beautiful waters. Moreover, if you somehow decide that an adrenaline rush is needed and you head on over to rent a Jet Ski, you’ll discover that 15 minutes on that thing will cost you a kidney.

Those Damned Fireworks


There’s nothing magical or awe-inspiring about those cheap firework guns that many kids, teens, and even middle-aged people going through a middle-aged crisis are firing all the time in Sahel. They just make really loud and annoying noises. Please stop. Please.

On an ending note, despite everything mentioned, we still love Sahel as much as the next person! Sure, getting a little R&R is becoming a bit more challenging, but we still dig going there. Seriously, though, if we see one more person firing another fireworks gun, we’ll probably break it in two.