The BBC’s Christian Fraser reports from the back seat of a dilapidated Fiat taxicab to describe a city of utter traffic mayhem.
Modern Cairo was built to house four million people. It has now swelled to some 17 million which is why narrow two-way streets on the banks of the River Nile, are by 0900 local time transformed into four-lane carriageways.
Drivers swerve with the greatest dexterity into the tiniest of spaces. Nearly every car or bus carries the scars of battle.
The rules are pretty simple. Full-beam headlights and blaring horns somewhere behind usually mean you are about to be overtaken - or undertaken - at high speed, even though there is no space between your car and that concrete wall beside you.
Source: BBC, Photo Credit: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images