You can see how in some ways, Cairo is fairly modern, definitely not reminiscent of something you’d see in Aladdin, which is how many Americans imagine most of the Middle East and Arab world to be. I remember friends who’d been, as well as a religion professor I had in 2006 telling me about how deep modern multinational corporations had permeated Egyptian society even then.
And in many ways, it’s how you’d expect it to be. Goods and services appear to be fairly cheap in Egypt, probably because many travellers may be afraid to visit due to the relatively recent Arab Spring. Some on YouTube say Cairo is not as dangerous as Westerners are making it out to be.
Maybe this may be a good place for a Westerner to hang around for a while?