Finding Exclusivity in Sun City

After passing the construction site that would soon become the Sun City mall for a year and a half on a weekly basis, I was thrilled to learn that the mall had, after quite a delay, finally opened its doors to the public. Situated in Heliopolis, right next to Cairo International airport, Sun City looks small on the outside but is surprisingly huge on the inside.

Because of the airport next door, building regulations are tightly controlled in the area, making it impossible to build up. So the mall was excavated several storeys deep to bring us this shiny, stylish mall that I likened to the ones in Qatar. It looks classier than City Stars and the floors shine to the extent where you can see your own reflection.

The mall is built on a total of 200,000 square meters, with a total of seven floors. Those who want to shop at Carrefour are better off parking on the roof since the giant superstore is located on the top floor.

Even the ticket you receive for your car is unique — a small yellow plastic coin. It all felt very Las Vegas-y. (You won’t feel very Las Vegas-y if you lose it though — the fine is 75 Egyptian pounds — so be sure to keep it safe.)

Quite suitable named Sun City because of its location in Heliopolis (the Greek word for “City of the Sun” or “Sun City”) the attention to detail was what I liked most, the golden pillars, the brass railings, and the shiny, creamy floors. I even found the chandeliers to be quite charming, consistent throughout the mall.

There are a range of stores, mostly high-end, which gives the impression that the mall is targeting a particular, upper-class clientèle However, there were independent stores I had not heard of before, but with the same high-end quality in mind, so as to complete the mall’s consistent theme of luxury.

There are a range of stores, mostly high-end, which gives the impression that the mall is targeting a particular, upper-class clientèle However, there were independent stores I had not heard of before, but with the same high-end quality in mind, so as to complete the mall’s consistent theme of luxury.

Sun City mall may not be as large as City Stars and other malls in Cairo, but I prefer it when all I want is a quiet cup of tea or a hassle-free-window-shopping-stroll.

Although many stores and facilities are yet to open, it is worth just visiting the food court, the cinemas, and browsing the stores that have already opened. You could escape Egypt’s oppressive summer heat and be transported to another dimension where you might make-believe that you were actually shopping at the Duty-Free next door, waiting for your flight out of Cairo.

But now to the delicious discovery: The food court. It surprised me because it was much more spacious than the food courts in other malls, well-lit and to reiterate my point – quite spacious. What also surprised me was the fact that it was quiet, with only a few people eating. Was I really in Cairo? More importantly, would it always be this quiet? Even if it wasn’t — avoid holidays and weekends if you prefer an adequately-sized population — I would definitely be visiting on a weekday afternoon to avoid the manic crowds.

That aside, if you’re looking for a Duty-Free-themed-exclusive-experience without checking into the airport, Sun City could be the perfect place to spend the day.

Sun City
Next to Cairo International Airport,
Autostrad Road,
Sheraton Buildings,
Heliopolis,
Cairo.

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