I had been planning to study Arabic in Syria, but due to political strike there I had to change my plans at the last minute.
Accordingly, I arrived in Cairo with no knowledge of the language classes available. Quite by accident I came across the Arabic school what a find! From the moment I walked in, I was warmly welcomed unlike some of the other schools and institutions (eg AUC), which seemed impersonal. The staff is courteous and friendly, and did an excellent job of finding lesson time to suit me.
I decided to try "العامية", thinking that I probably would not stay in Cairo for more than a week or two- never expecting such a wonderful programmed. After my first lesson, I resolved t spend the full two months of my holiday here in Cairo, and have nor regretted thing for one moment, despite the chaos and hear of thing huge city.