Okay, I was hoping the camel would get your attention. That's smiling Linda Beckring from our office on it. She was in Egypt with Dietra, one of our associates. They conducted training and helped with the opening of Club Liko, a children's edutainment center we designed and produced there. Club Liko is located in Cairo, Egypt, or more specifically in Sheikh Zayed City, a new satellite city immediately west of Cairo and a part of the Greater Cairo urban area.
No the center does not have camels, but that would really be cool if it did. Linda's ride on the camel took place when she visited the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Club Liko is a 23,300-square-foot (2,170-square-meter) three-story building with basement parking and features children's hands-on, interactive pretend play, two cafes, party rooms, outdoor terraces, patios and an outdoor children's discovery play garden (naturalized playground).
Club Liko opened this past Saturday, more than five years after we began work on it. The project ran into some delays obtaining a building permit due to Egypt's January 25 Revolution (2011) that was part of the Arab Spring and more delays due to the 2013 Army coup d'état that removed the President, Mohamed Morsi. Revolutions have a tendency to further complicate slow-moving bureaucracies as well as slow down the economy. All things considered, five years to design and build a project like this from the ground up under those conditions isn't all the bad.
Linda plans to bring back some photos of Club Liko we can share with you in the next eNewsletter. The Internet speed is slow there, so she wasn't able to email them to us in time for this issue.
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