Just like that

Sheikh Khalifa has bestowed the gift of another new city for Egypt, to be dubbed "Sheikh Khalifa City."

Considering Egypt's experience with new cities -- see how much of 10th of Ramadan, 6th of October, and whatever other ugly name based on a date -- I won't be holding my breath.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.