Skip to navigationSkip to content

Photos of a sandstorm in Cairo show its captivating reach

AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
Everything’s hidden.
By Sonali Kohli
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

This post has been corrected.

Cairo is experiencing a serious sandstorm—two children have reportedly died, ports are closed, and flights were still changing their routes after the airport stopped allowing arrivals for a short time yesterday.

This is how the city looked yesterday, as the sandstorm was developing:

AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy
The start of the sandstorm.

By today the city was under a thick film of sand.

AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy
Students run home to get out of the storm.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
It’s everywhere.
AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
Still, some people left their homes.
AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy
The sandstorm doesn’t recognize city limits.

Some on Twitter have noted that this storm did not prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Egypt—he arrived on Feb. 9.

Correction: Previously this post incorrectly stated that Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Cairo on Jan. 9. He arrived on Feb. 9.

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.