In the principal coffee-shops of Cairo are to be found reciters of romances, surrounded by iiiterested audiences.
Shopping has itself become a leisure activity, geared as much to browsing boutiques and coffee shops as stocking up on baked beans.
The number of branded coffee shops trebled from 778 in 1999 to 2,299 and is expected to top 3,000 in two years.
No wonder there're so many coffee shops too!
Other claimants represent a broad range of interests, from coffee shops to manufacturers of hiking socks.