The Yacoubian Building, Cairo
I've seen the award-winning movie "The Yacoubian Building" twice and it was really a nice movie, considered to be Egypt's highest budgeted film ever. The theme of the movie was controversial, directed by Marwan Hamed based on the novel penned by Alaa Al Aswany, and has a powerhouse cast of Egypt's best of the bests artists.
I've been looking for this building since my first visit and I've seen a building that I thought was the Yacoubian Building as said by the policeman standing on the traffic light (3rd & 4th picture). This trip I saw it. There are some hostels housed on the building. I'm still have doubts though so if someone would tell me which of of those on the pics, please do so.
Built in 1934 by a wealthy Armenian businessman, Hagop Yacoubian, his namesake building was one of the most luxurious residential apartment blocks of its time. Its pre-revolutionary residents included Egyptian, European and Jewish élites of Cairo. The Yacoubian Building is now just one of many European-style apartment buildings in downtown Cairo. However, it has been made famous by the best selling novel, and later an award winning film, "The Yacoubian Building" written by Alaa Al-Aswany. The book has been translated into many languages, including French and English, and gives a fantastic insight into today's Cairene society. Note that the building shot in the film was in fact not the original Yacoubian Building (shown in second photograph).