The Cairo-Aswan stretch along the Nile and its periphery accommodates communities that feature grounds as if developed to be each other’s spitting images. The Estad Fayoum, home to Fayoum and Ceramic La Farana is no exception and borders on to neighbouring council houses, giving tenants a spectacular free view.
The name Fayoum originates from the hieroglyphic word Bayoum, meaning ‘sea’, a reference to the large inland Lake Qaroun. Fayoum is renowned for its numerous water wheels, introduced by the Ptomelies in de 3rd century BC.
With no towering flood lights in sight to mark its territory and its relatively low tiers Estad Fayoum in the gateway to the Siwa oasis requires perseverance to discover. The ground is concealed by a huge stonewall alongside a dual carriage way and a large gate serves as the main entrance.
The main stand, its roof equipped with a series of tiny light sources, is not a particular exciting affair nor are the other concrete areas of the ground, all painted in sonorous white, given the ground an almost virgin feel.