Mohandiseen (Arabic: المهندسين Al-Mohandisīn “The Engineers”) is a major 1940s sub-division project originally famous as Madinat al-Awqaf. And made up most of the Wasat (middle) district in the city of Giza. Before being divided in 1997 into the districts of Agouza and Dokki (Covers half of the district). Al-Mohandessin in Arabic literally means the engineers. After one of the sub-districts that was sold to the Engineers’ Syndicate cooperative, and becoming the colloquial name for most of the Agouza side.


Mohandessin used to be a mostly royal and state-owned agricultural estate held under until the early 20th Century with villages. Such as Mit Okba, and (hamlets) such as al-Hutiyya, and ‘Awlad Allam. From the 1930s the Ministry of Awqaf who owned the land had piloted plans to turn the estates into a new suburban district of Cairo as Dokki to its south flourished. In 1948, its chief architect Mahmoud Riad set out the final plan of Madinat al-Awqaf.

. Which the Awqaf bore, at LE 2–3 per square meter, paid off over fifteen years without interest. While members of the cooperatives were able to access soft loans to build at 3 percent interest.


The up-scale Mohandeseen district in Giza during the Friday of Anger. Violent clashes occurred here between the protesters and the security forces which occupied the bridge on the left, involving stone-throwing, Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets and tear gas grenades.

Today we know the area simply as Mohandiseen based on the Engineers’ City cooperative housing sub-district planned and built by leading architects of the time, while administratively it forms most of the Agouza and part of the Dokki, districts.