Muhamed Ali Street in central Cairo is a great street for just walking along. The first part of the street (as you walk from Midan Attaba) seems dedicated to sign-makers and mobile phone accessories, but get beyond this and you will find the workshops of the amazing craftsmen who make the country's most famous musical instrument; the Oud.
The craftsmen are very welcoming and are often happy for you to watch them work (sanding the wood, or gluing and binding the body of the instrument) or to show you the double-stringed tuning of the finished pieces.
Muhamed Ali Street runs from the base of the Citadel and the mosques of Sultan Hassan and Al Rifai, to Attaba Square. The Oud Workshops are at the Attaba end of the street. If you cannot find the street sign, then you can ask a local, or look for the shops as described on a one-way street (traffic flowing towards you).
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