Heliopolis is an anomaly, a dream that has been engulfed by modern Cairo. On arrival most people will notice the Cambodian architecture of Baron’s Palace on the road from the airport. But Heliopolis’ century of history runs deeper. It was the brainchild of Edouard Louis Joseph, also known as Baron Empain was a wealthy Belgian engineer, entrepreneur, financier and industrialist, as well as an amateur Egyptologist. Who built a resort styled city on the edge of Cairo for the foreign rich and elite to revel in. Since it’s original exclusivity has been swallowed up by successive neighborhoods. Now it’s arabesque architecture and grand boulevards contrast against the Nasr era apartment blocks that surround it.