Political observers have attributed the Egyptian revolution for many elements that includes economic burdens, lack of freedom of expression, absence of proper governance, political status quo and the bleak uncharted future that many Egyptians felt during the 30 years reign of Mubarak. All these are very true factors but they won’t have been sufficient incentives to revolt should the bulk of the Egyptian population had a secure life and fair employment opportunities like their many of their elders had in their lifetime.
Unlike most western societies, a young man or woman are bound to stay in the same house with their parents till they marry and that can occur when they are as young as 18 or all the way till their 40s . The truth is that this is part of the Egyptian oriental tradition, where the family plays a role in people’s lives from the very day they were born till the day they die. The same can be mentioned on many western societies all the way till the 1960s before youth revolutions that swept Western Europe and the USA. However, these western trends never found their way in Egyptian societies for many reasons including close family ties traditions but more recently economy.
Though many modern days young Egyptians would like to follow their western counterpart’s path and have their own independent lives away from their parents supervision but their ambitions are always crippled by both tradition and financial means. (...)
The problem of financially incapable young men is even found in those who happen to hold jobs for years as they are not paid well enough to establish their own family and independent lifestyle. This is due to the incredible rise in real estate prices, be that for lease or purchase purposes. The prices of real estates in Egypt are almost equivalent to their counter parts in any European capital and even surpass them in many cases. The prices of real estates in major cities like Cairo or Alexandria almost matches that in Paris , London or Los Angeles and surpasses most of the smaller cities in rural areas in Europe or USA. This fact hinders most young men and women not just from being independent but also from actually getting married which will represents a series of other problems as elaborated below:
In a society that rejects and abhors pre-marital sexual relationships, preparations for marriage are an essential task in every Egyptian family regardless of their wealth. In fact most Egyptian parents don’t believe that their mission in life is complete before they make sure that they their siblings are “happily” married. (...). In the past 30 years many parents fail to meet that self taken oath and their siblings find themselves stranded in an era where in order to get married they have to pay at least tenfold what their parent did to complete the same task. (...)