The emperor is naked: Sisi shows feet of clay, as Egypt cash shortage bites and Cairo talks tough on terror>
Recently, there have been rare attacks on Sisi from mainstream media, something almost unthinkable last year when he was elected with a 97% margin.
Temperatures were as high as 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of southern Egypt over the past week.
The North African country's parliament has been shut for three years, leaving almost all power concentrated in the former general.
What began as a vision for a new capital today has a population of 150,000, smaller than many rural towns. Another strongman is repeating the folly.