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Here are my two cents: I feel like being artistically gifted is so rare and esteemed that it is commonly associated with natural talent and a sort of genius that you are born with. Clearly, most of us don't have the fortune of being born an artistic whiz who can just pick up a medium and make a masterpiece.
In my opinion, the first step to getting better at drawing is getting the mentality of "either you are born with it or you are not" out of your head. That way you don't get frustrated and quit (this is what happened to me in High School art class).
All that said, here are two tips for you. The first: art is a skill anybody can develop. It is a lot like learning an instrument--the more you put time into meaningful practice, the better you will get. My second point would be to learn as much from other artists as you can. Take a class. Watch someone who is better than you draw and have them give you pointers. Watch people make art on youtube. I feel copy-catting is generally looked down upon, but it is a great way to improve to be honest...and there is nothing bad about it as long as you branch off to do your own thing when inspiration strikes!
Hope that helps!
One of my favorite places I have been is (or was) Damascus. I have yet to visit Cairo, but I wonder how the two stack up. I'm a big city person, so I loved the narrow alleys, crazy traffic, even crazier taxi drivers, the awful smells and the delicious food, and the businesses that are open all night long. And even though you have all this, you can feel history all around you.