The Difference Between a "Ba7ary" and an "Qibly" Home

March 8, 2022 by Nazli Kassem

At Sakneen, we are committed to providing you with all the necessary information to help you make better home-buying decisions. Today, we are breaking down the terms "Ba7ary" and "Qibly", what they mean, and how to determine which one your home might be a home is.

"Ba7ary" or "Qibly"?

The difference between the two is determined by how much air passes through a home. "ba7ary" homes have a lower temperature than "qibly" ones due to the natural ventilation that passes through them, while "qibly" homes let in more natural light and keep homes warmer during colder weather. In most cases, As a result, “ba7ary" homes tend to be more expensive than "qibly" ones due to the naturally warmer climate of Egypt.

Geographically, the natural direction of the wind runs from north to south - labelling all homes facing north as “ba7ary”. Air comes from the direction of the Mediterranean and Europe, which are located in the Northwest, and spreads in this direction.

You can find out if a house is "ba7ary" or "qibly" through the direction of prayer ("qiblah"). The "qiblah" in Egypt is in the southern direction, so if the house is "ba7ary", the back of the home will likely be in the direction of the street or the balcony, but if it is facing the street or the balcony, this means that the house is “qibly".

Another way is to determine the direction of the north from the sunrise. If the sun points to the east and is perpendicular to the house at the time of sunrise, then the house is "ba7ary".

In coastal cities, defining whether a house is "ba7ary" or "qibly" is much easier, as "ba7ary" homes face the direction of the sea.

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