As you recall, General Sisi of Egypt is one of the good guys in the Middle East. He took over from General Mubarak who took over from General Sadat who took over from General Nasser who took over from General Naguib. In other words, for the past seventy years one general or another has been running the nation of Egypt. The result is obvious, an unemployment rate of over 40% and lots of bad radical guys dying to die for their cause. Yes, Egypt did participate in the Arab spring, and that lasted about one year until another general took charge who sent the prior general into a nice retirement.
General Sisi decided to visit some poor people. Naturally, being a GENERAL meant he had to have a Red Carpet treatment. When an Egyptian general wants a red carpet treatment he MEANS red carpet. So, a 2.5 mile red carpet was laid in order to allow him to be in contact with poor folks. I guess he figured if poor people saw a red carpet it would make their lives happier.