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Sabe3 Gar’s Fadwa Abed: “I destroyed my hair for the role”

Since Sabe3 Gar is back this week, we decided to have a chat with one of its most up and rising talents who managed to prove competency from her first onscreen-appearance; the one and only Fadwa Abed! Tell us things not many people know about you I was born in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah I graduated…

The love/hate relationship with Ahmed Mourad’s “Deer-hunting Season”

Only the brave, curious, and daring would walk down the road not-taken, and best-selling author Ahmed Mourad, we can safely say, has been all three. In his all new novel “Deer-hunting Season – موسم صيد الغزلان”, Mourad rushes us into the unknown future in a work of science-fiction, revealing what would be our inevitable fate.…

Cinema Etiquette: 7 Annoying Habits at the Movies

The whole world goes to the movies, but our experience is usually with a twist on the side. We put together a list of all those stereotypical Egyptian cinema-habits that make us feel home! 1- Taking phone calls You will always find that member of the family (usually a parent) that is only really there…

Youssra EL Hawary’s publicly-funded album is out and it is mind-blowing! “We depended on the people, and they did not fail us”

Once upon a time there was an aspiring and passionate accordionist reaching her audience through soundcloud, and teaching them what Feel-Good Music is. While transmitting her cloud 9-vibe, she still managed to reflect on whatever was going on in Egyptian alleys. From politics to love and social tribulations, Youssra El Hawary managed to grab everyone’s…

Which Sabe3 Gar Character Are You? Take The Quiz And Find Out Now!

1- You are attending a family and friends’ gathering on a typical friday, you are likely to be: A) Texting on your phone and avoiding small talk. B) Chatting with the old ladies and arguing with them about their old-fashioned habits. C) Thinking when the food will be served. D) Reminding yourself that you can’t…

Meet the New Kids on the Block!

On a breezy summer afternoon, our studio was jammed with forces of fun, energy and excitement. Suddenly it was people dancing in the hallway, eating mouthfuls of shawerma and singing Ed Sheeran at the tops of their voices. And of course, it couldn’t have been anyone else other than the daring darlings May Elghety, Mariam…

Your ultimate guide to Cairo’s subway

Hitting its peak, gas prices have left no one able to afford rides! And while it is no longer convenient to take a normal cab and argue about the fare, it is becoming ridiculous having to tolerate private cars and their on-the-rise prices! Because there aren’t many cards to play, gather round ladies because we’ve…

An “Islamic Marriage” Website is 2017’s Khatba!

In this digital era of ours, just about anything is possible really. So, it hardly comes as a surprise that an established systemized platform has taken marriage to a whole new level under the name of religion. Putting aside all the marriage websites that have been taking the internet by storm, Zawagislamy.com is the most…

How to talk to kids about Religion, Psychiatrist Dr. Adly ElSheikh tells!

Babies don’t just come with their cute little faces and sweet tender souls, they come with question marks hanging over their heads and a thirst for knowledge that only parents can satisfy. One of many challenges of being a parent is having to answer your child’s questions, because whatever you fill his little curious head…

Healthy but sexy: This woman’s low fat Mahshy is to die for!

“I would only make people food that I can eat,” Hanan Hamza tells. This well-established woman has worked long years in marketing until deciding that quitting and following her passion for cooking seemed like the only sane decision that she could make and that is when ‘Hawadet ElAkl’ (Food stories) came to life. “I’ve always…

Ramy Sabry Wins First Place For Worst And Most Sexist Song Ever!

“When the man talks, the woman shouldn’t argue,” says the lyrics of this all new Ramy Sabry song that apparently tackles the ethics of a balanced relationship from the perspective of the song’s writer Wael Tawfik. This upbeat track goes on and on about how the woman should be understanding of her partner if she…

Classism and Social Hierarchy: Will We Ever Break Free?

The greatest love stories most certainly don’t come easy, especially in drama. Struggle serves drama, it breaks your heart right before it puts the pieces back together. But our hearts have been broken hard in the past few days and we are awaiting holism any minute now. “Television drama has never felt so real” Two…

5 reasons why coconut oil is a must-have this Ramadan

1) It helps you burn fats: If you are wanting to burn of the weight from eating all those unhealthy iftar treats, coconut oil is your go-to. It contains fatty acids that have a strong effect on metabolism and can facilitate weight loss. 2) It gives you a younger look with healthier skin: Need to…

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Why Hisham Maged fears a Ramadan-Baby Belly!

Going for the extraordinary isn’t new to him. This Ramadan, Hisham is cooking up something great with Ahmed Mekki and his all-time companion Chico. What is your first collaboration with Ahmed Mekki in “Khalsana Beshyaka” like? It is a great experience; the whole cast are our friends. We have been working for 8 months now…

Is it time for Adel Emam and Youssef Maati to go their separate ways?

There are certain constants in every year’s Ramadan, and just like Konafa and family gatherings are on top of the list, Adel Emam is as well. We have grown to love this effortlessly hilarious comedian in whatever work he presents. Annually his Ramadan Series reaches almost every single Egyptian home, entertaining the whole family. But…

Is Society Ready for Fishawy’s State of Mind?

One of Egypt’s quirkiest and most rebellious artists is Ahmed Fishawy. With body art, inappropriate jokes and transparent statements, Fishawy has been a media troublemaker throughout the past couple of months. Being in the limelight comes hand in hand with accountability and responsibility; however, being in the Arab limelight is a different form of responsibility…

7 things I stole from my mama’s closet

A mom’s closet is every girl’s idea of a haven. At some point in our lives, we’ve all taken our picks of our moms’ most appealing personal items. So, what is the story behind your take-and-run? “This silver-plated necklace was my mom’s gift to me when I was young. Ever since she gave it to…

Kids raised with pets are the happiest: Egyptian Mums share their experiences!

We’ve all been told that they’d harm our children, transfer diseases and pose all sorts of threats which is only normal since pets have long been labeled as dangerous when it comes to the wellbeing of our children. We were raised to shoo street cats and dogs away, but this tradition has been lately broken…

5 Things women should do if their husbands are glued to their phones

It is not a rhetorical question, because there is an answer. It is not a hopeless case, because there is a way out. We asked a group of women what they do when their husbands over-use their phones, and techniques varied from “nothing at all”, to “throw out his charger”, or even “change his phone…

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8 Brilliant Sandwiches in Cairo under 30 L.E

When it seems as though the only way the dollar knows how to go is up, and that your pocket isn’t much of a hospitable environment for your cash, we’ll be there listing all the ways of how to please your belly without upsetting your pocket. 1- Hawawshi Sandwich from Zooba  If there were a…

How much screen-time should your child be allowed to have per day?

Once upon a time, it was ‘give him a toy’, today it is ‘give him an IPad’. When it comes to keeping kids occupied, sometimes you might not be able to afford the time or the effort. Every mommy needs a break, but unfortunately handing a toy to your kid no longer seems to have…

8 people you’ll find at any Egyptian Henna Party

It is the local version of a bachelorette party with the twist of ancient culture and the spirit of an Egyptian happy Goddess. It’s a girl’s going away party, an occasion to kiss the ‘Miss’ goodbye, dance the night away and draw Henna all over your bodies. Of course, we are talking about an original…

أول_محاولة_تحرش_كان_عمرى# triggers massive responses from both Females and Males who shared their stories on Social Media

???_??????_????_???_????# (The first time I was harassed was at the age..) is a hashtag that originated back in 2011 when a girl shared her story, and has been recycled recently by Alla Emad founder of Malaksh Feha, a campaign that targets passive men. Whether through their original accounts or anonymously, victims have been breaking their…

Egyptian Celebrities are finally turning heads to stray animals!

Ahmed Al-Shurbaji, founder of ‘Hope Egyptian Baladi Rescue and Rehabilitation’, an organization devoted to saving street cats and dogs, has recently announced Actor Ahmed Fahmy and Menna Hussein Fahmy as the organization’s newest board members. Hope has launched its newest project in Alexandria, planning to bring in all of Alexandria’s injured cats and dogs and…

6 things Egyptian economic housewives don’t throw away

It is no longer a matter of social classes or job statuses; the economic crisis has hit everyone and anyone. And whilst banks consider drastic measures and huge corporates apply stringent financial strategies, as far as households are concerned, mothers remain a vital variable in the equation. Although many of the simple gestures housewives make…

Swimming Champion Amr ElSohagy qualifies for Paralympics Tokyo 2020

Seven years ago, Amr’s car flipped 15 times over on the road back from the North Coast, killing his cousin and putting him in a wheelchair. And while that seems like the end of a sad story, in reality it is the opening line to a great one. Today, and from that very same wheel…

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The Trials and Tribulations of Raising an Egyptian Man.

“He’s cold”, “He doesn’t respect me” are the classic complaints of Egyptian wives. And yet no one has it figured out yet. A man shaped into a specific mold with no room for emotion is hardly going to compare to a woman raised on expectations of being dramatic. A man taught from birth that he…

Etiquette Expert: The Language of Etiquette is not just for queens!

Contrary to popular belief, good etiquette isn’t just for royalty like Kate Middleton and Queen Rania. It is a set of rules that guide people to proper behavior. We had a sit-down with etiquette expert Dina ElSelmy, who says that Egyptians need etiquette to regulate their relationships with others! From texting whilst someone is talking…

Female Gas Station Attendants: There is no job women aren’t tough enough for!

“It’s a man’s-job.” The gender-categorization of jobs is a Middle East specialty. Drivers, butchers, pilots, Presidents, gas station attendants and many more professions have been seats saved for male candidates. However, the false perceptions that generate this are finally starting to break. One way we know how, is when we were driving down Nasr Road…

A Book Review for Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Love at first sight is the typical fictional fantasy. Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl reciprocates the feeling. That is almost every single happy-ever-after that we know of. We never question it, how a person can fall in love with someone before they even talk to them, have they fallen for mere aesthetics,…

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A Debate with Hepta’s Bestselling Author Mohamed Sadek on the depths of societal darkness

With a history of novels that have long-generated dispute, Sadek’s recent release “أنت.. فليبدأ العبث” (You), portrays society’s darkest sides; cheating, sexual harassment, murder and sin. A complexity that left us wondering, is the world that dark? Or does every novel just need a mind-twisting plot?  To solve this riddle, we entered into a heated…

Chillax Café upgrades menu to include 80’s products; Kata-Kito and Bimbo

Some things automatically generate a nostalgic feeling when we hear about them, let alone eat them. We might enjoy global food brands, but our tummies are inclined to crave the local ones that give us a sense of culture and belonging, especially when they are designed purely for our pleasure. Chillax Café made an outstanding…

Cairokee’s guitarist, Sherif el Hawary hushes all rumors: “I am not a spaced out-drug addict, I just listen more than I talk”

In any Cairokee-interview you’ve come across, he’s the guy in the background listening rather than talking. This gave people an opportunity to make false assumptions about him; They’ve said that he is living in his own world, that he must be using drugs, and that he isn’t conscious half of the time. They’ve spread all sorts…

Kick Like A Girl: Meet the Female National Soccer Team!

Football tends to evoke a sense of unified happiness amongst Egyptians that reaches to immeasurable depths. We see it in the street celebrations after Egypt wins an important match, and we see it in the eyes of millions of Egyptians as they anxiously watch a qualifier game. With that being said, every Egyptian football fan…

Jam-packed with Talent: Tunisian ‘Mes Confits’ founder tells her success story

The friction of ideas, the passion that leads, the spark that follows, and delicious homemade jam can come together to create a successful business. Something we learned from our chat with entrepreneur Oumezzine Dhouieb, the face of Mes Confits, a natural and artisanal jam brand founded by one cooperative Tunisian family. With the mother as…

Will taking off your veil bring back your confidence? Two girls share their story

That one piece of cotton is thought to not only hold your hair back but also your confidence, your sense of identity, your self-perception…but does it? There are an infinite number of veiled girls with different personalities, backgrounds, and faiths. There are an infinite number of veiled girls and yet this one question remains roaming…

A chat with Amr Wahba, the script-writer behind Plateau and Abla Fahita

Because our eyes only see what is on-screen, it is not until today that we were introduced to the comedian Amr Wahba. This light-spirited individual has been there all along, behind the scenes, writing the jokes that we laugh at, making the shows that alleviate our mood and alter the definition of comedy. The former script-writer…

Ahmed Magdy from every angle: Everything you didn’t know

On the 4th of May 1986, 10:00 AM to be exact, an artistic little boy was born soul-searching; what he later found wasn’t one path to follow but rather many. With an Egyptian filmmaker as a father and an Algerian French-teacher as mother, his background was quite diversifying. “Growing up, I was basically lost. I…
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Ola Roshdy’s Weghet Mazar: A Portrayal of Motherhood Struggles

Ever since the introduction of reality TV shows, we’ve been wondering how ‘real’ these shows actually are. With makeup teams in the background and staged conversations in the foreground, it has become difficult to believe that any of it is very real. However, “Weghet Mazar” (A mother’s point of view) is a show like no other,…

Fresh graduate dentists battle with public-hospital rituals

“You are about to get off mamma’s lap, and experience the real world” is what our Ethics professor told us right before we had to leave college for our internships. She said the truth would shock us, that we would see every rule we’ve ever learned bend until it breaks, and that then it would…

Asmaa Amr: First woman to walk the Sinai trail!

25-year old Asmaa Amr walked like an Egyptian the 200 km Sinai trail, going from St. Katherine to the gulf of Aqaba. A trail that won the BGTW Tourism award for the best new tourism project in the world. Asmaa, who works in the fashion business, says the idea wasn’t related to fitness at all,…

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Forceful Veils: Behind the fences of Islamic Schools in Cairo

“He’s listening.” That’s what they told us about God, so we can doubtlessly raise our hands and pray; so we can have these silent conversations with Him about what we’ve down wrong, about what’s fair; to create this relationship, this unbreakable bond. Yet somehow, this God-believer relationship was interrupted by human interventions. Now, the question…

Egyptian Deena Mousa won NASA and Google awards!

Not only is she living proof that age is just a number, but the 17 year old Egyptian Deena Mousa invented a medical device that stops bleeding in 5 to 10 seconds, instead of the one currently used in hospitals, which stops bleeding in up to 12 minutes. The young scientist is an Egyptian who was…

The truth about the ‘raped dog’ Anastasia

A week ago, an animal’s caregiver found a female dog, which she’d been feeding and taking care of, bleeding to death with lacerations in her uterus. After rushing it to a vet, she was informed by the doctor that someone must have tried sticking a sharp object in its uterus causing an already existing tumor…

Married Undergraduates: Superheroes or Merely Humans?

Is it career suicide if she said ‘yes’ way earlier than it’s commonly mouthed? Does the weight of that ring on her finger mean a happily never after for her hopes and dreams, or is it all just one big myth? Somewhere along the line, the society-clock created a marriage bracket claiming pre-graduation too early,…

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Get Pregnant in the First Year of Marriage

A scholar once argued that language was abstract (intangible). He created a diagram to prove that just about any word was abstract on some level. The only problem was that, the more the abstraction, the less the word directly resembles reality. This explains why a word like “pregnancy” doesn’t suggest a particular image in one’s…

How Not To Catch the Early Engagement Disease

  In a society where marriage is a social requirement, you would think that it couldn’t get any worse. But the new college-generations are full of surprises, aren’t they? Lately, an early engagement disease has been spreading faster than cholera ever did. So, it’s no wonder if your college student of a neighbor, who by…

How Sexist Can You Possibly Be Using Just Your Mouth? On Sexist Language

  Remember that time you were heading out with your sister to meet some friends and your parents said don’t be late “ya welad”? Later that night, it was rather difficult for you to interrupt the interesting gossip about your “3anes” friends, to say that it’s pretty late and you should head back home. This…

Here is Why Egyptians Can’t Live in Sweden!

While half of the Egyptian population (if not all of it), daydreams about fleeing away to somewhere in heavenly Europe, they don’t know what they might be getting themselves into! Little do they know that, in Sweden for example, their Egyptian-based mentality will most probably clash with the rules before they even unpack. Forget about…

How hard is it to be veiled and living in a foreign country?

Lately, it’s no picnic to walk around with your head wrapped up in a religious symbol. If before it used to be about the veiled striving to prove they are no fashion-aliens, lately it’s been more of a we-are-not-terrorists case. But really, with the ISIS threats scaring the planet off, who can blame non-Muslims for…