Yara Alsayes

Namaste! Women who Turned their Lives around by Teaching Yoga

It has been widely agreed upon that yoga does affect one’s life, changing it for the better. The mixture of meditation and exercise is a philosophy which helps bring many people all over the world inner peace. The following women have turned their lives around with the use of yoga, so much so that they…

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Not Sexual Frustration Anymore

Disgusting, isn’t it? Appalling, inexcusable! If you think so, congratulations, you are one of the few who are truly disturbed by sexual harassment. It is out of control, and this elderly man, leaning over, hiding behind his newspaper to touch a woman’s behind, is the representation of all the reasons why we seem to be losing…

From Gouna to Mykonos: Beit Matta Leaving its Mark!

The brainchild of Peter Matta, Beit Matta is an inspiring project to say the least. Designing jewelry, home accessories, furniture and interiors, Peter Matta seems to have his hands full. This year, some of his products were displayed and sold in Mykonos, which comes as no surprise since they first originated when he was furnishing…

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Farewell, Mohamed Khan; Brilliant, Empowering Director

In the small hours of this morning, Egypt lost one of its most talented directors, and the world lost an artist whose work has enriched the film industry endlessly. Mohamed Khan, who passed away at the age of 73, has always had a distinct, delicate feel to his films. They didn’t need to be excessively…

The Trials and Tribulations of Raising an Autistic Child in Egypt

    Our society is great in many ways, and our people are known for their kindness and helpfulness. However, unfortunately this very same society many times does not respond so well to differences; whether they are natural or acquired, spoken or written, born-with or chosen. Thus, in such a society, raising a child with…

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Scandal; El Masry El Youm Publishes Victim-Blaming Caricature!

El Masry El Youm is going viral for all the wrong reasons today. They posted a caricature by caricature artist Abdallah earlier today, and it seems that all hell broke loose in the comment section, and the image is already circulating all over Social Media. The caricature shows a man asking for a woman’s hand…

Mai Medhat, Co-Founder of Eventtus, “Sitting on the panel with President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg is a milestone but it’s not the end”

  Mai Medhat was all over Social Media last week when she appeared on the panel of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 alongside Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and President of the United States Barack Obama. Mai Medhat’s project which she co-founded with Nihal Fares is Eventtus, an app which helps its user find the nearest…

5 Male Actors this Ramadan we want to See More of!

Ramadan is always a great time to keep a close eye on TV series and watch out for fresh young talents, or re-discover forgotten talents! This year has brought us a bunch of amazing talents all in all. Here are 7 male actors we want to see more of! Ahmed Wafik Ahmed Wafik has been…

Does Sex become Extinct in Ramadan? Real Wives Confessions!

Ramadan is almost over, so all should go back to normal; eating habits, sleeping habits and apparently sex habits too! We’ve noticed among ladies’ conversations regarding Ramadan, sex almost always comes up. There are contradicting opinions, but from these many voices, we’ve gathered a list of facts and confessions about Ramadan sex, and why it…

Kids in 1996 Vs. 2016

We understand that things change and that our generation was the very last one that has seen both analog and digital technologies. That being said, we feel the need to teach future babies about the wonders of the 90s,because honestly, we’re starting to feel like kids these days are a little spoiled. Finding your Favorite…

Lilian Daoud Deported Last Night After the End of her Contract with ONTV

  Immediately after her contract with ONTV ended, Lilian Daoud was requested to leave the country. Zyad Elelaimy, her lawyer, posted on Facebook stating that. In the status, he said that passport investigation officials showed up at her house, requesting that she leaves with them immediately and taking her cellphone away. “he said that passport investigation…

Conscious Consumerism; About Time!

  We often view consumerism in a negative light. This doesn’t come off as a surprise, seeing how consumerism in its most basic definition has damaged societies somehow. People have been conditioned to want to own things even if they don’t exactly need them. Advertisements and billboards were no longer enough, not even product placement…

Last minute Iftar! 5 Recipes to make in Under 30 Minutes

We’re all extra busy these days; work doesn’t stop in Ramadan! If anything, we have the same amount of work, with less working hours. That’s why sometimes, we find ourselves frantically trying to cook Iftar in such a short time. Here are 5 go-to recipes for when you’re short on time. Cheesy Vegetable Casserole This…

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Nahed Sebaei “Mombar is my weakness”

    We spoke to the fabulous Nahed El Sebaei about Ramadan nostalgia, food, and Heba Regl El Ghorab!   What do you think of the whole “revamping” people are doing to traditional desserts (e.g. red velvet bala7 elshaam)? I love red velvet basbousa! What was your TV addiction during Ramadan when you were growing…

Cross Cultural Marriage! Not as Easy As it Seems?

Relationships are hard enough as is. They’re even harder in Egypt where restrictions are placed on human interaction since the day we’re born. Now, imagine being an Egyptian and deciding to marry a non-Egyptian. This is like taking the difficulty level and multiplying it tenfold! However, if it’s true love, there’s not much you can…

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Ingi Abou Zeid on TV, Therapy and Women, “what moves me the most is violence against women whether it be verbal, physical, emotional or sexual”

Featured Image Photography by Amall Ishak. Costume Advisor Nermine Said.     Beautiful, intelligent and extremely talented; those are things you may already know about Ingi Abou Zeid, but did you know she’s an inspiration when it comes to academia? Ingi’s acting career boomed quickly, but this wasn’t about luck, “people say ‘you’re so lucky with…

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Do Phone Cameras Scare You? #الحرية_لأطفال_شوارع

In complete and utter defiance to human rights, and common sense, the Egyptian police arrested the satirical group “Atfaal Shaware3”. The young men were all apprehended after they made a video which mocked the government’s decisions in regards to Tiran and Sanafeer Islands. “A campaign was kicked off on Social Media, where people took pictures…

Hotter than Grey’s Anatomy! 9 Hot Doctors you should Know About

Some jobs are sexier than others; it’s a fact of life. And doctors are way on top of the list. We can think of many reasons why this is the case. For starters, they make you feel better, they fix you, literally. We got to doctors when we are feeling vulnerable and they treat us.…

Introducing Real Egyptians with Real Pet Obsessions!

Featured Image by Ehab Zakaria No one can deny the positive impact one gets from having a pet. The unconditional love given to you by your pet turns them into another family member. Our love for our small, furry family members might seem strange to some. And the following people have done things others might…

Cemetery of Splendour

The D-Caf Festival has been great to us! We’ve seen yet another great film at Zawya Cinema, Cemetery of Splendour. We walked into this film not knowing exactly what to expect. The Thai film, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, was a spectacular two hour long dream. It’s difficult to categorize the film, but if one must do so,…

Telltale Signs your Child has been Sexually Abused and How to Deal with it

Featured Image: Shutterstok/audioscience   Child abuse is never something people find easy to talk about. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons why it is such a huge problem in our society. The taboo put on sex, and the shame which follows rape victims are multiplied when it comes to children. A society which…

Disorder!

Last night, as part of the D-Caf Festival, we watched the French film Disorder at Zawya, directed and co-written by Alice Winocour. The film stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger (whom most will remember from Inglorious Basterds, Troy and Mr. Nobody). The film so far has been nominated for an Un Certain Regard Award at…

Facebook Crimes Committed by your Parents

As we grow older, we realize the importance of our parents and appreciate them more. This doesn’t cancel out the fact that they still embarrass us. As people grow older, they become less cool – with the exception of freaks of nature like Susan Sarandon and Sayed Ragab. Your parents (and older relatives in general)…

The Despicable Act of “Shooting them like Dogs”! Egypt’s Dog Murders Continue

Recently, us Egyptians have been priding ourselves in our new-found ability to adopt new, merciful ideals, even if they are different from those we’ve learned to accept as we grew up. One of said ideals is defending animal rights. Before we get flooded with angry comments about how our culture isn’t cruel to animals, let us tell…

Exclusive: Survivor of the Hijacking Incident Speaks up

The Egypt Air aircraft that was hijacked last Tuesday is still all the rage. Everyone is talking about the incident, the passengers who suddenly realized that instead of Cairo, they are going to Cyprus, the hijacker who wanted to get in touch with his ex wife, and, of course, all the “hijack selfies”. With all…

Grief Therapy: Dealing with the loss of a loved one

Understanding a problem and actually facing it is usually the first step of solving it. This goes without saying, but for some reason when this problem is grief, people seem to consider embracing it a weakness, or lack of faith. That is where grief therapy comes in handy, and thankfully, for the very first time…

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Gihan Abdallah, Doing the Same Job for 13 Years and Rocking At it!

It is one thing to be a familiar face on TV, but something entirely different, and probably more difficult, to become a household name via Radio. Gihan Abdallah has done just that. Her career has maintained an unrelenting high since she started out. Her show, Agmad 7 Elsa3a 7 has been a national favorite for…

The Egyptian Pound gets a Makeover by Mohamed Sherif El Dib

These past few months haven’t been the best for the Egyptian economy. Blow after blow struck the Egyptian Pound and now it is suffering the repercussions. Egyptians took to Social Media to voice their concerns and frustrations, an seeing so many disgruntled Egyptians inspired Mohamed Sherif El Dib, Creative Director at Monkeys in Tuxedos LLC,…

An Egyptian Woman’s Struggle with “Mafish haga gaya fel seka?”

One might think that getting married will save them from these snaring comments; one couldn’t be more wrong. Getting married seems to only accelerate the rate at which these comments come. This time, you are not being asked if you’ve managed to snatch up a man, but if you’ve managed to get yourself pregnant! Yara…

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An Egyptian Woman’s Struggle with “Hanefra7 Beeky Emta?”

  It doesn’t matter how lucky, talented, successful or accomplished a woman is. The fact remains that her family, and society as a whole, will always expect certain things from her. Women in Egypt suffer every single time they go to a wedding, funeral, or any other gathering where extended family will be present. It…

3 Minute Interview from Twitterland with @MayeCaulfield

If you had to choose 3 tweeps to stick with during the zombie apocalypse, who would they be? @mezzo812 , @_radvaa, @mazeno_ and @lil_miss_fickle Elham Shahine and Donald Trump and you are stuck in an elevator. How do you escape? I would freak out and scream with Elham Shahine then we will find out that…

Diab and Mounir’s Al Qahera; Cute or Unrealistic Crap shoved in Egyptians’ Faces?

Wahid Hamed’s brilliant script came to mind the moment we saw Amr Diab and Mohamed Mounir’s Al Qahera yesterday, particularly the quote which says, “seeing this country from above is nothing like seeing it from below”. It has now been established that the Egyptian media doesn’t know how to be considerate to the majority of…

10 Things you will Always Find at your Granny’s House

Our love for our grandmothers is unconditional, despite our recent revelations about their role in destroying our lives. It’s always about the little details that we find at their homes, too. Here are 10 Things you will always find at your grandmother’s house. Quality Street Box full of Sewing Kit Nothing screams Teita more than…

Joking or Not, You’ll go to Prison! When Condoms are No Longer Safe

We are living interesting times here in Egypt, times when the Government flaunts the freedom of speech it allows its citizens, while in fact, many are facing legal consequences of them exercising it. Over the past few months, the situation has been deteriorating. It has become very apparent that if you think outside the box…

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Moving Back in With Your Parent’s After Living Alone. Absolute Nightmare?

It has become increasingly common for Egyptians to move out of their parents’ house. While not 100% socially acceptable, plenty of Egyptians are opting to move out for many reasons. It could be that their parents’ house is too far from their workplace, or that they just want that extra bit of freedom. Reasons aside,…

Does this Prove that Women Can’t Drive?

A photo of a car lodged at the top of escalators at Seven Stars Mall has been circulating Facebook recently after being published by the Facebook page Egyptian Auto Market. Little did they know, but this isn’t the first instance of this photo being published, according to some commenters, the photo went viral a little over…

Our Childhood Birthdays: Gebna Roomy and Basterma Ruled!

We’ve previously mentioned how extravagant children’s birthday parties have become. And it got us thinking about how our birthdays when we were children seemed to be a lot more fun. One of the aspects where today’s parties are extremely different from our birthday parties is the food. Today, birthday parties are catered, when back in…

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50 Shades of Your Mama’s Rice

Yes, we know how that sounds, but seriously, your mama’s rice is possibly the best thing you will ever eat. And if you don’t appreciate it now, that’s probably because you’re still too young to understand the utter beauty that is mama’s rice. For one thing, it’s the perfect base for every. Single. Mama’s dish!…

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Maysa7esh Keda: The Ugly Truth

Egyptians have always been able to detect a line with funny potential. Whether it be films, theatre, or political speeches, certain lines are immortalized in pop culture. More often than not, those lines ironically point out something that Egyptians can all relate to; us Egyptians love sarcasm! “it’s still an unfinished project, it was just…

Inked Egypt! The Cairo Tattoo Convention Experience

Photography  by Nourhan Refaat The Cairo Tattoo Convention by Nowhereland Tattoo, which hosted tattoo artists from all over the world at the Tipsy Teapot in Maadi, providing tattoo sessions over two days, took place earlier on November 6th and 7th, and was a huge success. People came together to raise awareness about tattoo culture, its…

Egypt’s Squash Pride and Joy, Raneem El Welily

The squash racket has been her best friend since the tender age of six years old! Following her brothers’ footsteps is what led her to become the great squash player she is today. Raneem is the first Egyptian woman to be No. 1 at any sport, something she takes great pride in – as she…

Social Media Delivers the Final Blow to Reham Saeed

Yesterday, October 28th, Reham Saeed’s show Sabaya El Kheir was the talk of the entire country. Not for its content as much as it was for Reham’s extreme views, which she freely flaunted on her show. Reham is no stranger to outbursts such as this one, where she would defend her views so passionately –…

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Hany Adel – Alive and Kicking!

Hany Adel’s star is rising in the entertainment business, much to his fans’ joy. Up until now he has managed to keep a perfect balance between his music and acting careers. While his roles and the projects he is offered are multiplying, he still finds time to write new music and perform it. He is…

For the Love of Food!

Introducing Our Favorite Foodies   The food industry has, like everything else, expanded a lot during the past few years. And new job titles, interests and hobbies that are related to the food industry started surfacing in Cairo. Not only that, but they are also becoming increasingly popular. We decided to look further into those…

Mohanad H “I don’t think I would date any of my characters.”

It seems that almost every day a video of Mohanad depicting a typical, albeit hilarious, situation, pops up on our timeline. There has to be a reason why his videos spread like hay fire, and it’s obvious, because he is genuinely talented. Mohanad first gained Internet stardom when he started posting videos on Vine. The…

Maryse Helal “I’m 77 now; I wouldn’t change anything”

Whether you are a Downtown regular, or an occasional visitor, you must have heard of either heard of Estoril, been there once, or are a loyal customer. The little bistro in Downtown Cairo is one of the few places that look now the way they must have when they first opened. The delicious food, timeless…

Hamada’s Antique Shop

Time Capsule in the Heart of Zamalek     If you happen to be into old school art, then you’ve probably been directed to “Hamada Mazzika”. Hamada runs a shop which specializes in everything vintage that relates to music and film. From old Egyptian movie poster, to priceless vinyls, record players, typewriters, and pretty much…

Dissecting the Egyptian Psyche with Doctor Georgette Savvides

A true Mediterranean, Dr. Georgette Savvides is a Greek Egyptian psychologist. She has two doctorates, one in Business Psychology and the other in Counseling Psychology. Her work in Psychhealth grew over the years. The center offers therapy, corporate work, training for counselors, and educational work. We sat down with her about relationships, society and the…

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Disco Misr – They’re Bringing Disco Back

Imagine a fusion of your favorite Arabic classics and a Daft Punk-esque set of disco music? This is Disco Misr. It’s everything the band’s name promises; that being Egyptian disco music. The DJ’s Amr Emad and Mostafa El Sherif founded the band, and then were joined by the band’s newest member, Mohab Sammy. Their concoction…

Brutally Honest Advertising Talk with Tameem Youness

Tameem’s work in advertisement speaks for itself. He has become one of Egypt’s most successful young advertisers with his witty, tongue-in-cheek humor which results in creative, clever, and fun ads. We sat down with him to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the advertising scene.   What do you think dominates…

Down Syndrome Baby: A Blessing

When Nadine Salama’s daughter was born, she immediately sensed that she had Down Syndrome. Beautiful Lara’s syndrome bothered her mother none; and no one confirmed it for a while, “no one told me anything for a week, until her father came to me and told me that although no one else wanted me to know,…

Life Beyond Down: Education and Therapy

When dealing with Down Syndrome, there are plenty of misconceptions, which we’ve tried to clear up by talking to Christine ‘Kiki’ Haddad, Art Therapist at the Learning Resource Center.   It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Egyptian society does not know how to correctly handle Down syndrome. After all, how can they handle…

Thaat – Bringing Artisans Back

The relief of buying a product with a clear conscience doesn’t come that often. Places like Thaat, are making it easier. They focus on teaching women from different parts of Egypt crafts, and using this craft to create environmentally and socially conscious products. Their new project Studio Embabah has produced a fashion line that is…

The Redundant Veil Debate

Recently, there have been calls for a protest to demand that women take off their veils. First off, to make things clear, the protest never claimed that it aims to force women to abandon the veil, but to demand that those who want to do so, can do it without being shamed by their families…

Egypt: No Country for Little Princesses

  We’ve previously mentioned what it would have been like if Egyptian actresses played Disney villains. This made us think, those Disney villains were all strong and vicious; they could have fended for themselves in Egypt, but what about the pretty princesses? What would have happened to them had they lived in our Cairo?  …

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Alyaa Gaber – Stuck in The Line of Fire

Alyaa Gaber Mohamed is a young Egyptian woman, whose fate had decided that she should witness a war when she least expected it.  Alyaa, like many other Egyptians, went to work abroad. She was working at the Swiss Inn hotel in Yemen when the situation spiraled into what now seems to be a full-fledged war.…

5 Things we’re Expecting from Abla Fahita’s New Show

Abla Fahita is undeniably a pop icon nowadays. In fact, she’s one of our favorite pop icons. She’s funny, clever, independent… and above all, fabulous! The lady-puppet is a single mom living in her duplex with her little girl, Caro, and she is everything you would expect from an Egyptian lady-puppet. Abla Fahita is all…

Top 9 Seinfeld Cameos

Seinfeld is one of the most ground-breaking, influential shows in television history. The “show about nothing” went on to influence many shows afterwards, even becoming a “formula” to follow later on. Not only was its success incredible during the run of the show, but it stayed popular (and quite relevant) throughout the years. And one…

Anthony Vincent – Rocking out in 20 Different Styles

Anthony Vincent’s YouTube channel blew up since he uploaded a video of himself singing Katy Perry’s Dark Horse in 20 different styles. The video went viral and since then, he’s been making videos and garnering more success. Anthony’s videos are quite simple, but a lot of talent and hard work are put into them. All…

Beauty is Pain – The Daily Suffering of A Woman

It’s not just the things we have to go through because this is how we were built, not just giving birth and menstruation cramps. Our pain is sometimes due to something we regularly do. We do know those things are unnecessary, yet we’ve been wired to do them without a second thought. Here are 5…

If Disney Villains were Played by Egyptian Stars

Picture this: instead of the animated version, Disney’s films were live action ones, starring Egyptian actresses. Our favorite villains would have been perfectly portrayed by these Egyptian actresses.                 Snow White’s Evil Queen: Nadia El Gendy   Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s ma3boudet elgamaheer? What? Snow White?…

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“Yes I am a female, I have ideas, and I’m not stupid” Tania Saleh

Tania Saleh is one of Lebanon’s sweetest crooners. Not only is she a talented singer and performer, but she is also an extremely talented songwriter. Her passion for music is only matched by her passion for the causes she supports. Thus making her lyrics a reflection of her views on society and politics. A timeless,…

5 Real Menstruation Horror Stories

    If we had a penny for every time our guy friends told us we’re exaggerating about how we feel when we’re on our period, we’d have been able to afford a sex change. The monthly event is painful and full of complications that only women will understand. Think about it as a terrible…

Girl Power Behind the Camera – Mariam Ahmady

Cinema and Television might seem like they’re right down women’s alley. They require creativity, sensitivity and hard work, things women are great at. However, it’s still a man’s world. Mariam Ahmady is one of the women changing that, though. She is a director, who after a lot of hard work in the industry, released her…

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An Expat Cinephile: Mo Faramawy

  Mo Faramawy’s film, The Foreigner, will resonate with many of those in our generation. Faramawy is an Egyptian who lived a big part of his life in Turkey and ended up studying in the US. While his film beautifully portrays the detachment an expat sometimes feels, we could definitely tell there’s more to him…

Noha Bahr – Connecting The Dots

Noha Bahr started doing her illustrations around a year and a half ago. She created her own quirky, funny characters and skits. And now she has got almost 5000 followers on Instagram, “I started drawing in my sketch book around a year and a half ago, but the stop motion videos I started a year…

Fun in the Underground: 5 Unconventional, Artsy Things to do in Cairo

We always complain that there isn’t anything new to do. Whenever we go out, we have a set of things to choose from. It’s either food, drinks, cinema or one of the same old shows we always go to. There are, however, plenty of unconventional things to do in our beloved capital. We just never…

7 Things Movies don’t tell you About Sex

Movies romanticize everything, we all know that. A drug cartel has a sweet mother whom he loves, kidnappers have hearts of gold and angry old men are really just misunderstood. Still, harsh things are not the only thing romanticized by movies. In fact, cute, loving things are also given the movie treatment. The most famous…

They’re Here! And they’re Remaking Poltergeist

On July 24th, the Poltergeist remake should hit the theaters! The remake will be directed by Gil Kenan and will star Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. And while we’re skeptical about whether this is a good idea or not, the trailer sure seems interesting.                      …

Humanity in a Box Clean Food Boxes all Over Egypt

You have probably seen one of the boxes scattered around the capital. The box reads in clear Arabic font “Clean Food, Take what you Need”. We started noticing them a while back, and decided to look into it. The first 50x50cm boxes we found were in Maadi in front of Stavolta and Tabla Luna. It…

The Big Recycling Theory: Rewind, Rearrange, Recycle

The circle of life isn’t always a philosophical phrase, nor is it always religious. Everything in life is reusable, recycle-able. We just need to use what the universe has given us the right way. We mean this, both literally and metaphorically. Physical recycling is a wonderful concept and it can save the earth, but there’s…

11 Times Putin was the Ultimate Bond Villain

Vladimir Putin is not only the President of Russia, but also the perfect example for a Bond villain. He is cunning, influential, and somehow seems to be good at everything. He’s also very, very scary. Here are 11 moments when Putin displayed his prowess at being the epitome of what a villain should be:  …

The Silliest Dance Moves from Egyptian Music Videos

Our generation is in the awkward gap between analog and digital music. We’ve listened to cassette tapes, CD’s and now we buy our music on iTunes (that was a lie, most of us illegally download it). We’ve listened to Amr Diab’s Shawa’na and remember a time when Samira Said was a brunette. And throughout the years, we’ve seen…

Inside the Actor’s Head – Interview with Ramsi Lehner

Ramsi Lehner is one of those actors who seem to have sprung out of nowhere. And since his debut role in Bel Alwan El Tabi’eya, we immediately recognized his talent. Throughout his fairly fresh career, Lehner has been proving his acting prowess. Whether he is working on films like Harag wa Marag or series like…

More than a Stuffed Head

Dissecting Ahmad El Abi’s Colorful Portfolio       When you follow Ahmad El Abi on Instagram, you see the impact almost immediately. Your news feed is suddenly splattered with cheerful colors, coordinated cleverly – that, and a whole bunch of rubber ducks. Abi’s work has attracted lots of attention recently. His Instagram following grew…

Women Love Men who Cook! Interview with Wesam Masoud

It is true that we should eat to live, not live to eat. Still, that doesn’t negate the fact that while we’re at it, we should eat well! One of the people we’re grateful for when it comes to this department is Wesam Masoud. We’ve religiously watched his show on CBC Sofra, swooning and fawning…

If 1995 Celebrities were on Instagram

Sometimes we feel like the 1990s were a blank page in history books. We’re certain that this is not correct, mainly due to the fact that we’ve actually lived in the 1990s and know that historical events did happen. Still, had we not witnessed the 1990s, we would have thought that it was nothing but…

Reem El Adl’s On-Screen Masquerade

One would think that with Egypt’s history with cinema and television, we would have an abundance of brilliant costume designer. Unfortunately, that is not true. However, we’re starting to get glimpses of some very talented designers recently. Reem El Adl is one of those. Her work includes Walad wa Bent, Samir wa Shahir wa Bahir,…

You want to know your friends? Travel with them!

There is an Egyptian proverb that says, “If you haven’t lived with someone, you don’t really know them”. As a child, it didn’t make sense to me. However, when I traveled with my friends, I found out it is true. Of course you know your friends well. You know their favorite band, which celebrity they…

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Confirmed: Loujain Alhathloul and Maysa Al Amoudi Arrested

After spending 24 hours at the Saudi borders, Loujain Alhathloul was arrested. Her friend, Maysaa Al Amoudi, who came to her support and to bring her some items, was arrested as well. Reports on where they are being are starting to surface, but nothing that was confirmed by Saudi authorities. Loujain and Maysaa had both…

Perpetually Stuck in the 80s

You watch a specific group of people for your entire life and you start noticing certain patterns. We’ve recently noticed that many Egyptian men are perpetually stuck in the 80s. We’re not talking about the kind of men you see at hip hangout spots around Cairo. This phenomenon manifests – very strongly – in very…

6 Reasons why you shouldn’t add your Boss on Facebook

Social media is a huge part of our lives now. And some social media websites are more personal than others. For example: it’s almost never a good idea to add your boss on Facebook. You’ll suddenly notice that the lines separating different social interactions are blurred. Are they now your friend? Can you really be…

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Why 50 Shades will be a Huge Hit in Egypt

After watching 50 Shades of Grey’s trailer, we deduced that this film will be a hit in Egypt. This is a logical assumption, considering how huge of a hit the books were. The film, which will be released next year on Valentine’s Day, follows the same story of the book. An innocent girl meets a…

7 Easy Ways to Detect a Female Driver

Making fun of women’s driving has been overdone for decades. You will find that even the most liberal men will still say that women can’t drive. Their justification will be that women wreak havoc on the road. We have come to the conclusion that this happens only because women drive by the rules; something which…

7 Things I Learned About Tattoos… By Getting One

The idea of getting a tattoo always scared me beyond words. However, this December, I found myself sitting on Timur Reda’s tattooing chair, waiting for the needle. Less than a month before, I had lost my father in a car crash. It was then that I knew that I wanted a tattoo and knew exactly…

Why it’s Always Okay to Start at the Bottom

You just graduated college. You’ve got your entire life ahead of you. The world is your fresh, shiny oyster. Then how come the only job offers you’re getting are for junior positions? Do these companies not know your potential? Do they not understand your capabilities? Your resume clearly details the proper education you’ve gotten –…

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“Marriage: Impossible” – A Film about Love, Compassion and Acceptance

The first time we heard about Noor Hilal’s upcoming project, it caught our attention. She is a Syrian/Slovenian professional writer and director based in Kuwait. Her upcoming film, Marriage: Impossible, is a light-hearted romantic comedy. It is about an Egyptian man and American woman’s relationship, starring Ahmed Ezz. We spoke to Noor Hilal and found…

Magnificent Morocco

Featured Image: Shutterstock/Karol Kozlowski   Morocco is one of the most enchanting countries in North Africa. There, you will find lots of history, art and delicious cuisines. Take a trip where you can have couscous for breakfast, lunch and dinner!   Shopping Forget about malls and fancy stores. In Morocco, go to “souks” and “foundouks”.…

Fish Samak – Free Arabic Rock

These Palestinian lads are definitely onto something. They’re not your average clean-cut band. Their tunes are not carefully tailored mixtures of oriental and rock genres. They are fresh, loud and accidental. They’ve taken all their influences since childhood and mashed them together. The result is a medley that includes everything from Palestinian folklore to punk…

Famous Old School Selfies that Kick Ass

Many celebrities out there are jumping on the selfie bandwagon. Sure, it’s trendy now, but some people did it way before it was mainstream. Examples of the kickass self portraits: Stanley Kubrick This is a completely different kind of self-portrait fanatic. Kubrick’s photographic skills show in his amazing self portraits. Anastasia The Romanov Princess may…

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Blooming Snacks – Flowers you can actually eat!

We squealed with delight when we realized that there was such a thing as edible flowers! Not only are they absolutely beautiful, but they are also delicious and aromatic. Beware, though, not all flowers are edible. Some of them are even poisonous. You would probably want to grow your own flowers as well. The ones…

Decor

Last night was the screening of Ahmad Abdalla’s latest film, Decor, at the Cairo International Film Festival, starring Horeya Farghaly, Khaled Abol Naga and Maged Elkedwany, and shot entirely (well, almost entirely) in black and white. We couldn’t wait to see it! As usual, Ahmad Abdalla didn’t disappoint. From the very beginning you find yourself…

Beautifying Cairo One Dish at a Time

Egypt is a beautiful country, but we would be lying if we said its skyline is as beautiful as it should be. As a matter of fact, it’s a mess. And it’s sad, considering the beautiful architecture you can see if only you took a walk in Downtown Cairo. To fix this, Jason Stoneking started…

Who doesn’t Love those Big Violins?

When we found out that Eugene Friesen was going to perform in Cairo, our hearts skipped a beat. The brilliant cellist’s concert was organized by Izdehar and sponsored by Hisene. Eugene is a cellist whose innovative style has gotten him a lot of attention since he started out. Now, at 62, he still rocks out…

Aly Mazhar Helps Egypt Be Fit

Egypt has been witnessing a surge of new entrepreneurs recently. While they are all special, some of them head for unchartered territories. And this makes them even more noticeable. Aly Mazhar started Be Fit Egypt, a company dedicated to offering fitness services. Aly’s work is not only about Be Fit Egypt, though. Recently, he collaborated…

7 Signs you’re an Airhead

Some might call us out for using a term that might be a little too harsh. However, we use “airhead” to describe an individual with scarce intellectual interests, a narrow mind and the depth of a rain puddle. So it’s only fair. Don’t get us wrong; we try not to judge! And we encourage you…

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Too Much Social Media will kill you

We are the generation that grew up using a dial-up. We know what it was like to wait half an hour for a Google search to finish loading. Nowadays, women are objectifying themselves by hunting and pleading for compliments-Likes or comments- on social media. They dress to post photos of their new outfit while men…

Want to Know your Friends? Travel with them!

There is an Egyptian proverb that says, “If you haven’t lived with someone, you don’t really know them”. As a child, it didn’t make sense to me. However, when I traveled with my friends, I found out it is true. Of course you know your friends well. You know their favorite band, which celebrity they…

5 Common Misconceptions Newbie Fashionistas Believe

According to the Merriam-Webster definition, a fashionista is a person who designs, sells or is very interested in clothing fashions. Why, then, do we seem to be seeing plenty of “fashionistas” who don’t fit that description at all? Sadly, many of those fashionistas follow the stereotypes taught to them by films like Legally Blonde. And…

Egypt’s Hidden Heavens

Traveling to new countries is great, but it’s not the only way to experience something new. You would be surprised to know the number of places that you never knew existed in Egypt. Some of them are so untainted by the big city life; they are like little pieces of heaven. Here are our absolute…

Only Lovers Left Alive

When Vampire Films take a different level.   Directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires, this film is a definite winner. What more could anyone ask for? Jaramusch is known for his beautifully minimalistic movies. And this one does not disappoint. The film revolves around two ancient vampires, Adam…

Creating, Living and Breathing Art with Karim Abdel Malak

Karim’s work caught our attention as we were browsing through Instagram. The diversity of his styles was intriguing. His paintings were transcendent, spiritual even. All the while, his art installations were clever, colorful and extremely contemporary. We had to learn more about his art. When we sat down with him for an interview, we weren’t…

What Kind of Music is this? Soopar Lox

Soopar Lox is everything the deliberately misspelled name says and more. It is impossible to categorize their music. They just make music, no matter what genre it is. Even calling their music “house” wouldn’t be accurate. Their gigs are extremely popular. And rightfully so! Who else is going to make music that can make you…

From Rags to Riches: Famous Underdog Stories

We all know the world can be cruel. There are, however, stories that inspire us to keep trying. Moving tales of men and women who started from scratch and went on to touch the lives of millions have always existed. Here is a list of our favorite inspiring underdog stories. Alexandre DumasThe man who wrote…

Reverse Underdog Stories

80s Curse   Just like the inspiring, tear-jerking stories of people overcoming difficulties, there is the exact opposite of that. There are those who seemed to have had it all. Then, with one swift swing of fate’s merciless sword, it was all gone. After vigorous research we came to the conclusion that this was a…

Welcoming your New Baby

How to Pack Smart for the Hospital   We all know there’s plenty to think about once you know you’re expecting. One of the most essential things – that we might occasionally forget about – is to pack for the hospital. You need to do that in advance. Keep your bag next to the door…

Who Runs the World?

When Egyptian Women Rock the Corporate World!   Whenever it comes to certain jobs, women are most probably overlooked. The large return on investment in hiring women is ignored because “this is a man’s job”. GE launched an event by its Women’s Network, promoting women’s roles in Business, Media and Society. The Women Network events…

Stories from Fair Trade Egypt

Egypt is the home of plenty of talents. Unfortunately, most of them stay in the dark. This is due to many reasons, from being shamed for not having a desk job to lack of government support. In comes Fair Trade Egypt, offering overlooked, disadvantaged artisans marketing and support. The Fair Trade Egypt store is a…

Food Ordering Hazards

We know that life isn’t perfect. We’ve made our peace with that. And there are nuisances that we can’t avoid. Ordering food is one of them. This happens almost every single day, because we’re human too and we need to eat. And every time it does, there is a battle in the office over who…

Cairo’s Hidden Treasures

Cairo is a big city. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are plenty of undiscovered gems lurking around its corners. Many of us don’t know Cairo’s full potential. We did some research and ended up with mind-blowing places. Whether you are looking for a delicious meal on a budget or some hard-to-find…

Mathematics, numbers and Women with Steve Haley

“Society pushes men to be more methodical and pushes women to be more creative”   Steve Haley has an interesting resume. He studied to be a mathematician, went on to work with Mercy Corps and he uses math in motivational speaking. After seeing him speak at TEDx AUC, we had to meet him for an…

Discussing the Macho Man Syndrome with Sherif Madkour

Love him or hate him, but you must agree that Sherif Madkour is a very interesting man. He has been incessantly teased for years. Even his peers in the media made fun of his interests and demeanor. However, he’s been extremely successful ever since he started out. His family-oriented TV show continues to be one…

Hanan’s Muses

With striking bold colors, broad lines and impeccable female portraits employed in each painting of hers, Hanan Ghanem’s paintings have taken Egypt by storm. Her work is unique, honest and has been portraying women as they should be portrayed. No wonder it was used in the hit Ramadan series Asia. After all, her heroines are…

Colors, Movie Posters and Feng Shui!

An Insight to Smart Décor!    Interior design may seem like a luxury to some. However, plenty of things can be done to make sure our household is not only prettier, but a healthier environment to live in. Sherif Kamal is an interior designer whose work speaks for itself. Since the tender age of 8…

ArtsMart.com Your Guide to Fresh, Young Art is finally here!

For years we, Egyptians, have suffered from a problem whose solution was staring us right in the face. There were plenty of artists willing to showcase their work with no one giving them attention, and plenty of art lovers who had no idea where to look for art. The answer to both groups’ prayers came…

The One Where Joey and Chandler Live in Egypt

Maybe it was a black hole of some sort, a teleporting phenomenon or even witchcraft, but Joey and Chandler had found themselves living in sunny Cairo instead of New York. Naturally, life went on, let’s say more or less. Career For starters, Chandler’s talents as an IT Procurement Manager weren’t paying off as much as…

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An Hour of Jadal with Mahmoud Radaideh

Jadal is a Jordanian rock band that has managed to capture the hearts of audiences all over the Middle East with their tasteful, classic rock sound, combined with witty lyrics and a nonchalant attitude, all sealed together with an Arabic twist.  Luckily, we got to sit down with Mahmoud Radaideh, Jadal’s composer and guitarist, and…

Breaking Veiled Stereotypes

“Our heartbeats are music. A woman’s voice is never a sin!”   We live in a world drenched in stereotypes; if we said otherwise our world would be drenched in denial as well. No one is safe, not even the “majority”. For example, the majority of Egyptian girls are veiled, so the entire world may…

When Vision Replaces Sight

The first time I saw Adel Mostafa, he was giving a speech in TEDx AUC. His presence on stage captivated the crowd – naturally, as any theatrical actor – as he told his inspiring story. He went through his journey as Egypt’s first blind theatrical actor, and then director. Despite the naysayers, he came out…

Rich Aroma right from your Computer Screen!

Youtube is a realm that should not be taken lightly anymore. We have already seen many a success stories emerging from the website which may seem crowded with people demonstrating their talents, hoping for a chance. And why shouldn’t they? They have an audience literally waiting for them to grab their attention with the right…

Weaving Life Jackets with Omneya Shohayeb

When Omneya Shohayeb put pen to paper, writing down her what was to become her first published book, she did not know that she was starting a story of her own similar to the collection of short stories that occupied the pages in her book The Life Jackets. Sarted as a blog by the same…

2 Zobbat

‘2 Zobbat’ is the worthy follower of Essam Youssef’s bestseller ‘1/4 Grams’. Hardly on the shelves this one has already emerged to become another bestselling hit.The topic is naturally interesting and it was explored down to its deepest, darkest bits by Essam Youssef. Written with just enough zest and wit to keep a topic as…

The Army Fetish

We, Egyptians, are no strangers to a little bit of army-loving. It is not uncommon in other nations as well, but we have always taken it a little bit too seriously. Everything in our history says so, from depictions of King Narmer gripping a war prisoner by the hair, raising his arm to stab him…