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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Mona El Kateb

Egypt is blessed with a plethora of extremely gifted female artists, one of whom is Mona El Kateb. Mona is an artist with an incredibly emotive style, whose art reflects the struggles and strengths of women. She advocates the causes she believes in with her art, and does it with such elegance and grace that…

Sandra Mansour

Sandra Mansour On Fashion, Inspiration and 2020!

Her designs are fabulously whimsical and beautifully inspired by art and poetry. She is an entrepreneur who bravely ventured into the fashion industry in 2010 and taken it by storm ever since. We speak to the incredibly gifted designer Sandra Mansour to learn more about her process, her inspirations, and just how the strange year…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Hayam Elsayed

An artist with an affinity for portraits, one who paints delicate images where the light and expressions seem all too real. Hayam Elsayed is a gifted artist whose work has caught our attention. Her work mostly consists of gorgeous, delicate portraits, which effortlessly capture emotion. We sit down with her and discuss her work. We…

Artist Manar Magdy

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Manar Magdy

With her magical, whimsical illustrations, fun and bright portraits and downright quirky patterns, Manar Magdy has a unique and extremely trendy style. Her art just screams young, fresh and vibrant. We speak to the fabulous young artist to learn more about her work. Manar Magdy’s work includes plenty of portraits. We wanted to know more…

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Eman Hussein

Eman Hussein is an artist whose work is strong and compelling. Working with collages frequently and proficiently, she brings out images which are extremely rich and vibrant. Her work also tells intriguing stories using the various textures and mediums she incorporates. We sit down with her to talk about her work. Eman Hussein loves to…

Dissecting Stereotypes with Alya Mooro

When Alya Mooro wrote her book The Greater Freedom, it was immediately well-received. Many women, Middle Eastern and otherwise, could relate to the book’s narrative. The Greater Freedom explores Middle Eastern women’s lives outside of the stereotypes and molds they are forced into. We sit down with her to talk about her experience as a…

الحريفة! المنصة المصرية للفريلانسرز والعاملين عن بعد

نرمين النمر، خريجة الإعلام اللي كمان كملت دبلوم دراسات عليا في التسويق من الجامعة الأمريكية، اشتغلت لمدة 8 سنين في مجال التسويق والعلاقات العامة، بعد كدة اشتغلت في منظمة غير حكومية بتشتغل على تمكين قطاع تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات في مصر، بعد كدة اخدت القرار اللي غير كل شئ للأبد، نرمين قررت انها تشتغل كفريلانسر (تبقى…

All about the Fascinating World of Baby Sleep with Expert Hoda Allam

Hoda Allam did not always know she wanted to specialize in baby sleep therapy. It came to her after struggling with her own baby’s sleep for four months and not being able to find help in Egypt. She was always sleep-deprived and thus she could not be as good of a wife, employee, and mother…

Work It Out! Home Edition

Between the pandemic stress and lockdown boredom, we’ve got plenty of reasons to turn to food. This has resulted in a weight gain experienced by most of the population. What else is there to do? Well, there’s working out for starters. And yes, we know, it is not easy to motivate yourself to work out…

آرت إمباورز: المنصة الهادفة لتشجيع الفنانين ومحبي الفن

شيماء هشام كانت في الجامعة بتدرس هندسة معمارية لما قررت انها تجري ورا شغفها بالفن، بس وقتها ماكانتش تعرف تبتدي منين، ولما تواصلت مع معارض قالوا لها انها لازم تكون عندها خبرة، فقررت انها تدرس الفن، وفي خلال التلات سنين اللي فاتت شيماء سافرت ودرست الفن وزارت معارض، كمان شيماء خدت كورسات من مؤسسات معروفة…

من فيلا 69 لسعاد، بنتكلم مع محمود عزت عن الكتابة والسينما

محمود عزت كاتب موهوب وشغله مؤثر، اشتغل على فيلم فيلا 69 مع المخرجة آيتن أمين، ودلوقتي تم اعلان آخر فيلم ليه (اللي برضه من اخراج آيتن أمين) سعاد من ضمن الأختيارات الرسمية في مهرجان كان للسينما في 2020! محمود كمان شغال على مسلسل ما وراء الطبيعة على نتفليكس، المسلسل مبني على قصص الكاتب الراحل أحمد…

اتعرفوا على نور إمام، قابلة مصرية ومؤسسة مشروع ماذر بيينج

طول عمرها نور إمام كانت عايزة تبقى دولا او قابلة، ولما لقت نفسها بتعاني من اكتئاب ما بعد الولادة، قررت انها تجري ورا حلمها ده عشان تساعد أكبر عدد من الستات، اتدربت مع بيبو ميا اللي مقرهم في كندا، وكمان اخدت تدريب اونلاين على التعامل مع اكتئاب ما بعد الولادة من خلال جامعة اكسيتر، وأسست…

Nour Emam, the Egyptian Doula behind Mother Being

Nour Emam always wanted to become a doula. When she found herself struggling with postpartum depression, something stirred inside of her and awakened her dream. She decided to train to become a doula so that she can support as many women as possible. She trained with a Toronto-based birth work training called Bebo Mia. She…

From Villa 69 to Souad, Mahmoud Ezzat Talks Writing and Cinema

Mahmoud Ezzat is a gifted writer whose work has been extremely impressive and promising. He has worked on Villa 69 before with director Aiten Amin. And now his latest film – also directed by Aiten Amin – Souad, has been announced an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2020! He is also one…

Art Empowers: The Platform Dedicated to Nurturing Artists and Art Enthusiasts

Shaymaa Hesham was halfway through attaining her Bachelor’s in Architecture when she realized she wanted to follow her passion for art. Not knowing where to start, she contacted art galleries, only to be told that she needs to be more established. She decided to study art, and over the past three years she traveled, studied…

Aiten Amin, Telling Female Stories through Filmmaking

Aiten Amin established herself as a director through sheer hard work, dedication and a whole lot of hustling. Her work in film – Tahrir 2011 and Villa 69 – as well as in television – Saabe’ Gaar – has captured the hearts of many Egyptians. This year, her latest film Souad has been announced an…

Somaya Zidan: Underwater Welder Extraordinaire!

Throughout the different ages, there have always been women who chose the daring path. Those women followed their dreams, even if those dreams involved a career path usually only reserved for men. History always remembers those women, those firsts, who were not intimidated by a room full of men, where they were sometimes seen as…

Bridges Admissions, the New Platform Aiming to Help Egyptians Study Abroad

It is incredibly impressive when creative, proactive minds come together during tough times such as this pandemic and come up with a project that will serve thousands to say the least. That is what happened with Nourhan Shaaban and Rana El Kahwagy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nourhan and Rana’s friendship blossomed eight years ago, when…

Al 7arefa: The Egyptian Platform for Freelancers and Remote Workers

Nermeen El Nemr, graduate of Mass Media who has also completed a post graduate diploma in Marketing in the AUC, worked for eight years in the field of marketing and PR. Then she worked for an NGO that is focused on empowering the ICT sector in Egypt. After that, she made a decision that will…

Natural Corner: Creating Beauty Out of Palm Waste

Randa Saif, Faculty of Commerce graduate, wife and mother of two children, and El Wadi El Gedid native, was inspired by the nature and raw beauty of her home town when starting her project Natural Corner. This proactive entrepreneur’s project makes cute and practical products using palm waste. The idea first came to her after…

All About Raquda, Alexandria’s First Heritage Management NGO

Conserving one’s heritage is a noble, and quite essential, goal. 29-year-old freelance archaeological conservator Rawda Abdelhady founded Raquda Foundation for Art and Heritage (NGO - NPO) in Alexandria for that very noble and essential goal. She graduated from Faculty of Art, Egyptology Department. Then the Faculty of Archaeology, Conservation and Restoration Department. And finally, she…

Juicy Lucy burger

You can’t go wrong with a juicy, delicious burger. Add some gooey cheese to the equation, and you’ve got yourself a restaurant-style Juicy Lucy burger that the whole dish party will talk about! Here’s how you can make the best burger in town.  Ingredients: 1⁄2 kg minced beef 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce Salt and pepper…

An Italian Ladies Night in Style with Marriott Mena House Hotel!

Lights, Cameras, Action! Our Ladies Night for this month celebrated power women in cinema, TV, and broadcasting, as well as beauty empowerment. The main objective of our monthly Ladies Night is to bring fierce and fabulous women together under one roof to network, tell stories of success, laugh at their failure and exchange learning experiences.…

Sara Romany “the digital industry in Egypt is led by women”

Social Media and PR expert extraordinaire, Managing Director of Mint & Co, and fabulous mother Sara Romany is a real-life inspiration. And as with all empowering female figures, we just had to talk to her! Here, we ask Sara all about Social Media, working with her husband, and raising compassionate children!  What is your advice…

Amy Mowafi “the issue with clients is never gender; it’s intelligence, work ethic and creativity”

This woman has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with from the get-go. Establishing MO4 with her siblings, and building it from the ground-up, Amy Mowafi’s hard work and understanding of the media industry are admirable. We speak to this incredibly powerful woman about working with siblings, women empowerment, and the insanity…

Amira Azouz “It’s on us to shed the light on the importance of pursuing one’s dreams, regardless of what they look like”

Fustany is a platform for all things fabulous, targeting women in the Middle East. The inspiring entrepreneur behind it, Amira Azzouz, has managed to build a solid reputation for it as a platform offering a wide variety of topics that interest women. We speak to Amira about Fustany, entrepreneurship and how female entrepreneurs can inspire…

الآباء والأمهات العزاب: جيش من شخص واحد

ترجمة: نوران العشري   محدش يقدر ينكر إن مسؤولية تربية طفل دي مسؤولية كبيرة بالذات لو في ظروف  صعبة زي الطلاق. في المواقف دي، لازم الأب والأم يبذلوا كل جهدهم مش بس عشان يحافظوا على صحة الأطفال النفسية، كمان عشان يخلوا المرحلة الانتقالية دي تعدي بسلاسة ومن غير ألم. الأهالي العزاب بيلاقوا نفسهم في الأغلب…

Army of One: Single Parenting

It is hard enough to bring up a child, let alone within a difficult situation such as divorce. During such times, both parents must work not only to ensure their children’s wellbeing, but also to make the transition as smooth and painless as possible. Single parents often find themselves doing a job meant for two…

Glued to the Screen! The Best TV Series of the Past Decade

Say what you will about the 2010s, it was a confusing, dramatic time for everyone. Yet, there was a fascinating surge in a really well-made television series. This actually started from the mid-2000s and snowballed into the giant industry we are now witnessing. That is true for Egyptian television as well, as we have seen…

عائلات غير تقليدية اتأسست عن حب

ترجمة: نوران العشري تحدي العادات والتقاليد بيبقى قرار صعب وجريء دايمًا بس بيغير حياة الشخص اللي قرر إنه يعوم عكس التيار، بالذات لو في مكان زي مصر، اللي الناس فيه بتقدر التقاليد جدًا وبتلتزم بيها. والتقليدي في مصر، ان العيلة مكونة من أب وأم – متجوزين بعض أكيد – وأطفال، أي حاجة غير الشكل ده…

Modern Families: The Love Growing in “Nontraditional” Households

Challenging social norms and tradition is an ex­tremely difficult and brave decision, which invariably changes the lives of all those who choose to swim against the current. That is especially true in Egypt, where tradition is king. And according to tradition, a family consists of a mother, father – who are married to each other,…

The Most Perfect Events to End the Year on A High Note

The end of the decade is a mere few days away, and the roaring 20s are making a comeback. Before you get your flapper dress and flirty bob haircut ready for New Year’s Eve, make sure to fully enjoy the final days of the 2010s. Here is a list of events happening within the next…

في أخر أيام السنة…شوية إيفنتات مينفعش تفوتها

فاضل أيام بسيطة والسنة تخلص وقبل ما نستعد لاحتفال رأس السنة واستقبال 2020 والعشرينات عامةً، محتاجين نودع 2019 بطريقة مختلفة ونستمتع بأخر أيام فيها. عشان كدة جمعنا لكم مجموعة من الحفلات والإيفنتات اللي هتحصل خلال الأيام الجاية عشان متفوتوش أي حاجة منهم! 19 ديسمبر: هاني مصطفى في ساقية الصاوي في قاعة الحكمة الساعة 8 مساءً،…

فقدوا البصر وألهمتهم البصيرة، الفنانين عادل مصطفى وأحمد ناجي

ترجمة : تسنيم عبدالله   أول مرة شفت فيها عادل مصطفى كانت على مسرح TEDx  في الجامعة الأمريكية، طريقته وكلامه وهو بيحكي عن رحلته ونجاحه وحضوره على المسرح بهرني، وخطف قلوب الجمهور كله، عادل هو أول ممثل ومخرج مسرحي مصري كفيف؛ وبرغم الصعوبات عادل قدر يتفوق على ناس كتير في نفس مجاله ومازال بيطوّر نفسه…

معاناة الست المصرية مع “مفيش حاجة جاية في السكة؟”

ترجمة: تسنيم عبدالله   ممكن تبقي فاكرة إنك لما تتجوزي هاتخلصي وترتاحي من تدخل الناس في حياتك وتعليقاتهم السخيفة؛ لكن للأسف الحقيقة إنك بتبدأي مرحلة جديدة من الضغوطات وبتدخلي في دوامة جديدة من الأسئلة. المرة دي ماحدش هايسألك هاتتجوزي امتى، هايسألوكي ناوية تخلفي إمتى! يارا الجندي يارا صوتها مميز ومعروف عند أغلب المصريين. بحكم شغلها…

من الجونة لميكونوس، ألوان وتصميمات “بيت متّى” بيسيب علامة

“بيت متّى” مشروع مانقدرش نقول عنه غير إنه مشروع مُلهم جداً ومُبهر بكل المقاييس. مشروع من أفكار وتصميمات مصمم الديكور الفنان بيتر متّى؛ بيتر بيعرف يعمل كل حاجة، من تصميم المجهورات، واكسسورات البيت، والأثاث والتصميمات الداخلية. بس الملهم والمختلف في قصة نجاح بيتر، إنه مش بس قدر يتفوق ويصنع اسم لنفسه في مصر. هو كمان…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

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 –…

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?  …

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?…

“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…

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…

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…

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…