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Equestrian tours at Al-Sorat

Although it was not my first time heading south to the more rural ends of Cairo, driving down Mariutteya road last week was unlike any other time; the usual chaos and blasting honks at cautious drivers or poor donkeys pulling loaded carts had somewhat disappeared. It could be because it was a Saturday, a day …

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Since when has coffee become so cool?

If you grew up in the 90s, or any time before for that matter, you will have witnessed the coffee spree that has sneaked up on Egypt in the past 10 or so years. We’ve shifted from a culture that indulges in afternoon tea with milk and gebna rumy to one that sips coffee like …

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Animal rights in Egypt: 'An alarming reality'

CAIRO: Picture this: a donkey dragging a cart mounted with layer upon layer of garbage and heavy junk; little boys kicking a helpless puppy around like a football; a college student having lunch and casually kicking a hungry stray cat for staring at their sandwich; dozens of crates lined up in a breeding farm stuffed …

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Spirit of volunteerism revived in Farafra

During my two weeks in Farafra oasis, this was a recurring conversation: “Who are you?We are group of international volunteers Do you get paid?It wouldn’t be volunteerism if we did. Egypt needs more people like you. Volunteerism, a concept that has recently resurfaced despite it being rooted in many religions, remains alien to a lot …

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Hanfaninha: Cairo's 'youngest' studio gallery

Many art students find themselves uncertain about their future after graduation, torn between two unappealing options: the multinational advertising job that will probably consume their life dry, and the low-profile, low-income career at one of the already established art galleries or schools. Many dream of opening up their own gallery, but few actually succeed. Farida …

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Boutique shopping at its finest

Ever spent endless hours and two pay checks’ worth of money on that one stunning outfit for an important dinner only to find some one else wearing the exact same dress? Well, Soho, the newest boutique in Zamalek, could be your solution to avoid such disappointment. Tucked away in a thin alley off 26th July …

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Shaaban Abdel Rehim praises Al-Zaidi, slams Bush in new song

CAIRO: After Iraqi journalist Muntazar Al-Zaidi won worldwide fame by hurling a pair of shoes at US president George W. Bush, Egyptian folk singer Shaaban Abdel Rehim joined the many Arabs that glorified the incident, releasing his newest song “[Bush] You’re Useless. “Hats off for Muntazar and his shoes, go the lyrics of Rehim’s song. …

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Clueless's Cher Horowitz is back, just as airheaded

If I was still 12, this would have been a more pleasant article. For years after high school comedy sensation “Clueless carved its place at the top of the US box office, I watched it daily, embracing it like my own religion. I was young and naïve, and the striking resemblance between myself at the …

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Like Jelly: A generation finding their voice

Like Jelly’s performance last week at the Sawy Culture Wheel is a reflection of a generation finally finding their own voice: An expression of oppression and a hopeful aspiration to end it; a celebration of the joys of music and the art of performance; a celebration of a love for the country and a dire …

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Egyptian bridge players make it to the Olympics – but what is bridge?

Very few people are aware that bridge is a sport; a sport with a coach, long training hours, seasonal competitions, and an established federation. Citing archaic notions of exclusivity, some blame it for being a gentleman’s sport and only for the aristocrats; others blame it on the absence of media coverage. Nevertheless, the emergence of …

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The Jazz Factory storms Cairo next week

Jazz is a language, not just a style, said Ramón Blecua, the Cultural Counselor of the Spanish Embassy in Egypt during the launch of The Jazz Factory, Egypt’s first international jazz festival. Starting from Wednesday Nov. 5, music venues across Cairo will witness a unique celebration of the most original and unpredictable of music genres. …

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Fuze's setting tops its sushi

Being a lover of sushi, I couldn’t turn down an invitation to the stupendous Fairmont Towers Hotel’s Fuze Bar, where a sushi bar is set up every Monday and Friday. As I entered the hotel and followed the directions to Fuze, I was stunned by the hotel’s architectural design. In addition to the comfortable lounges …

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Cairo ranks high on politics, low on business

CAIRO: In this year’s Foreign Policy Magazine s Global Cities Index, Cairo ranked 38, scoring high on political involvement but poorly on business activity. The index ranks the world’s most globalized cities across five dimensions, with Cairo coming in number 38 out of 60 listed countries, with a surprisingly low level of cultural attraction (45) …

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