Thoughts & Insights

Hilarious ramblings and poignant confessions by our columnists about the worlds of politics, fashion, motherhood, lifestyle, consumerism and everything in between.

I Rode with a Female Microbus Driver and I Have Never Felt More Empowered

I Rode with a Female Microbus Driver and I Have Never Felt More Empowered

by Aya Sayed Abdel Gawad

It’s 9:15 am and I’m obviously hating on life because I have to go to work. I stop a microbus like I do everyday, but this time it was different.     On the first glance I thought I’m stopping a male microbus driver with a scarf on his head, but that wasn’t the case. […]

What Ever Happened to the Ramadan Spirit?

What Ever Happened to the Ramadan Spirit?

Year after year, Egyptians try harder to maintain the Ramadan spirit, but something always seems to be missing.     Below are some examples:   1- Ramadan decorations everywhere 2- Special Ramadan menus 3- Lanterns in every single social media ad 4- Every nightclub, restaurant, café is a Ramadan tent 5- Konafa and sohour carts […]

Here is Why Egyptians need to Re-think the “Feminism is Western” Argument

Here is Why Egyptians need to Re-think the “Feminism is Western” Argument

Some of the articles I have previously written – containing references to women’s rights or feminism – are often met with one common response: “feminism is a western invention – even invasion –  that ought not be applied to non – western contexts.”   While it is historically true that individual rights in theory and […]

What I Know Now: A Letter to My Younger Self

What I Know Now: A Letter to My Younger Self

by Ola Abul-Eyoun

This article is a letter to my younger self.     Hello there, bear with me I have a long story to tell you. First of all, I’d like to thank you; I’d like to thank you for making me who I am today. Thank you for going through all that drama, and those long, […]

7 Books You Absolutely Need to Bring to the Beach This Summer

7 Books You Absolutely Need to Bring to the Beach This Summer

by Rana Awadalla

If sitting under an umbrella in the sun and catching up on the list of bestsellers is on your to do list then this list is for you. In planning to spend time soaking up sun rays at the beach this summer in Egypt’s North Coast, Jordan’s Dead Sea or Lebanon’s Bonita Bay, you should […]

7 Study Hacks for Everyone Fasting in Ramadan

7 Study Hacks for Everyone Fasting in Ramadan

By Laila Gamaledin

Ramadan is a time for family, friends, and reflection. That is, until you realize your exams are going to happen while you’re fasting. Balancing both can be a challenge so we’ve compiled a list of tips that’ll help you balance fasting and acing exams…     Force yourself to get up early in the morning […]

80% of Egyptian Women Do Not Reach Sexual Orgasm

80% of Egyptian Women Do Not Reach Sexual Orgasm

According to Youm7, Dr. Hesham Abdel Hamid – the Primary Speaker on behalf of Egypt’s Forensic Medicine Department – has just affirmed that somewhere between 70 – 80% of all Egyptian women do not reach sexual orgasm due to female genital mutilation (FGM).   Abdel Hamid further added that the fact that FGM is a […]

Why Arabs Need to Rethink How They View Engineers and Doctors

Why Arabs Need to Rethink How They View Engineers and Doctors

This article doesn’t aim to argue that those who study Art-based subjects are somehow more unique than who study Science-based subjects.   Rather, it aims at highlighting something which is often ignored by most articles. Namely, the fact that there is a masculinization of the sciences, and a feminization of the arts that seems to […]

Your Gruesome Guide to Walking Like an Egyptian Woman

Your Gruesome Guide to Walking Like an Egyptian Woman

I was enjoying an evening with my friends, when the topic of exploring or going to Khan El Khalili was casually brought up by one of my girlfriends. The discussion progressed on and on about all the silver accessories we wanted to buy, and how gorgeous the place would be if we were to go […]

Why People Should Stop Claiming That “Dubai Is Fake”

Why People Should Stop Claiming That “Dubai Is Fake”

As the Middle East’s first urban destination, we here at Scoop Empire write a lot about the region’s hottest spots; mainly Dubai. Nearly every week, something interesting is happening in the emirate. From introducing driverless buses to the tallest observation wheel in the world, robot cops and more; it has everything.   Via Ajman Business Setup   Which leads […]

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