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24 Pictures that Show How Different Egypt 2007 and 2017 Are

24 Pictures that Show How Different Egypt 2007 and 2017 Are

When you physically say the word “2007,” it doesn’t feel like much time has actually passed, except it has. That was 10 freaking years ago. So much has changed in Egypt. Don’t believe us? Well, there you go:       The “it” place for foul in 2007       The “it” place for […]

Breaking off My Engagement and Downloading Tinder Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

Breaking off My Engagement and Downloading Tinder Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

By: Nadia Ali

After several months of attempts, compromises, and sacrifices, I finally decided that it was time to break off my year and half long engagement. Let me tell you; it was the best that ever happened. It was not the end of the world. On the contrary, it was actually the best thing that happened to […]

Can We Please Stop Calling Thanaweya Amma’s Top Student ‘Mariam Bent El Bawab’?

Can We Please Stop Calling Thanaweya Amma’s Top Student ‘Mariam Bent El Bawab’?

  One young lady who has made headlines this week is Thanaweya Amma’s top student, Mariam Fath El Bab. Every year, the media celebrates Egypt’s finest students and praise them beyond words. We never hear of them the next year and we never find out what happened when they went to college and so on. […]

Meet ‘STAR’: The Superheroes Saving Stray Animals in Syria

Meet ‘STAR’: The Superheroes Saving Stray Animals in Syria

In a war-torn Syria, it is easy to imagine the horrors that humans have to endure on a daily basis. No imaging, however, can possibly compares to the savagery that is reality. This savagery of war is not something that only effects the loves of humans, it is something that also effects the lives of […]

Expats in Cairo, Here’s How to Avoid Being Conned by Your Landlord/Broker

Expats in Cairo, Here’s How to Avoid Being Conned by Your Landlord/Broker

by Dan Griffiths

It’s the time of year again when property rentals go crazy across Maadi (and other parts of Cairo) due to new foreigners coming, and existing foreigners either ending contracts or leaving Egypt. As the admin of the group Maadi Landlords – Good & Bad, I would like to give everyone some tips and ‘heads up’ […]

Here’s Why You Need to Stop Sobbing About Being Single

Here’s Why You Need to Stop Sobbing About Being Single

By Karima Elnesr

It was 2 AM when one of my girlfriends called me sobbing like a child on Eid morning with no Eideya. My friend only spoke one sentence before disappearing into a black hole of endless tears. Her words were “I’m going to be single forever!”   I blame the movies, the pop songs, the Nicholas […]

Walking Away from My 5 Year Relationship Was the Best Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me

Walking Away from My 5 Year Relationship Was the Best Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me

In my opinion, there are two types of people. The first kind of people are those who own up to their faults and who they are as people, even when and if they are in the wrong. The second kind are those who not only posses double standards, but would never own up to having […]

8 Egyptian Drivers Reveal Their Strangest Encounters with Customers

8 Egyptian Drivers Reveal Their Strangest Encounters with Customers

by Abdulhameed Afifi

  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Uber, Careem, Osta, or even a taxi driver in Egypt? In this article, I talk to different kinds of Egyptian drivers where they share strange situations — anonymously, per their requests  — that you won’t believe have happened.     “I once picked up […]

You Won’t Believe These Absolutely Crazy Egyptian Tinder Stories

You Won’t Believe These Absolutely Crazy Egyptian Tinder Stories

Everything in our lives has been touched and effected by the hands of the Internet. Indeed, even dating, relationships, and love have been transformed by the virtual world. Tinder – infamously known from its ‘swipe right’ approach to dating – has consequently become the gateway to both, finding love and finding casual hook-ups.     […]

We Asked Egyptians What Their Weirdest Habits Are, and Here’s What They Said

We Asked Egyptians What Their Weirdest Habits Are, and Here’s What They Said

by Abdulhameed Afifi

Most of us, if not all, think we’re unique, but let’s be honest: we aren’t. Even the actual idea of thinking you’re unique is inherently not unique. While a lot of us have a few weird quirks here and there — and maybe a few really are exclusive to you (please do share with me) […]

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