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26 Dance Moves That Were Basically Taught to Every Arab Kid Growing Up

26 Dance Moves That Were Basically Taught to Every Arab Kid Growing Up

Before the Nae Nae and twerking happened, two angels called Hamid ElShaeri and Vanilla Ice landed on earth and showed 80s kids what “cool” and “swag” meant. I will forever say the 80s and 90s were the golden eras of music and embarrassing choreography. Being an Arab kid used to be nothing but practicing dances for birthdays, […]

Dear Arab Parents, Stop Making Your Daughters Wish They Were Married

Dear Arab Parents, Stop Making Your Daughters Wish They Were Married

I was recently exposed to a situation, where I found myself having to explain to a several number of older-aged acquaintances that telling their daughters “wait till you are married, and then do X” is a faulty logic. I am not a parent myself, and some may think that this already makes me unqualified when it […]

Ways on How to Pay Less When Buying Books in Cairo

Ways on How to Pay Less When Buying Books in Cairo

With the devaluation of the Egyptian pound against the US dollar, it’s been very difficult to find an original book with two digits on the price tag. I’m an avid book reader, I love books. I love how they smell, I love how they can take you to another world and make you forget about […]

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 […]