Cairo International Book Fair

Cairo International Book Fair

In the midst of all the chaos of Cairo, its traffic, pollution and depressing headlines, I find myself smiling ear to ear while paying the one pound ticket to the Cairo International Book Fair on a warm, sunny winter day. A self-proclaimed book hoarder like myself should stay away from book fairs, but the excuse […]

Food Review: Mirai

Food Review: Mirai

You’ve probably heard of Mirai, the new pan-Asian restaurant that now graces the space between Sequoia and Left Bank in Zamalek. We trekked to the edge of the leafy island to see what all the fuss was about. While you can find more authentic and reasonably priced Asian cuisine elsewhere in the city, what you’re […]

El Gouna Aims To Be Africa’s First Carbon-Neutral City

El Gouna Aims To Be Africa’s First Carbon-Neutral City

El Gouna on Egypt’s Red Sea coast is going green. The resort town aims to become the country’s – and the continent’s – first carbon-neutral city. In a joint Egyptian-Italian project, El Gouna will transition to using renewable energy from windmill farms. “(T)his agreement will help the Egyptian government to achieve a significant breakthrough in […]

Feminist Street Art of Cairo

Feminist Street Art of Cairo

Since the revolution began in 2011, Cairo has witnessed a blossoming of street art expressing voices from many segments of Egyptian society and social movements. The women’s movement, defined in broad terms, was among the first to express its messages of anti-harassment, anti-brutality and freedom of agency on the city’s walls. Many of the images […]

Q&A: Sherine ElBanhawy Launches Rowayat

Q&A: Sherine ElBanhawy Launches Rowayat

Kingdom poor of principles wealth; kingdom hit, but not to death; kingdom falls. Kingdom falls, but after falls come springs. – from “Kingdom Falls” by Sherif Khairy It’s a well-known fact that Egypt is a harbinger of the region – where it slips, others plummet; when it hops, others soar. And while the hugely popular […]

Food Review: El Dokkan

Food Review: El Dokkan

Taste the "Baladi-Chic"

El Dokan (“the little shop”, roughly) is Cairo’s latest contemporary oriental cuisine spot located in Emerald Empire with a sister branch in Cairo Festival City. We set out to experience El Dokan’s “baladi-chic” concept and absolutely fell in love. Hummus El Sham: With a perfect herb-infused taste and a zesty chilli aftertaste, this was a […]

Senior MOI Aide Gunned Down in Giza

Mohamed al-Saeed Saad El-Din Ahmed, a senior aide to Egypt’s Minister of Interior, was gunned down while leaving his house on Al-Haram St. on the west side of Cairo this morning, a presidential spokesman announced. Ahmed was Director General of the Technical Office at the MOI. Government sources and state media claim that the incident […]

Viral Visual: ‘Extreme Egypt’ Tourism Campaign

Viral Visual: ‘Extreme Egypt’ Tourism Campaign

Blogger of Middle Eastern affairs “Karl reMarks” has released a new set of satirical Egyptian tourism campaign photos that highlights just how bad the country’s PR problem is. Because at some point, you just gotta laugh. Check it out below:   WE SAID THIS: Don’t miss “10 Photos to Remind You How Beautiful Egypt Is“. […]

Viral Visual: Talal El Tambouly’s ‘We Are the World’

Viral Visual: Talal El Tambouly’s ‘We Are the World’

When the devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last fall, Talal El Tambouly decided to embark on a musical project to raise donations for its victims. Calling it “the biggest and hardest song I’ve ever worked on”, Tambouly has finally released his tribute version of “We Are the World”, based on the original by Michael […]

8 Surprising Animals You Didn’t Know Live in Egypt

8 Surprising Animals You Didn’t Know Live in Egypt

When people think of Egypt, they usually conjure up images of endless desert— kilometers and kilometers of ennndless desert— barren from all wildlife except for the occasional sand rat or fat-tailed lizard. It turns out the former pharaonic land offers an abundance of creatures beyond your wildest imagination. Next time you’re wandering around the sands, […]