Events

Wed 05
  • Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya at Cairo Opera House
    Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya at Cairo Opera House
    Aug 05 7:00 pm to Aug 05 10:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya will perform their traditional Egyptian and Sufi music in the Open Air Theatre of Cairo Opera House. Tickets are available...
  • Dina El Wedidi at The Music Tent
    Dina El Wedidi at The Music Tent
    Aug 05 8:30 pm to Aug 05 10:30 pm - The Music Tent
    Watch the phenomenal Dina El Wedidi at the Music Tent on August 5th, as she takes to the stage her avant-gardist folkloric and oriental...
  • Boogie Night Ft. Ramy DJunkie at Cairo Jazz Club
    Boogie Night Ft. Ramy DJunkie at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 05 10:00 pm to Aug 06 2:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    CJ welcomes back the boogie monster, Ramy DJunkie for another mid-week night of distinctly groovy and funky music. For reservations, call...
  • Riham Mostafa at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Riham Mostafa at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Aug 05 10:30 pm to Aug 06 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Catch glamourous and soulful singer, Riham Mostafa, at Fairmount Nile City's Saigon Lounge. For reservations, call 01220277686 or 01148107467.
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Aug 02 10:00 pm to Aug 09 2:00 am - Bab El Nil
    Catch belly dancing queen, Soraya, every night this week at Fairmont Nile City's Bab El Nil. For more information and reservations, call 02...
Thu 06
  • Shady Ahmed Band & Abo Wel Shabab at Cairo Jazz Club
    Shady Ahmed Band & Abo Wel Shabab at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 06 10:00 pm to Aug 07 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    CJC kick off the weekend with a huge night of live music featuring acoustic virtuoso, Shady Ahmed, and his band, along with the clever lyricism of...
  • Seafood Festival at Napa Grill
    Seafood Festival at Napa Grill
    Aug 06 7:00 pm to Aug 06 11:00 pm - Napa Grill
    Fairmont Nile City invite Cairo's seafood fans for an open buffet and live music in popular restaurant, Napa Grill. Entry is 250LE++ per...
  • Lana at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Lana at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Aug 06 10:00 pm to Aug 07 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Fairmont Nile City's Saigon Restaurant & Lounge welcomes sultry songstress, Lana, for a night of live music. For reservations,...
  • Riham Mostafa at Onyx Lounge
    Riham Mostafa at Onyx Lounge
    Aug 06 10:30 pm to Aug 07 2:00 am - Onyx Lounge
    Catch glamourous and soulful singer, Riham Mostafa, at Fairmount Nile City's Onyx Lounge. For reservations, call 01220277686 or 01148107467.
  • Gazaga at Cairo Opera House
    Gazaga at Cairo Opera House
    Aug 06 8:00 pm to Aug 06 10:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Having performed for the first time at Cairo Opera House in 2011, Gazaga are back with a night of traditional Egyptian music with a 21st century...
Fri 07
  • Mashrou3 Al Mareekh at Darb 17 18
    Mashrou3 Al Mareekh at Darb 17 18
    Aug 07 6:00 pm to Aug 07 8:00 pm - Darb 1718
    Formerly known as ‘Project Yourself’, Mashroo'Al Mareekh is a travelling project that will hold an open mic night at Darb 1718....
  • DJ Miesh at Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Miesh at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 07 10:00 pm to Aug 08 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Miesh takes to the decks for a night of commercial deep house at Cairo Jazz Club. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended; call 010...
  • Lana at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Lana at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Aug 07 10:00 pm to Aug 08 2:00 am - Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Fairmont Nile City's Saigon Restaurant & Lounge welcomes sultry songstress, Lana, for a night of live music. For reservations,...
  • Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 07 5:00 pm to Aug 08 8:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Popular alternative Egyptian band, Black Theama, take to the stage at El Sawy Culturewheel's River Hall. Tickets are 50LE. For more...
  • Nasser Morali at Peking Lodge
    Nasser Morali at Peking Lodge
    Aug 07 10:00 pm to Aug 08 3:00 am - Peking Lodge
    Head over to Peking Lodge for a live performance from violinist, Nasser Morali, followed by DJ Mo Ayad. For reservations, call 02 27363894.
Sat 08
  • Basheer at Cairo Jazz Club
    Basheer at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 08 10:30 pm to Aug 09 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Basheer returns to Cairo Jazz Club for a night of Upper Egyptian folk-inspired music. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended; call...
  • Pepperland at ROOM Art Space
    Pepperland at ROOM Art Space
    Aug 08 8:00 pm to Aug 09 12:00 am - ROOM Art Space
    Beatles tribute band, Pepperland, perform at Garden City's ROOM Art Space. Tickets are 35LE and can be purchased on the door.
  • Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Black Theama at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 07 5:00 pm to Aug 08 8:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Popular alternative Egyptian band, Black Theama, take to the stage at El Sawy Culturewheel's River Hall. Tickets are 50LE. For more...
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Aug 02 10:00 pm to Aug 09 2:00 am - Bab El Nil
    Catch belly dancing queen, Soraya, every night this week at Fairmont Nile City's Bab El Nil. For more information and reservations, call 02...
  • El Masryeen Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Masryeen Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 07 8:00 pm to Aug 08 11:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Seemingly ageless musical ensemble, El Masryeen Band, are back performing their popular Egyptian pop tunes at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom...
Sun 09
  • Summer Collection at Gallery Grant
    Summer Collection at Gallery Grant
    Jul 15 2:00 pm to Sep 15 9:00 pm - Grant Gallery
    Gallery Grant welcomes visitors and art-enthusiasts to its annual summer collection, featuring a selection of traditional and...
  • 'The Collector's Eye' Exhibition at Ubuntu Art Gallery
    'The Collector's Eye' Exhibition at Ubuntu Art Gallery
    Aug 02 11:00 am to Aug 27 8:00 pm - Ubuntu Art Gallery
    Zamalek's Ubuntu Art Gallery hosts a group exhibition bringing together the work of 30 artists, from Egypt and beyond. For more information,...
  • 23 Artists at Art Lounge
    23 Artists at Art Lounge
    Jun 03 11:00 am to Sep 15 8:00 pm - Art Lounge Cairo
    Art Lounge have put together a massive exhibition encompassing 23 different artists and crossing the drawing, painting and sculpture mediums. The...
  • 'Masterpieces XIV' Summer Collection at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'Masterpieces XIV' Summer Collection at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jun 24 10:30 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery is currently hosting 'Masterpieces XIV', a summer collection exhibition featuring a versatile selection of paintings...
  • Group Exhibition at Duroub Gallery
    Group Exhibition at Duroub Gallery
    Jun 21 11:00 am to Aug 30 6:00 pm - Duroub Gallery
    Garden City's Duroub Gallery hosts a huge group exhibition, bringning together the works of fifty artists. For more information, click here.
Mon 10
  • Karaoke Night at Overtime Bar & Restaurant
    Karaoke Night at Overtime Bar & Restaurant
    Aug 10 10:30 pm to Aug 11 2:00 am - Overtime Bar & Restaurant
    Mohandiseen's Overtime Bar & Restaurant welcomes on and all for night of karaoke. For reservations, call 0122-0277-686 or 0114-8107-467.
  • Summer Collection at Gallery Grant
    Summer Collection at Gallery Grant
    Jul 15 2:00 pm to Sep 15 9:00 pm - Grant Gallery
    Gallery Grant welcomes visitors and art-enthusiasts to its annual summer collection, featuring a selection of traditional and...
  • 'The Collector's Eye' Exhibition at Ubuntu Art Gallery
    'The Collector's Eye' Exhibition at Ubuntu Art Gallery
    Aug 02 11:00 am to Aug 27 8:00 pm - Ubuntu Art Gallery
    Zamalek's Ubuntu Art Gallery hosts a group exhibition bringing together the work of 30 artists, from Egypt and beyond. For more information,...
  • 23 Artists at Art Lounge
    23 Artists at Art Lounge
    Jun 03 11:00 am to Sep 15 8:00 pm - Art Lounge Cairo
    Art Lounge have put together a massive exhibition encompassing 23 different artists and crossing the drawing, painting and sculpture mediums. The...
  • 'Masterpieces XIV' Summer Collection at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'Masterpieces XIV' Summer Collection at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jun 24 10:30 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery is currently hosting 'Masterpieces XIV', a summer collection exhibition featuring a versatile selection of paintings...
Tue 11
  • Summer Collection at Gallery Grant
    Summer Collection at Gallery Grant
    Jul 15 2:00 pm to Sep 15 9:00 pm - Grant Gallery
    Gallery Grant welcomes visitors and art-enthusiasts to its annual summer collection, featuring a selection of traditional and...
  • 'The Collector's Eye' Exhibition at Ubuntu Art Gallery
    'The Collector's Eye' Exhibition at Ubuntu Art Gallery
    Aug 02 11:00 am to Aug 27 8:00 pm - Ubuntu Art Gallery
    Zamalek's Ubuntu Art Gallery hosts a group exhibition bringing together the work of 30 artists, from Egypt and beyond. For more information,...
  • 23 Artists at Art Lounge
    23 Artists at Art Lounge
    Jun 03 11:00 am to Sep 15 8:00 pm - Art Lounge Cairo
    Art Lounge have put together a massive exhibition encompassing 23 different artists and crossing the drawing, painting and sculpture mediums. The...
  • 'Masterpieces XIV' Summer Collection at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'Masterpieces XIV' Summer Collection at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jun 24 10:30 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery is currently hosting 'Masterpieces XIV', a summer collection exhibition featuring a versatile selection of paintings...
  • Group Exhibition at Duroub Gallery
    Group Exhibition at Duroub Gallery
    Jun 21 11:00 am to Aug 30 6:00 pm - Duroub Gallery
    Garden City's Duroub Gallery hosts a huge group exhibition, bringning together the works of fifty artists. For more information, click here.

Highlights

Restaurants

Café Du Jardin: Kitschy Restaurant Falls Short at Dandy Mega Mall

Café Du Jardin: Kitschy Restaurant Falls Short at Dandy Mega Mall

As one of the first of its kind in Cairo, Dandy Mega Mall might not be the coolest spot in town, but continues to attract shoppers in the area. Smaller than its peers, Dandy isn't exactly a place that suggests decent dining experiences await, but Café Du Jardin certainly has a charm about it. A small bistro with soothing décor, Café Du Jardin is a nice alternative for those who like to step away from the fast food outlets offered at the mall's food court, with its versatile selection of French and European cuisine.      The restaurant boasts has a kitschy aesthetic, painted in mint and white, decorated with artificial plants and white chairs, with small flower pots on the windows in pastel colours – it doesn't quite seem real at first. Among the dishes offered in the restaurant's small menu, tuna and salmon tartar, beef stroganoff and fish fillet with lemon butter sauce stood out. Strangely, the menu didn't feature any soups, but after inquiring with the friendly staff, we found out that seafood soup (22LE) and a mushroom cream (22LE) soup are available – we opted for the latter and had little complaint despite it being unremarkable. Looking for a quick, light bite, we picked Cashew Chicken (60LE), which comprised of stir-fried chicken slices spiked with coloured peppers, coriander and ginger and served with angel hair pasta. We also went for a chicken Caesar salad (40LE). The salad was, in short, disappointing; the chicken was cooked well, the lettuce was fresh and the croutons crunchy, but the dressing was way off - it was far too over-slated and the use of black pepper was rather heavy-handed, too. Hoping for better results with our main course, the cashew chicken was quite tasty; seasoned and cooked well, the only thing it was missing was, well, anything else. It was all a bit one-note and just needed an extra dimension – maybe a side that can break the monotony of what was, overall, a solid if uncreative and flat dish. There was little room left for drinks and dessert, that's when we opted for some refreshing lemon mint juice and orange juice (16LE each), which were refreshing, moderately sweetened and all-round excellent. Of the dessert items, meanwhile, we tried the caramel-banana crepe (32LE). Again, there were few complaints with the dessert – it was cooked well and subsequently tasted as you'd expect – but, like the rest of our meal, there was nothing that stood out and elevated it and it desperately needed it. In this particular case, the caramel was dying out for something sharp, maybe acidic, to cut through it. With all this in mind, one can't help but think Café Du Jardin has focused more on creating a cute, quaint aesthetic than putting together a menu that will keep you wanting to come back for more. Having seen and sampled their menu, we left with very little reason to return.

Shopping

Mango: New Mohandiseen Branch Launches with Edgy But Expensive Summer Collection

Mango: New Mohandiseen Branch Launches with Edgy But Expensive Summer Collection

With a newly launched branch in Lebanon Street – not too far from the existing one in Geziret El Arab Street – popular Spanish high-street fashion brand, Mango, has revived its presence on Cairo's increasingly eclectic shopping scene with a colorful fiesta and a new summer collection for all the fashion gurus out there. We entered the new spacious two-story venue, completely drawn by how neat and perfectly soothing the summer collection looks; with unified colours in each department skimming and browsing through the items is a breeze. The first collection we laid eyes on was comprised of red, blue and white colours. A red-patterned jumpsuit with hints of blue (699LE), a cool white shirt with neat blue stripes (499LE) and bestseller jeggings (399LE) available in different shades of blue, were among the items that stood out. The second collection, comprising of white, beige and black colours, had a sleeveless, dressy blue jumpsuit with a V-cut (699LE); one of the many items that wowed us.    Mango is known to also offer a versatile collection of evening gowns for shoppers, which can only be found in limited branches; a large collection of simple evening gowns – varying between 1,299LE and 1,599LE – can be found in abundance found in the Lebanon Street branch. The outlet's second floor is where all the discounted items are, with over 50% and 70% reductions. Cocktail dresses – including a short strapless one we loved – can reach 345LE. The shop also offers a large collection of trousers reaching 145LE each, in addition to shirts and blouses between 199LE to 245LE – prices that will only be available in Mango during discount season. Overall, Mango's summer collection boasts a colourful and vibrant look with an edgy, modern twist; it's a treat for the eyes, but sadly not a treat for the pocket with its prices not affordable for the average shopper. 

Cafés

 Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream: A Fiesta of Flavours on Maadi's Road 9

Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream: A Fiesta of Flavours on Maadi's Road 9

Ella Fitzgerald surely wasn't right when she serenaded Summertime and the Living is Easy; because it isn't, not in this heat. Perhaps if you're not on the beach tanning, a large scoop of the creamy, rich and refreshing ice cream that is Cold Stone and Creamery, is all the treat you need around this time of the year.  With its newly opened branch in Maadi on Street 9, Cold Stone Creamery will have your head turning with a colorful selection of insanely tasty flavors, its freshly baked biscuits invigorating your nostrils and its miniscule to gigantic ice cream sizes. Between the creamy rich vanilla, the coffee-infused mocha, the multi-colored berry fiesta, the nation's most beloved nutella flavor and many others, the choice was obvious; pick one flavor and take forever to choose, or spend all our cash delving into all the ice cream flavors available in the store.    After picking the largest ice cream biscuit-which you can order plain or with chocolate, we opted for four different flavors; a large scoop of oreo ice cream (17LE), another with dark chocolate flavor (17LE), a cotton candy flavor-an instant throwback to our childhood (13LE) and a mint-flavored ice cream scoop (13LE). The insane flavorful fiesta of ice cream didn't disappoint; they were all unique, tasty and quite delightful. We would've however preferred if the ice cream texture was thicker but the delicious flavors that pampered our taste buds completely made up for that. Tempted to try out more of what Cold Stone Creamery offers, we opted for a 'Strawberry Blonde' waffle with a blackberry sauce, marshmallows, strawberry and vanilla ice cream filling (35LE with 7LE for every additional filling). The waffle was insanely tasty; only the marshmallows were quite dry.       Cold Stone and Creamery also has a fantastic selection of milkshakes from which we ordered a refreshing Blackberry milkshake (30LE). Overall, tasting most of all the flavors Cold Stone Creamery has in store for us was an incredible experience that will surely keep us coming to quench our ice cream urges. Perhaps if there was more room into our tummies, we would've definitely ordered the zesty lemon ice cream which was light, sour and super refreshing. Check out Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream and dessert menu on their Facebook page.   

Nightlife

Som3a Basha: Sohour at Cairo Marriott's Charming Ramadan Tent

Som3a Basha: Sohour at Cairo Marriott's Charming Ramadan Tent

Jewel of the Zamalek crown, the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino never ceases to dazzle, offering rich oriental vibes with a refined twist, especially this year with the hotel's fancy Ramadan kheima, Som3a Basha.   A play on Khedive Ismail Pasha, who built the castle for a French Empress, the theme of the kheima is that of a castle setting with all its luxury coupled with the authentic feel of Egyptian street food served from carts and vendors. As we walked past the Marriott Promenade Garden leading to the tent, we were struck by a surprisingly beautiful cool weather in dry July – a promising start to the night. As we stepped inside, we were immediately taken by the elegant ambiance, stylish lanterns, beautiful castle inspired décor and smiling waiters. We picked a table with a good view of the stage, and waited patiently for the Sohour buffet to begin (10.30PM). As we waited, we were offered the drinks Karkade (Hibiscus)  and Tamr Hindy (Dates).   The Karkade was bold in flavour, and tartness, and despite being slightly warm, it was refreshing. The Tamr Hindy was easy on the sugar and had a pleasing hint of bitterness that complimented it. The live Takht show began soon after and we were transported – there was just something about the atmosphere, the spirit, the music and the night that made us forget how hungry we were. When we did remember how hungry we were, and the buffet opened, we headed on over to check it out. All the food, except for the salads and desserts, was served in authentic street-carts with a kitschy, yet classic Egyptian feel to them. We took a stroll down the aisle where the carts were, and had a good look at everything before we decided what to dive into. The buffet ranged from falafel and eggs, to grilled kofta and chicken. The salad selection consisted of assorted vegetables, dressings and yoghurt and though the selection provided no surprises, the food was quite flavoursome and we went back for seconds – of course. No Ramadan sohour would be complete without shisha and we opted for Grape and Peach (30LE each).  In terms of quality, both were bold and distinct, though the grape was a bit too harsh for our taste. In terms of coal maintenance, however, you'll need to be patient – on the busier nights, the shisha attendants, are somewhat overwhelmed. Then, as we started to feel a bit peckish, we went back for dessert and were met with a large selection of fruits and sweet Ramadan delights, our favourite of which was the Zalabya cart. You might have to time your dessert excursions, though, with the desserts quickly getting cold in the breezy weather. Overall, the aura and the entertainment at Som3a Basha were delightful and, although not faultless, the Marriott has made good use of its space.

Arts & Culture

Art Corner: Summer Collection 2015

Art Corner: Summer Collection 2015

Zamalek's Art Corner Gallery has garnered a reputation for exhibiting more versatile art for established as well as young aspiring Egyptian artists – something that can be seen in the gallery's two-week summer exhibition featuring a multitude of artworks mostly exhibited over the past year.  Art Corner's summer collection offers a delightful mix of styles in different in shapes and sizes; from gigantic abstract pieces, to smaller, more intricate paintings.   Perhaps the most prolific artist within this summer exhibition is Omar El Nagdi, with his delicately painted pieces mixed with bold lines and his signature gold frames. One of El Nagdi's most remarkable pieces is an oil painting featuring Egyptians engaged in manual labour and wearing garments from different eras including the Pharonic era – a beautiful piece manifesting the working class in Egypt.       Another particularly remarkable piece – and quite large in size – is one by Taher Abdel Azeem, in which he composes a beautiful portrait of Old Cairo during nighttime when the place seems to have a magical glow. Abdel Azeem is a special artist known to capture scenes at their best, emphasising them in all their glory and splendour using an expressive style of painting as well as a limited colour palette. Laila Allam also has several pieces displayed in the summer collection, one of which boasts a unique and modern style of portraiture. Born in 1932, Allam is a noted sculptor and an art professor whose refined work has earned significant recognition. Allam paints women with special features ; big eyes, plump lips, fiery red hair; in fact it seems the features have the essence of caricatures, where the artist focuses on a particular human feature and then magnifies it in some way. The most interesting aspect of Allam's paintings is that all the drawn faces appear to be of the same woman, which  stirs curiosity and a great deal of admiration to her style. . Art Corner's summer exhibition proves to be another successful and enjoyable celebration of some of Egypt's most esteemed artists and it definitely offers a further insight into contemporary art.

Health & Fitness

Ramadan in Cairo 2015: Staying Healthy During the Holy Month

Ramadan in Cairo 2015: Staying Healthy During the Holy Month

Ramadan is upon us and the revelry of it all has started to seep into Cairo, as households and venues alike add the final touches to preparations for the Holy Month. Charity, piousness, late nights and, of course, food are some of the main elements that will have begun to swirl inside the minds of Cairenes, but there  still seems to be a lack of caution when it comes to staying healthy while fasting. It's an issue that has been made all the more crucial this year thanks to a particularly unpredictable spattering of soaring temperatures, but it's also an issue that is easily remedied. Dehydrated? The most common issue fasters come across in a city like Cairo is dehydration. It's crucial to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink plenty of water between fetar and sunrise and try to avoid coffees, teas and soft drinks – caffeine will speed up the dehydration process, as will cigarettes. Lack of energy? With your body not getting its usual nutrients, it's normal to feel tired and drained. What you need here is high fibre, slow-release carbohydrates, especially for sohour. Eating whole grains, fruits, yoghurt and nuts will help keep you fresh and energized the next morning. Weight gain? Another common side-effect of approaching Ramadan wrongly is weight gain. First of all, don't try to eat as much as you would in a normal day in the hours between sunset and sunrise – that's simply not how it works. The lure of pigging out is certainly tough and so if you do go all out with fetar, try spacing out the foods into courses, for example. This gives your body a chance to readjust to the shock that comes from breaking your fast and gives your dormant metabolism time to get going. Exercise? Exercise is a tricky thing to navigate during Ramadan as it will invariably dehydrate you, especially before sunset. First of all, try to avoid prolonged periods in the sun when exercising, working out or playing sports. Many athletes who fast will have a very light meal to break their fast, before undertaking some very light exercise for no more than half an hour – even just going for a walk. This will help regulate your metabolism and the release of energy if you want to go for a more intense workout later on. The biggest thing to remember is to strike the Golden Mean - nothing in excess, everything in proportion. All in all, though, when it comes down to it, it's all about being logical and sensible. Fasting has been proven to have health benefits, but only when done correctly and judiciously. In a busy, bustling, sweltering city like Cairo, it's absolutely essential that you take care of your body – because, if you don't, it will catch up to you. On that unintentionally grim note, Ramadan Kareem!

Sights & Travel

Orascom Hotels & Development’s Joubal Lagoon in El Gouna Sells Out in No Time

Orascom Hotels & Development’s Joubal Lagoon in El Gouna Sells Out in No Time

What can you say about El Gouna that hasn't been said before? The seaside locale has always stood as the premiere beachside getaway in Egypt and Orascom Hotels & Development's slice of heaven expanded this year with the introduction of Joubal Lagoon. Having officially launched in Easter, it was sold out in no time - yeah, its hot property. The turquoise resort town is crowded year round and those lucky enough to have houses there often find themselves playing host to as many guests as they can. El Gouna's properties are so coveted that units essentially sell themselves out before construction. Situated halfway between Abu Tig Marina (our favourite nightspot!) and the New Marina, Joubal Lagoon overlooks a stunning blue lagoon that promises to forever eradicate all thoughts of traffic and pollution. In keeping with Orascom Hotels & Development's environmental philosophy, Joubal Lagoon has been designed with the natural surroundings and environmental sustainability in mind. Orascom Hotels & Development deserve recognition for maximizing energy efficiency. Essentially a self-sufficient town, El Gouna has everything. Do you want to party all night and then send your children to good schools in the morning? Do you want to play golf and have access to a world-class hospital? Do want to chill, kite-surf, and then go to a Bibliotheca Alexandria affiliated library? Of course you do – education is the future. Foodies will find themselves in culinary heaven: You can eat world class sushi, steak, Italian, and French cuisines any day of the week.   So don't panic if you are looking to buy in El Gouna, although Joubal Lagoon was sold out in the blink of a sparkling eye, Orascom Hotels & Development is already developing new projects.

TV & DVD

Ramez Wakel El Gaw : Ramez Galal's Weakest Ramadan Prank Series Yet

Ramez Wakel El Gaw : Ramez Galal's Weakest Ramadan Prank Series Yet

While some may argue that originality is dead, no genre is more vulnerable to that notion than comedy, which has always been prevalent in Egyptian Ramadan TV. One only has to look to polarising TV personality and prankster, Ramez Galal. Appearing for the fifth consecutive time on TV screens during Ramadan, Galal's latest shenanigans present nothing new – in fact, one could argue that this year's show, Ramez Wakel El Gaw, is one of the poorest yet; even the opening credits have come to be uniform. A grand orchestral intro makes way for nonsense music with nonsense lyrics. Galal – who lends his vocals to the opening credits – begins each episode in the same way, weaving in some banter at the expense of the celebrity that he's about to prank. The concept of the show is that each unsuspecting victim is summoned to a mystery business meeting in Dubai via plane. The prank? It's simple: convince the celebrity in question that the plane is experiencing engine failure and that they are about to die? Tasteless? Maybe. Unfunny? Almost certainly. Galal and co also pepper the celebrity's ride with smaller, more infantile mini-pranks – serving strange-tasting coffee and spewing unpleasant odours in the plane. As mentioned, the main prank itself is significantly weaker and cruder than that in previous series. In addition, episodes are shorter, while the show misses the opportunity in making the most of their guests – a sit-down and interview would give the show much more value, for examples. In fairness, however, the disguises and make-up that Galal uses during the pranks isn't half-bad and there's a certain guilty pleasure in seeing what he'll look like in the next episode. As always, the pay off in a show like this is how the celebrity responds to the revelation of the prank and this series has thus far seen some pretty angry and over-the-top reactions, with one particular episode featuring former belly-dancing star and actress, Lucy, requiring an inordinate amount of bleeping. Galal was even the victim of a pretty firm kicking at the hands of another unimpressed guest. Galal shows have always received criticism, but viewing figures have always proven the popularity of them; like him or loathe him, people are always talking about him. This year, though, despite Paris Hilton featuring in an upcoming episode, there isn't as much buzz; this is partly because of the emergence of other Ramadan prank shows, but could Egypt finally be tiring of his antics? Only time will tell.
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Win! All You Can Eat Sushi for Two at Conrad Cairo's Kamala
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