Events

Sat 29
  • The Harry Potter Experience at Rafaheya Entertainment Center
    The Harry Potter Experience at Rafaheya Entertainment Center
    Aug 29 12:00 pm to Aug 29 10:00 pm - Rafaheya Bahr El Aazam Street, 5 minutes past mounib
    For all of you Harry Potter heads who have received their Hogwarts Acceptance Letters, you're now invited to the Harry Potter experience that...
  • Electro Shaabi Night at Cairo Jazz Club
    Electro Shaabi Night at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 29 10:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Cairo Jazz Club ends the weekend in style, with Electro Shaabi stars, Islam Chipsy, Sadat and 50. Reservations at CJC are recommended; call...
  • RaShRadio at the Tap
    RaShRadio at the Tap
    Aug 29 10:00 pm to Aug 30 2:00 am - The Tap
    Egyptian singer-songwriter, RaShRadio, performs at Maadi bar, the Tap. For reservations, call 0101 600 0558
  • Asia at ROOM Art Space
    Asia at ROOM Art Space
    Aug 29 8:00 pm to Aug 29 10:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Sudanese singer, Asia Madani, returns to Cairo for one of the most unique live music experience around at ROOM Art Space in Garden City. Tickets...
  • Belly Dance Night at Ahlein
    Belly Dance Night at Ahlein
    Aug 29 9:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - Ahlein
    JW Marriott Hotel Cairo's Ahlein welcomes one and all for quintessential Oriental night. For reservations, call 0224115588.
Sun 30
  • Naghm Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Naghm Band at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 30 7:00 pm to Aug 30 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Naghm Music Band hosts a night of Arabic music at El Sawy Culturewheel's River Hall. Tickets are for 20LE and can be purchased from the ticket...
  • Summer Exhibition at Nile Art Gallery
    Summer Exhibition at Nile Art Gallery
    Aug 09 10:00 am to Aug 31 8:00 pm - Nile Art Gallery
    Zamalek's Nile Art Gallery brings together some of the highlight pieces featured in individual exhibitions together for its summer exhibition....
  • 'Ta7ya Masr' Group Exhibition at Art Corner
    'Ta7ya Masr' Group Exhibition at Art Corner
    Aug 09 11:00 am to Aug 30 8:00 pm - Art Corner
    Zamalek gallery, Art Corner, celebrates the New Suez Canal with an exhibition bringing together the work of several Egyptian artists. The...
  • 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...
  • Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Aug 04 10:00 am to Sep 03 6:00 pm - Gezirah Art Center
    Zamalek's Gezirah Art Center hosts a special summer exhibition that serves as a showcase the work of young people across Cairo between the...
Mon 31
  • Summer Exhibition at Nile Art Gallery
    Summer Exhibition at Nile Art Gallery
    Aug 09 10:00 am to Aug 31 8:00 pm - Nile Art Gallery
    Zamalek's Nile Art Gallery brings together some of the highlight pieces featured in individual exhibitions together for its summer exhibition....
  • 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...
  • Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Aug 04 10:00 am to Sep 03 6:00 pm - Gezirah Art Center
    Zamalek's Gezirah Art Center hosts a special summer exhibition that serves as a showcase the work of young people across Cairo between the...
  • 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 01
  • 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...
  • Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Aug 04 10:00 am to Sep 03 6:00 pm - Gezirah Art Center
    Zamalek's Gezirah Art Center hosts a special summer exhibition that serves as a showcase the work of young people across Cairo between the...
  • 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...
  • Summer Collection 2015 at Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Summer Collection 2015 at Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Jun 10 10:00 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Safar Khan Art Gallery in Zamalek hosts its annual summer collection, bringing together the works of some of Egypt's top artists. For more...
Wed 02
  • 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...
  • Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Aug 04 10:00 am to Sep 03 6:00 pm - Gezirah Art Center
    Zamalek's Gezirah Art Center hosts a special summer exhibition that serves as a showcase the work of young people across Cairo between the...
  • 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...
  • Summer Collection 2015 at Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Summer Collection 2015 at Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Jun 10 10:00 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Safar Khan Art Gallery in Zamalek hosts its annual summer collection, bringing together the works of some of Egypt's top artists. For more...
Thu 03
  • 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...
  • Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Summer Student Exhibition at Gezirah Art Center
    Aug 04 10:00 am to Sep 03 6:00 pm - Gezirah Art Center
    Zamalek's Gezirah Art Center hosts a special summer exhibition that serves as a showcase the work of young people across Cairo between the...
  • 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...
  • Summer Collection 2015 at Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Summer Collection 2015 at Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Jun 10 10:00 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Safar Khan Art Gallery
    Safar Khan Art Gallery in Zamalek hosts its annual summer collection, bringing together the works of some of Egypt's top artists. For more...
Fri 04

Highlights

Restaurants

Kazouza: Delicious Street Eats in Small Portions at Maadi Favourite

Kazouza: Delicious Street Eats in Small Portions at Maadi Favourite

No matter how much we love pizza, sushi or nachos, our very own traditional Egyptian cuisine will forever remain our go-to comfort food; because let's face it, it's in our genes. Craving some homemade Egyptian food, we paid a visit to Maadi's Kazouza on Street 9, which hits enough right notes in terms of atmosphere and delicious Egyptian street bites offered.  After miraculously finding a parking spot around the corner and doing a discrete little happy dance - spotted by the people in the car next to us - we were greeted by thefriendly staff into an all-outdoors area, where we took our seats next to several fans leaving us slightly pacified in the insufferable heat.  With a traditional Ahwa Baladi setting, Kazouza offers Egyptianised décor with retro touches, including circular Ahwa tables, old-looking salt and pepper shakers, aged frames as well as vintage tin boxes - the kind of stuff you'd find at grandma's house.       Checking the menu, we were a little disappointed to find that many items were either unavailable or are still to be added in Kazouza's new menu. . After some debate, we opted for some fries (8LE) and Cheese Sambousak(14LE) as appetisers, which arrived, hot and delicious, in no time. The fries were gold and crisp, while the four sambousak pieces satisfied our afternoon cheese-cravings; perfectly crunchy on the outside, with soft molten cheese on the inside infused with fresh mint. Coming up next was the much anticipated feteer, Kazouza's signature dish served on a wooden cutting board; we went for a Mixed Meat Feteera (50LE) - comprised of sausages, minced meat and salami mixed with vegetables and cheese. We also wanted to try out Kazouza's Kofta sandwiches (12LE), served in fino bread. Taste-wise, the feteer was among some of the best we've ever had, boasting a fluffy texture, fresh ingredients and a balanced combination of cheese, meat and veggies. As far as the size goes, however, the portion was rather small. The kofta sandwiches were also a success; smothered in tomatoes and tehina, the meat wasn't too greasy and we loved flavourful seasoning. After our feteer and kofta fiesta - and after washing it all down with some cold refreshing lemon juice and some Karkadeh (11LE each) - we were ready for dessert. Dessert, however, wasn't ready for us; many of the items in the menu, including rice pudding and cream caramel, weren't available at the time of our visit. We eventually opted for  Cream and Custard Feteer (31LE). It must have been fate, though, because we quickly forgot about the unavailable dishes; filled with heavenly fresh cream, sprinkled with coconut and dripping a delicious syrup, it made up for the initial dessert choices we craved. Overall, we left Kazouza with mixed feelings; on one hand, the food and the service were excellent, the décor and props were creative, but on the other hand, the small portions and the unavailability of several items was disappointing.

Shopping

Bazaar Al Shaaban: Colourful Mosaic Lighting in Old Cairo's El Muez Street

Bazaar Al Shaaban: Colourful Mosaic Lighting in Old Cairo's El Muez Street

As a street that encompassses the beauty and authenticity of Islamic Cairo with all its architectural treasures, a walk down El Muez Street in Khan El Khalili always leaves you inspired. With hundreds of handicrafts shops and bazaars selling a variety of gifts and souvenirs in the area, it it's hard not to stop by and shop. Our last visit to the busy and vibrant street left us particularly drawn to a small boutique in El Muez Street selling colorful and beautifully crafted mosaic lighting called Bazaar Al Shaaban. Inside Bazaar Al Shaaban, hundreds of colorful mosaic lamps sit along the shelves, while colourful brass lamps in different designs dangle from the ceiling, and look nothing short of stunning.  Most of the lanterns exhibited in the bazaar are inspired by different cultural aesthetics; lanterns inspired by Islamic architecture - some of which are shaped to resemble the dome of the mosque - and lamps derived from the Ottoman style, made from brass and mosaic stones, as well as Indian lanterns with colorful mosaic-carved roses stand out in particular. Among our favourite pieces, however, the oval shaped, scattered-mosaic lamps colored in blue, red, white and green; create gorgeous reflections and light patterns in the dark. Other interesting mosaic lamps include vase-shaped lanterns, mosaic lamps which resemble an upside-down drum and square shaped lanterns. We were particularly amused to see small mosaic balls with mystical lighting which looked like a gypsy's crystal ball.   Prices of the lamps vary according to size, shape and style; small lamps sell for 70LE to 250LE and larger ones - with intricate copper and brass carvings - cost betwwen 400LE to 2500LE.     The pieces at Bazaar Al Shaaban are 100% handmade by Egyptian craftsmen, which the owners take great pride in. The lamps are perfect for adding a colorful touch to any room and also make for excellent gift ideas.

Cafés

Nutelleria Egypt: First Nutella Shop in Cairo Meets Expectations & Then Some

Nutelleria Egypt: First Nutella Shop in Cairo Meets Expectations & Then Some

One day, someone will tell the story of how the world fell in love with a hazelnut chocolate spread created in a small town in Italy. Yes, we speak of the worldwide phenomenon that is Nutella.   Few countries love to indulge in their sweet-tooth than Egypt and so news of a Nutelleria shop opening at Porto Cairo Mall and bringing Nutella-infused happiness was greeted with a delirium – and we're not exaggerating when we say that. With fresh smell of baked chocolate treats ghosting through the area, Nutelleria's Porto Cairo mall shop is difficult to miss. Decorated with several sizes of Nutella jar – including gigantic ones – and an extravagant melting chocolate fountain, our arrival and amazement was something akin to when Charlie entered into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Excited to try out everything and anything, we ordered a chocolate waffle infused with Nutella (24LE), a plain waffle with Nutella topping (24LE), a date tart with Nutella sauce (25LE) and a 'Nutella injection' – Nutelleria's avant-gardist approach to consuming Nutella through a syringe (10LE). With the venues still in soft opening mode, some items on the menu are unavailable – but everything we were able to get our hands on were outstanding. The waffles were the perfect combo of soft and crispy, smooth and chewy, with the Nutella adding the perfect chocolate kick.    The base of the date tart was crunchy and crisp making for a perfect textural contrast with the soft dates and rich Nutella sauce. We then sealed the deal with a Nutella injection comprised of Nutella's pure hazelnut spread – it's like a neater version of eating Nutella with a spoon.     Recovering from our Nutella fiesta, we were offered a complimentary Fiore Tea by the friendly staff; a tea made from a dry flower that blooms in hot water. Served with basil leaves, the tea, which filled the air with a strong, sweet aroma of sweetness, was perfectly soothing. Nutelleria also offers a large variety of cheesecakes, assorted tarts, ice-cream, as well as many other chocolaty items, soon to be available after their ground opening – and based on our visit, we can't wait. In the end the experience delivered what it promised. There's no critiquing Nutella itself – it is what it is – but as fans, we were relieved to find that the kitchen's craft was up to scratch – let's just hope it stays that way.

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

Gayer Anderson Museum: One of Cairo's Most Unique Historical Landmarks

Gayer Anderson Museum: One of Cairo's Most Unique Historical Landmarks

Nothing is as alluring as a house with a story; something that is perfectly demonstrated with the Gayer Anderson Museum, which boasts an astonishing history, precious antiquities and valuable heritage, that are both exquisite and well-preserved. Located in Ahmed Ibn Tulun Street in the Sayida Zainab district, the Gayer Anderson mansion – later turned into a museum – was owned by Gayer Anderson Pasha, a British art collector who fell in love with Egypt's history and culture.      Perhaps best known for being an Orientalist who preserved history in one of Cairo's most beautiful buildings, Anderson (1881-1945) was a British officer who had an eventful life, to say the least. In 1904, Anderson worked with the Royal Army Medical Corps, providing medical care for British army personnel, before being transferred to the Egyptian army in 1907, then later operating as an inspector in the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. After his retirement, Anderson developed an interest in Egyptology and Oriental Studies. His journey through life and his passions are demonstrated inside the walls of the mansion where Anderson resided between 1935 and 1942.    The museum, which is adjacent to Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque, consists of two remarkable buildings; the larger one was built in 1632 and the smaller one in 1540.   The house holds 29 halls, decorated with Oriental architecture and designs in which artifacts are placed in a glass display to preserve them. Inside the Egyptian room, artifacts including iron pistols, daggers and swords, as well as Pharonic artifacts including a black and gold mummy case, a cast of Nefertiti's head and an ostrich egg engraved with a map of Egypt.  One room which documents the era in which the house was built is the child birth room, with hard wooden chairs with a simple hole carved in the seat was prepared for the baby's delivery is. Each room at the Gayer Anderson Museum has several lamps powered by olive oil, as well as a special granite cabinet to keep the food cool. In addition to a glorious view, the terrace contains several stone sinks and large ceramic containers used to store seeds and other dry foods. The museum still has remnants of the separate living quarters between men and woman; open, public and spacious areas were afforded for men, whereas living rooms designed for women encouraged a rather secluded atmosphere equipped with few examples of mashrabia – Oriental windows with wooden carvings. Women's living rooms are rich in decoration; every piece of furniture from the cabinets to the chairs are filled with intricate patterns and designs dating back to the Islamic period and some of the styles are also derived from Iran, India, China and Syria.  The 'secret room' was one of the most interesting to observe. The room was used as a perfect hiding place – its door looking like a storage cupboard – used to hide outlaws or merely for women to peek at house parties.   Anderson's personal room was equally fascinating, boasting an old-fashioned Persian bed and a smaller one beside it where it is said his housekeeper would sleep. One important thing to remember when visiting this museum is to never forget to look at the ceilings which are decorated with intricate Syrian designs. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of the Grayer Anderson Museum story is that when Anderson was ill and had to move back home in 1942, he gifted his mansion with all its belongings to the Egyptian government, which, in return, granted him  with the title Pasha. One room in the house shows the original certificate from King Farouk. Gayer Anderson museum was home for several film sets, including James Bond's The Spy Who Loved Me and visiting this museum is like being transported back in time to an almost kitschy, unreal and sometimes even surreal space.   

Health & Fitness

Paradise Fit Zone: Your Ultimate Workout Destination in Sahel This Summer

Paradise Fit Zone: Your Ultimate Workout Destination in Sahel This Summer

Worried that your trips to Sahel may compromise the pounds you've worked so hard to shed this year? It's ok – you can be honest. This is a safe place and you needn't worry any longer; Paradise Fit Zone will come to your rescue.   Brought to you by Paradise Juice, Paradise Fit Zone is the go-to fitness arena that'll keep you pumped and loaded with energy all week long, with its series of workout sessions on Marassi's North Beach and Family Park everyday from 10AM, with many of the country's top gyms, fitness centres and groups set to take part. Officially launching with a grand opening on August 14th and going on till August 29th, Paradise Fit Zone encourages everyone to join the fitness fever, with all kinds of classes and sessions led by some of Egypt's top fitness experts awaiting. There are even several specialised kids' sessions planned, including gymnastic sessions. Some of the names set to appear at his festival of fitness include  The Fitness Playground, CF Hitters, Stallions, Jumping Fitness, CF Machines, The Fitness Grind, Fit Yard, Transbody Fitness, Pole Fit Egypt and Triple F amongst others. Exercise sessions at the Paradise Fit Zone are held all week long; weekday sessions are free of charge, though it is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes before a class – spaces are limited and you won't want to miss out. Weekends, meanwhile, will see Paradise Fit Zone host a a number of special mini-events, competitions and other fun fitness activities – just make sure you register here. There is already a lot of buzz around Paradise Fit Zone, following its soft opening – a buzz owed to the fact that it has been put together to cater for all levels of fitness fanaticism, so to speak, and all breeds of exercisers are sure to find something. Stay up-to-date with all the Paradise Fit Zone's schedules and events on the Paradise Juice Faceook and Instagram.

Film

Fantastic Four: Fox Fails Miserably with Marvel Superhero Reboot

Fantastic Four: Fox Fails Miserably with Marvel Superhero Reboot

If Hollywood was to be defined by its trends, then the next few years belong to the world of comic book heroes. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe already established and welcoming more and more superheroes into the fold, DC is about to jump into the deep-end with its own universe and the X-Men franchise is arguably as strong as ever. Marvel's Fantastic Four – a franchise owned not by Marvel Studios, but by 20th Century Fox – haven't been so lucky. After two forgettable attempts at bringing Mr Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing to life on the big screen – and an exhilarating appearance by the Silver Surfer – the franchise has been rebooted with a production that seemed doomed from the very start. The film re-explores how the Fantastic Four came to be, with its characters made considerably younger than we've seen them before; a motiveless scientific experiment opens a 'Quantum Gate' to a parallel universe named Planet Zero, which our heroes-to-be recklessly investigate and subsequently suffer severe consequences from. An ensuing botched return home leaves one of the scientific team stuck in Planet Zero, while an explosion in the Quantum Gate gives Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm their powers. The man left behind goes on to become a figure that is historically the Fantastic Four's deadliest foe, Doctor Doom. Despite its solid cast of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell – a collection of some of the best young actors around – the film is so underwhelming, that it makes the previous Fantastic Four films look like works of art. There are glimmers of a solid, modernised adaptation of a loved comic, but the execution of that vision has been tainted from the start and there are basic elements in the film that demonstrate little understanding of what made the foursome one of Marvel's most popular characters. Firstly, by making the main characters teenagers, the film eliminates much of the dynamic within the group – Reed, for example, has yet to become the brilliant scientist we know him as and because he and Sue are not yet an item, the familial set-up that gave the group heart isn't there – and it's a huge problem. A problem that is only further confounded by the fact that, as teenagers, there is no logical reasoning behind their motivations – no reason is given as to why these teens want to build a Quantum Gate. Throw in some of the worst plotting and pacing to ever taint the silver screen and a strangely gloomy and sombre tone and you have, well, not very much. And we haven't even talked about the infighting, the re-shoots and the fact that this film was rushed and released as soon as possible in order for Fox to keep the franchise from returning to Marvel. Sigh.

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.
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