Cairo 360 Guide to Cairo, Egypt

Events

Mon 25
  • DJ Mohasseb at Cairo Jazz Club
    DJ Mohasseb at Cairo Jazz Club
    Jul 25 10:30 pm to Jul 26 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    The-ever brilliant Mohasseb takes to the stage for a night of progressive house. Reservations at CJC are recommended. Call...
  • Hebta at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Hebta at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 25 7:30 pm to Jul 25 9:30 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Fan Mo7aoeg Theater Troupe will perform the play 'Hebta' at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall.Tickets are 30LE for...
  • Samar Kamel at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Samar Kamel at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 25 7:00 pm to Jul 25 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sculpture and painting enthusiasts, don't miss Samar Kamel's seminars of "S‘Atelier" series at El Sawy...
  • Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Jul 03 10:30 pm to Aug 03 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Zamalek's Picasso Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Egyptian artist, Samir Rafi. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more...
  • 'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    Jun 14 6:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    As part of this year's Mawaweel Festival, Darb1718 hosts collective art exhibition, Bread II. The exhibition sheds a light on the symbolic...
Tue 26
  • The Cadillacs at Cairo Jazz Club
    The Cadillacs at Cairo Jazz Club
    Jul 26 10:00 pm to Jul 27 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Join Cairo Jazz Club as rowdy rockabilly group, the Cadillacs take to the stage. Reservations at CJC are recommended; call 01068804764.
  • El Sakia Puppet Theatre Presents Mohamed Mounir at El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia Puppet Theatre Presents Mohamed Mounir at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 26 7:30 pm to Jul 26 9:30 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia Puppet Theatre pays tribute to one of Egypt's greatest musical talents, Mohamed Mounir, through the magic of puppetry at the...
  • Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Jul 03 10:30 pm to Aug 03 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Zamalek's Picasso Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Egyptian artist, Samir Rafi. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more...
  • 'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    Jun 14 6:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    As part of this year's Mawaweel Festival, Darb1718 hosts collective art exhibition, Bread II. The exhibition sheds a light on the symbolic...
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Jul 24 10:00 pm to Jul 31 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...
Wed 27
  • Dirrrrty POP! ft. Ramy DJunkie at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dirrrrty POP! ft. Ramy DJunkie at Cairo Jazz Club
    Jul 27 10:00 pm to Jul 28 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Spinning Wednesday gets a POPtastic throwback as DJ Ramy takes to the stage. For reservations call 010 6880 4764.
  • Ali El Haggar at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Ali El Haggar at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 27 9:00 pm to Jul 27 11:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Iconic Egyptian singer, Ali El Haggar, once again takes the stage of El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 55-105LE for members and...
  • Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Jul 03 10:30 pm to Aug 03 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Zamalek's Picasso Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Egyptian artist, Samir Rafi. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more...
  • 'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    Jun 14 6:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    As part of this year's Mawaweel Festival, Darb1718 hosts collective art exhibition, Bread II. The exhibition sheds a light on the symbolic...
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Jul 24 10:00 pm to Jul 31 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...
Thu 28
  • Bluezophrenia & Screwdriver at Cairo Jazz Club
    Bluezophrenia & Screwdriver at Cairo Jazz Club
    Jul 28 10:30 pm to Jul 29 3:30 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Join Bluezophrenia as they kick off the weekend with just enough rock 'n' roll to get you on your feet, before local favourite...
  • Omnia Hassan at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Omnia Hassan at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 28 7:30 pm to Jul 28 9:30 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Don't miss the musical performance by Omnia Hassan at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 25LE for members and 30LE for...
  • Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 28 7:00 pm to Jul 28 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Founded by Amer El Touni, Al Mawlaweya Al Masreya will perfom their traditional Egyptian and Sufi music at El Sawy Culturewheel's River...
  • Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Jul 03 10:30 pm to Aug 03 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Zamalek's Picasso Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Egyptian artist, Samir Rafi. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more...
  • 'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    Jun 14 6:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    As part of this year's Mawaweel Festival, Darb1718 hosts collective art exhibition, Bread II. The exhibition sheds a light on the symbolic...
Fri 29
Sat 30
  • Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Jul 03 10:30 pm to Aug 03 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Zamalek's Picasso Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Egyptian artist, Samir Rafi. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more...
  • 'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    Jun 14 6:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    As part of this year's Mawaweel Festival, Darb1718 hosts collective art exhibition, Bread II. The exhibition sheds a light on the symbolic...
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Jul 24 10:00 pm to Jul 31 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...
Sun 31
  • Waslet Samaa' at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Waslet Samaa' at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Jul 31 7:00 pm to Jul 31 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Local band, Waslet Samaa', performs its unique religious chanting at El Sawy culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members...
  • Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Samir Rafi Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Jul 03 10:30 pm to Aug 03 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Zamalek's Picasso Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Egyptian artist, Samir Rafi. The gallery is closed on Sundays. For more...
  • 'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    'Bread II' Art Exhibition at Darb1718
    Jun 14 6:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - Darb 1718
    As part of this year's Mawaweel Festival, Darb1718 hosts collective art exhibition, Bread II. The exhibition sheds a light on the symbolic...

Highlights

Restaurants

Tuscany Pasta Grill: Cosy Ambiance & Tasty, if Imperfect, Food at New Cairo's Patio

Tuscany Pasta Grill: Cosy Ambiance & Tasty, if Imperfect, Food at New Cairo's Patio

The last five years have witnessed the opening of dozens of dining complexes that have redefined dining in Cairo. The newest dining zone to open comes in the form of Patio in New Cairo, where we visited new self-proclaimed pasta and grill specialist, Tuscany. Located at the second floor, Tuscany boasts an Italian countryside feel with colour-stained glass, pergolas and low-hanging lanterns defining the indoor area. The outdoor area maintains the Italian countryside atmosphere, but with a more rustic feel thanks to stone clad walls as well as wooden chairs and tables. After taking our seats, we were greeted with a welcome bread basket with olive oil and cheese dip. Coming in three colors – beige, orange and green – the crunchy bread worked \well with the savoury cheese dip and was a great start for our meal to come. After going over the elaborate menu, we went with the Spicy Potato Skillet (45LE) as an appetiser and Smoked Turkey Chicken (70LE) and Triple Sauce Steak (120LE) as our mains, alongside some Italian Soda with Watermelon (23LE) and Strawberry Milkshake (20LE). Fifteen minutes later, our appetiser arrived in a sizzling hot skillet bursting with aromas and herbal scents. Comprised of cubes of roasted potato covered with minced beef and topped with a blanket of gooey cheese, the potatoes had a delightful herby flavour which worked well with the rest of the ingredients of the dish. The skillet was extremely hot, which gave the minced beef a smoky aftertaste that integrated well with the spiciness and sharpness of the cheese. Moving onto the mains, the smoked turkey chicken came with a side of French fries, as well fettuccini pasta with cheddar cheese sauce. Unfortunately, with the two fried chicken breasts stuffed with turkey and cheddar cheese, and then topped with even more cheese, the cheese flavour overpowered almost everything except the chicken and gave the turkey a slight aftertaste. The fettucine pasta, on the other hand, was well cooked and drenched in a gooey melted cheddar cheese and covered in cheese shavings which worked well with the overall taste, though it was a bit heavy. The fries were a nice complementary side though it didn't bring anything unique to the plate. Comprised of four pieces of well-done steak each drenched in one of gorgonzola cheese, pepper, barbecue and mushroom sauces, the steak was grilled to perfection/ The gorgonzola cheese sauce gave the beef a distinct taste that was both savoury and aromatic, while the pepper sauce had an overpowering spiciness to it that worked well with the beef; meanwhile, the barbecue sauce gave a tangy backdrop and the mushroom sauce had a savoury aftertaste. However, a side rice that came with the dish had minimal seasoning and was a little dry. With a hint of watermelon and a dash of cream, the Italian soda was refreshing and worked well with our plates, as for the Strawberry milkshake, it had a milky texture with a syrupy flavor leaving a strawberry aftertaste after every sip. For our dessert we ordered the Nutella and Hazelnuts Pizza (60LE) which came as a medium-sized pizza with a thin crust topped by Nutella along with some crushed hazelnuts, coconut shavings and powdered sugar. Though it looked quite promising, the pizza had a disappointingly chewy crust as it was chewy that was just as difficult to cut as it was to bite and chew. As a whole our visit to Tuscany was quite pleasant. Though some flavours fell short – especially the Nutella pizza - we enjoyed the cosiness of the restaurant and we can definitely see the potential in its dishes. Does it present anything new or unique? No, not really, but it has the potential to be a solid favourite amongst diners.

Shopping

Ramadan in Cairo 2016: 10 Shops Selling Awesome Ramadan Decorations

Ramadan in Cairo 2016: 10 Shops Selling Awesome Ramadan Decorations

There are few more festive times in Egypt than Ramadan; it's a time that sees friends and family come together over fetar and sohour – whether you like it or not. Bubbling feelings of frustration towards extended family aside, though, you're quite likely to be expecting guests over the next few days for a typical Ramadan feast – followed by small-talk and typical Ramadan antakha. Some like to keep things simple when hosting guests, while others like to really put on a show. Whether you like to keep dinner parties and gatherings casual, or completely and utterly over-the-top, these ten shops across Cairo can provide you with everything you need to build your own Ramadan fortress… American Balloons With one of the biggest collection of Ramadan decorations in Cairo this year, American Balloons in Maadi will definitely transform any room, thanks to a huge variety ranging from lanterns of all shapes and sizes, to basic boxes and eve cute, festive canon-models Bingo Gifts and Toys Established since 1996, Bingo Gifts & Toys has been the game for some time and stocks have a wide array of Ramadan decorations such as lantern lampshades, Kedert Fool (the large pot of beans), coloured cushions inspired by the Islamic motifs and lots more. Blueberry Gift Shop Located in Heliopolis, as well as Manial, Bluberry Gift Shop is packed with more unique items, including beautifully coloured stainless steel lanterns, to colourful mus'haf and their custom made Ramadan bouquets. Candle Connection Candle Connection is offering something unique this year with its Ramadan candles and candle holders, which comee in round and square shapes with Islamic motifs on them. They seem simple, but when lit, look great – perfect for late-night, chilled hangouts. Dokan Dapicture Besides the traditional Ramadan decorations such as lanterns, poufs and cushions, Dokan Dapicture – which delivers – create small sculptures for El Mesaharaty (the guy who wakes up people at sohour time) and Tannoura dancers as well as other sculptures that can add quirky touches. The Gift Box Taking Ramadan decorations to a completely new level, the gift box provides bespoke Ramadan themed home accessories such as Ramadan hand towels, sheets and tablecloth. The place also provides home delivery service. La Baleine Nasr City's La Baleine has it all; from Boogie and Tamtam pillows and lanterns, to foul and Hummus Al Sham cart. With La Baleine, you can order your decorations through their Facebook page and they will deliver it to your doorstep within two days. Pink for Gifts & Toys Offering a beautiful collection of vintage lanterns, Pink in Heliopolis also provides hanging Ramadan decoration for the famous characters such Bakkar and Fatoota as well as other more demure ornaments. Sugar Gift Shop With thirteen branches across Egypt, Sugar offers a number of versatile and varied decorative items. Their Ramadan collection includes everything from Ramadan candles and lanterns, to handicraft canons, plus their creative Ramadan wrapping adds a nice touch. Tatto Tatti One of the most unique shops in Nasr City, Tatto Tatti, is home to some quirky handmade Ramadan decorations that often bring together the kitsch and the cool – think Ramadan meets bohemia. Happy Ramadan!

Cafés

Qahwa: How Not to Have Breakfast at the Waterway

Qahwa: How Not to Have Breakfast at the Waterway

As one of the hotbeds of new restaurant and cafe openings, one of 6th of October City's most popular restaurants and breakfast spots has been Qahwa at Arkan Plaza. The second branch opening at the Waterway in New Cairo had us rubbing our hands in anticipation, but it failed to meet expectations – quite spectacularly. Divided into two spaces, Qahwa's indoor area is basically an open station with dessert displays –only a little gloomy and in need of better lighting- while the outdoor area screams brunch with white umbrellas, black fans, organised table arrangements and comfortable wooden chairs Before we get to the food, we can't help but mention how truly disappointing the service was during the time of our visit. It took no less than 30 minutes, and five different waiters, for our menus to arrive, until we literally had to beg for menus and for someone to clean our tables. Once the initial unpleasantness was out of the way, we ordered the Cobb Salad (60LE), which came in the form of a giant bowl of iceberg lettuce with tender chicken cubes smothered with smoky BBQ sauce, as well as red kidney beans, sweet corn, grated cheddar cheese and beef bacon bites, all drizzled with an outstanding ranch dressing. The portion was huge and despite the many ingredients, the flavours complimented one another. The ingredients themselves were fresh and the hint of BBQ sauce on the chicken took the salad to a whole new level of deliciousness. The ratio of lettuce to toppings was a little off, though. We then tried the with Spinach and Mushroom Omelette (38LE); served with well seasoned potato cubes and fresh sautéed mushrooms, though laying on two not-s- fresh pieces of toast, the perfectly cooked omelette was topped and stuffed with a generous amount of cheese, spinach and mushrooms. However, the omelette lacked some seasoning – it seemed they it was relying on the cheese for flavour – while the spinach didn't add anything to the dish in terms of flavour. Looking to try another of Qahwa's egg dishes, we also went for the Benedict with Bacon (50LE). Though it is supposedly served on pizza dough, it was essentially just a piece of stale bread and it only got worse, with the eggs being overcooked, ruining all the fun of watching the yolk stream out of the egg as you break into it. In addition, there was little bacon to speak of and the egg whites were generally a little battered – generally, it was just a badly poached egg. The one thing that was done right, however, was the hollandaise sauce. We'd hoped to end our meal on a sweet note with the Strawberry & Custard Crepe and Blueberry Smoothie, but both were unavailable so we settled for some fresh orange Juice (17LE) and, from the dessert menu, the Caramelised Banana Crepe (36LE). Topped with a banana cut in half – one that was not caramelised as promised - and drizzled with caramel sauce with an already-melted scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle, we had mixed feelings about what otherwise sounded like an enticing dish. On the one hand, the crepe had a perfect thin texture, but on the other the presentation was sloppy and, again, not what we expected. Oh and, of course, there was the orange, which we received while paying for the check at the counter. Better late than never, some might say, but no; it was served lukewarm and without ice. Based on our experiences and the general popularity of Qahwa's Arkan Mall branch, our visit to the the Waterway branch was, in plain, disappointing. Aside from the overall quality of the food, it was the poor service that shocked us most – especially considering that, at the time of our visit, the venue was far from busy.

Nightlife

Four Singers, Four Belly-Dancers, Four Big Eid Nights at Cairo Marriott Hotel

Four Singers, Four Belly-Dancers, Four Big Eid Nights at Cairo Marriott Hotel

As one of the most unique hotels in Egypt's capital, Cairo Marriott Hotel proved to be one of the most popular spots for fetar and sohour this Ramadan. So much so that the hotel's uber popular yearly tent, Som3a Basha, has extended its run till July 10th, offering some unique street-style food and kitsch-traditional take on the already quite inherently kitschy kheima concept. But that hasn't interfered with the hotel's grand Eid plans, which span over all four days at the Empress Show Lounge. Starting at midnight, each night will see entertainment in the form of live music courtesy of Hamada El Leithy, Tarek El Sheikh and Amir Abdallah, with the legendary Saad El Soghayar wrapping things up on Saturday alongside Abdallah, who makes a second performance. In addition, each night will also see a belly-dancer taking to the stage, including Dina and Sofia – see full schedule below. Wednesday 6th: Hamada El Leithy (Singer) / Sahar (Belly-dancer) Thursday 7th: Tarek El Sheikh / Sofia Friday 8th: Amir Abdallah / Dina Saturday 9th: Saad El Sogahayar & Amir Abdallah / Thria For more information and reservations, call 02-2728-3000. 

Arts & Culture

Five Reasons Mawaweel is the Best Thing About Ramadan

Five Reasons Mawaweel is the Best Thing About Ramadan

While many bemoan the lack of things to do outside of the usual sohour-and-tent show during Ramadan, a closer look will reveal that, actually, cultural events boom during the holy month. Granted, there's not quite as much live music, exhibitions and other events, but one particular intiative continues to set the standard for a contemporary Ramadan entertainment – Mawaweel. This year, Cairo Jazz Club Agency has teamed up with Darb 1718 once more for the 'Alternative Ramadan Experience', and its shaping up to be even bigger and better, cementing itself as the best event-come-festival-come-carnival-of-all-things-fun – and here's why. It always has an eclectic music line-up…. The words 'eclectic' and 'variety' are thrown around all too easily, but few have as assorted a musical line-up as Mawaweel. This year, the first night will see Nass Makan open proceedings. Made up of the regular performers at unique Downtown cultural venue, Makan, the group brings together gypsy, zar and Arabic music styles for one of the unique sounds around. After an intermission of sorts that will feature a dizzying and colourful tannoura performance, things take a turn musically, as the increasingly popular Sharmoofers then take to the stage – it doesn't get more 'eclectic' than that, especially when you consider the performers set to take to the stage on night two (June 23) – Mazaher and Massar Egabri. You can shop for some unique items… When it comes to Mawaweel, Cairenes come for the music and stay for the bazaar – one that, over the years, has featured some of the best local brands, designers and craftsman in Egypt. This year, the bazaar is set to be even bigger, with everything from accessories and handicrafts, to food and drink at the Mawaweel pop-up food-court. Mawaweel X El Sat7… Despite an already impressive music line-up, Cairo Jazz Club Agency and Darb 1718 have found a way to host even more live music, bu fusing Mawaweel and the cultural centre's recently launched rooftop live music series, Mazzika X El Sat7. Having already kicked off last weekend with Ahmed Omar and AfriCairo, this new element of the festival is set to welcome quirky brass band, El Nafikha (June 18), and enduring Oriental-pop group, Eftekasat (June 25). Art, Art, Art… This year's resident Mawaweel exhibition, Bread II, brings together the work of a whole host of local artists – you can apply the word 'eclectic' here, too – alongside several interactive art instillations. As one of the more under-appreciated elements of Mawaweel, the annual exhibitions that are held pays testament to the 'variety' – there's that word again – to the event. It gives you an excuse to go to Darb 1718… As one of the most unique cultural centres of its kind in Cairo, nay Egypt, Darb 1718 is also one of the most important. While Cairo's arts and culture scene continues to ride a wave of recently sparked prosperity, Darb 1718's contributions have been invaluable in both developing and supporting the local arts sector and bringing some truly unique one-of-a-kind events to Cairenes. On a more superficial level, it's just a very cool place to be. Mawaweel is set to open its doors at 8.30PM on Thursday 16 June. Tickets are 80LE; children under 12 enter for free. For more information, click here.

Health & Fitness

Eight Awesome Swimming Pool Day-Use Getaways in Cairo

Eight Awesome Swimming Pool Day-Use Getaways in Cairo

Summertime and the living is easy – well, not in this weather and not when you're stuck in the city for most of the summer. But there are two things you need to remember about Cairo in Eid; the traffic is ever so slightly clearer and there's plenty of hotels offering pool day use packages so you can enjoy a great day by the pool during the summer without falling into a pit of envy as all the friends who are spend time soaking up sun, sea and sand. So without further ado, summer is here - let the fun begin... Royal Club Mohamed Aly Nile-side venue Royal Club Mohamed Aly is not only notoriously popular for hosting great wedding and nightlife events, but also has a great pool which overlooks its impressive Islamic architecture lodge. For 200LE, you can enjoy an all-day long pool day use with your friends and family. Nile Ritz-Carlton If you're looking for a lavish pool day use experience in the heart of the city, look no further than the Ritz. For 1,400LE per couple, you can have a dip at Nile Ritz-Carlton's gigantic pool, with full access to one of the Ritz's fully equipped cabanas, complementary assorted nuts, seasonal fruits, water, soft drinks and access to the health club. The hotel also offers supplementary food packages for couples with 600LE for seafood and 500LE for grills for the optimum holiday experience. Call 02-2577-8899 for more information. Mena House If you're looking for a memorable pool day use experience with an exquisite view, Mena House hotel is exactly where you should be. For 350LE (without a room) you can enjoy Mena House's gigantic pool with a nice meal and 700LE on a double room basis, also with a meal. For more information and reservations, call 02-3377-3222. Conrad Cairo Hotel Seize the Eid to enjoy the view of downtown area and the Nile, all while plunging in Conrad's outdoor pool. For 708LE, you can enjoy a pool day use, while also getting access to the hotel's sauna, gym and lockers. For more on the offer, call 02-2580-8000. Fairmont Nile City With Fairmont Nile City's rooftop Skypool overlooking the whole city, there are few better spots in the Cairo that offer as spectacular a view - a perfect setting to enjoy a pool day-use at Fairmont Nile City with an access to the sauna and the steam room to boot. For more infor on prices, call 02-2461-9494. Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah Perhaps it's not the best option for avid swimmers, but Sofitel's stunnin infinity pool is perfect for a laid-back pool experience with an exquisite panoramic view of the Nile. For 600LE++, you can book a room and enjoy one of the more lavish pool getaways available. Seasons Country Club It may not be your obvious choice for a day by the pool, but Seasons Country Club is ideal for a pool day use with family. For 200LE, enjoy a great day by the pool and while you're at it check what the club's restaurant has to offer. For more information, call 02-3838-7389. Sakkara Country Club Another of the more reasonably priced pool getaways, Sakkara Country Club offers its great pool at 230LE per person. While its rooms are only offered for its members, you can still enjoy a great pool day that includes lunch.

TV & DVD

10 Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix This Summer

10 Shows to Binge-Watch on Netflix This Summer

While it seems to be the preferred method of TV-watching the world over, 'binge-watching' is a relatively new concept. Entire seasons of television series now at our fingertips, plus a generation with a need for instant gratification, are two factors which perfectly explain this phenomena. Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu have caught on in Egypt and even started releasing their own original series with every episode of a season available immediately – and we all know that no one actually attempts to pace themselves and watch an episode weekly, or even daily. It's all or nothing. This summer, Netflix is sure to be your best friend when it comes to a good old binge-watching session with plenty of buzz-worthy shows that recently came out with, or will soon be releasing, new seasons. So keep your sweatpants on and make sure you have plenty of snacks, because these binges are not likely to be short ones... Scream If you love slasher films, then it won't be difficult to watch just about every episode of this show in less than 24 hours. This spinoff features all the same components of the beloved 1996 classic; the creepy phone calls, the high school drama and the blood and gore, but they are now integrated into the 'selfie generation'. The fact that the killer and all the potential victims have access to social media definitely makes the situation a bit more intense. In the very first episode, Noah, the know-it-all horror nerd, explains to his class why a slasher movie cannot be made into a show. They 'burn bright and fast' and therefore cannot be stretched out over a series of episodes. Hearing this and then wondering how the writers will take this classic genre and turn it into a show is enough to get anyone hooked. Orange is the New Black If you haven't heard about this show, you've probably been living under a rock. This comedic drama gives a look into the lives of women in prison and provides a very important, yet difficult to stomach, social commentary on corruption in the American justice system. Perhaps the most loved thing about this show is the representation of women as real, complex characters from all different backgrounds. The much anticipated fourth season goes all out with much more intense storylines surrounding police brutality and mental health, but dark as the new season is, it still maintains the show's well-loved humour and hilarious moments of comic relief. Warning: make sure you have a box of tissues and a supportive friend with you as you binge on this season. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tina Fey's newest comedy is nothing short of adorable and addictive. This show centres on Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who has been kept in an underground bunker for 15 years by a controlling cult-leader. Sounds dark, we know, but watching Kimmy as she discovers and navigates the world after her release with the help of her hilarious and sassy new roommate makes it impossible to not fall in love with this show. Besides being hilarious, it offers quite a lot of commentary on social issues such as race and gender, all delivered through extremely witty humour. Besides making you laugh, this show will certainly get you thinking. Jane the Virgin This satirical rom-com parodies typical clichés and tropes used in telenovas (Spanish soap operas) making it dramatic and very funny all at once. When Jane, a religious young Latina woman, is accidentally artificially inseminated during a visit to her doctor, she has to deal with the sequence of events following her being a pregnant virgin. With a main character as relatable, goofy, and wonderfully human as Jane, the first episode alone will leave you wanting more. Shadowhunters If you are a fan of shows like Vampire Diaries or Supernatural, then you may want to give this one a try. Based on the book series, The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters takes place in modern day NYC and stars 18 year-old Clary Fray, who discovers that she is part of a breed of human-angel hybrids destined to hunt demons. With ridiculously good-looking main characters, extravagant action sequences and wild fantasy creatures, who could resist? Love The new brain-child of Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Leslie Afrin includes all the typical ingredients for a classic rom-com: guy and gal in their early 30s, both fresh out of turbulent relationships, dealing with the everyday struggles of life. However, this show takes a much deeper look into the human experience through its sometimes dark humour. The dialogue is so quirky yet natural it's almost off-putting. With its vulgar yet realistic and relatable content, this show is definitely unique (and NSFW). Gilmore Girls This is by no means a newly released show, but whether you're an old-time fan or completely oblivious to the wonders of it, everyone is getting excited about the Gilmore Girls reunion season which will be out later this year. The new season will give viewers a look at Rory's present-day life and, hopefully, sort out any leftover questions (yep, Dean, Jess and Logan will all be making appearances). Until then, it is necessary to binge-watch all seven seasons of the show in preparation for the new season. Luckily for us, every country where Netflix is available will be streaming Gilmore Girls starting on the 1st of July. Prepare for a long visit to Stars Hollow. Chef's Table This critically acclaimed docu-series is every foodie's dream. Chef's Table focuses each episode on the work and creations of renowned chefs around the world. With beautiful cinematography and stunning visuals of innovative food creations, this is a pleasure to watch. Not only does the series focus on the chefs' interesting cooking styles and restaurants, but also on their philosophies surrounding food as a whole. It is no understatement that this show could be considered a form of art. Narcos This crime thriller chronicles the life of Pablo Escobar, infamous Colombian drug lord and head of the Medellín cartel starting in the late 1970s. With a great deal of emphasis on corruption and violence, it won't be difficult to get immediately drawn into the compelling plot. According to Patrick Smith of the Daily Telegraph, "this is drama that commands your utmost attention." The new season is said to be released in August, so now may be a good time to start binging. Jessica Jones With new superhero blockbusters being released left and right, along with plenty of new comic-book TV series, superheroes are all the rage right now. Marvel's Jessica Jones is unique in that it has a somewhat film noir vibe. Jones is a former superhero who now works as a private investigator at her own detective agency where she deals with cases usually involving individuals with special abilities. On top of this, she has to battle her own personal demons and her PTSD. The show tackles much darker themes than most of the more wholesome, family-friendly superhero shows and movies which are so popular at the moment. If you enjoy psychological thrillers but are also a fan of superheroes, this might just be the show for you.

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Yumamia Wins Global Publicis90 Award as One of the Most Promising Start-Ups in the World

Yumamia Wins Global Publicis90 Award as One of the Most Promising Start-Ups in the World

Revolutionary online food platform, Yumamia, has been nothing short of a hit since launching in 2014 and has received more applauds recently, in the form of a well-deserved Silver award from the Publicis90 Global Startup Competition. With over 3,500 submissions from across 130 countries, only 90 (less than 3% of the overall number) were given awards by an anonymous and rigorous selection process undertaken by digital experts from different parts of the world. The awards were launched in January of this year as an initiative to provide funding and mentoring to the best and most innovative start-ups from across the world. Celebrating Publicis Groupe's 90th anniversary, the awards are a tribute to Publicis founder Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet's entrepreneurial spirit – a spirit that has built Publicis into one of the biggest media and advertising networks in the world. Of course Yumamia founders, Belal El Borno and Mahmoud El Maghraby, are delighted with the recognition, but they walked away with more than a shiny award and a feeling of satisfaction. The Yumamia team, like the other winners, will receive monetary funding and mentoring by global business experts and will also get the chance to participate in Viva Technology Paris – a new leading international event that brings together 5,000 startups with top investors and companies. The win is much more significant in the wider scope of entrepreneurship in Egypt, particularly in the realm of digital, which, against the odds, continues to grow and evolve, as well a make ripples both regionally and internationally. For Yumamia, it's a huge achievement for what started off as a simple idea that has come to provide a unique offering to the diverse food scene in Egypt. The website, which gives home cooks across Cairo the chance to share their gastronomic skills with the rest of the city, has recently undergone several improvements and, with this latest award win, the future is only looking brighter for Yumamia. For more information, click here.
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