Events

Sat 13
  • Heshek Beshek Valentine's at Gŭ Bar
    Heshek Beshek Valentine's at Gŭ Bar
    Feb 13 10:00 pm to Feb 14 3:00 am - Gŭ Bar
    This week's edition of Gŭ Bar's weekly night of all things Oriental, Heshek Beshek, gets a Valentine's touch courtesy of enduring...
  • Hawas & Osama El Hady at Cairo Jazz Club
    Hawas & Osama El Hady at Cairo Jazz Club
    Feb 13 10:00 pm to Feb 14 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Cairo Jazz Club ends the weekend with live music courtesy of neo-pop band, Hawas, and indie cutie, Osama El Hady. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club...
  • La Vie En Rose at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    La Vie En Rose at Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    Feb 11 9:00 pm to Feb 15 1:00 am - Fairmont Nile City
    Fairmont Nile City's Saigon Restaurant & Lounge hosts Valentine's celebration with a live entertainment show accompanied by an Asian...
  • Valentine's Party at NOX
    Valentine's Party at NOX
    Feb 13 9:00 pm to Feb 14 3:00 am - Nile Ritz-Carlton
    The Nile Ritz-Carlton's NOX hosts a special Valentine's Party with a line-up that includes DJ Zawahry along with the Joleen the...
  • Always & Forever at Napa Grill
    Always & Forever at Napa Grill
    Feb 11 11:00 pm to Feb 15 1:00 am - Napa Grill
    Enjoy a Valentine's celebration full of seafood at Fairmont Nile Towers' Napa Grill for 320++ LE, or choose candle-lit set menu from...
Sun 14
  • Valentine's Day at Stage One
    Valentine's Day at Stage One
    Feb 14 7:00 pm to Feb 15 1:00 am - Stage One
    Conrad Cairo's Stage One is hosting Valentine's dinner with a packed entertainment line-up. Minimum charge is 500LE++ per person. For...
  • Tania Saleh at Cairo Jazz Club
    Tania Saleh at Cairo Jazz Club
    Feb 14 10:30 pm to Feb 15 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Celebrate Valentine's day with the Lebnanese singer, Tania Saleh, at CJC for a night authentic and soulful tunes joined...
  • Valentine's at Eat & Barrel
    Valentine's at Eat & Barrel
    Feb 14 7:00 pm to Feb 15 2:00 am - Eat & Barrel
    Giza Nile-side venue, Eat & Barrel, celebrates Valentine's Day with the music of Danny Malak and Mina Younan. For reservations, call 0101...
  • Valentine's at The Clubhouse, Uptown Cairo
    Valentine's at The Clubhouse, Uptown Cairo
    Feb 14 8:00 pm to Feb 15 12:00 am - The Clubhouse - Uptown Cairo
    Never one to miss out on an occasion, Uptown Cairo is marking Valentine's Day in style with a special dinner, as popular Lebanese songstree,...
  • Malak El Husseiny at the Courtyard
    Malak El Husseiny at the Courtyard
    Feb 14 8:00 pm to Feb 14 11:00 pm - The Courtyard, Maadi
    Considered one of the best young talents in Egypt, Malak El Husseiny will be performing at the Courtyard as part of the Maadi dining hub's...
Mon 15
  • 'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Feb 05 1:00 pm to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart's latest exhibition comes in the form of a special retrospective show featuring eighty pieces from the hand of iconic Egyptian...
  • 'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    Jan 24 11:00 am to Feb 21 9:00 pm - Al Masar Gallery
    Zamalek's Al Masar Gallery hosts group exhibition, 'Abstract Practices', which has been curated with a view to shed a light on the...
  • 'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Feb 03 10:30 am to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Acclaimed Egyptian artist, George Bahgoury, gives Cairo a glimpse of his illustrious career with his latest exhibition, Life Notes, at...
  • 'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery's Venue II plays host to the latest collection by acclaimed sculptor, Nathon Doss. For more information, call 02 27351240.
  • 'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Souad Mardam Bey, The Magic Thread, in Venue I. For more information, call 02 27351240.
Tue 16
  • 'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Feb 05 1:00 pm to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart's latest exhibition comes in the form of a special retrospective show featuring eighty pieces from the hand of iconic Egyptian...
  • 'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    Jan 24 11:00 am to Feb 21 9:00 pm - Al Masar Gallery
    Zamalek's Al Masar Gallery hosts group exhibition, 'Abstract Practices', which has been curated with a view to shed a light on the...
  • 'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Feb 03 10:30 am to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Acclaimed Egyptian artist, George Bahgoury, gives Cairo a glimpse of his illustrious career with his latest exhibition, Life Notes, at...
  • 'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery's Venue II plays host to the latest collection by acclaimed sculptor, Nathon Doss. For more information, call 02 27351240.
  • 'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Souad Mardam Bey, The Magic Thread, in Venue I. For more information, call 02 27351240.
Wed 17
  • 'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Feb 05 1:00 pm to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart's latest exhibition comes in the form of a special retrospective show featuring eighty pieces from the hand of iconic Egyptian...
  • 'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    Jan 24 11:00 am to Feb 21 9:00 pm - Al Masar Gallery
    Zamalek's Al Masar Gallery hosts group exhibition, 'Abstract Practices', which has been curated with a view to shed a light on the...
  • 'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Feb 03 10:30 am to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Acclaimed Egyptian artist, George Bahgoury, gives Cairo a glimpse of his illustrious career with his latest exhibition, Life Notes, at...
  • 'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery's Venue II plays host to the latest collection by acclaimed sculptor, Nathon Doss. For more information, call 02 27351240.
  • 'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Souad Mardam Bey, The Magic Thread, in Venue I. For more information, call 02 27351240.
Thu 18
  • 'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    'Fragments of a Luminary' ay Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Feb 05 1:00 pm to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart's latest exhibition comes in the form of a special retrospective show featuring eighty pieces from the hand of iconic Egyptian...
  • 'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    'Abstract Practices' at Al Masar Gallery
    Jan 24 11:00 am to Feb 21 9:00 pm - Al Masar Gallery
    Zamalek's Al Masar Gallery hosts group exhibition, 'Abstract Practices', which has been curated with a view to shed a light on the...
  • 'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    'Life Notes' Exhibition at Picasso Gallery
    Feb 03 10:30 am to Feb 18 9:00 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Acclaimed Egyptian artist, George Bahgoury, gives Cairo a glimpse of his illustrious career with his latest exhibition, Life Notes, at...
  • 'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'An Introduction to Voidness' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery's Venue II plays host to the latest collection by acclaimed sculptor, Nathon Doss. For more information, call 02 27351240.
  • 'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    'The Magic Thread' at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Jan 31 10:30 am to Feb 29 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery hosts the latest exhibition by Souad Mardam Bey, The Magic Thread, in Venue I. For more information, call 02 27351240.
Fri 19

Highlights

Restaurants

Baltazar: Citystars Restaurant Proves that Dining in a Mall Doesn't Have to be Awful

Baltazar: Citystars Restaurant Proves that Dining in a Mall Doesn't Have to be Awful

While malls in Cairo aren't exactly the most desirable locations to dine, a continuing influx of top restaurants have found homes in the likes of Heliopolis' Citystars – where we paid a visit to Baltazar. Overlooking the cinema on the ground floor, with neighbours including Mori Sushi, Tamara and Gaby's, Baltazar stands out with its quirky aesthetic and design. The interior retains a level of casual sophistication, though, with areas of black and white chequered patterns breaking up the light-coloured wood flooring. We took our seats in the restaurant's second floor, which was designed to look like a balcony overseeing passersby. We kicked things off with an interesting appetiser, the Baltazar Fried Balls (30LE), and for our mains, we went for some Wild Beef Fillet served with Penne Foie Gras Pasta (175LE) and Beef Fillet served with French fries, mashed potatoes and mushroom sauce (130LE). Comprised of five balls of fried mashed potatoes stuffed with cheese, Baltazar's fried balls had a crispy exterior with a delightful soft gooey mixture of potatoes and cheese; a good start to our evening. Moving onwards to our mains – which took some time to arrive - we started with the wild beef fillet. Cooked well-done, the beef was somewhat dry with a brown sauce compensating the dryness and some tasty grilled mushrooms and herbs which was a great change of pace. The standout of the dish, however, was the penne foie gras pasta, which had a distinct savoury and smooth taste, with a hint of salt that wrapped the whole plate together. Though it was ordered well-done, the Beef Fillet, was cooked medium-well and even after it was sent back to the kitchen, it was still a little under-cooked and lacked juiciness. The mashed potatoes serving, on the other hand, had a savoury and smooth taste and the French fries stood out with a good crunch and great seasoning. We washed our meals away with some refreshing black lemonade pitcher (24LE), which came in a quirky large wooden box filled with ice that took a large space from the table. We wrapped up the evening with Chocolate Nutella Cake (40LE) which was infused with chocolate fondant, pecans and Nutella at the bottom and tasted delicious; only it came in a small bucket which made scraping off the melted cake areas on the sides a little more challenging than it should be. In closing, our visit to Baltazar was quite satisfying with the quality of food that we were served, but it didn't come without fault, given the small portions when compared to the steep prices. Minor missteps asides, this is one of the better restaurants at Citystars.

Health & Fitness

Staying Fit in Cairo: 10 Alternative Workouts & Exercise Routines You Should Know About

Staying Fit in Cairo: 10 Alternative Workouts & Exercise Routines You Should Know About

Contrary to popular belief, exercising doesn't have to be a grueling chore – even in Cairo. For many, the biggest barrier to exercising regularly is commitment, but when a workout has an element of fun to it, exercising crosses the threshold and becomes a hobby. There's another barrier, though, that have lead many to believe that the increasing number of unconventional and creative workouts aren't as effective as more traditional ones – which is just plain nonsense as these ten alternative workouts prove. 1. Pole Dancing Combining both cardio and strength training in one, pole dancing not only builds the upper body strength but beginners can burn between 250 and 400 calories in one 60 monute session, in addition to improving flexibility through moves like splits and backbends. You can attend pole dancing fitness classes in Pole Fit Studio, which, as you'd expect, is for ladies only. 2. Piloxing It might sound made-up, but mixing boxing with pilates and dancing, Piloxing is a full-package exercise that burns plenty of calories, helps the body build leaner muscle and increases stamina. Piloxing classes are available at Powerhouse Gym, Gold's Gym and Fight & Fitness Factory. 3. Cheerobics Cheerleading to burn calories? We know what you're thinking; only cheerobics is so much more than just a dancing class. Combining cardio and aerobics alongside cheerleading techniques, Cheerobics is a fitness-focused workout designed to help you burn fats and increasing your muscle strength. Attend Cheerobics classes at Cheerobics Egypt or at Fly Fit Fitness Center. 4. Jumping Fitness 'Jumping-off' excess weight is apparently the new thing in town, as the trampoline-based exercise provides a full body workout on the beats of bouncy music. Jumping fitness is increasing in popularity in Cairo and it can burn up to 800 calories per hour. Try jumping fitness exercises at Gold's Gym or at BeFit Egypt. 5. Jazzercise One of the more established workouts on this list, Jazzercise combines dancing, pilates, kickboxing and even yoga in one fun, energetic and surprisingly thorough workout. Jazzercise can be found at Titans Gym and Gold's Gym and has become a standard workout offered by most gyms in Cairo. 6- Air Yoga / Aerial Flow Yoga Also known as the anti-gravity yoga, Air Yoga combines conventional yoga poses and postures alongside a dose of dancing and pilates – but we haven't even got to the good part yet; you perform all of your moves while hanging entangled in a yoga swing. Aerial yoga is a full physical activity that not only engages all your muscles but also allows you to experience, well the joy of flying – kind of. Air Yoga classes are available at On the Mat Studio. 7. Kick Boxing Ignoring the competitive sport aspect of it, kick boxing provides a full body workout that not only helps burn almost 10 to 15 calories per minute, but also provides total toning for the body – because that's just what kicking and punching does. Kickboxing classes are available at Fight Club, Fitbox and Body Shapers Egypt. 8. Brazilian Hip Workout An intense workout for the gluteus and the hip areas, Brazilian Hip Workout helps you develop a toned, stronger shape. The Brazilian Hip Workout routine includes wall-sit, glute-bridge and bodyweight squats that trim the entire lower body part for a fiercer derriere. Brazilian Hip Workouts are available at Body Shapers Egypt. 9. Salsa & Zumba Dancing your way to fitness is no longer news. For years, people who shied away from generic gym workouts resorted to Latin dance classes –the likes of salsa, rumba and samba- or joined the Zumba craz. Latin and Zumba workouts combine dynamic aerobics workouts with Latin and Indian dance moves. Toned body, stronger muscles and increased stamina are the benefits of these fun and energetic workouts. You can attend Salsa and Zumba workouts at Ladies' only fitness facility, Hers, Fit My Way or check out Zumba Instructors in Egypt for classes' schedule and locations. 10. Yogalates Also known as Hatha Yoga, Yogalates combines a number of yoga poses alongside challenging standing and floor workouts. Yogalates is a total body toner exercise that helps with weight loss as well as toning and shaping the body while maintaining satisfying that yoga experience that acts as a natural detox for the body. Yogalates classes are available at Fit My Way.

Cafés

Sun Shadow: A Dissapointing Visit to Manial's Blue Blue Bay

Sun Shadow: A Dissapointing Visit to Manial's Blue Blue Bay

When visiting one of the many restaurants or cafes in Cairo, we're taught by the Cairo 360 editors to never enter with personal expectations – to take something for what it is and judge it on what it promises and how well it delivers. Sometimes, however, you can't help but be effected by a first impression, especially if that first impression is a negative one – something that we couldn't get away from when stepping foot in Manial-located cafe, Sun Shadow. As part of the bay-shaped, Nile-side mall, Blue Blue Bay – so blue they named it twice, clearly – Sun Shadow benefits from a nice view and its large outdoor seating area. The décor and general aesthetic of Sun Shadow tries to replicate that of a Parisian café, but beyond its Eiffel tower-shaped logo, it's a pretty standard, though pleasant, Cairo café set-up – think wicker chairs, wood flooring and dim lighting. The same can be said of the menu; everything from coffees, juices and (virgin) cocktails, to pizzas, sandwiches and desserts and it's the unusual cocktails that caught our eye first, with the café offering peculiar drinks such as mango lemonade and mint & peach (24LE each) – we plumped for a pina colada (24LE), which took an eternity to arrive. When it did arrive it was nothing more than a banana milkshake, which was sent swiftly back, only to return with pineapple and coconut in the banana-milk mixture – still very much not a pina colada. We tried our luck with a lemon and mint smoothie (24LE) but it too wasn't quite up to standard, with the distinct flavours of the two main components being rather faint. Hoping the food would fare better, we ordered a hotdog tortilla sandwich (24LE) which is exactly what it sounds like. Unfortunately the whole thing seems to have been left on the fire for too long; in addition to the slices of bell peppers inside the sandwich being burnt – not charred, but burnt – the whole thing was very heavy and greasy. The chicken pasta (32LE) disappointed, too; served in a white sauce, the chicken was overcooked and very much under-seasoned, leaving the whole dish pretty flat in taste. Meanwhile, a poor chicken pizza (32LE) rounded off an all-round frustrating experience; there was next to know tomato sauce or cheese on what was a very thick base. With a location that many cafes and restaurants owners would die for, we were hoping for more from Sun Shadow; but then the fact that we were privy to infighting between the staff and the fact that the floor was covered in a fine layer of dust, our visit seems to have been doomed from the start.

Arts & Culture

Ubuntu Art Gallery: Halim Yacoub Exhibition

Ubuntu Art Gallery: Halim Yacoub Exhibition

For ten days only, Ubuntu Art Gallery is displaying a collection of sculptures by renowned artist, Halim Yacoub, who is both an acclaimed sculptor and talented painter. This exhibition features some of his most intriguing pieces of work cast from bronze and the material alone fills the gallery space with a glorious glow. From the moment we entered Ubuntu's glass doors, we could see that the gallery is filled with a ray of figurative monuments ranging from a height of approximately one-to-two feet tall and each presented on a marble plinth. The general concept seems to be around animals and humans with shape and form being an important feature. Then there's the material itself; Yacoub takes full advantage of bronze an ideal material when making sculptures, filling his pieces with the finest details, with the reflective qualities adding richness. The first piece to catch our attention was the one of a duck-like figure; it's only from the shape of the beak that one can associate it with a duck rather than a chicken or other bird, though the one leg that is visible is long and thin like that of a flamingo. The body itself is made up of bold curves resulting in a plump shape, though it does lack detail and should this sculpture be turned on its side or positioned at a different angle, it might be impossible to associate it with a bird at all. Another sculpture portrays a horse, though it seems to show it in a more grotesque form than traditional arts have presented the animal historically. The legs are thick like tree trunks, it has a large upper body which suggests the horse is masculine, as does the strong face and the mane consists of sharp triangle shapes. However, despite the bizarre portrayal of the horse in terms of shape and form, the way the bronze material captures the light still bestows it a certain sense of honour, pride or position. Born in 1937, Yacoub graduated with a degree in Interior Design in 1960 and then, in 1967, went on to achieve a Diploma from Zurich Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. He has since been widely recognised for his sculpture work and this exhibition is a true portrayal of the artist's talent and ability in creating eye-catching works of art, showing familiar things, in an unfamiliar way.

Shopping

Africano Gallery: Accessories & Gifts from India, Thailand & More at Zamalek Shop

Africano Gallery: Accessories & Gifts from India, Thailand & More at Zamalek Shop

Cairo has its faults, but there are few capital cities in the regions that are as eclectic and unpredictable – the good kind of predictable, of course. Well, most of the time. It's something that has carried over to the city's shopping scene; these days, across local and international retailers, you can find almost everything and anything in Egypt's capital – in fact, everything and anything describes Africano Gallery fairly aptly. Located on Zamalek's El Gezirah El Wosta Street, the shop is rather hidden, located at the top of a set of side-stairs in its building. Once you see it, though, it hits you; Africano Gallery sports a big front window displaying what look like African, Indian and classic-style antiquities. The interior is simple, with its range of products spread out over its two-floor space, the first of which primarily houses accessories and gifts for men and women. The first thing that stood out was a table in the corner with a colourful display of handmade Indian beaded necklaces for 110LE each – and yes, they were actually made in India. Same goes for the Indian bracelets which go for 85LE – which is staggering when you consider that the same brand and model of bracelet for up to 350LE at a certain Zamalek shop on Ismail Mohamed Street. Men aren't as lucky with the shop's collection, however; some of the stock including metallic chains (15LE) and others made of a kind of faux-ivory (10LE). These things in particular look as cheap as they are and stood out like a sore-thumb amongst the other more tasteful accessories in the shop. The second floor is considerably grander, holding the more antiquated pieces as well as home accessories. Some of the items that caught our eye include decorative Indian pieces that look something akin to a cross between a dreamcatcher and an oversized pendant which shows a scene of a chain of elephants (65LE). Some Thai-made wooden wind chimes, in several sizes, also tickled our fancy, with the smallest selling for 125LE. Also on the list of must-checkout items at Africano Gallery are the shop's lamps, the best of which are made either of wood or copper; of the latter material, a Thai lamp in the form of a carved elephant head stood out (275LE) for its intricacy and detail, as well as its natural wooden finish. The copper ones, meanwhile, take on a more classic in appearance, with one of the standout ones including a pair shaped like classic torches (350LE for the pair). As much as we were impressed and initially struck by the quirkiness of Africano Gallery, we can't help the fact that the worst stuck in our heads more than the best did and that you'd find much of the shop's stock in other similar stores. Despite this, there were a few outstanding pieces.

Sights & Travel

6 Local Travel Groups That Will Help You Fall in Love with Egypt Again

6 Local Travel Groups That Will Help You Fall in Love with Egypt Again

Whichever side of the divisive #ThisIsEgypt campaign, there's no doubt that Egypt is filled with culturally rich landmarks and captivating attractions, not to mention marvellous hidden spots from the Eastern tip with all its underwater Red Sea wonders – Marsa Alam, Dahab and Sinai to name a few – to the Western end, which is home the incredibly peaceful and primitive Oasis that is Siwa. Outside of international tourism, though, we are guilty of not truly appreciating and embracing Egypt's lesser mainstream locations. If you're eager to discover Egypt through a different lens, though there are travel initiatives and companies that can kick-start your local tourism adventures. 1- Astrotrips: Founded in 2014, Astrotrips is Egypt's first astronomy initiative organising astronomy and exploratory trips. Founded by a team of travellers passionate about astronomy and discovering the untapped marvels in Egypt, Astrotrips combine cosmological flair with travelling to some of the more remote areas of the country. Astrotrips Upcoming Trips: Astrotrips' end of the year program includes hiking and observing constellations at Egypt's biggest summit, Saint Catherine Mountain on the 17th of December or camping at Wadi Baa'baa in Sinai on Christmas Eve; only make sure you book early as their trips sell out quickly. For more information about Astrotrips, click here. 2- Amaken Trips Amaken is another up-and-coming travel group, promising to provide travellers with exciting vacations alongside some cultural and natural education across Egypt. Amaken have taken their travellers across the Red Sea to Marsa Alam, Nuweiba, Dahab and many other destinations. Upcoming Trips: Join Amaken Trips' on the 17th of December, for a soothing meditation retreat to Nubia or sign up at their eventful trip to Siwa Oasis taking off on December 23rd. For more information about Amaken trips, click here. 3- Desert Adventures Egypt A travel group specialising in desert excursions from the east to west, Desert Adventures organises camping trips and safaris for travellers looking for a safe, exciting and relaxing desert expeditions across Egypt. Desert Adventures holds camping trips at Samuel Dunes in the Western desert, Safari trips in Sinai, Bedouin dinners at Cairo's Wadi Degla protectorate and many others. Upcoming Trips: Join Desert Adventures this New Year's on their 5 day trip to Siwa, taking off on December 29th. Follow Desert Adventures' upcoming trips right here. 4- Wild Guanabana Founded by Omar Samra, Egypt's most popular adventurer and travelling guru and the first Arab to reach Mount Everest summit, Wild Guanabana has been one of the top go-to travel initiatives if you're looking for a perfect unforgettable travelling journeys in Egypt and around the world. From climbing Kilimanjaro, experiencing the Berber life in Marrakech or a yoga retreat in Nepal, sightseeing in Cambodia and Thailand or mountain biking on Zaafarana road, Wild Guanabana's trips in and outside the borders will please every type of adventurer. Upcoming Trips: Join Wild Guanabana's Kayaking trip to Fayoum on December 24th and stay updated with their busy schedule of travels right here. 5- Kites From camping in the beautiful picturesque Wadi El Rayan, chilling in Nuweiba, or exciting safari trips in the desert, Kites is another local travelling initiative catering to all types of travellers. Upcoming trips: Kites December trips calendar includes a Nile cruise to Luxor and Aswan on December 18th, a camping trip to Wadi El Hitan on the 25th, whereas their end-of-the-year expedition begins on December 29th with their new year's trip to Siwa. For more information about Kites, click here. 6- Tourisma Another go-to local travel group if you're passionate about nature and adventure. Tourisma promises its travellers exciting safari trips exploring Egypt's deserts, diving into their mystical caves and admiring their nature. Within each trip, Tourisma organises fun games and activities to keep their travelers entertained at all times. Upcoming trips: Join Tourisma on their sandboarding trip to Wadi El Rayan on December 25th or on their New Year's trip to Ras Shetan and Saint Catherine on December 30th. For more information about Tourisma, click here. (Photo: Wild Guanabana/Facebook)

Books

Tahrir Book Fair: AUC Bookstore Offers Great Deals on Books & Gifts at Special Three-Day Event

Tahrir Book Fair: AUC Bookstore Offers Great Deals on Books & Gifts at Special Three-Day Event

In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest local book fairs in Egypt's capital – save for another particular annual international book fair – AUC Bookstore is set to welcome thousands of Cairenes for a three-day extravaganza, starting on Friday 11th of December on Tahrir campus. The Tahrir Book Fair will see the shop slash prices by 20% as well as offer books for a mere 10LE – that's 10LE, which isn't even enough to buy a decent meal these days. In addition to the store itself being the hub of the fair, the campus will also be peppered with stands and stalls offering similarly zany deals books and other book-related bric-a-brac, with purchases of 200LE and more gaining you a 50LE voucher that can be used with AUC Bookstore's stand at the aforementioned particular annual international book fair – the Cairo International Book Fair. For the folks at AUC Bookstore, the fair marks a significant 2015. In October of this year, the Kasr El Aini entrance to the AUC Bookstore in Downtown was reopened having been closed since the revolution – and it was made out to be quite the occasion. On the face of it, one might ask "why the big deal?" and one might have a point. After all, the shop was accessible through its other entrance along Sheikh Rihan Street. For many who frequent the shop and have come to rely on it as a go-to for their literary needs, the closing was symbolic of the struggle and the disappointments of the revolution. With the entrance now open, however, AUC Bookstore can and will take its place as one of the most important bookstores in Cairo. The Tahrir Book Fair will run from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of December between 10AM and 6PM.

TV & DVD

Netflix in Egypt: 10 Tips & Tricks to Get the Most Out of the On-Demand Streaming Service

Netflix in Egypt: 10 Tips & Tricks to Get the Most Out of the On-Demand Streaming Service

After a long and gruelling wait, revolutionary streaming website, Netflix, arrived in Egypt as part of its global expansion, providing on-demand media content at a click of a button. Questions of how Egypt's notoriously shaky internet services will handle the arrival aside, we can essentially watch what we want, when we want. But as are most things on the abyss that is world wide web, things aren't as clear-cut as one might think, which is why we've put together a list of some things you need to know to get the most out of it before you become an avid Netflix user. 1. Manage Data Usage When Streaming from Phone or Tablet If you're out and about and want to stream Netflix on your phone or tablet, there's a way to do it without ripping through most of your data. All you have to do is log into Netflix from your phone or desktop browser, go to "Your Account", press on 'Playback Settings', followed by 'Manage video quality' then finally set your Netflix to the 'lowest streaming quality' – (typically 480p). 2. Unblock Movies Restricted by Country Media Hint is a website providing an unblocking service to movies and TV shows that are restricted by country or region. The website offers a 7 day free trial then you pay around 4$ per month, for every unblocked content on Netflix. 3. Find Movies Outside Recommended Pages If you want to go well beyond Netflix' recommended pages and check out other genres or content, use this link or check out Neflix's List of Genres right here. 4. Find out if Someone is Using your Account and Stop them If you suspect malicious usage of your Netflix account or some of the episodes are being shown as 'watched' when you haven't watched them, here's how you prevent hackers from stealing your Netflix account: Go to 'Your Account', then 'Viewing Activity' then 'See recent account access' and see if any of the device locations look weird. To sign these locations out, go back to 'Your Account', click 'Sign out of all devices', which may take up to three days to go into effect and change your password. 5. Check Rotten Tomatoes To Sort your Netflix Movies If you get baffled on what movies you should be watching on Netflix, movie reviewing website, Rotten Tomatoes has a scoring system-Tomatometer-which scores movies based on critics and users' feedback. Rotten Tomatoes has a ranking system for Netflix on-demand movies. 6. Use Nenhancer for Optimum Netflix Experience NEnhancer is a useful extension enhancing your Netflix experience by providing you with all the information you need about movies, trailers and their IMDB ratings. Nenhancer's old extension is available free through this link or you can get the new one for $1 a year through the Netflix website. 7. Keyboard Extensions If you are planning to spend hours on Netflix, you might as well learn a few keyboard extensions to make your life easier: press F for full screen, Shift + Left Arrow to rewind, Shift + Right Arrow to fast-forward your video, M to mute, Up/ Down arrow to increase and decrease volume, Enter to play or pause and finally ESC to exit full screen mode. 8. Learn About New Releases Use Netflix Middle East Facebook page, What's on Netflix fansite or What's New on Netflix to learn about Netflix latest movies, documentaries and TV shows. 9. Catch Netflix Movies before they Disappear The Now Streaming Pod has a selection of the shows that are removed from Netflix every week. 10. Leave Your Viewing Experience to Others If you don't know what to watch and want to leave it up to fate, try Netflix Roulette, the go-to website which leaves it up to others to pick movies for you and helps you figure out what to watch next. Happy Watching! 
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