Cairo 360 Guide to Cairo, Egypt

Events

Tue 06
  • Dokkan & Ahmed Safi at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dokkan & Ahmed Safi at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dec 06 10:30 pm to Dec 07 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    A special night of live music awaits this Tuesday at CJC, as Sukoon frontman, Ahmed Safi, plays an acoustic set of his indie originals, with the...
  • Naseer Shamma at Cairo Opera House
    Naseer Shamma at Cairo Opera House
    Dec 06 8:00 pm to Dec 06 10:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Iraqi musician and renowned oud player, Naseer Shamma, will perform live in the Main Hall of Cairo Opera House. Tickets are available at the...
  • Marwan Sobhy at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Marwan Sobhy at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Dec 06 6:00 pm to Dec 06 8:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Egyptian poet, Marwan Sobhy, takes over the River Hall this Tuesday at El Sawy Culturewheel for a special spoken-word performance. Tickets...
  • Mawawil at Makan
    Mawawil at Makan
    Dec 06 8:00 pm to Dec 06 10:00 pm - Makan
    Join Mawawil for an evening of traditional Nile Delta music with Gamalat Shiha and Gamal El Tohamy at Makan. Tickets are 30LE. For more...
  • Shahira Kamal Band at Room Art Space
    Shahira Kamal Band at Room Art Space
    Dec 06 8:00 pm to Dec 06 11:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Recently formed in October of this year, the Shahira Kamal Band present a collection of indie Arabic originals on the stage of 3elbt Alwan in...
Wed 07
  • Nuckin' Futs at The Tap Maadi
    Nuckin' Futs at The Tap Maadi
    Dec 07 9:00 pm to Dec 08 2:00 am - The Tap
    Bringing together some of Cairo's best musicians, Nuckin' Futs make a surprise return with a performance at The Tap Maadi. For more...
  • Boogie Night Ft. DJ Ramy DJunkie at Cairo Jazz Club
    Boogie Night Ft. DJ Ramy DJunkie at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dec 07 10:30 pm to Dec 08 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    The Boogie Monster himself, DJ Ramy, brings the groove back to CJC. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended; call 02-3345-9939.
  • Shereen Abdo at 3elbt Alwan
    Shereen Abdo at 3elbt Alwan
    Dec 07 8:00 pm to Dec 07 10:00 pm - 3elbt Alwan
    3elbt Alwan in Zamalek hosts a jazzy night, as Shereen Abdo takes to stage to perform a number of classics by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday and...
  • Jazz Nights at Jazz Bar
    Jazz Nights at Jazz Bar
    Dec 07 9:00 pm to Dec 08 1:00 am - Jazz Bar
    Kempinski Nile Hotel's Jazz Bar welcomes one and all for a mid-week dose of live jazz, with singer Noha Fekry, pianist Rami Attallah and...
  • DJ Teddy Adel at the Tap East
    DJ Teddy Adel at the Tap East
    Dec 07 10:00 pm to Dec 08 2:00 am - The Tap East
    DJ Teddy Adel takes to the decks at the Tap East in New Cairo for a night of all your favourite commercial hits. For reservations, contact the Tap...
Thu 08
  • Cochlea Anniversary at Venue Lounge & Bar
    Cochlea Anniversary at Venue Lounge & Bar
    Dec 08 10:00 pm to Dec 09 3:00 am - Venue Lounge & Bar
    Event organiser, Cochlea, marks an impressive first year with what's shaping up to be an even more impressive anniversary party that will see...
  • Nu Disco with Fairouz T + Ayman Nageeb at The Tap Maadi
    Nu Disco with Fairouz T + Ayman Nageeb at The Tap Maadi
    Dec 08 9:00 pm to Dec 09 2:00 am - The Tap
    The Tap Maadi kicks off the weekend with a dose of nu disco courtesy of Fairouz T and Ayman Nageeb. For more information and reservations, contact...
  • Firehood at Cairo Jazz Club
    Firehood at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dec 08 10:30 pm to Dec 09 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Brace yourselves all hard rock lovers, for local band, Firehood, as they take to the CJC stage for the first time with covers of classics by the...
  • Nesma Abdel Aziz at Cairo Opera House
    Nesma Abdel Aziz at Cairo Opera House
    Dec 08 8:00 pm to Dec 08 10:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Marimba player, Nesma Abdel Aziz, takes to the Open Air Theatre stage at Cairo Opera House. Tickets are 35LE and are available at the Cairo Opera...
  • Dance Grooves with Armen V at the Tap East
    Dance Grooves with Armen V at the Tap East
    Dec 08 10:00 pm to Dec 09 2:00 am - The Tap East
    DJ Armen V is the man in charge of the music this Friday night at The Tap East in the New Cairo. For more information and reservations, call 0101...
Fri 09
  • Blurr Entertainment: ROOTS at Nineteen Twenty Five
    Blurr Entertainment: ROOTS at Nineteen Twenty Five
    Dec 09 2:00 pm to Dec 09 11:00 pm - Nineteen Twenty Five
    Blurr Entertainment kicks off a brand new series, ROOTS, which strips down the clubbing experience to the raw basics, with a tasty-looking line-up...
  • Minus T at The Tap East
    Minus T at The Tap East
    Dec 09 9:00 pm to Dec 10 3:00 am - The Tap East
    The Tap East in New Cairo hosts a rare gig from one of the country's most versatile DJs, Minus T. For more information and reservations,...
  • Minus T at the Tap East
    Minus T at the Tap East
    Dec 09 9:00 pm to Dec 10 3:00 am - The Tap East
    The Tap East in New Cairo hosts a rare gig from one of the country's most versatile DJs, Minus T. For more information and reservations,...
  • DeeRailed & Special K at Cairo Jazz Club
    DeeRailed & Special K at Cairo Jazz Club
    Dec 09 10:00 pm to Dec 10 2:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Friday at Cairo Jazz Club sees a double whammy of house music, with DeeRailed and Special K set to take to the decks. For reservations, call...
  • 'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Dec 09 3:00 pm to Dec 24 2:00 pm - Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Lead by Spanish choreographer, Libertad Pozo, the Cairo Contemprary Dance Centre hosts a five-day movement and composition workshop, which...
Sat 10
  • Mada Birthday Party at Swiss Club Cairo
    Mada Birthday Party at Swiss Club Cairo
    Dec 10 4:00 pm to Dec 10 11:00 pm - Swiss Club Cairo
    Mada Masr celebrates its third anniversary with a special event at Swiss Club Cairo that will see the likes of Loulii, Islam Chipsy and Safi...
  • 'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Dec 09 3:00 pm to Dec 24 2:00 pm - Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Lead by Spanish choreographer, Libertad Pozo, the Cairo Contemprary Dance Centre hosts a five-day movement and composition workshop, which...
  • Strawberry Swing at 3elbt Alwan
    Strawberry Swing at 3elbt Alwan
    Dec 10 8:00 pm to Dec 10 10:00 pm - 3elbt Alwan
    3elbt Alwan in Zamalek welcomes Coldplay-cover band, Strawberry Swing, who take to the stage for a special performance. For more information, call...
  • Mashrou3 Al Mareekh at Darb 1718
    Mashrou3 Al Mareekh at Darb 1718
    Dec 10 7:00 pm to Dec 10 10:00 pm - Darb 1718
    Providing a platform for Cairo's most talented, Mashrou3 Al Mareekh is back at Darb 17 18. As always, you're encouraged to leave your hang...
  • Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House
    Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House
    Dec 10 8:00 pm to Dec 10 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    The Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs its concert at Cairo Opera House's Main Hall. Tickets are available at the Cairo Opera House ticket...
Sun 11
  • 'Doctor Strange' Screening at 3elbt Alwan
    'Doctor Strange' Screening at 3elbt Alwan
    Dec 11 7:30 pm to Dec 11 9:30 pm - 3elbt Alwan
    3elbt Alwan hosts the screening of Marvel's Doctor Strange, which tells of A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be...
  • 'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Dec 09 3:00 pm to Dec 24 2:00 pm - Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Lead by Spanish choreographer, Libertad Pozo, the Cairo Contemprary Dance Centre hosts a five-day movement and composition workshop, which...
  • Cairo Art Fair II at Arts-Mart
    Cairo Art Fair II at Arts-Mart
    Dec 09 12:00 pm to Feb 15 8:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart welcomes the city's art-lovers for an event like no other! The second edition of Cairo Art Fair is set to host over 700 pieces by...
  • 'Dynamics' Exhibition at SOMA Art Gallery
    'Dynamics' Exhibition at SOMA Art Gallery
    Dec 05 12:00 pm to Dec 26 9:00 pm - SOMA Art Gallery
    SOMA Art Gallery hosts 'Dynamics' exhibition, presenting the works of artists Nehad Saeed and Mostafa El Husseiny. For more information...
  • 'Threads' Exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery
    'Threads' Exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery
    Dec 04 11:00 am to Jan 05 8:00 pm - Mashrabia Gallery
    Downtown's Mashrabia Gallery hosts 'Threads' - the latest exhibition by Italian-Mexican artist, Carlos Torio, who presents a...
Mon 12
  • 'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    'Connecting' Workshop at Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Dec 09 3:00 pm to Dec 24 2:00 pm - Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre
    Lead by Spanish choreographer, Libertad Pozo, the Cairo Contemprary Dance Centre hosts a five-day movement and composition workshop, which...
  • Cairo Art Fair II at Arts-Mart
    Cairo Art Fair II at Arts-Mart
    Dec 09 12:00 pm to Feb 15 8:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    Arts-Mart welcomes the city's art-lovers for an event like no other! The second edition of Cairo Art Fair is set to host over 700 pieces by...
  • 'Dynamics' Exhibition at SOMA Art Gallery
    'Dynamics' Exhibition at SOMA Art Gallery
    Dec 05 12:00 pm to Dec 26 9:00 pm - SOMA Art Gallery
    SOMA Art Gallery hosts 'Dynamics' exhibition, presenting the works of artists Nehad Saeed and Mostafa El Husseiny. For more information...
  • 'Threads' Exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery
    'Threads' Exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery
    Dec 04 11:00 am to Jan 05 8:00 pm - Mashrabia Gallery
    Downtown's Mashrabia Gallery hosts 'Threads' - the latest exhibition by Italian-Mexican artist, Carlos Torio, who presents a...
  • 'Hassan Soliman' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Hassan Soliman' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    Dec 04 11:00 am to Dec 22 9:30 pm - Picasso Gallery
    Picasso Art Gallery hosts an exhibition by the Egyptian artist Hassan Soliman, presenting a number of his paintings. For more information call...

Highlights

Restaurants

8 Restaurant: Authentic Asian Cuisine Meets Fine-Dining at Four Seasons Nile Plaza

8 Restaurant: Authentic Asian Cuisine Meets Fine-Dining at Four Seasons Nile Plaza

News flash: everything you've ever thought you've known about Chinese cuisine is false. It's become common knowledge that Chinese staples such as chop suey and even fortune cookies are products of Western appropriation, but authentic Chinese cuisine is even further away from what we know. This is no more apparent in Egypt than at Four Seasons Nile Plaza's 8 Restaurant – a sophisticated eatery that largely stands untroubled in its position as the best high-end Chinese restaurant in Cairo. While it has the five-star hotel finish that you expect, there's also a certain element of lived-in nonchalance, best exhibited by various ornamental touches that stand apart from the sleeker aesthetic it also boasts. The staff – who are mostly of Asian descent – also add to this balance, in that they're almost clinically attentive and prompt, but warm and welcoming all the same. There's also a certain balance to the menu, which covers all tastes – meat, chicken, seafood, vegetarian, fried, fresh and much more – across an eclectic selection of dishes. Inspired by 8's weekly Friday dim sum buffet, we chose to start with what turned out to be possibly the best example of the Chinese dumpling in the city. The steamed shrimp dumpling (115LE/3 pieces) was delicious, though lacked any noticeable traces of bamboo shoots as stated in the menu, while the shrimp and fried goose liver dim sum (95LE/ 3 pieces, was cooked to perfection – and by that we mean without dripping with oil – with the goose liver and shrimp working out as a surprisingly good combo, particularly the former which was smooth and of noticeably good quality. The mains, however, is when you realise how skewed mainstream Chinese cuisine has become; everything at 8 is incredibly fresh and light – two things you don't usually associate with this type of food. Seasoning and other herb-usage is restrained, leaving the food do speak for itself. The Slowly Roasted Scallop dish (365LE) is the perfect example of this; served in a chilli butter sauce, the scallop pieces were a little tougher than one would hope, but the simplicity of the dish is genius and the accompanying stewed vegetables made for an even simpler but sensible side. A second scallop dish, this time with sautéed beef (360LE), showed the slightly more complex side of things at 8's kitchen. With the scallops being sautéed rather than roasted, the consistency was much better, while its combination with the beef and its juices was perfect. The only disappointment was that the satay sauce mentioned in the menu was pretty indiscernible. We gobbled down our delicate dishes with another seemingly familiar dish – wok fried egg noodles (92LE). Unlike the jumble of a dish we are used to calling noodles, 8's version doesn't throw a load of stuff into the wok – all the elements work for a certain reason; the noodles themselves have a slight dryness that leaves the vegetables and mushrooms to add a textural touch and a depth in flavour. And this seems like the key to 8's success – although the dishes seem simple (the menu affords each item nothing more than a few words as descriptions) each ingredient is treated with the utmost respect and serves a purpose within its dish. Typical hotel prices aside, 8 offers a unique culinary experience that no Asian restaurant can quite measure up to in Cairo.

Health & Fitness

Peace at The Palace: The Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski's End of Year Spa Offers

Peace at The Palace: The Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski's End of Year Spa Offers

Only one year after opening its pearly gates, The Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski has very much established itself as one of the best hotels in the city – spend one visit to the spa, one night in a room or one evening at The Palace's restaurants and you'll know exactly what we're talking about. It's this year of all-round lavishness that The Palace celebrated this month with some suitably lavish style and its set to continue into the New Year. The hotel's resident paradise of Asian cuisine, Yana, will now be open for lunch as well as dinner, while 1897 Bar and Cigar lounge shall remain to be the hotspot where you sit back, sip on your drink while a live singer chants 5 days a week. Because Thursday are special, 1897 Bar brings its signature Cigar Nights to live weekly; perfect if you are a bold Cigar smoker! The awesome news is that Bab Al Qasr's weekly wiggle shall continue into the festive season with Egypt's most in-demand belly-dancer, Amie Sultan, whose performances have come to be a staple for weekends in Cairo. But if you're looking to kick-off the New Year with peace of mind, then look no further than The Palace's world-class spa facilities at The Resense Spa, which has some mighty fine end of year membership packages and special discounts for the festive season. Ranging from the one-month Topaz package, to the six-month, to the twelve-month Amethyst package, the offers include all kinds of extras, including complimentary fitness assessments, to discounts on dining and specific treatments for both singles and couples (see below). What's more is that to mark the New Year, the folk at The Palace are offering a 20% discount on the 6-month and one year packages. Topaz - 1 month Single 2,250 LE/ Couple 3,980 LE Benefits (*): -1 Complimentary Fitness Assessment -10% discount on all Spa treatments -10% discount on Personal Training session -15% discount on F&B dining experience -Valet parking up to 3 hours at the hotel's car park -Complimentary access to the outdoor swimming pool Emerald – 3 months Single 6,150 LE /Couple 11,500 LE Benefits (*): -1 Complimentary Fitness Assessment -1 Complimentary Personal Training session -10% discount on all Spa treatments -10% discount on Personal Training sessions -15% discount on F&B dining experience -Valet parking up to 3 hours at the hotel's car park Complimentary access to the outdoor swimming pool Sapphire – 6 months Single 11,100 LE / Couple 21,000 LE Benefits (*): -2 Complimentary Fitness Assessments -2 Complimentary Personal Training sessions -Complimentary access to the outdoor swimming pool -10% discount on all Spa treatments -10% discount on Personal Training sessions -Ability to freeze the membership up to 1 month -15% discount on F&B dining experience -10% discount on hotel's laundry -Valet parking up to 3 hours at the hotel's car park Amethyst – 12 months Single 19,800 LE / Couple 36,500 LE Benefits (*): -4 Complimentary Fitness Assessments -4 Complimentary Personal Training sessions -Complimentary use of outdoor swimming pool -20% discount on all Spa Treatments -10% discount on Personal Training sessions -10 Complimentary visitor passes for the spa & fitness facilities -10% discount on spa retail products -Ability to freeze the membership up to 3 months -15% discount on F&B dining experience -10% discount on hotel's laundry -Valet parking up to 3 hours at the hotel's car park *Terms and conditions apply For more information on, check out The Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski's Facebook page or call 02-2389-9000.

Cafés

Talk: Fresh Juices, Coffees & More on Zamalek's Busy Brazil Street

Talk: Fresh Juices, Coffees & More on Zamalek's Busy Brazil Street

Without much fuss about the many other issues that Egypt has been facing of late, the general leap of prices can't pass unnoticed. Casting its shadows over the pockets of any given person, even the simple pleasure of enjoying a cup of coffee in a café somehow has become an inconvenience – especially if it happens to be a daily habit. Consequently, one has to face the dilemma of choosing between good quality and good prices. Promising to offer both, the recently-opened Talk in Zamalek gives a wide range of choices with its extensive menu, which comprises a variety of fresh juices, hot drinks, desserts and cold-cut sandwiches. Located on Brazil Street – where Nola Cupcake used to be – the two-storey café boasts a simple setting; while the first floor has a preparation counter and an ice cream display, the seating area on the second floor is furnished with canvas-covered wooden chairs and simple tables. Despite being functionally furnished, the seating area is noticeably ill-ventilated, which makes it uncomfortable for a long stay. For refreshment, we opted for pineapple juice (23LE) and watermelon with mint (18LE). Finding the first unavailable, we ordered orange juice (18LE) instead. The waiter asked whether we would like to add sugar to any of the drinks, so we added sugar to the watermelon mint, since it's out-of-season nowadays, to make sure that the drink will be sweet. Cold, fresh and naturally sweet, the orange juice was refreshing and aromatic – especially with the slice of fresh orange added to the drink. Despite its brown chocolate-like colour, that meanwhile, the watermelon mint was delicious, and the subtle minty taste gave it a kick without overpowering the taste of the watermelon or the sweetness of the drink as a whole. Still craving for something sweet, we checked the dessert menu, which has a variety of items including brownies, cupcakes and cheesecake. Not yet blinded by our craving, we noticed the many spelling mistakes the menu suffered from; to begin with, dessert is fatally spelt 'desert', which, ironically enough, was the case at the time of our visit to Talk. None of the other items were available at the time of our visit, apart from the ice cream, but not in the form of Thai rolls promised in the menu. Settling for basic ice cream, we opted for peanut butter and lemon (15LE each) flavoured scoops. Creamy, flavoursome and with a nice crunch made by the ground peanuts in it, the peanut butter ice cream was exceptional. Not as creamy, meanwhile, the light-textured lemon - which is more like sorbet than ice cream- was deliciously zesty. But we reached the utmost satisfaction when we tried the Nespresso cappuccino (23LE) and latte (25LE). With the help of the waiter, who was impressively clued up on the different intensities of the coffee that they offer, we went for the lightest for the first and for the latter we chose coffee of medium intensity. The quality of the coffee, of course, played a major role in both, but the cappuccino was excellent with its rich foam, while the latte had the perfect balance between cream and coffee. Though nearly all the food items were unavailable at the time of our visit, the items we did try were of good quality; from the fresh juices, to the delicious ice cream. More significantly in light of that, however, the prices are reasonable, ensuring that Talk delivers what it promises.

Arts & Culture

Freedom After Prison: A Different Side of  Inji Aflatoun at Safar Khan

Freedom After Prison: A Different Side of Inji Aflatoun at Safar Khan

While the late Inji Efflatoun has become known for her colourful paintings, Safar Khan Gallery's current exhibition shines a light on Efflatoun's ink-on-paper collection, 'Freedom After Prison'. Utilising the chosen materials through different techniques, Efflatoun created a diverse collection of sketches, which depicts life in the Egyptian countryside. In some of the paintings, Efflatoun used staccato pen strokes to form the scene. One of them is 'Rest Time', in which the artist drew the masses of resting workers, adding a touch of detail here and there to break the detachment of the outlines. On the other hand, other paintings boast a flowing outline, especially the ones including palm trees and greenery. In one of the best pieces in the exhibition, Efflatoun not only studies the form of palm leaves, but she also adds a creative touch to this simple form, filling the thin outline of the element with waves of ink, using the wide tip of a black marker. Merging between the previous two techniques, Efflatoun drew a number of scenes that portray the dwellings of the peasants. For example, in one of the paintings, the artist used a continuous outline to draw the houses, while pen strokes were used to form the shape of other details, like palm trees or straw ceilings. Where necessary, Efflatoun used the wide tip of the marker for creating shades. Though the different shades of ink are dominant in this exhibition, the gallery shows four paintings in colour, three of which are by Efflatoun herself and the fourth is by the exhibition's guest of honour, the late Taheya Halim. While two of Efflatoun's were placed in near the front desk, making it difficult for the viewer to have a close look at them under the stares of the curators, the third, which portrays the artist while working in a simple set of brush strokes, is placed amidst the other ink paintings. However, being the guest of honour, Halim's Painting, which depicts a Nubian couple seated on a bench, is centred on the wall facing the entrance. And whether in colours, or merely painting using ink, 'Freedom After Prison' is sheer proof of the artist's brilliant ability to create animated paintings using different mediums.

Shopping

Inca & Co.: A One Stop Shop for All Your Interior Design Needs

Inca & Co.: A One Stop Shop for All Your Interior Design Needs

The common notion in the Egyptian market that the word 'Imported' stands for good quality has lead many business owners to neglect Egyptian-made products and even take pride in offering the costumer the imported ones. Now that almost everything we buy has been manufactured abroad, one can't help but be impressed when finding quality products with the label 'Made in Egypt'. Among the local brands that are swimming against the tide, Inca & Co. offers a variety of furniture textiles and fabrics, which are designed by Egyptian artists and mostly manufactured in Egypt. Located on 26th of July Street next to Drinkies in Zamalek, the spacious shop well-organised and efficiently set-out. On the left, is a collection of fabrics is displayed on wall-mounted metal tubes, while other products, like cushions, are shelved on the other side. At the centre of the shop, a number of swatch books are displayed on a rectangular island. One of the collections that can be found in the swatch books is 'The Road to Marrakesh', whose relatively light fabrics can be perfect for beach house furniture. From this collection, we liked a white fabric embroidered in black with a simple floral design (340LE per metre). With a more complex design of flowers and birds, 'Mexico Passion' (460LE per metre) boasts a heavier material, durable for daily-use furniture. Not as heavy is the curtain-suitable 'Winter Dust' (325LE per metre), whose geometrical patterns come in various colours, including beige and light blue. Besides fabrics, Inca & Co. has a versatile collection of products, including cushions (medium 325LE / Large 375LE), poufs (1150LE) and mattresses of different shapes and size. From the latter we liked the over-sized squared mattress (1980LE), which can comfortably take two persons, as well as a more firm mattress for a single person (890LE). And like any Textile shop, none of the displayed items are available for instant purchasing; while the fabrics are received four days after placing the order, other products take to 10 days, which you can customise by choosing the fabric and adding tassels for an extra fee of 65LE. In the textiles business, both durability and design are of great importance. And while Inca & Co. designs mainly cater to modern settings, the diverse collection promises good quality and taste – but at a price. 

City Life

Five Ways the New Emaar Egypt Community App Makes Life a Whole Lot Easier

Five Ways the New Emaar Egypt Community App Makes Life a Whole Lot Easier

The digital age, as they call it, has brought everything – and we mean everything – a touch away through that small little thing we have come to take for granted: the smartphone. There's an app for pretty much everything these days and one of the latest to shake up the way we do things day to day comes courtesy of Emaar Egypt – the folks behind the likes of Uptown Cairo, Marassi and Mivida. As if life was so hard in these communities, the app which is available on Android and iOS exclusively to homeowners, could actually make their lives easier. Don't believe us? Behold... You Can Request Services Nothing's worse than when you're chilling at home on a lazy Friday afternoon ready to get some pool-time and realising it needs to be cleaned. With the Emaar Egypt Community App, you can requests everything from housekeeping to changing bulbs or trimming the garden ensuring that nothing ruins the all-relaxing weekend your heart desires. You Can Stay Up-to-Date with All the Fun Stuff Whether you love to roam a bazaar at Mivida while um-ing and ah-ing at the various treats before you, or maintaining the strict work-out regime that only Uptown's personal gym trainer can make you commit to, the Emaar Egypt app lets you stay in the know about events, activities and other pursuits of leisure. It's like having your own executive assistant, but without all the sass. You Can Save your Marriage So here's the scenario: you've been working extra hours to impress your new manager and your wife has been nagging you because you're not spending time with the kids. If things aren't bad enough, you've just remembered that it's her birthday and you've forgotten. Nooooooooo! But wait – with the app, you can find a place that will deliver a cake immediately. Birthday – and marriage – saved. For now. You Can Make Sure Everything Taken Care of at Before Going to Marassi for the Weekend There's one thing we all dread about the start of Sahel Season – opening up the house after the long winter months. Everything needs to cleaned and aired out – and you're likely to find a thing or two that need to be fixed/replaced/set-up/generally worked on. With the app, however, you can ensure that you can book the help you need to get it all done – because the first day of Sahel Season shouldn't be taxing. You Can Become Part of the Most Advanced 'Smart Community' in Egypt Essentially, the Emaar Egypt Community App is a big step towards the weird and wonderful world of smart communities – a concept that Emaar seems to be especially fond of, like some kind a technologically utopian future. What is the role of technology? Apart from maybe creating robot butlers (which someone needs to do immediately), it's to make out lives easier and just generally better. It makes it easier by allowing you to report a broken manhole with your community's app with a location-tagged photo without the long waits on the call-center hotline, for example. How does it make life better? Well that's where the Privilege Program comes in, granting users access to special offers and discounts from some of the region's top retailers and service providers. Because who doesn't love a good discount or two?

TV & DVD

Westworld: Sci-Fi, Western & Drama All in One Highly Addictive Show

Westworld: Sci-Fi, Western & Drama All in One Highly Addictive Show

HBO has turned into a juggernaut of a network with shows like The Leftovers, Ballers and Game of Thrones, among its several hit series. The latest show to come out is 'the much anticipated Westworld, and four episodes in, we're already excited. The show is based on the same outline of a movie of the same name written and directed by the creator of Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton. Adapted for TV by Jonathon Nolan – Christopher Nolan's brother – and his wife Lisa Joy, the series boasts a star-studded cast including Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins, just to name a few. The show takes place in an unknown year in the future, which has a Western-themed amusement park \ inhabited completely by androids called 'hosts' in which the visitors – after paying a high fee – go to basically do whatever they want and play out their fantasies, be it a law dispensing sheriff, or a gun slinging outlaw -that's up to them to decide. Covering several angles and perspectives of both visitors and hosts, the show relays the message of power and control, while questioning morality and what it is to be human, with some of the hosts acting off script, as they become more and more sentient while showing more humanity than the visitors. Superbly acted by everyone involved, Westoworld is also brilliantly directed, with great wide shots delivering the almost never ending scope of the park, with an interesting plot in the background making it one of the most interesting shows of the year. HBO has shown a lot of faith in the project and has it plotted for five seasons, which is a good sign – they're in it for the long haul. However, that doesn't guarantee anything; HBO's Rome – another great show – was plotted for five seasons, but ended up lasting for just two, due to low ratings and high costs, despite being well received by its small audience. Holding the Game of Thrones spot on its off season is a big thing, and people are already talking about the show potentially becoming the next GOT in both scale and popularity, which is saying a lot – and all that with just four episodes.

Music

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct: Metallica Return to Form with First Studio Album in Eight Years

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct: Metallica Return to Form with First Studio Album in Eight Years

Having released no new material for almost a decade, Metallica finally return to the scene with their latest album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. Written mostly by James Hatfield and Lars Ulrich, this is the first album that doesn't include any song writing contributions from Kirk Hammett since he joined the band in 1983; when the album was being written, he lost his phone in a Copenhagen airport which included 250 riff ideas so he had to start from scratch. The two disk album has 12 tracks in total with 6 on each that still retain the thrash metal vibe that Metallica has come to be known for. Following the same fast pace, the first song ,'Hardwired' starts with a steady drum and guitar riff that will get you head banging and tapping your feet in no time. With strong songs like 'Moth into Flame' and 'Halo on Fire', the first disk has the familiar thrash tropes that make it what it is; it's fast, it's hard, it's in your face and has an attitude, which is what makes Metallica so awesome. However, the first disk is not without fault; the fifth song 'Dream No More' feels out of place musically as its rhythm and guitar work doesn't feel cohesive with the rest of the songs on the disk, as if it was supposed to be on a different disk or in another album as it goes from fast then slow and conflicting itself. The second disk, on the other hand, starts on a different note with songs like 'Am I Savage?' and 'Here Comes Revenge' following a slower tone than the rest of the album, though 'Spit out the Bone' might be the fastest song on the whole album and will surely make you feel like you need to catch your breath afterwards. As a whole, the album sounds like one huge song, especially the first disk which feels fluid and, in a way, follows a rhythmic pattern; however, the second feels a bit tamed and toned down, as even though it has some fast-as-lighting guitar work, it still lacks some oomph to it. Still, it offers a level of satisfaction for diehard fans who have waited for eight years for new material. All in all, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct is a great addition to the band's discography; the band members have given it their all, while not showing their age. We just hope it doesn't take them another eight years till the next one 
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