Cairo 360 Guide to Cairo, Egypt

Events

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...
  • RiseUp Summit 2016
    RiseUp Summit 2016
    Dec 09 9:00 am to Dec 11 8:00 pm - The Greek Campus, 28 Falaki St., Downtown Cairo
    MENA and Africa's biggest entrepreneurship event returns, as the Greek Campus welcomes speakers, workshops, performers and more over what is...
  • Hip-Hop Night with kidmims; & Anis at The Tap East
    Hip-Hop Night with kidmims; & Anis at The Tap East
    Dec 10 9:00 pm to Dec 11 3:00 am - The Tap East
    The Tap East in New Cairo ends the weekend with a night of hip-hop courtesy of kidmims; and Anis. For more information and reservations, contact...
  • '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...
Sun 11
  • RiseUp Summit 2016
    RiseUp Summit 2016
    Dec 09 9:00 am to Dec 11 8:00 pm - The Greek Campus, 28 Falaki St., Downtown Cairo
    MENA and Africa's biggest entrepreneurship event returns, as the Greek Campus welcomes speakers, workshops, performers and more over what is...
  • '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...
  • 'Last Works' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Last Works' 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 last paintings. For more information...
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...
  • 'Last Works' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Last Works' 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 last paintings. For more information...
  • '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...
Tue 13
  • '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...
  • 'Last Works' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Last Works' 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 last paintings. For more information...
  • '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...
Wed 14
  • '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...
  • 'Last Works' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Last Works' 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 last paintings. For more information...
  • '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...
Thu 15
  • '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...
  • Christmas Shopping Weekend at The Curve Promenade
    Christmas Shopping Weekend at The Curve Promenade
    Dec 15 11:00 am to Dec 17 11:00 pm - The Curve
    The Curve Promenade in Sheikh Zayed hosts Christmas Shopping Weekend bazaar, which comprises a number of exibitors presenting Egyptian-made...
  • 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...
  • 'Last Works' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Last Works' 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 last paintings. For more information...
  • '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...
Fri 16
  • '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...
  • Christmas Shopping Weekend at The Curve Promenade
    Christmas Shopping Weekend at The Curve Promenade
    Dec 15 11:00 am to Dec 17 11:00 pm - The Curve
    The Curve Promenade in Sheikh Zayed hosts Christmas Shopping Weekend bazaar, which comprises a number of exibitors presenting Egyptian-made...
  • 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...
  • Friday Brunch at Kempinski Nile Hotel
    Friday Brunch at Kempinski Nile Hotel
    Dec 16 1:00 pm to Dec 16 6:00 pm - Kempinski Nile Hotel, Garden City
    Garden City’s Kempinski Nile Hotel welcomes one and all for lavish ballroom buffet. 250LE++ per person. For more information and...
  • 'Last Works' Exhibition at Picasso Art Gallery
    'Last Works' 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 last paintings. For more information...

Highlights

Restaurants

15 Awesome Desserts in Cairo That You Need to Try, Like, Right Now

15 Awesome Desserts in Cairo That You Need to Try, Like, Right Now

Something that happens to most of us whenever we go out to grab a bite; we eat way too much without leaving room for dessert. Let's be real - the 'dessert stomach' is a myth and so this article is a wakeup call to show you what you've been missing, while you've been busy devouring pizzas, burgers and whatnot. Here are 15 must-tries across Cairo's restaurants, cafes and dessert shops, because, well, what's a good meal without a perfect sweet-tooth-satisfying dessert? Banana Bread @ Eatery Showing that there's beauty in simplicity, Eatery's masterpiece is simply banana bread, topped with creamy mascarpone cheese and a grape syrup-dipped poached pear. What a showstopper! Elvis French Toast @ Mince Well, where do we start? The breathtaking caramel-drizzled Nutella and banana French toast, or the vanilla soft ice cream topping that's pimped up with cookies chunks? A perfect ending to a B.N.O (burger night out, duh) at Mince. Basbousa Ice Cream @ Frozzy Twist Yes, Basbosa ice cream does exist and yes it's delicious. Frozzy Twist combines two of our favourite desserts, creating the astounding basbosa-chunked ice cream. Now we can live in peace. Churros @ Cachimba We already love our churros done in the traditional way, but Cachimba's version of the famous dessert is a game changer; we're talking about vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two crispy churros, with a rich topping of chocolate sauce. Best eaten at home where no one can see you make a mess of yourself. Chocolate Chip Lava Cake @ Crave Step aside Chocolate Fondant, Crave's chocolate-chip Lava Cake is taking over as Cairo's go-to dessert. Prepare your cameras everyone – this chewy cookie cake's chocolate explosion is sooo Instagramable! Salted Caramel Crunch @ Haagen Dazs Layered desserts are the best and Haagen Dazs' salted caramel crunch is to-die-for with its beautiful layers of smooth salted caramel ice cream, crunchy wafer cone, almond nibs and caramel coulis. Deliciousness served in a glass. Pate a Choux @ Ovio You can't go wrong with cream puffs stuffed with vanilla ice cream and topped with craquelin and roasted almond and swimming in chocolate sauce. The French really do get desserts. Banana Croquette @ Mori Sushi Five explosive bites of crispy-coated fried banana slices with chocolate sauce and a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. It's not all about sushi at Mori Sushi. Kpmali Naashpathi @ Maharaja, Ramses Hilton The best way to finish an Indian dinner is by ordering their Kpmali Naashpathi for dessert. A traditional chocolate cake filled with chocolate frosting, topped with saffron-infused Poached Pear and served with two scoops of a amazing Cinnamon Ice Cream. Om Ali Feteer @ El Sid Two of the finest Egyptian desserts merged into one. El Sid - the cooler, hipper younger brother of popular chain, Abou El Sid - makes a burrito-like feteer stuffed with the ingredients of Om Ali, which surprisingly turns out to be an exquisite dessert. Cookies Crepe @ Dip n' Dip Dip n Dip, a.k.a chocolate heaven, stuffs its French crepes with cookies, top it with melted Belgian chocolate and call it the Cookies Crepes. Why aren't we at Dip n Dip yet? Almond Chocolate Tart @ IKEA Who says IKEA is just for shopping? Yes, we go eat at IKEA's restaurant and so should you. When you do, give their almond chocolate tart a try. It's an almond crust topped with custard, whipped cream and, wait for that…melted DAIM chocolate. Torta De Tres Leches @ Tabla LUNA Molten Chocolate Cake @ House of Cocoa The most talked about dessert in 2015-2016 is House of Cocoa's Molten Chocolate Cake. Yes, this is another dessert with a chocolatey volcanic explosion that is worth every kilobyte of space on your phone's memory card. Melting Chocolate Field @ Brew & Chew This one's a little more abstract. In short, this is a pool of melted Belgium chocolate covered with a crunchy shell of scrumptious cookie, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Once you dig in you won't be able to stop. This is definitely the best dessert at Brew & Chew.

Health & Fitness

KRISS: Cut, Bleach, Dye & Style at One of Cairo's Best Salons

KRISS: Cut, Bleach, Dye & Style at One of Cairo's Best Salons

What better way to spend a rainy afternoon in Cairo than looking out onto the flooded streets from a warm salon chair as someone brushes your hair? The visit to KRISS salon in New Cairo didn't exactly start out as seamlessly, though; the telephone manner of the receptionist was found wanting, to say the least, as she opted to cover the mouthpiece with her hand instead of putting me on hold as she hollered at a colleague for help because she didn't understand what a bleach and dye treatment was. Another let-down, was that of KRISS' six branches, only one features a ladies-only section- the New Cairo salon located opposite Rehab Gate 6, at The Corner Mall. However, things improved once inside the glass-front salon, which was a little on the small side square footage-wise, but cosy with cream-coloured walls, floors and decor. After being guided to a black patent-leather salon chair, one of the two ladies' stylists asked what was to be done. When treatments were added to the appointment that weren't previously arranged for, she was pleasantly accommodating and began to appraise the head of hair in question before getting started. The stylist stated that a cut would cost 150 LE, bleaching and dying would be 400 LE each (measured by how many millilitres of product was used) and the final styling would come to 100 LE. Altogether, a pricey day at the coiffeur, but the treatments are actually fairly priced when you consider them individually. The hair was spritzed with water and combed thoroughly before being braided and cut; KRISS is one of the few salons in Cairo that understands how to cut hair that is to be donated to Cancer foundations to be made into wigs. What they did with the remaining 12cm of hair was brilliant. Pixie cuts are becoming a trend among Egyptian women and KRISS has definitely caught on and learned a thing or two about how to create them. The stylist was precise – even snipping a little extra off after the final styling, making sure the 'do played up bone structure (including the now close-cut back of the head and nape of the neck). Then it was time for a bleaching – not exactly everyone's favourite experience; the stylist made sure to dry the hair before applying the colour-zapping mixture in order to minimise the burning sensation we all dread. They were also careful to check the progress of the treatment every 15 minutes or so to make sure the hair wasn't overly-bleached or damaged. When the desired tone was achieved, the hair was washed with L'Oreal shampoo, dried with a towel that came in plastic packaging (we're assuming it was dry-cleaned) and brushed before L'Oreal permanent dye was applied. Throughout the whole process, a blue plastic cape was used to ensure any spills didn't cause dire discolorations on clothes – this was a nice change from the spare towel salons usually use. One thing that didn't differ between KRISS and other hair salons, however, was the stylist's neglect to clean away excess dye from the ears during/after the dye was rinsed out. Once the colour was set, the stylist got out the blow-dryer and flatiron and went to town, styling the 'do almost exactly like in the reference picture that they'd been shown. Needless to say, we were well-pleased with the drastic before-after result and would definitely go again. The salon also caters to men, so would make for a neat unconventional date (like couples' massages, but cheaper!). In addition, KRISS features a mani-pedi section stocked with Essie polishes, including gels. To see what else KRISS offers and book an appointment, visit their Facebook page. 

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

Yves Rocher: Quality Beauty Products at Reasonable Prices

Yves Rocher: Quality Beauty Products at Reasonable Prices

Although shopping has the magical ability to elevate the spirit, there's something special about shopping for cosmetics and beauty products; the thrill of a simple lipstick or foundation transforming your look outweighs that of a new outfit which, unlike cosmetics, won't be worn every day. As glorious as it is to shop for cosmetics, spending a fortune is inevitable; when quality is indispensable, it's better to endanger a bank account than putting health at stake. However, some brands manage to balance the equation by offering good quality products with decent prices, and Yves Rocher happens to be one of them. Located next to US Polo in Mall of Arabia, the small shop boasts a collection of nature-inspired beauty products; from scented creams and anti-aging products, to makeup and fragrances. Starting with the makeup stand, Yves Rocher has all the items needed to make a decent makeup kit. Available in different tones, we tried the Zero Defaut creamy foundation (271LE), whose smooth texture gives full coverage without the dreaded cakey effect. Of the same smooth texture, Yves Rocher has two lines of lipsticks, which share almost the same nude tones but differ in finishes. The first is reasonably priced (130LE), however, it has a slightly outdated shimmer that makes it almost impossible to wear these days, while the considerably more wearable second line, which boasts an almost-matte finish, costs a dear 190LE. Since winter time demands well-moisturised skin, we shuffled through the stand where scented creams are on display along other complementary products like shower gels (400ml – 113LE). Yves Rocher has the usual fruity scents, like berries and coconut (50ml – 44LE), but those who are not into sugary scents will find Hydra Vegetal (119LE); a good option with an equally fresh scent – especially as it can be used as a facial cream. But not everything at Yves Rocher follows the same good value-for-money; we noticed that the brand's perfumes are a little overpriced. A 50ml-bottle of perfume, for example, starts from 375LE, and goes up to a hefty 575LE. Apart from the expensive perfumes, though, Yves Rocher's prices across their makeup, hand creams and moisturisers are actually quite reasonable if compared to other brands of the same calibre – making it one of those places where you enter looking for a certain item, but walk out of with a handful of products. 

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?

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 

Film

Underworld Blood Wars: Vampire Franchise Outstays its Welcome

Underworld Blood Wars: Vampire Franchise Outstays its Welcome

Marking the fifth instalment in the Underworld franchise, Blood Wars rests in the hands of a first-time feature director, Anna Foerster who, although managing to create a few notable moments of action, fails to bring any ingenuity or freshness to its now exhausted vampires-versus-werewolves narrative. The story begins with a brief recap of events from the last four films where we learn that everyone's favourite vampire death dealer, Selena (once again fully embraced by the leather-clad, forever sulking Kate Beckinsale) has been betrayed and banished by her kind. Still trying to cope with the pain of having given up her vampire-werewolf hybrid daughter Eve for everyone's safety, Selena is surprised to be summoned back into the vampire community - now led by the scheming Semira (Pulver) - who wish to make use of her skills in order to train the new generation of fighters, while still escaping her own chasers and searching for her daughter. Taking quite a bit of time to get going, Blood Wars – written by Cory Goodman – is filled with lots of politics and nonsensical dialogue between characters who seemingly have a hard time in conveying any emotion, thus, making it all that difficult for the viewer to get invested in what they have to say. Drenched in a seemingly cold, metallic-blue tint, Blood Wars – although certainly not heavy on the action front – does manage to offer a couple relatively exciting action set-pieces. However, considering that this is a vampires-verses-werewolves kind of a movie, there just isn't enough of that that specific mythology to set it apart from any other action movies – no wooden stakes or silver bullets to see here folks, just plenty of swirling swords and guns that can't hurt anyone. Another problem here is that the mythology behind the franchise in general – something the keeps spinning around aimlessly with no real focus or ending in sight – is a little hard to take seriously. All of the characters, including the PVC-wearing Kate Beckinsale, who thinks that scowling her way through the scenes will get her anywhere, are all without an ounce of charm or personality – which sadly, brings us to a conclusion that there is no fun to be had in this rather forgettable cinematic offering and generic continuation of a franchise which, perhaps, might be ready now to close its doors and call it a day. 
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