Cairo 360 Guide to Cairo, Egypt

Events

Mon 29
  • Raz Moussa at the Tap Maadi
    Raz Moussa at the Tap Maadi
    Aug 29 9:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - The Tap
    The Tap Maadi welcomes talented musician, Raz Moussa, for a night of folk and blues. For reservations, call 01016000558 or 01016000559.
  • Sync Tank, Richard R. & Baher at Cairo Jazz Club
    Sync Tank, Richard R. & Baher at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 29 10:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    This Monday, Cairo Jazz Club welcomes up-and-coming DJ, Sync Tank, as well as seasoned music-pushers, Richard R. and Baher. Reservations at Cairo...
  • Karaoke Mondays at ROOM Art Space
    Karaoke Mondays at ROOM Art Space
    Aug 29 11:00 pm to Aug 30 2:00 am - ROOM Art Space
    Garden City's ROOM Art Space welcomes all you wannabe singers for a night of shameless karaoke. Minimum charge is 35LE. For more...
  • DJ Tommy at After Eight
    DJ Tommy at After Eight
    Aug 29 10:00 pm to Aug 30 3:00 am - After Eight
    DJ Tommy hits the decks at After Eight for a night of HipHop and RnB, don't miss it for a memorable night. For more information and...
  • Games Night at the Tap East
    Games Night at the Tap East
    Aug 29 9:00 pm to Aug 30 2:00 am - The Tap East
    Fastest finger wins tonight at New Cairo's bar, the Tap East, with table football, arcade game and F1 simulator tournaments! For reservations,...
Tue 30
  • The Meteors Project & Ritza at Cairo Jazz Club
    The Meteors Project & Ritza at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 30 10:30 pm to Aug 31 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Electropop band, Ritza, return to Cairo Jazz Club, but not before the Meteors Project kick things of with their unique use of electronic...
  • Syrian Short Movies Screening at Room Art Space
    Syrian Short Movies Screening at Room Art Space
    Aug 30 8:00 pm to Aug 30 10:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    This Tuesday, ROOM Art Space screens three short Syrian movies: Nediyari, Habel Ghasil and Searching for Abbas Kiarestami.  The films touch...
  • Games Night at the Tap
    Games Night at the Tap
    Aug 30 9:00 pm to Aug 31 2:00 am - The Tap
    Fastest finger wins tonight at Maadi bar, the Tap, with table football, arcade game and F1 simulator tournaments! For reservations, call...
  • El Sakia Puppet Theatre Presents Abdel Halim Hafez at El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia Puppet Theatre Presents Abdel Halim Hafez at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 30 7:30 pm to Aug 30 9:30 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia Puppet Theatre revives the musical legend that is Abdel Halim Hafez through the magic of puppetry at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom...
  • Open Mic & Jam Night at the Tap
    Open Mic & Jam Night at the Tap
    Aug 30 10:00 pm to Aug 31 2:00 am - The Tap
    Musicians from across Cairo assemble once more for the Tap's Open Mic & Jam Night. For more information and reservations, call 0101 600...
Wed 31
  • Disco Misr & A-Sqaured at Cairo Jazz Club
    Disco Misr & A-Sqaured at Cairo Jazz Club
    Aug 31 10:00 pm to Sep 01 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Two of the city's best young DJing duos are in charge of the music this Wednesday at Cairo Jazz Club, with Disco Misr bringing their unique...
  • Ali El Haggar at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Ali El Haggar at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Aug 31 9:00 pm to Aug 31 11:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Iconic Egyptian singer, Ali El Haggar, once again takes the stage of El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 55-105LE for members and...
  • Vybe at the Tap Maadi
    Vybe at the Tap Maadi
    Aug 31 10:00 pm to Sep 01 2:00 am - The Tap
    Local rock, blues and funk cover band, Vybe, make a triumphant return to Maadi bar, the Tap. For more information and reservations call 0101...
  • Room Language Cafe at ROOM Art Space
    Room Language Cafe at ROOM Art Space
    Aug 31 7:00 pm to Aug 31 10:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Garden City's ROOM Art Space welcomes on and all for a special event that will see attendees of various native tongues essentially just chill...
  • Mafeesh Sa7ib Fe Bamboo at Bamboo
    Mafeesh Sa7ib Fe Bamboo at Bamboo
    Aug 31 10:00 pm to Sep 01 5:00 am - Bamboo
    Resident DJs 3abkarino, Kiko and Bob lead the charge with some Oriental music at Bamboo with Mafeesh Sa7ib Fe Bamboo. For reservations,...
Thu 01
  • Shady Ahmed, Roswell & the Cadillacs at Cairo Jazz Club
    Shady Ahmed, Roswell & the Cadillacs at Cairo Jazz Club
    Sep 01 10:30 pm to Sep 02 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Cairo Jazz Club kicks off the weekend with a stellar line-up of live music, as Shady Ahmed, Roswell and the Cadillacs take over the stage....
  • DJ Armen V at the Tap Maadi
    DJ Armen V at the Tap Maadi
    Sep 01 10:00 pm to Sep 02 2:00 am - The Tap
    DJ Armen V is the man in charge of the music this Thursday at the Tap, as the Maadi bar kicks off the weekend with a night of rock. For more...
  •  AfriCairo at ROOM Art Space
    AfriCairo at ROOM Art Space
    Sep 01 8:00 pm to Sep 01 11:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Enjoy Oriental music with an African twist, as Ahmed Omar's AfriCairo perform Garden City's at ROOM Art Space. Tickets are 50 LE. For...
  • El Sakia's 12th Documentary Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia's 12th Documentary Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sep 01 6:00 pm to Sep 02 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia presents its annual festival celebrating documentary films. This two-day event will be held in El Sawy Culturewheel's Word Hall, and...
  • Khayal & Malaaz at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Khayal & Malaaz at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sep 01 7:30 pm to Sep 01 9:30 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Arabic rock music is on the menu at El Sawy Culturewheel, as local bands, Khayal and Malaaz, take to the River Hall stage.Tickets are 30LE...
Fri 02
  • Machine Eat Man at ROOM Art Space
    Machine Eat Man at ROOM Art Space
    Sep 02 8:00 pm to Sep 02 9:30 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Garden City's ROOM Art Space end the weekend with a night of electronic music, as Machine Eat Man take to the stage. Tickets are 50LE....
  • The Nour Project at the Tap Maadi
    The Nour Project at the Tap Maadi
    Sep 02 10:00 pm to Sep 03 2:00 am - The Tap
    Talented saxophonist, Nour Ashour, and his band of merry musicians take to the stage at the Tap Maadi. For more information and reservations, call...
  • El Sakia's 12th Documentary Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia's 12th Documentary Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Sep 01 6:00 pm to Sep 02 10:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    El Sakia presents its annual festival celebrating documentary films. This two-day event will be held in El Sawy Culturewheel's Word Hall, and...
  • The Big Friday Brunch at Night & Day
    The Big Friday Brunch at Night & Day
    Sep 02 1:00 pm to Sep 02 5:00 pm - Night & Day
    InterContinental Semiramis' Night & Day welcomes on and all for a lavish brunch buffet covering everything from Lebanese to Asian cuisine....
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Aug 28 10:00 pm to Sep 04 2:00 am - Bab El Nil
    Catch belly dancing queen, Soraya, every night this week at Fairmont Nile City's Bab El Nil. For more information and reservations call...
Sat 03
  • Karim El Ghalid at the Tap Maadi
    Karim El Ghalid at the Tap Maadi
    Sep 03 10:00 pm to Sep 04 2:00 am - The Tap
    Karim El Ghalid winds down the weekend at the Tap in Maadi with a night of oldie. For more information and reservations, call 0101 600 0558.
  • Board Games Night at ROOM Art Space
    Board Games Night at ROOM Art Space
    Sep 03 7:00 pm to Sep 03 11:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Monopoly, Scrabble, Picitionary, Cluedo, Uno, Risk  and more - Garden City's ROOM Art Space has it all for its weekly Board Games night....
  • Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Soraya at Bab El Nil
    Aug 28 10:00 pm to Sep 04 2:00 am - Bab El Nil
    Catch belly dancing queen, Soraya, every night this week at Fairmont Nile City's Bab El Nil. For more information and reservations call...
  • Masterpieces XV at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Masterpieces XV at Zamalek Art Gallery
    Aug 10 10:30 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm - Zamalek Art Gallery
    Zamalek Art Gallery's annual summer group exhibition returns for 2016, with more than 70 exclusive paintings and sculptures on show from both...
Sun 04
Masterpieces XV at Zamalek Art Gallery
Aug 10 10:30 am to Sep 30 9:00 pm -

Zamalek Art Gallery's annual summer group exhibition returns for 2016, with more than 70 exclusive paintings and sculptures on show from both established and up-and-coming artists. The gallery is closed on Fridays. For more information, call 02 27351240.

Highlights

Restaurants

Mori Sushi & Grill: New Menu, New Flavours, Same Top Quality

Mori Sushi & Grill: New Menu, New Flavours, Same Top Quality

When we heard about Mori Sushi's new menu, we expected maybe five or six new rolls and maybe an extra appetiser and a dessert – but boy, we were wrong. The new menu had more than 20 items, ranging from an exquisite selection of Mojitos and delicious appetisers like baby shrimp Bonbons and Tako Salad, to delicious rolls with Hawaiian, Indian and Italian flavours. While taking our time to check out the menu at the Mohandiseen branch, we ordered a Mojito Passion (30LE); a mixture of pineapple, passion fruit syrup, sprite, mojito syrup, lemon slices and fresh mint, the super refreshing drink passion had exotic flavours that sent us straight to a tropical island and is big enough for two to share. There were several new interesting appetisers, but Mori's Tacos (59LE) was something we couldn't miss. Four mini tortilla bread tacos filled with a sashimi salad made of mini cubes of fresh white fish, salmon, and tuna, the Tacos were bursting with a ginger flavour that complimented the sweetness of the fish and the taco shells added a contrasting crunchy texture to the meaty and lean salad. Of the new rolls, we started with the Biso Roll (59LE half portion). Drizzled with a little teriyaki, this special Ura Maki roll was filled with soft wiggly-textured scallop, avocado and cream cheese – everything quite normal sushi ingredients. The extra touch, though, is that they are coated in corn flakes crumbs, which is commonly used in their new items. The roll was perfectly executed, but the aroma of the corn flakes with the sweet teriyaki in particular deserves a standing ovation. Moving to some of the fried sushi, we tried the Hot Panko Roll (87LE), with came as eight pieces of Ura maki roll filled with shrimp tempura, cream cheese and asparagus, coated with a Panko crust, topped with caviar and drizzled with their mouth-watering signature spicy lemon mayonnaise sauce. Asparagus is another ingredient that you'll find in the new items, and in this roll it lightened things up, while the Panko crust added a scrumptious crunch. The Spicy Lemon Roll's position as everyone's favourite Mori roll is could well be in danger. Taking a break between rolls, we also tried the Jalapeno Sake Platter (69LE); thin slices of salmon topped with green and red chilli pepper, chives and smothered in ponzu– a citrusy and tangy soy sauce- and jalapeno sauces. The balance in flavours was super impressive, starting from the bold chive flavour, to the mild heat from the chilli, and the citrusy ponzu sauce worked really well with the salmon. Another thing that surprised us was the Hot Indian Roll (77LE). Served with sweet chilli sauce, the six rolls, which were wrapped in spring roll sheets, were filled with salmon and shrimp bursting with curry flavour. The salmon and shrimp were a bit crumbly, but the flavours were on point. The real question here, is this should be considered a sushi roll or an appetiser Now let's talk about the Lasagna Roll (54LE half portion) – yes you read that right, LASAGNA ROLL. This Ura Maki roll filled with mozzarella cheese, asparagus, and shrimp had light and fresh flavours, while the sweet heat from the Sriracha and the richness of Mori's sesame sauce complimented the delicate fillings without overpowering it. Sorry if you were expecting minced beef, lasagna sheets, and melted mozzarella cheese. We also tried the Gunkan Crispy Sake (23LE per piece). Made up of sushi rice surrounded with avocado, topped with diced salmon mixed with spicy mayo and Panko crumbs for some crunch, what makes the Gunkan special is Mori's new-style rice, which is infused with dill, coriander, spring onion and pine nuts. The only thing that tainted it a little is that it was rather big and difficult to handle. Overall, though, we would love to have Mori's new style rice as an option in some of the classic rolls because it was that good. Rounding off our feast, we saved the Toyo Roll (28LE per piece) for last. Made up of sushi rice and salmon topped with cream cheese, the highlight here is the additional raspberry and blueberry bits that added sweet, sour and tart flavours. It's one of the more unique of the new items, though it was also meant to have a slice of kiwi on it, which seems to have got lost on its way from the kitchen. Few people could have expected so many new items, but, at the time of our visit, the more impressive thing was that they were all executed well and even with the stranger rolls, it all worked. Mori has raised the bar, offering seemingly endless variety and impressive flavour combinations. 

Health & Fitness

Nine Quick & Easy Home Remedies That Actually Work

Nine Quick & Easy Home Remedies That Actually Work

Whether it's a sore throat, itchy skin, heartburn or even constipation, pesky daily ailments can really get irritating and most people's first reaction is to reach for our medicine cabinets. But that's not always the best solution. Our bodies can throw us for a loop at any time and the medicine that once worked for us can become ineffective over time or even turn to be the cause of the problem – which is why we recommend going to the kitchen before going to the medicine cabinet. Particular foods are rich in organic healing properties and are also largely inexpensive. So, without further ado, we present you with nine home remedies that are quick and easy to apply. Turmeric as… Antiseptic Known to be packed with curcumin, a chemical that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, Turmeric is known in some cultures as a 'holy powder' for its ability to stop bacteria from doubling, thus prevents infections and treating superficial wounds. Apples as…Antacids If you are the type of person who prefers their food spicy or indulges in a hefty meal right before heading to bed, then chances are you will suffer from heartburn. Apples are an excellent remedy to diminish the burning sensation, as they are loaded with pectin, which has the power to absorb stomach acid and restore your pH balance. Sugar as…Hiccup-Stopper Since our bodies can't handle two reflex actions at once – hiccups being one reflex action due to eating too fast – keeping a spoonful of sugar under your tongue for a while will stimulate the saliva – another reflex action – which will make our bodies forget all about the hiccups. Prune Juice as…Laxative Feeling constipated is a common issue that we all suffer from due to unhealthy eating habits, but prune juice can help solve this irritating problem as it contains insoluble fibers that don't dissolve, therefore assisting in pushing waste through the digestive system. Oatmeal as…Eczema Treatment Working as a treatment for eczema as well as chicken pox, insect bites and skin itchiness, oatmeal acts as an excellent natural remedy for skin abnormalities instead of medicines. Just grind a handful of oatmeal and soak it into enough lukewarm water to make a paste that is directly applied to the skin afterwards. Garlic Juice as…Throat Lozenge As strange as it may sound, garlic juice has the power to sooth the throat's inflamed tissue through its antimicrobial qualities. All you need to do is mix five or six pressed garlic cloves into a glass of lukewarm water and drink the juice for a couple of days to feel its effect. Cherries as…Sleeping Aids Recommended to be eaten an hour before bedtime, cherries are a natural source of melatonin which is produced by our bodies to regulate sleep and help in controlling the body's internal clock. A handful of cherries will do the trick for those who suffer from sleeping disorders. Strawberries as…Toothpaste Toothpaste doesn't actually whiten or protect our teeth. Strawberries, however, are a natural and more efficient substitute. Crush the strawberries to form a paste then rub on your teeth gently; leave it for a couple of minutes then wash your mouth. Ginger as… Nausea relief Whether you decided to drink it or chew it, ginger treats the feeling of nausea and prevents vomiting. Thanks to the gingerol chemical found in ginger roots, ginger is an effective home remedy to treat upset stomach.

Cafés

Dixie Cream: Rich Selection, Poor Quality at CFC Branch of Donut Chain

Dixie Cream: Rich Selection, Poor Quality at CFC Branch of Donut Chain

Dessert-dedicated venues have been popping up across Cairo at a huge rate over the last few years; Not only are new venues opening, but existing ones are opening new branches at a rapid pace as they race to prove that they are at the top of the dessert game. Dixie Cream is one of the former, with a new branch opening inside Cairo Festival City at one of the entrances leading to the food court, giving it a unique location catching the attention of visitors going into or out of the area. With a small venue, it boasts a simple seating area best suited for short visits, with a wide variety of sugary options, ranging from their signature donuts, Italian styled gelato and frozen yogurt, to a mix of hot and cold drinks made in-house. After taking a seat at one of the available tables, we noticed that it wasn't clean and had traces of juice and sugar from previous guests and with the absence of tissues we couldn't do anything but wait, only for the waiter to arrive a few minutes later and wipe down the table after we told him about it. We opted for the house special Chocolate glazed donut (11LE), Red Velvet filled donut (16LE) and Mini Apple Fritter (14.70LE), while also ordering a latte (17LE) with hazelnut flavour (7 LE) and a Berry Smoothie (15LE). Unfortunately, the chocolate glazed donut wasn't fresh and had a stale aftertaste; on the other hand, the red velvet filled donut had a creamy white filling which was quite good overpowering the again stale dough. While it would have been better hot, the tender apple fritter was served at room temperature; having a cinnamon-tinted centre and a very subtle apple aftertaste which was almost undetectable, with an overpowering sugar glaze while. The Berry smoothie was refreshing, but very sugary, with an artificial aftertaste rather than a fruity one. As for the Latte, we were brought a double shot of Turkish coffee which was strange but with all the issues that we've had during our visit, we ended up not correcting the waiter and leaving shortly afterwards. Overall, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed with competitors like Dunkin Donuts and other dessert specialist to contend with, particularly when considering the fact that there is a priority problem (at this branch at least). The staff were happy to talk up a lot of the items, but while neglecting the thing Dixie Cream is most know for – donuts.

Nightlife

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

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

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

Shopping

Weddings in Cairo: 8 Wedding Dress Designers Every Bride-To-Be Should Know

Weddings in Cairo: 8 Wedding Dress Designers Every Bride-To-Be Should Know

Putting together the perfect wedding is an intricate process.You of course have to have a good photographer, great catering, entertainment that all will enjoy and an ideal venue. But ask any bride and she'll tell you that the most important thing is the wedding dress. Considering the fact that you'll be shelling out a four or five figure number for a dress that you will wear for only one day, it's a decision that can't be taken lightly. Choosing the right wedding dress is one of the hardest decisions any bride to be will have to make, but if you're looking for quality and creativity, look no further than these eight recommendations. Deana Shabaan With wedding dresses that are inspired by ancient Arabian, Indian, Grecian and Victorian influences, Shabaan's collection offers one-of-a-kind wedding gowns that promises every bride a majestic glow of her own. Check out more of Deana Shabaan's designs here. Sherine Hussien Graduated from the Fashion and Design Center (FDC) in Egypt, Sherine Hussein has her own fashion line under her name. If you are a bride looking for simple wedding gowns with a touch of elegance, then head to Cairo Boutique where you can find Hussien's unconventional collection. You can also find some of her work oon her Facebook page. Nesma Helmy Despite having a degree in science, 33 years old fashion designer, Nesma Helmy, has been conquering the fashion industry in Egypt with her custom-made bridal gowns and ready-to-wear collection. Styling many renowned celebrities, Nesma Helmy has her own boutique in Maadi. Check out her official Facebook page for more. Yasmine Yeya Who said a wedding dress should be white? With Maison Yeya tanding as possibly the biggest names in bridal fashion in Egypt, Yasmine Yeya's creative wedding dresses blend tradional whites with other soft colors to create bold yet chic gowns. Find out more on the Maison Yeya Facebook page and website. Shay's Couture Getting her diploma from the Italian Fashion Academy, Egyptian fashion designer, Shaimaa Maher, founded Shay's Couture on the concept of making a personal, unique mark on each dress she designs. Check out some of her work here. Amany El Cherif Creating magic one gown at a time, Amany El Cherif's bridal gown collection perfectly blends the bold and the elegant. Bringing chic back by embellishing her designs, El Cherif makes sure every bride get the look of her dreams on her special day. Check out more Amany El Cherif designs here. Malak El Ezzawy Defying the constraints of symmetry in many of her bolder pieces, a statement-making dress is what Malak El Ezzawy promises you on your wedding day. With high quality fabrics that come from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, New York and Paris, El Ezzawy's custom-made gowns have a soft elegance to them - which you can find on her Facebook page. Hadil Ali Out with the old, in with the new (and eccentric), is seemingly Hadil Ali's approach. Creating the prettiest and most memorable wedding gowns around, Ali brings her artistic eye to every gown she makes. Recommended Reading: -10 Wedding Planners in Egypt That Can Make Your Dream Wedding into a Reality -10 Photographers That Will Make Your Wedding Day Memorable -10 Alternative Wedding Venues That'll Add a Touch of Magic to Your Big Day -10 Makeup Artists Every Bride Should Hire (All photos courtesy of their respective owners)

Sights & Travel

Ocean Diva Catamaran Sailing Tours: Living the Red Sea Good Life in El Gouna

Ocean Diva Catamaran Sailing Tours: Living the Red Sea Good Life in El Gouna

You know those rap videos full of hot models cavorting in bikinis and spilling champagne on a sailboat? Well, we got to reenact this, except minus the hot models part, when we tried Ocean Diva's Catamaran Sailing boat trip from El Gouna's Abu Tig Marina. At 350LE per adult (and around 125LE per child over the age of 3), the daily boat trips aren't cheap, but they do offer heaps of sailing and snorkeling fun for all ages. The large and distinctly red boat offers two trips to the Red Sea snorkeling spot of Dolphin House: a full day from 9AM to 5PM with snorkeling and a light sandwich meal included, or a shorter afternoon trip from 2.30PM to 5PM with beer, wine, champagne and canapes. Three guesses which option we aspiring rap video models went for. Located less than an hour away from the Abu Tig Marina, Dolphin House is a cluster of reefs in the Red Sea known for dolphin spotting (duh) and colorful fish. Although dolphin spotting isn't guaranteed, we had such a good time snorkeling around the reefs that we completely forgot about them. Once the boat docks at the reef, you get around 90 minutes to snorkel, and we were lucky enough to spot parrot fish, napoleon fish, squid and blue spotted sting rays close to the boat. Even better, the spot was easy enough for children and first-time snorkelers to navigate easily without panic. Once back on the boat, we were offered canapes of mini-pies and salmon pancakes, and a glass of local bubbly each. Setting back to El Gouna, we enjoyed the remains of the sunny day sitting on the trampoline front section of the boat, which is great fun as you can lie down and watch the water directly below you. Judging by the diverse collection of fellow sailors – tipsy twenty-something-year-olds chugging beer and dancing to electronic muaic, veiled grandmothers, newlywed couples and large families – it was clear that the trip was fun for everyone included, although honestly we could have done without the loud music blaring through our ears and echoing around the sea all day long. Although more expensive than the Mahmeya boat trips (250LE per person without the buffet meal), the Dolphin House boat trip was undeniably fun without a boring moment, and safe enough for kids of all ages to try. Also, the endless refills of booze didn't hurt. For more information, please contact Ocean Diva Catamaran on Facebook. (Photos courtesy of Ocean Diva Catamaran on Facebook)

City Life

Vaping: What to Look For When Buying a 'Mod' in Cairo

Vaping: What to Look For When Buying a 'Mod' in Cairo

Vaping has been a recent growing, with a big community reaching numbers in the thousands in Egypt. With that ever growing rise, there are smokers who want to know more about it or at least how to get into it hoping for a better alternative than smoking. In vaping there are devices called mods that people use, and their job is basically mixing three components together; the power supply provides the electricity to the coil which heat up the liquid tuning it into vapour which is afterwards inhaled providing the nicotine and flavour to the user. Smokers tend to feel lost when going into vaping at the beginning and don't know where to start, so we decided to simplify it and give examples to help them figure out which is best for them to start vaping with a bit of time, stop smoking altogether. For Beginners Vape pens are usually the best option for newbies, as they have a cigar/cigarette like design, with a tight draw to simulate the draw of a cigarette. Simplicity is key with these devices, working with a one button function so that it would discourage smokers with complicated controls. The Joytech Ego AIO is one such device; it's simple in design and comes in an assortment of colors, with a fixed tank and a tight draw for mouth-to-lung drags, it's relatively cheap and great for people on a budget. Another alternative is the Eleaf Ijust 2 and its mini version; this one has a bigger – removable – tank and battery, so it offers upgradability while still retaining a simple one button interface and sleek metallic design. For Intermediate & Advanced After a while, vapers often want to upgrade to a higher-end device that gives you more options. With a wider draw that resembles a shisha more than a cigarette, they offer more control on temperature, power and more, but at a higher price tag. One of the most famous and popular devices is the Eleaf Istick Pico which has is small and comes in several colours and is usually sold with a tank or on its own. Tt is can go up to 75 watts and is available at almost every vape seller in Egypt. The Sigielei Fuchai 213 is even better, offering a high quality feel through a compact design, works on two batteries and goes to 155 watts. However, one of the most loved features of the device is its accurate temperature control and that it comes with a free silicon cover in the box. Going up the vaping chain the Wismec RX200S goes up to 200 watts, with interchangeable panels designed for customisation. It works on three batteries making it have the longest battery life than any on our list. Before buying anything set a budget for yourself and check reviews to know what you're looking for here are some of the best that we could find on YouTube that provide an insight as well as tutorials on how to use them . Onz An Egyptian Youtuber dedicated completely to vaping and helping others stop smoking, he has almost ten thousand subscribers, thanks to a simple, straight-to-the-point approach with a touch of comedy to keep things light. Grim Green With videos posted almost daily, Grim Green is a big vaping advocate with 292 thousand subscribers. He offers an in-depth look into everything he reviews and asks an important question at every review- if aliens took it from me would I go out and get another one?- in addressing budgets and value-for-money. Rip Trippers With seven hundred thousand subscribers, Rip Trippers makes short videos giving out as much information as possible in the shortest time possible, and is considered one of the biggest vaping YouTubers out there. Now that you know about the devices, check out our feature detailing some of the best local e-liquid brands. (Editor's Note: Though E-Cigarettes have been proven by some studies to be 95% less harmful than tobacco, Cairo 360 does not endorse smoking or nicotine consumption in any form)

Music

How to Become a Rock Star in Cairo Part One: Choosing & Buying Your Instrument

How to Become a Rock Star in Cairo Part One: Choosing & Buying Your Instrument

The music scene in Egypt is as exciting and versatile as it is unpredictable; Oriental rock, electronic music, indie, heavy metal – you name it, Egypt has it. In the last decade, many local artists have emerged, showing us that making it in the music world involves much more than just having a talent; it's about hard work, perseverance and, importantly, standing out from the crowd. For all of you out there who would like to make it in the music world but don't know the way, in a four part feature, we will guide you through where to get your instrument, where you can learn, where you can jam and finally and where you can perform. First things first, you have to figure out which instrument you'd like to play; will you be rocking on an electric guitar, banging your head with some drums or laying down some sick grooves with a bass? Maybe all you need is a microphone in your hand? We can't really help you with that decision, but there are several things to keep in mind. It's important that, before you buy, you compare prices, check reviews and understand how to judge the quality of the product. Setting yourself a budget will make things easier, and don't be afraid to engage with the music community, through chatting on Facebook groups and watching the countless YouTube videos that are available. Check out these video picks on, guitar, bass, drums and microphones, So, where can I get my insutrument from? Floyd Music store Located in Messaha Square in Dokki, Floyd Music Store has a wide array of musical instruments, from guitars to ouds, and all their affiliated accessories. Check out Floyd Music store right here. Vibe for Developing Arts (Photo: Vibe/Facebook) As one of the largest music complexes in Egypt available to the public, Vibe provides a selection of services from selling, repairing and renting musical equipment, to professional mixing, recording studios and lessons – and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Vibe is located in Mossadak Street in Dokki. Check out their Facebook page right here. The Drum Shop A shop for all your drumming needs, not only does the Drum Shop rents and sells used drums, but they also repairs old drums and offers drums lessons, providing the full package for anyone looking for all things drums-related. Check out the Drum Shop right here. One Roof Store As the first online shop of its kind in Cairo, One Roof is a haven for musicians and one of the best equipment stores. From instruments and accessories, to DJing equipment and recording software, the shop has absolutely everything, making them one of the biggest and best in Egypt. Distingo Music Store (Photo: Distingo/Facebook) With branches on Road 9 in Maadi and 26th of July Street in Zamalek, Distingo is a music shop that offers musical equipment, guitar lessons and a wall of guitars that will make you drool. It's great shop to browse. El Fanny Trading Established in 1979, El Fanny Trading is one of the oldest and most interesting musical instrument showrooms on this list, boasting an impressive selection of pianos, guitars and amplifiers. The El Fanny Trading Facebook page also keeps you posted with international musical instruments expos. Technical Office for Trading (TOFT) Based in Nasr City, TOFT has been around since 1998 and offers a huge variety of instruments on its website to choose from. TOFT is located in Gaffar El Sadek Street, Nasr City. You can also check out their Facebook page here. Gawharet El Fan Music Store Also ocated in Nasr City, Gawharet El Fan has been known for selling the best Middle Eastern musical instruments – including oud and tabla –since 1981, but has since branched out into western instruments, offering a wide range of both. Check out their page here. In the next article we'll dive into where you can learn how to use your instrument and kick start your road to musical fame!
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