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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
Dubetta: Scarves Galore in Mohandiseen
After scouring shops in Cairo for a silk scarf in a difficult-to-find shade of grey, we were eventually recommended Dubetta for its varied collection of colourful scarves. Located on the ever-so-busy Geziret El Arab Street in Mohandiseen, across from Bershka and Pull & Bear, Dubetta's bright exterior is difficult to miss.
At the time of our visit, the shop's floor was being mopped and a staff member politely asked us to return after ten minutes. Ten minutes later, the floor had yet not dried and the same staff member asked us to kindly wait; she also suggested we check a few other shops in the meantime.
After finally entering the shop, we found it shaped like a long, narrow hallway; due to the fact that only two other customers were present at the time of our visit, we thankfully weren't irritated by Dubetta's tight space.
Most, if not all, items at Dubetta were without price tags, which meant we had to ask the sales attendant every time we wanted to know the price of an item.
Dubetta stocks chiffon scarves starting at 90LE. Another shinier collection of chiffon scarves was also available for more evening-appropriate outfits. The diversity of colours and the fact that there are at least six different shades of each one, you're likely to find exactly what you're looking for. Tragically, our specific shade of grey tragically could not be found, but Dubetta still remains a good option when on the lookout for chic, quality scarves.
An entire stand was dedicated to glittery evening scarves, starting at 45LE going up to 150LE. Plain scarves are not the only thing Dubetta offers; the shop also carries polka-dot, floral and several patterned scarves. A patterned natural chiffon scarf was priced at 120LE, and a polka-dotted chiffon scarf also sold for 120LE.
If you are going for a more casual look, Dubetta also carries cotton scarves. A brown and white polka-dotted scarf was priced at 45LE. Hair bands are also on offer starting at 10LE. Hair bonnets, bandanas and wallets are also available.
A corner of the shop is allocated to low quality looking handbags; with prices starting at 280LE, we thought the handbags were not only overpriced, but also quite hideous. Right across from the handbags section, a very small collection of sleeveless knee-length satin dresses were available. Starting at 210LE and available in a variety of colours, the dresses looked like they were sewn together with leftover fabric.
All in all, we think Dubetta's scarves are among the best and most diverse Cairo has to offer; however, the other items failed to impress as much.
With a newly launched branch in Lebanon Street – not too far from the existing one in Geziret El Arab Street – popular Spanish high-street fashion brand, Mango, has revived its presence on Cairo’s increasingly eclectic shopping scene with a colorful fiesta and a new summer collection for all the fashion gurus out there.
We entered the new spacious two-story venue, completely drawn by how neat and perfectly soothing the summer collection looks; with unified colours in each department skimming and browsing through the items is a breeze.
The first collection we laid eyes on was comprised of red, blue and white colours. A red-patterned jumpsuit with hints of blue (699LE), a cool white shirt with neat blue stripes (499LE) and bestseller jeggings (399LE) available in different shades of blue, were among the items that stood out.
The second collection, comprising of white, beige and black colours, had a sleeveless, dressy blue jumpsuit with a V-cut (699LE); one of the many items that wowed us.
Mango is known to also offer a versatile collection of evening gowns for shoppers, which can only be found in limited branches; a large collection of simple evening gowns – varying between 1,299LE and 1,599LE – can be found in abundance found in the Lebanon Street branch.
The outlet’s second floor is where all the discounted items are, with over 50% and 70% reductions. Cocktail dresses – including a short strapless one we loved – can reach 345LE. The shop also offers a large collection of trousers reaching 145LE each, in addition to shirts and blouses between 199LE to 245LE – prices that will only be available in Mango during discount season.
Overall, Mango’s summer collection boasts a colourful and vibrant look with an edgy, modern twist; it’s a treat for the eyes, but sadly not a treat for the pocket with its prices not affordable for the average shopper.