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Six Reasons Ayadina is Winning the Lebanese Leg of the Ramadan Race
Published On: 28/06/2016

There aren't many cuisines that are as pleasant a sight for a hungry, cranky, tired Cairene faster, than that of Lebanon. From that little nugget of goodness called a kobeba, to that perfect combo of rich liver with tangy pomegranate molasses, to a perfectly grilled and unbearably juicy shish tawook – there's just something that gets the proverbial loins going at a mere sniff of Lebanese food. The race for the city's favourite Ramadan restaurant is a competitive one as always, but among Cairo's Lebanese restaurants, one has broken away from the pack – and for good reason... The Fetar Buffet Has Some Redonkulous Food… If you think you know Lebanese food, then think again – some of Ayadina's most unique dishes include kofta with blueberries and tabouleh with kiwis. What. It's Been a Hit with Cairo's Foodies This Ramadan… Foodista Egypt and Mido Eats are just a few of the social media influencers – of the food porn loving variety – that have waxed lyrical about Ayadina's fetar buffet, while Giraffe Eats chose the restaurant when we asked foodies for their Ramadan recommendations earlier this month. It's Been the Most Popular Choice at Galleria40's 3al Tawla Kheima…Probably… The Porsche of foodcourts, Galleria40, has taken a colourful and kitschy approach to its kheima, 3al Tawla, and what better foods than that of the Levant to pepper the broth that is the Ramadan sohour experience. Your Gluttony Will Actually Go to A Good Cause... Yes, for every finger of kofta you munch on and every piece of shish tawook you chomp down, a percentage of the sales will go to local charity, Ahl Masr – 10% in fact. They Opened a New Branch at Point 90 Slap Bang in the Middle of Ramadan... Ayadina's newest branch opened at New Cairo's Point 90 Mall this month, bringing the count up to four branches across the city – city-wide domination is imminent... Ayadina's Ramadan promo is the Most Intense Video About Fetar & Sohour, Like, Ever.... No, this is not the trailer for a food-based thriller of a mosalsal starring Amr Youssef as a renegade cop out for revenge against the men who killed his brother, or whatever, but it's just a glimpse – a heart-racing, adrenaline-inducing, edge-of-your-seat at one to be precise – at what awaits you. You don't have long left – call 01000-450-052.

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Welad El Zawaat: Chic & Lively Sohour at JW Marriott's Ramadan Kheima
Published On: 27/06/2016

This Ramadan, there has been no shortage of restaurants, cafes and kheimas providing unique fetar and sohour experiences – one of which is JW Marriott's tent, Welad El Zawaat. Located in the open-air area right outside the hotel, Welad El Zawaat boasts a spacious seating comprised of comfy chairs and sofas, colorful decorations and a perfectly chilling ambiance thanks to a playlist that features the likes of Abdel Halim Hafez and Warda. The buffet (230LE per person) is divided to eight stations offering Ramadan drinks, salads, a bread station, mains, an omelet station, yoghurt, desserts and hot drinks. We kicked off our sohour with some hummus, taboula and green beans from the salad bar, which had other colorful and rich choices and sides including fried potato, labneh, cucumber and yogurt, baba ghanoush, cheese platters, alongside a variety of sauces and vinaigrettes. The hummus was deliciously creamy and smooth, the taboula was super fresh with quinoa seeds adding an extra kick to the flavour, while the green beans were equally delicious and tangy. The only mishap with our salads was the cucumber and yogurt salad which was a little too watery. The main sohour station had two types of foul; one with olive oil and another with tomato sauce and chickpeas, as well as falafel, boiled eggs, shish tawook, feteer meshaltet and chicken shawerma. Opting for foul with tomato sauce and chickpeas, the foul was thick and well-spiced and the beans were delicious and tender to the bite. The falafel, unfortunately, was hard and dry which was a little disappointing. We then tried the tawook sandwich, which was tender, moist, tender texture and all-round well-executed, though a side of baladi bread that we had with it was unpleasantly stale. We concluded the evening with some Om Ali and konafa which were among other Oriental desserts on offer, including basbousa, rice budding, zalabya and baklava. With a golden exterior and a soft toothsome interior, the Om Ali was delicious flavour wise, but had a little too much milk in it. Lucky for us, the konafa was a perfect save, thanks to a crunchy crust and softly delicious inside. One thing you learn over the years is that there's nothing quite like having sohour at home, but for those looking for a place where they can have sohour in style, Welad El Zawaat offers a festive atmosphere and a decent variety of food.

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Som3a Basha: Street Food Sohour at Cairo Marriott Hotel''s Ramadan 'Kheima'
Published On: 26/06/2016

The way in which restaurants, cafes and hotels treat the concept of sohour has always been one of Ramadan's best perks, especially if it's accompanied with great food, great atmosphere and live entertainment. And while many tents this Ramadan have impressed, the return of Cairo Marriot Hotel's Som3aBasha has made sure that there's a level of sophistication to the sohour experience. Taking a spacious, courtyard-like space outdoor, Som3a Basha's various elements come together perfectly. From the surrounding palatial architecture and live entertainment, to the retro food carts, the whole experience made us feel like we fell into some kind of 'throwback Thursday' post. The buffet (240LE per person with an additional 80LE for the grilled section) consists of several food carts including foul, falafel and sausage, along with a salad bar, eggs station, freshly baked bread zone and, of course, the desserts and Ramadan drinks. The salad bar is all about fresh vegetables and cold mezza dips like hummus, tehina, and labneh, but the baba ghanoug stood out in particular for its remarkable flavours – fresh and smokey. The soft and light bread at the bread station, meanwhile, is baked right in front of you. Moving to the falafel cart – which also offers kobeba and sambousak – the falafel was perfectly seasoned, had a crispy exterior and was neither oily nor dry from the inside. The minced beef sambousak, meanwhile, was bursting with flavours from the spices and seasoning andthe dough had a crunch yet stayed soft. The only blip came with the cheese sambousak, which had a lot too much mint and was a little overwhelming. Moving to the sausage and liver cart, there are few words that can describe how delicious the sausage was. The fino bread was super soft, the texture of the sausage was far from grainy or mushy, the onions were caramelised which added some sweetness to the equations and the ratio of pepper and onion to sausage was just right. With so many luscious desserts like belila, mini konafa, classic atayef, basbousa, fresh fruits and much more, we couldn't try everything, but we went with zalabya and atayef with fruits. The zalabya was super crunchy with a spot-on amount of simple syrup and we can tell that the oil was fresh because zalabya can easily absorb any rogue flavours from previous foods. Filled with cream and fruits, the atayef were perfectly cooked, the cream had a custardy flavour to it and adding kiwi gave a zesty flavour and balanced the sweetness. Overall, we had a great time at Som3a Basha; though the price of the buffet may seem a little steep, the chilling ambiance and the well-executed food hit all the right notes. (Photos: Cairo Marriot Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino/Facebook)

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Tired of Cooking Fetar? Order One of These Special Ramadan Bundles Instead...
Published On: 26/06/2016

We've all been there; after a typically hot and hard Ramadan work day, slaving away in the kitchen and putting together the lavish fetar your stomach demands is the last thing you want to do. Well, you could go to your parents house for fetar, right? Wrong - they've been invited out by 3amo Mohsen and tant Sawsan tonight. How about a rummage through the fridge? Whoops - you haven't had time to shop because by the time you finish work, the supermarket on your street is closed and forget about getting off the couch to fight your way past other customers in the typical psot-fetar rish hour. Luckily, 99% of restaurants in Cairo deliver and this year, several eateries have put together elaborate Ramadan offers and bundles that you can have delivered to your door. Because Ramadan is hard enough... Cairo Kitchen Local Egyptian cuisine specialist, Cairo Kitchen, offers two fetar bundles this Ramadan, with an Oriental fetar (110LE) that includes your choice between chicken fattah, koshary, molokhia with chicken or meat, or a non-Oriental fetar (125LE) with your choice between roast beef tenderloin, mixed grill, or half a roasted chicken. Both meals come with a Ramadan drink, Oriental dessert, salad, soup and an appetiser. Call 16669. Chicken Tikka Grilled chicken expert, Chicken Tikka, offers a large variety of main dishes this Ramadan. For 120LE, you can get a salad, a side dish, dates and a juice, along with your choice of mains between boneless Lebanese chicken, farrouge, shish tawook and more. Call 19099. Farroga In the context of this particular list, Farroga offers the cheapest deals. For 59.50LE, you can get a meal that includes grilled farroga chicken, rice, salad, bread, pumpkin with béchamel, or the same bundle seven people for 300LE. Call 19454. Franks Located in New Nozha, Franks also offers one of the more affordable bundles, with a fetar menu (26LE to 44LE) that includes okra, molokheya, oven baked potato, tajine variation (12LE to 30LE) or another set that includes chicken piccata with mushrooms, chicken panee and a side dish of pasta or rice (30LE to 50LE). Call 0101 555 7044 or 0101 555 7055. Kcal Considered one of the healthiest takeout venues in Cairo, Kcal offers an all-inclusive healthy fetar this Ramadan. For 75LE, you can get a vegetable or lentil soup, your selection between chicken or kofta, a side of steamed veggies, sweet potatoes or brown rice and a dessert of fruits or their special brownie and a fresh juice to wash it all down. Call 19718. Shawarmaister For 80LE, Levantine restaurant, Shawarmaister, has you covered with a fetar meal that includes soup, your choice of two hot and cold appetisers, your choice of main dish between shawerma, shish tawook or kofta, two side dishes of basmati rice and french-fries, bread, Ramadan drinks and a dessert. Call 16229. Vinny's Pizzeria Pizza might be a whole world away from tradional fetar foods, but Vinny's offering two rather enticing fetar deals this Ramadan.The first brings together a New Yorker Pizza with apple pie and garlic knots, which should feed two to three people (125LE), while the second features Vinny's famous Pizza Cake with apple pie and garlic knots, suitable for three to four people (240LE). Call 19867. Willy's Kitchen Home to the infamous Pizza Nacho Burger, Willy's Kitchen has put together a special offer this Ramadan built on the restaurant's signature burgers. For 85.90LE you can get two burgers with skin on fries and drinks; three burger combos are for 119.50LE and five go for174.50LE. Call 01280108858. Wok and Walk Located in both Maadi and Heliopolis, Asian specialist, Wok and Walk, offers a Ramadan set menu (85LE) where you can choose either rice or noodles with your choice of beef or chicken, drink and dessert. Call 01061477773 or 01061477772 for for Heliopolis and 01274411214 or 0109001036 for Maadi. Happy Ramadan!

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The Tap East: Set-Menu Fetar at New Cairo's Most Popular New Venue
Published On: 22/06/2016

Ramadan often sees many nightlife spots to go on hiatus; but some venues offer their own rendition of the Ramadan spirit, one of which is the Tap East, which offers sohour on every night as well as fetar during the weekends. Located in New Cairo's inside Stella di Mare Compound, the Tap East's vibrant and casual atmosphere is intact, with only subtle touches of traditional Ramadan aesthetic, though outdoor area, with its wooden benches, dim lit red parasols and its own dedicated bar, is much more suited to ht Ramadan evenings. For fetar, the Tap East offers a set menu (220LE per person) with a variety drinks, soups, salads to main dishes and desserts. We started things off with tamr hendy and sobia which were sweet and immediately quenched our thirst as we broke our fast, before diving into the Creamy Chicken Mushroom soup and Moroccan Harira soups. The creamy chicken mushroom soup was much thicker than one would expect, but was equally as smooth and well-seasoned and made all the better thanks to generous small cubes of chicken. Essentially a stew, comprised of meat, lentils, chickpeas, carrot cubes and noodles, the Harira had an over powering acidic taste, which overshadowed everything else, while the pieces of meat were overcooked and uncomfortably chewy. There were no such problems with the fattoush and taboula, though. Topped with pineapple pieces and pomegranate, the taboula boasted a well-rounded, taste with the pineapple giving a sweet kick to the slight sourness of the pomegranate, while the fattoush was fresh, with a pomegranate dip also giving it a kick. All in all, we loved how everything was fresh and colourful. Moving onto the hot appetisers, the mozzarella-stuffed kobeibah was delicious; with a crunchy outer shell, a soft tender meat inside and a gooey cheese core, it was the highlight of the whole meal. The cheese sambousak was just as satisfying, it too boasting a pleasing crunch and a great balance of flavours with the perfect mix between cheese and pastrami inside which we couldn't get enough of. Coming in large white plates, the Almond Chicken main came as two pieces of grilled chicken breasts alongside basmati rice and servings of mushroom sauce and sundried tomatoes mixed with cream sauce. Unfortunately, the chicken was a little bland in flavour and was a little undercooked – it had pinkish hue inside. In addition, there were no almonds or almond-infused elements to speak of, not even in the generic sauce. Our second main fared better, meanwhile. Coming as three beef cutlets served with basmati rice, the Fillet Trio came with two sauces; mushroom sauce and a mustard and brown sauce mix. Cooked medium well, the three cutlets had a great aroma and were quite tender and juicy. After finishing our meal, we were ready for our desserts which came in the form of Mango Mehalabeya and Om Ali with dried berries. Topped with mangos, the mehalabeya was absolutely delicious with a smooth and sweet texture which worked really well with the mangos. With a great baked top and a smooth texture, meanwhile, the Om Ali had a sweet taste only we felt it could've used a little more milk. On its opening, it was said that the Tap East was putting more of a focus on the dining aspect than its sister venue in Maadi – and it's proved to be true. Unfortunately, with the restaurant-come-bar's fetar foods, it was all a bit hit-and-miss. The appetisers and salads were outstanding, but the main dishes didn't quite satisfy as much, suggesting that, with live entertainment thrown in the mix, sohour is a better option.

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Egyptian? Italian? Set-Menu? Buffet? Four Seasons Nile Plaza Has it All This Ramadan
Published On: 22/06/2016

A multiple Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award winner for World-Class Hospitality and a perennial favourite when it comes to adding a touch of class to an occasion, the Four Seasons Nile Plaza certainly knows how mark Ramadan in style. This year, the Garden City Nile-side hotel's restaurants have gone all out for the Holy Month, with several festive offers available for both fetar and sohour that make the best of the hotel's trademark fusion of traditional cuisine with culinary innovation... The NEW Zitouni While Cairo's dining scene is at its most eclectic right now, few, if any, cuisines lend themselves to the lavish, hearty feasts our bodies demand after a long, hot day of fasting than Egyptian doe – something that the newly renovated Zitouni is offering by the bucket load with a lavish fetar buffet at 395LE++ per person. Having re-opened right in time for Ramadan, diners can expect to feast on some classic Egyptian delicacies to the background of a new interior design that draws on local culture while adding that trademark Four Seasons luxury spin and the hotel's picturesque Nile views. The Buffet & the Beautiful Speaking of hearty and wholesome, these are two words that are just as applicable to the foods of Italy – the Italians are possibly the only ones that top Egypt when it comes to their love of pasta, rice and bread. Four Seasons Nile Plaza's Bella has long been considered one of the best and most authentic Italian eateries in the city and the restaurant's fetar buffet (395LE++ per person) proves exactly that. Poolside Dining While poolside activities of any nature involve a lot of hustle and bustle, the hotel's Pool Grill transforms into an incredibly understated and elegant space in the evenings – a perfect backdrop for a fancy Ramadan experience, with set-menus for both fetar (330LE++ per person) and sohour (300LE per person) on offer, alongside live Oriental music. Upper Deck If you needed any more convincing of Four Seasons Nile Plaza's Ramadan chops, so to speak, then look no further than our recent review of Upper Deck, where one of our most discerning foodie writers was wowed by the restaurant and lounge's special set-menu fetar (330LE++ per person; the seafood tajine and Om Ali were particular hits – it's all he spoke about for days. Excellent food aside, Upper Deck is one of the most unique venues in Cairo and makes for a perfect sohour experience to, which also offers a special set-menu (300LE++). We've talked about Four Seasons Nile Plaza's stunning Nile views already, but Upper Deck gives you the best of it, alongside a unique and cosy atmosphere that you're likely to cocoon yourself in till the wee hours of the morning. For more information and reservations, call 02-2791-7000. (Photos: Four Seasons Nile Plaza/Facebook)

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#SlightlySmallerZooba: Zooba Launches New Sandwich Size with Hilarious Video
Published On: 22/06/2016

As one of the main instigators in spreading the Egyptian street food trend over the last few years, Zooba stands as one of the most recognisable local brands in Egyptian food. The restaurant's simple yet creative take on traditional foods such as foul, falafels and liver has won it many a fan over the years. However, there's been one sticking point for many: Zooba's perceived overpricing of items that you can get at other restaurants at a fraction of the price - something that has been addressed in humorous fashion with a new video released this week on the restaurant's official Facebook page. Speaking in the video, Zooba founder and CEO, Christopher Khalifa, has embraced the many comments the restaurant receives about its prices, turning them into quotes and using them in posters, stickers and more. The video also marks the launch of a smaller and cheaper version of its sandwiches, marking a big change in a menu that has otherwise remained consistent since Zooba's opening. Find out more on the Zooba Facebook Page.

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Four Awesome (And Delicious) Offers at Conrad Cairo Hotel This Ramadan
Published On: 21/06/2016

As a recipient of several Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, the Cairo Conrad Hotel has come to be one of the best around when it comes to dining and hospitality. With the likes of Oak Grill, Solana and Jayda among the hotel's restaurants, it's actually also become somewhat of a hot spot for foodies. Yes, these are some of the finest fine-dining restaurants in the city and it's something that has been carried over into Conrad's Ramadan offers in spectacular style. So, behold – you're perfect Ramadan experience awaits… Solana Restaurant's Big Fetar Buffet Prepared at the skilful hands of Executive Chef, Paolo Rocco, Solana is the perfect choice for fetar for those that like a little bit (or a lot) of everything. For 235LE++ per person, hungry fasters can dive into a whole array of salads, cold and hot mezzes and wholesome mains. Throw in the spectacular Nile view and you have a feast fit for a king. What's more is that some special entertainment nights are set to welcome shaabi stars like Mahmoud El Leithy and Abdel Baset Hamouda as well as other festive fun, such as tannoura dancers. Lebanese Love at Jayda Our cool cousins over in Lebanon know a thing or two about food. While the debate over whether Egyptian or Lebanese cuisine is better will rage on till the end of time, there aren't many cuisine better suited to Ramadan than that of the Levant. Offering both fetar and sohour, the gem that is Jayda has it all – including as stunning a Nile view as that of Solana. No Ramadan experience would be complete without some recreational indulgence in molasses-based water-pipes, of course, and Jayda is obliging with some special shisha packages. Perfect for a relaxed evening with friends and family. Corporate Fetar & Sohour No matter how you feel about your colleagues, a company outing during Ramadan always produces some memorable water-cooler talk the next day. How the actual night will go is up to you, but Conrad has several special menus that you and said colleagues can choose from; covering both the more traditional family-style Ramadan feasting, or an extravagant and seemingly infinite buffet. Delicious Desserts If no Ramadan experience is complete without shisha, then it certainly isn't complete without Oriental desserts. We're not talking about the Frankenstein mishmash approach that has come to be popular these days – but some truly authentic, quality classics, which are readily available during the month at Atrium Lobby Lounge. Crispy golden konafa oozing with rich cream? Check. Sweetly glazed baklava with aromatic shavings of fresh pistachio? Check. Lush, toothsome basboosa? Check. Instead of drooling and wondering of what could be, call 02-2580-8000.

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Culina & Bab El Sharq: Nile Ritz-Carlton Restaurants Team-up for Lavish Fetar Buffet
Published On: 20/06/2016

Known for introducing a large culinary variety encompassing Italian, French, to Indian, Asian, and Oriental cuisine in its lavish weekly brunch – and for its show-stopping chocolates and desserts - The Nile Ritz Carlton's Culina has quickly established itself as a go-to favourite. This Ramadan, we headed to Culina which is teaming up with Bab El Sharq for an all-inclusive Oriental fetar. Culina's spacious indoor area has a cosy ambiance and a festive atmosphere, thanks to its colourful juice and salad bars, as well as the bread station. Overlooking the Egyptian Museum, the ambiance of the outdoor area has a unique and breathtaking vibe with the live music, the intriguing smell of grilled kofta and the weather completingthe whole experience. The buffet (320LE per person) consists of different stations; soup, salad bar, side dishes, Ramadan drinks, desserts, turkey with biryani rice as one of the main specialties, while the outdoor area boasts all the grills including kofta, lamb, not to mention a special shawerma station. We started our meal with the salad bar which had interesting choices like yellow watermelon salad and mashed sweet potato salad, alongside some classics including hummus, tehina, stuffed vine leaves and fattoush. The food was served in rectangular glass chafing dishes which preserved the heat and kept everything fresh. With so many varieties, we couldn't try everything, but the mashed potato, kobeba, mombar, sambousak and rokaak were too tempting to pass up. The mashed potato was super cheesy with a smooth texture, while the kobeba was perfectly seasoned and had a perfectly crispy exterior. As for the sambousak with cheese, the dough was soft and the cheese had some mint in it which added a refreshing depth. The only thing that fell short, however, was the rokak, which was very soggy and needed much more minced meat. We also tried the biryani rice and the shawerma. The biryani was tasty and super fluffy, though the shawerma lacked flavours; but when paired with the rice and garlic sauce, the overall taste was elevated. Luckily, the disappointing shawerma meat didn't extend to the grill section; the kofta was juicy and well-seasoned and so was the shish tawooq, but the lamb stole the show by its tender texture and delicious flavours. We wrapped things up with Om Ali, konafa nabolseya and, since Culina is known for making the best chocolate desserts in town, we couldn't leave without trying the only chocolate item on the buffet, the brownies. Topped with fresh fruits, the brownies were infused with heavenly chocolate and were delicious. The Om Ali, on the otherhand, was quite dry and lacked nuts, though the konafa nabolseya saved the day, perfectly combining the crispy konafa and stretchy melted akawi cheese. While it falls into one of the steeper choices for fetar this Ramadan, Culina's relaxing ambiance, the variety of food and the flawless service are worth it, even if just once.

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Your Mama or Yumamia? Online Homemade Food Community Yumamia Offering Alternative Home-Cooked Ramadan Options
Published On: 20/06/2016

Ramadan is a time of humility, modesty and graciousness, but if we're all being completely honest with ourselves, it's also about guzzling down the kind of wholesome, lavish food that only mama can make –something that revolutionary online cooking community, Yumamia, understands all too well. Since launching in March 2014, Yumamia has been a very unique and very cool platform for chefs across Cairo to share the gastronomic skills with the rest of the city – yes, it gives you the ability to order some truly authentic homemade meals at a few clicks of their website. But in the last two years, Yumamia has become a different beast, offering a four-hour express menu that will ensure that you'll be feasting like a sultan in no time and a 24 hour menu catering menu, as well as a new half-cooked and frozen foods menu – all with a minimum order of just 100LE. It's all made very simple – here's how it works: Step One: Browse the menu and start salivating. Step Two: Choose what you heart (and tummy) desires, keeping in mind that we're approaching beach season and you need to take it easy. Step Three: Sit back and wait for one of the many Yumamia cooks to accept the order. From there on, you're sailing as the food is delivered to your doorstep and the set-up is perfect for Ramadan and those that inevitably won't have the time to the type of grand feast that the month demands. In addition, Yumamia has also introduced a special menu with special Ramadan value packages, offering a mix of half-and-uncooked foods, ranging from shish tawouk and béchamel pasta, to sambousek and kobeba. The cherry on top of all this is the upcoming return of the desserts menu, offering a whole range of creative homemade desserts and sweets – an essential element of Ramadan dining. For more information on Yumamia during Ramadan, click here.

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Eid 2016: 7 Holiday Destinations in Egypt that Won’t Break the Bank

With Eid fast approaching, a large chunk of Cairenes are preparing their short escapes from the capital. Finding an affordable travel destination at what is a peak time of the travel season, however, is far from easy and the announcement that Egypt is to ban the use of debit cards abroad have derai