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Episode 21 tackles the story of the great martyr Rami hassanein. Egyptian star Ahmed Salah Hosny captivates people heart by his brilliant portrayal to late great Lieutenant-Colonel who was killed in a roadside bomb attack on their armored vehicle in Egypt's North Sinai on 2016.

Hosny provided dazzling performance for Hassanein who was a great champion and highly efficient military leader.


The Highly successful Egyptian series managed in one week to do what wasn’t performed in years. We all love Egypt and its army but this series reminded us how deep is this love and how our Egyptian army men are sacrificing with their lives daily to preserve our homeland security, progress and prosperity.

This national epic gathered and united all the Egyptians around with its credible content that gives us an insightful look about the life, logic, thoughts and noble principals of our army soldiers, champions and martyrs.



Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.


"El Ekhteyar" houses a notable group of talented actors such as Amir Karara, Ahmed el Awady such as Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Sara Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim, in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry, Ahmed Wafik, Ahmed Salah Hosny among others.

The series is written by Baher Dewidar and directed by Peter Mimi.
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5/15/2020 5:29:54 PM
<![CDATA[Mido Fayed: El Ekhteyar is a national epic that was important to be done]]>
Colonel Ahmed el-Mansy, the commander of the Sa'ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces, was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants, while the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai.

Fayed explained to Egypt Today that he performed all the needed preparations to perform such honourable and patriotic character.

‘’ I talked with Moemen’s family and they told me everything about him as well as all his personal traits, it was very important to know every single detail about him because he is a real character not a fictional one’’ Fayed said.

Moemen was kind, humble, and helpful, he wanted to die while he is defending Egypt. ‘’ He was so eager to die as a martyr, he prayed to god to give him such an honor and our generous god gave him what he has asked for.’’

The rising Egyptian star added that El Ekhteyar is a national epic that was important to be done to explain to the upcoming generations more about the greatness of our Egyptian army and that our soldiers are sacrificing with their lives daily to protect our country.

‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ series houses a lot of patriotic messages, sheds the light on a group pf Egyptian soldiers and officers revealing how much they are brave, loyal, dedicated, have strong faith in god, love each other, strongly believe in what they are doing and ready to die at any time to protect their country’’ Fayed added.

Fayed elaborated that art is one of the major soft powers in Egypt and it has a major role in increasing people awareness, that is why patriotic drama like ‘’ El Ekhteyar is very important.

The Egyptian actor added that he learned a lot from such rich experience especially great director Peter Mimi. ‘’ I benefited a lot from Mimi instructions and I was honoured to work with such great cast which I consider as my family.’’
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5/15/2020 4:51:13 PM
<![CDATA['Frozen' musical becomes biggest victim of Broadway coronavirus shutdown]]>
The Disney production, which opened in March 2018 and is based on the blockbuster 2013 movie, will not return, Disney said in a statement.

Broadway theatres went dark on March 12 and this week extended the closure to Sept. 6. Live performances, especially big musicals with their large casts and the challenges of social distancing on stage, are expected to be among the last events to return while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“Frozen,” about two sisters who are pulled apart by a mysterious secret, features the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” Along with “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” the play was one of three Disney musicals based on popular movies running on Broadway.




It was the first musical and the biggest Broadway production to fall victim to the coronavirus, which has hit New York City hardest in United States.

Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement it was hard to believe a few years ago “that a global pandemic would so alter the world economy that running three Disney shows on Broadway would become untenable.”

“Frozen” was taking an average of about $1 million a week in ticket sales, according to box-office data.


The actors union Equity said the closure was a wake-up call showing the challenges faced by live theatre during the pandemic.

“Today’s news should be an all hands on deck moment for Governor Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio and Congress,” executive director Mary McColl said in a statement.

“Public officials at all levels must think much more boldly about supporting the arts or our entire economy will be slower to recover,” she added.

Two plays - a new production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and new British comedy “Hangmen” - had opened in preview before the shutdown. Producers later said they will not return once Broadway reopens.


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5/15/2020 4:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[Amazon Prime snags Bollywood premieres, angering theater owners]]>
India has been under a strict lockdown since March 25 to battle the virus, leaving about 9,500 theatres shut and depriving Bollywood of box-office revenue.

So producers of seven films, including two Bollywood movies starring A-listers, such as Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan, will stream the movies directly on Amazon Prime Video following a deal, the company said in a statement on Friday.

“Gulabo Sitabo”, a family comedy with Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, which was set for release in April, will now stream directly on Amazon Prime Video in June, as will “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic of the Indian mathematician of the same name.

Two of India’s biggest cinema chains, Inox and PVR, who were meant to screen “Gulabo Sitabo”, bemoaned the decision.

“INOX will be constrained to examine its options, and reserves all rights, including taking retributive measures, in dealing with such fair-weather friends,” Inox said in a statement.

The producers’ guild said the comments from Inox were “abrasive and unconstructive”.

PVR chief executive Kamal Gianchandani told the Indian Express on Thursday, after Amazon announced it would stream “Gulabo Sitabo”, that he was disappointed by the news.

The other five films in the Amazon deal are productions from the prolific, southern-language film industry.

Streaming platforms like Amazon and Netflix have in the past signed deals with Indian studios for digital rights, but mainstream releases have always prioritised theatrical revenues first.

In China, regulators aim to protect the industry by enforcing rules to stop movies premiering online, in particular by strictly managing “theatrical window period” requirements, a period for movies to be screened in cinemas before they can be shown elsewhere.

But analysts say the Amazon deal in India is likely the beginning of a broader trend, as lingering fears of coronavirus infection and lower discretionary spending keep people away from multiplexes and single-screen cinemas.

“There will be a reset in the way that producers and studios think about their portfolios,” Vijay Subramaniam, director and head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India, told Reuters in an interview.

Subramaniam said Amazon, which competes in India with Netflix and Disney’s Hotstar, did not see acquisition costs going up for the streaming platform.

FILE PHOTO: Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video India, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Mumbai, India, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo
Bollywood is a huge draw for India’s burgeoning online audiences, who - driven by cheap data and smartphones - are spending more time watching content online than ever before.

Media reported that more producers in Bollywood and the southern-language industry were in talks with streaming platforms for direct-to-digital releases.

Last month, theatre owners in the southern state of Tamil Nadu threatened to boycott well-known actor Suriya over his decision to stream his film on a digital platform.

That film, “Ponmagal Vandhal” is part of the seven-film slate that Amazon announced on Friday.]]>
5/15/2020 4:08:56 PM
<![CDATA[Is Ramses II the Pharaoh of Moses?]]>
Gomaa also stated that the scientists found seaweed inside his corpse, which indicates that this is the Pharaoh that lived during Moses’ era. Can we really know if the corpse of Ramses II belongs to the Pharaoh of Egypt?

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass had reviewed this matter during his speech in a seminar held on Dec. 20, 2019.

The first question during the seminar was about the Egyptian project for studying royal mummies. Hawass replied that studies over the past years have been conducted by foreigners, who unfortunately took parts of the different mummies while studying.

“Whoever conducted the X-Ray of Tutankhamun’s mummy stole parts of it, and those who studied the mummy of Ramses II to prove whether or not he was the Pharaoh that lived during Moses’ era stole his hair, but the hair was restored again,” said Hawass.

"We started the project to study royal mummies in 2009, and made huge discoveries regarding the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut (Egyptian Queen of the18th Dynasty), how Ramses II died, and the family of King Tutankhamun. We are now conducting studies on 20 royal mummies,” Hawass answered when asked about the time the project started.

The veteran Egyptian archeologist Hawass also explained that each royal mummy will be displayed with all its personal belongings, and evidence or data about the profession of the owner of the mummy, and the results of DNA tests and CT scans, which determine the cause of death. According to Hawass, Ramses V was sick with smallpox.

From the aforementioned, we can deduce it was evident whether CT scans prove the causes of death? Did Ramses II die of drowning, as theoreticians claim him to be the Pharaoh of Moses?

“It is not possible with CT scans to know whether the mummy died of drowning or not. The only thing that proves this is the lung, which is not found inside the mummy. When they took the mummy of Ramses II in the eighties, to prove that he was the Pharaoh of Moses, one of the researchers stole his hair on the restoration trip in France, putting it in a safe in his house. When the restorer passed away, his son tried to sell the hair,” said Hawass.





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5/14/2020 6:02:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s tourism & antiquities min. discusses latest developments of New Administrative Capital museum]]>
Also, Anani convened with Nevin Nizar, deputy minister for Museum Display Affairs, and Head of the Museums Sector Moemen Osman, for an update on the latest developments in the New Administrative Capital’s museum.

Nizar stated that the developments of the artifacts' transport works were discussed in preparation for the start of their exhibition in accordance with the prepared museum display scenario.

Moreover, Nizar further stated during the meeting that the installation of showcases and screens for multimedia films is underway.

Also, preparations are being made for the schematic models that will be included in the displays to portray each of the ancient Egyptian capitals, in addition to the nature of residents, architecture, religious buildings and the most famous landmark of each city.

The content of the interactive films being prepared in cooperation with the Library of Alexandria was also discussed, where an interactive panoramic movie [Culturama] is prepared on the capitals of Egypt throughout the ages, from the oldest capital Memphis, to the New Administrative Capital.

It is worth noting that the museum at the New Administrative Capital has received more than 550 artifacts.

Also, the civil protection work, the insurance system and surveillance system are being completed.

Most of the architectural work of the museum’s building has been completed. Interior lighting fixtures, statutory bases and other fabrication work have begun.

Furthermore, work is under way to implement the detailed subdivisions of artifact collections according to the High Commission for Museums Scenarios.
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5/14/2020 3:34:11 PM
<![CDATA[No kissing, no fighting as TV soap 'Neighbours' resumes filming]]>
The pandemic has hugely disrupted the entertainment industry worldwide and many popular television shows have had to suspend production.

The cast and crew of “Neighbours” had a month-long break while producers re-worked scripts and storylines to ensure actors were able to stay apart, in line with Australian government guidelines on social distancing.

“This is an unprecedented situation, there is no rulebook for it,” said Jason Herbison, executive producer of the series, now in its 35th year, about the residents of a fictional suburb in the Australian city of Melbourne.

“So what we really had to do was just stop, listen to the government advice and look at the way we film the show. And in consultation with our cast and crew, really formulate a plan where we felt we could all return to work safely,” he said in an interview via Skype.

This included reducing the number of characters in specific scenes. Sometimes they filmed them in “smaller components” before stitching scenes together in the editing room.

In intimate scenes, a character might “lean in for a kiss, and then the camera pans away and we hear a little bit of a giggle,” Herbison said.

“It’s just about re-imagining the scene differently, so you don’t see that moment of impact.”

Actors and film crews have temperature checks when they arrive on set, and a colour coding scheme helps ensure that if somebody contracts the virus or has symptoms, it will be easier to trace the people they may have come into contact with.

Wherever possible, actors will apply their own make-up and do their own hair. Where that is not possible, make-up artists will comply with strict health and hygiene rules.

There will be no explicit references to the coronavirus in the series, Herbison said, especially given that it is all about neighbours interacting with one another. But viewers will see, for example, characters sanitising their hands in restaurants.

“It’ll be little things like that that show that perhaps the world has changed a little bit,” he said.]]>
5/14/2020 3:24:43 PM
<![CDATA[Rihanna debuts on Sunday Times Rich List of musicians at no. 3]]>
Barbados-born Rihanna, 32, now based in London, leapfrogged some of Britain’s most famous musicians such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Rod Stewart into the list of the country’s most wealthy.

Hit musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and former Beatle Paul McCartney jointly top the list with some £800 million each.

Known for her daring, colourful looks on the red carpet, Rihanna has become an increasingly influential force in the fashion world as well as having eight hit albums.

“Rihanna typifies the seismic change we’ve seen in the Rich List in recent years. Once dominated by inherited wealth, the bulk of our 1,000 entries are now self-made people with modest and even troubled starts in life who are driven to work exceptionally hard,” said Robert Watts, compiler of the list.

Ed Sheeran tops the ranks of Britain’s richest young musicians (aged 30 or under) with a fortune of £200 million.

“Touring remains the big earner for many of the stadium-filling acts on our musicians’ list,” Watts said. “But the Covid outbreak has wrecked concert plans and so we expect the wealth of many of these musicians will flatline over the coming year.”]]>
5/14/2020 3:21:11 PM
<![CDATA[Porsches, popcorn and social distancing at Dubai drive-in cinema]]>
With social distancing mandatory in the United Arab Emirates to help curb the spread of the virus, VOX Cinemas says viewers will be limited to two per car at the open-air venue, which opens on Sunday and can accommodate up to 75 cars at a time.

Tickets cost 180 dirhams ($50) per vehicle inclusive of popcorn, snacks and drinks.

“We keep our social distancing so it’s a brilliant idea in my opinion,” Porsche driver Xavier Libbrecht told Reuters during a pre-opening event at the drive-in cinema on Wednesday.

Dubai, the UAE’s business and tourism hub, has been easing coronavirus closures and restrictions since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began three weeks ago, allowing malls and dine-in restaurants to reopen at limited capacity.

However, children aged 3-12 and people over 60 are still barred from such venues, including the outdoor cinema, which sits on the roof of Majid Al Futtaim’s Mall of the Emirates. The screen stands under the peak of the mall’s indoor ski slope.

“Any excuse to get out the house during coronavirus times,” said Patrick, another member of a Porsche car club invited to Wednesday’s event, at which an action comedy film was shown.

“In the comfort of your own car you don’t have to worry about chewing too loud,” he added.

Cinema-goers caught a cool evening breeze, but were still switching car engines on and off for the air conditioning. Temperatures can rise above 40 degrees in Dubai during the long summer months and the humidity is oppressive.

Dubai, a major shopping and entertainment destination, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic due to travel disruptions and closures to contain the spread of the disease.

The UAE has so far recorded 20,386 coronavirus infections and 206 deaths.]]>
5/14/2020 3:16:18 PM
<![CDATA[Mostafa Amar to release religious album soon]]>
On his official Instagram account, Amar posted a picture of the new album’s poster, commenting: “'Hanen Aleina Yarab' a religious album coming soon!”

It is worth mentioning that this is Amar's first full religious album.



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5/13/2020 7:32:15 PM
<![CDATA[Yasser Galal, new tough guy of El-Gamaliya in 20th episode of 'El-Fetewa' ]]>
Galal appears masked; he only reveals himself after Farag el-Atal [Dia Abdel Khaleq] defeats Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni], and almost becomes the official fetewa of the neighborhood.

However, Hassan el-Gebali [Yasser Galal] shows up and beats him in a nabot fight (stick fight) that changes the course of events, making Gebali the new tough guy of El-Gamaliya.

In the series’ 20th episode, Hassan el-Gebali [Yasser Galal] promises Lail [Mai Omar] he will never let her go as he loves her dearly and that nothing will make them part except death.

Azmi meets Fadl and offers him to pledge allegiance to him as the official tough guy of El-Gamaliya and to give up his dreams of being the official fetewa. He bargains to return to El-Gamaliya with his gang to cooperate together.

The 20th episode of “El-Fetewa” series started with a scene showing Fadl hugging his horse Aziz, assuring him that he will be the next Fetewa, followed by a scene of Gamila condoling Mai Omar and Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni], who asks Gamila to stay in El-Gamaliya. She agrees to stay provided that he marries her.

Hassan el-Gebali faces Farag as Azmi prepares to be El-Gamaliya's fetewa. Riyad el-Khouli gathers his gang but refuses to get into any altercation as he fears defeat.

“El-Fetewa” is written by Hany Sarhan and directed by Hussein el-Manbawi. It is produced by Synergy.

The series stars Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Khalil, Riyad el-Khouly, Inaam Salousa, Laila Ahmed Zaher, Hanadi Mehanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Aida Riyad, Farida Saif el-Nasr, Ahdi Sadiq, Magdy Fekry, Maha Nassar and Yasser Zinconi.
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5/13/2020 4:45:54 PM
<![CDATA[Broadway theaters to remain closed through Sept. 6]]>
Among the most-visited tourist attractions in New York, the theaters had previously set a tentative reopening date of June 7.

The Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners, said on Tuesday it was working with government authorities, unions and health experts to develop plans to re-open with new safety measures for audiences, performers and stagehands.

Live theater productions face unique challenges in the pandemic, including a large number of people in small spaces and physical contact among performers on stage.

Producers are discussing staging shows with smaller casts rather than big musicals, and writers have been working on stories that allow for social distancing.

Broadway closed its theaters on March 12. Thirty-one shows were playing at that time including hits such as “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”]]>
5/13/2020 3:08:06 PM
<![CDATA[Tyler Perry gets ahead of Hollywood with July production restart]]>
Perry will start production of his television shows “Sistas” and “The Oval” on July 8 at his sprawling Tyler Perry Studios complex in Atlanta, Georgia, television network BET said in a statement.

Perry, 50, one of the wealthiest and most prolific black entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, bought a former army base in Atlanta in 2015 and turned it into one of the largest production facilities in the United States. The 330-acre self-contained lot has housing, green space and 12 sound stages.

The announcement came as Hollywood movie studios, major television networks and streaming services are still drawing up protocols to keep actors and crew members safe on sets that were shut down across most of the world in mid-March because of the coronavirus epidemic.

They have yet to announce plans or dates for filming of TV shows and movies to resume.

Perry, the creator and star of the “Madea” movies, told Hollywood publication Deadline last month that he had drawn up detailed plans for his productions that involve sequestering the casts and crews in accommodation at his studios for the entire length of a shoot.

The plan followed consultations with labor unions and local authorities, Perry told Deadline.

Georgia was one of the first U.S. states to relax coronavirus restrictions, opening up barber shops, movie theaters and dine-in restaurants in late April.

“Sistas,” about the love lives and friendship of a group of single black females, and “The Oval”, a behind the scenes tale of life in the White House, are two of BET’s most popular scripted shows.

Perry wrote, produces and directs both shows.]]>
5/13/2020 3:05:22 PM
<![CDATA[ Ibrahim Nasr passes away at the age of 70]]>CAIRO - 12 May 2020: Head of Egypt’s Acting Syndicate Ashraf Zaki said that actor and comedian Ibrahim Nasr died in the early hours of May 12.

In statements made to the press, Zaki said that the funeral will be held at the Azbakeya Church today, May 12.

Nasr was mostly known for his role in the film “Shams el-Zanati” (1991) starring Adel Imam, and for the prank show “Zakia Zakaria” that was considered a turning point in Ramadan prank shows in the Egyptian and Arab Television.


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5/12/2020 3:11:52 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Cultural Salon to host discussion panel on COVID-19 on May 12]]>
The discussion panel will be held at 10 p.m. on May 12 and will be broadcast live on the official Facebook accounts of the GEBO and the Cairo International Cultural Salon.

The discussion panel comes within the framework of the Ministry of Culture's e-initiative “Stay At Home; Culture is Between Your Hands” launched by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem, with the aim of raising the awareness of the masses to combat the novel coronavirus.

The salon hosts former Tunisian Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Neziha Labidi and member of the Presidential Council for Social Responsibility in Egypt Randa Rizk. In the second part of the discussion panel, Syrian poet Siham al-Shaashaa will be hosted.

The panel is moderated by poet and journalist Mohamed Hamida, founder of the Cairo International Cultural Salon, and plastic artist Maha el-Sebaei from Syria. It will last for 80 minutes divided into two parts on the Cairo International Book Fair page.

The General Egyptian Book Organization, through its YouTube channel, will also broadcast its creative printed and visual content for culture enthusiasts.

The visual archive package available for broadcasting during the month of Ramadan includes the contributions of author Saad el-Din Wahba, Mahmoud Yassin, late poet Abdel Rahman el-Abnoudi, legendary soccer phenomenon Mahmoud el-Khatib, poet Syed Hegab, veteran journalist Makram Mohamed Ahmed, poet Farouk Gweida, star Yehya el-Fakhrani, late Dr. Ahmed Zewail, late International writer Naguib Mahfouz, and journalist and writer Anis Mansour.

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5/12/2020 2:57:26 PM
<![CDATA[Virus brings Cannes Festival 'stepladder gang' down to earth]]>
This year, coronavirus has forced the indefinite postponement of the film festival and left Morpelli - leading member of the so-called ‘stepladder gang’ of ardent autograph-hunters and amateur paparazzi - to ruminate over what he’s missing.

“It breaks my heart,” he said as he stood across the street from the venue on Monday, usually a hive of activity with 24 hours to go until the opening, but now deserted.

“It’s hard to imagine that this year, there’s nothing, that we’ll need to wait one more year.”

The Cannes Festival is the moment in the annual calendar when Hollywood glamour rubs shoulders on the French Riviera with Europe’s show-business glitterati. Attendees last year included Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore.

This year’s edition, which had been due to take place from May 12-23, was called off after the French government, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, banned public gatherings.

It was only the third time in its history that the festival has failed to take place. The two previous occasions were the outbreak of World War Two and 1968, when France was roiled by violent protests.

Morpelli and his fellow gang members usually line up on a verge across the road from the red carpet. The stepladders give the fans a better vantage point, and allow them to be seen.

When limousines pull up at the kerb, the fans shout to entice the celebrities to come over. Many have photographs that they ask the stars to sign.

On Monday, as he looked at the empty spot where the red carpet should be, Morpelli said he was still processing the absence of the festival: “I think we’ll understand it later, but now it’s hard to swallow.”]]>
5/12/2020 2:09:03 PM
<![CDATA[Delayed 'Friends' reunion holding out for live audience over remote event]]>
Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, which is launching the HBO Max streaming service on May 27, said on Monday he thought it was worth waiting until the one-off unscripted show could be filmed in a traditional way.

The reunion, dreamed of by fans for years, was supposed to have helped launch HBO Max, but the coronavirus epidemic shut down production across Hollywood before it could be filmed.

“We are holding out to be able to get this special done hopefully by the end of the summer. We do think there’s a value to having a raucous live audience experience these six great friends coming back together,” Greenblatt told Hollywood outlet Variety in an interview.

“We didn’t want to just do it suddenly on a web call, or six squares and people shooting from their kitchens and bedrooms,” Greenblatt added.

Shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and a reunion of “Parks and Recreation” have put together episodes by recording stars in their homes.

“Friends,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, ended in 2004 after 10 years, but it remains one of the most popular shows in re-runs.

“If this (coronavirus) goes on indefinitely, we may go the virtual route,” Greenblatt said. “But at the moment we are trying to look to the future and get this thing done in a more conventional way.

“If we launch it in the fall, I think it will be something that will have the audience looking forward to,” he added.]]>
5/12/2020 2:03:42 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy a guided video tour for the first key of the holy Ka’aba]]>
This key belongs to the Mamluk sultan al-Ashraf Sha’ban, it is considered to be the oldest existing specimen ever seen for keys of the Ka’aba.

Verses from the part of the holy Quran is inscribed on the key from Surat al-Fath as well as the name and titles of sultan al-Ashraf Sha’ban.

It’s attributed to 765 AH /1363 -1364 AD.

Thanks to Gihan Nabil ???Director of the Learning Center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the tour guide Dina Ezz Aldin for volunteering.

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5/12/2020 1:53:03 PM
<![CDATA['El-Brince' 17th episode trends on Google ]]>
On his official Instagram account, Ramadan uploaded a video of google’s trend on Ramadan 17, in which the 17th episode of the series "El-Brince" was the most searched for in Egypt. In the background, Ramadan’s song “Number 1” played.

During the 17th episode of “El-Brince”, the prisoners, who were attacked by Radwan [Mohamed Ramadan], tried to reconcile with him for some personal interests; he asked them to help him call the father of his late wife to check on his daughter.

The second scene moved to Fathi [Ahmed Zaher] and Fadwa [Rogina] going to the house of the father and mother of Lubna, Radwan's late wife to search for Maryam, Radwan's daughter. Fathi and Fadwa kidnapped Maryam, after spiking her grandparents' tea with a drug.

At the same time, Radwan succeeded in making the phone call after the promise of Salah Balela [Mohammad Ahmed Maher], that he would make the call in. It was shocking for him to know that his daughter had been kidnapped.

The surprise caused Radwan to lose control which eventually caused the prison guards to discover that he had a phone, deciding to take him to the warden. This is when the 17th episode came to an end leaving the audience anticipating the events of the next episode.

The series revolves around Radwan el-Brince, whose character is embodied by star Mohammed Ramadan. Radwan works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the death of his parents, which results in problems with his six siblings.

The series is written and directed by Mohammed Sami. It stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Othman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohamed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. It is produced by Synergy.

"El-Brince" is broadcast daily on DMC and DMC Drama channels during Ramadan.

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5/11/2020 3:36:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture intervenes to save Egyptian Publishers Association]]>
In Egypt, the Egyptian Publishers Association (EPA) took several steps to discuss how to get out of the crisis.

Recently, the president of the association, publisher Saeed Abdo, explained all the procedures that the board has taken since the beginning of the epidemic, to confront the major crisis that Egyptian publishers are going through because of this crisis.

As a result of these procedures, Abdo said that Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Daym agreed to support the association’s treasury with a sum of money, to support the Egyptian publishers.

Also, Abdel Dayem instructed the Culture Palaces Authority to allocate an amount of money in the next budget for purchasing from Egyptian publishers. Abdo indicated that the meeting held with Abdel Dayem in April came to discuss ways to support publishers to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

It was agreed during the meeting to allocate a significant portion of the budget to the libraries as of the next fiscal year (1/7/2020) to purchase from publishers through a joint committee between the ministry and the association.

It was also decided that member publishers will participate in the villages' book fair organized by the General Authority of Cultural Palaces, as well as in the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay Home; Culture is Between Your Hands”.

Additionally, the Ministry of Culture supports the association’s initiative (Stay Home With A Great Company) in cooperation with all the bodies of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

In statements made to the press, the head of the Egyptian Publishers Association explained that a mini-committee was formed to meet a number of ministers, including the minister of industry, to discuss making publishing an industry so that publishers can benefit from the state's support in financing and supporting small projects.

Furthermore, a meeting is set to be held with the minister of education and the minister of higher education to allocate a sum from their budgets to purchase books, whether for school or university students.

Also, the association will convene with the minister of youth and sports to provide youth centers with books and publications from the ministry's allocations.

The head of the Egyptian Publishers Association explained that it will be agreed with the minister of local development, to provide permits for the establishment of libraries, and to support and establish Street 306, which will be designated for libraries.
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5/11/2020 2:45:17 PM
<![CDATA[Seinfeld star Jerry Stiller dies aged 92, son Ben pays tribute]]>
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” wrote Ben, a Hollywood comedian who appeared with his father in “Zoolander” and other movies.

“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad,” he added.

Jerry Stiller was part of a 1960s comedy team with wife Anne Meara. But he was in his mid-60s when he got what would become his signature acting role - Frank Costanza, father of ne’er-do-well George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) on “Seinfeld,” a tense, bombastic man always on the verge of apoplexy.

In 1993, Stiller had thought his entertainment career was nearing an end when he got a phone call from Larry David, co-creator of “Seinfeld,” about joining the cast led by comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

The show, one of the most highly regarded in U.S. TV history, was in its fourth season at the time but Stiller said he had never watched a minute of it and had to ask, “Who’s Seinfeld?”

He was performing in a play at the time and had to turn down the TV job. Stiller got another chance at the role a few months later and took it.

Stiller was in only 26 of the 172 “Seinfeld” episodes but each appearance was memorable, whether he was screaming “serenity now!” in a tense situation, trying on a bra for men or explaining the odd rituals of Festivus, the Dec. 23 holiday he established as an alternative to Christmas.

Stiller said he was originally told to play Frank in a meek, understated manner in contrast to the character’s loud, shrill wife. A few days in, however, Stiller responded to one of the wife’s rants with an improvised tirade of his own and the show’s producers and cast liked it.

“And from that day on, it was the best years of my life as an actor because I worked with people who were the most generous actors in the world,” Stiller said in an interview with the Archive of American Television.

“Seinfeld” ended its nine-year run in 1998 and that same year Stiller moved into another sitcom dad role on “The King of Queens.” As Arthur Spooner, he played another blowhard oddball - although not quite as eruptive as Frank Costanza - living in the basement of the home of his daughter (played by Leah Remini) and her husband (Kevin James) through the show’s nine seasons.

HUSBAND-WIFE COMEDY TEAM

Stiller was born and grew up in New York, inspired by comedian Eddie Cantor and the vaudeville shows he saw with his father, a bus driver.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Stiller studied drama at Syracuse University and then sought acting jobs. He was working with a woman comedy partner when he met Meara in 1953 at an agent’s office. They married a few months later.

Stiller and Meara worked together in the Compass Players comedy troupe before forming their own team. By the 1960s, they had become a popular comedy duo on U.S. television and appeared 36 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Their act included skits such as an interview with the biblical Jonah after his encounter with the whale and parodies of TV commercials.

Much of their humor was marriage-based and focused on height (Stiller was 5-foot-4, Meara was considerably taller) and ethnicity (he was Jewish, she was of Irish heritage).

“Our marriage has lasted because we have the same feelings of insecurity about being an actor. We needed stability,” Stiller told the New York Daily News in 2012.

In the early 1970s, Stiller and Meara began working separately. She made the movies “The Out-of-Towners” and “Lovers and Other Strangers” and had a one-year run starring on the television show “Kate McShane.” He did some Broadway work and appeared in films including “Airport 1975” and “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

Meara died in 2015 at age 85.

Stiller also had roles in both the 1998 and 2007 versions of the movie “Hairspray” and appeared in films starring son Ben such as “Zoolander” and “The Heartbreak Kid.”

Stiller and Meara’s daughter, Amy, also is an actress.]]>
5/11/2020 2:35:42 PM
<![CDATA[Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar has $1 million auction estimate]]>
Julien’s Auctions said on Monday the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar that Cobain played for the 1993 live taping is going up for sale, The guitar comes with battered case, whose storage compartment contains a small suede bag where the musician is said to have stashed the heroin he was addicted to in his final years.

The Nirvana frontman recorded the “Unplugged” session in November 1993. He was found dead, aged 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home in April 1994.

Julien’s Chief Executive Darren Julien said the guitar “has earned its rightful place in history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time.”

The album “MTV Unplugged in New York,” featuring acoustic versions of tracks like “About a Girl,” “Apologies” and a cover version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” was released after Cobain’s death, topped the Billboard charts, and won a Grammy.

The olive green cardigan worn by Cobain for the session sold for $334,000 at auction in October 2019 in what Julien’s said was a world record for a cardigan.

The $1 million expected for the guitar is just a starting estimate, Julien’s said. The world record for a guitar was set in June 2019 when Pink Floyd musician David Gilmour’s black Fender Stratocaster sold for $3.9 million at auction in New York

Other Cobain items up in the June 19-20 auction in Beverly Hills will include a Fender Stratocaster guitar he used on Nirvana’s 1994 “In Utero” tour (estimated at $60,000-$80,000), a metallic silver lame shirt worn for the 1993 music video for “Heart-shaped Box” ($10,000-$20,000) and the typed set list he used for the MTV session ($4,000-$6,000).

All the items come from various people who worked with Cobain or were associated with his family, Julien’s said.

Cobain’s acoustic guitar will be placed on public display at the Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Piccadilly Circus from May 15, and at Julien’s Auctions gallery in Beverly Hills from June 15-19.]]>
5/11/2020 2:28:49 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Visit Ismailia Museum during house quarantine ]]>
The Ismailia Museum is one of the oldest museums in Egypt. The museum was built by engineers working for the Suez Canal International Maritime Company (currently Suez Canal Authority). It was built in the form of a pylon.

The Ismailia Museum is famous for displaying a variety of unique artifacts that were discovered in the Suez Canal region and the Sinai region.

The idea of establishing a national museum in Ismailia came in conjunction with the digging of the Suez Canal (1859-1869). The goal of its creation was to find a place to preserve and display the discovered monuments in a manner that is easy to study. During the year 1934, the museum was officially opened.

The museum contains about 3,800 artifacts covering various historical stages of the Egyptian civilization. Among the most important pieces that have been unearthed in Ismailia Governorate is a granite statue of the Sphinx from the Middle Kingdom, in addition to a marble sarcophagus of a man named Djedhor dating back to the Ptolemaic era.

Furthermore, a pyramid from the era of King Ramses II was unearthed in the city of East Qantara during the digging works of the Suez Canal.

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5/10/2020 5:58:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities launch new video on ancient Egyptian lentils dish recipe]]>
The recipe of the lentils dish was written by an ancient Egyptian on a piece of papyrus in the third century AD.

The ancient Egyptians had eaten lentils since prehistoric times, around 4000 BC. This recipe illustrates the long history of the Egyptian cuisine, however, it did not remain constant all the time; where the lentils are prepared in different ways depending on the time period.

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5/10/2020 5:18:56 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities presents 'Forgotten Tales']]>
"These episodes are presented by a variety of archaeologists and curators of various museums, on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week," said Randa Rofael, director of the department.

The episodes presented by the ministry will reveal aspects from the ancient Egyptian heritage and history.

Furthermore, the episodes vary in content, shedding light on a number of artifacts from the various eras of the Egyptian history.

You can follow the lectures on the official page of the administration on Facebook at exactly 10 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week, through the following link:

www.facebook.com/MuseumSector.SAGT

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities makes virtual tours of some archaeological sites and museums to the people of Egypt and the world, which introduces the ancient Egyptian civilization to the people during their time in the house quarantine imposed by most countries to combat the novel coronavirus.

The ministry, in cooperation with its partners from scientific and archaeological institutes is launching a service to visit some of these sites through virtual tours guided by Egyptian tour guides.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities presented a number of virtual tours in royal tombs, a number of archeological sites, and the Jewish Temple in Misr al-Kadima.

It also provided three guided tours of a number of artifacts in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had also launched a virtual tour to the two brothers' cemetery in Saqqara, a tomb belonging to two senior officials of the Fifth Dynasty.
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5/10/2020 4:50:04 PM
<![CDATA[Rock 'n' roll pioneer Little Richard dies at age 87]]>
Richard, a Grammy Award winner and inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame whose electrifying 1950s hits such as “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” and flamboyant stage presence influenced legions of performers, succumbed to cancer.

“Little Richard died in Tullahoma, Tennessee of bone cancer. He was loved by his family and adored by millions,” his family said in a statement through their lawyer, Bill Sobel.

Richard’s bass guitarist, Charles Glenn, told celebrity website TMZ the musician had been sick for two months and that he died surrounded by his brother, sister and son.

At his peak in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Richard shouted, moaned, screamed and trilled hits like “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and “Lucille,” all the while pounding the piano like a mad man and punctuating lyrics with an occasional shrill “whoooo!”

Time magazine said he played “songs that sounded like nonsense ... but whose beat seemed to hint of unearthly pleasures centered somewhere between the gut and the gutter.”

The music drew in both young black and white fans at a time when parts of the United States still were strictly segregated. Many white artists, such as Pat Boone, had their own hit versions of Richard’s songs, albeit considerably toned down and “safer” for the pop audience.

“I’ve always thought that rock ‘n’ roll brought the races together,” Richard once told an interviewer. “Although I was black, the fans didn’t care. I used to feel good about that.”

Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Otis Redding, David Bowie and Rod Stewart all cited Little Richard as an influence. Jimi Hendrix, who played in Richard’s band in the mid-1960s, said he wanted to use his guitar the way Richard used his voice.

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“I am the innovator,” Richard would tell interviewers and audiences. “I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock ‘n’ roll!”

Little Richard’s sonic extravagance was matched by his campy flamboyance. He wore brightly colored suits, a pencil-thin mustache, a carefully curled 6-inch pompadour, mascara, pancake makeup and lipstick.

“Elvis may have been the king of rock ‘n ‘roll but I am the queen,” he proclaimed.

He was born Dec. 5, 1932 as Richard Penniman to a poor family of 12 children in Macon, Georgia. Religion was a guiding force in his family, which attended Pentecostal, Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal churches. His faith was so deeply ingrained that at times it would overwhelm his rock career.

His first performances were as a child in his church choir and his earliest inspirations were gospel singers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who let a young Richard open her show when she stopped in Macon. A singer named Esquerita also influenced Richard’s fashion and manic musical style.

He first went on the road in the late 1940s, performing in medicine shows and drag shows and with bands.

Richard first recorded in the early 1950s and became a dominating force on the music charts starting in 1956 with hits such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Rip It Up,” “Slippin’ and Slidin’, and “Good Golly Miss Molly.” All were infused with the frantic rhythm of a runaway train.

“Shining like a quasar, the most intensely radiant object in the cosmos, he seems to tap a mystical source of mental power that is only accessible to great preachers and shamans,” McCartney wrote in the preface to the 1994 biography “The Life and Times of Little Richard.”

But Richard’s career took a turn in 1957 when he decided to abandon rock in the middle of a two-week tour of Australia.

Richard told a biographer that he saw a fireball shoot across the sky during an outdoor performance in Sydney and took it as a sign from God to change his life. He said he later determined the fireball was the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite.

A few months later, however, Richard was a student at a Bible college in Alabama. For a while he played only gospel music but slipped back into rock ‘n’ roll, sharing a bill with the young Beatles in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962.

It was a pattern that persisted for years as Little Richard moved between rock ‘n’ roll, alcohol, cocaine and heroin abuse and Christianity and gospel music. He would go on to become an ordained Seventh Day Adventist minister and eventually worked gospel and rock both into his shows, along with a little preaching.

“I talk about my life as a homosexual and a drug addict because I think it is right to tell people what God has done for me,” he wrote in his autobiography, “The Life and Times of Little Richard.”

Richard was among the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 but missed the ceremony because he was recovering from an auto accident. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 8 on its list of 100 greatest entertainers of all time and he received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1993.

“Little Richard bent gender, upset segregationist fault lines and founded a tradition of rock dadaists devoted to the art of self-creation,” a Rolling Stone critic said. “He went with the inspiration of the moment, be it divine or hormonal, and caromed like a shiny, cracked pinball between God, sex and rock ‘n’ roll.”

As a minister, Richard officiated at weddings for Bruce Springsteen, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Cyndi Lauper and other celebrities.

Richard suffered a heart attack in 2013 and hip problems required him to use a wheelchair at times.

In a post on Instagram on Saturday, Richard’s longtime guitarist Kelvin Holly said, “Rest in peace, Richard. This one really stings.”

“My thoughts and prayers go out to all my bandmates and fans all over the world. Richard truly was the king!”]]>
5/10/2020 2:37:22 PM
<![CDATA[Yasmine Sabri trends on Twitter ]]>
In Episode 15 the events of the series started to escalate as Malak ( Yasmine Sabri) started to recover after she regained back her memory the crisis she suffered from in her engagement party to Ziad ( Ahmed Magdy) after Riham ( Ayten Amer) ruined the party.

Ziad asked sherine ( Sarah el Shamy) about Malak place to talk to her and when she refuses to tell him he asked Medhat ( Diab) the husband of Mariam ( Heba Magdy) who is Malak sister who informed him with Malak’s place.

Malak refused to forgive Ziad and give him another chance and decided to accept Karim ( Omar el Shenawy) old marriage proposal to close door in front of Ziad.

In episode 16 the series events escalated more after Ziad entered into a severe depression when he went to see Malak in her engagement and they confronted each other and Malak said that she never lost her memory, she was pretending that and she felt severe pain when Ziad married Riham as much as the pain he is feeling now.

On May 6, “Forsa Tania” has been trending on YouTube. The series is broadcast on CBC, DMC and ON E channels.

Heba Magdy and Diab’s scene came in fifth place on the list of the most watched scenes on YouTube.

The relationship between Mariam and her husband Medhat developed in the 12th episode of the series "Forsa Tania", after she was infuriated in the previous episode because he married another woman and was brazen enough to bring her home.

Mariam spiked Medhat’s food with a sleeping pill and once he was in a deep sleep, she went through his cell-phone to make sure he divorced the lady he married.

While she was checking for any proof of his divorce, Mariam discovers voice messages that affirm Medhat’s involvement in narcotics sales. She decides to keep a watchful eye on him; she dedicates most of her time for that, and hires a babysitter for her daughter Zeina.

Mariam follows Medhat carefully and sees him doing a drug transaction.

Ziad sends his friend Kamal [Ahmed el-Shami] to Reham's house and gives her father, Rushdi, [Ashraf Zaki] a cheque for his daughter's dowry, which amounts to L.E 2 million.

After that, Rushdi prevents Reham from going out and decides to change the way he treats her. He also brings her a psychiatrist at home.

“Forsa Tania” stars Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Diab, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Heba Abdel Ghani, Sarah el-Shamy, Mohamed Abu Dawoud, Ahmed el-Shamy, Nihal Anbar, Omar el-Shennawy, Mohamed Gomaa and Tamim Abdo.

The series is written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem and directed by Morqus Adel. It is produced by Synergy.


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5/9/2020 11:47:53 PM
<![CDATA[Dhafer L'Abidine to cooperate with Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle in 'The Eddy']]>
The miniseries is directed by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land) along with other remarkable directors.

A French-American co-production, The Eddy follows a jazz club owner struggles every day to protect his business and his band in the heart of Paris.

The series co-stars Joanna Kulig, Golden Globe nominated actress Melissa George, André Holland, Randy Kerber and Tahar Rahim.

The Eddy is produced by director Damien Chazelle, who won an Academy Award for La La Land, and he also co-directs it with Moroccan director Houda Benyamina, winner of the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival, and La?la Marrakchi (Rock the Casbah), and written by Jack Thorne. Alan Poul is Executive Producer.



L’abdine is the gentle handsome Tunisian star whose handsomeness quickly captured the hearts of fans.

For an actor, handsomeness may help to get into others hearts but to stay in it, he has to own another kind of beauty; that of talent, perseverance and hard work.

L’abdine owns all these kinds of loveliness, the matter that made him a mega star in a short period of time.

He was born in Tunis in 1972. L’abdine was a professional football player until the age of 23, where he was severely injured, and his injury prevented him from playing football for two years.

In those two years he worked in the modeling field. After his recovery, he was 25 years old and felt that he could no longer play football professionally again.

L’abdine loved watching movies, art and acting, and decided to take acting classes.

In 2000 he traveled to the United Kingdom and settled there. He joined the Birmingham School of Acting and graduated in 2002.

At that time he was given the opportunity to participate in a British series called "Dream Team," where he played the role of a French football player over two seasons (2002-2004) and this series was his artistic kick off.

L’abdine is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Italian, which allowed him to work in a number of international series like ‘’Wire in the blood’’ in 2004, ‘’the Bill’’ and ‘’the Doctors’’ in 2005.

In 2006 he participated in three international movies: “A Different Dish,’’ ‘’Children of Men’’ and ‘’Mercante di Pietre.’’ In the same year he was involved in two series: ‘’Bombshell’’ and ‘’the Spooks.’’

In 2008 he was in the famous Tunisian series "Maktoob," where he played the role of Mohamed Ali and won widespread fame in Tunisia. In the same year he hosted the Carthage International Film Festival.

He started his acting career in Egypt in 2012 with the Egyptian series ‘’Vertigo’’ with the Tunisian star Hend Sabry who he co-star with her again in the successful Egyptian series '' Halawet el Dunia'' ( The sweetness of the world) for which he won the Murex D'or for Best Arab Actor in a TV Series.

Before his sky-rocketing breakthrough in the Arab world, Dhafer L'Abidine enjoyed a successful career in the West, appearing in international film productions, such as Sex and the City 2 (2010), Centurion (2010), Black Forest (2012), and Rise of the Footsoldier (UK).

L'Abidine also starred in several Arab TV series and films, including his latest TV series Aroos Beirut (Beirut's Bride) and the film Al Ankbout (The Spider), starring Ahmed El Sakka and Mona Zaki.

In 2018, he starred in '' Layali Eugenie'' ( Eugénie Nights) TV series and before that in the successful TV series Caramel.

Based on the Turkish TV series Bride of Istanbul, ''Aroos Beirut'' ( Beirut Bride) made a huge success when it aired on MBC 4 and received wide acclaim. Beirut's Bride season two is currently in the making.]]>
5/9/2020 1:28:40 PM
<![CDATA[Revart Film Festival reveals official selection]]>
The selection includes 10 shot-at-home films:

Anxiety Attack by director Anas Awad, Two Weeks by director Amin Esmail, Dakhal El Haramy by director Farah Noweir, The Call by directors Mina Maher and Mina Nader, Void by director Reem Ossama, Today's Society by director Farida Mabrouk, Nice to Meet You by director Marianne Magdy, Mid-Night by director Ebram Gergis, The Box by director Ahmed Al-Ramad and Limbo by director Ahmed Samir.

The film screenings started on Tuesday, May 5, at 12:00 PM on the festival's official IGTV and Facebook page, and shall be available only for 48 hours.

The festival’s Audience Award will be granted to the film that receives the most reactions Instgram and Facebook combined during the 48 hours screening of the films. The results will be announced on May 7.

Marking the first online vertical film festival in Egypt, RFF-Revart Film Festival's first edition aims to introduce the modern dimension of creativity of the Arab storytelling talent through films that all they need to create is to rotate mobile screen 90 degrees.

The festival was scheduled to launch earlier this year in a public ceremony with the presence of the festival jury, however it was postponed in the light of the protective measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, it was decided that the festival shall take place to promote creativity at the times of self-quarantine.
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5/8/2020 4:42:51 PM
<![CDATA[Why Egyptian series 'Kheyanet Ahd' trends on Twitter ?]]>CAIRO - 8 May 2020: Egyptian series Kheyanet Ahd became the number one trend on Twitter after the dazzling performance of superstar Yousra ( Ahd), Hala Shiha ( Farah), Khaled Anwar ( Hesham) and Joumana Mourad ( Sherine) in Episode 14 which witnessed the death of Hesham.

When Hesham discovered that Farah was behind his drug addiction,he was extremely shocked.
Farah tried to stop him from telling Ahd so he fell on the floor, and was severely injured when Sherine tried to rescue him , Farah stopped her and said that he will die anyway because his heart beats are too slow and she asked Sherine to inject him with drugs and they both threw his corpse in the street to appear as if he died from overdose.

Yousra pushed all the audience to cry with her and feel the deep grief she felt because of the loss of her son.

She brilliantly performed the denial status of a mother who refuses to accept her son death.

Yousra Shiha, Anwar and Mourad acting performance in this episode made the series tops Twitter trend in Egypt.

Anwar gave an amazing performance to the extent that a large segment of the series fans announced that after Hisham’s death, there is no need to continue watching the rest of the series.

Anwar is not just a very talented actor, his performance is catchy, credible and has strong charisma that attracts you to the character he is embodying.



‘’ Kheyanet Ahd’’ witnessed the comeback of Hearthrob Yousra after one year of hiatus as she wasn’t competing in the Ramadan series marathon in 2019.

Yousra is one of the favourite Ramadan stars, that is why her fans missed her last year and were so eager to watch her comeback this year with ‘’ Kheyanet Ahd’’.

Ahd ( Yousra) is a woman who owns a clothing factory and is always busy with her work in addition to solving her sister Farah ( Hala Shiha) and her brother Marwan ( Khaled Sarhan) problems, neglecting her son Hesham ( Khaled Anwar), who resorts to drugs and becomes addicted.

The lady who encouraged him to take drugs named Sherine ( Gomana Mourad) who is many years older than him and he is in love relationship with.

The events of the series develop between Ahd and her family within a normal social framework until we discover that Farah who is strongly attached to her nephew Hesham was the one behind his ordeal as she gave money to Sherine to make him fall in love with her and to give him drugs.

We discovered also that Marwan is plotting against his sister Ahd to harm her work and factory, all of these Ahd knows nothing about as she believe that her younger brother and sister love her as she does.

The reason behind Farah and Marwan strong hatred to Ahd is that her mother, used to deal with her stepchildren Farah and Marwan in a very cruel way so they decided to make Ahd pay the bill of her mother mistakes despite the love she carries for them.

Each episode witnesses a new conspiracy against Ahd which she knows nothing about,like a scene where Farah was injecting Hesham with drugs while he is sleeping to worsen his drug addiction and another for Marwan plotting with Ahd’s competitor to harm her work.

Megastar Yousra leads the cast which also includes Hala Shiha, Khaled Anwar, Abeer Sabry and Hanady Mehana. Kheyanat Ahd is written by Amin Gamal and Ahmed Adel, directed by Sameh Abel Aziz and produced by Synergy and Al Adl Group.]]>
5/8/2020 3:22:51 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities starts renovating ram-headed sphinxes in Luxor]]>
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The secretary general of the Supreme council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri announcedc that the project includes rejuvenating 29 statues, which were in bad condition.

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Waziri further added that those statues were wrongly renovated earlier at the beginning of the 70s.

The restoration project will place these statues on high adjacent stone bases. Also, the floor of these bases will be treated, protected from groundwater and returned to its original place.



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It is worth mentioning that Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities previously announced that the four of the ram-headed sphinxes have been transported to Tahrir Square in central Cairo, after the completion of its restoration, lasted over the past few months.

Waziri, said that two of the ram-headed sphinxes have been installed on its bases located beside the recently restored and erected obelisk in Tahrir Square as part of its development project while the two other ram-headed sphinxes will be erected in their location within the up coming hours.

He added that the four ram-headed sphinxes will be covered with wooden boxes until the official opening of the Tahrir square development project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, in coordination with Cairo Governorate, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities within the framework of the plan to showcase Egypt’s unique civilization.

The transportation was carried out by the Arab contractors company under the supervision of a team of restorers and archaeologists from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.





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5/8/2020 2:21:14 PM
<![CDATA[Mexican broadcaster Televisa grapples with steamy soaps in social-distancing era]]>
As cases of coronavirus mounted in Mexico, producers were forced to scratch physical contact from their typically steamy telenovelas. Then the cameras stopped rolling altogether.

“We follow the motto: The show must go on,” said producer Lucero Suarez, who halted production of her hit “Te Doy La Vida” (“I Give You Life”) in March.

“Never in my life have we stopped a novela.”

After decades of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats with its high-octane soap operas, Mexico’s largest broadcaster is facing a cliffhanger of its own.

When will Televisa’s army of producers, actors and actresses return to the set? Even the company’s top executives can’t say for sure.

Like its Hollywood peers, Grupo Televisa was forced to suspend production of series and novelas - the soaps that typically air daily episodes during the week - to avoid spreading coronavirus among cast and production crews. The broadcaster hopes to resume filming in late May or early June, albeit with fewer moments of passion.

Televisa’s shares have slumped 78% over the past five years amid anemic earnings growth. More recently, advertising has waned as the federal government and companies make cuts. Streaming giants such as Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc have also made a run for an audience that Televisa long had almost to itself.

Like all broadcasters and media companies that rely on advertising income, the coronavirus has further complicated Televisa’s fortunes, analysts say.

“On the one hand, with everyone staying home, ratings are through the roof,” said Gilberto Garcia, an analyst with Barclays. “On the other hand, given that everybody has to stay in, advertisers are very much cutting back on their budgets.”

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With more people staying inside, Televisa’s audience in Mexico has risen 19% over the past three weeks, a spokesman said. Novelas, which dominate the primetime lineup, are crucial to the equation.

The company’s stash of fresh content should last well into the summer, Co-Chief Executive Alfonso de Angoitia said on an earnings call last week.

Televisa’s unit providing cable TV and broadband has become its biggest moneymaker. Yet content still accounts for 27% of net sales and could become even more vital as growth in the cable unit slows, Garcia said.

For decades, Televisa profited handsomely from low-budget novelas that dominated Mexican airwaves and were successfully exported to far-flung markets overseas, too.

The broadcaster still holds a commanding lead in Mexican ratings, but in recent years it has lost viewers to streaming services that have invested heavily in Latin America and hooked audiences with flashy dramas such as Netflix’s Spanish thriller “Money Heist.”

Televisa has an admirable record of holding novelas to their production schedules in the past, even after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City in 1985. Strikes that occasionally delay filming in Hollywood have been virtually unheard of.

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At least two of its shows have been disrupted by the coronavirus, however. Crime drama “Imperio de Mentiras” (“Empire of Lies”) was only able to complete about 20% of filming before production ground to a halt. Once scheduled to debut in late April, its premier has been pushed back to the summer.

Suarez’s show, “Te Doy la Vida,” is focused on a love triangle involving the adoptive and biological parents of a boy with leukemia and debuted in March to strong ratings.

As cases of coronavirus rose in Mexico, Suarez and her team ramped up production, tacking on an additional day of filming on Saturdays. With the finale tantalizingly close, Suarez said she was tempted to press on. But as her team grew more nervous, she halted production.

In the last stretch, scenes were filmed with social distancing measures – no hugs, kisses or other physical contact between cast members.

At times, actors struggled to channel their characters’ emotions within the new rules of the game. Cesar Evora, a Televisa veteran of roughly 27 years, recalled filming a wake in which characters gathered to mourn without ever embracing.

“It was pretty surreal,” he said.

Suarez has churned out hit novelas for decades, soldiering on through injuries to her leading men and other unforeseen obstacles. She is nervous about navigating the return to the set, fearing it will be like “starting over.”

Most vexing of all could be the love scenes. But Suarez said she has already reworked some, opting to show the moments just after passion, such as one character touching up her appearance at the vanity while the other lounges in bed.

“You get the idea,” said Suarez, who spoke with Reuters by phone last week.

She noted she had taken to watching a lot of Turkish soaps, which have borrowed Televisa’s formula with great success, though intimacy is only implied.

“If my last scene is not a kiss ... we will make do,” Suarez said. “Sometimes you can convey love with just a glance.”

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5/8/2020 2:01:41 PM
<![CDATA[Pepi I Meryre, the first to establish a real army in Egypt]]>
During his reign, the first real army was formed in Egypt. Among the most famous senior men in his country was the owner of the cemetery in Abydos, Sohag. One of the most beautiful biographies from the era of the Old Kingdom is the biography of this employee, which was written on one of the walls of his tomb and was taken to be exhibited in the Egyptian Museum.

According to Hussein Abdul-Basir's book "Pharaoh Warriors, Diplomats and Military", during the reign of King Pepi I Meryre, the Egyptian Delta was subjected to numerous raids from the Bedouins on the northeastern borders of Egypt.

In order to repel their attacks -that the few garrison in these areas did not succeed in dealing with-, King Pepe I commissioned the owner of the Abydos cemetery to lead military campaigns in the Levant.

This is when the very first real Egyptian army was established, consisting of many thousands of Egyptian recruits from southern Egypt to the north. This is in addition to a large number of Nubian recruits and Libyans who were loyal to Egypt.

According to the book, the Egyptian army succeeded in stopping the Bedouin attacks. The army’s leader was extremely proud of being assigned by King Pepi I Meryre to lead the ferocious Egyptian army.

The most important thing in the text of the army leader’s biography is that he and his soldiers acted according to the standards of the ancient Egyptian morals. No soldier stole any bread from the land of these Bedouins. Not one Egyptian soldier seized a single sheep from the Bedouins.

The brave army of Egypt returned victorious to its blessed land after destroying the Bedouins residing in Egypt's northeast borders, the eastern gate of Egypt throughout the ages.

All this indicates the greatness, strength and valor of the Egyptian fighter, and the extent of the Egyptian army’s preparedness and commitment to ethics, refusing to attack civilians and steal or plunder anything from the enemy’s territory, and committing to the humane treatment of the prisoners of war (POWs).


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5/7/2020 6:13:42 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy the virtual tour for Al-Fath Royal Mosque in Abdeen ]]>
To enjoy the tour, please use the URL below:

https://mpembed.com/show/?m=qhjXLPRDvRw&mpu=497

Founder: Prince and Major-General Abdeen Bek

Registration: Ministerial decree No. 10357 of 1951 AD

General planning: It was built in the Ottoman style and resembles the palace of Muhammad Ali in its design. The main fa?ade opens onto Gami’ Abdeen Street.
The street leads to a dogleg entrance which in turn grants access to the mosque.

The mosque is composed of a wide square-shaped open space topped by a main dome surrounded by four half-domes along the four sides of the mosque two meters above the floor.

Its marble panelling is painted, and it features a marble minbar (pulpit), which is oriented north-east, decorated with golden floral designs, near the mihrab (the niche marking the direction of prayer).

The mosque also features a wooden seat for the Quran reciter, inlaid with ivory and pearl. Eight marble columns support a wooden dekka (platform) with two handrails and detailed grille designs.

?This virtual Tour is made in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities and NAV3D company.

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5/7/2020 5:28:27 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about San el-Hagar development works]]>
Abul Ela further stated that the instructions of the Egyptian government are being closely followed. The instructions that stipulate reducing the number of workers and taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, as masks and gloves should be worn while working.

Moreover, Abul Ela explained that the construction of a wall around San el-Hagar region aims at protecting the area in the first place and raising the efficiency of the region- within the Egyptian-French project- and after the approval of Europe and the foreign affairs of France to finance the project. It also comes as a prelude to preparing the site of the ancient city of Tanis in Sharkia Governorate to be an open museum.

This project comes in light of the coordination protocols between the Egyptian and French sides, and within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Antiquities to raise the level of services in archaeological sites. The ministry attaches great importance to the ancient city of San el-Hagar, in which French archaeological missions have been operating for nearly 90 years.

In coordination with the French Mission for Excavations in San el-Hagar, supervision and implementation of this project has been assigned to the Ministry of Antiquities and the French Institute of Oriental Archeology (IFAO), benefiting from the experience of the Louvre Museum and many French scientific institutes, especially the University of Montpellier, the Interdisciplinary Center for Heritage Conservation and Restoration (CICRP), and the Cheops Archeology Fund.

The project is supported by the French Ministry of Culture.

The project includes setting up an interpretation center and providing instructions and facilities for visitors, in addition to the restoration of the ancient door of Shoshenq III cemetery and other monuments on site and the protection of royal tombs against rain water.

The project also aims at preserving and restoring the royal tombs, preparing the royal tombs to receive visitors, and setting up informative signs on the site.

That is in addition to creating electronic pages that provide data and archival pictures of the various discoveries, and displays artifacts and different pieces discovered in the royal tombs, thanks to the QR codes placed on the guide boards.

It is worth mentioning that Heritage awareness training will be offered in San el-Hagar schools.



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5/7/2020 4:19:06 PM
<![CDATA[Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk founder and electronic music pioneer, dies at 73]]>
Kraftwerk have been a major influence for musicians ranging from Detroit techno star Juan Atkins to pop act the Pet Shop Boys and David Bowie, and is widely seen as among the first to popularize electronic music, with eventual commercial success.

“Kraftwerk co-founder and electric pioneer Ralf Huetter has sent us the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday,” read a statement relayed by Kraftwerk’s publisher Warner Music.

Schneider and Huetter founded Kraftwerk in 1970 after meeting at a music academy in Duesseldorf, the German industrial city that they made their base, and they rapidly dispensed entirely with acoustic instruments.

The son of prominent modern architect Paul Schneider-Esleben, Schneider started out playing the flute, later customising it with original electronic effects and applying the same techniques to violins and electric guitars.

Subsequent artists like the Pet Shop Boys credit Kraftwerk’s brand of rhythmic, minimalist noise, often generated on home-made electronic instruments at “Kling-Klang”, their studio-cum-laboratory in Duesseldorf, with transforming the sound of popular music, starting out less than a year after the landmark Woodstock rock festival in the United States.

Autobahn (1974) was a surprise international hit and the band’s most memorable, a tone poem evoking the sonic monotony of cruising down Germany’s sleek motorways with the sounds of doppler-shifted car horns and badly-tuned radios.

Autobahn, the 22-minute title track of Kraftwerk’s fourth studio album, influenced everyone from Atkins, who called the band his “gods”, to glam rock icon Bowie, who named one of his tracks after Schneider.

Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and “Computer Love” singles hymned a coming digital age in the early 1980s, whereas the 1977 album Trans Europe Express evoked the thrill of moving freely through a densely populated, industrialized continent.

While Kraftwerk still performs, Schneider dropped out after 2006, his position in the band’s famously ethereal, automaton-like stage line-up taken by a member of the band’s crew.

Though greatly sought after because of his place in musical history, Schneider was an elusive figure. He was given a media arts professorship at an arts academy in Stuttgart in 1998 but the academy told Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily on Wednesday that he never arrived to take up his chair.

Schneider had one more outing outside Kraftwerk, teaming up with activists in 2015 to release an electronic ode to the oceans as part of a campaign to stop plastic pollution.

In 2014 he and Huetter were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for their ground-breaking oeuvre with Kraftwerk.]]>
5/7/2020 4:05:20 PM
<![CDATA[Mexican broadcaster Televisa grapples with steamy soaps in social-distancing era]]>
As cases of coronavirus mounted in Mexico, producers were forced to scratch physical contact from their typically steamy telenovelas. Then the cameras stopped rolling altogether.

“We follow the motto: The show must go on,” said producer Lucero Suarez, who halted production of her hit “Te Doy La Vida” (“I Give You Life”) in March.

“Never in my life have we stopped a novela.”

After decades of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats with its high-octane soap operas, Mexico’s largest broadcaster is facing a cliffhanger of its own.

When will Televisa’s army of producers, actors and actresses return to the set? Even the company’s top executives can’t say for sure.

Like its Hollywood peers, Grupo Televisa was forced to suspend production of series and novelas - the soaps that typically air daily episodes during the week - to avoid spreading coronavirus among cast and production crews. The broadcaster hopes to resume filming in late May or early June, albeit with fewer moments of passion.

Televisa’s shares have slumped 78% over the past five years amid anemic earnings growth. More recently, advertising has waned as the federal government and companies make cuts. Streaming giants such as Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc have also made a run for an audience that Televisa long had almost to itself.

Like all broadcasters and media companies that rely on advertising income, the coronavirus has further complicated Televisa’s fortunes, analysts say.

“On the one hand, with everyone staying home, ratings are through the roof,” said Gilberto Garcia, an analyst with Barclays. “On the other hand, given that everybody has to stay in, advertisers are very much cutting back on their budgets.”

With more people staying inside, Televisa’s audience in Mexico has risen 19% over the past three weeks, a spokesman said. Novelas, which dominate the primetime lineup, are crucial to the equation.

The company’s stash of fresh content should last well into the summer, Co-Chief Executive Alfonso de Angoitia said on an earnings call last week.

Televisa’s unit providing cable TV and broadband has become its biggest moneymaker. Yet content still accounts for 27% of net sales and could become even more vital as growth in the cable unit slows, Garcia said.

For decades, Televisa profited handsomely from low-budget novelas that dominated Mexican airwaves and were successfully exported to far-flung markets overseas, too.

The broadcaster still holds a commanding lead in Mexican ratings, but in recent years it has lost viewers to streaming services that have invested heavily in Latin America and hooked audiences with flashy dramas such as Netflix’s Spanish thriller “Money Heist.”

Televisa has an admirable record of holding novelas to their production schedules in the past, even after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City in 1985. Strikes that occasionally delay filming in Hollywood have been virtually unheard of.

At least two of its shows have been disrupted by the coronavirus, however. Crime drama “Imperio de Mentiras” (“Empire of Lies”) was only able to complete about 20% of filming before production ground to a halt. Once scheduled to debut in late April, its premier has been pushed back to the summer.

Suarez’s show, “Te Doy la Vida,” is focused on a love triangle involving the adoptive and biological parents of a boy with leukemia and debuted in March to strong ratings.

As cases of coronavirus rose in Mexico, Suarez and her team ramped up production, tacking on an additional day of filming on Saturdays. With the finale tantalizingly close, Suarez said she was tempted to press on. But as her team grew more nervous, she halted production.

In the last stretch, scenes were filmed with social distancing measures – no hugs, kisses or other physical contact between cast members.

At times, actors struggled to channel their characters’ emotions within the new rules of the game. Cesar Evora, a Televisa veteran of roughly 27 years, recalled filming a wake in which characters gathered to mourn without ever embracing.

“It was pretty surreal,” he said.

Suarez has churned out hit novelas for decades, soldiering on through injuries to her leading men and other unforeseen obstacles. She is nervous about navigating the return to the set, fearing it will be like “starting over.”

Most vexing of all could be the love scenes. But Suarez said she has already reworked some, opting to show the moments just after passion, such as one character touching up her appearance at the vanity while the other lounges in bed.

“You get the idea,” said Suarez, who spoke with Reuters by phone last week.

She noted she had taken to watching a lot of Turkish soaps, which have borrowed Televisa’s formula with great success, though intimacy is only implied.

“If my last scene is not a kiss ... we will make do,” Suarez said. “Sometimes you can convey love with just a glance.”]]>
5/7/2020 4:01:22 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Cinema Center Launches ACC Talks on Instagram]]>
The interviews will be streamed live through the ACC's official page on Instagram.

The first episode is scheduled to stream on Thursday, May7 at 1:00 PM (GMT), where film critic Ola Al-Sheikh will host an interview with two-time Academy Award nominee, and Golden Globe winner, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad.

The audience will be able to interact to the discussion and ask their questions through Instagram and Facebook comments.

The episode will be streamed at: 1:00 PM Morocco time (GMT), 2:00 PM Tunisia time (GMT+1), 3:00 PM Egypt time (GMT+2), 4:00 PM, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia time (GMT+3), 5:00 PM UAE time (GMT+4).

Held on weekly basis, ACC Talks features a jury member from the Critics' Awards for Arab Films and Arab Critics' Awards for European Films who will host an in-depth interview with key international filmmakers. These interviews will be available in Arabic or English subtitles on the ACC's official social media pages and website: acc.film.

Alaa Karkouti and Maher Diab, Co-founders of Arab Cinema Center, say “We feel it is time to give attention to such content.

As the world is taking a break, it is a great opportunity to observe, discuss and reflect on the experience of key international filmmakers and get an insightful look into their latest updates.

These talks will be run by the ACC's prominent list of Arab and international film critics. And, we feel so proud to reveal that Hany Abo Assad is our first guest filmmaker in this series of ACC Talks.’’

Palestinian director Hany Abo Assad received two Academy Awards nominations for his films: Paradise Now (2006), winner of The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Omar (2013), winner of the Special Jury Prize-Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Born in Nazareth, Palestine, Abo Assad made his cinematic breakthrough as a producer for the feature film Curfew (1994) by director Rahid Masharawi.

In 1998 he directed his first film, The Fourteenth Chick, and in 2002 he directed his second feature film Rana's Wedding, which won him international recognition.

The film was selected for screening at the Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2002, and received several awards at Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, Marrakech International Film Festival, Bastia Italian Film Festival, and Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival.

His repertoire includes: The Mountain Between Us (2017), starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, The Idol (2015) that was inspired by the real-life journey of artist Mohammed Assaf, The courier (2012), starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke, and the documentary film Ford Transit (2002).

Based in the UAE, Ola Al-Sheikh is a Palestinian film critic and jury member of the Critics' Awards for Arab Films and Arab Critics' Awards for European Films.

Al-Sheikh has been in charge of the Cinema pages in the prestigious Emirates Today newspaper for five years, and she also writes film reviews for the Al-Hayat newspaper.

A member of "Critics Without Borders" in ?Sweden, she has been part of the selection committee for MAFF Development ?Funding, the Malmo Arab Film Festival initiative that supports projects which focus on issues that concern Arab culture, identity and exile or are co-produced by Swedish and Arab producers.

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is a nonprofit organization registered in Amsterdam since its inception in 2015.

The ACC is an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes.

The ACC also provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others.

The ACC's activities vary between film markets, stands, and pavilions, networking sessions and one-on-one meetings bringing together Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

Furthermore, newsletter subscription is now available on the ACC's website, allowing users to obtain digital copies of the Arab Cinema Magazine, as well as news on the ACC's activities, notifications of application dates for grants, festivals and offers from educational and training institutions, updates on Arab films participating at festivals, exclusive news on the Arab Cinema LAB, and highlights from the ACC's partners and their future projects.

The ACC also launched an English-language Arab Cinema Guide, available on its website, which is a comprehensive cinematic guide that comprises a variety of tools presented collectively for the first time to offer information on Arab cinema to filmmakers inside and outside of the Arab world.

It also aims to facilitate filmmakers' access to international markets and help film industry representatives to easily identify Arab film productions.

The Arab Cinema Center announced the launch of the MAD 3ARABI (Arab Flow) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The festival aims to introduce the Arab culture and focus on the film and TV industry, flowing Arab entertainment and culture onto European shores, and also providing an extension for Arab filmmakers and content creators in the entertainment industry to reach new shores.]]>
5/7/2020 3:01:02 PM
<![CDATA[British Council in Egypt launches huge, free digital library]]>
The council is scheduled to include a large number of high-quality cultural works in various forms.

According to a statement issued by the British Council, the library includes films, plays and books. It also provides virtual visits to museums and tours of the Saqqara Pyramids via the internet.

With teaching centers temporarily closed, the global education expert took this step to continue to support English language learners with free online resources to help them improve their language skills.

Members over the age of 18 can register online and access thousands of newspapers, magazines, comics, theatrical works, famous and independent films, concerts, and electronic and audiobooks. Everything is available free-of-charge throughout the time span of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In these difficult times, we want to continue to connect the Egyptians with the best British knowledge and resources. We believe that the future of the United Kingdom depends on people of all cultures who live and work together on the foundations of education, mutual understanding, respect and trust. Now, more than ever, we need to facilitate cultural exchange and cooperation. We invite you and your children to discover this wonderful treasure of creativity and culture - from your home,” said Elizabeth White, director of the British Council in Egypt.

The library also provides video-based training courses, as part of multiple online learning resources available within the library. Its goal is to provide members with the skills to prepare and motivate school students.


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5/6/2020 4:13:57 PM
<![CDATA['Forsa Tania' trends on YouTube]]>
Heba Magdy and Diab’s scene came in fifth place on the list of the most watched scenes on YouTube.

The relationship between Maryam [Heba Magdy] and her husband Medhat [Diab] developed in the 12th episode of the series "Forsa Tania", after she was infuriated in the previous episode because he married another woman and was brazen enough to bring her home.

Maryam spiked Medhat’s food with a sleeping pill and once he was in a deep sleep, she went through his cell-phone to make sure he divorced the lady he married.

While she was checking for any proof of his divorce, Maryam discovers voice messages that affirm Medhat’s involvement in narcotics sales. She decides to keep a watchful eye on him; she dedicates most of her time for that, and hires a babysitter for her daughter Zeina.

Maryam follows Medhat carefully and sees him doing a drug transaction.

Ziad [Ahmed Magdy] sends his friend Kamal [Ahmed el-Shami] to Reham's [Ayten Amer] house and gives her father, Rushdi, [Ashraf Zaki] a cheque for his daughter's dowry, which amounts to L.E 2 million.

After that, Rushdi prevents Reham from going out and decides to change the way he treats her. He also brings her a psychiatrist at home.

“Forsa Tania” stars Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Diab, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bazzawy, Heba Abdel Ghani, Sarah el-Shamy, Mohamed Abu Dawoud, Ahmed el-Shamy, Nihal Anbar, Omar el-Shennawy, Mohamed Gomaa and Tamim Abdo.

The series is written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem and directed by Morqus Adel. It is produced by Synergy.


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5/6/2020 3:32:19 PM
<![CDATA[Disney tests reopening strategy at Shanghai Disneyland]]>
Disney said on Tuesday it will reopen its Shanghai Disneyland park on May 11 but severely limit the number of guests and enforce strict social distancing measures on rides and in restaurants.

The plans provide a glimpse at how the company - which in previous quarters generated a third of its revenue from parks, experiences and consumer products - will recover from the pandemic.

“We will take a phased approach with limits on attendance using an advanced reservation and entry system, controlled guest density using social distancing and strict government required health and prevention procedures,” Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Chapek said on a conference call with analysts after reporting second-quarter earnings.

“These include the use of masks, temperature screenings and other contact tracing and early detection systems.”

Executives said they have “limited visibility” over the timing on when other parks, stores and the company’s cruise line would reopen.

The stakes are high: more than half of the $1 billion in second-quarter operating profit declines came from just two weeks of closure of Disney’s U.S. parks, Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy told analysts on Tuesday, with the rest coming from the closure of parks in Asia and its smaller, but popular cruise business.

To quickly reduce overhead, Disney furloughed more than 120,000 employees in April.

Chapek said the company would only reopen locations that would not lose money.

“We would not reopen any park unless we can make at least a positive contribution to that overhead and operating profit level,” he said.

In China, Disney executives explained, the company will take it slow to test new ideas. Guests at Shanghai Disneyland will be required to purchase admission tickets valid on a selected date only, and annual pass holders will need to make a reservation prior to arrival.

Ride vehicles, lines and restaurants will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks, which guests can remove when dining.

Guests’ temperatures will be screened and the park will use the government-issued Shanghai Health QR code, a contact tracing and early detection system used in China. Sanitization and disinfection will occur more frequently, the company said.

Disney Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pam Hymel said the company is exploring ways to use technology such as its Play Disney Parks App to help with those efforts, according to a Disney blog post on Tuesday. Reuters previously reported that guests could be notified via app or another technology when they can go on a ride or in a restaurant to eliminate lines.

Chapek said Shanghai Disney Resort, which includes Shanghai Disneyland theme park and other properties that have previously been reopened, tends to attract 80,000 guests a day.

The Chinese government is limiting that capacity to 24,000 daily guests but Disney is planning to open the park “far below” that capacity to try out new procedures, Chapek said. After a few weeks park attendance will be up to the government’s guidelines, he added.]]>
5/6/2020 3:26:23 PM
<![CDATA[Locked out of galleries, Londoners find Caravaggio street art]]>
The Italian baroque master’s “Supper at Emmaus” is usually available to view at the National Gallery in London, but with that shut, Stanhope’s giant interpretation is now on show in Ladywell, southeast London.

Lockdown has given the artist the time and the quieter streets to replicate a painting he said he has always admired and wanted to do on a large scale.

“I thought I wanted something that was going to take me some time, you know, quite a long time to do, just to get through the days of not doing anything else, so that’s why I took it on,” Stanhope told Reuters.

The artist is best known for his giant green and gold place-name murals near railway stations, a trend which in recent years has fostered local pride and provided a backdrop for outdoor food markets.

But since the virus shut down normal life in March, the 52-year-old artist has been unable to carry on with his commissions, and has instead turned his attention to the pandemic.

Caravaggio’s 1601 painting depicts a resurrected Jesus appearing to two of his disciples at a table spread with a meal. In Stanhope’s spray-painted version, Jesus is wearing surgical gloves.

“Christ is wearing a pair of blue gloves, just to make it relevant for today of what we’re all going through,” Stanhope said.

He also recently completed a mural tribute to healthcare workers under a bridge near London’s busiest rail station, Waterloo, and close to St Thomas’s hospital, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treated for COVID-19.

Stanhope asked Network Rail, owner of the bridge, if they had a wall he could use to say thank you to the National Health Service. In the mural, the NHS acronym is given the superman treatment and seen bursting from a blue chest in red and yellow.

“There’s a lot of street artists doing a lot of NHS work at the moment which is really nice to see,” Stanhope said by phone, adding that the pandemic was giving more meaning to street art.

“I think a lot more street artists that I know of, who would normally paint their own kind of work, are just putting a twist on it to make it relevant, and to maybe thank the NHS or key workers, or message about the coronavirus,” he said.

His Caravaggio is hidden away in a cul de sac but he said people were heading down on their daily lockdown exercise to have a look, and he had enjoyed the positive response on social media.

But now, after using up all his spare paint, he is keen to get back to real life.

“I need some paid work now ... I’m hoping that on Sunday when we hear about the government’s proposals that I might be able to start doing some other work,” he said.

The government will review the lockdown this week and the Prime Minister is expected to set out a roadmap for easing restrictions on Sunday.]]>
5/6/2020 3:22:41 PM
<![CDATA['Be 100 Wesh': La Casa de Bolaq versus La Casa de Papel]]>
The poster, entitled '' La Casa de Bolaq'', linked the gang of "Be 100 Wesh" to the gang of "La Casa de Papel" and went viral on Facebook. The poster was even admired by the series leading actor Asser Yassin, who shared the poster on his Official Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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On what inspired Eid to design the poster, he told Egypt Today, "Most of us are fans of 'La Casa de Papel', so when I started watching ‘Be 100 Wesh’ I started to feel the resemblance as it also tackles a criminal team that performs a robbery."

Eid elaborated that in both series each member of the gang has a special role to perform; in both gangs a lot of problems arose and could have ruined the plan.




Eid tried in the poster to make some sort of comparison between the gang of "Be 100 Wesh" and the one in "La Casa de Papel", linking the characters of both series.

"For example the Professor in ‘La Casa de Papel’ was in my poster Omar (Asser Yassin) in ‘Be 100 Wesh’ because he is the calm guy who can come out with creative ideas just like the professor; Sokkar (Nelly Karim) was Raquel because she always obeys the professor's orders and in the future they will definitely fall in love with each other; Maggy (Ola Roushdy) resembles Monica in ‘La Casa de Papel’," Eid recounted.

The Egyptian artist added that he expected that this poster will go viral because the series itself is very popular and people’s feedback on it is so positive. "Also I expected that linking these two successful series will go viral."

Eid added he felt the poster will receive praise since he was working on it, as he felt personal satisfaction but what he didn’t expect is the message Asser Yassin sent him directly after the poster was released, expressing his strong admiration of the poster.

The light comedy series "Be 100 Wesh" is regarded by many as one of the funniest series in Ramadan 2020.

The series incidents focus on two main characters, Sokkar (Nelly Karim) and Omar (Asser Yassin), who are both swindlers but with different styles and motives. Their main target is to be millionaires, and this was clear from the theme song of the series which became very popular.

Sokkar is living in a poor neighbourhood, while Omar lives in a classy one but both decided to partner up in a number of con operations.

Beside Karim and Yassin, the series stars Ola Roushdy, Loai Omran, Islam Ibrahim, Salwa Mohamed Ali and Hassan Abul rouss among others. "Be Meet Wesh" is written by Amr el-Daly and Ahmed Wael and directed by kamla Abou Zekri.





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5/5/2020 10:13:40 PM
<![CDATA[Jomana Mourad arrested in 11th episode of 'Kheyanet Ahd']]>
Khaled Sarhan decided to open the case of the killing of Yusra's husband again, and assured his wife [Abeer Sabry], that Magdy el-Sayyad and his brother did not kill Yusra's husband.

“Kheyanet Ahd” (The Betrayal of Ahd) series is broadcast daily on Al-Hayah TV at 6:30 p.m. It stars Yusra, Hala Shiha, Jomana Mourad, Abeer Sabry, Hanadi Muhanna and Khaled Anwar. It is directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz and written by Ahmed Adel and Amin Gamal.

The series is jointly produced by Gamal al-Adl's Al-Adl Group, and the United Media Services Company. It was initially named “Dahab Eira” (Fake Gold) and the name was changed to “Kheyanet Ahd”.

Through the series, Yusra comes back to the Ramadan series marathon after refraining from the previous Ramadan season. Her last series was “Ladayna Aqwal Okhra” that was not broadcast in Ramadan.

“Ladayna Aqwal Okhra” stars Sherine Reda, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Hatem, Noha Abdin, Mohamed Shaheen, Omar Zahran, Salma Abu Dhaif, Latifa Fahmy, and Hoda el-Mufti. The series is written by Abdullah Hassan, Amin Gamal Abdullah Abu Bakr, and Ibrahim Mohsen and directed by Mohammed Ali.






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5/5/2020 6:03:03 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities prepares touristic sites in Aswan, Nubia for visits once COVID-19 pandemic is over]]>
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities has made full use of the tourism hiatus, preparing the open sites for visits once life returns to normal.

Abdel Moneim Said, general manager of antiquities sector in Aswan and Nubia, said, “Weekly, the ministry sanitizes all open areas in Aswan, with the continuation of morning and evening patrols, to prevent any attacks on the antiquities in any way.”

"The restoration work is also carried out daily by a group of four or five individuals, taking all precautions, and wearing masks and gloves; all the suspended waste and dust is removed."

“Also, that time will be used to maintain a number of tourism services in the region,” explained Said.

Said further pointed out that all Egyptian missions in the western Aswan region and the Temple of Isis are continuing their work, but with a fewer number of workers, while taking precautionary measures, in accordance with the instructions of the Egyptian government to battle COVID-19.


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5/5/2020 3:33:32 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism& Antiquities organizes a virtual tour in Muhammad Ali Mosque]]>
The mosque was established by Muhammad Ali Pasha who assumed the throne of Egypt in 1219 AH/ 1809 AD, through popular support.

He died of a fatal illness on the 13th of Ramadan, 1265 AD/ August 2nd, 1849 AD, at the age of 81, and according to his will, he was buried in his mosque.

Muhammad Ali Pasha put the Turkish architect, Yusuf Bushnaq, in charge of designing the mosque.

His choice fell on the mosque of Sultan Ahmad in Astana (Nur-Sultan).

The building project officially began in 1246 AH/ 1830 AD, and construction continued until Muhammad Ali’s death in 1265 AH/ 1848 AD.

Abbas Pasha finished the mosque when he ascended the throne in 1264 AH/ 1848 AD.

This monumental mosque was carefully looked after by the predecessors of Mohamed Ali Pasha; Ismail Pasha, Tawfik Pasha and King Fou’ad.
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5/5/2020 1:36:11 PM
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin open their lives for candid new series]]>
“The Biebers on Watch” launched on Monday with the first of 12 episodes shot by the couple in and around their Toronto home where they are currently under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first episode sees the couple taking a boat out onto a lake near where Bieber grew up and talking frankly about the challenges and rewards of being married.

“There’s a lot of things I need to work on. Forgiveness things, jealousy things, insecurities that I didn’t even realize I had until I chose to spend my life with you. Realized there were blind spots in my life that I didn’t realize I had,” Bieber told Baldwin.

The series is being shot on GoPro cameras, Facebook Watch said.

Bieber, 26, and Baldwin, 23, met in their early teens, attended the same church and started dating again seriously about two years ago. The Canadian singer and the model married privately in 2018 and held a second wedding for friends and family in September 2019.

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The series follows a 10-part documentary on YouTube earlier this year where Bieber emerged from a long period out of the public eye to chronicle the making of his first album in four years, “Changes.”

Bieber shot to worldwide fame as a 13 year-old, got hooked on drugs, hit the headlines for a string of arrests and bad behavior, and abruptly pulled out of his “Purpose” world tour in 2017 citing the need for rest.

He has since spoken frankly of his struggles with drugs, depression and fame.






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5/5/2020 1:27:37 PM
<![CDATA[Disney announces new 'Star Wars' theatrical film directed by Taika Waititi]]>
A new “Star Wars” series for streaming service Disney+ also is in development from “Russian Doll” writer Leslye Headland, the company said in a statement.

No release dates for either project were announced.

Disney had paused its development of “Star Wars” movies after December 2019 release “The Rise of Skywalker,” the ninth installment in the saga that began with George Lucas’ original 1977 film.

“Rise of Skywalker” sold nearly $1.1 billion worth of tickets worldwide but was the lowest-grossing film of the three “Star Wars” movies released by Disney since 2015.

Krysty Wilson-Cairns, co-writer of Oscar-nominated movie “1917,” will write the new “Star Wars” film with Waititi.

The company announced the news on May the Fourth, a day when “Star Wars” fans celebrate the franchise for its similarity to the phrase “May the force be with you.”

The new projects add to the list of programming in the works from the galaxy of “Star Wars,” one of Disney’s major franchises.



Disney previously announced a second season of Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” and two other streaming series.

One is based on the life of Cassian Andor prior to the movie “Rogue One,” and another stars Ewan McGregor as Jedi master

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5/5/2020 1:23:11 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt reveals 100% of embalming secrets after last archaeological discovery]]>
"We discovered 100 percent of the mysteries of embalming after the last archaeological discovery," Waziri stressed.

He explained that the remaining secrets of embalming were revealed in the most recent archaeological discovery of a room where four wooden coffins were buried in Saqqara, indicating that the council repaired two obelisks, and the rest of the obelisks are currently being restored.

Waziri pointed out that the cemetery of the Valley of the Kings, which was discovered on February 10, 2006, clarified a lot of aspects of mummification, and it was found that cinnamon, as well as some types of oils and glues were used in the mummification process.

Waziri added that the council celebrates the World Heritage Day every year on April 18.

The World Heritage Day was celebrated in 2017 by the restoration and construction of King Ramses II statue which is located in front of Luxor Temple.

He explained that Ramses II statue suffered from fractures for 1,400 years, and was broken into 57 granite pieces. However, through pure Egyptian hands, the statue was restored and unveiled on April 18, 2017, and it was Egypt's gift to the world on the World Heritage Day.

Waziri further explained that on the World Heritage Day in 2018 they restored another statue, and on the World Heritage Day in 2019 they restored a third statue, and on World Heritage Day this year, Egypt chose to present to the world a different gift which was a new archaeological discovery.



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5/4/2020 8:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[Yasser Galal trends on Google, Twitter after 11th episode of 'El-Fetewa']]>
The 11th episode of the series “El-Fetewah” witnessed numerous exciting events that caught the attention of the audience.

The 11th episode of the series witnessed the death of Hanoa [Abd al-Rahman al-Qalibawi], the boy who works with Hassan al-Jebali [Yasser Jalal] - in his copper shop. Jebali considered Hanoa his younger brother.



Hanoa was killed after he decided to face the thugs who forced him to pay them after he sold a piece of fabric.

Lail [Mai Omar] thought Hassan al-Jebali was killed instead of Hanoa, as her brother Azmi [Ahmed Salah Hosni] gave her the impression that Jebali was killed. She rushed to the store where Jebali works and started to cry hysterically, before Jebali simply walked in.



Jebali faces Saber and affirms to him that Hanoa is not the man they are looking for and that he only wanted to face those who mistreated him, especially Saber’s son Azmi.

“El-Fetewa” is written by Hany Sarhan and directed by Hussein el-Manbawi. It is produced by Synergy.

The series stars Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, Naglaa Badr, Ahmed Khalil, Riyad el-Khouly, Inaam Salousa, Laila Ahmed Zaher, Hanadi Mehanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Aida Riyad, Farida Saif el-Nasr, Ahdi Sadiq, Magdy Fekry, Maha Nassar and Yasser Zinconi.





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5/4/2020 6:11:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Council of Antiquities secretary general, Czech ambassador discuss launching Egyptian Antiquities exhibition in Prague ]]>CAIRO - 4 May 2020: Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, and Czech Ambassador to Cairo Jan Folik met on April 4 to discuss the possibility of setting up an exhibition of Egyptian antiquities at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic.

The exhibition is set to run for a period of 4 months, from June 2020 to October 2020.

The meeting was attended by head of the Museums Sector Moamen Othman, who explained that the exhibition will bear the name "Kings of the Sun" and will display 90 artifacts from the discoveries of the Czech archaeological mission working in Abu Sir archaeological site.
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5/4/2020 6:07:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities to present lecture entitled 'Virtual Museums']]>CAIRO - 4 May 2020: On May 6, the Central Department for Scientific Affairs, Graphics and Training of the Supreme Council of Antiquities will present a new lecture entitled "Virtual Museums" set to be broadcast live on Facebook.

Randa Rophael, director general of the Department, said that the lecture is given by Mohamed Ismail, deputy director of the Heritage Documentation Center in Alexandria Library. She noted that some people may resort to virtual museum visits instead of realistic visits to the museum, especially in the circumstances the world is going through to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

The lecture informs the public about the nature of virtual museum visits, their types, and the digital techniques used in them. Local and international examples of these museums will be presented.

The lecture can be followed on the official page of the department at 12 p.m. using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/231665784760585/.


This lecture comes within a series of lectures organized by the Supreme Council of Antiquities in many archaeological museums broadcast live on Facebook, as part of the preventive measures taken by the ministry to battle the novel coronavirus.
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5/4/2020 4:53:12 PM
<![CDATA[A turning point in the events of ‘El-Nehaya’ helps Sherif top Twitter trends]]>
The episode started with Aziz (Amr Abdel Geleil) preparing to shoot Energy Co's power generator with his submachine gun, but Mourad el-Mahrouky (Mohamed Lotfy) follows him before the explosion and advises him to cooperate to save Zain (Youssef el-Sherif).

On the other hand, engineer Zain starts to feel worried about his cooperation El-Waha's people and talks with his wife via video call about his suspicions. He thinks she is his wife but El-Waha management designed a software that totally resembles his wife to talk to him and encourage him to continue his mission in El-Waha.

Afterwards, Sheera (Sawsan Badr) talks with one of El-Waha employees about Zain's suspicions, admitting that they need him and his new invention and that they will tell him the truth gradually.

Episode 10's and one of the whole series' master scenes came when Energy Co started interrogating the clone robot of Zain, which they though is the real Zain, and told him it is necessary to download a new copy of his consciousness. The copy is downloaded but some problems occur in the download.

During the download the robot Zain recalled all the memories of the real Zain, and we see him in pain as he meets Zain’s father (Mohsen Mohy Eldin), who tells him you are not Zain, you are another person. Robot Zain started to recall his memories as a Robot and how human beings destroyed all the robots in a very cruel way.

The memories of the real Zain are mixed with the memories of the robot, and the clone robot of Zain turns into a super robot, and he destroys those who stand in his way in the last scene of this episode.

"El Nehaya" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode and are trending on Twitter.

The hashtag #Sahar el-Saigh was previously the number one trend, while #Amr Abdel Geliel was trending number 3.

This came after the brilliant performance both actors presented in the first Egyptian science fiction series "El-Nehaya".

In the second episode Aziz (Amr Abdel Geleil) discovered that Sabah (Sahar el-Saigh) is making a clone robot of her lover Zain (Youssef el-Sherif), who married another woman.

She conveyed the grief of loneliness and loss of the only kind man she met and loved sincerely in a dazzling way.

This touching scene reached its peak when Aziz told her that she should love another man and that he married the other woman because it was their destiny to be together. Sabah replied, "I need him more than she does. I am alone in this world; if I don't speak, people will not realise I exist." The performance of Saigh and Abdel Geliel in this scene was unique and natural.

Unlike other actresses, Saigh doesn’t care for the looks; she doesn’t wear make up like most Ramadan actresses, the matter that added more credibility to the scene and every word she spoke.

Abdel Geliel, the incredible talent, provided pure and smooth performance when playing Aziz, who was puzzled and torn between helping her to make the clone robot, which is illegal and may harm the world, and sympathizing with his miserable girl, Sabah.

Since the first episode of "El-Nehaya", we found ourselves watching a new type of drama not only in the Egyptian drama, but in the Arab drama as well. Being the first Egyptian and Arab science fiction series, the series used the latest techniques.

The leading production company, Synergy, stands behind this massive production that is taking the Egyptian drama to a different level.

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5/4/2020 4:39:36 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the birthday of the renowned Egyptian comedian Zeinat Sedky]]>
Veteran comedian Zeinat Sedky managed to draw the smile on our faces for many years and she still does through her funny genuine performance.



Sedky was born in Alexandria governorate in May 4, 1913. Her passion with acting drove her to study at the “Ansar el Tamseel” (Acting Supporters) Institute, which was founded by veteran Egyptian actor and director Zaki Tolimat, but her father pushed her to quit studying and marry at an early age. Her marriage lasted only for one year before she was divorced.

She started her career first as a singer with some small troupes before being discovered by the legendary Egyptian actor Naguib el-Rihany, giving her the first role in one of his plays.

Sedky starred with most of the great artists at the time such as Youssef Wahby, Ismail Yassin, Shadia, Abdel Halim Hafez, Anwar Wagdy among others. Her cinematic repertoire contains more than 400 movies.

She was famous for performing the role of the funny maiden, a woman who always insults, and the loyal maid who always supports her lady.

Sedky was one of the female comedy pioneers in the Egyptian cinema along with Mary Mounib and Wedad Hamdy, despite this fact, at the end of her career, her stardom started to decline, the matter that drove Sedky to sell her furniture in order to cover her expenses.

The actress who made millions laugh, found nobody at the end of her life to console her.

Everyone turned their backs on her until former Egyptian president Mohamed Anwar el-Sadat gave her an award at The Art Feast in 1976 and granted her an exceptional pension.

She suffered from plenty of health problems before her death including pulmonary edema.

Her last movie was entitled “Bent Esmha Mahmoud” (A Girl Named Mahmoud), which was six years before her death. Sedky Died on 1978 leaving behind a large history of undying movies that will continue live on ever after.]]>
5/4/2020 1:50:51 PM
<![CDATA[Salwa Osman trends on Twitter ]]>
The scene started when she overheard her daughter Abeer [Rehab el-Gamal] and her siblings saying that they were behind the scheme to murder Radwan el-Brince [Mohammed Ramadan] and his wife and child. The series is broadcast daily on DMC and DMC Drama channels.

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The series revolves around the "El-Brince” family, and "Radwan el-Brince" [Mohammed Ramadan] who works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the demise of his parents. This results in family problems with his six siblings.

“El-Brince” is written and directed by Mohammed Sami and stars Mohammed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Osman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohammed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. The series is produced by Synergy.

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5/3/2020 5:25:12 PM
<![CDATA[ET presents 5 novels that portray the victories of Ramadan 10]]>
On October 6 (Ramadan 10), 1973, the Egyptian Army managed to destroy the Bar Lev Line and defeated the myth of “Israel’s invincible army”.

The glorious victory of Ramadan 10, 1973, is still carved in the minds of Egyptians. Writers and war heroes tried to document the epics of the Egyptians in the Arab-Israeli conflict, especially after the 1967 war.

There are many novels and literary works that illustrated those great moments in modern Egyptian history:

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Abnaa’ el-Samt

“Abnaa’ el-Samt” (Sons of Silence) was first published in 1974. It is one of the most prominent and important accounts of our struggle with the Zionist enemy.


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El-Asraa Yoqemoon el-Matarees

In this novel issued in 1976, Fouad Hegazy talks about his experience in the Israeli prison "Atlit" after his capture in the 1967 setback.

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El-Harb fe Bar Masr (War in Egypt’s Desert)

Written by the great writer Yusuf al-Qaid, the novel was published in 1978. "El-Harb fe Bar Masr" is set in an Egyptian village before the 1973 war, where the village mayor refuses to send his youngest son to the army, and in order to not reveal the matter, he sends his guard’s son, who is called “Masry” instead. Eventually, Masry dies in the war.

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Khatawat ala el-Ard el-Mahbousa (Steps on an imprisoned land)

Published in 1983, and written by Mohammad Hassan Younis, who was a soldier in the Egyptian army at the time, the novel recounts in detail the tragedy of the Egyptian soldiers, who were held prisoners in the Israeli prison of Atlit after the 1967 setback.

Mohammad Younis or captive No. 36715 of the Israeli army in the 1967 war, talks about his experience with captivity, bypassing his testimony about one of the most tragic moments in Egypt’s contemporary history.

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Wameid Telk al-Gabha

This 2008 novel by Samir el-Fil portrays true facts about the 18th battalion during the October war.









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5/3/2020 5:22:23 PM
<![CDATA[10th of Ramadan victory in the eyes of Egyptian cinema]]>
In this day the Egyptian army managed to recapture Egyptian occupied territories and restore national pride.


"The anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory is one of the greatest days of Egypt's modern history that was created by the military and its memory will always be remembered," President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posted on his official page on social media websites.

“Hence, it has become an inspiring model and action plan to pass all difficulties into a better future.” he continued.

Egyptian cinema has tried to document that historic victory, adding to other documentaries.

In this article, we will shed light some specific movies that the Egyptian audience is used to watching on TV every anniversary.

1- “The Bullet is Still in My Pocket”

“Al Rosasa La Tazal Fe Gaiby” (The Bullet is Still in My Pocket) was produced in 1974, based on a story by Egyptian author Ihsan Abd al-Qudus, directed by Hossam Eldin Mostafa, and staring Mahmoud Yassin, Nagwa Ebrahim and Hussein Fahmy.


The movie is about a soldier named Mohamed who finds himself in Gaza after the defeat in the 1967 War.

He returns to his village filled with sorrow over the death of his colleagues in the war. The girl he loves, Fatma, has been raped by a high profile man in the village, so Mohammad decides to take revenge by killing him.

But the 1973 War breaks out and he joins the army to free the occupied lands from Israel. Mohamed goes back to the village with his bride, and the rapist was ashamed by the villagers. Finally, Mohammad marries Fatma with the bullet still in his pocket.

The Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy said during an interview on the “Maakom Mona Al Shazly” program in May 2016 that it’s the only movie that was captured on the real Bar Lev line at Suez Canal, and this location doesn’t exist anymore, as the New Suez Canal was built there.

2-“The Great Loyalty”



“Al Wafaa El Azeem” (The Great Loyalty) was produced in 1974 and tells the love story of Walaa and Hussein. Walaa’s father refuses their relationship and decides to marry her to a family friend named Adel. During the war, Adel becomes a soldier with Hussein and learns how much he loves Walaa, so he decides to help them.

“Al Wafaa El Azeem” is directed by Helmy Rafla, scenario by Faisal Nada, and stars Naglaa Fathy, Mahmoud Yassin and Kamal El Shenawy.

3-“The Sons of Silence”


“Abnaa el Samt” was produced in 1974, written by Maged Tobya, directed by Mohamed Rady, and stars Mahmoud Morsy, Mervat Amen and Nour el-Sherif. The film includes the period from the war of attrition till the victory the war of 1973.

4-“Life is a Moment”



“El Omr Lahza” (Life is a Moment) tells the story of a female journalist whose husband is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper she works at, but they have two different views concerning the war after the defeat in 1967. So she decided to volunteer at a hospital, where she gets to know some soldiers who were injured and listen to their stories. Then she travels to the location of the battle to visit the soldiers.
The film is also directed by Mohamed Rady and stars Magda, Ahmed Mazhar and Ahmed Zaki.




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5/3/2020 5:06:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt announces new discoveries, studies at the Mummification Workshop Complex at Saqqara]]>
CAIRO - 3 May 2020: During excavation work carried out by the Egyptian-German mission of the University of Tübingen, working at Saqqara, a new burial chamber was uncovered at the bottom of the communal burial shaft (30 m. deep) of the Mummification Workshop, discovered along with a large tomb complex with five burial chambers in 2018.

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After more than a year of excavation and documentation, the mission discovered the sixth burial chamber hidden behind a 2600 year old stone wall. Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced adding that the newly discovered chamber contained four wooden coffins in bad state of preservation.



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Dr. Ramadan Badri Hussein pointed out that one of the coffins belongs to a woman called Didibastett. She was buried with six canopic jars, which contradicts the costume in ancient Egypt to embalm the lungs, stomach, intestines, and the liver of the deceased, and then to store them in four jars under the protection of four gods, known as the Four Sons of Horus.

The Mission examined the content of Didibastet’s two extra canopic jars using a computerized tomography (CT) scan, and the preliminary analysis of the images indicates that the two jars contain human tissue.

Based on this result, there is a possibility that Didibastet had received a special form of mummification that preserved six organs of her body. The Mission’s radiologist is currently conducting a thorough study of the images in order to identify the two extra organs.

After studying the texts on the coffins and sarcophagi in the burial chambers, the mission identified priests and priestesses of a mysterious snake goddess, known as Niut-shaes.

Indications are that the priests of Niut-shaes were buried together, and that she became a prominent goddess during Dynasty 26. Perhaps, she had a major temple in Memphis, the administrative capital of ancient Egypt.

A priestess and a priest of Niut-shaes, who were buried in the same burial chamber, were possibly Egyptianized immigrants. Their names, Ayput and Tjanimit, were common among the Libyan community who settled in Egypt from Dynasty 22 (ca. 943-716 BC) onward.

Ancient Egypt was a multicultural society that received immigrants from different parts of the ancient world, including Greeks, Libyans, and Phoenicians among others.

Dr. Ramadan Badri said that the Mission conducted non-invasive testing, called X-ray fluorescence, on the gilded silver mask, which was discovered on the face of the mummy of a priestess of the goddess Niut-shaes. This test determined the purity of the mask’s silver at 99.07%, higher than Sterling Silver at 92.5%.


This gilded silver mask is the first in Egypt since 1939, and the third of such masks to ever be found in Egypt.

An international team of archaeologists and chemists from the University of Tübingen, the University of Munich and the Egyptian National Research Centre in Cairo carried out chemical testing of the residue of oils and resins which were preserved in cups, bowls and pots found in the mummification workshop.

Early results of these tests give a list of mummification substances, including bitumen (tar), cedar oil, cedar resin, pistachio resin, beeswax, animal fat, and possibly olive oil and juniper oil among others. The team is finalizing a report for scientific publication.

"Mummification was essentially a business transaction between a person and an embalmer, in which the embalmer was a professional, a priest and a business person. We learn from several papyri that there was a class of priests and embalmers who were paid to arrange for the funeral of a deceased including the mummification of her/his body and the purchase of a grave or a coffin." said Dr. Ramadan Badry Hussein, the Director of the mission of the University of Tübingen at Saqqara.

In July 2018, Dr. Khaled El Enany, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, announced to the world the unprecedented discovery of a mummification workshop complex at Saqqara from Dynasty 26 (ca. 664-525 BC).

It included a mummification workshop, an Embalmer’s cachette of pottery, and a communal burial shaft. This shaft is 30 m. deep and has six tombs.

The tombs contained ca. 54 mummies and skeletons, five large sarcophagi, a dozen of calcite (Egyptian alabaster) canopic jars, thousands of shawabtis figurines, and a very rare gilded silver mummy mask.

This discovery was rated among the top 10 archaeological discoveries of 2018 by the Archaeology Magazine and Heritage Daily.

The Mission of the University of Tübingen will resume its full investigation of Dynasty 26 cemetery at Saqqara in the winter of 2020.



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5/3/2020 3:26:53 PM
<![CDATA[NBCUniversal weighs layoffs at media, entertainment units: WSJ]]>
Discussions began this week regarding cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, according to the report.

Along with its industry peers, NBCUniversal is taking a financial hit from the coronavirus outbreak which has shuttered movie theaters and theme parks. The company has temporarily closed its theme parks and suspended its sports productions and most of its film and TV production.

Although all divisions are being looked at, some areas likely to be under a microscope at NBCUniversal are the theme-parks division and Universal Pictures, the WSJ reported.

NBCUniversal declined to comment on the report.

The company, which reported its results earlier this week, said its quarterly revenue at the filmed entertainment unit fell 22.5% this quarter from a year earlier, while revenue at theme parks fell 31.9%.

Last month, Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said it will start furloughs of non-essential U.S. employees across the company.]]>
5/3/2020 3:16:54 PM
<![CDATA[Weightlifting: 'The Mountain' Bjornsson deadlifts 501 kg to set world record]]>
Bjornsson, best known for his portrayal of Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, broke the record previously held by Briton Eddie Hall who in 2016 became the first man to lift 500 kg.

The event was streamed live on ESPN here and Bjornsson, 31, lifted the barbell that was bending and straining under the weights, holding it for two seconds before letting go and roaring in delight.

Bjornsson, who is six feet and nine inches tall, won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2018.]]>
5/3/2020 3:11:53 PM
<![CDATA[The Grand Egyptian Museum receives 42 pieces of Khufu's second ship]]>
It underwent restoration work in the archaeological laboratory located on the site.

The transfer process comes within the framework of the Egyptian-Japanese joint project between the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Japanese Higashi University to extract, restore and re-install the second Khufu ship with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Authority.

The General supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project and its surrounding area Atef Moftah pointed out that the number of pieces received by the museum -since the extraction of the first piece of wood from the ship in 2014 and until now- reached 1006 pieces, noting that after the completion of the extracting work and moving all the pieces it will be re-assembled and displayed next to the first Khufu ship, after moving it from its current place of display in the archaeological area to its new specialized building inside the museum.

Atef further noted that the construction of the specialized building is underway.

For his part, the Director General of Executive Affairs for Restoration at the Grand Egyptian Museum and supervisor of the restoration of the second Khufu ship Eissa Zeidan clarified that the team working on the ship has succeeded so far in extracting approximately 1272 pieces of wood, in addition to a rare knife, as well as a pillar made of copper.

Zeidan added that the restoration of 1,200 pieces was completed and a case report was made for each piece before being photographed using 3D imaging technology and laser scanning, in addition to documentation with manual and photographic drawings.

For his part, Sakuji Yoshimura -president of the Japanese Higashi Nippon International University and head of the second Khufu ship mission- said that the final concept of work of the second stage of the ship’s assembly is now being developed in cooperation with Japanese and Egyptian experts, and that the work team has documented the assembly of the pieces that have been raised, which would assist in the assembly process.

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5/2/2020 6:58:37 PM
<![CDATA[ Egypt’s Min.of Tourism&Antiquities will launch its first video about the history of cooking in Egypt ]]>


The first recipe will be about how to cook Tiger nuts (hab al-‘aziz), or chuffa, which were popular in ancient Egypt.

One of the walls of the tomb of Rekhmire in Luxor, who was vizier during the reign of Kings Thutmose III (c.1479–1425 BC) and Amenhotep II (c.1427–1400 BC), bears scenes depicting cakes being baked using tiger nuts.

They show different elements in the process of baking these chuffa cakes, but they do not cover all the steps.

Regardless, these vignettes are so detailed that, although no recipe in the strict sense of the word is written, we are today able to bake this delicious dessert and taste it once again!]]>
5/2/2020 5:31:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ramez Galal files lawsuit against Egyptian Media Syndicate]]>


The Egyptian Media Syndicate's issued a decision to prevent Galal from performing any media-related activity until his legal status with the syndicate is adjusted.

The Syndicate banned as well Galal from appearing through any Egyptian media outlet iuntil his legal status is adjusted.



Galal lawyer explained that the famed Egyptian actor is member of the Syndicate of Artists, not the Media Syndicate.

Galal lawyer, Ashraf Hussein Abdel Aziz added that entertainment programs like Galal’s prank show are not considered as a media activity thus do not fall under the Media Syndicate control, according to Law No. 93 of 2016 regarding media personnel.

Abdel Aziz added that '' Ramez Magnoon Rasmy'' prank show was shot and produced in the UAE, in accordance with the UAE law not the Egyptian one.

Ramez Galal’s new Ramdan prank show named "Ramez Magnoon Rasmy" (Ramez is officially crazy) has the main theme of his previous shows; it depends completely on terrifying his guests, or "his friends" as he says, but what a way to treat your friends!! This year he has taken his problematic behavior to the next level.

In "Ramez Magnoon Rasmy", Galal places his guests on the Chair of Death then suddenly appears to them, unlike his previous prank shows where he used to disguise.
In this chair, Galal moves the guests the way he desires.

He then takes them to the next step which is being electrified. Afterwards, the guests are put in a tank, and face several horrifying animals like snakes. While suffering from all the previous, the guests have to say what Galal wants them to say and obey all his orders if they want to leave.

Ramez's pranks are accused of promoting sadism, violence and cruelty. Some say that all these guests are getting paid, but even this does not justify the humiliation and horror they go through.

Prank shows have always been strongly attached to Ramadan. For many years, the mastermind behind these shows was Galal.

Whether we agree with him or not, Galal succeeded in the last 9 years to draw the attention to his show, since the launched his first prank show in 2011 named Ramez Qalb El Asad which achieved notably high viewership.

The booming success of his first show pushed the prank show producers to recur their cooperation with Galal for 9 consecutive years. This is normal as Galal prank shows represent a lucrative business deal to its producers, and definitely to Galal himself as his contract increases every year

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5/2/2020 4:31:07 PM
<![CDATA[Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande team up to benefit frontline workers]]>
The duet, called “Stuck With U,” will be released on May 8, the two singers announced on Friday on Instagram, where they jointly have some 316 million followers.

All net proceeds from streaming and sales of the duet will be donated to the First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for the children of those working during the pandemic.

Bieber, 26, and Grande, 26, two of the biggest young singers in the United States with hits like “Love Yourself” and “Thank U, Next,” have never recorded a song together.

“We hope we make a big difference with this and we hope it uplifts you and makes you feel happy,” Grande said in a statement.

The single is the first in series from Scooter Braun, who manages both singers, that will benefit charities during the year, Braun said.]]>
5/2/2020 1:55:09 PM
<![CDATA[Locked down UK comedians aim for record with virtual pub quiz]]>
Russell Howard, Nish Kumar, Jon Richardson, Joel Dommett, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Lucy Beaumont, Jenny Ryan and Suzi Ruffel will be among hosts of the quiz at “The Covid Arms”, a virtual pub set up by “landlady” Kiri Pritchard-Mclean.

Trivia quiz contests in pubs are a national pastime in Britain, and online versions by video conference have become a popular activity during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The food and beverage industry has been greatly affected by this pandemic; so let’s give back, share a drink and enjoy the company of our favourite pub owners, neighbours and friends in the safest way possible,” organisers said in a press release.




Friday evening’s event aims to raise money for a charity helping pubs and restaurants survive the lockdown, get Guinness World Records to award a title in a new category of most participants in a virtual pub and keep the audience entertained.

“I’ve pulled in all the favours and burned every bridge I have, and now we’ve got this amazing line-up of fantastic comedians and it looks like it’s going to be a really fun night and that we might well set a record, which is lovely,” said Pritchard-Mclean.

“So come along. Have a pub quiz team. Support your local pub and raise a load of money for charity.”


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5/2/2020 1:51:16 PM
<![CDATA[To Watch Or Not To Watch – Part 2]]>

Forsa Tania (A Second Chance)

Forsa Tania tells the story of Malak, a young engineer who finds out that her fiancée is seeing another girl behind her back so she breaks their engagement and despite his endless pleas she refuses to forgive him. On the rebound the ex-fiancee decides to marry the other girl and on his wedding night Malak has a car accident resulting in her having some sort of amnesia. The series stars Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Edward, Ayten Amer, Diab, Heba Abdelghani, Mahmoud el-Bizawy, Ahmed El-Shamy, Mohamed Gomaa, and Nihal Anbar,


Rating; 5/10


Verdict: When Yasmine Sabry first appeared on our screen with Sherine Adel Wahab in the TV series 'Tareqi' she had such a promising start and many predicted a bright future for her but things have stood still for Sabry, possibly because dire have limited her talent in typecasting he in one dimensional role, which is often the middle class girl who falls and love and suffers the usual drama. Forsa Tania does not present a plot that grips the viewers in fact quite the opposite there is nothing that will keep you watching except maybe the performance of Ayten Amer who has proven that she is the real star of this series.


Game’e Salem


This is a puzzling series that has no real trigger of events but it is still an interesting one to follow. Game’e Salem follows the lives of three siblings who were orphaned as children and each went into different direction. The series stars Zeina, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Mohammed Shaheen, Salwa Khattab, Reem El-Baroudi, Malak Qura, Mido Adel, Mohamed Alaa, Sameh El-Serieti, and Mohammed Desouki.


Rating :7/10


Verdict : Although the series has great potential but at times you do feel its going into more than one direction which at times seem irrelevant. Mido Adel is exceptional in this series and probably one of the main reasons of why you should carry on watching it.


Leibet El-Nessyan (The Forgetting Game)

Leibet El-Nessyan can be described as a suspense thriller which follows the mystery of Rokaya played Dina El Sherbiny who is accused of adultery and being the indirect cause of her husband's death yet she can't remember anything as she suffers from memory loss. The series also stars Ingy Al-Moqaddem, Ahmed Dawood and Mahmoud Qabeil.


Rating : 8/10


Verdict: Of course you have to carry on watching for so many reasons not least because you have to find out the truth of this puzzling mystery. Also the great performance of all the cast especially Dina El Sherbiny and the child star who plays the role of Yehyia her son.


Lama Kona Soghayreen ( When we were young)

‘Lama Kona Sogayreen’ series is a mixture of suspense and murder mystery that focuses on five friends that have known each other since their teenage years yet as events unfolds it is apparent that this friendship is flawed with many secrets. The series stars Mahmoud Hemeida, Khaled el Nabawy, Riham Haggag, Nesrine Amin, Karim Kassem, Mahmoud Hegazy among others.


Rating:9/10


Verdict: Again, it is a must watch, although it seems to early for Riham Haggag to be one of the leading stars of the series but after 7 episodes she has proven to be up to the challenge as her acting skills have captured the viewers. Khaled El Nabawy is in his usual top element as is the master of all roles Mahmoud Hemeida. The series theme song performed by Sameera Saeed is another theme song this Ramadan that has exceeded expectations and is a big hit with viewers.


Be Meet Wesh (with 100 faces)

As the official comedy series this Ramadan have proven to be a big flop the surprise contender that stole the limelight of all the other comedy series is most definitely Be Meet Wesh starring Nelly Karim and Asser Yassin which after only few episodes has got viewers across the arab world hooked on the pairing.
Sukar and Omar are both con artist that join forces to pull off a job that would make them millionaires.

Rating: 9 or 10/10

Verdict: Right from its theme song that has become a social media trend to the indirect, not n your face comedy to the brilliant pairing of Yassen and Karim the series is a complete success. The other impressive element of the series is the rediscovery of Karim and Yassen depth and acting skills as with roles are quite new to them yet they have portrayed them so convincingly despite the fact that we the viewers are used to seeing them in heavy drama. Our advice is to watch every second of the series all the way to the end.

“Sukkar Zeyada” ( Extra Sugar)

There was a mixture of high expectations and huge reservations about the return of the Queens if the 80s cinema; Nadia el Gendy and Nabila Ebeid starring together in the TV series Sukkar Zeyada.


The series is categorized as a comedy taken from the American sitcom 'The Golden Girl's it follows the story of four women who are forced to live together in the same house after being conned into purchasing it. The series stars veteran Samiha Ayoub, Hala Fakher and many guests of honor, including Ahmed el-Sakka, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wahbe, Ahmed Fahmy, Rogina, Joumana Mourad, Lekaa' el-Khamisy, Bayoumi Fouad, Hamdi el-Marghani, Mustafa Abu Saree, Mayan el-Sayed, Badria Tolba, Hanady Mehana, Khaled Anwar and Soliman Eid.

Rating: 4/10

Verdict: Although the first episode seemed like a good start and had real comic element but it went downhill soon after. Giving it 4/10 might seem generous and it only achieved that because El Genidy does seem to be the better element of the entire series alongside the actor who plays her on screen son, who has a very promising future ahead in the comedy sector.


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5/2/2020 1:47:05 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's four ram-headed sphinxes placed at Tahrir Square]]>
Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that two of the ram-headed sphinxes have been installed on its bases located beside the recently restored and erected obelisk in Tahrir Square as part of its development project while the two other ram-headed sphinxes will be erected in their location within the up coming hours.

He added that the four ram-headed sphinxes will be covered with wooden boxes until the official opening of the Tahrir square development project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, in coordination with Cairo Governorate, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities within the framework of the plan to showcase Egypt’s unique civilization.

The transportation was carried out by the Arab contractors company under the supervision of a team of restorers and archaeologists from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.]]>
5/2/2020 3:13:18 AM
<![CDATA[Daily Mail highlights the uncover of coffin containing a mummy dating back to the 17th dynasty in Luxor]]>
The discovery was made by Spanish-Egyptian archaeological mission headed by José Galán.

The newly discovered coffin measures 1.75 by 0.33m, and was carved in wood cut from a sycamore tree trunk, covered with a whitewash and painted in red. The coffin was placed on the ground horizontally.


The mummy which was found in a bad conservation condition is of a 15- or 16-year-old girl resting on her right side inside the coffin.

The girl mummy is wearing two spiral shaped earrings in one of her ears. The two earrings are covered with a thin metal leaf.

The newly uncovered mummy is wearing two rings, one made of bone and the other with a blue glass bead set on a metal base and tied with string.

Around the mummy chest there are four necklaces tied together with a faience clip. The first necklace is 70cm long, made from rounded faience beads and alternating dark and light blue.

While the second one is 62cm long, and made of green faience and glass beads.

The third necklace measures 61cm and is made of 74 pieces, combining beads of amethyst, carnelian, amber, blue glass and quartz. The most beautiful necklace has two scarabs, one depicting the falcon god Horus, and five faience amulets.



The fourth necklace is made of several strings of faience beads tied together at both ends by a ring combining all the strings.



The mission unearthed as well a mud-brick offering chapel and a pile of mixed materials from funerary equipment.

The director of the mission announced that these discoveries were found during excavation performed at the area located in front of the open courtyard of Djehuty’s tomb (TT 11).



A small coffin made of mud was also found at the opposite side of the mud-brick chapel. It is still closed and tied together with string.


Inside the coffin there was a wooden ushabti wrapped in four linen bandages. The ushabti figurine and one of the linen bandages have hieratic text on them revealing the identity of their owner ‘’the Osiris, Djehuty’’ who lived in the 17th dynasty (c.1600 BCE).

A pair of leather sandals were found together with a pair of leather balls tied together with string, in the same area, but inside a funerary shaft.

The newly uncovered sandals which are dating back to the 17th dynasty are dyed in a red colour, and engraved with different motifs depicting god Bes, goddess Taweret, a pair of cats, an ibex and a rosette. The 3,600 years old sandals were found in a good state of preservation.

The sandals decoration and size shows that it is probably belonged to a woman, and also the balls, were used by a woman for sport or as part of a dancing choreography, according to daily life depictions in Beni Hassan tombs of the 12th dynasty.
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5/1/2020 4:24:05 PM
<![CDATA[After one week, El Ekhteyar becomes a thorn in the throat of traitors]]>
This national epic gathered and united all the Egyptians around with its credible content that gives us an insightful look about the life, logic, thoughts and noble principals of our army soldiers, champions and martyrs.

‘’El Ekhteyar’’ highlighted as well the dark terrorists’ principals and thoughts, which are based on blood, betrayal, opportunism and coward.

The patriotic feelings and the feeling of gratitude towards the Egyptian army this great series triggered inside each one of us, severely angered these terrorists and extremists because it revealed their true colors and tackled at the same time the heroic operations of their greatest enemy who was our late great martyr and champion Ahmed el Mansy specifically and the Egyptian army in general.

El Ekhteyar in seven episodes only became a huge threaten to these terrorists a matter that proved the effect of art and drama as a soft power that is sometimes more effective than dozens of destructive weapons.

Their severe anger from the series pushed them to commit another coward crime in the holy month of Ramadan !! those who describe themselves as the biggest defenders of Islam, what a paradox!! One Egyptian officer, a non-commissioned officer and eight other army soldiers announced killed and injured as a result of an explosive device blast which targeted an armored vehicle affiliated with the army on April 30.

The terrorist attack took place in Bir al-Abd city, in North Sinai. El Ekhteyar has became a thorn in the throats of these traitors so they wrongly thought that they will remove it by this coward attack.

As a result the Egyptian armed forces affirmed the continuation of its battle against terrorists to preserve the state’s security and stability.


Egypt has been countering terrorism and extremism ideologies over the past years and the series introduced us closely to these efforts that we didn’t know almost most of them.

El Ekhteyar is the first Egyptian series which managed to document and archive the several military operations that took place in Sinai against terrorists and the many Egyptian officers and soldiers who have martyred in the battle.

Each episode presents a patriotic lesson and a precious principal given by Mansy and his colleagues that shows the greatness of the Egyptian army. The series showed us the stories of three martyrs till now who are Aly ( Asser Yassin), Fathy ( Mohamed Emam) and ( Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz). ‘’ If I died tell my mother that your son was a real man’’ these were the last words uttered by great martyr Fathy.

The series is loaded with unforgettable moments that made us all clap our hands to the maestro of this series the great director Peter Mimi who made a national epic with every sense of the word.

El Ekhteyar shed the light on another types of champions who are the wives of these soldiers and officers. We see how Manar Mansy ( Sara Adel) the wife of the great Mansy was bearing the full responsibility of her children alone and hided that they were sick in order not to disturb her husband and make him fully concentrate on his great mission in Sinai.

Mansy was not just an ordinary officer but he was a leader with every sense of the word and this appeared from how he was keen to develop new military tactics like the one he did in episode 7 and resulted in a successful military operation.

Also his leadership skills were clear from the way he dealt with his soldiers and how he was keen to explain to them everything. Egyptian star Amir Karara brilliantly embodied the role of Mansy, portraying his great soul and introducing his noble thoughts.

This series tackled as well the Egyptian army's immortal principal that they must take the revenge of every martyr from those who killed him.

Army officer Aly (played by Asser Yassin), who partnered with Ahmed el-Mansy (Amir Karara) to get the right of their late colleagues and arrest the terrorists hiding in a farm in Sinai, where Aly sacrificed his life and became a martyr.

The docu-drama series brilliantly portrayed the endless chain of successful military operations performed by our great Egyptian Army.

The conversation that took place between Mansy and the terrorists’ leader revealed the difference between the logic of champions and the traitors.

Terrorists’ leader: If you come a bit closer I will detonate the explosive belt; both of us will die and you will go to hell.

Mansy: Use it then. I am sure I will go to heaven. You always say to your followers whom you deceive that you will go to heaven. Use it and let us see who will be in heaven.

Terrorists’ leader: why die together if we can live together?

Mansy: Come with me; we want you alive and if you killed tens of us, others will come to arrest you.

This is the main principal of the Egyptian soldiers; if some die, others complete the mission and others join anew.



"El-Ekhteyar" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first scene. Unlike many other series whom you will find one or two master scenes in the whole series, each episode in ‘’ El Ekhteyar’’ has two or more master scenes.

The national epic series gave us a deep look at the life of the Egyptian army Legend, Mansy, that we all love, admire and respect but know nothing about his family, friends, personality or morals.


Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.

"El Ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

As the first episode of "El Ekhteyar" was very strong, the rest of the episodes continued in the same path, tackling more the human side of Mansy.






Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.

El Ekhteyar clearly proved that Egypt will continue to combat terrorism with all its destructive weapons which are our great Egyptian army in addition to our soft power represented in art and drama.


The successful trio Karara, Mimi and Dewidar continues to dazzle us every year and whenever we say they achieved the maximum level of success, they prove to us that they have still much more to present, things that will always exceed all our expectations.


Karara reached a level of maturity that made him to master all the details of the character smoothly and brilliantly Dewidar wrote a symphony by all means and Mimi takes the Egyptian drama to a more advanced level that wasn’t presented before and starting the era of what we call docudrama as he mixed real content, photos and videos with the fictional one, plaiting them together in homogenous way.


Mimi rediscovered Egyptian star Ahmed El-Awady who surprised us by his amazing performance to the role of late terrorist Hisham Ashmawy. He is a talented actor but he reached his peak with Mimi in El Ekhteyar as he discovered in Awady new acting capabilities that I guess Awady himself knew nothing about before cooperating with Mimi.


"El Ekhteyar" houses a notable group of talented actors beside Karara and Awady such as Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Sara Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim, in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry, Ahmed Wafik, among others.

If they asked me to choose a name for this series I wouldn’t have found a more precise and significant word than El Ekhteyar or in other words the chance. This one word summarised the whole moral of the series which presented two characters who were raised in the same army, educated in the same military faculty ,swore the same oath of loyalty to their country but the first’s ( Mansy) Choice was to keep his oath and be the faithful great role model that we all look up to while the second ( Ashmawy) Choice was to walk in the betrayal path and reserved his place in the darkest part of our history. They both died and apparently had the same destiny but i guess that each is now in a completely different place.
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5/1/2020 3:23:41 PM
<![CDATA[Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen dies aged 79]]>
The Afrobeat sound, which rose to prominence in Nigeria in the 1970s, combined organ riffs with West African drum patterns and brass instruments. Allen’s drumming was a key part of the rhythmic structure that underpinned the fusion of jazz, funk and West African melodies.

Allen died on Wednesday evening in Paris of a heart attack, National Public Radio (NPR) cited his manager Eric Trosset as saying on Thursday.

“Farewell Tony! Your eyes saw what most couldn’t see. You are the coolest person on Earth! As you used to say, “There is no end,” Trosset said in a tribute posted on Facebook.

Allen recorded more than 30 albums with Kuti and his group, Africa ‘70, which fused jazz, funk and African traditional singing.

The songs were usually over 10 minutes long and Kuti’s lyrics were often angry diatribes against corruption, African dictators and Nigeria’s military regimes.





Kuti, who died in 1997, once said that “without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat”.

In later years Allen worked with a broad range of artists including musician Brian Eno who referred to Allen “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived”.

Reuters could not immediately reach Allen’s manager for comment.






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5/1/2020 1:37:59 PM
<![CDATA[Oprah, Julia Roberts lead 'Call to Unite' 24-hour global livestream]]>
“The Call to Unite,” starting on Friday at 8 p.m. ET (midnight GMT) and streamed globally on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms, hopes to support people who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus or who feel isolated, depressed or overwhelmed.

Classical musician Yo-Yo Ma, rapper Charlamagne tha God, the African Children’s Choir, lifestyle guru Marie Kondo and American pastor Rick Warren are also among those who will offer prayers, songs and inspirational messages, organizers said.

“As much as it may feel like it, no one is alone in this moment,” the organizers said in a statement, inviting people around the world to “join millions in solidarity over 24 powerful hours.”



The lievstream, one of several remotely produced events aimed at bringing people together during the pandemic, is organized by Tim Shriver, the chairman of the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, provides year-round sports training for people with intellectual disabilities, but its programs have been put on hold due to the coronavirus.


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5/1/2020 1:34:37 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism& Antiquities launches a video tour for wooden panels dating back to Fatimid Period]]>
It dates to the Fatimid Period in Egypt (5th century AH / 11th century AD MIA no. 3473)

These wooden panels once adorned the palaces of the Fatimid Caliphs on al-Mu’izz Street between Bab Zuwayla and Bab al-Futuh (Cairo’s then-city gates).

These palaces were decorated with scenes drawn from daily life such as hunting, playing music, dancing, and drinking.



wood one

The engraved decoration executed in several layers reflects the skill of Fatimid artisans. These panels were reused to decorate the huge architectural complex of Mamluk sultan al-Mansur Qalawun on al-Mu’izz street in 684 AH/ 1285 AD.


The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, represented by the General Egyptian Authority for Tourism Promotion, is launching a promotional campaign to introduce the rituals of the holy month of Ramadan to the various tourist destinations in Egypt.

This will be held under the slogan "Experience Ramadan from Home" on all the official social media platforms of the ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Head of the General Egyptian Authority for Tourism Promotion Ahmed Youssef explained that this campaign aims to introduce the unique atmosphere of Ramadan in Egypt to the Arab and international audiences, and to shed light on the celebrations that fill the Egyptian streets, homes, hotels and cafes, inviting the world to enjoy these places after the return of the tourism movement.

The president of the commission indicated that video clips of ancient Egyptian dishes will be presented every Saturday, starting May 2.

Youssef pointed out that the campaign presents diverse content using various presentation methods, to make sure the campaign attracts multiple segments of the international, Arab and local audiences.

This content provides information on the benefits of fasting, and information about the various Islamic monuments through riddles, which allow more communication and interaction with the public.

The campaign also presents short stories on the origins of lanterns in Egypt and stories from the Museum of Islamic Art.

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5/1/2020 1:26:45 PM
<![CDATA[To Watch Or Not To Watch]]>CAIRO - 1 May 2020: A week into Ramadan and people are still unsure about what TV drama to follow and which one to avoid and we at Egypt Today have tried to round up a small collection of Ramadan series that we have been evaluating after seven episodes.


W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Would We Fall in Love Again?)


W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Do We Fall in Love Again?) has to be one of the best series on offer this Ramadan, away from actions, drugs and murder W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Do We Fall in Love Again?) is a simple boy meets girl love triangle that is a mixture of light comedy and romance. Ghalyea played by Yasmine Abdel Aziz suddenly finds herself alone with her daughter after her husband Abdallah played by Sherif Moneer decides that he is bored of being married and divorced her. Ghalyea moves in with her mother and grandmother played by the exceptional duo of Sawsan Badr and Laila Ezz El-Arab who both dislike and distrust men and keen for Ghalyea to remain single. But this seems unlikely as Ghalyea starts to fall in love with the suave Murad played by Karim Fahmy but its clear that the path of love will not run smoothly for the pair.


Rating; 9/10


Verdict: Definitely worth following and sticking to it for many factors that make it a must watch. At a time when we are stuck at home with so many uncertainties, you want to unwind with something light but provides an escape from our reality and who does not like a romantic comedy? Also the dialogue between the four female generations is written with such a way that every person can relate to the conversation between them as we have all endured a similar family setting. Finally the theme song of the series sang by Medhat Saleh is one of the best theme songs this Ramadan its relevant, catchy and will stay in people's memory well beyond Ramadan.


Layalina 80 (Our Nights)


The series began with the assassination of the Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat in 1981 which coincides with a car accident that tears two family apart as the taxi driver Radhi played by Muhammad Adel loses his leg and the passenger Jameela loses her eye sight leaving both mothers seeking revenge on one another.

Layalina stars Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Khaled El-Sawy, and Sabrine.


Rating :7/10


Verdict : Although the series has great potential but the slow pace of action is disengaging viewers as many are turning away but it is worth pursuing as the story has yet to fully unravel and the superb portrayal of the broken mother of Sabrine is definitely a joy to watch, coupled with Khaled el Sawy's acting of the widow who still lives with the memory of his deceased wife as though she is still present. The return of Ghada Adel to the TV screen is another factor to stick with the TV series and of course the presence of Eyad Nassar who has proven time and time again that any role he takes on he excels in.


Al-Fetewa (The Strong Man)

The series is set during the era of the fetewas (leaders of alleys) in Egypt during the 1850s, in the world of ghettos and shabby neighborhoods which were controlled by a group of thugs who bore the responsibility of the people. Yasser Galal is the disguised warrior who defends the poor against the rich, often fighting his childhood friend Ahmed Salah Hosni. The series also stars Naglaa Badr, Mai Omar, Riyad El-Kholy, Ahmed Khalil, Hanady Mahanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, and Laila Ahmed Zaher.


Rating; 7/10


Verdict: The series grabs the viewers attention and keeps you entertained, therefore its one to keep watching not just of the factor of good versus evil but for the love story that is about to unfold between Mai Omar and Yasser Galal


Kheyanat Ahd (Ahd’s Betrayal)

As we are accustomed to most of Yousra's TV drama in the past, the plot follows the same pattern of the good , loving Yousra who is wronged and betrayed by people around her. Ahd is a woman whose life revolves around her family as she tries to protect and help them yet they are plotting against her without her knowledge. The series stars Hala Shiha, Khaled Anwar, Abeer Sabry and Hanady Mehana.


Rating: 6/10

Verdict: it's a difficult to form an opinion pertaining to Kheyanat Ahd because there is nothing new in the series, the plot, characterization and dialogue is very familiar to the previous series that Yousra performed in collaboration with Al-Adel Group .

Yet our verdict is to carry on watching it for the same reason, familiarity makes the viewer more comfortable because he/she can predicts what will happen and even the potential ending, it's a safe viewing with no surprises so when the series ends you won't be disappointed because you know beforehand the plot finale.

Yousra's TV series are akin to a marriage relationship that is dictated by routine and out of habit because it represents a safe option for the bored couples to stay together and watch, that explains why the viewers will keep on watching Yousra TV series. One positive aspect that should keep the viewers entertained is the theme song of Ahd sang by the popular Mustafa Hagag, it's certainly one of the better theme songs that are on offer this year.


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5/1/2020 12:58:28 PM
<![CDATA[The war has just started in 'El-Brince' series ]]>
Zaher uploaded a picture uniting him with Ramadan on his official Instagram account, commenting, “The war has just started!”

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The events of the sixth episode of the series, broadcast on the DMC and DMC DRAMA channels during the holy month of Ramadan, witnessed the attempt of Fathi [Ahmed Zaher] to sit with his brothers to convince their younger sister Nora [Reem Sami] that they were joking when they thought about murdering Radwan el-Brince [Mohamed Ramadan].

Nevertheless, Nora managed to reach Radwan el-Brince and inform him of the murderous plot his siblings set for him, asking him to look out for himself and his family. Radwan, however, did not take the news seriously.

Radwan el-Brince went to his wife’s family house, to reconcile with his wife Lubna [Naglaa Badr]. On their way back home, he told Lubna that he will break his father’s will, in order to be able to give his siblings their rights. This gained Lubna’s liking.

The series revolves around Radwan el-Brince, whose character is embodied by star Mohammed Ramadan. Radwan works as a plumber in his father's workshop. He finds himself responsible for his family after the death of his parents, which results in problems with his six siblings.

The series is written and directed by Mohammed Sami. The series stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Rogina, Naglaa Badr, Edward, Donia Abdel Aziz, Abdel Aziz Makhyoun, Reem Sami, Salwa Othman, Mohamed Alaa, Safa el-Toukhy, Mohamed Hatem, Rehab el-Gamal, Hazem Ehab and Ahmed Dash. It is produced by Synergy.






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4/30/2020 5:03:51 PM
<![CDATA[Naseer Shamma provides online workshops for Arab House of Oud graduates]]>CAIRO - 30 April 2020: Iraqi oud master Naseer Shamma was keen to continue holding workshops, preparing science discussions and exchanging information online on a monthly basis for all the graduates of the Arab House of Oud.

This comes among the precautionary measures implemented in Egypt to battle the novel coronavirus.

Naseer Shamma was born in Kut, Iraq in 1963. Sahib Hussain al-Namus taught Shamma his first oud lesson. He graduated from the Institute of Musical Studies in Baghdad in 1987. Then, he specialized in playing oud.

The year of his graduation, Shamma won the Best Composition Award in Iraq for a romantic song. He presented his first concert at the first Arab Music Forum in France with a group of leading Iraqi musicians.

Shamma currently runs the Arab House of Oud in Cairo at the ancient house of Al-Harawi in Historic Cairo. It is a project he established to teach the specifications of a solo oud player.

This is in addition to his supervision of the branch of the Arab House of Oud, which opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2007, and the Arab House of Oud in Constantine Algeria and the Arab House of Oud in Alexandria Library in 2011.

Shamma has received many awards and performed many musical concerts in many countries around the world.





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4/30/2020 4:28:18 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. FAA probing runway incident involving actor Harrison Ford - media]]>
There was no danger of a crash in the incident that occurred last week at an airport in southern California, according to an FAA statement cited by the New York Times.

A publicist for Ford told media the actor misheard a radio instruction from the air traffic controller (ATC).

“He immediately acknowledged the mistake and apologized to ATC for the error,” Ina Treciokas, Ford’s publicist, said.

“The purpose of the flight was to maintain currency and proficiency in the aircraft. No one was injured and there was never any danger of a collision.”

The planes had come within 1,100 meters of each other at the Hawthorne airport in Los Angeles last Friday.

The actor, who played swashbuckling space smuggler Han Solo in the “Star Wars” film franchise, was at the controls of a two-seat Aviat Husky light plane in the incident.

Ford, 77, had also come under investigation in 2017 after he mistakenly flew his single-engine private plane over an American Airlines passenger jet and landed on a taxiway, rather than a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

The FAA did not discipline the actor over that incident, but asked him to complete awareness training.]]>
4/30/2020 4:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[India's Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor, 67, dies of leukemia]]>
Kapoor, 67, the scion of a famed film industry family, is survived by his wife and two children, and had been diagnosed with cancer in 2018.

“He remained jovial and determined to live to the fullest right through two years of treatment across two continents,” the family said in a statement.

The actor had moved to New York for treatment soon after the cancer was detected, returning to his hometown of Mumbai last September.

Kapoor’s death followed that on Wednesday of another Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, 54, who had roles in films such as “Life of Pi” and “Jurassic World”, and who also suffered from cancer.

Kapoor’s family urged his fans, who under normal circumstances would have been expected to pour onto the streets to mourn him, to follow novel coronavirus social-distancing rules.

“There are numerous restrictions around movement and gathering in public. We would like to request all his fans and well-wishers and friends of the family to please respect the laws that are in force,” the family said.

Kapoor came from a family of actors.

His grandfather, Prithviraj Kapoor, father Raj Kapoor, brothers Randhir and Rajeev, and his son, nieces and nephews have all played roles in films.

He made his debut at the age of 16, playing a younger version of his father’s character in the 1970 film “Mera Naam Joker” (My Name is Joker), and later made a name for himself as a fresh-faced romantic hero.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was anguished by Kapoor’s death.

“Multifaceted, endearing and lively ... this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent,” Modi said on Twitter.]]>
4/30/2020 2:32:17 PM
<![CDATA[Lies and deception in 5th episode of 'Forsa Tania']]>
Ziad suggests that Sherine helps him reconnect with Malak, as if he was meeting her for the first time. Ziad begins recalling all his memories with Malak.



Reham was taken to the hospital after trying to commit suicide at Ziad's house. Her father Rushdi (Ashraf Zaki) threatens Ziad at the hospital.

Karim (Omar el-Shennawy) meets Malak and confesses he loves her. She responds that what he feels is nothing more than gratitude.

Ziad goes to Malak's house to meet her father and inform him of what he intends to do, but suddenly Malak returns home.



Medhat (Diab) comes out of the investigations after his lawyer played a recording of the purchase of a defective car in the name of a deceased dealer who does not exist.

Maryam (Heba Magdy) goes to her husband at the car agency and finds him sitting with a girl. After returning home, he beats her because she went out without permission and threatens to jail her if she asks for divorce again.



“Forsa Tania” is broadcast daily on CBC and DMC channels. The series is directed by Morqus Adel and produced by Synergy. It stars Yasmine Sabry, Ahmed Magdy, Ayten Amer, Heba Magdy, Diab, Edward, Mahmoud el-Bezzawy, Heba Abdul Ghani, Sarah el-Shami, Mohammed Abu Dawood, Ahmed el-Shami, Nihal Anbar, Omar el-Shennawi, Mohammad Gomaa and Tamim Abdo.









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4/29/2020 4:27:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture presents a spiritual evening on April 30]]>
The spiritual evening will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel. The digital initiative brings together the Cairo Opera Orchestra, led by maestro Sherif Mohy el-Din, and the Abdel Halim Nowera Arab Music Ensemble led by maestro Salah Ghobashi.

The evening presents selected religious works, performed by Ajfan, Ayat Farouk, Howaida Salah, Soma, Reham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Mohsen Farouk and Abdullah al-Ruwaished.

At 9:30 p.m., a lecture from the “Start Your Dream” workshop will be broadcast, preceded by a new episode of "Fawazeer Cinema Masr" at 5 p.m.

It is worth noting that Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem is launching the theatrical initiative "Laugh - Think - Know", implemented by the Theater House headed by Ismail Mukhtar.

The Theater House is represented by “Al-Mowajaha” Theatrical group led by Sameh Basyouni, and the National Theater group led by Ihab Fahmy.

The initiative aims to present ten short recorded plays in the first stage. Filmed by Ayman Mostafa and inspired by the short stories of Russian author Anton Chekhov, the plays are 20-50 minutes each.

This comes within the framework of the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay At Home. Culture Is Between Your Hands”, and will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel.
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4/29/2020 3:55:33 PM
<![CDATA[Irrfan Khan, Indian actor in 'Life of Pi', dies of cancer aged 54]]>
His death, after a prolonged battle with cancer, was confirmed by a spokesman who said Khan was surrounded by family at the time. He is survived by his wife and two children.

“He fought the many battles that came with it,” the spokesman said in a statement, referring to the diagnosis of Khan’s rare cancer in 2018.

Khan was among the first Indian actors to make a consistent mark in Western cinema, following in the footsteps of crossover pioneers such as Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Om Puri.

“An incredible talent,” said Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, among the tributes on Twitter that followed Khan’s death. “A gracious colleague. A prolific contributor to the world of cinema .. left us too soon creating a huge vacuum.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences.

“Irrfan Khan’s demise is a loss to the world of cinema and theatre. He will be remembered for his versatile performances across different mediums,” Modi said in a tweet.

BOLLYWOOD SLOW TO EMBRACE HIM

Born Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan in the western desert state of Rajasthan, in a family with no ties to the cinema, the actor recalled in interviews that as children, he and his siblings were not allowed to watch movies.

The only exception was when a visiting uncle took them to the theatre. Inspired by India’s arthouse cinema of the 1980s Khan decided to make a career in the field and moved to New Delhi to study theatre.

He then moved to Mumbai in search of acting jobs, but the Bollywood films of the 1990s did not present opportunities for the understated acting that Khan favoured.

Khan worked in serials for Indian television for close to a decade and sought bit parts in films.

In 2001, as he was close to giving up, British filmmaker Asif Kapadia offered him the lead role in “The Warrior”. The film won a BAFTA for Best British Film and was Britain’s entry to the Oscars. It also opened the doors to Hollywood, which appreciated Khan long before Bollywood claimed him.

He went on to act in indie hits such as Mira Nair’s “The Namesake” based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book as well as more popular fare, including “Jurassic World”.

In “The Namesake”, he won praise for his sensitive portrayal of a man who moves to the United States and grapples with the crises of identity that first-generation immigrants can face.

Khan acted in filmmaker Ritesh Batra’s debut, “The Lunchbox”. An intimate story about a cantankerous man and the woman who mistakenly sends him her husband’s lunch box one day, the film won worldwide acclaim, including in India.

In March 2018, Khan announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendrocrine tumour. He subsequently returned from London, where he was being treated, and shot a film “Angrezi Medium” (English Medium), which released in Indian cinemas last month.

Khan was absent during promotions and had not been seen in public since news of his diagnosis.]]>
4/29/2020 3:50:54 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of tourism & antiquities launches promotional campaign #ExperienceRamadanFromHome]]>
This will be held under the slogan "Experience Ramadan from Home" on all the official social media platforms of the ministry and the Tourism Promotion Authority.

Head of the General Egyptian Authority for Tourism Promotion Ahmed Youssef explained that this campaign aims to introduce the unique atmosphere of Ramadan in Egypt to the Arab and international audiences, and to shed light on the celebrations that fill the Egyptian streets, homes, hotels and cafes, inviting the world to enjoy these places after the return of the tourism movement.

The president of the commission indicated that video clips of ancient Egyptian dishes will be presented every Saturday, starting May 2.

Youssef pointed out that the campaign presents diverse content using various presentation methods, to make sure the campaign attracts multiple segments of the international, Arab and local audiences.

This content provides information on the benefits of fasting, and information about the various Islamic monuments through riddles, which allow more communication and interaction with the public.

The campaign also presents short stories on the origins of lanterns in Egypt and stories from the Museum of Islamic Art.


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4/29/2020 3:46:34 PM
<![CDATA['Extraction': A condensed dosage of action]]>CAIRO – 28 April 2020: On April 24 Netflix released its latest productions, which is the action movie ''Extraction''.

Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), a black-market mercenary and former Australian Special Air Service Regiment soldier, is recruited by fellow mercenary Nik Khan (Golshifteh Farahani) to rescue Ovi Mahajan Junior (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the son of India's biggest drug lord Ovi Mahajan Senior (Pankaj Tripathi), from Dhaka, Bangladesh because he is held for ransom by Bangladesh's biggest drug lord, Amir Asif (Priyanshu Painyuli).

While Tyler was in the process of extracting Ovi from his kidnappers, Saju (Randeep Hooda), a former Special Forces soldier and Ovi's father, chief henchman, kills Tyler's teammates and attempts to bring the boy back, doing so in fear of his family being killed by Ovi Mahajan senior and in order to avoid paying the substantial ransom money, which neither he nor Ovi's junior father can afford.


As a result Asif calls for an immediate lockdown of Dhaka, Tayler found himself fighting with the police, Asif and his men in addition to Saju.

"Extraction" is an AGBO Films and TGIM Films Inc. production; it is produced by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, and Peter Schwerin. The action-packed thriller contains a very condensed dosage of action scenes, which despite being well-executed, negatively affected the movie's dialogue and plot.

The movie's director of photography did a great job mastering the camera movement, achieving the difficult equation between preserving the rapid pace of such an action film and making every scene clear to the audience. Other action films are very fast paced to the extent that you don’t know who is fighting with whom, which is a common mistake in a number of action movies.

First-time director Sam Hargrave relies mainly on his experience as a stunt coordinator for several of the Marvel movies. His great experience helped him in making to the point action scenes but nothing is extraordinary, catchy or dazzling.

Chris Hemsworth had a good chance in this movie to stretch his acting chops a bit, although the role doesn’t require high acting capabilities, but needed fitness for the execution of the different action scenes.

The good acting performance of Hemsworth only appeared in his two scenes with Rudhraksh Jaiswal; the first was when he opened his heart to him about how he lost his only son for cancer and the second was when he asked him to go to the helicopter and leave him to die.

Both Hemsworth and Jaiswal managed to make us feel the emotions that were born between them and the fatherly feelings that Tyler felt towards Ovi.

The young actor Rudhraksh Jaiswal's performance was good but his role didn't require strong acting skills as well.

His master scene away from Hemsworth was after he killed Tyler’s friend, who wanted to kill him to take $10 million from Amir Asif. The sorrow, sadness, shock and grief that were clear on his face showed that we are in front of a promising actor who will have a bright future.

The weakest point in the movie was the traditional plot that needed more details, as it was vague in some points.

The movie makers didn’t pay the needed attention to the plot maybe because they focused on the action dosage. But, in order to have a good action movie, you should have a much stronger plot.
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4/28/2020 6:14:09 PM
<![CDATA[World awaits opening of Grand Egyptian Museum]]>
Forbes mentioned that museum lovers had to postpone visits to the Grand Egyptian Museum until the end of the COVID-19 epidemic. The American magazine highlighted that the museum’s opening was one of the most anticipated international art events in 2020.

The famed magazine pointed out that while the museum’s opening was postponed until early 2021, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is offering virtual tours on Instagram to the most prominent monuments around the country, where one can tour archaeological sites such as the tomb of Miho in Saqqara and the Pyramid of Djoser as well as many museum exhibitions.

The magazine added that for the lovers of ancient Egypt, the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum is worth the wait, explaining that the prominent billion-dollar landmark includes artifacts collected by Howard Carter from the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922, in addition to thousands of treasures that had not been showcased before.

Furthermore, the magazine pointed out that the enormous size of the museum (50,000 square meters) means that visitors may have to set aside more than half a day that most tour operators are currently devoting to the Tahrir Museum in Cairo, where Tutankhamun's treasure once existed.

Although the remains of King Tut have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, which was built in 1902, many years before the discovery of Tut, will remain a gem in itself.

In addition, the magazine pointed out that the tour operators deal creatively with the postponement of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the reopening of other Egyptian sites, where visitors will have the opportunity to stand between the feet of the Sphinx, listen to a lecture and dine with Tawfik, the man who supervised the construction and planning stages for the new museum complex.


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4/28/2020 5:14:28 PM
<![CDATA[Bus-stop art gallery lifts spirits in lockdown London]]>
A hand-written sign with an Instagram handle encourages kids and adults alike to contribute submissions, with the wall of the bus stop covered in drawings depicting things such as a unicorn, flowers and rainbows, which have come to symbolise positivity and solidarity with Britain’s health workers during the outbreak.

Sarah Lamarr, a part time teacher and mother of 4-year-old Rosie, started the gallery when she woke up the day after Britain’s coronavirus lockdown began and realised she would be stuck inside indefinitely with only a bland bus stop to look at.

“I just wanted to do something to brighten it up so I didn’t have to look at a grey bus stop for the next however-long,” she told Reuters.

Lamarr said she felt like the protagonist of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller Rear Window, which stars James Stewart as an injured photographer who watches his neighbours after he is confined to his flat with a broken leg.

“If you have a bus stop near you I would really encourage anyone to do the same because it’s just a really lovely thing to have in your community,” she said.

“If you are stuck in a first floor, second floor flat with no garden with kids, it’s just a great thing to watch out the window.”

One picture of flowers was accompanied with a message saying “Let’s focus on the positive” while another drawing of a Superman costume said “Thank You Heroes” and listed roles which frontline workers are continuing to carry out.

Several locals who saw the artworks on the bus stop in west London, near Turnham Green, said it had improved their mood.

“People definitely need to see these messages and it just adds colour and a bit of fun and a bit of brightness to what otherwise could be a tough day for somebody,” said Vicky Leviten, a child minder and local resident.

“I think it just lifts the spirits, it’s fabulous.”]]>
4/28/2020 4:34:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s min. of culture launches 'Laugh - Think - Know' theatrical e-initiative]]>
The Theater House is represented by “Al-Mowagafa” Theatrical group led by Sameh Basyouni, and the National Theater group led by Ihab Fahmy.

The initiative aims to present ten short recorded plays in the first stage. Filmed by Ayman Mostafa and inspired by the short stories of Russian author Anton Chekhov, the plays are 20-50 minutes each.

This comes within the framework of the ministry’s e-initiative “Stay At Home, Culture Is Between Your Hands”, and will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel.

“The initiative will also include an explanation of Chekov's approach and an analysis of the theatrical works and their implications, in order to achieve the goal of the initiative embodied in its slogan (Laugh - think - know),” said Abdel Dayem.

The plays are performed by some of the most prominent Egyptian literary and artistic symbols, including great director Galal el-Sharkawy, Samir el-Asfouri, Sanaa Shafea, Essam el-Sayed, Fahmy el-Khouly and others.

Abdel Dayem confirmed that their participation enriches the initiative and adds to the work of the National Theater. She added that the chosen stories convey many positive messages that contribute to the spread of lofty ideals and values.

She explained that Egypt's rediscovery for the works of international literature reflects Egypt's openness to various cultures.


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4/28/2020 3:48:44 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min.of Tourism&Antiquities organizes a tour for a wooden door dating back to Muhammad Ali Dynasty]]>CAIRO - 28 April 2020: Egypt's Min.of Tourism&Antiquities organized a guided tour for a wooden door dating back to Muhammad Ali Dynasty (13th century AH / 19th century AD).




This door is one of the masterpieces from the Ottoman era, and counts among the largest silver-plated doors in the whole world. It bears the name of the artist who made it, Yahudah Aslan.

This door was brought in to the Museum of Islamic Art from the Mosque of al-Sayyidah Zaynab. It is a vivid testimony of Muslim tolerance towards adherents of other faiths, as well as the perfection reached by non-Muslim artisans in incorporating Islamic motifs in their artifacts.

Gihan Nabil ???from the learning center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the tour guide Dina Ezz Aldin provided the explanation to this tour and Media Hub produced it.]]>
4/28/2020 1:10:54 AM
<![CDATA[El Ekhteyar Ep 3: The right of the martyr ]]>
This episode tackled the Egyptian army's immortal principal that they must take every martyr's revenge from those who killed him.

The episode's martyr was army officer Aly (played by Asser Yassin), who partnered with Ahmed el-Mansy (Amir Karara) to avenge their colleagues, who were killed in a terrorist attack and arrest the terrorists hiding in a farm in Sinai.

Aly sacrificed his life and became a martyr in the endless chain of successful military operations performed by our great Egyptian Army.

The conversation that took place between Mansy and the terrorists’ leader revealed the difference between the logic of champions and the traitors:

Terrorists’ leader: If you come a bit closer I will detonate the explosive belt; both of us will die and you will go to hell.

Mansy: Use it then. I am sure I will go to heaven. You always say to your followers whom you deceive that you will go to heaven. Use it and let us see who will be in heaven.

Terrorists’ leader: why die together if we can live together?

Mansy: Come with me; we want you alive and if you killed tens of us, others will come to arrest you.

This is the main principal of the Egyptian soldiers; if some die, others complete the mission and others join anew.

Each episode of "El-Ekhteyar" presents a lesson and a precious principal that show the greatness of the Egyptian army.

"El-Ekhteyar" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode.

The national epic series tells the story of the Egyptian army Legend, Ahmed el-Mansy, that we all love, admire and respect but know nothing about his family, friends, personality or morals.


Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.

"El-ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

As the first episode of "El-ekhteyar" was very strong, the second and the third continued in the same path, tackling more the human side of Mansy.




"El-ekhteyar" series is written by Baher Dewidar, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy. Amir Karara, Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Dina Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim co-star in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin, Amr Gamal, Maged el Masry among others.

Producing this series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.




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4/27/2020 5:43:30 PM
<![CDATA[Hungarian couple recreate scenes from 'Game of Thrones', 'Ghost' during lockdown]]>
The couple’s photos quickly went viral on social media, and now they just can’t stop, coming up every day with new ideas.

“Inspiration struck when we were in the kitchen cooking,” said Norbert Hosszu, 30, as he prepared to put on a wig to act out a scene in which Tyrion Lannister pours himself a glass of red wine at his wedding in the “Game of Thrones”.

His partner, Fanni Kovacs, 26, said she had been making dough for potato scones when she remembered a scene from the film “Ghost” with Demi Moore kneading clay and Patrick Swayze embracing her from behind.

The couple, who used to work as improvisation actors before the coronavirus crisis hit, quickly recreated the scene in their kitchen using the scone dough. Viewers now write to them asking for more, and also ask for scenes from specific movies.

“Fanni and I have always liked to dress up, and when we were at university we went to a lot of costume parties. And of course we both love movies and work with theatre,” Norbert said.]]>
4/27/2020 4:12:20 PM
<![CDATA[Competition programs bring stars together in Ramadan 2020]]>
For the first time, Egypt's famed super star Ahmed el-Sakka presents "Eghleb el-Sakka" program [Beat el-Sakka], in which he competes with numerous stars. Each episode presents sports competitions between Sakka and one of the stars.

For a full hour, the guest competes with Sakka in many ways. At the end of each episode, the winner donates the financial sums that he/she earned to a charitable organization.

In addition, there is a daily competition for the audience, where they have to answer a question to win L.E 100,000. The program is presented by Razan Maghrabi.

Renowned actor and media personality Samir Sabry presents the "Black and White" competitions program on the Egyptian TV, and for the first time, Hana el-Zahed presents "Hazar Fazar".

It is worth mentioning that Sabry was the first to present competition programs in Egypt.





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4/27/2020 4:03:23 PM
<![CDATA['El-Nehaya’ scriptwriter: we present entertainment through science fiction ]]>
The first Egyptian science fiction series' events take place in the future, in the year 2120.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement declaring that the series is completely unacceptable especially that the two countries, Egypt and Israel, signed a peace treaty 41 years ago.

In the first episode of the series, Zain (Youssef el-Sherif) tells his students about “the war to liberate Jerusalem,” which he says occurred less than 100 years after Israel had been founded in 1948, adding that the Israeli Jews returned to their countries of origin in Europe.

Scriptwriter of the series, Amr Samir Atef, commented on the ministry's statement in a phone call with the Egyptian Extra News channel, "We present meaningful entertainment through this science fiction series. That’s why all the possibilities were on the table. All the possibilities were considered but the Israeli reaction, which I do not care about at all, was not."

Atef added that there is mutual understanding between him and lead actor of the series, Youssef el-Sherif, expressing his happiness that they presented the first science fiction experience in Egypt and the Arab world and that it received praise.

Atef praised the role played by series producer Tamer Mursi and said, "Tamer Mursi is a prominent producer and knows how to choose his projects. He supported the series greatly."



Israel always defends freedom of speech and art. Hence, it is strange to condemn the events of a science fiction series and deny the scriptwriter the right to imagine the future world the way he likes.

"El-Nehaya" has nothing to do with the peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel 41 years ago and is not considered a violation to it. It is just a science fiction series that totally depends on the scriptwriter’s imagination, which has nothing to do with politics or Egypt's international treaties.

Egyptian series "El Nehaya" managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode and are trending on Twitter.

Since the first episode of "El-Nehaya", we found ourselves watching a new type of drama not only in the Egyptian drama, but in the Arab drama as well. Being the first Egyptian and Arab science fiction series, the series used the latest techniques.

The leading production company, Synergy, stands behind this massive production that is taking the Egyptian drama to a different level.

Youssef el-Sherif embodied brilliantly the role of engineer Zain, who cares about the energy problem that will hit the world in 2120, the year the series' incidents are taking place.

In 2019, CEO of United for Media Services Tamer Mursi signed a contract with megastar Youssef El-Sherif to produce El-Nehaya. The promo of the much-anticipated series garnered thousands of views and managed to grab worldwide attention, with several international media outlets writing about the series which uses the latest international techniques but manages to preserve its Egyptian spirit and taste.

Co-starring with El-Sherif are Amr Abdel Geliel, Ahmed Wafik, Nahed El-Sebaie, Sahar el Saygeh among others. "El-Nehaya" is written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Yasser Samy.




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4/27/2020 3:51:55 PM
<![CDATA[National, religious evenings in Cairo Opera's Ramadan program]]>
The ministry’s official YouTube channel will broadcast a religious evening for the Cairo Opera Orchestra, led by maestro Sherif Mohy el-Din, with Abdel Halim Nowera Arab Music Ensemble, led by maestro Salah Ghobashi.

The Cairo Opera will present musical compositions prepared by Gamal Salama and performed by Taghrid, Ajfan, Ayat Farouk, Howaida Salah, Soma, Reham Abdel Hakim, Mai Farouk, Mohsen Farouk and Abdullah Al-Ruwaished.

Also, an artistic celebration of the anniversary of the tenth of Ramadan's victories will be presented by Reham Abdel-Hakim, Mai Farouk, Samah Abbas with the children's choir. This is in addition to an evening with the renowned musician Omar Khairat.

Moreover, the sacred trilogy includes one of the most important works of Umm Kulthum, written by Saleh Gawdat, composed by Riyad Al-Sonbati, performed by the musical band led by Maestro Salah Ghobashi, with the participation of singers Amal Maher, Mai Farouk, Reham Abdel Hakim, Ayat Farouk, Walid Kamal, Mohamed Sultan and Omniah Samir.

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4/27/2020 3:16:51 PM
<![CDATA[Hawass presents evidence that Prophet Idriss is not Osiris]]>
Hawass said Gomaa is a “man of religion”, and so when he spoke about archaeology, he did not back his claim up by relevant scientific evidence, but rather used information reported by obsessed archaeology fanatics.

Hawass further explained that Sheikh Ali Gomaa mostly repeated what Sayed Karim claimed in his book "The Mystery of Egyptian Civilization", and that the book is full of fantasies that are far from science. The veteran archeologist also claimed that Gomaa repeated what Mostafa Mahmoud said in his famed program “Science and Faith".

According to the Egyptian archaeologist, this resembles the incident when some fame-seekers claimed the Pyramids of Giza were built by people who came from the lost continent of Atlantis.

“What is his evidence that Prophet Idriss was the first to build the pyramids and that the statue of the Great Sphinx is an embodiment of him?!” Hawass asked.

“First, we have full evidence that King Djoser built the first pyramid we have. Imhotep was the first to switch from using mud-bricks to stones. We have the oldest papyrus found to date, the Wadi al-Jarf papyrus, in which the chief of staff, Murar, talks about building the pyramid of Khufu,” said Hawass.

Hawass stated that the pyramid area was initially called "Ankh Khufu", meaning “Khufu lives”, and that Khufu lived in a palace inside the pyramid. Afterwards, building the pyramids continued until the beginning of the modern state.

Also, the veteran archaeologist stressed that we cannot deny evidence from the royal tombs in Giza, where information about the priests of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure is clearly illustrated. "Is it possible to forget the royal lists that specify the names of Egyptian kings that did not include the name of Prophet Idris, peace be upon him?"

As for the Sphinx, it does not go back to the era of Khufu and Khafre, like Sheikh Ali Gomaa mentioned. “This is a fatal mistake!” explained Hawass.

According to Hawass, scientific evidence indicates that the Sphinx dates back to the era of King Khafre. It was sculptured in a way depicting him in the form of Horus, as he worshiped the deity Ra.

The ancient Egyptians had linked the power of the lion to the power of the king, depicting the king as a lion stepping on and trampling the enemies. This art form has appeared in the era of King Djedefre, the son of King Khufu, showing the king with a human face and a lion's body.

This depiction of the kings continued in the fifth and sixth dynasties until the end of the late era on the Sphinx road that links the Luxor Temple to the Karnak temples.

“I have no idea how Sheikh Ali Gomaa linked the Sphinx to prophet Idriss? What is your evidence, Sheikh Ali?” asked Hawass.

"As for the claim that prophet Idriss was the first to call for monotheism, we should not forget that before there were any heavenly religions, King Akhenaten was the first person to talk about monotheism," clarified the veteran Egyptian archaeologist.

Furthermore, Hawass clarified that Idriss was linked to Osiris because of linguistic similarity between the two names only.

“I am very sorry to say that Dr. Sayed Karim repeated all this without knowledge or evidence, and that Prophet Idriss did not teach mummification, because mummification did not just suddenly appear; the Egyptians kept developing it from the First Dynasty when they dried the bodies, and added some material to the legs. In the Fourth Dynasty, the work of masks was developed, and embalming did not reach its peak until the 18th Dynasty,” said Hawass.

“At the end, I must say that I respect and appreciate Sheikh Gomaa on the personal level, but when he speaks about archaeology without knowledge or evidence, I have to stop him. Stop repeating what non-specialists are saying without evidence,” concluded Hawass.

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4/26/2020 6:52:18 PM
<![CDATA['Ramez Magnoon Rasmy': Ramez Galal escalates every year's dilemma ]]>
Ramez Galal’s new Ramdan prank show named "Ramez Magnoon Rasmy" (Ramez is officially crazy) has the main theme of his previous shows; it depends completely on terrifying his guests, or "his friends" as he says, but what a way to treat your friends!! This year he has taken his problematic behavior to the next level.

In "Ramez Magnoon Rasmy", Galal places his guests on the Chair of Death then suddenly appears to them, unlike his previous prank shows where he used to disguise.
In this chair, Galal moves the guests the way he desires.

He then takes them to the next step which is being electrified. Afterwards, the guests are put in a tank, and face several horrifying animals like snakes. While suffering from all the previous, the guests have to say what Galal wants them to say and obey all his orders if they want to leave.

Ramez's pranks are accused of promoting sadism, violence and cruelty. Some say that all these guests are getting paid, but even this does not justify the humiliation and horror they go through.

Prank shows have always been strongly attached to Ramadan. For many years, the mastermind behind these shows was Galal.

Whether we agree with him or not, Galal succeeded in the last 9 years to draw the attention to his show, since the launched his first prank show in 2011 named Ramez Qalb El Asad which achieved notably high viewership.

The booming success of his first show pushed the prank show producers to recur their cooperation with Galal for 9 consecutive years. This is normal as Galal prank shows represent a lucrative business deal to its producers, and definitely to Galal himself as his contract increases every year.

At the beginning, particularly in his first two prank shows, Ramez Qalb El Asad (Ramez Lion’s Heart) and Ramez Taa’lab Al-Sahara (Ramez Desert Fox), most of the viewers saw them as amusing and hilarious shows. But is it that funny for Galal’s guests, who in fact think they are simply going to die?

Starting from his third prank show Ramez Ankh Amun, Galal’s shows began to be subjected to criticism claiming that Galal relies on scaring his guests to gain more success. Year after year the criticism began to increase as Galal’s reliance on horrifying his famous guests increased.

He turned to be a nightmare for most of the celebrities. When they least expect him, and lost in a terrible feeling that they are about to die, he shows up out of nowhere with a provoking smile on his face, and simply asks for their forgiveness! After all this the episode ends with Galal hugging the guest as if nothing happened.

Most of the enraged viewers feel, after watching Galal, that they just want to punch him in his tummy or terrify him even more than he terrifies his guests. But despite this fact they continue to watch him, because Galal and his team play on the human curious nature that pushes the viewers to watch only to know what will happen to the next victim and start criticizing.

Galal previously tricked his guests into believing that they were being eaten by sharks, their lives were threatened by fire, subjected to plane crash and a fierce lion attacks - Galal turned from a prank show presenter to a ways-to-die presenter.

The continuity of the shows and his success year after year made some wonder if the guests actually knew about the prank in advance. It is obvious that some of them were previously informed that it is just a prank show, this was clear from the reactions of some of them after the appearance of Galal at the end of every episode, but the others didn’t know and this is the real disaster.

American model, singer, and businesswoman Paris Hilton was once one of Galal’s guests in 2015.

She emphasized on her Twitter account that she wasn’t previously informed that it was a prank show. "Scariest moment of my life, I really believed that the plane was going to crash and we are all going to die," her tweet read.

Galal is going too far with his shows, to a place that seems to have no limitations. But at the end of the day, none of the celebrities sued Galal after all he has done. This is most probably because of the large amount of cash each one receives.

Galal and his team view the whole issue in terms of profit, loss and more fame. They did not bother themselves to think about the impact of putting people in near-death experiences on both their mental and their physical health. They didn’t consult a psychiatrist or a physician.

What will be Galal’s reaction if one of his guests dies as a result of heart attack? Go on Galal with your shows-which are horror shows more than comedy shows. In wait to see you fall into a terrifying situation yourself.



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4/26/2020 4:51:07 PM
<![CDATA[Why are Egyptian series ‘El-Nehaya’, ‘El-Ekhteyar' trending on Twitter? ]]>CAIRO – 26 April 2020: Egyptian series "El Nehaya" (The End) and "El-Ekhteyar" ( The Choice) managed to grab the audiences' attention since the first episode and are trending on Twitter.

The hashtag #Sahar el-Saigh is the number one trend, while #Amr Abdel Geliel is trending number 3.

This came after the brilliant performance both actors presented in the first Egyptian science fiction series "El-Nehaya".

In the second episode Aziz (Amr Abdel Geleil) discovered that Sabah (Sahar el-Saigh) is making a clone robot of her lover Zain (Youssef el-Sherif), who married another woman.

She conveyed the grief of loneliness and loss of the only kind man she met and loved sincerely in a dazzling way.

This touching scene reached its peak when Aziz told her that she should love another man and that he married the other woman because it was their destiny to be together. Sabah replied, "I need him more than she does. I am alone in this world; if I don't speak, people will not realise I exist." The performance of Saigh and Abdel Geliel in this scene was unique and natural.

Unlike other actresses, Saigh doesn’t care for the looks; she doesn’t wear make up like most Ramadan actresses, the matter that added more credibility to the scene and every word she spoke.

Abdel Geliel, the incredible talent, provided pure and smooth performance when playing Aziz, who was puzzled and torn between helping her to make the clone robot, which is illegal and may harm the world, and sympathizing with his miserable girl, Sabah.

Since the first episode of "El-Nehaya", we found ourselves watching a new type of drama not only in the Egyptian drama, but in the Arab drama as well. Being the first Egyptian and Arab science fiction series, the series used the latest techniques.

The leading production company, Synergy, stands behind this massive production that is taking the Egyptian drama to a different level.

Youssef el-Sherif embodied brilliantly the role of engineer Zain, who cares about the energy problem that will hit the world in 2120, the year the series' incidents are taking place.


The series predicts the Israeli state’s destruction. In the first episode, engineer Zain spoke with his students about the war to liberate Jerusalem,which took place less that 100 years after Israel’s founding in 1948.

In 2019, CEO of United for Media Services Tamer Mursi signed a contract with megastar Youssef El-Sherif to produce El-Nehaya. The promo of the much-anticipated series garnered thousands of views and managed to grab worldwide attention, with several international media outlets writing about the series which uses the latest international techniques but manages to preserve its Egyptian spirit and taste.

Co-starring with El-Sherif are Amr Abdel Geliel, Ahmed Wafik, Nahed El-Sebaie, Sahar el Saygeh among others. "El-Nehaya" is written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Yasser Samy.

The much-anticipated series witnessed the comeback of Sherif after a two-year hiatus since his last series Kafr Delhab. El Nehaya, produced by Synergy, will screen exclusively on WATCH iT! and ON TV channels.

The hashtag #El Mansy- The Legend comes in the second place among Twitter trends because of the national epic series "El-Ekhteyar", which tells the story of the Egyptian army Legend, Ahmed el-Mansy, that we all love, admire and respect but know nothing about his family, friends, personality or morals.


Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.

"El-ekhteyar" introduces us to the human being deep inside this exceptional hero and why he was a Legend.

As the first episode of "El-ekhteyar" was very strong, the second continued in the same path, tackling more the human side of Mansy.

The second episode housed a notable group of stars as guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Amr Gamal, Salah Abdallah, Maged el Masry and Asser Yassin.


"El-ekhteyar" series is written by Baher Dewidar, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy. Amir Karara, Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Dina Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim co-star in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah , Mohamed Ragab, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Asser Yassin among others.

Producing these two series, Synergy started a new era in the Arab drama production that will compete with the European and American productions.

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4/26/2020 4:32:13 PM
<![CDATA[Meet Merneith, the first Queen in history]]>
Among Ancient Egypt's great female leaders was Queen Merneith, who had overwhelming ambition to rule the country and could stop whoever shared the same ambition with her.

She assumed the tutelage over the throne despite religious traditions that restricted the rule to men at the time.

She is the first woman to rule in Egypt and in human history after her husband's death. She shared the rule of Egypt with her son Den, after inheriting the rule of Egypt once his father, Djet, died.

Merneith ruled Egypt for almost a decade (2939-2929 BC). Her name means “the beloved Neith”. Her father was King Djer.

Merneith stood firmly by her son, until he became one of the most prominent kings of the Old Kingdom. She has two royal tombs, in Abydos and Saqqara.


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4/26/2020 4:07:29 PM
<![CDATA[GEBO presents symposium for legendary Mahmoud el-Khatib on April 27]]>
The symposium will be available on GEBO’s official channel on YouTube at 9 p.m. on April 27.

GEBO’s official YouTube channel will broadcast numerous symposiums for Egyptian icons in numerous fields that took place throughout the past three decades in the various editions of the Cairo International Book Fair.

Ahmed Bahy el-Din, the vice-president of GEBO, said that the visual archive of the seminars of great Egyptian personalities has been successively made available to the initiative's audience.

Bahy el-Din further clarified that the symposiums available within the initiative took place between 1988 and 2018.

Also, downloading special publications of the GEBO is possible through the Ministry of Culture’s official website.

The visual archive package available for broadcasting during the month of Ramadan includes the contributions of Saad el-Din Wahba, Mahmoud Yassin, Abdel Rahman el- Abnoudi, Yousra, Syed Hegab, Makram Mohamed Ahmed, Farouk Gweida, Yehya el Fakhrani, Ahmed Zewail, Naguib Mahfouz and Anis Mansour.


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CAIRO - 23 April 2020: The Egyptian Ministry of Culture offers a number of huge digital cultural and artistic events during the holy month of Ramadan. The events will be available on the ministry's official YouTube channel as well as various other social media platforms, and include a set of recorded activities and competitions aiming to enrich the knowledge of Egyptians of all ages.







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4/26/2020 3:20:47 PM
<![CDATA[Naomi Campbell - from catwalk queen to chat show host]]>
The catwalk queen is chatting live on YouTube every day with some of her famous friends, including Vogue editor Anna Wintour and models Cindy Crawford and Karlie Kloss.

“I want people to be able to see we’re accessible, you know, to know a bit more about us,” Campbell told Reuters.

In normal times, she said, “you get us doing these talk shows for five minutes or seven minutes when we’re promoting something.”

Her chats, all conducted remotely, are 30 minutes long so “you get us relaxed at home. Being able just to sit and just talk.”

Campbell has also allowed fans to join her for daily live workouts with her personal trainer on Instagram, drawing about 50,000 people.

“I just want to share it with everyone, whoever wants to do it with me, which is great,” she said.

When restrictions are lifted Campbell said she’s unsure of what the fashion industry will look like.

“I really do worry what’s going to happen about fashion shows,” she said. “But there will be work again. It just will be in a different way.”

Campbell can currently be seen as a judge on the Amazon fashion design competition “Making the Cut” hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. She said she was attracted to the show because of the “opportunity that these young designers of the next generation will get.”

The catwalk queen is chatting live on YouTube every day with some of her famous friends, including Vogue editor Anna Wintour and models Cindy Crawford and Karlie Kloss.

“I want people to be able to see we’re accessible, you know, to know a bit more about us,” Campbell told Reuters.

In normal times, she said, “you get us doing these talk shows for five minutes or seven minutes when we’re promoting something.”

Her chats, all conducted remotely, are 30 minutes long so “you get us relaxed at home. Being able just to sit and just talk.”

Campbell has also allowed fans to join her for daily live workouts with her personal trainer on Instagram, drawing about 50,000 people.

“I just want to share it with everyone, whoever wants to do it with me, which is great,” she said.

When restrictions are lifted Campbell said she’s unsure of what the fashion industry will look like.

“I really do worry what’s going to happen about fashion shows,” she said. “But there will be work again. It just will be in a different way.”

Campbell can currently be seen as a judge on the Amazon fashion design competition “Making the Cut” hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. She said she was attracted to the show because of the “opportunity that these young designers of the next generation will get.”]]>
4/26/2020 1:42:11 PM
<![CDATA[‘Elekhteyar’ : Remembering our Egyptian army champions who will never die. ]]>
‘’ Elekhteyar’’ was trend on Twitter and all praised Egyptian star Amir Karara brilliant performance to late great martyr and the Egyptian army legend Ahmed el Mansy.

The first scene of the series revealed the immortal quote Mansy said at the time of the last battle in the wireless device to his colleagues’’ Take care of yourself, the martyr should not be washed nor shrouded, I want to be buried with my army costume.’’


Mansy was the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.



This quote reflected the strong belief of the late great Mansy who always wanted to die as a ‘’Shaheed’’ ( Martyr) defending his homeland which he used to love more than his soul.

Egyptian star Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz appeared as a guest of honour embodying the role of one of the martyrs the August 2012 Sinai attack when armed men ambushed an Egyptian military base in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 16 soldiers and stealing two armored cars.

They attacked our heroes during the iftar meal as they were fasting in Ramadan. This emotional scene documented the championship of these great martyrs who will live forever in our hearts.

All Egyptians know that our Egyptian army is our shield, biggest defender and back but ‘’Elekhteyar’’ series from the first episode documented this fact, visualized and immortalized it and introduced to the whole world our unique military champions, showing how great and simple they are.

As life contains the good and the evil, the black and white we have Mansi and Hisham Ashmawi this traitor who forgot his role as an army officer so instead of defending his country he harmed it.

Karara and Egyptian actor Ahmed El Awady who performed Ashmawy role highlighted the difference between the champion and the betrayer.

The first episode of ‘’Elekhteyar’’ showed that we are in front of a national epic by every sense of the word, documenting the immortal championships of our great Egyptian army, giving us glimpses from the lives of our martyrs and introducing us to the family of Mansy.



Mansy was born in 1978 in Sharqia, where his father was the general director of the health unit in the village of Minya El-Qamh village for more than 14 years. He joined the Egyptian battalion in the 1990s, immediately after his graduation from the Military College.


He was assigned as the commander of the battalion in 2016 and was transferred to North Sinai forces three years ago where he took part in several security operations against militants. That year he was awarded by the battalion during the holy month of Ramadan for his excellent performance and his military discipline.

A few months before his death, he sustained a shoulder injury during a security operation in North Sinai and refused to be treated at a hospital, according to his friends on Facebook, after being told he should have taken 15 days rest for complete recovery. He insisted on resuming work at his brigade to defend the homeland.

‘Elekhteyar’ series is written by Baher Dewidar, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy. Dina Fouad, Hanan Youssef, Dina Adel, Ahmed Fouad Selim co-star in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam, Salah Abdallah and Asser Yassin.

The sucessful trio Karara, Mimi and Dewidar continues to dazzle us every year and whenever we say they achieved the maximum level of success, they prove to us that they have still much more to present, things that will always exceed all our expectations.
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4/25/2020 4:51:54 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt's rock inscriptions documentation project uncovers ancient cave in North Sinai]]>
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The head of the Egyptian antiquities sector Ayman el Ashmawy said that the cave is located at the beginning of a tributary of the valley in a mountainous area made of limestone, about 90 km southeast of the El-Qantara el-Sharq?ya city.


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Ashmawy pointed out that the cave is the first of its kind to be unearthed in the area and is larger in than the Zaranig Cave which was documented recently.
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The head of the Egyptian antiquities sector said that the scenes engraved inside the cave is completely different from those in the valleys of South Sinai, where they were implemented in a distinct artistic manner and may rise to the bas-relief, and is being studied to determine its history.

Dr. Hisham Hussein, director of Sinai antiquities and head of the documentation mission, said that most of the unearthed scenes were carved along the walls of the inner cave and depict a number of animals, including unique views of camels, deer, mule, mountain goats and many scenes of donkeys.

About 200 meters southwest of the cave the mission also found the remains of circular buildings made of stone, which is likely to be the remains of a settlement used in the past.

Director General of Arish Antiquities Yehia Hassanien said that the depth of the Cave reaches 15 meters, and about 20 meters high, the ceiling of the cave is made from weak limestone, and is filled with large quantities of animal waste and fire ash, which indicates continuous use of the cave during the successive ages, perhaps as a shelter for locals to protect them from rain, storms and hail in the winter.






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4/25/2020 3:26:58 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift calls release of old songs 'shameless greed']]>
“I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an ‘album’ of live performances of mine tonight. ... This release is not approved by me,” Swift told her 131 million Instagram followers.

The album, “Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008,” is a collection of recordings Swift made for a radio show when she was 18, the “Fearless” singer said.

She called the release by the Big Machine Label Group “another case of shameless greed in the time of Coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent.”




Big Machine declined to comment on Thursday.

Swift recorded her first six albums with Big Machine before leaving in 2018 for Universal Music Group. Big Machine owns the master recordings of her back catalog and under standard industry practice retains the right to release material that was recorded when she was with the label.

Swift has publicly feuded for more than a year with Big Machine and its senior executives over the use of her old songs. The dispute escalated last November when music executive Scooter Braun said his family had received death threats because of Swift’s remarks, and appealed for peace.
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4/25/2020 2:25:52 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt announces the discovery of coffin containing a mummy dating back to the 17th dynasty in Luxor]]>

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The newly discovered coffin measures 1.75 by 0.33m, and was carved in wood cut from a sycamore tree trunk, covered with a whitewash and painted in red. The coffin was placed on the ground horizontally.


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The mummy which was found in a bad conservation condition is of a 15- or 16-year-old girl resting on her right side inside the coffin.

The girl mummy is wearing two spiral shaped earrings in one of her ears. The two earrings are covered with a thin metal leaf.


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The newly uncovered mummy is wearing two rings, one made of bone and the other with a blue glass bead set on a metal base and tied with string.

Around the mummy chest there are four necklaces tied together with a faience clip. The first necklace is 70cm long, made from rounded faience beads and alternating dark and light blue.

While the second one is 62cm long, and made of green faience and glass beads.

The third necklace measures 61cm and is made of 74 pieces, combining beads of amethyst, carnelian, amber, blue glass and quartz. The most beautiful necklace has two scarabs, one depicting the falcon god Horus, and five faience amulets.



The fourth necklace is made of several strings of faience beads tied together at both ends by a ring combining all the strings.



The mission unearthed as well a mud-brick offering chapel and a pile of mixed materials from funerary equipment.

The director of the mission announced that these discoveries were found during excavation performed at the area located in front of the open courtyard of Djehuty’s tomb (TT 11).



A small coffin made of mud was also found at the opposite side of the mud-brick chapel. It is still closed and tied together with string.

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Inside the coffin there was a wooden ushabti wrapped in four linen bandages. The ushabti figurine and one of the linen bandages have hieratic text on them revealing the identity of their owner ‘’the Osiris, Djehuty’’ who lived in the 17th dynasty (c.1600 BCE).

A pair of leather sandals were found together with a pair of leather balls tied together with string, in the same area, but inside a funerary shaft.

The newly uncovered sandals which are dating back to the 17th dynasty are dyed in a red colour, and engraved with different motifs depicting god Bes, goddess Taweret, a pair of cats, an ibex and a rosette. The 3,600 years old sandals were found in a good state of preservation.

The sandals decoration and size shows that it is probably belonged to a woman, and also the balls, were used by a woman for sport or as part of a dancing choreography, according to daily life depictions in Beni Hassan tombs of the 12th dynasty.





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4/24/2020 3:11:03 PM
<![CDATA[Let the Moslasalat Marathon Begin!]]>



1- W Neheb Tany Leih (Why Fall in Love Again?)


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Superstar Yasmine Abdel Aziz takes the lead in this new series which revolves around a beautiful engineer named Ghalia Abdel Rahman and the dilemmas she faces in her love relationships, as she debates whether to fall in love again or not. Directed by Mostafa Fekry and written by Amr Mahmoud Yassin, W Neheb Tany Leih? tackles marriage and family problems through a number of comedic events. Sherif Moneer, Karim Fahmy, Sawsan Badr, Tara Emad, Emad Rashad, Caroline Azmy and Ola Roshdy co-star in the Synergy production.

2- Forsa Tania (Another Chance)

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Forsa Tania tells the story of Malak, a young engineer who experiences many failures in her relationships because she always puts her work first. Later, Malak finds herself a prey to greedy predators. The series is directed by Morqus Adel, written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem and produced by Synergy. Yasmine Sabri, Ahmed Magdy, Edward, Ayten Amer, Diab, Heba Abdelghani, Amr El-Shennawy, Sarah el-Shamy, Mahmoud el-Bizawy, Ahmed El-Shamy, Mohamed Gomaa, Nihal Anbar, and Ahmed El-Naggar co-star in the series.

3- Regalet El-Beit (Men of the House)

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Regalet El-Bait is one of the most anticipated Ramadan series thanks to the great chemistry between the duo Ahmed Fahmy and Akram Hosny, which always leads to great success whether in movies or series.

Ram During the past few years, the duo managed to present several successful works together, starting with the film Kalb Baladi, Hosni’s first acting performance. They also cooperated in the successful series Rayah el-Madame in 2017. Hosni then appeared as a guest of honor in the movie El-Kowayeseen starring Fahmy in addition to the series El-Wad Sayed El-Shahat. Fahmy also appeared as a guest of honor in Hosni’s series El-Waseya (The Legacy).

This comedy revolves around two men, Timon and Bomba, who have responsibilities and live with their grandfather and the rest of the family in the same house. However, through comical situations, the pair proves that they cannot handle any responsibilities.

Wizo, Bayoumi Fouad, Arefah Abdel-Rasoul and Lotfy Labib co-star in the series, and guests of honor include Ayten Amer. Regalet El-Bait is written by Ayman Wattar, directed by Ahmed el Gendy and produced by Synergy.

4- El Nehaya (The End)

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In 2019, CEO of United for Media Services Tamer Mursi signed a contract with megastar Youssef El-Sherif to produce El-Nehaya, Egypt’s first science fiction series. The promo of the much-anticipated series garnered thousands of views and managed to grab worldwide attention, with several international media outlets writing about the series which uses the latest international techniques but manages to preserve its Egyptian spirit and taste.

The events of El Nehaya take place in the future. In the year 2120, an engineer tries to deal with the technology and prevent it from threatening the world, but everything changes when he meets a clone robot. Co-starring with El-Sherif are Amr Abdel Geliel, Ahmed Wafik, Nahed El-Sebaie, Sahar el Saygeh among others. The series is written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Yasser Samy.

The much-anticipated series will witness the comeback of Sherif after a two-year hiatus since his last series Kafr Delhab. El Nehaya, produced by Synergy, will screen exclusively on WATCH iT! and ON TV channels.

5- Layalina 80 (Our Days)

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The series takes place between the 1950s and 1980s, highlighting the changes in the lives of different Egyptian families. Layalina stars Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Khaled El-Sawy, and Sabrine. The series is written by Ahmed Abdel Fattah, directed by Ahmed Saleh and produced by Synergy. Catch it on CBC channel.

6- El-Brince

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The promo of the series shows disputes and quarrels between Radwan El-Brince (Mohamed Ramadan) and his brothers and sisters, which adds a touch of suspense to the series' incidents. El-Brince co-stars Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Salwa Osman, Naglaa Badr, Rogeina, Mohamed Alaa, Safaa El-Toukhy among others. The series is written and directed by Mohamed Sami and produced by Synergy and will be showing on DMC channel.

7- Game’e Salem


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A murder takes place during the series’ events, and puts the heroine in danger. Documents appear after a while which reveal that she was given up by her parents as a baby. Game’e Salem is written by Mohammed Nair and directed by Iman El-Haddad. The series stars Zeina, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Mohammed Shaheen, Salwa Khattab, Reem El-Baroudi, Malak Qura, Mido Adel, Mohamed Alaa, Sameh El-Serieti, Mohammed Desouki, Ayman Azab, Ahmed Sultan and Hanan Suleiman.

8- Valantino


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To celebrate Adel Emam's birthday in 2019, CEO of United for Media Services Tamer Mursi signed the contract with Egyptian megastar Adel Emam to produce the series Valantino. The series will screen exclusively on WATCH iT!, in addition to DMC channel and is produced by the leading production company Synergy.

The legendary Emam, Egypt’s biggest actor with over four decades of box office hits, series and plays under his belt, plays role of an international school owner named Nour Abdel Mageed, Valantino, whose gloomy wife drives him to fall in love with another woman. Written by Ayman Bahgat Qamar and directed by Ramy Emam, the series stars Dalal Abdel Aziz, Dalia El-Beheiry, Hamdy El-Merghany, Amr Wahba, Huda El-Mufti, Samir Sabry among others.

9- El-Ekhteyar (The Choice)

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Starring Amir Karara, El-Ekhteyar tackles the story of late Egyptian Colonel Ahmed El-Mansy, the commander of the Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants as the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai in 2017.

Mansy was born in 1978 in Sharqia, where his father was the general director of the health unit in the village of Minya El-Qamh village for more than 14 years. He joined the Egyptian battalion in the 1990s, immediately after his graduation from the Military College.

He was assigned as the commander of the battalion in 2016 and was transferred to North Sinai forces three years ago where he took part in several security operations against militants. That year he was awarded by the battalion during the holy month of Ramadan for his excellent performance and his military discipline.

A few months before his death, he sustained a shoulder injury during a security operation in North Sinai and refused to be treated at a hospital, according to his friends on Facebook, after being told he should have taken 15 days rest for complete recovery. He insisted on resuming work at his brigade to defend the homeland.

The much-anticipated series is written by Baher Dewidar, directed by Peter Mimi and produced by Synergy. Dina Fouad, Ahmed Elawady, Dina Adel co-star in addition to notable guests of honor such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam and Asser Yassin.

10- Al-Fetewa (The Strong Man)


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The series is set during the era of the fetewas (strongmen) in Egypt, in the world of ghettos and shabby neighborhoods which were controlled by a group of thugs who bore the responsibility of the people. Yasser Galal stars alongside Ahmed Salah Hosni, Naglaa Badr, Mai Omar, Riyad El-Kholy, Ahmed Khalil, Hanady Mahanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Laila Ahmed Zaher, Maha Nassar, Ahmed Gamal Said, Aida Reyad, and Magdy Fekry, among others. Written by Hani Sarhan, directed by Hussein al-Manbawi and produced by Synergy, the series is the second successive cooperation between Yasser Galal, Hany Sarhan, Hussein al-Manbawi and the leading production company Synergy.

11- Omar W Diab


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The comic series revolves around two unemployed youths who signed trust receipts and are looking for a job to pay off debts. Starring the two popular comedians Ali Rabie and Mostafa Khater along with Mohamed Mahmoud, Mohsen Mansour, Nihal Anbar, Wizzo and Ahmed Fathy among others, the series is written by Farouk Hashem and Mostafa Omar, directed by Moatez El-Tony and produced by Synergy.

12- Kheyanat Ahd (Ahd’s Betrayal)


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Ahd is a woman who owns a clothing factory and is always busy solving her sisters and brothers problems, neglecting her son, who resorts to drugs as a result and becomes addicted. The events of the series develop between Ahed and her family within a social framework. Megastar Yousra leads the cast which also includes Hala Shiha, Khaled Anwar, Abeer Sabry and Hanady Mehana. Kheyanat Ahd is written by Amin Gamal and Ahmed Adel, directed by Sameh Abel Aziz and produced by Synergy and Al Adl Group.

13- Leibet El-Nessyan (The Forgetting Game)

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Leibet El-Nessyan tackles the story of a young woman whose life is turned upside down after she loses her memory. Featuring conflicts, flashbacks and suspense, the series stars Dina El Sherbiny, Ingy Al-Moqaddem, Aly Kassem and Mahmoud Qabeil, among others. The series is written by Tamer Habib and the soundtrack is composed by megastar Amr Diab.





14- Lama Kona Sogayreen ( When we were young)

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The events of the series revolve a suspense mood in which a group of friends experience many disasters in their lives due to a crime they have committed in the past. ‘Lama Kona Sogayreen’ series houses a notable group of Egyptian stars such as Mahmoud Hemeida, Khaled el Nabawy, Riham Haggag, Nesrine Amin, Karim Kassem, Mahmoud Hegazy among others. The series is written by Ayman Salama and directed by Mohamed Ali and Mohamed Salama.

15- Be Meet Wesh (with 100 faces)


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For the 1st time on drama the two superstars Nelly Karim and Asser Yassin cooperated together in the much anticipated series ‘’ Be Meet Wesh’’.
The events take place in a comic light context, in which the two Karim and Yassin experience many comic paradoxes. Karim embodies the role of a girl working in a coiffeur, she performs in a number of con operations to be able to earn money to purchase her own hairdresser shop.

Beside Karim and Yassin , the series stars Ola Roushdy, Bayoumi Fouad, Loai Omran among others. Be Meet Wesh is written by Amr El Daly and Ahmed Wael and directed by Kamla Abou Zekri.

16- “Sukkar Zeyada” ( Extra Sugar)


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For the 1st time the old times competitors Egyptian veterans Nadia el Gendy and Nabila Ebeid cooperate together in the upcoming series Sukkar Zeyada.

The series tackles the story of two ladies, who purchase the same villa from a scammer, to discover that they have been scammed once they attempt to move to the villa.

The ladies decide to live together in the same villa the matter that sparks comical feuds.


The series “Sukkar Zeyada” is taken from an American format, and is set in a comedy framework. The series stars veteran Samiha Ayoub, Hala Fakher and many guests of honor, including Ahmed el-Sakka, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wahbe, Ahmed Fahmy, Rogina, Joumana Mourad, Lekaa' el-Khamisy, Bayoumi Fouad, Hamdi el-Marghani, Mustafa Abu Saree, Mayan el-Sayed, Badria Tolba, Hanady Mehana, Khaled Anwar and Soliman Eid. The series is written by Amin Gamal and Ibrahim Mohsen and directed by Wael Ehsan.

The theme song of "Sukkar Zeyada" performed by Nancy Ajram and entitled “El-Omr”, exceeded 1M views on YouTube in less than 24 hours. The song is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Walid Saad.












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4/24/2020 12:33:56 PM
<![CDATA[ Egypt's Min. of Tourism&Antiquities launched a new virtual tour for the Funerary Complex of King Unas]]>
The tour was posted on the ministry’s official website and social media platforms.

??King Unas (c.?2375–2345? BC) is the last king of the Fifth Dynasty.

It contains all the components of the royal funerary complex of the Old Kingdom. It includes the valley temple, mortuary temple, the causeway connecting them, and the pyramid itself.

The entrance to the pyramid is located on its north side. A descending corridor leads to a hall, then to a horizontal gallery ending in an antechamber with three small magazines on its left.

On the right is the burial chamber, which contains the oldest known Pyramid Texts. These are religious inscriptions that helped the deceased king in his resurrection and guide him to reach the sun god Ra in the sky.

??The mortuary temple, dedicated to the performance of religious rituals for the king after his death, is located on the east side of the pyramid. It contains a court with columns, the sanctuary, the altar, and a number of magazines.

??From 1899 to 1903, excavations took place in the area surrounding the pyramid, which led to the discovery of numerous shaft tombs from the Twentysixth (664–525 BC) and Twentyseventh Dynasties (525–404 BC), as well as the tomb of King Hetepsekhemwy, the founder of the Second Dynasty (c.2890 BC), which lies directly beneath the mortuary temple.

This tomb consists of a 50 meter long corridor sculpted in the rock that has 80 storage rooms on its left and right.



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4/23/2020 9:32:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian National Library & Archives organizes Ramadan competition for children]]>
The Children's Literature Documentation and Research Center holds a religious-cultural competition for the third consecutive year for children from 9 to 12 years of age titled “A Question Everyday” running from Ramadan 1-27.

On the aforementioned days, a question is posted on the Children's Literature Documentation and Research Center's official Facebook account. The children can answer the question by clicking on the URL located below the question via Google Drive. The first to answer a question correctly is the winner of the day.

The winners will be announced on Ramadan 29. The prizes include children’s toys and book collections. Children living outside Cairo will be sent the prize through the mail.

It is worth noting that the Egyptian National Library and Archives also prepared a collection of historical documents on the procedures that were followed in Egypt during the month of Ramadan and documents on the vision of the crescent, along with another file entitled “Ramadan Periodicals” that includes a number of press releases that on various topics on the holy month.

The minister of culture stressed the importance of completing the digital transformation of all sectors, to continue to spread the enlightening message of the Egyptian culture, despite the emergency conditions the country is currently undergoing.

Abdel Dayem added that to celebrate the month of Ramadan, a digital agenda was prepared to be broadcast on the official channel of the Ministry of Culture on YouTube and its other official accounts on the various social media platforms.

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Egypt's Ministry of Culture's Ramadan agenda of activities

CAIRO - 22 April 2020: Egypt's Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the Ramadan agenda, which comes under the umbrella of the e-initiative "Stay At Home, Culture is Between Your Hands".






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4/23/2020 6:27:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture prepares huge cultural, artistic digital content during Ramadan]]>CAIRO - 23 April 2020: The Egyptian Ministry of Culture offers a number of huge digital cultural and artistic events during the holy month of Ramadan.

The events will be available on the ministry’s official YouTube channel as well as various other social media platforms, and include a set of recorded activities and competitions aiming to enrich the knowledge of Egyptians of all ages. This is in addition to specialized content for children.

The General Egyptian Book Organization is preparing to display the most prominent symposiums of the Cairo International Book Fair throughout its editions.

During Ramadan, symposiums for several icons of Egypt in numerous fields will be presented. These icons include Naguib Mahfouz, Anis Mansour, Ahmed Zewail, Yahya el-Fakhrani, Farouk Gowaida, Makram Mohamed, Syed Higab, Mahmoud al-Khatib, Yousra, Zaki Naguib Mahmoud, Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi, Mahmoud Yassin, Saad al-Din Wahba and Mohammed Hassanein Heikal.

It is worth noting that the culture portal is the first platform of its kind that contains rare cultural treasures that raise the cultural level for intellectuals and individuals closely related to cultural authorities in the various governorates of Egypt.

The slogan of the portal and its aim is to “reach 100 million Egyptian intellectuals”, spread Egyptian culture and boost its position among the countries of the world in general and African countries in particular.

The portal also works to facilitate the services provided by the ministry through its offices in various governorates by allowing citizens to apply for these services electronically and obtain the necessary licenses/permits.

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4/23/2020 4:50:49 PM
<![CDATA[Vid: National Organization for Civil Coordination presents documentary on history of Attaba Market]]>

Cairo Historical 19th Century Market Halls: Attaba market

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The National Organization for Civil Coordination, headed by Mohammed Abu Saada, had launched “My Heritage 5” competition for photography and plastic arts, which closed its doors for application at the end of April.

This competition aims to shed light on Cairo's architectural gems that reflect the depth and diversity of its cultural heritage.

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4/23/2020 4:47:07 PM
<![CDATA[Sterilization works carried out in Alexandria, North Coast Archeological Zones]]>
Bab Rashid in Alexandria’s downtown and the eastern tower in Alexandria Stadium were sterilized as part of the precautionary measures taken to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sterilizing works in Bab Rashid Archeological Zone - ET

The Authority of the Alexandria Archeological Zone and the North Coast previously sterilized a number of archaeological sites in April, including the Citadel of Qaitbay, Com Naaddourh, the Jewish Temple, the Control Center in the Abu Mina archaeological area, as well as the northern bath and the double bath, El-Madfan Monastery, Tomb of Saint Mina, Baptism Monastery, the guest houses and the residential village, in addition to numerous archaeological sites in Abu-Mina archaeological zone.

The Alexandria and North Coast Archaeological Zone Authority periodically monitors the status of the archaeological areas and the application of precautionary measures for workers in those areas.

Also, periodic work is done to sterilize archaeological areas, where the archeological area of Com Naaddourh was cleansed and sterilized for the second time to ensure the safety of workers in the area. Also, periodic follow up on the project to reduce the groundwater in the area and purify all wells to prepare them for operation is carried out.

On the other hand, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina has been continuously sterilizing and disinfecting its museum, while minimizing the number of the employees. Sterilization procedures will be followed in the museum until the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end.



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4/23/2020 4:03:14 PM
<![CDATA[Spray it, don't say it: Kenya graffiti artists spread health message]]>
There are six other pieces of graffiti like it around Mathare, the Kenyan capital’s second-largest slum. One urges people to wash their hands, another to use mobile money rather than germ-ridden cash.

All are public health messages to avoid the new coronavirus. As of Wednesday, Kenya had 303 confirmed cases of the disease and 14 deaths.

In a densely crowded settlement where social distancing and working from home are a pipe dream for most, the campaign is designed to teach people tangible ways in which they can protect themselves and their community from the coronavirus.

Unlike the stuffy government news conferences on television, the campaign uses the voices of the people who live there.

The graffiti campaign is the brainchild of Antony Mwelu, a 24-year-old content creator with Light Art Club and graffiti artist Brian Musasia Wanyande.

Mwelu, who was born and raised in Mathare, realised he needed to do something after visiting the neighbourhood several weeks ago.

“I was sitting with the boys and I asked them ‘Do you believe in corona?’. Most of them were like ‘No we don’t believe it’.”

Wanyande had a similar experience.

“There’s a lot of misinformation going around,” Wanyande said. “And some of the real information has been given out in difficult English words.”

So, Wanyande said, he saw a need not only for catchy images but also accessible language to get the message across. Some of the graffiti is in Sheng, a local slang.

Mathare residents – who might number as many as half a million, according to the Mathare Foundation – have taken to the new images.

As Wanyande painted the pieces urging people to use mobile money – which included a larger-than-life image of a grinning man leaning against his motorbike taxi and a woman in front of her street-side banana stall – a crowd gathered.

Dozens of residents ogled the art, with some squinting into their smartphones to take pictures.

The team includes and employs residents, too. Wanyande – who is well-known in Nairobi graffiti circles – has worked with up-and-coming Mathare artists on several pieces.

Other people have been hired to help in other ways, including with security, Mwelu said. The cash they can earn is badly needed as other casual labour dries up.

For now, the project is self-funded. Mwelu’s team is using money made on corporate campaigns.

“For the purpose and the people, rather than the profit,” he said.

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4/23/2020 2:43:06 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture’s Ramadan agenda of activities]]>
Abdel Dayem stressed the importance of completing the digital transformation of all sectors, which contributes effectively to the delivery of the enlightening message of the Egyptian culture, despite the critical situation the country is currently undergoing amid the COVID-19 outbreak

Egyptian Minister of Culture Abdel Dayem added that to celebrate the month of Ramadan, a digital agenda has been prepared, the content of which will be broadcast on the official YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture, and its various official social media platforms.

Ramadan agenda includes a set of registered activities and competitions that aim to enrich the general knowledge of Egyptians of different ages, as well as activities specialized for children.

She added that many presentations aiming at preserving the Egyptian identity, developing awareness and highlighting the role of creativity in building human beings were carefully selected, in addition to numerous spiritual evenings that befit the religious atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan.

It is noteworthy that the digital agenda also presents the following activities of the various sectors of the Ministry of Culture:

Supreme Council of Culture

The Supreme Council of Culture has prepared a series of intellectual meetings within the program “Read with Us” that hosts a selection of creators from Egypt and the Arab countries, including Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Palestine and Saudi Arabia.

Egyptian National Library and Archives

The Egyptian National Library and Archives prepared a collection of historical documents on the procedures that were followed in Egypt during the month of Ramadan, in addition to another file called Ramadan Periodicals, which includes a number of press releases on various topics about the Holy Month.

Also, the Egyptian National Library and Archives prepared a religious, and cultural competition for children aged from 9-12 years old, entitled "A Question Everyday", prepared by the Children's Literature Research Center.

The competition will be held from Ramadan 1-27, where a question will be published daily on the official Facebook account of the center.

General Egyptian Book Organization

The General Egyptian Book Organization, headed by Haitham al-Hag, provided readings of a selection of important books, and a group of rare seminars on art, thought, and literature pioneers during the activities of the Cairo International Book Fair through its editions on the official website of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Egyptian Opera House

The Egyptian Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber, presents a number of spiritual evenings accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra and the Arab Music Ensemble, with the participation of a selection of opera stars.

Cultural Production Sector and Cultural Development Fund

The Cultural Production Sector and the Cultural Development Fund will launch a competition entitled “Fawazir Cinema Masr” (Riddles of Egypt Cinema), where scenes from the most famous movies will be performed by youth of the second batch of the Talent Studio at the Creative Center.

The contestant must know the name of the movie, director, author and the participating heroes, and send the answer to the ministry's e-mail: e.m.culture@gmail.com.

The Ministry of Culture will present to the winners ten prizes worth LE 50,000, in addition to other prizes consisting of book collections.

The National Center for Theater, Music and Folklore

The National Center for Theater, Music and Folklore offers a series of episodes entitled “Helwa Beladi” which addresses the journey of a group of folk art pioneers.

The Egyptian Film Center

The Egyptian Film Center provides rare documentaries about many of Egypt's icons and the historical events that formed the modern history of the country, especially the glorious October war.

The National Center for Child Culture

The National Center for Child Culture broadcasts daily on its official YouTube channel a variety of activities that aim to develop the cognitive capabilities of children. Also, various programs that target raising the children's awareness of important topics will be broadcast, in addition to “Al-Mesaharati”, “Lulu” and “Mora” riddles, which aim to enrich the knowledge of new generations.










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4/22/2020 8:38:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities to launch a new virtual tour for Djoser Pyramid on Apr.22]]>
The tour will be posted on the ministry’s official website and social media platforms.
Third Dynasty Step Pyramid complex of King Djoser (c.2667–2648 BC), is Egypt’s oldest pyramid. It is also considered the first largescale stone construction in history, and an important phase in the evolution of the royal tomb towards a true pyramid shape.

The complex is surrounded by a 1,645meter long external stone wall ten meters high. It includes ten architectural elements: the entry courtyard, the entrance colonnade composed of forty columns in two rows, the South Court, the 60meter high Step Pyramid, the South Tomb, the Sed Festival court and its chapels, the Pavilion of the South and the Pavilion of the North, and the Northern Temple.

The South Court and the Sed Festival court, with its chapels, acted as the setting in which the king could celebrate this important royal ceremony that aimed at rejuvenating the king and regenerating his power.

The Step Pyramid was not built all at once, but in stages. A square mastaba around 8.5 meters in height was first built, which was later enlarged.

Another 9 meters were added on the east side so as to link the building to eleven shafts belonging to Djoser’s family.

Four mastabas built on top of one another were built on the expanded mastaba, thus giving the structure its height of 60 meters as well as its pyramidal form. The base of the pyramid is around 121 x 109 meters.

The burial chamber lies at the bottom of a shaft in the center of the pyramid at a depth of 28 meters.

Construction of the pyramid was overseen by the brilliant architect Imhotep, who held titles such as “advisor to the King of Lower Egypt”, the “first after the King of Upper Egypt”, “the administrator of the Great Palace”, and the “greatest of seers of Heliopolis” (the title held by the highpriest of the sun god Ra).

Imhotep was deified in ancient Egypt, and was a patron of scribes. The Greeks identified him with Asclepius, the god of medicine.

The complex was initially excavated from 1924 to 1935. The French architect JeanPhilippe Lauer—working for Egyptian authorities— dedicated most of his life to the systematic protection and conservation of the Step Pyramid complex for around 70 years starting 1926.

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4/22/2020 5:06:11 PM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about latest discoveries in Saqqara]]>
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani uploaded a set of photos of him with excavation workers in Saqqara on his official account on Instagram.

The new discovery is a burial well leading to a room containing a large collection of statues, pottery, and Ushabtis, in addition to a sarcophagus. This well is located next to the Wahty Tomb, which was discovered in November 2019 in the sacred cemetery of animals.

The statement of the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities confirmed that work began in this promising region in April 2018, indicating that work is still underway.

The discovery is located at the site of the necropolis of sacred animals and birds in Saqqara, in which, during the past 2 years, many archaeological discoveries were made by the personnel of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The most important of the discoveries announced in that region was the discovery of the impressive colorful tomb of Wahty and the cache of animals and holy birds, where a large number of mummified animals were found, some being very rare.

Inside the burial well, a burial chamber was found housing five closed stone coffins, in addition to four niches in the walls of the room with wooden coffins and human burials dating back to the Late Pharaonic Era. In one of the niches, a huge wooden coffin in a human form containing inscriptions in yellow ink was found.

Around the sarcophagus, many artifacts have been found, including 365 Ushabti statues made of faience, some of which featured hieroglyphs, in addition to a small obelisk of wood about 40 cm in height.

All the small artifacts have been removed from the well for restoration and storage in the ministry's warehouses.

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CAIRO - 16 April 2020: Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani confirmed that he will announce a new archeological discovery next Saturday, April 18, for the first time via the internet. Anani uploaded a set of pictures with excavation workers in the Saqqara archaeological area on his Instagram account.








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4/22/2020 4:22:14 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Council of Culture presents online lecture 'COVID-19 from a positive perspective']]>
A lecture, titled “COVID-19 from a positive perspective” will be presented by Fadia Elwan, a member of the Education and Psychology Committee at the Supreme Council of Culture on April 22, at 4 p.m. The lecture will be translated to sign language for people with hearing impairments.

It is noteworthy that the initiative aims to provide brief lectures on the current COVID-19 situation and its repercussions. These lectures are set to be presented by specialized professors from the committees of the Supreme Council of Culture on Sundays and Wednesdays.

The lectures also deal with various fields and address many aspects of the daily life in Egypt, discussing many educational, psychological, social, scientific and cultural topics.

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4/22/2020 3:57:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities complete 2nd, 3rd sterilization stages of museums, archaeological sites]]>
Special teams were formed to carry out cleaning and disinfection works every 48 hours. This comes within the framework of the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to thoroughly apply the precautionary measures to combat the novel coronavirus, and follow-up to complete disinfection of the various museums, archaeological sites and administrative buildings of the ministry.

Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the ministry Ayman Ashmawi stated that the third phase of disinfection has been completed for Dahshur and Al-Lasht archeological area. This is in addition to Saqqara Necropolis, which included cemeteries, pyramids and a lounge for VIP visitors, as well as the Dandara Temple and the Temple of Meritamen in Akhmim and its administrative building, for the second time.

General Coordinator of Al-Moez Street Sherif Fawzi referred that the headquarters of the General Administration of Historic Cairo in the Citadel was sterilized, in addition to the ministry's Research Center, Al-Moez and Gamaliya Streets.

Head of the Museums Sector Moamen Othman indicated that the sterilization and disinfection works have been completed at the Matrouh Museum and the Rommel Cave in Matrouh.

Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities confirmed that it has completed sterilization and disinfection of all hotel establishments in all Egyptian tourist destinations.

Assistant Minister for Quality Control of Tourism and Hotel Establishments Abdel Fattah el-Assi clarified that all restaurants that provide delivery services are sterilized periodically.

As for closed restaurants, Assi stated that the ministry has coordinated with the Chamber of Tourist Establishments to take all necessary measures to sterilize these facilities, stressing that it will not be allowed to run again until it is completely disinfected work.

It is worth noting that disinfection is carried out in accordance with the international standards and under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population.


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4/22/2020 3:39:04 PM
<![CDATA[Dance at home: Georgian national ballet moves lessons online]]>
Around 5,000 kids and teenagers, who used to attend dance lessons at least three times a week, were left without regular rehearsals for folk dancing, a key part of Georgian culture and great source of national pride.

“We’ve moved to online lessons, which are available to our students as well as for anyone around the world who likes and wants to dance Georgian folk dances,” said Nino Sukhishvili, the group’s art director and granddaughter of its founders.

The husband and wife team of Iliko Sukhishvili and Nino Ramishvili started the ensemble more than 70 years ago and turned it into famous troupe, which has travelled the globe and performed on the world’s greatest stages.

Lively music combined with shows of strength, rapid spins and jumps for male dancers alongside the gliding and elegant movements of female performers in vibrantly coloured costumes make Georgian dance a dazzling spectacle.

The current troupe led by Nino Sukhishvili and her brother Iliko Sukhishvili Jr. was forced to interrupt its tour in eastern Europe in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“This is a challenge for us teachers,” said Nutsi Bezhashvili, a soloist with the Sukhishvili ensemble.

“But I believe that everything is better than being at home in isolation without movement ... we will continue to teach lessons to children online and I’m sure that children will take our lessons very well.”

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4/22/2020 2:46:34 PM
<![CDATA[April 22 marks Gregorian birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed]]>
The birth of Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, represents a major event in the history of all humanity, not only in the history of Muslims. His existence has changed the world at the level of religion, culture and geography and still impacts the world today.

According to the lunar calendar, the prophet was born in the Elephant Year, when Abraha al-Habashi tried to destroy the Holy Kaaba, in the notorious incident the Holy Quran refers to in Surat Al-Fil.

The Holy Prophet of Islam was born an orphan without a father. He was raised by his grandfather Abdul Muttalib, and then by his uncle Abu Talib. The noble messenger was distinguished by his high morals from a young age that continued in his early youth and after God chose him to deliver his message when he was 40 years old.

Annually, Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, according to the Hijri calendar. Usually, Muslims do not celebrate the prophet's Gregorian birth anniversary.


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4/22/2020 2:36:04 PM
<![CDATA[Meet the ancient 'can-opener']]>
A recently published study explains for the first time the function of these enigmatic stone balls made by humans millions of years ago.

The new study found that ancient people used them as a tool to obtain the marrow from inside animal bones. These ancient stone balls are thought to have been used as can-openers, according to what was reported by Live Science.

In addition, archaeologists have said that they have found these mysterious artifacts in some of the world's oldest archaeological sites in Africa, Europe, and Asia, but no one in modern times knew how these ancient round stones were used or what they were used for.

Archaeologists eventually learned of the function of the stones when they found 30 stone balls in the Qesem Cave in Israel, where humans lived in that region 400,000-200,000 years ago.

Moreover, archaeologists explained that among the 30 balls, 29 were made of limestone or dolomite, unlike the hundreds of thousands of stone tools found in the cave that were made of granite.

Archaeologists clarified that by examining the stones they discovered signs of erosion and organic remains indicating that the stones were used by cave dwellers to break animal bones and extract the food marrow.

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The stones were used by cave dwellers to break animal bones and extract the food marrow - ET
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4/21/2020 5:16:43 PM
<![CDATA[Misr el-Mahrousa launches 'Spring at Home' e-initiative]]>
The e-initiative witnessed high interaction from numerous artists, intellectuals, and researchers, who have supported the initiative on their official pages on social media.

Under the editorial leadership of Howaida Saleh, the magazine attaches great significance to its role in raising the citizens' awareness of the importance of staying at home for the sake of their well-being, and as a form of support to the state’s measures in this regard.

Egyptian plastic artist Angy Abdel Moneim, the magazine's editorial secretary, said that the magazine's initiative emphasizes the important role of the magazine in culture and artistic enlightening, which positively impacts a large segment of the society.

She added that she made several sketches for the design of the e-initiative, until she reached the final design, which was characterized by bright, joyous colors, stressing that the relief of COVID-19 will come soon.

It is noteworthy that the Misr el-Mahrousa magazine is one of the publications of the General Authority of Cultural Palaces under the supervision of the Central Department of Technology Media.

It is an electronic magazine concerned with the dissemination of literature, arts and national culture in all its forms.




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4/21/2020 5:12:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ajram’s 'El-Omr' exceeds 1M views in less than 24 hours]]>
The song is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Walid Saad.

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On her official Instagram account, Gindi commented: “Ajram’s song, “El-Omr” for the series “Sukkar Zeyada”, exceeds a million views in less than 24 hours.”

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The series “Sukkar Zeyada” is taken from an American format, and is set in a comedy framework. The series stars Nabila Ebeid, Nadia el-Gindi, Samiha Ayoub, Hala Fakher and many guests of honor, including Ahmed el-Sakka, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe, Ahmed Fahmy, Rogina, Joumana Murad, Lekaa' el-Khamisy, Bayoumi Fouad, Hamdi el-Marghani, Mustafa Abu Saree, Mayan el-Sayed, Badria Tolba, Hanadi Muhanna, Khaled Anwar and Suleiman Eid.

The series revolves around two ladies, who purchase the same villa from a scammer, only to find out they have been scammed once they attempt to move in. The ladies eventually decide to live together, which sparks comical feuds.

After a while, both ladies go through numerous hardships, which brings them closer in a huge turn of fate.


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4/21/2020 3:50:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Fine Arts Museum displays Khaled al-Zikr’s paintings]]>
On December 17, 1959, the Alexandria Biennale's third edition kicked off. This sad winter, on December 20, which marked the fourth day of the Biennale, Alexandria bid farewell to one of its most important art icons, Khaled al-Zikr (Ibrahim Adham Wanly), who died at fifty-one, leaving behind a great legacy of artwork.
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One of Al-Zikr's famous artworks - ET

Zikr was mourned by Egypt's guests from Syria, Morocco, Lebanon, Spain, Yugoslavia, Italy and Greece, besides his Egyptian fans, especially the Alexandrians, who loved him dearly.

The third Alexandria Biennale is the last art exhibition Zikr has participated in. It is the same biennale in which Seif Wanly won the photography award. After Zikr’s demise, Seif’s sadness was immense and clearly reflected in his artwork, where black and dark colors dominated, despite being previously known for using bright colors in most of his artwork. After all, Seif had lost his soul mate; they were inseparable for 51 years.
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Adham, before his death, accompanied by his older brother Seif at Mouwasat Hospital in Alexandria in 1959

Seif Wanly wrote a letter to Ahmed Youssef, the director general of the Fine Arts Sector in the late 1950s, requesting to include him and his brother among the recipients of the full-time grant, to help them with the costs of Zikr’s yellow fever treatment.

The letter was written on October 10, 1959, but fate did not allow Zikr to obtain the grant, as he passed away a little over two months later.

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4/21/2020 3:42:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Tourism & Antiquities organises virtual tour in Coptic Museum ]]>
The Coptic Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Egyptian Christian objects. Marcus Simaika Pasha, who had a great passion for Coptology, was the first to propose that a museum be built for Coptic art.

He suggested the idea to Pope Cyril V in 1908, who welcomed the idea, and allocated a room in the Hanging Church to collect objects that represent Coptic art.

Pope Cyril also allocated a piece of land near the Hanging Church to establish the museum. This ideal spot allowed visitors to see the churches in the area and familiarise themselves with the Coptic architecture, and then to learn about the Coptic art by visiting the museum.

The Coptic Museum was inaugurated on March 14, 1910 after artifacts of Coptic art had been collected from across the country.

Many of these objects had been purchased, but many others were generously gifted by churches, monasteries, and wealthy Copts, who encouraged the idea of establishing a Coptic Museum.

In 1931, the idea to build a new wing to the museum to expand the available space was proposed.

Artist Ragheb Ayad designed a new fa?ade to the building with the same layout and using the same decorative elements as those for al-Aqmar Mosque, which resemble those used in Coptic art.

The Coptic Museum came under the jurisdiction of the Egyptian government’s Department of Antiquities, and the Egyptian Museum’s collection of Christian artifacts were moved to the Coptic Museum. The new wing was inaugurated in 1947.
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4/21/2020 2:39:54 PM
<![CDATA[With just a canary for company, Russian artist self-isolates in gallery]]>
Sergei Pronin had only just started work as an administrator at the Pushkin Gallery when the lockdown was imposed.

He was granted permission to stay and now paints, sleeps, cooks and exercises in the company of a sole companion - a canary named Hertz.

“I had an idea that it was interesting to work on a series of paintings about the Pushkin Gallery itself,” said Pronin, 31, who, since March 28, has spent his days creating art in the venue in Zheleznovodsk, in the Stavropol region.

He has finished painting a view of the gallery and is now working on a piece dedicated to poet Alexander Pushkin, after whom the gallery is named and whose sculpture features as a centrepiece of its main exhibition.

“In the near future I want to paint Isadora Duncan dancing on the stage in the Pushkin Gallery,” Pronin said, referring to the time the American dancer performed there in the early 1920s.

Pronin, who does daily aerobics and stretching in one of the gallery’s several rooms, said he planned to stay there for the duration of the lockdown, which is currently in place in Russia until April 30.

Museums and galleries have been among the many venues and businesses to close in an effort to contain the coronavirus, with 47,121 cases and 405 deaths reported in the country.

The domed gallery, which opened in 1902, operated as a military hospital for a brief period during World War Two and now houses paintings by local artists and has a stage for concerts and theatre performances.]]>
4/21/2020 2:29:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s min. of agriculture, tourism & antiquities launch virtual tour at Zoological Museum ]]>
The museum is the first museum to be established in Egypt and the Middle East in 1906. It included models of rare embalms, skeletons, skins, and skulls for most animals, birds, and wild reptiles, in addition to various groups of ancient mummies.

Furthermore, the museum includes 1,352 mummified birds, 555 mammals, 259 reptiles, 115 skulls, 49 heads, and 35 skeletons. Some of the embalms date back to the centenary of the zoo itself, while some date back to the late 19th century.

The most recent mummy in the museum is of an orangutan, which was embalmed five years ago.

It is worth noting that the museum was renovated several times, first in 1962, then in 1988. It then closed for nearly 18 years, from 1998 to 2015. The museum was then reopened after renovation works in 2015.

Most of the animals and structures in the museum are for animals that were present in the zoo and died either because of old age or because of diseases and were then mummified once deceased.

The museum also houses fontats from abroad, which were confiscated, or acquired by the museum as gifts such as Goose Beans, which King Farouk brought in 1943.

To visit the Zoological museum, please use the link below:

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=t4bfsRUsXEK&help=2&play=1


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4/20/2020 4:28:24 PM
<![CDATA[Hakim to perform concert to celebrate Sham El-Nessim ]]>
The concert will take place on April 20 without audience and will be aired on DMC and ON TV channels.

Hakim, acclaimed Nigerian singer Femi Anikulapo-Kuti and Ivorian singer Dobet Gnahoré performed together in the opening ceremony of the African Cup of Nations in 2019.
The three acclaimed singers presented a song named "Metgamaeen" (We Are Together) produced by Synergy. Kuti sang in English, Gnahore in French and Hakim in Arabic.

Hakim is a renowned Egyptian “Sha’abi” [folk] singer. With the help of Hamid el-Shaari, Hakim released his first album “Nazra” under the Slam Records label in 1992.

His success was immediate and propelled him to fame in Egypt. He released an album in 1994 called “Nar” which represented Egypt at the Festival des Allumées in Nantes in the same year, and obtained a nomination at the Kora Awards in 1997.

The singer collaborated with Narada Michael and Olga Ta?on in 2002, James Brown in 2004 and Don Omar in 2007. He is one of the most prominent representatives of Jeel or Gil music, a synthesis of Sha'abi and western influences.

Hakim performed at the Olympia Theater in Paris on September 23, 2017 and was the third Egyptian singer to perform on that prominent theatre after great late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez and legendary Umm Kulthum.

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4/20/2020 4:06:25 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy releases ‘W Neheb Tany Leih’ series promo]]>
The series is directed by Mostafa Fekry, and written by Amr Mahmoud Yassin. Sherif Moneer, Karim Fahmy, Sawsan Badr, Tara Emad, Emad Rashad, Caroline Azmy, and Ola Roshdy co-star in the series.



The series revolves around a beautiful engineer named Ghalia Abdel Rahman and the dilemmas she faces in her love relationships, as she hesitates whether to fall in love again or not. “W Neheb Tany Leih” tackles marriage and family problems through a number of comedic events.

Yasmine Abdel Aziz participated in the 2019 Ramadan drama marathon by ‘’Le Akher Nafas’’ ( Till the Last Breathe) series. She decided to change her skin and play a completely different character in a suspense drama series instead of placing a safe bet on a comedy series.

Abdel Aziz started her career as a model in commercials at the age of 15. Her debut as an actress came through the successful series "Emraa Min Zaman Al-Hob" (A Woman from the Time of Love) in 1998.

Throughout her career, she focused on movies more than series. Her cinematic repertoire includes a number of successful movies such as "Zaki Chan", "Hareem Karim" (Karim’s Women), "Qalb Gare’e" (Brave Heart), and "El-Raheena" (The Hostage).

In 2008, Abdel Aziz performed her first leading role in "El-Dada Doody" (Doody, the Nanny). This movie achieved huge success turning Abdel Aziz into a box office star.
"El-Dada Doody" was followed by a number of successful movies that stabilized Yasmine as one of the few distinguished female comedians, like "El-Talata Yashtagelonha" (The three deceive her), "El-Anesa Mama" ( Miss Mommy), "Abou Shanab", "Gawaza Meery" and her latest movie "Abla Tamtam" ( Teacher Tamtam).

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4/20/2020 3:47:54 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo Show launches "Show Us Your Talent" contest in Ramadan]]>
It is an online acting, singing and dancing competition, which is open to all ages and all contestants from the Arab countries. The competition comes under the slogan “Cairo Show: Your House, Your Theater”.

During the contest, participants can show their talents without leaving their home. All shows and interaction with the stars of the Cairo Show can be done online throughout the month of Ramadan.

Director Magdy el-Hawary explained that the competition aims to encourage talented people to make good use of the long periods they currently spend at home- as part of the house quarantine imposed by the state- to showcase their creative energies and realize their dreams.

The prominent director further clarified that the competition will take place during. In the general auditions that will take place throughout the competition, each contestant will present a video of his/her choice to highlight their talent.

Hawary indicated that starting the second week of the competition, the various challenges will be announced on the social media platforms of the competition, and on its official YouTube channel.

Magdy el-Hawary pointed out that the challenges will be inspired by the huge works of Cairo Show. During the competition’s period, Cairo Show experts and their stars will perform the elimination process and select the winning candidates. The winners' names will be announced after Eid al-Fitr.

As for the prizes of the contest, Hawary explained that winners will be granted double prizes. They will enroll in professional training workshops moderated by the Cairo Show experts and their stars.

In addition to that, the winners will join Cairo Show’s new theatrical performances as actors, singers and show dancers.
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4/20/2020 3:34:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s National Authority for Civil Coordination produces documentary film]]>
The film documents the stories of Egypt’s streets and shows the areas where the Egyptian icons lived.

It also documents buildings with distinct architectural styles dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries and the first half of the 21st century.

“City Memory” also documents the projects “Hekayet Share’” (Street Story) and “Lived Here” launched by the National Organization for Civil Coordination. These projects tell the stories of the streets, documenting the places where Egyptian icons resided, including scholars, politicians, artists, poets, writers, and military men.

Furthermore, the documentary film is narrated by Head of the National Authority for Civil Coordination Mohamed Abu Sada, and Mohamed Afifi, professor of History at Cairo University.

Also, a number of sons and daughters of Egyptian artists and symbols speak during the film, including Somaya Abdel Moneim Ibrahim (daughter of artist Abdel Moneim Ibrahim), Shereen Yahya el-Alami (daughter of director Yahya el-Alami), Bahaa Gahin (son of poet Bahaa Gahin), Manar Hossam Muheeb (daughter of the cartoonist Husam Muheeb) and Mohammad Abdul Ghani el-Sayyid (son of the singer Abdul Ghani el-Sayed).

The National Authority for Civil Coordination implemented the “Street Story” project, where the first stage involved documenting the stories of 50 streets and hanging informative signs in these streets.

In addition, the project “Ash Hena” (Lived Here) has also been implemented in Cairo, Giza, Western Qalyubia, and Alexandria. It includes the installation of 283 signs documenting the places where Egypt's icons resided.

The first and second phases of the project “Lived Here” include 300 signs, which are currently being placed in various areas. The third phase includes 100 signs bringing the total number of signs to 400.
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4/20/2020 2:26:00 PM
<![CDATA[Actor Idris Elba launches U.N. coronavirus fund for poor farmers]]>
Elba and his wife, model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba, gave their support to a fund set up by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to help stop economic shocks caused by COVID-19 triggering a global food crisis.

The couple, who were also designated on Monday as goodwill ambassadors for IFAD, contracted the virus themselves in March although reportedly only suffered mild symptoms.

“The world’s advanced economies are in the midst of this pandemic right now and, of course, they must do everything they can to help their own people,” said Elba, 47, in a statement.

“But the fact is, global action is also a matter of self-interest. As long as the pandemic is still raging anywhere, it will pose a threat everywhere,” he added, urging donors to ramp up financial support to keep rural food systems operating.

IFAD, a U.N. agency that promotes rural development, said it would put $40 million into the new fund to counter the effects of the pandemic on food production, market access and employment in developing countries.

It also aims to raise at least $200 million more from governments, foundations and the private sector.

In December Elba and his wife visited rural Sierra Leone, where IFAD provided financial services to communities hit by Ebola.

Since the coronavirus began to spread in developing nations, IFAD has been finding ways to help rural families - many of them poor farmers - deal with the deadly disease’s ripple effects.

In eastern Senegal, where a curfew and market closures make it hard to sell produce or livestock, the agency is supporting cash transfers and subsidies via smartphones, and distributing seeds and fertilisers ahead of the planting season.

In India’s Odisha state, it has worked with local authorities to get watermelons transported to markets, avoiding the loss of 600 tonnes of fruit due to COVID-19 restrictions.

IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo, who was raised in rural Togo, West Africa, said farmers were worried about losing their income during the pandemic as lockdown measures in many places could stop them selling crops and buying seeds and fertilisers.



He warned if this happened, progress in the fight against poverty could be upended for the first time in three decades.

“What we are talking about is the risk of a health crisis creating a food crisis,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“(But) I think we have to go even beyond the risk of food insecurity and look at it as we, as a global community, going backwards in the fight against poverty.”

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4/20/2020 1:38:47 PM
<![CDATA[UNESCO praises Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities e-initiative #ExploreEgyptFromHome]]>CAIRO - 19 April 2020: The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "UNESCO" called on the people of the world to discover the wonderful Egyptian civilization through the e-initiative launched by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities early April, entitled “Explore Egypt From Home”.
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UNESCO's tweet

On Sunday, UNESCO praised in a tweet the Egyptian initiative, describing it as an important means that contributes to protecting the well-being of citizens, and also breaks down the barriers created by the novel coronavirus, emphasizing that in times of crisis culture is much needed.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has launched a number of virtual and guided tours at some Egyptian archaeological sites and museums for the people of the world through the official pages of the ministry on the various social media platforms. This comes during the house quarantine imposed by countries of the world as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 outbreak.

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CAIRO - 8 April 2020: In the evening of April 8, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is launching a new virtual tour inside the ancient cemetery site of Beni Hassan on its official social media platforms. The Beni Hassan cemetery is a group of tombs carved in the mountain, located about 20 kilometers south of the city of Minya.




Enjoy the virtual tour for Kom al-Shuqafa catacombs in Alexandria in 3D

CAIRO - 12 April 2020: The Kom al-Shuqafa catacombs in Alexandria are among the most striking, beautiful, and best-preserved monuments from Egypt's Roman Period (30 BC-AD 395).




Enjoy the virtual tour for The Tomb of Ramses VI in 3D

CAIRO - 13 April 2020: This Tour is made by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities in cooperation with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. A glimpse on what you will see: Enjoy the virtual tour for The Tomb of Ramses VI by visiting the link below: https://bit.ly/2kLfhJD




Egypt organizes virtual visits to unique archaeological sites

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Egypt organizes a virtual visit to the tomb of King Khufu's granddaughter

CAIRO - 4 April 2020: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will launch on April 4, at 7:00 pm its second virtual tour within the initiative the ministry launched yesterday in collaboration with its partners from scientific and archaeological institutions.




Egypt organises 3rd virtual tour for the Red Monastery in Sohag on April 5

CAIRO - 5 April 2020: The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised the third virtual tour for the distinguished Coptic monument, the Red Monastery, in Sohag. The tour is set to take place on April 5 at 7 p.m. The virtual tour will be posted on the ministry's official website and social media platforms and "Experience Egypt."




Egypt's Tourism Min. organizes virtual tour of Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq

CAIRO, April 6 (MENA) - The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is to organize a virtual trip to the iconic archaeological site of Mosque-Madrassa-Khanqah of Az-Zaher Barquq on Monday through its social media networks. The visit falls within the framework of an initiative launched by the ministry with its partners to organize virtual tours of some archaeological sites and broadcast them via internet.




Egypt organises 4th virtual tour for Sultan Barquq area in Al-Muiz Street on Apr. 6

CAIRO - 6 April 2020: The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised its fourth virtual tour of the distinguished Mosque, Madrassa (School) and Khanqa of Sultan Barquq in Al-Muiz Street. The tour is set to take place on April 6. The tour will be posted on the ministry's official website and social media platforms and "Experience Egypt."




Egypt's Tourism & Antiquities Min. resumes virtual tours of archaeological sites

CAIRO - 7 April 2020: Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has recently launched an initiative allowing people from all over the world to visit the various archaeological sites across the country. This step was taken to help people around the world to commit to staying at home as a precautionary measure to confront the novel coronavirus.



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4/19/2020 5:29:09 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's stars send message from Egypt to humanity through ‘Enta Akwa’]]>
A notable group of Egyptian and Arab artists and actors participated in this song as well such as Youssra, Laila Eloui, Lebleba, Tamer Habib, Dorra and Bayoumi Fouad.



The renowned Egyptian writer and poet Medhat el-Adl, who wrote the lyrics of "Enta Akwa", said that the song is Egypt’s message to humanity in the coronavirus crisis.

Adl added that all these stars didn’t take any money and all the revenues of the song will be given to the coronavirus patient’s families.

The renowned poet added that all the participants are following all the precautionary measures against the coronavirus as Rebai will record and shoot his part in Tunisia, Gassar in Lebanon, and Said from El Gouna.

Egyptian stars Mounir and Hosny recorded and shot their part in Egypt. "Enta Akwa" will be directed by Tarek al-Arian.

The Egyptian superstar had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.


Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.


TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny previously revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.





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4/19/2020 5:03:11 PM
<![CDATA[Ali el-Haggar to perform concert on YouTube on Apr.20 in celebration of Sham El-Nessim]]>
The Egyptian Ministry of Culture’s YouTube channel presented Haggar’s concert that was broadcast on April 12 and comes as part of the online initiative "Stay at Home ... Culture is between your Hands".

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the initiative's program daily on the Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25. Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your Hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast performances from the archives of national, contemporary and traditional arts on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at home in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.

Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature in November 2019, to be the first Egyptian singer to receive such prestigious award.

The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.

Moreover, Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.

The renowned Egyptian singer launched the song "Laih el-Tareeq" (Why that path?) on his official channel on YouTube in 2019. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

In 2019, the acclaimed singer also released his latest album "Ma Takhdy Balek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).

Throughout his career, Haggar has performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel" with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart).

Another important phase in Haggar's career was his first collaboration with his brother, composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggar, in 1978, when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as a composer and Ali el-Haggar as a vocalist.

Among these songs are "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Sheta yedo’o el-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "Ya Masria".






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4/19/2020 4:02:40 PM
<![CDATA[Hussein al-Jassmi expressed deep joy for participating in 'One World Together At Home']]>
A large number of stars from around the world participated in the concert, to support those affected by the novel Coronavirus.

Jassmi posted his photo on Instagram during the live broadcast of the concert from his home, commenting, “Another step towards success with over 700,000 fans ... The ambition is still big.”

“The pinnacle of happiness and pride is that I represented the Emirates, the Gulf countries and the beloved Arab nation in front of the world in this unified broadcast from home ... And for the sake of humanity and our future ... Together, we spread joy and hope ... Thank God,” commented Jassmi in another post.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) launched, in a live broadcast on its official Facebook page, a concert entitled "One World: Together at Home" featuring some of the biggest stars in the world, to collect donations for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Organized by the World Health Organization and the Global Advocacy Organization Global Citizen, this virtual concert brought together people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to take beneficial measures to protect their health and support the global response to the novel coronavirus. It also celebrated and supported the brave healthcare workers who are doing life-saving work on the front lines.

World-famous star Lady Gaga, sponsored the multi-hour historical event, in which more than 70 artists participated, raising $127.9 million (469.7 million dirhams) to help with the life-saving efforts to fight COVID-19.



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4/19/2020 3:02:52 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy releases promo of 'Forsa Tania' starring Yasmine Sabri]]>
CAIRO - 19 April 2020: The leading production company Synergy released the promo of the much anticipated series “Forsa Tania” starring the gorgeous Yasmine Sabri.

The series is directed by Morqus Adel, and written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem. Ahmed Magdy, Edward, Ayten Amer, Diab, Heba Abdelghani, Amr el-Shennawy, Sarah el-Shamy, Mahmoud el-Bizawy, Ahmed el-Shamy, Mohamed Gomaa, Nihal Anbar, and Ahmed el-Naggar co-star in the series.

The series revolves around a beautiful young engineer named Malak (Yasmine Sabri), who experiences many failures in relationships because of her love and commitment to work. Soon enough, Malak finds herself a prey to greedy predators!

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4/19/2020 2:25:40 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Fine Arts Museum displays Mahmoud Mukhtar’s sculptures]]>
Among the museum's most important holdings exhibited at the “Online Museum” is the work of artist Mahmoud Mukhtar, the pioneer of Egyptian modern art.

Mahmoud Mukhtar was born on the outskirts of Al-Mahalla al-Kubra, specifically in the village of Tanbara, on May 10, 1891. His father, Ibrahim al-Issawi, was the mayor of the village. Mukhtar lived with his maternal grandmother in his uncle's house in the village of Nasha in Mansoura.

It was known that when he was a little boy, he spent most of his time next to the lake in the village, playing with the mud and creating depictions of the scenes around him in the village.
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One of Mukhtar’s sculptors held in the Fine Arts Museum in Alexandria - ET

Mukhtar came to Cairo in 1902 to live in its old neighborhoods. In close proximity to him, was the School of Fine Arts in Drb al-Gamamez opened in 1908.

The school of Fine Arts in Drb al-Gamamez was like young Mukhtar's gateway to an unexpected future; he joined the first batch of the school when he was seventeen years old.

Mokhtar's talent seemed to shine for foreign professors, causing them to assign him a special painting room within the school building. His distinguished talent also pushed the school's sponsor, Prince Yusuf Kamal, to send the boy to Paris to further deepen his knowledge.

Just as Michelangelo grew up in the care of the Florentine prince Lorenzo de' Medici, Mukhtar's talent was nurtured under the patronage of Egyptian Prince Yusuf Kamal.

Mukhtar died early on March 28, 1934, leaving an ingenuine legacy of sculptures behind.

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4/19/2020 2:21:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism& Antiquities announces archaeological discovery at Saqqara]]>
A shaft measuring 120 x 90 centimeters 11 meters deep has been found, at the bottom of which five sealed stone coffins/sarcophagi, four niches in a room containing wooden coffins and Late Period human burials were uncovered.

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A massive anthropoid wooden coffin bearing hieroglyphs written in yellow pigment was discovered in one of these niches.

Other objects were discovered around this coffin, including:

365 faience ushabti figurines, some of which bear hieroglyphs texts, a small wooden obelisk about 40 centimeters tall, all four of its sides bearing painted scenes depicting the goddesses Isis and Nephthys, and the god Horus; wooden statues of the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris; three pottery canopic jars in which the viscera removed during mummification were kept, in addition to many other artifacts.

All the small artifacts were removed from the shaft so they can undergo restoration before being stored.



The discovery is located at the sacred animal necropolis in Saqqara. In this place many announcements of archaeological discoveries were made along the past two years, by experts of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The most important of these discoveries were the gorgeously decorated tomb of Wahti and the cachette of the sacred birds and animals from which many animal mummies—some extremely rare—were brought to light.

Work began in this area in April 2018, and it is still ongoing. In April 2020, the project is now in its third season.

On April 18 within the celebrations of the World Heritage Day, Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities lit the Pyramids of Giza with the slogans launched by International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS ) which are Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility.

The ministry was keen to launch this event from the Giza Pyramids area as it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Egypt's minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Egypt's minister of information Osama Heikal.


Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised a lot of events to celebrate the World Heritage Day.

Egypt's minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany took us in a tour inside the awe-inspiring tomb of Wahti in Saqqara.

Uncovered in 2018, Wahati tomb is considered one of the most important discoveries of the decade.

The tomb belonged to a Fifth Dynasty High-Priest of ‘Purification’, making it an especially apt and timely reminder that cleansing and protecting that which we hold dear is an innate human desire that stretches back through millennia.

World Heritage Day falls on April 18 every year. It is tailor made to increase awareness about the vitality of cultural heritage and find ways to protect and preserve our heritage.

In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.


Also in celebration of World Heritage Day, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched a drawing competition for children aged 6-12.

The children are supposed to Chose one of the seven World Heritage Sites found in Egypt, draw a picture of it and write a short essay to describe it. Each kid will send a photo of his/her drawing,essay and personal data on this email:moa.cultural.develop@gmail.com.

The ministry will organise an online gallery for the drawings and chose three winners. The last day to submit the drawings is 15 May 2020.]]>
4/19/2020 1:44:06 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities lit Giza Pyramids, celebrating World Heritage Day]]>
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The ministry was keen to launch this event from the Giza Pyramids area, as it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Egypt's minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Egypt's minister of information Osama Heikal participated in the event.


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Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised a lot of events to celebrate the World Heritage Day.


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Egypt's minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany took us in a tour inside the awe-inspiring tomb of Wahti in Saqqara.

Uncovered in 2018, Wahati tomb is considered one of the most important discoveries of the decade.

The tomb belonged to a Fifth Dynasty High-Priest of ‘Purification’, making it an especially apt and timely reminder that cleansing and protecting that which we hold dear is an innate human desire that stretches back through millennia.

World Heritage Day falls on April 18 every year. It is tailor made to increase awareness about the vitality of cultural heritage and find ways to protect and preserve our heritage.

In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.


Also in celebration of World Heritage Day, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched a drawing competition for children aged 6-12.

The children are supposed to Chose one of the seven World Heritage Sites found in Egypt, draw a picture of it and write a short essay to describe it. Each kid will send a photo of his/her drawing,essay and personal data on this email:moa.cultural.develop@gmail.com.

The ministry will organise an online gallery for the drawings and chose three winners. The last day to submit the drawings is 15 May 2020.






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4/19/2020 1:19:19 AM
<![CDATA[In celebration of World Heritage Day, Tourism Min. launches drawing competition for kids ]]>
The children are supposed to Chose one of the seven World Heritage Sites found in Egypt, draw a picture of it and write a short essay to describe it.

Each kid will send a photo of his/her drawing, essay and personal data on this mail: moa.cultural.develop@gmail.com.

The ministry will organize an online gallery for the drawings and chose three winners. The last day to submit the drawings is 15 May 2020.

In celebration of UNESCO’s World Heritage Day, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany takes us into a tour inside the awe-inspiring tomb of Wahti in Saqqara.

Uncovered in 2018, Wahati tomb is considered one of the most important discoveries of the decade.

The tomb belonged to a Fifth Dynasty High-Priest of ‘Purification’, making it an especially apt and timely reminder that cleansing and protecting that which we hold dear is an innate human desire that stretches back through millennia.

World Heritage Day falls on April 18 every year. It is tailor-made to increase awareness about the vitality of cultural heritage and find ways to protect and preserve our heritage.

In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.
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4/18/2020 5:11:42 PM
<![CDATA[In celebration of World Heritage Day, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism& Antiquities organizes a tour inside Wahti tomb]]>CAIRO - 18 April 2020: In celebration of UNESCO’s World Heritage Day, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Dr. Khaled El-Enany takes us into a tour inside the awe-inspiring tomb of Wahti in Saqqara.



Uncovered in 2018, Wahati tomb is considered one of the most important discoveries of the decade.

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The tomb belonged to a Fifth Dynasty High-Priest of ‘Purification’, making it an especially apt and timely reminder that cleansing and protecting that which we hold dear is an innate human desire that stretches back through millennia.

World Heritage Day falls on April 18 every year. It is tailor made to increase awareness about the vitality of cultural heritage and find ways to protect and preserve our heritage.

In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.


In celebration of World Heritage Day, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched a drawing competition for children aged 6-12.

The children are supposed to Chose one of the seven World Heritage Sites found in Egypt, draw a picture of it and write a short essay to describe it. Each kid will send a photo of his/her drawing,essay and personal data on this email:moa.cultural.develop@gmail.com.

The ministry will organise an online gallery for the drawings and chose three winners. The last day to submit the drawings is 15 May 2020.]]>
4/18/2020 4:16:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian archaeological sites in UNESCO’s World Heritage List]]>
In 1982 the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) suggested celebrating heritage on April 18, and it was approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.



Celebrating World Heritage Day, Egypt Today will give its readers a list of the Egyptian archaeological sites that were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.


1-Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae

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Nubia is a geographic region in the south of Egypt and the north Sudan. A number of important sites are located in the region between Aswan and Abu Simbel, and in 1979, ten were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

These are, from south to north: The temples of Ramesses II in Abu Simbel; Amada; Wadi Sebua; Kalabsha; Philae (Island of Agilkia); the ancient granite quarries and unfinished obelisk in Aswan; the Islamic Cemetery; the ruins of the ancient city of Elephantine; the Monastery of St Simeon; and the Old and Middle Kingdom tombs in Aswan (the so-called Tombs of the Nobles).

The construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s threatened these monuments with submersion, but they were all saved thanks to the efforts of an International Campaign launched by UNESCO from 1960 to 1980.



2-Ancient Thebes and its Necropolis

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The ancient city of Thebes, modern Luxor in the south of Egypt, was one of the most important cities from the Middle Kingdom (c.2055–1650 BC) onwards.

The vast majority of the ancient Egyptian monuments that can still be visited there today were built during the New Kingdom (c.1550–1069 BC), Egypt’s age of empire. Ancient Thebes and its necropolis, or burial areas, were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

The monuments that may be seen here are the Karnak temple complex and Luxor Temple on the east bank of the Nile, and those on the west bank include the temple of Ramesses III in Medinet Habu; the Ramesseum of Ramesses II; Amenhotep III’s Colossi of Memnon; the temple of Hatshepsut in Deir al-Bahari; the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, where Tutankhamun was buried; the tombs in the Valley of the Queens; and the town and tombs of the workmen of the royal tombs in Deir al-Medina.

3-Memphis and its Necropolis


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Memphis, near the modern village of Mit Rahina not far from Cairo, and its necropolis were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

Said to have been founded by the legendary first king of Egypt Menes in 3100 BC, the ancient city of Memphis was the capital during the Early Dynastic Period (c.3100–2686 BC) and Old Kingdom (c.2686–2181 BC), and continued to be one of the most important cities throughout more than three-thousand years of ancient Egyptian history.

It was a center for the worship of the god Ptah, whose temple was one of the most important places in all of ancient Egypt. It was so important, that the origin of the word “Egypt”, from Greek Aigyptos, comes from the temple’s ancient name, Hikuptah “The Temple of the ka (‘soul’) of Ptah.

The city’s longevity is reflected in the sheer size and number of the many ancient cemeteries in its area. These include, from north to south, Abu Rawash; the Giza Plateau, the site of the three world-famous Pyramids of Giza; Zawyet al-‘Aryan; Abu Ghurab; Abusir; Saqqara; Mit Rahina; and Dahshur.

4-Historic Cairo


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Cairo, the capital of Egypt, was founded in 969 BC by Jawhar al-Siqilli, the general of the Fatimid Caliph al-Mu’izz. As the city grew over time, it came to absorb the older capitals that had been founded nearby since the Arab conquest in 20 AH/641 AD, such as al-Fustat.

Modern Cairo thus conceals within it the many sites and monuments of its complex past. The following were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979: Al-Fustat, which includes the Nilometer on Rawdah Island, the Mosque of ‘Amr ibn al-‘As, the Hanging Church, and the Ben ‘Ezra Synagogue; the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Citadel, the Fatimid nucleus of Cairo and its necropolis; al-Imam al-Shaf’i Necropolis; al-Sayyidah Nafisah Necropolis; and the Qaytbay Necropolis.

5-Abu Mena



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Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979, Abu Mena is the site of the ruins of a church, monasteries, houses, workshops, and various public buildings that were built on the tomb of Saint Menas of Alexandria.

It is said that, after his martyrdom in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD, the camel transporting his body through the desert south of Alexandria spontaneously refused to proceed any further.

This was interpreted as a sign from God, and Saint Menas was buried on this spot. This became the site of a miraculous healing spring, and word spread. Already by the late 4th century AD, Abu Mena had already become a very popular center for pilgrimage.

6- Saint Catherine’s Monastery and its surrounding area


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On the slopes of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, lies one of the oldest functioning monasteries in the world. It was built by order of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527–565 AD) in 548–565 AD. The eponymous Saint Catherine of Alexandria was martyred in the early 4th century AD. The monastery bears her name because its monks discovered her incorrupt body on nearby Mount Saint Catherine in the 9th century AD, where it had been deposited by angels after her martyrdom.

The monastery, which was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2002, encompasses multiple structures, the most important of which is the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ the Savior, which itself contains nine smaller churches.

One of these is the Church of the Burning Bush, from which God spoke to the prophet Moses. Saint Catherine’s Monastery also includes ten other churches, the monks’ accommodations, a refectory, an olive press, ossuaries, a Fatimid mosque from the 12th century AD, and a library that boasts rare books and 6,000 manuscripts.










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4/18/2020 1:09:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Shaker ’s concert on Apr.20]]>
Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the initiative's program daily on the Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25. Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your Hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast performances from the archives of national, contemporary and traditional arts on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at home in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.

The Musician’s Syndicate announced Shaker as the new head of the syndicate on July 31, after an election, in which he received 1532 voices, was held. Hany Shaker’s competitor in the election, Mustafa Kamel, received 589 voices.

The veteran Egyptian singer performed a massive concert in the Saudi city, Jeddah, on July 5.

Shaker performed for the first time in Saudi Arabia on March 26, 2019. He was accompanied by renowned Egyptian maestro Selim Sahab.

Poet Naser el-Geel collaborate? with the prominent singer in his latest song entitled “Shabahek Awi” (We are alike). “Shabahek Awi” is composed by Mohamed Dia’a and distributed by Bassem Moneir.

Shaker was born in Cairo in 1952. He started his musical career at a very young age in Abdel Halim Hafez choral in the song “Sora” (Photo). Later, Shaker performed the role of young Sayed Darwish in the movie “Sayed Darwish”.

He studied music in the Cairo Conservatoire. In 1972, while he was a student in the second year, he released his first breakthrough hit “Heloua Ya Donia” (It’s a wonderful life). Shaker had much support from the musical legends at that time, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez, as they believed in his talent.

Shaker's musical repertoire includes more than 461 songs such as “Ghalta” (A mistake), “El Helm El Gameel” (The beautiful dream), “Tekhsary” (You will lose), among others. Shaker is the current head of the Egyptian Musicians Syndicate.
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4/18/2020 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min.of Tourism&Antiquities organizes a guided video tour for the Triad of Menkaure]]>


This statue, described as a triad because it depicts three figures, shows two deities on either side of King Menkaure (c.2532–2503 BC), the builder of the third pyramid in Giza, who is also known as Mykerinos. He is depicted young and in perfect shape, embodying the ideal of male form during the Old Kingdom. On his right-hand side is a female figure with a sun disk on her head between cow horns.

This is Hathor, the goddess of love, music, and motherhood. With her youth and graceful proportions, she represents the ideal of female beauty during this period. On the king’s left-hand side is a short male deity. The standard on his head identifies him as a personification of province of the city of Thebes (modern Luxor).

This statue is a masterpiece of ancient Egyptian art. The composition is symmetrical without being identical, and each individual figure is elegant, yet powerful. The attention to anatomical detail and the mastery of its execution are evident in the king’s clavicle, knees, and forearms, and in the rendering of Hathor’s tight-fitting dress. This statue is one of a series commissioned by Menkaure, in which he represents himself in the company of Hathor and a deity personifying one of Egypt’s provinces.]]>
4/18/2020 2:36:29 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture’s YouTube channel to present parts from Khairat’s concerts on Apr.17]]>
Khairat performed live online concert on March 26 that achieved huge success amassing around one million views.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the initiative's program daily on the Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25. Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your Hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast performances from the archives of national, contemporary and traditional arts on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at home in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.


Khairat performed at Alula city in Saudi Arabia as part of Winter at Tantora Festival on December 27, 2019.

Winter at Tantora offers a number of diverse concerts to match every interest. The festival runs each weekend from December 19, 2019 until March 7, 2020.

Khairat performed two concerts at the Cairo Opera House on December 16, 17.

He performed at El Sawy Cultural Wheel on November 19. He also participated in the Arab Music Festival by performing at Cairo Opera House on November 9.

Additionally, Khairat performed at the closing ceremony of the Citadel Music Festival on September 1. The Citadel Music Festival kicked off on August 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Cairo Opera House.

Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French, and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.

Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.

Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.

Khairat performed an unforgettable concert at Al-Ula Saudi city, where he dazzled the attendees with his music as part of the Winter Tantoura Festival on January 11.

It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.

The Egyptian virtuoso musician also performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2018, in celebration of the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.

The concert was also organized to boost tourism and spread awareness about Egyptian culture.

Omar Khairat composed the soundtrack of “El-Mamar” (The Passage), which illustrates one of the most heroic battles ever fought by Egyptian soldiers. The movie was released in Eid el-Fitr.




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4/17/2020 4:40:20 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt's minister of Tourism&Antiquities visits National Museum of Egyptian Civilization ]]>

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The Egyptian minister of Tourism and Antiquities was accompanied by Dr. Ahmed El-Sherbiny, the museum’s general director.


The tour included visiting the foyer, reception area, main hall, mummy hall and panorama of the museum.

Anany also inspected the guide boards that show the schedule of the different historical periods from the prehistoric period until the contemporary era, as well as the map that shows all the museums , archaeological and tourist sites in Egypt; in both Arabic and English languages to be displayed within the context of the museum display.



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It is worth noting that the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is one of the most important projects developed in cooperation with UNESCO to become one of the largest museums of civilization in Egypt and the Middle East with a new vision of the ancient Egyptian heritage.


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4/17/2020 4:13:39 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism& Antiquities organizes a guided video tours for Vase in the Shape of a Trussed Goose ]]>
The vase was discovered in 1935 in one of the underground galleries beneath the Step Pyramid of King Djoser in Saqqara.




This curious 65-centimetre tall alabaster vase is shaped like a trussed goose with its feathers plucked.

Its wings and legs can be clearly seen on the its sides, whereas its curled neck and head creatively form its rim.

The shape of the vase suggests that it may have been used to store goose oil, or perhaps even dried up goose for consumption in the afterlife.

It is one of many stone vases and fragments of vases discovered in the Step Pyramid’s substructure.

Many of these were discovered in the same and in other galleries as the trussed goose vase bear names of kings. Interestingly, even though Djoser was a king of the Third Dynasty, these are the names of kings from the preceding Second Dynasty (c.2890–2686 BC).

It is believed that Djoser wished to keep his predecessors’ possessions safe by collecting them and storing them in his house for eternity—his tomb. In doing so, he thus forever associated himself with his ancestors.

On April 15, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launched a guided video tour for Narmer Palette at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.

It is made of green schist and it is 64 cm high and 42 cm wide. It was discovered in the remains of an Old Kingdom temple complex in Hierakonpolis (modern Kom al-Ahmar) near Edfu, and dates to the beginning of the First Dynasty (c.3100 BC)—to the dawn of Egyptian civilization.

Although this object is, in form, a cosmetic palette, it was ceremonial, and was never actually used for cosmetics.

In the center of the front side, two fierce feline fantastic animals with long necks are being brought under control, symbolizing a recent historical event of the utmost significance that had recently taken place: the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt into the world’s oldest nation state—Egypt.

In the top register, the king, wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt, is marching in a victory procession, while before him lie his beheaded enemies.

In the lower register, the king, as a bull, is destroying a walled city. On the back side of the palette the king, wearing the White Crown of Upper Egypt, is about to smite a Lower Egyptian enemy chief with a mace while, before him, his ancestor, the god Horus, dominates a personification of the land of Lower Egypt.

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4/17/2020 1:19:18 PM
<![CDATA[Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled for first time in its history]]>
As the government is keeping most hygiene and social distancing measures in place for now, it is impossible to consider holding an event on such a scale, a statement said. The two-week festival along Lake Geneva draws nearly 250,000 people.

“The programme planned for this summer will be partly carried over to next year’s festival, which will take place from 2 to 17 July 2021,” it added.

Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz were among those booked to play this year, it said.

Last year’s eclectic line-up featured Elton John, Sting, Janet Jackson, Chick Corea and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

Veteran American producer Quincy Jones, a former co-director of Montreux who still participates each year, calls it the “Rolls-Royce of festivals”.

The festival joins a long list cultural events that have been cancelled or postponed because of lockdowns and measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including concerts, festivals and book fairs.]]>
4/17/2020 12:43:09 PM
<![CDATA['Regalet el-Bait' to be broadcast on DMC, CBC, ON channels during Ramadan 2020]]>
Each of the aforementioned channels broadcasted a promo of the series during the past days, revealing the time of airing the comedy show during Ramadan.

In a related context, Ahmed Fahmy and Akram Hosni finished filming 20 full episodes of the series. They will complete filming the remaining episodes during the month of Ramadan.

“Regalet el-Bait” is considered one of the most anticipated works in 2020 due to its comedic nature and the great success the duo usually achieve when they work together in movies or series.

The series is set in separate episodes that suit the nature of comedic works. Wizo, Bayoumi Fouad, Arefah Abdel-Rasoul and Lotfy Labib costar in the series, and guests of honor include Ayten Amer.

The series revolves around two men, Timon and Bomba, who have responsibilities and a large family; they live with their grandfather and the rest of the family in the same house. However, through comical situations, the pair proves that they cannot handle any responsibilities.

Hosni and Fahmy previously presented the very successful comedy series “Rayah el-Madame” in 2017. The series achieved great success at the time.

During the past few years, the duo managed to present several successful works togethers, where their success started with the film “Kalb Baladi”, the first appearance for Akram Hosni.

Hosni then appeared as a guest of honor in the film “El-Kowayeseen” starring Fahmy in addition to the series “El-Wad Sayed el-Shahat”. Fahmy also appeared as a guest of honor in Hosny’s series “El-Waseya”.

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4/16/2020 4:13:24 PM
<![CDATA[Ahmed Diab passes away at 75]]>
The late actor had worked in the field of trade before he played numerous small roles in television drama including “Opera Aida”, “El-Ragol al-Akhar”, “El-Esyan”, and others.

Diab was known for the roles he played in drama series in particular, most recently the role of the minister of culture with Adel Imam in the series "Afareet Adly Allam", in addition to his role in the series “El-Gama’a P II” playing the role of Haidar Pasha.

Diab was born on August 9, 1945, and married Rushdy Abaza's daughter before stepping into the artistic scene. They had a boy together before they separated.

Rushdy Abaza had celebrated the wedding of his only daughter, Qesmat, to Diab at the Mena House Hotel, in the presence of many celebrities and public figures. Nagwa Fouad and Fifi Abdo danced in the wedding and were joined by Abaza.

Diab’s only son lives and is married in the USA. He has a daughter, and it is mentioned that he looks very much like his grandfather, legendary Rushdy Abaza.


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4/16/2020 3:18:35 PM
<![CDATA[Faded colors of ancient Egyptian sarcophagus restored in Australia]]>
James Fraser, chief curator of the Nicholson Museum in Australia, which houses a 2,500-year-old ancient Egyptian sarcophagus, stated that the sarcophagus is beautiful and mysterious, but it lacks the luxurious colors that symbolize the nobles' sarcophagi in ancient Egypt.

Fraser explained that it is possible that the coffins that retain their colors are covered with plaster. It is made from local wood and is considered the cheapest in Egypt, such as sycamore or acacia. He added that plaster keeps the paint better than wood.

The veteran curator further explained that the rich in ancient Egyptwere placed in these wooden coffins of human form. Then, they were placed inside a larger wooden box or stone coffin that is also beautifully decorated.

"The coffins of the rich are often made of imported Lebanese rice where artists were able to draw on it directly. As the centuries passed, the colors faded on the wood. With the loss of colors, what hieroglyphics may have been present?" Fraser asked.

The veteran curator stressed that using modern tools and techniques, we could reveal the colors of the ancient sarcophagus that faded with the passage of time.

For a faded mummy nest, colors that can only be guessed are determined by using a technique called vibratory spectroscopy that uses light to identify materials.

It is possible to examine the strange black lines observed by earlier scientists but never been explained. It turns out that these lines represent wavelengths of light absorbed by impurities in the glass.

Scientists later found that each atom or molecule interacts with light in a unique way for that substance, such as a fingerprint.

The process started with a high-resolution 3D laser scan of the sarcophagus. This allowed the elements of the sarcophagus to be greatly enlarged so that the smallest details can be seen using digital brushes, textures and lighting effects.
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4/16/2020 2:49:07 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities to announce new discovery via internet on April 18]]>
Anani uploaded a set of pictures with excavation workers in the Saqqara archaeological area on his Instagram account.

“Excavation work continues, and excavation workers maintain safe distances between them. In celebration of the World Heritage Day, we will announce for the first time a new archaeological excavation via the internet, next Saturday. Enjoy the new discovery from home. #StayHome,” commented the Egyptian minister of tourism and antiquities on one of the pictures.

Anani inspected the sterilization and disinfection work in a hotel in Cairo on April 15, in continuation of the preventive measures taken by the state to combat the novel coronavirus.

The minister also inspected the hotel’s precautionary measures in the lobby and in areas such the restaurant, swimming pools, hotel corridors, and guest rooms, as well as the kitchens.

Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has completed the disinfection of all floating and fixed hotels in Luxor and Aswan and those located in Greater Cairo, Giza, Alexandria and Port Said.

Assistant Minister for Control of Tourism and Hotel Establishments Abdel Fattah el-Assi clarified that the sterilization of 130 out of 170 hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh, and of 244 out of 260 hotels in Hurghada, has been completed.

He pointed out that the sterilization and disinfection works are being carried out in cooperation with the Hotel Establishments Chamber according to the standards approved by the World Health Organization, and under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population.

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4/16/2020 2:25:58 PM
<![CDATA[Lunch with A-Rod, serenade by Bieber as #allinchallenge on coronavirus takes off]]>
Former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, offering a one-on-one batting lesson and lunch, and National Football League quarterback Tom Brady, whose offer is a private workout, are also among dozens of celebrities taking part in the #AllInChallenge, to raise money to help feed Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“Bob (De Niro) and I are going to be starring in a film called ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and if you’ve ever wondered what it is be like to work with the great Martin Scorsese, this is your chance,” DiCaprio said in a social media video posting with Robert De Niro on Wednesday.

“We’re offering a walk-on role, you’ll spend the day on the set with the three of us, and of course you’ll attend the premiere,” De Niro added.

The challenge, launched on Tuesday by businessman Michael Rubin, asks celebrities to offer unique experiences. Some are available for auction to the highest bidder while others operate as a sweepstake to anyone donating as little as $10.

By Wednesday more than 50 celebrities had signed on for the challenge, raising more than $4 million for food charities including Feeding America, No Kid Hungry and Meals on Wheels, according to the AllInChallenge website.

The idea is the latest initiative by celebrities to support the millions of Americans who have been thrown out of work and seen their lives upended by the coronavirus which has killed more than 30,000 people in the United States.

Dozens of musicians, actors and sports stars are also taking part in a two-hour global concert on Saturday to show support for healthcare, grocery store and other workers on the front lines of efforts to slow the epidemic.

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4/16/2020 2:08:17 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: A sneak peek inside Sohag National Museum]]>CAIRO - 15 April 2020: Sohag National Museum houses numerous distinguished antiquities. The museum had been under construction for about 25 years, and it launched in 2018.

The Sohag National Museum is located in a privileged location on the eastern bank of the Nile, opposite to the governorate’s building. It is surrounded by the Engineers Syndicate building from the north, and a spectacular hotel from the south; it is 200 meters away from the University of Sohag.

The museum houses more than 945 artifacts from various eras. It is built on an area of approximately 8,500 square meters with a cost of L.E 72 million.

It was designed in a modern way that blends the historical Pharaonic civilization with the modernity of the state, in addition to building a tourist berth for ships, serving tourist vessels while they dock in the area to facilitate the tourists' arrival to the museum.

One of the museum's most prominent artifacts is the 2-meter statue of the god Sekhmet, the god of war in ancient Egypt.

The museum also exhibits the statue of Nakht, the governor of Akhmim during the Old Kingdom. The statue is made of granite stone with a height of one meter.

The Sohag National Museum also consists of a basement, with an exhibit for the artifacts, administrative offices and a library. The museum’s ground floor includes seven exhibition halls, a VIP room, and a marina for ships on the Nile.

The museum includes six exhibition halls. The first hall displays information about the kings and important figures. Every showcase in the museum exhibits how the ruling king became the center of the state for many years.

This is evidenced by the repetition of the name of the ruler or king, not only on his statues, temple, or cemetery, but also on other artifacts belonging to the individuals who held many prominent positions in the state.

The first exhibition hall includes a set of these informative cards, which are made of ivory and chronicles the names of the kings, in addition to the clay seals with the name of the product and the date of its manufacture.

As for the second hall, the museum shed light on the Egyptian families in general and the Upper Egyptian families in particular. The showcases illustrate the role and importance of Egyptian women in the family, and how she cared about her family, children, and herself.

The third exhibition hall highlights the ancient Egyptian's interest in healthcare. It displays the ancient Egyptian kitchen tools and how food was stored and preserved for long periods of time.

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4/15/2020 6:03:34 PM
<![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival will not be held this year in 'its original form': organisers]]>
The festival will nevertheless be made “real” in 2020, “in a way or another”, they added in a statement.

The film festival, one of the largest in the world, was initially due to take place from May 12-23.]]>
4/15/2020 3:53:37 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Enjoy a tour inside Fine Arts Museum in Alexandria]]>
“Stay home, we’ll bring the museum to you,” is a comment made on the museum’s official Facebook page, where the museum launched an online exhibition of its most important holdings.

This time, a tour inside the corridors of the Fine Arts Museum in Alexandria is presented to the public.

From its inception, the museum was based on donations/gifts. About 113 years ago, the Alexandrian German, Edward Fred Heim, donated 217 artworks to the Municipality of Alexandria to establish a museum of art in 1906.

The artwork he donated was all his artistic wealth that he collected throughout his life from all his travels around the world. Fred Heim decided that the artwork he donated is the public property of the Alexandrian people.

The artwork is currently exhibited in the Alexandria Fine Arts Museum under the title: Edward Fred Heim’s gifts.

In 1935 another Alexandrian, Baron Charles de Menashe, donated his villa and the garden attached to it with the aim of setting up a museum housing the Fred Heim collection.

He wrote in his will that it is not permissible to change the purpose of the building over time.

Furthermore, Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil, the famous politician, endowed a collection of his most important holdings, the "Orientalists collection”, to the Alexandria Fine Arts Museum, with the aim of enriching the museum's collections when it was first inaugurated.

In addition, Taha Hussein, minister of education in the 1940s, dedicated a large collection of the Egyptian Modern Art Museum in Cairo to represent Egyptian art within the Alexandria Museum.

Moreover, Omar Toson (Prince of Alexandria) dedicated a collection of his most important and most valuable holdings to the Alexandria Fine Art Museum and the Municipal Library.

At the time, when the advisory committee decided to name the museum after King Farouk, donations from Alexandrian and foreign art collectors flooded the museum to enrich the museum's holdings. The collectors felt that it was their museum and that their paintings would be well-preserved there.

In the 1960s, a decision was made to transfer the museum to a health department, all the intellectuals and the Alexandrians rejected the decision, led by Hussein Bey Sobhi.

Eventually, they forced the authorities to reverse the decision, and the museum continued to provide its services to the people of Alexandria and the Egyptian people as a whole.

The gifts and donations granted to the museum made the museum an icon of giving and sacrifice of the Alexandrian society, when art and beauty were a popular demand.

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4/15/2020 3:00:13 PM
<![CDATA[Hamid el-Shaeri to perform online concert on April 16]]>
Shaeri has recently released a duo with famed Egyptian star Hany Adel, titled "Shed el-Fisha". The comical song is written by Tamer Hussein and composed by Mohammed Yehia.

Shaeri had announced his cooperation with composer Mohamed Rahim and Aziz el-Shafei in more than one new song for his new album. He did not reveal further information about the songs he is currently working on with poet Mahmoud Salah.

It is worth noting that Shaeri completed recording the duet with famed singer Moustafa Amar, which bears the name "Zahma el-Ayam". The song is written by late poet Samy el-Agami and composed by Ashraf Salem.
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4/15/2020 2:05:54 PM
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift, Oprah join huge global event to celebrate coronavirus workers]]>LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Oprah Winfrey have joined a global broadcast special telecast this weekend that will recognize the efforts of workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said on Tuesday.

The “One World Together at Home” event, a combination of music, comedy and stories from doctors, nurses and grocery workers, also announced an additional six-hour streaming event that will include appearances by major sports stars, including British Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton, U.S. women’s World Cup soccer player Megan Rapinoe, World Cup skier Lindsey Vonn and dozens of other singers, actors and social media influencers.

The April 18 streaming event will precede the two-hour show to be broadcast across multiple North American and international television networks on Saturday evening in the biggest effort so far to show solidarity with frontline workers.

All those taking part in the event, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and advocacy group Global Citizen, will appear remotely due to social distancing and shutdowns aimed at curtailing the spread of the disease that has killed more than 124,000 people worldwide.

“Our hope for the special is that everyone will come away believing that we, as a shared humanity, can emerge from this moment forever grateful for the work of doctors, nurses, teachers, grocery store workers, and all those who are the backbone of our communities,” Hugh Evans, co-founder and chief executive of Global Citizen, said in a statement.

Lady Gaga announced the event last week but it has since expanded dramatically and now includes some of the biggest celebrities in the world, including Celine Dion, Billie Eilish, John Legend, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble.

While the special is not billed as a public fundraiser, it is also aimed at encouraging philanthropists and companies to dig into their pockets and contribute to the WHO’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Gaga said last week that more than $35 million had been raised from corporations.

“When we do air live on April 18th, put your wallets away, your credit cards away, anything away that you need to and sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve,” Gaga told a news conference last week.]]>
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<![CDATA[Enjoy guided video tours for the Grand Egyptian Museum ]]>CAIRO - 15 April 2020: This Tour is made by the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities in cooperation with the Ministry of State for Information.

The GEM will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to ancient Egyptian culture. We are preserving and displaying our important national heritage with state-of-the-art conservation laboratories, along with educational facilities, temporary exhibition halls, a children’s museum, a conference centre, restaurants, cafes, shops and large gardens for everyone to enjoy.

The theme is Kingship, and the Tutankhamun Galleries will contain over 5000 objects from his royal tomb, many never seen in public before. The Main Galleries show material from the Prehistoric to the Roman periods, while our entrance areas focus on Kingship and Power. All our exhibitions will be contextualized for the visitor, with stories, texts, digital interactives and media displays.

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4/15/2020 1:29:39 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy releases the promo of 1st Egyptian science fiction series 'El-Nehaya']]>
The promo of the much anticipated series garnered thousands of views and managed to grab worldwide attention as a lot of international media outlets wrote about the series.



"El Nehaya" promo revealed the latest international techniques were used in the series, yet it preserved its Egyptian spirit and taste.

In 2019, CEO of Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi signed a contract with mega star Youssef el-Sherif to produce "El-Nehaya", which is scheduled to be released in Ramadan 2020.

"El-Nehaya" stars beside Sherif, Amr Abdel Geliel, Ahmed Wafik, Nahed el Sebaie, Sahar el Saygeh among others. The series is written by Amr Samir Atef and directed by Yasser Samy.

The much anticipated series will witness the comeback of Sherif after 2 years of hiatus since his last series "Kafr Delhab". The series will screen exclusively on Watch It, and ON TV channels and is produced by Synergy.

Sherif previously revealed the reasons behind his absence in the 2019 Ramadan marathon.

“I did not find a well-written script. I do not want to participate in a series for the sake of mere participation in Ramadan. I want to convey a message for my audience and this is my ultimate goal,” Sherif previously said.

“'El-Nehaya' needs a really high budget because we are going to shoot in several European countries and use advanced techniques, set to be used for the first time in the Egyptian drama,” Sherif further elaborated.

Sherif promised his fans to do his best to present a well prepared series.

It is worth mentioning that Sherif’s latest work was “Kafr Delhab” which achieved unprecedented success. In “Kafr Delhab”, Sherif played the leading role and Mohamed Reyad, Rojina, Ahmed Ghani, and Sahar el Sayegh co-starred in the series.

“Kafr Delhab” was written by Amr Samir Atef, directed by Ahmed Nader Galal and produced by Synergy.

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4/14/2020 4:14:44 PM
<![CDATA[Youssef Zeidan among nominees for the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction]]>
The award was established in 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where it is based. It is organized by a funding from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and sponsored by the British Booker Award Foundation.

The winner is scheduled to be announced on April 14, by broadcasting a video on the award's website. The video will include comments from the award team and the head of the jury, Mohsen al-Musawi, in addition to the winner of the award.

Youssef Zeidan is an Egyptian writer and philosopher. He specializes in manuscript Arab heritage and sciences. Zeidan has several books and scientific papers on Islamic thought, Sufism, and the history of Arab medicine.

Zeidan is the only nominee in this edition, who has previously acclaimed the award, where his novel “Azazeel” was granted the Booker Award in 2009.

His novel "Al Nabati" was also nominated in the award’s long list in 2012. However, the novel did not make it to the short list, and the award was granted to Lebanese writer Rabie Jaber.
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4/14/2020 3:27:40 PM
<![CDATA[Algerian wins Int. Prize for Arabic Fiction 2020, Egypt the most nominated]]>
It is the first time an Algerian novelist wins this award, and the second time an Algerian novel is short listed for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker Award).

Writers from Egypt and Lebanon were usually the most likely to be shortlisted, where Egypt made it to the shortlist thirteen times.

Egyptian writers who made it to the shortlist included Bahaa Taher, Makawi Saeed, Youssef Zidan (twice), Mohammad el-Bassati, Ezz el-Din Shukri Fashir, Nasser Iraq, Ahmed Murad, Mohammad Abdul Nabi, Miral al-Tahawi, Khaled el-Barry and Adel Esmat.

The Egyptian writers who made it to the award’s shortlist and won the prize include Bahaa Taher for the novel “Sunset Oasis” in 2008 and Youssef Zeidan for the novel “Azazel” in 2009.

Thirteen Arab writers from nine Arab countries were previously nominated for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, with three awards granted to writers from Saudi Arabia, two for Egypt and Lebanon, and one for each of Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Morocco.

In 2008, Egyptian writer Bahaa Taher won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in its first edition, for the novel “Sunset Oasis”.

In 2009, Egyptian writer Youssef Zeidan won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in its second edition, for his novel “Azazel”.


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4/14/2020 3:23:44 PM
<![CDATA[Mounir, Hosny, Said, Samaha, Gassar, Rebai send message from Egypt to humanity through ‘Enta Akwa’ ]]>
The renowned Egyptian writer and poet Medhat el-Adl, who wrote the lyrics of "Enta Akwa", said that the song is Egypt’s message to humanity in the coronavirus crisis.

Adl added that all these stars didn’t take any money and all the revenues of the song will be given to the coronavirus patient’s families.

The renowned poet added that all the participants are following all the precautionary measures against the coronavirus as Rebai will record and shoot his part in Tunisia, Gassar in Lebanon, and Said from El Gouna.

Egyptian stars Mounir and Hosny recorded and shot their part in Egypt. "Enta Akwa" will be directed by Tarek al-Arian.

The Egyptian superstar had his 1st standing concert in Jeddah on Feb.27 as part of JTTX Music Festival.


Hosny’s latest movie "El-Feloos" (The Money) was released in Egyptian cinemas on December 25 achieving booming success.

“El-Floos” is also starring Khaled el-Sawy, Zeina, Aisha bin Ahmed and Mohammed Salam. It is written by Mohammed Abdel Moti and directed by Saeed el-Marouk.


TikTok platform announced its partnership with megastar Tamer Hosny on New Year's Eve.

Hosny posted his first TikTok video wishing his fans health and success as part of the #2020MakeAWish challenge and pledged to bring another level of style and diversity to his content in 2020.

Hosny also wished everyone a Happy New Year through a TikTok video message screened on the Burj Khalifa.

Hosny is a singer, songwriter, composer and actor. He began his musical career in 2002. His romantic music has made him "the Star of the Generation", a name given to him by his fans.

Hosny won many awards, such as Best Selling Album in 2002 from the Nile Variety channel, Best Arab Artist at Murex D’Or in 2014 and 2016, and Best Arab Artist at the Middle East Music Awards in 2015. He is also the first Arab artist to receive more than 100 million views on Anghami.

His movie “El-Badla” (The Suit) which was released in Eid El-Fitr achieved revenues that exceeded LE 50 million. In the movie, he plays the role of a police officer who finds himself involved in a number of critical situations due to the nature of his job.

“El-Badla” stars Amina Khalil, Maged el-Masry, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Hassan Hosny, and Mai Kassab, among others. The movie is written by Ayman Bahagat Kamar and directed by Mando el-Adl. Hosny announced that “El-Badla” achieved the highest revenues in the history of the Egyptian cinema.

In August 2017, Hosny headed to Los Angeles and had his hand print and footprint permanently engraved on the Forecourt of the Stars at Hollywood's iconic Chinese Theatre.

Hosny’s song "Eish Beshoqak" also amassed millions of views directly after it had been released on his official channel on YouTube. "Eish Beshoqak" was composed by Mostafa Hassan, distributed by Hany Mahrous and Bilal Sorour and directed by Hadi el-Bagoury.

The video clip of "Eish Beshoqak" shows Hosny meeting with people in the streets and trying to draw a smile on their faces despite of the problems they face daily.

Hosny hit the one-billion views mark on all his songs on his YouTube channel on September 2, 2018.

“A billion thanks for the more than 1 billion views on Tamer Hosny’s official YouTube channel,” stated Hosny on his official Facebook page.

Hosny attracted the largest audience in his concert in Khobar Festival.

The star was the first Arab pop singer to perform a concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 30, 2018. The concert witnessed the attendance of thousands of Saudis, about 90 percent of whom were women.

The concert was held under the auspices of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, which stated that Hosny was chosen to perform such a huge concert because of his popularity among all Saudis.

Also, Hosny performed in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games on March 14. Hosny performed alongside renowned Syrian singer Assala, Emirati star Hussein al- Jasmi, Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi and Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne.

The song was a motivational animated performance entitled “Right where I'm supposed to Be". It was performed in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hosni and Fonsi met at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi amidst a group of fans. The two stars sat together and talked about their future projects.

Hosny revealed to Egypt Today that he was proud to represent Egypt in this event as it is considered the most important Arab event in the current period.


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4/14/2020 1:19:33 PM
<![CDATA[Quick-hit streaming service Quibi reports 1.7 million downloads in first week]]>
Quibi, which offers movies, reality shows and news in episodes of 10 minutes or less, launched on April 6 in the United States and Canada with a 90-day free-trial. The service is a gamble by Hollywood that it can carve out another category in the crowded streaming video landscape.

The initial downloads exceeded the company’s expectations, Whitman said. The mobile-only service had been promoted for on-the-go viewing for times such as commutes or waiting in line. Quibi executives decided to forge ahead with the launch even though people were sheltering at home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“It turns out people have in-between moments at home,” Whitman said. “We don’t actually think it hurt us.”




She also said 80% of people who started a show watched it through the first episode.Quibi features a large roster of A-list talent including LeBron James, Liam Hemsworth, Chance the Rapper and Reese Witherspoon. It was founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and is backed by $1.8 billion from Hollywood studios and other investors.

After the free trial, it will cost $5 a month with ads, or $8 a month without them. Some T-Mobile (TMUS.O) customers can get Quibi free for a year.

Some users have complained that they could not watch Quibi programming on their televisions. Whitman said Quibi’s engineering team was developing a feature to let users stream the Quibi app from their phones to their TVs.


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4/14/2020 12:25:52 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egypt’s Tourism & Antiquities minister visits GEM to follow up on its latest developments]]>
Anani visited the museum to follow up on the latest developments in the project and its work plan during the current period, in light of the preventive measures taken by the government to fight the novel coronavirus.

During the inspection tour, Anani was accompanied by the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and its surrounding area Atef Moftah, Director of the Museum for Archaeological Affairs Al-Tayeb Abbas, and a number of leaders of the ministry and the museum.

The tour included a visit to the Archaeology Restoration Center, Wood Restoration Laboratory, where some of the artifacts of King Tutankhamun are being restored, in addition to other wooden parts. Anani also inspected the museum’s construction site.

Anani stated that the development work of the museum did not stop despite the coronavirus crisis, and that is in accordance to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's decision to resume works on major projects.

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities also pointed out that currently 1700 laborers are working in the museum, in addition to about 300 engineers and supervisors representing 33 Egyptian companies out of a total of 65 companies, completing work at the museum at a rate of 50 percent per day, as the number of workers and restorers has been reduced within the site as a precautionary measure taken by the state to prevent and protect from COVID-19.

Anani further added that an organized plan is being developed to gradually increase the employment capacity, while taking all preventive and precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus.

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities said that the Ministry is now working on creating a guide pertaining to the visitors of museums, archaeological sites and hotels, the provisions of this guide will be applied after COVID-19 crises comes to an end. These instructions will monitor visitors standing in queues to purchase the tickets in museums and archaeological sites, in addition to supervising the number of visitors inside the exhibition halls, as well as the number of visitors to restaurants and cafeterias.

For his part, Atef Moftah stated the work in the Grand Egyptian Museum did not stop at all, as the museum officials took all safety precautions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, where daily sterilization and disinfection of the project’s site, restoration laboratories and administrative offices are taking place.

Moftah further emphasized that workers are medically examined daily to see if any of them has any symptoms while entering the museum in the morning and leaving in the evening, without any exceptions, using a laser thermometer.

Moreover, Moftah further stated that workers in the museum pass through the sterilization corridor before entering the project, with medical masks distributed to them, in addition to hanging signs illustrating safety tips such as refraining from hand shakes and to implement social distancing, and distributing an informative leaflet for all workers, so that it can be applied in all places of the project.

Also, Moftah further explained that a training course with all museum staff to raise awareness of the virus and ways to prevent it is held regularly.

In addition, Moftah clarified that the process of disinfection and sterilization in the museum is not only held while the staff enter in the morning, but is also implemented during the rest periods, which is divided into three periods to ensure the distribution of densities and to avoid gatherings. The sterilization and disinfecting process is repeated again during the end of the work day.

It is worth noting that two sterilization lanes/corridors have been implemented on site to reach the project's full work capacity after the sterilization and disinfection procedures have been completed.

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<![CDATA[Enjoy the virtual tour for The Tomb of Ramses VI in 3D]]>
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<![CDATA[Yanni to perform online live concert on Facebook, YouTube on Apr.14]]>

"Yanni will be in your living room? LIVE streaming…at 12 p.m. EDT ON TUE., 4/14/2020 on Facebook and YouTube… He is looking forward to it," Yanni stated on his official Instagram account.



The Award-winning Greek composer and maestro performed in Egypt at Mountain View North Coast on July 26, 2019.

Yanni introduced in the concert his most celebrated compositions including “Nostalgia,” “The Rain Must Fall,” “World Dance,” among others in a two-hour performance, where he was accompanied by 15 musicians.

In 2015, Yanni performed for the first time in Egypt two live concerts at the Giza Pyramids on October 30, 31, Yanni named his concert “The Dream Concert”.

Yanni has previously led performances in Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
He is considered the first musician to have performed in various historical sites listed on the UNESCO world heritage list, such as the Giza pyramids in Egypt, Taj Mahal in India, Acropolis in Greece, and Carthage in Tunisia, among others.

Listed as one of the top contemporary music composers, Yanni is known for his catchy soft music which harmonizes jazz, oriental, and classic melodies.

Performing instrumental music with a dynamic sense of epic drama, Yanni managed to capture the hearts of different generations and races. His albums sold more than 7 million copies all over the world.



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4/13/2020 4:48:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Opera Aida on Apr.18]]>
Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the initiative's program daily on the Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25. Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your Hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast performances from the archives of national, contemporary and traditional arts on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at home in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.
After a hiatus of more than two decades, 'Opera Aida' staged in Luxor on Oct. 26, 27. at Hatshepsut Temple.

"Opera Aida" returns to Luxor after 22 years of suspension following Deir el-Bahari incident. The last performance of "Opera Aida" was held at the Temple of Hatshepsut in late 1997.
Opera Aida consists of four acts that embody the conflict between duties and passion through telling the love story of the Ethiopian prisoner Aida and the Commander of the Egyptian Army Radamis.

Radamis is sentenced to death after the Pharaoh knows that he was trying to escape with Aida to Ethiopia.

Manuscripts of Opera Aida were found in the Nile Valley, written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, who was commissioned by Khedive Ismail Pasha.

Giuseppe Verdi composed “Opera Aida” for 150,000 gold francs in 1870, while Khedive Ismail Pasha had the Khedivial Opera House built in only six months to host the Opening of the Suez Canal celebrations.

But due to the late arrival of the decorations and clothes of the performance from Paris, the show was not held, and instead “Opera Rigoletto” was performed in the celebrations by an international Italian troupe.

There is a popular belief that, at the beginning, Verdi refused the Khedive’s offered commission to compose “Aida”. It is also believed that he changed his mind after knowing that the Khedive had decided to offer that commission to another composer, according to San Francisco Opera Association’s official website.

Although “Aida” is based on a love story that took place in the Egyptian Pharaonic era, it successfully attracted opera fans from all over the world. “Opera Aida” has unique human, artistic and historical values that led the international opera community to hold this opera in special regard.


“Aida” shows how love can be forbidden when the beautiful Ethiopian Princess Aida gets stuck between her love for the Egyptian leader Radamis and between her love for her father and country.

The Egyptian king’s daughter, who also loves Radamis, imprisons Aida to be her slave. Led by Aida’s father, Egypt’s Ethiopian enemies head to invade the country, which led to the father’s imprisonment to meet his daughter in prison.

According to Aida’s father’s demand, Radamis leaks a military secret, which leads to his burial while still alive. Yet he is shocked when he finds Aida in the tomb, waiting to die with him.





Through painting a portrait of brutal war between love and duty, Verdi explores the different aspects of a work in which individuals’ destinies are being shaped.

It may seem that, in this opera masterpiece, Egypt’s history is the only major target to be personified. Verdi infuses the main characters with a pitiful humanity, highlighting many human factors, such as passions, forced destinies, gods, ego and bad luck.

By premiering first in Milan specifically and by choosing the right voices, Verdi succeeded in exploring emotions in depth through his convincing music.

Studying Egypt’s history, music and geography, Verdi composed varied Egyptian melodies harmonically, which was clear in the opening of the third act with the Nile scene. The composer had developed an extraordinarily clever ear for orchestral effects and theatrical atmosphere.

Although “Aida” portrays a significant stage in Egypt’s history, Verdi was very much affected by the political change in Italy, in which nationalists were fighting to unify the country. Verdi was known for reflecting the political instabilities all over the world in his operas, becoming the “Composer of the Revolution”.

Also at the time of “Aida”, Napoleon III launched a war on the German kingdom, which led to the loss of the regions of Alsace and Lorraine.

After premiering in Egypt and Milan, “Aida” premiered in many countries starting from 1873, such as Argentina, the U.S., Germany, Spain, Austria and Poland, among numerous other countries.

Verdi is an acclaimed Italian composer; his first opera, “Oberto”, premiered at La Scala in Milan and was well established. During this period known as his “galley years”, Verdi created most of his remarkable works, such as “Rigoletto” (1851), “Il Trovatore” (1853) and “La Traviata” (1853), which remain remarkable pieces of opera history today.

He ended his artistic journey by composing two plays by Shakespeare – “Otello” (1887) and “Falstaff” (1893) – which successfully premiered, leaving a significant print in international opera history.


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4/13/2020 4:30:19 PM
<![CDATA[ET commemorates Sayed Zayan on his death anniversary]]>
It is known that Zayan also discovered the talent of famed comedian Mohammed Henedy. Zayan departed our world on April 13, 2016.

The late actor was a great theater enthusiast, and fiercely competed with legendary names such as Adel Imam, Samir Ghanem and Saeed Saleh during the 80s and 90s.

During the summer months, the plays performed by Zayan were usually fully booked. During the 80s and 90s, most plays came to a halt during the winter months; however, Zayan’s and Adel Imam’s plays continued to perform, achieving unprecedented success.

Zayan presented numerous theatrical plays, including “El-Askry el-Akhdar” (Green Soldier), “El-Fahlawy” (The Hustler), “El-Parachute”, “El-Qashash”, “Kahyoun Rabah El-Million” (Kahyoun Won The Million), “Khod el-Floos Wegry” (Take the Money and Run) and “Wahed Lamon Wel Tani Magnon”, among others.

The late comedian was the first to grant famed comedian Mohammed Henedy a role in the play "Abu Zeid" in 1985. After his success in the role, he presented Henedy in numerous other plays, as he strongly believed in his talent.

Zayan also presented the successful comedian Ahmed Adam to the theatrical scene until he managed to reach stardom.

Furthermore, Zayan was not only a brilliant comedian, he also had an easily-distinguished voice when singing folklore songs and when reciting the holy Quran. His dad wanted him to become a Quran reciter, and Zayan managed to memorize most of the holy Quran when he was only a teenager.

The late comedian also had a very strong religious streak. He performed the Hajj Pilgrimage in Mecca more than once, and also performed numerous Umras.

As he became ill towards the last years of his life, Zayan once again focused on his old companion, the holy Quran. The holy book remained his close companion until his demise on April 13, 2016.

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4/13/2020 3:55:54 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy releases promo of ‘Layalina’ set to be released in Ramadan on CBC]]>


The series takes place between the 1950s and 1980s, highlighting the changes in the lives of different Egyptian families. "Layalina" stars Ghada Adel, Eyad Nassar, Khaled el-Sawy, and Sabrine. The series is written by Ahmed Abdel Fattah and directed by Ahmed Saleh.

The leading production company, Synergy, released the promo of "El-Brince" series, which will also be released in Ramadan on DMC channel.

The promo shows disputes and quarrels between Radwan el-Brince (Mohamed Ramadan) and his brothers and sisters, which added a touch of suspense about the series' incidents.

"El-Brince" stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nour, Ahmed Zaher, Salwa Osman, Naglaa Badr, Rogeina, Mohamed Alaa, Safaa el-Toukhy among others. The series is written and directed by Mohamed Sami.
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4/13/2020 3:44:28 PM
<![CDATA[ET gives a glimpse of Cairo’s heritage]]> Abdeen Palace
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Abdeen Palace

Khedive Ismail ordered the construction of the palace when he assumed power in Egypt in 1863. The palace is named after Abdeen Bey, a military leader during the reign of Mohammad Ali Pasha.

He owned a small palace in the place of the current palace. Ismail bought it from his widow, demolished it, annexed it with extensive lands, and then proceeded to construct the current Abdeen Palace.

El-Manasterly Palace

The Manasterly Palace is considered as an architectural masterpiece located on an area of 1000 square meters on the island of Al-Rawda in Cairo.

It is what is left of a complex building created by Hassan Fouad al-Manesterly Pasha in the year 1851 AD / 1267 AH, whose origins go back to Manster, Macedonia.

In 1951, the palace’s ownership was transferred to the Egyptian government as a historical monument, and it was renovated and restored. The palace now hosts important cultural festivals and concerts.

The palace now holds the Umm Kulthum Museum and is visited by guests of Egypt from all over the world.
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El-Sakakini Pasha Palace

El-Sakakini Pasha Palace is one of the oldest palaces in Egypt. It was built in 1897 by Habib Pasha El-Sakakini. The palace is located in El-Sakakini Square in downtown Cairo, precisely in El-Daher district.

El-Sakakini Palace was built by Italian architects who came specially to participate in its construction. Numerous architectural styles intertwined in the palace, which is considered a model of Rococo Art.

In celebration of the declaration of Cairo as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2020, it was decided that the Heritage 5 Competition should be distinguished by two main parts: Photography and Plastic Arts, forming a broader perspective on Cairo's architectural and urban components that reflect its rich cultural heritage.

It is worth mentioning that the National Authority for Civilization Coordination initiated the “My Heritage 5” contest for photography and plastic arts, which is still receiving the work of the contestants until the end of April.









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4/13/2020 3:05:03 PM
<![CDATA[Zeina accused of brutal murder in 'Gam’ Salem']]>
In the series, Zeina's house is also ransacked in search of documents, which reveal that she was thrown away by her parents as a baby.

The director of the series, Iman el-Haddad, is also intensifying the number of filming hours to make it in time for broadcasting in Ramadan. The crew of the series decided to use an additional filming unit led by director Rasha el-Kurdi.

“Gam’ Salem” is written by Mohammed Nair and directed by Iman el-Haddad. The series stars Zeina, Dalal Abdulaziz, Mohammed Shaheen, Salwa Khattab, Reem el-Baroudi, Malak Qura, Mido Adel, Mohamed Alaa, Sameh el-Sorieti, Mohammed Desouki, Ayman Azab, Ahmed Sultan and Hanan Suleiman.

It is worth mentioning that Zeina’s last drama work is the series “Mamno’ el-Ekterab Wal Tasweer” directed by Ziad el-Wishahi, and written by Mohammed el-Safty.

The series also starred Fathi Abdel Wahab, Nisreen Amin, May el-Qadi, Mohammed Shaheen and Hazem Samir and was first broadcast in 2018.

It revolves around a rising artist seeking to reach stardom. Gradually, she turns into one of the most famous stars in society. Usually, there is always a price to pay for such stardom; a brutal murder occurred.


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4/13/2020 2:35:38 PM
<![CDATA[Enjoy the virtual tour for Kom al-Shuqafa catacombs in Alexandria in 3D]]>
A spiral staircase leads around 20 meters below ground, where sarcophagi decorated with relief garlands of vine leaves, bunches of grapes, and Medusa heads can be seen, as well as loculi (rectangular burial niches carved into the walls used for burials), and small square niches in the walls, where urns containing cremated remains were once placed.

It is also here that some of the best examples of the mixing of Egyptian and Greco-Roman culture can be seen.

The main chamber is decorated with reliefs depicting purely ancient Egyptian scenes, but executed in a Classical art style: funerary rituals are being conducted on the corpse of the god Osiris by the jackal-headed Anubis, who, however, is depicted wearing Classical clothing, as are the falcon-headed Horus and ibis-headed Thoth on either side of him.

Flanking the doorway inside the chamber is a figure of Anubis, but he stands in a naturalistic Classical pose, dressed like a Roman legionary.

Outside the chamber, on either side of the doorway, is a depiction of the Agathodaimon, a serpent protective deity. He guards the chamber, coiled around the scepter of the Greek god Hermes known as the caduceus, while wearing the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.

This Tour is made by the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities in cooperation with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

To enjoy the tour, please visit: https://bit.ly/2mumm1E

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4/12/2020 9:38:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture’s YouTube channel to present Ali el Haggar ’s concert on Apr.12]]>
Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed with Minister of State for Information Osama Haikal to broadcast the initiative's program daily on the Egyptian TV channels.

Head of the National Media Authority Hussein Zain set a fixed date for the broadcast on the second channel at 9 p.m. starting March 25. Abdel Dayem launched the online initiative "Stay at home ... Culture is between your Hands" on March 24 at 9 p.m.

“The initiative aims to broadcast performances from the archives of national, contemporary and traditional arts on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its different social media accounts,” Abdel Dayem explained.

The minister indicated that she is calling for the implementation of the precautionary measures aimed at preserving public health and safety through the citizens' commitment to social distancing and staying at home in light of the exceptional circumstances the country is going through.


Haggar performed at ?Bibliotheca Alexandrina on January 30 and at Cairo Opera House on January 16.

Haggar received the 2019 Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature in November 2019, to be the first Egyptian singer to receive such prestigious award.

The Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature is an annual award that is granted to Omanis and Arabs.

Moreover, Haggar and famed Egyptian singer Riham Abdel-Hakim performed at Alexandria Opera House on November 12 in the closing of the Arab Music Festival.

The renowned Egyptian singer launched the song "Laih el-Tareeq" (Why that path?) on his official channel on YouTube in 2019. The song is written by Michael Adel and composed by Shadi Moines. The video has amassed a high number of views since its upload.

In 2019, the acclaimed singer also released his latest album "Ma Takhdy Balek” (Pay attention) which included the songs “GowaHodny” (Within my arms), “MeenFeena mesh Mehtag?” (Who is not needy?), “Dari Gamalek” (Hide your beauty), among others. The album achieved great success.

Haggar graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1979 and was influenced by late Egyptian music legend Baligh Hamdy, who trained Haggar, Mohamed Mounir and Mohamed el-Helw in a band called el-Takht, which was formed in the Arabic Music Institution.

Inspired by poet, cartoonist, and painter Salah Jaheen, Haggar always wanted to sing Jahin's sonnets; he grew popular after singing them in the 1980s. Around the same time, he also began blending authentic Arabic music with modern technology and sound effects.

In addition to his prolific album releases, Haggar also performed in several theatrical plays, movies, and TV series.

His musical repertoire includes popular hits such as “Hona al-Qahera” (Here is Cairo), “A’m Batata” (Uncle Batata), and “Dehket al-Masagen” (The Prisoners’ Laughter).

Throughout his career, Haggar has performed a number of duets with prominent singers such as "Beladi" and "Khan el-Anadeel" with Mohammed el-Helw,"El-Likaa El-Tany" and "El-Mal we El-Banoon" with HananMady and "Bent we Walad" with Hoda Ammar.

He also participated with Angham in the musical "Rosasa Fel Qalb"(A bullet in the heart).
Another important phase in Haggar's career was his first collaboration with his brother, composer and singer Ahmed el-Haggar, in 1978, when Ahmed el-Haggar composed his brother’s hit "Ozoriny" (Excuse me).

The success that this song achieved sparked Haggar's singing career. The Haggar brothers cooperated in many other songs; Ahmed el-Haggar as a composer and Ali el-Haggar as a vocalist.

Among these songs are "Bahebek" (I love you), "Ana Biki Ya Samra Akon", "El-Ahlam", "Kont Faker", "Tesaaliny", "Lama el-Sheta yedo’o el-Biban", "Ma Tekdebish", "Ergaaily" (Come back), "Lessa El-Kalam", and recently "Ya Masria".




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4/12/2020 4:41:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture presents 'Carmen', 'Tango Ballet', 'Citadel Man' on official YouTube channel]]>
These gems are set to be followed by the play “Ragol el-Kala’” (Citadel Man), written by Abul-Ela el-Salamouni and directed by Nasser Abdel Moneim.

"Carmen Ballet" was developed and composed by French world-star musician Georges Bizet, and is set in Seville in 1830. The play revolves around a gypsy girl named Carmen, who seduces men. As she lures Corporal Jose Navarro, who adored her, she turned him from a simple obedient policeman to an outlaw, after she made him join a group of smugglers working with her to be led by his sweeping love to the death yard.

Furthermore, "the Tango Ballet", composed by Astor Piazzolla and Leroy Anderson, includes a set of scenes that combine classic and modern ballet with tango dances inspired by the nature and history of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, forming an innovative artistic mix.

As for the play of “Citadel Man”, produced by the National Theater, it deals with the story of Mohammed Ali’s assumption of the rule of Egypt, reviewing many events that accompanied that period.

The play stars Tawfiq Abdul Hamid, Zainab Ismail, Ashraf Tolba, Mahmoud Imam, Hanadi, Shadi el-Dali, Sarah Adel, Basma Salama, Nasser Shaheen, Mahmoud Zaki, Magda Mounir, Moataz el-Swaify, Fatima Mohammed Ali, Tariq Kamel, Yasser Ali Maher, Ashraf Shoukry , Yahya Mahmoud and Alfred Kamal.


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4/12/2020 4:39:45 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian channel DMC releases promo of ‘Valentino’ series set to be released in Ramadan]]>


Egyptian megastar Adel Emam finished shooting his role in “Valentino” series.

Under the slogan of "In celebration of Adel Emam's birthday", CEO of Egyptian Media Group Tamer Mursi had signed the contract with Emam to produce the series "Valantino".

"Valantino" will screen exclusively on Watch It, in addition to DMC channel. The series is produced by the leading production company Synergy.

In the series, Emam will embody the role of an international school's owner named Nour Abdel Mageed, who is married to a gloomy wife, the matter that will drive him to fall in love with another woman.

The legendary Emam is Egypt’s biggest actor, with over four decades of box office hits, series, plays under his belt.

In theatre, what made him shoot to stardom was his immortal role in "Madrasat El-Mushaghebeen" (Rioters' School) as Bahgat el-Abaseiry, a loser, but a funny student, and a leader over his other loser friends.

After he performed a number of successful roles in plays like "Shahed Mashafsh Haga" (A witnesser who didn’t see anything), "El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal" (The servant named Sayed), El-Zaiim (The Leader) and "Body Guard".

His cinematic repertoire include a huge number of movies like "Ehena Betoaa el-Autobees" (We Are The Bus People), "El-Avocato" (The Lawyer), "El-Irhab Wel-Kabab" (Terrorism and Kebab), “Bakhit We Adeela”, “Amir El-Zalam” (Prince of Darkness), “Aris Men Geha Amneya” ( A bridegroom from a security service), "El-Sefara Fel Omara" ( The Embassy in the Building), “Alzheimer”, and “Bobos” among others.

His TV debut was in 1978's “Ahlam El-Fata El-Taer” then came “Domou fi Oyoun Waqeha” (Tears in daring eyes) in 1980.

After a long hiatus, he returned back to TV drama in 2012's "Fer’et Naji Atallah" (Naji Atallah’s group) , continuing his annual presence in the Ramadan marathon every year through a number of successful series such as "El-Arraaf” (The fortune teller), “Saheb el-Sa’ada” (His highness), “Afarit Adli Alam”(Adli Alam’s Ghosts), and "Awalem Khafeya” (Hidden Worlds) in 2018.

Emam has won seven awards, including two from the Best Actor Award at the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema for his roles in “El-Irhabi” (The Terrorist) and “Omaret Yacoubian” (The Yacoubian Building).

"The Yacoubian Building" also earned him an International Jury Award at the S?o Paulo International Film Festival and a Special Mention for Actor in a Narrative Feature from the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Dubai international Film festival awarded him twice the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2005 and 2008. Emam was awarded as well the Golden Star in 2014 at Marrakech International Film Festival, the Golden Tanit in 2016 at the Carthage Film Festival and the Career Achievement Award from the first edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Despite being the most important comedian in the history of Egyptian cinema, he later performed serious dramatic works, while maintaining his comedic style, reflecting ordinary citizens' struggles with powerful social or political pressures.

Adel Emam by every sense of the word is an unrepeatable artistic actor; he claimed the first rank inside the hearts of millions of his fans in Egypt and the whole world.

Emam is the only actor in the history of Egyptian art who remained number one all these years.

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4/12/2020 4:30:12 PM
<![CDATA[Theatres, Operas and Musicals in Quarantine]]>
If you are not sure how this can be achieved or not sure how to find things to do, well make sure you keep following Egypt Today as we will be launching a series of articles that will provide you with a list of various sites that enables you to enjoy everything that you usually experience outside. We will be focusing on what Europe have made available for people to view and enjoy across the globe and our first article will focus on theatre, opera and musicals.

For decades the theatre has always been associated with a certain class of people and for many who live in the Middle East seeing a play or musical in New York famous Broadway or London's theatre land is a dream not many can afford to achieve. But thanks to Covid-19; yes, there is a positive aspect to this virus, everyone can now live the experience of watching a play or musical from the heart of Europe and the.

Andrea Bocelli Live from the historic Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral)
This Easter Sunday (12th April) Andrea Bocelli will give a live performance from Milan to people all over the world via youtube. Andrea Bocelli’s concert—titled “Music For Hope” will see him alone at the cathedral but watched by millions across the globe which aims to promote a message of “love, healing, and hope to Italy and the world”. The Easter concert will range from solo voice pieces and organ combinations. Many holy pieces, such as Ave Maria Setting by Bach/Gounod, will also be included and will start at 6pm GMT which is 8pm Egypt local time.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musicals
Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming his musicals for free online,entitled "The Shows Must Go On", the first musical that was aired last Friday was the 2000 adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins. Each show will air every Friday at 6pm GMT (8pm Egypt time) and will be available for 48 hours on "The Shows Must Go On" Youtube channel. On Friday the 10th of April the channel will show the 2012 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, with Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles.

Pride and Prejudice The Musical
Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice has been turned into a musical and will be streamed on WhatsOnStage facebook page this Saturday 11th April in the afternoon.

London's National Theatre
The National Theatre in London, has the greatest archive of cinema-quality recordings of stage plays of any theatre across the world, and from April 2nd , under the banner National Theatre at Home, on their Youtube channel every Thursday (6pm GMT/8pm Egypt time) will see a new National Theatre play released – free to watch for one week – along with bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks.
The initial programme is:
April 9 ‘Jane Eyre’, adapted by Sally Cookson.
April 16 ‘Treasure Island’, adapted by Bryony Lavery.
April 23‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare, starring Tamsin Greig.

The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical masterclasses and cultural insights and offer everyone a unique look behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous cultural institutions. The schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can be accessed for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, bringing both ballet and opera to every home and every device. This will include the following productions offered on demand and for free via the Royal Opera House Youtube channel and Facebook page.
?Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT /8pm Egypt time
?Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 6pm GMT /8pm Egypt time
?Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 6pm GMT /8pm Egypt time
?The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 6pm GMT /8pm Egypt time
?Gloriana, The Royal Opera, 2013 – 24 April 2020, 6pm GMT /8pm Egypt time
?The Winter’s Tale, The Royal Ballet, 2014 – 1 May 2020, 6pm GMT / 8pm Egypt time

Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Russia's Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow will be streaming The Nutcracker (April 10). The performances will begin screening at 4pm GMT (6pm Egypt time) and will remain on the Bolshoi Youtube channel for 24 hours — be aware that its all in Russian.

Paris Opera House
Paris Opera House will be offering to the public its most beautiful ballets and operas to stream from its website for free. The complete program:
April 13 – 19: Tribute to Jerome Robbins (2018)
April 20 – 26: The Tales of Hoffmann (2016)
April 27 - May 3: Carmen (2017)
March 17 - May 3: Cycle of Tchaikovsky's six symphonies played by the Orchestra of the Paris National Opera, conducted by Philippe Jordan
All of the performance will be streamed on the Paris Opera website


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe will release 40 productions on its Globe Player service for free and Youtube channel, it has been announced.
The shows are Hamlet starring artistic director Michelle Terry (2018), Romeo and Juliet with Ellie Kendrick and Adetomiwa Edun (2009), A Midsummer Night's Dream with Michelle Terry (2013), The Winter's Tale with Annette Badland (2018), The Two Noble Kinsmenwith Brian Dick (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019) with Bryony Hannah.







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4/12/2020 4:20:44 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egypt’s Min. of Tourism sterilizes several Islamic, Coptic, Jewish Egyptian archaeological sites]]>
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This comes as part of the sterilization works of museums and archaeological sites carried out by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities within the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the government to combat the coronavirus.


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Osama Talaat, head of the Islamic, Coptic and Judaic Antiquities Sector, announced that a number of Coptic antiquities have been sterilized and disinfected, including the area of Virgin Mary’s Tree in Matareyya, the Monastery of Virgin Mary in El-Qusiya, the Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Jabal al-Tair in Samalout, the Abu Mena area in Alexandria, and the Monastery of St. Semaan in Aswan.

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This is in addition to the sterilization of all the Islamic monuments found in Al-Moez Street, Salah El-Din Al-Ayouby Citadel, as well as Sultan Hassan, Al-Azhar and Al-Ghouri areas and the houses of Al-Suhaymi and Al-Sennari.

Also, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities sterilized Tekeya and the Mosque of Abu Dahab in Al-Azhar, the archaeological collection and the palace of Prince Youssef Kamal in Nagaa Hammadi, the Ottoman Castle in Red Sea Governorate, and the Citadel of Qaitbay and Kom el-Nadora in Alexandria.

Among the Jewish monuments that were sterilized were Moses ben Maimon and Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue


On March 25, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities sterilized the Pyramids’ region, to prevent the spread of the emerging coronavirus (covid-19).

Director General of the Pyramids’ region Ashraf Mohieddin said that sterilization was done in accordance with the international standards and by using materials approved by the Ministry of Health and Population, pointing out that the visitors' reception hall, X-Ray devices, tickets office, toilets, entrance to the entire archaeological area and the roads leading to it were all sterilized.

This is in addition to sterilizing the wooden walkway in front of the Great Pyramid, visitors’ seating areas and other places where humans stayed.

Mohieddin stressed that all workers received the tools of protection, including gloves, masks and disinfectants, and that the rest of the region is being sterilized.


Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has cleared and sterilized its administrative buildings in Abbasiya, Giza and Zamalek.


The ministry is implementing the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Population to clean surfaces and places periodically during the day to ensure the safety of visitors and workers, in addition to providing the employees who deal with the public with gloves, masks, and disinfectants.

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4/12/2020 4:05:08 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Min. of Culture’s e-initiatives thrive amid COVID-19 pandemic]]>
Technology has made work and entertainment possible from home. Among those institutions that COVID-19 has not intercepted is the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem addressed the dangers of the virus at an early stage, and began implementing the decisions of the prime minister to suspend cultural and artistic activities and prevent gatherings entirely to limit the spread of the deadly epidemic.

Immediately, the ministry searched for alternatives to reach the largest audience and made all its cultural and artistic activities available on its official channel on YouTube and on the various social media platforms, with an emphasis on the necessity of staying at home.

The Egyptian Ministry of Culture then launched the initiative "Stay At Home, Culture is Between Your Hands”, where all the cultural sectors began broadcasting and uploading their content on the internet.

Supreme Council of Culture

The council launched the "Read with Us" initiative. The initiative presents a reading of a chapter in a book or novel, a short story, or a poem, in a 10-minute recording made by the writer/ poet himself.

The Supreme Council of Culture then uploads the daily readings on Facebook and YouTube.

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Culture Hisham Azmy said that the council is activating more than one e-initiative, including the Short Seminar Initiative, which will result in providing awareness messages to address the novel coronavirus by the psychology, social and scientific culture committees.

Azmy stressed that the electronic initiatives presented by the Supreme Council of Culture in light of this crisis will not stop, even after the end of the crisis, because it has achieved great resonance and interaction.

General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO)

As part of the initiative launched by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the GEBO has made available a large number of books online for free, in addition to providing numerous publications of the National Center for Translation, House of Books (Dar el-Kotob) and the National Documents.

Head of GEBO Haitham el-Hag Ali said that the organization benefited from that experience and will surely keep on providing that service after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the GEBO can activate the purchase of e-books online.

Fine Arts Sector

Within the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, the Fine Arts Sector has displayed the contents of all its art museums online on the Ministry of Culture’s official channel, allowing tours within the various museums from home.

Head of the Fine Arts Sector Khaled Sorour said that the arts sector is presenting a panorama on its art exhibitions, which will be displayed on its official page, and will do more online artistic exhibitions after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Center for Child Culture

The center presented many cultural, artistic activities as well as activities raising awareness against COVID-19, through children's stories, theatrical productions and cartoons. The activities received great interaction from the children and creators at the center.

Mohamed Abdel Hafez Nassef said that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Center for Child Culture received on average 300 children in its garden. In light of the crisis, more children interacted via the internet, and the center estimated that the activities provided were accessed by an estimate of 50,000 children on a daily basis.

Nassef stated that the activities provided by the center will resume after combating the pandemic, due to the success it achieved.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Culture received through its YouTube channel 11,508,000 visitors, with the total number of watched hours reaching 126,737 hours so far, and the channel recording 83,000 subscribers.

Viewership came intensely from more than 25 countries around the world, namely (in order) Egypt, Saudi Arabia, America, UAE, Canada, Kuwait, Germany, England, France, Netherlands, Jordan, Australia, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Tunisia, Italy, Morocco and others.

The average age groups of viewers came as follows:

18 to 34 years: 59 percent, 35 to 44 years: 21 percent, 45 to 64 years: 15 percent, 13 to 17 years: 2 percent, over 65 years: 3 percent. Males recorded higher views with 52.5 percent, while females recorded 47.5 percent.

Most of the views came through social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in addition to the official website of the Ministry of Culture and the Egyptian Opera House.




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4/12/2020 3:52:51 PM
<![CDATA[Angham thanks all Egyptian healthcare personnel for their role in combating COVID-19]]>
The star posted a picture on her Instagram account showing a drawing of a doctor with a crown on her head.

Angham finished recording two religious prayers that will be broadcast on one of the Egyptian satellite channels during Ramadan.

Recently, Angham has broadcast a concert on her Facebook page, which was held at Al-Manara Theater in the Fifth Settlement, to encourage fans from Egypt and the Arab world to stay at home. The concert also came as compensation for the cancellation of concerts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It is noteworthy that Angham had performed a concert in Kuwait, alongside Kuwaiti star Abdullah Al-Ruwaished within the activities of the Hala February Festival 2020. The star also performed a Valentine’s Day concert in Cairo Opera House’s Grand Theater in February, in the presence of numerous acting celebrities and sports stars.

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4/12/2020 2:55:13 PM
<![CDATA[Harvey Weinstein hit with third sexual assault case in Los Angeles]]>
The onetime Hollywood mogul, who tested positive for the coronavirus soon after being incarcerated in upstate New York but has since recovered, was newly charged with a single felony count of sexual battery by restraint.

The 68-year-old had already been charged in Los Angeles with rape, sexual penetration by force and forcible oral copulation for an alleged encounter with one woman, and with sexual battery of a second woman, both in February of 2013.

The latest case stems from an incident that occurred in May 2010 at a Beverly Hills hotel, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement accompanying the amended five-count criminal complaint that contained the new charge.

Weinstein’s spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, declined to comment until he was able to reach Weinstein’s lawyers. Weinstein’s attorneys could not immediately be reached by Reuters.

More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct stretching back decades. He has denied the allegations, saying any sex was consensual.

The revised criminal complaint filed on Friday says Weinstein touched “an intimate part” of the victim while she was restrained against her will by the film producer and an unnamed accomplice.

None of the three women cited as Weinstein’s accusers is identified in court papers.

The third accuser was interviewed by law enforcement in October as a possible corroborating witness in other complaints, and provided detectives last month “with information confirming that the assault took place within the 10-year statute of limitation,” prosecutors said in their statement.

The district attorney’s office also announced on Friday that two other cases involving Weinstein were declined for prosecution “because the victims did not want to testify against the defendant in this case.”

Prosecutors in Los Angeles have initiated a request for temporary custody of Weinstein from New York state as they begin the extradition process, the statement said. He is to be arraigned on the Los Angeles charges once he arrives.

If convicted as charged in the revised complaint, Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison, according to the statement.

He was sentenced on March 11 in Manhattan criminal court to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress. His conviction was hailed as a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct by powerful men.]]>
4/12/2020 1:21:14 PM
<![CDATA[ Egyptian band Massar Egbari released their latest song 'Raghem el-Masafa' with Asma Abulyazeid]]>
''Raghem el-Masafa'' was recorded with each band member performing in a separate studio, sending a message to promote social distancing. The song features well known Egyptian singer and actress Asma Abulyazeid.




Massar Egbari performed their first online live concert in Egypt on Facebook and YouTube to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

Massar Egbari released their latest album entitled “El Album” in March 2019.

The Egyptian band participated in the events of the Arab Youth Festival that kicked off on March 19, 2019.

Massar Egbari was the only Egyptian band performing in the festival which presents a blend of different fusions of Arabic music in a series of mass concerts that ran until April 9 at the Martyr Park in Kuwait.

The band’s third album consists of ten songs which have been filmed as video clips; the album is considered different than the band’s two previous albums.

Massar Egbari is an Egyptian rock band founded in Alexandria in 2005. The band released their third album "Mosawamat" (Bargains) in July 2019 which brought them back to the music scene three years after releasing their album "Toqa’a w tqom" (Fall & Rise).

Massar Egbari was awarded the title of Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds. UNESCO honoured Massar Egbari in 2011 in Paris.

Massar Egbari participated in Black and White Music festival which kicked off on November 16, 2018, in Family Park at Al Rehab city.

The opening ceremony of the festival witnessed for the first time the participation of the most popular Egyptian bands such as, Black Theama, Sharmoofers, Wust El Balad, Karakeeb, Disco Misr.

Black and White Music festival is considered the first musical carnival of its kind in Egypt, the most famous six Egyptian bands performed on one stage in the longest continuous musical day that lasted 12 hours under the media auspices of Youm 7.

Massar Egbari,in cooperation with famed singer Ahmed Sheba, previously released a song entitled “Enzel we Sharek” (Go out and participate), which invited citizens to participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The song was released under the slogan "For our country and for the next generations, go out and participate."

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4/11/2020 4:50:27 PM
<![CDATA[Elissa to release her latest song 'Hangany Kaman w Kaman' on Apr.11]]>


''Maybe it’s because we are all home, but I can’t begin to explain my excitement about tonight’s single release. Less than 8 hours to go ?? stay tuned tonight 8PM on both youtube and Deezer @rotana @audiorotana @deezermena'' Elissa wrote on her official Instagram account.



Elissa performed a massive concert in Dubai on February 14 and performed at MUST Opera House in October city on December 13. The heartthrob singer performed in Alexandria on December 12. This concert was Elissa's first in Egypt after her previous decision to quit singing.

Elissa revealed having breast cancer in her clip "Ela Kol Ely Beyheboony" (To All Those Who Love Me), in which she shed light on her struggle with the disease and her recovery.

She is one of Lebanon's most famous singers and one of the best known artists in the Arab world. She was the best-selling female Middle Eastern artist for 2005 and 2009.


In 2005, 2006 and 2010, she received the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist, and became the first Lebanese singer to receive the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist.

It is worth mentioning that he Lebanese star has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Elissa is also one of the richest celebrities in Lebanon, with an estimated wealth of over $40 million. As of 2017, Elissa has had over 44 million followers on social media.





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4/11/2020 4:00:28 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism and Antiquities organizes its second guided video tour about 1st backpack in history]]>
The second guided tour which was presented by the Egyptian tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty was about the Statuette of Niankhpepy’s Servant.

Abdala and Batouty shed light on the first backpack in history, which is a basket with of two white straps, that we see on the Statuette of Niankhpepi's porter.

The wooden statuette featured here was discovered in the tomb of Niankhpepi, the “Supervisor of Upper Egypt” during the reign of the Sixth Dynasty King Pepi I, in Meir near al-Qusiya, Asyut governorate.

It depicts one of his servants carrying an ornate basket in one folded arm while he carries a second basket on his back by means of two white straps.

The first basket is decorated with a colorful grid of squares, and the one on his back with a wide leopard print band.

A keen eye will notice that the bag (basket) has two tapering legs beneath it that allowed it to be propped up when put on ground. ?

Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organised its first guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on April 9.

The first guided video tour was presented by Abdala and Batouty as well.

The tour highlighted two artifacts which are the Colossal statue of King Akhenaten and the Head of his wife Queen Nefertiti.

This colossus of Akhenaten is carved of sandstone. It is one of a series that represents the King that once stood in front of the pillars of a temple to the god Aten just east of Karnak.

It depicts the king holding the crook and the flail, symbols of kingship. They are characteristic of the early reign of Akhenaten, representing him with exaggerated features including narrow shoulders, a prominent belly, full hips, thin arms, and a very distinctive long face with a long nose, narrow, oblique eyes, and full lips.


Although unfinished, this quartzite statue of Nefertiti is remarkable. It was discovered in the workshop of Thutmose, a sculptor in Akhetaten (modern Tell al-Amarna), who must have been a master of his craft. The statue bears the powerful queen’s elegant features.

The two guided tours are produced by Media Hub group.

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4/11/2020 1:05:19 PM
<![CDATA[The Beatles' handwritten 'Hey Jude' lyrics sell for $910,000 at auction]]>
A vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo that was used during the English band’s first North American tour in 1964 was another top item, selling for $200,000.

The items were among more than 250 items of Beatles memorabilia offered in an online auction by Julien’s Auctions to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup.

A drawing by John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono called Bagism, a term they coined to satirize stereotyping, sold for $93,750, while an ashtray used by the Fab Four’s drummer Ringo Starr at the Abbey Road recording studios in London fetched $32,500.

The wooden stage of the small Liverpool venue where the band performed before they rocketed to fame went for $25,600.

Before the sale, Julien’s Auctions music specialist Jason Watkins had described McCartney’s hastily scribbled notes for a 1968 studio recording of “Hey Jude” as very rare and valuable.



“It’s obviously a very iconic song that everyone’s familiar with,” said Watkins. “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when they were recording it.”

The sale had been due to take place online and at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York, but it was made online-only due to the coronavirus pandemic, the auction house said.


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4/11/2020 12:24:25 PM
<![CDATA[Synergy releases promo of ‘El-Ekhteyar’ series set to be released in Ramadan ]]>


"El-Ekhteyar" series tackles the story of late Egyptian Colonel Ahmed el-Mansy, the commander of the Sa'ka Forces or Thunderbolt Forces who was killed during the clashes between Egyptian army forces and militants, while the army besieged groups of terrorists and foiled attacks that targeted a number of other checkpoints in the Rafah area in North Sinai on 2017.

"El-Ekhteyar" starring Amir Kharara, Dina Fouad, Ahmed Elawady, Dina Adel in addition to a notable group of guests of honors such as Eyad Nassar, Mohamed Emam and Asser Yassin.

The series is written by Baher Dewidar and directed by Peter Mimi.

Mansy was born in 1978 in Sharqia governorate. He joined the Egyptian battalion in the Nineties, immediately after his graduation from the Military College. He was assigned as the commander of the battalion in 2016.

His father as the general director of the health unit existed in Minya el-Qamh village for more than 14 years.

He stays at 10 Ramadan City with his wife and his three children. His brother-in-law told local media outlets that he has named his newborn baby after Hamza bin Abdel Motaleb, uncle of Prophet Muhammad who gave him the posthumous title Chief of the Martyrs, considering Mansy as a role model of courage and boldness.



He was transferred to North Sinai forces three years ago where he took part in several security operations against militants.


In 2016, he was awarded by the battalion during the holy month of Ramadan for his excellent performance and his military discipline.

Few months before his death, he was injured at his shoulder during a security operation in North Sinai.

He refused to be treated at a hospital, according to his friends on Facebook, after being told he should have taken 15 days rest for complete recovery. He insisted on resuming work at his brigade to defend the homeland.

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4/10/2020 7:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Min. of Tourism and Antiquities organizes its first guided video tour at the Egyptian Museum ]]>
The first guided video tour was presented by the two Egyptians tour guides Fatma Abdala and Walid Al-Batouty and produced by Media Hub group.

The tour highlighted two artifacts which are the Colossal statue of King Akhenaten and the Head of his wife Queen Nefertiti.

This colossus of Akhenaten is carved of sandstone. It is one of a series that represents the King that once stood in front of the pillars of a temple to the god Aten just east of Karnak.

It depicts the king holding the crook and the flail, symbols of kingship. They are characteristic of the early reign of Akhenaten, representing him with exaggerated features including narrow shoulders, a prominent belly, full hips, thin arms, and a very distinctive long face with a long nose, narrow, oblique eyes, and full lips.


Although unfinished, this quartzite statue of Nefertiti is remarkable. It was discovered in the workshop of Thutmose, a sculptor in Akhetaten (modern Tell al-Amarna), who must have been a master of his craft. The statue bears the powerful queen’s elegant features.
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4/10/2020 5:31:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian star Sherine Abdel Wahab's song 'Mesh Ad el Hawa' achieves booming success ]]>



''Mesh Ad el Hawa'' song is written by Mohamed el Ghoneimy, distributed by Ahmed Ibrahim and composed by Mohamed Rahim.

Abdel Wahab, 39, is a popular Egyptian singer who was born in 1980. She started her career in 2000. Two years later, music producer Nassr Mahrous who strongly believed in Abdel Wahab paired her with Tamer Hosny on the same music album.

The album achieved booming success; Abdel Wahab and Hosny became mega stars.
Abdel Wahab released a lot of successful songs such as “Masha’aer’’ (Emotions), "Albi Leek" (My heart is for you), “Garh Tany” (Another wound), “Lazem Ayesh” (I have to survive), “Batmenak” (I am Reassuring you) among others.

Her soap opera “Tare’y” (My path), released in 2015, achieved great success.


She acted in one movie along with the Egyptian mega star Ahmed Helmy entitled “Mido Mashakel” (Mido always makes problems).

Abdel Wahab is famous for her emotional, melodious voice that has a significant touch of intimacy. She is consistently hailed as one of the most talented and successful singers of her era, being dubbed as “The Queen of Emotions” for her popular romantic ballads.



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4/10/2020 4:28:22 PM
<![CDATA[Celebrating the birthday of the legendary Egyptian star Omar Sharif]]>
On this occassion Egypt Today looks back at some of the milestones that led to his international debut.

Sharif’s childhood

Born in Alexandria as Michel Dimitri Chalhoub on April 10, 1932, he was of Lebanese descent, but was born and bred in Egypt. His parents were of good social standards; his father in the wood business and his mother a notable society hostess who often hosted King Farouk to play cards.

Growing up, Sharif easily became multilingual as he was brought up by his French speaking mother and attended an English boarding school and Victoria College; he also became fluent in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

After graduating from Cairo University with a mathematics and physics degree, he attempted to follow his father’s path of work but quickly receded and went on to London to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Sharif realized his passion for acting at the tender age of 13 when he participated in his English boarding school’s theatre program.

This horrified his father, since it would stop his son from following in his footsteps and becoming a timber merchant. Later, Sharif’s talent overcame all obstacles and he became a world-renowned actor.

The immortal cinematic and romantic couple Sharif and Hamama

In 1954, Sharif starred in “The Desert’s Devil” (Shaytan al-Saharaa), but his break was the same year when he acted in “Struggle in the Valley” (Sira’ Fi al-Waady) alongside his wife, the late great Egyptian actress Faten Hamama.

The love story of Hamama and Sharif began when they worked together in Youssef Chahine’s “Struggle in the Valley.”

Despite being born Catholic, he changed his name and converted to Islam to marry her in 1955. A marriage that lasted for 20 years, the famed couple were the symbol of love to all the Egyptian audience.



They portrayed their love in a number of successful movies that will live on for years after their death; movies that taught us the true meaning of love, such as “Ayamna el Helwa” (Our Beautiful Days), “Nahr El Hob” (River of Love), “ Saydet el Kasr” (The Palace Lady), “Sra’a fe El Mena” (Struggle in the Port), among others.



El Sherif’s international Stardom

He achieved international stardom in 1962 by acting in Lawrence of Arabia alongside Peter O’Toole.
He maintained his status as a foreign heartthrob by leading in films like Dr. Zhivago and Funny Girl, which caused outrage in Egypt due to the romance with his leading co-star, Barbara Streisand, who won an Oscar for her role.

Funny Girl was based on a play with the same title also starring Streisand. This musical comedy drama is a biographic, based on the life of Fanny Brice, a famous female Jewish comedian of the 1900s who dreams of stardom in New York City’s Broadway.
Against all odds she rises to the top and falls for Nick Arnstein, played by Sharif, a businessman and compulsive gambler.



While the 60s were the best and busiest years of Sharif’s acting career, they were the ones which took a toll on his marriage with Hamama, and the couple shocked their fans by getting a divorce in 1974.



A resonating talent

His impeccable acting skills speak for themselves, but his mastery of contract bridge also precedes him. He wrote books on bridge, his favorite card game, and even established the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus.

However, his addiction to gambling eventually caused him money troubles, which led to his acting flops and his downward spiral.

Living alone and with little money, Sharif spent his later days living in hotels in Paris and London until he made a brief comeback with his role in the 2003 French film “Monsieur Ibrahim.”

The film received positive reviews, and Sharid even won the audience award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

Sharif was always keen to support and encourage young talents such as the famed Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan, who had a small role in Sharif’s only Egyptian soap opera “Hanan w Hanin” ( Tenderness and Nostalgia).

Ramadan previously announced in a number of TV interviews that Sharif encouraged him a lot and praised his acting talent, predicting at that time that he will be a superstar in the future.

“When I first met Omar Sharif, he greeted me as if I was family. He was someone who really loved people; when he found out that we were [both] Egyptian, we bonded instantly.

The main piece of advice he gave me was to start in Egypt and get that experience under my belt before trying to have a career internationally,” recounted the Egyptian rising international actor Amir El-Masry in an interview with Egypt Today.




The End

Sharif moved back to Egypt to spend his final days while struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. Sharif passed away at the age of 83 due to a heart attack on July 10, 2015. Sharif is a cheerful, handsome, talented and iconic artist who will remain forever alive in the hearts of his audience around the world.

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4/10/2020 1:29:14 PM
<![CDATA['Saturday Night Live' returning with remotely produced TV show]]>
The network said the satirical show, which shut down production in mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, would feature original content from “Saturday Night Live” cast members, including the regular “Weekend Update” segment.

“Saturday Night Live,” with its mix of topical sketches, songs and celebrity appearances, has been a cultural favorite in the United States since 1975.

NBC gave no details about who would appear on the show which will be broadcast on April 11 at its regular 11:30 pm ET (0330 GMT Sunday) time slot.



Production on “Saturday Night Live” and all other U.S. television shows and movies shut down in mid-March because of social distancing and shutdown orders aimed at containing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Several topical television shows, including daytime talk show “The Ellen Show” and late night staples “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show,” have returned in recent weeks with their hosts filming themselves from their homes and speaking with guests on social media and video platforms.

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4/10/2020 1:22:26 PM
<![CDATA[No stage, no problem: Russian ballet dancers perform in kitchens for online fans]]>
Seven dancers from the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s most prominent troupes, have been filming spins in their kitchens, lifts in their living rooms and plies as they sweep the floor.

They have compiled their moves into a short but entertaining video.

Set to music by composer Ludwig Minkus, the three-minute video, shared on the theatre’s social media pages last Sunday, has garnered nearly 30,000 views on Instagram and more than 550 comments on Facebook.

“Artists remain true to themselves even in the current unusual conditions,” the Mikhailovsky Theatre said. “While they do not have the opportunity to interact with spectators at the theatre, the interior of their homes serves as a stage and creative platform for them.”

The theatre said the initiative had come from principal dancer Ivan Vasilyev, who in the video is seen lifting ballerina Maria Vinogradova across a living room as she carries a casserole.

The final seconds of the performance include bows, applause and bouquets, like a live show.

Other Russian theatres have undertaken similar initiatives as they remain closed to the public.

Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, whose director told the Kommersant newspaper on Thursday he feared for its survival if it didn’t restart performances in September, has begun streaming some of its most notable past performances online.

And an opera and ballet theatre in Perm, an industrial city east of the capital, is allowing only one spectator to physically watch its performances, which it broadcasts to everyone else on the internet.

Russia on Thursday reported a record daily rise of 1,459 new cases of coronavirus, pushing its national total to 10,131. Seventy-six people have died from the virus, authorities said.]]>
4/10/2020 1:19:51 PM
<![CDATA[No stage, no problem: Russian ballet dancers perform in kitchens for online fans]]>
Seven dancers from the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, one of Russia’s most prominent troupes, have been filming spins in their kitchens, lifts in their living rooms and plies as they sweep the floor.

They have compiled their moves into a short but entertaining video.

Set to music by composer Ludwig Minkus, the three-minute video, shared on the theatre’s social media pages last Sunday, has garnered nearly 30,000 views on Instagram and more than 550 comments on Facebook.

“Artists remain true to themselves even in the current unusual conditions,” the Mikhailovsky Theatre said. “While they do not have the opportunity to interact with spectators at the theatre, the interior of their homes serves as a stage and creative platform for them.”

The theatre said the initiative had come from principal dancer Ivan Vasilyev, who in the video is seen lifting ballerina Maria Vinogradova across a living room as she carries a casserole.

The final seconds of the performance include bows, applause and bouquets, like a live show.

Other Russian theatres have undertaken similar initiatives as they remain closed to the public.

Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, whose director told the Kommersant newspaper on Thursday he feared for its survival if it didn’t restart performances in September, has begun streaming some of its most notable past performances online.

And an opera and ballet theatre in Perm, an industrial city east of the capital, is allowing only one spectator to physically watch its performances, which it broadcasts to everyone else on the internet.

Russia on Thursday reported a record daily rise of 1,459 new cases of coronavirus, pushing its national total to 10,131. Seventy-six people have died from the virus, authorities said.]]>
4/10/2020 8:04:32 AM
<![CDATA[Somaya el-Khashab sends thank-you message to Egyptian doctors, nurses, paramedics]]>
Khashab said in a video on TikTok, "Thanks to the heroes. Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and paramedics, who are putting their lives at risk and exposing themselves to danger for us. May God protect you and bring you back to your family unharmed."

Somaya Elkhashab on TikTok

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The star also shared a video with her fans on TikTok offering tips to avoid transmitting COVID-19, and to fight the virus that spread in most parts of the world and left thousands of victims.

Khashab released her new clip directed by Randali Kdeah of the song "Arabia Ana," written by Hisham Sadek and Hassan Mohamed, and composed by Khashab.

The song is the idea of Khashab, who seems to focus in the current period on empowering women, specifically Arab women. This came after the success of her song "Betestakwa", which she shot as a video clip directed by Gamil el-Moghazi, to fight violence against women.
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4/9/2020 6:10:52 PM
<![CDATA[Mohy’s 'Fawadt Amry' reaches 1M views on YouTube]]>
"Fawadt Amry" is written by Ashraf Amin and composed by Mohamed Mohy.

It is noteworthy that Mohy released in March the first song of his new album, "Beta’ Zaman", after an absence of 5 years. The song is entitled “Sahranin”. It is written by Noor Hamdi and composed by Mohy.

“Sahranin” also exceeded the 1 million mark in viewership on YouTube.

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4/9/2020 4:59:32 PM
<![CDATA[Empress Eugenie's holdings exhibited at Egypt's Suez Canal Museum]]>
This comes within the framework of the ministry’s policy to make the best use of the artifacts stored in the warehouses and to re-employ them.

Head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector Osama Talaat stated that these holdings consist of a number of chairs and sofas. It was prepared by Khedive Ismail to receive Empress Eugenie to attend the opening ceremony of the Suez Canal. The furniture was then owned by Khedive Ismail’s children.

Talaat further pointed out that these pieces are in the custody of the Ministry of Awqaf, and that they were preserved in Qubbat Afandina and the dome of Princess Shivakiar.


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4/9/2020 4:43:12 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Ministry of Culture’s e-initiative to present rare musical, theatrical shows]]>
On its official YouTube channel, the Ministry of Culture will broadcast a concert of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the Romanian international flute player Gheorghe Zamfir on April 11 at 9 p.m. Zamfir is one of the most famous and important musicians in the modern era.

Following the musical concert the play “Awlad el-Ghadab Walhob”, written by Karam el-Naggar and directed by Nasser Abdel Moneim, will be broadcast on the ministry’s official YouTube channel.
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“Awlad el-Ghadab Walhob” poster - ET

The play stars Anoushka, Ahmed Ratib, Mohammad Nagati, Safaa Galal, Basma and Sayed el-Ruby.

The play is a comedy discussing intergenerational dialogue through the personality of a great theatrical director, who decides to work on a new play starring a group of young people. During rehearsals, disagreement arises between them as a result of divergent views on many issues.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Culture received through its YouTube channel 11,508,000 million visitors.

The total number of watched hours so far is 126,737 hours, and the channel has registered 83,000 subscribers.

The channel’s views came from more than 25 countries around the world, namely Egypt, Saudi Arabia, America, UAE, Canada, Kuwait, Germany, England, France, Netherlands, Jordan, Australia, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Tunisia, Italy, Morocco and others.



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4/9/2020 3:48:44 PM
<![CDATA[Isolation art: recreate masterworks with cabbage, lentils and socks]]>
The 31-year-old Belarusian living in Texas placed three blinis in her kitchen to match their position in the Dali painting, then photographed and posted her creation in a Russian-language Facebook group here encouraging members to reproduce famous artworks with items found at home.

Created last week, “Izoizolyacia” - or Art Isolation - now has more than 300,000 members and a flurry of posts that include Edvard Munch’s “Scream” made of slippers and clothes, and Kazimir Malevich’s “Black Square” composed of socks hanging from a towel rack.

Some participants have also dressed themselves and family members in elaborate costumes — or shed layers — to reproduce portraits of the past with varying degrees of accuracy.

“There is lots of free time now and I loved how people were starting to become absorbed by art,” said Goroshko, a mother of two who has a background in graphic design and photography.

The Russian-language Facebook group joins similar online initiatives, including a Dutch Instagram account with 155,000 followers, that have encouraged people in quarantine to channel their artistic talents to recreate masterpieces.

Muscovite Yulia Tabolkina, a painting enthusiast, swapped her brushes and palette for whatever she could find in the pantry to create her own versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Munch’s “Scream.”

She used lentils, buckwheat, beans and other food items to produce different shades and used her windowsill as a canvas.

“It really helps to keep morale up during these times because people are at home and it’s tough for them,” said the 33-year-old, who spent about an hour on each of her creations. “This group helps cheer them up.”

In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Olesia Marchenko recreated Henri Matisse’s “Dance,” which features five crimson nude dancers holding hands in a circle against a green landscape and a dark blue sky, with sausages, red cabbage and spinach leaves.

“I experienced a burst of emotion of the kind we have not been feeling because all countries are in quarantine to some degree,” the 50-year-old psychologist and photography aficionado said about the initiative.

“Any activity is great right now, whatever it may be.”]]>
4/9/2020 1:06:56 PM
<![CDATA[New discovery of foundation deposits and the storerooms of Ramses II’s temple in Abydos ]]>
The deposits materials include food offerings, plaques inscribed with Rameses II throne name painted in blue or green color, small copper construction tool models, pottery vessel with hieratic inscriptions, and oval shaped quartzite grindstones, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri announces.
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Ramses II Temple Foundation deposit 2020 - ET

The mission also discovered ten large mud-brick storerooms attached to the temple palace, originally roofed with vaulted brick ceilings. They were used as granaries, storage of other temple provisions, offerings, and other small equipment.

Twelve sacrificial votive bulls’ heads and bones dated to the Ptolemaic period were found inserted inside niches cut in the walls of the storerooms. In addition, a complete bull skeleton was found carefully buried under the floor of the temple palace.

Dr. Iskander further stated that the foundation deposits bearing the throne name of Rameses II buried under his first temple built in Egypt confirms that it was indeed constructed during his reign, and not earlier during his father’s time.

The latest discoveries have in effect changed the physical appearance of the Abydos landscape and shed considerable light on our understanding of the temple and its economy during the thirteenth century B.C.

The insertion of numerous votive sacrificial bulls within the walls of the temple dated to the Ptolemaic period reveals that the temple was still regarded then as a sacred place. This is a testimony to the vivid memory of Rameses II in the Egyptian mind one thousand years after his reign-an immense span of time.

Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities press release
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4/8/2020 4:13:24 PM
<![CDATA[Live Science website recommends virtual tours of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities ]]>
The virtual tours launched by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities came as a precautionary measure to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, where the ministry made available virtual tours inside the tomb of Queen Meresankh III, the Red Monastery of the fourth century, the tomb of Minina, the Ben Ezra Jewish Synagogue and the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Barquq.

The site sent to all the people of the world a message, saying: “If you are looking for a great way to 'explore' while staying at home due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, this may be the ideal option.”

3D tours display ancient Egyptian sites in stunning detail, allowing viewers to "walk through" various parts of the ruins.

Moreover, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced that the tours will be available online, as a way to share these wonders with people staying at home to help "flatten the curve" of the infections/deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities wrote that the virtual tours include a tomb of Minina from the Eighteenth Dynasty (1549 BC to 1292 BC). The tomb is located in Thebes Tomb (modern Luxor) and is well known for its well-preserved paintings, according to the American Research Center in Egypt.

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Not much is known about Minina, but his tomb provides clues about his life. The titles in his grave indicate that he was a writer, who also supervised the fields of the Pharaoh and the Temple of Amun.

The virtual tour of Queen Meresankh III tomb, which was launched on April 4, shows the Queen's Rest. She was the granddaughter of the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), who commissioned the construction of the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Her husband was either Khafre or Menkaure, who both built the other two pyramids in Giza.

This tomb shows carved and painted scenes of Queen Meresankh III and her royal family, as well as funerary servants, craftsmen, and priests.

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4/8/2020 3:51:45 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Synergy releases promotional posters of 'Al-Fetewa' series ]]>
Each male and female cast member was shown in a poster alone, while another poster showed the entire cast together. Male actors appeared wearing Galabiya and female actresses wore Abaya. Both are traditional Arabic clothes that are mostly used in rural regions of the countryside and shabby neighborhoods of the cities.

The series is set during the era of the “Fetewas” (Tough Guys) in Egypt in the world of ghettos and shabby neighborhoods controlled by a group of “tough guys,” who bore the responsibility of the people.

The stars Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Naglaa Badr and Mai Omar each appeared alone in promotional posters. The four stars appeared in a group poster with Riyad el-Khouli and Ahmed Khalil.

The promotional video of the series is expected to be released by Synergy, the producing company, within the next few hours.

The much anticipated series “Al-Fetewa” is starring Yasser Galal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar, Nagla Badr, Riyad el-Khouli, Ahmed Khalil, Hanadi Muhanna, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, Laila Ahmed Zahir, Maha Nassar, Ahmed Gamal Saeed, Aida Riyad, Magdy Fikry, Ahdi Sadiq, Ghafran Mohammad and Azzouz Adel.

Written by Hani Sarhan and directed by Hussein al-Manbawi, the series comes as the second successive cooperation between Yasser Galal, Hany Sarhan, Hussein al-Manbawi and the leading production company Synergy.

The four had previously cooperated in the series “Lams Aktaf” presented in 2019.

“Lams Aktaf” starred Fathi Abdel Wahab, Hanan Motawa’, Iman el-Assi, Mohamed Ezz, Magdy Fekry, Samar Morsy, Karam Gaber, Heba Abdel Ghani, Caroline Khalil, Khaled Kamal, Sherif el-Desouky, Latifa Fahmy, Rania Shahin, Hagar el-Sharnoubi, Ahmed Keshk, Laila Hussein, Omar Sharqi and Azouz Adel.

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Leila Ahmed Zaher with Yasser Galal in "Al-Fetewa" poster - ET

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Mai Omar's "Al-Fetewa" poster - ET

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Yasser Galal in "Al-Fetewa" poster - ET

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Ahmed Salah Hosni's "Al-Fetewa" poster - ET

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Naglaa Badr in "Al-Fetewa" - ET

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Galal and Hosni in "Al-Fetewa" poster - ET
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4/8/2020 3:38:14 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Fine Arts Museum displays Mahmoud Moussa’s sculptures]]>
“Stay home, we’ll bring the museum to you,” is a comment made on the museum’s official Facebook page, where the museum launched an online exhibition of its most important holdings.

Among the museum's most important holdings exhibited at the “Online Museum” is the work of artist Mahmoud Mousa.

The great Alexandrian artist, Mahmoud Moussa, was born on May 17, 1913. He completed his preliminary study at Al-Azhar to become an important sheikh.

However, Moussa announced to his family that he wanted to practice his father’s profession, the formation of stucco decorations for the facades and interiors of buildings.

Thus, Moussa joined the studio of the Society of Fine Arts Amateurs to study art.

“Around 1929, I knew that there was a night school about to open to teach decoration, sculpting, and photography. I, of course, was always keen to check the magazines and newspapers that my dad used to bring. I was very keen to read about Mukhtar’s story and the story of his sculpture the Renaissance of Egypt. I was always interested in the statues of the ancient Egyptians and foreign artists,” said Moussa about this important time of his life.

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Part of Moussa’s intriguing sculpting works - ET

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4/8/2020 3:03:24 PM
<![CDATA[Mobile-only Quibi sees more than 300,000 downloads on launch day: Sensor Tower]]>
The service is founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former chief of Walt Disney Co’s movie studio and Dreamworks Animation, and headed by former eBay Inc and Hewlett Packard Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman.

Quibi, rolled out on Monday, stands for “quick bites” and offers slickly produced movies, such as “Hunger Games” actor Liam Hemsworth’s thriller “Most Dangerous Game”, in chunks of 10 minutes or shorter.

The service, currently available only in the United States and Canada, will also deliver reality shows and news. Basketball superstar LeBron James appears in a documentary about his Ohio school for at-risk youth.

Quibi offers a 90-day free trial and will cost $5 a month with ads, or $8 a month without them, after that period.

Still, the downloads were fewer than Walt Disney Co’s streaming service, Disney+, first day downloads, which stood at 4 million, Sensor Tower data showed.

Quibi will compete with full-fledged streaming services such as Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon’s Prime Video and Netflix, as well as short-form entertainment platforms like TikTok and Alphabet’s YouTube.]]>
4/8/2020 1:39:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Tourism & Antiquities Min. launches new virtual tour inside Beni Hassan cemetery]]>
The Beni Hassan cemetery is a group of tombs carved in the mountain, located about 20 kilometers south of the city of Minya.
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Beni Hassan ancient cemetery, Minya - ET

On the upper part of the mountain there are about 40 large tombs from the era of the Sixth Dynasty (2345--2181 BC towards the end of the Old Kingdom) and the Twelfth Dynasty (1985-1795 BC and during the Middle Kingdom).

The rulers of the 15th region were also buried in Upper Egypt, such as the tombs of Khnumhotep II, Amenemhat, Baqet III and Khety, all are in a great state of preservation. Its walls are decorated with beautiful inscriptions of bright colors.

There are many other tombs in Beni Hassan, some of which date back to the late era (664-332 BC), Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC) and the Roman era (from the beginning of the year 30 BC).


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4/8/2020 1:29:01 PM
<![CDATA[Swiss street artist pays tribute to unsung coronavirus heroes]]>
Perez, 35, has adorned a pedestrian underpass in the town of Gland with a portrait of a masked cashier scanning a bottle of soap and plans to add other figures, such as construction workers or dustmen, to the mural.

“Today, I will especially pay tribute to cashiers. They are on the frontline with nurses and others,” he told Reuters.

He said his mural, adding color to a “sad-looking wall”, was “for our everyday superheroes.”

Switzerland has recommended that its citizens stay indoors during the coronavirus which has killed more than 500 people and infected over 21,100 in the country, although it has stopped short of ordering a lockdown.]]>
4/8/2020 1:01:11 PM
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