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Oldest watch shop in Cairo to be demolished

  Ever since it opened its doors to the public in 1907, Nehayat Salamon, the oldest watch shop in Cairo, has been the hit place for Cairo’s elites to get and repair their unique, one-of-a-kind watches. The antique shop has a legacy of over 100 years, which will soon be put to an end, after …

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Life of man who spent his years shaping wool into captivating carpets

  For 51 years old Bartia Armanous earned his living from the passion that captured his mind, which he started when he was only 15. Making “kilim” (handmade carpets) was the handicraft that Armanous learned as a child; like millions of artisans, he learned the craft in order to afford his expenses. However, as years …

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‘Mawa’ed Al-Rahman’: Sharing food with strangers

  One of the most eye-catching sights in Ramadan are “Mawa’ed Al-Rahman”, which literally translates to Tables of the Merciful (God). Passing through almost every neighbourhood in Egypt, by the time the Maghrib (sunset) prayers is called, it is difficult to miss the long, stacked tables of food and drink, which often stretch the entire …

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Reliving historic Ramadan spirit in Old Cairo

  Amid the special spirit Ramadan brings in Egypt, one cannot miss spending a day of the holy month at one of Cairo’s most sacred districts, Al-Hussein area. In the heart of Old Cairo, the district combines between the cherished Islamic places of worship and one-of-a-kind entertaining atmosphere. Stepping inside the area before the Maghrib …

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Konafa and qatayef: Ramadan’s most in-demand desserts

When it comes to food, Ramadan is the season of highest food consumption. Preparing the iftar meal is not the only dish people stop at, but they go on to prepare the desserts that are as important as the plethora of food that fill families’ tables.  Konafa and qatayef are inseparable part of Ramadan’s tradition …

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‘Tahtib’: The once martial art that turned into a dance

  Egypt is known for having a unique heritage of martial arts that people still practice regularly without it being invaded by modernism or abandoned by younger generations; “tahtib” is one of them. Thousands of men in Egypt’s rural areas, especially Upper Egypt, still gather on a weekly basis to show off their abilities in …

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Upper Egyptian identity revived in spearing competition

  Far away from the city’s modernism that demolished the inherited Egyptian identity, citizens of Upper Egypt still hold on to their elders’ cultural rituals, which “El-Mermah” (Spearing) is one of. El-Mermah is the oldest fencing competition in the history of Egypt. On their horses, young men of Upper Egypt, especially in the region’s south, …

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Palm leaf boxes: A handicraft fighting extinction

While the world may be familiar with Egypt’s handmade products as some of the finest home decorations, pottery artwork, embroidered cloths, and handmade bags, an almost forgotten handiwork fights for survival in Upper Egypt. Making boxes out of palm leaves—where boxes are made of palm leaves after being reshaped—is an endangered craft. Despite their creators …

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Inside the discovered cemetery in Minya 

The Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sunday the discovery of a new cemetery near Tuna Al-Gabal in Minya governorate. Daily News Egypt’s photographer captured photos from inside the cemetery, where a family tomb was unearthed along with the mummies of its members, who were priests of the gods during their lifetime. The cemetery had burial …

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Loom industry in Akhmim: embroidering nature for living

Four hundred and sixty kilometres away from Cairo, in the heart of one of the most ancient cities of Egypt, citizens of Akhmim, in Sohag governorate, dedicate their lives to creating a unique type of art by making handmade loom. In the city that is known for its inheritance of pharaonic legacy, artisans spend their …

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Egyptians revive Al-Hussein’s memory 

Thousands of Egyptians gathered on Tuesday from Egypt’s different governorates at Al-Hussein square in Al-Azhar area to celebrate Mouled (the birth of) Al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Al-Hussein has a significant role for Shiite and Sufi Muslims. His birth is an annual Islamic celebration with its own rituals which last …

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Despite security threats, Egyptians celebrate Christmas 

The streets of Cairo warmly celebrated Christmas spirit with Christmas trees, ornaments, decorations, lights, and definitely Santa Claus. With Christmas’s most famous songs in the background, the dazzling spirit of Christmas fills people’s heart with joy and warmth. The streets of Egypt’s posh neighbourhoods started preparing for the celebratory season staring in early December. New …

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From Cairo to Aswan: enter Egypt’s thriving cycling scene

Walk into Galal Zekri’s office—the man behind the 10-day Cairo to Aswan NS Crossing (North to Sourth Crossing)—and you find a Google-like, colourful atmosphere, a map of the world, and a white board of the list of engagements and plans to start on. Talk to him, and you find the most inspiring young man, looking …

Yosra El-Zoghby