Posts Tagged With: Cairo

Adventures in Egyptian Ikea

If you’re going to go to Ikea, pick a time when it’s not busy. In Egypt (and most of the Middle East, I assume), that time is Friday mid-morning, before prayer. Friday is the holy day here, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims alike. Most people sleep in leaving the streets bare and ghost town quiet. It’s a good time to go shopping at major stores and malls like Carrefour or Cairo Festival City (CFC), but don’t expect the corner shop to be open.

Therefore, at 11 am on Friday, I took a taxi with some new co-workers to Cairo Festival City to go shopping. As with the last time we came to CFC, it took the driver five minutes to figure out how to enter to the mall parking lot. There is plenty of parking, but most of it is blocked off, and no one really knows why. The cab driver finally determined that taking us directly to the door of Ikea was not an option, so he dropped us at the nearest entrance and we wandered through the mall to get there.

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Hot Nuts

I don’t think the guys who work here have any idea just how suggestive their slogan really is.

Add Delectation To Life...Get Your Nuts Hot

Add Delectation To Life…Get Your Nuts Hot

 

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Snake Oil for Sale

I’ve always thought that snake oil only existed in stories from the Wild West. Salesmen roaming from town to town selling a miracle cure made from strange ingredients. They always turned out to be fake, and a waste of money, right?

Well, now available at my local Carrefour: Snake Oil Hair Serum

Snake Oil for Sale

Snake Oil for Sale

Only 43.95 Egyptian Pounds!

Get yours now, while supplies last!

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The 10 Types of Expat You Meet In Cairo – Via Scoop Empire

The 10 Types of Expats You Meet in Cairo

Cairo, for a city of roughly 20 million inhabitants, can sometimes feel like a small town with its overlapping social circles and limited circuit of gatherings and venues. Coupled with a dwindling population of foreigners – and by now, only the crazies are left –  this small-town feel makes Cairo’s expat community seem downright incestuous.

Flatmates, colleagues, neighbors, classmates, friends of friends – visualize all these “mutual friends” connections mapped out and you’ll notice a pattern emerge with clusters of expats categorized by occupation and bridged by location: English teachers commuting from Maadi, journalists living in downtown, embassy wives mingling in Zamalek.

And did we mention that only the crazies are left? After last year’s spate of goodbye get-togethers and farewell festivities, it seems that only the most tenacious – or most unbalanced – foreigners have decided to stay.

Following careful research (and by “research” we mean house parties and baladi bar crawls), we’ve compiled a list of the ten most common types of expats you’ll meet in Egypt’s capital.

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Egypt Ban On R4Bea Rabea Signs In Facebook via Business Insider

R4biaEgypt has passed a law that could sentence anyone who posts this symbol on their Facebook page to five years in prison, according to Arabcrunch and Sharouk News.

Egyptian athletes expected to compete in the Olympics are also banned from flashing the four-fingered symbol, according to the country’s sports minister.

The “Rabia” or “R4bia” symbol is a reference to the deaths of Muslim protestors in Rabia al-Adawiya Square. It is a symbol of support for the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Rabia means four or fourth in Arabic, and it sounds the same as the name of the mosque that became the center of pro-Muslim protests in 2012.

Following the revolution that deposed former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood won a national election in 2012. However, incoming president Mohamed Morsi abrogated so much power to himself that the Egyptian military staged a coup in the summer of 2013. Since then, the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned in the country even though it won the last democratic vote there.

According to a Google translated versions of  Sharouk News, Egyptian police recently posted a warning on Facebook that anyone who posts the R4bia sign will be regarded as a terrorist who supports the Brotherhood, and could be subjected to five years in prison.

via Egypt Ban On R4Bea Rabea Signs In Facebook – Business Insider.

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