06 Mar 2014
In a quiet, cozy studio in Zamalek, ten people from all different walks of life gathered together for a common purpose: bringing more joy to their life.
Though they were all seated together cross-legged in a big circle, it was easy...
17 Feb 2014
Hamlet in the famous shakespearean play “Hamlet” said to himself “To be,or not to be: that’s the question” and this is still one of the noblest unresolved statements that’s ever been stated.
30 Sep 2013
In a religious country such as Egypt, despite atheism being a taboo highly frowned upon, atheists say their numbers are on the rise. But with any new movement taking hold, a cultural backlash is bound to ensue.
In an attempt to...
26 Sep 2013
Education officials in the New Valley decided to close a school that had only one student and 12 teachers to avoid squandering public money.
Besides the teaching staff, the school has employees and janitors all of whom served one student...
18 Sep 2013
The start of the school year at Helwan University has been postponed for one week due to lingering security concerns in Egypt, according to the university's deputy head, Samir al-Demerdash.
Demerdash told privately-owned...
09 Sep 2013
Egypt's education system is in need of 10,000 new schools, according to Education Minister Mahmoud Aboul Nasr, in order to make room for around 18.5 million students.
The project, which aims to bring Egypt's total number of...
21 Jul 2013
As thousands of Islamists massed for a third week at Cairo's Rabea al-Adaweya Square, residents were beginning to lose patience with ousted President Mohamed Morsy's supporters camped on their doorsteps.
In the neighbourhood of...
15 Jul 2013
Ramadan is a time of festive celebrations, when rows of fanous lanterns light up the streets and a feeling of togetherness and tolerance takes over. But this year, the holy month is being marred by a deep-running political rift along with...
09 Jul 2013
Everything is falling into place. The flashing, shimmering, colours of authentic lanterns light up the night, numerous strands of paper lanterns crisscross narrow streets, and a feeling of joy makes its presence felt despite the scenes of...
25 Apr 2013
This piece was written for Egypt Independent’s final weekly print edition, which was banned from going to press. We offer you our 50th and final edition here.
Reporting for a lifestyle section in a magazine or a newspaper...