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The souq is ours: Life after tourism in Aswan’s souq

"If they were British, we said ‘Our shop is cheaper than Asda,’” says Haitham Ibrahim, as we stroll through Sharia...

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2012 electronic music festival reflects political scene

Last year's 100Lives electronic music festival at Rawabet Theater had a celebratory feel. “People were drinking in the streets, dressing...

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100Live festival at center of growing electronic music scene

The sixth annual 100Live Electronic Music Festival takes place Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 June, in downtown Cairo. Ten...

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Protected islands in Aswan threatened by encroachment

The cultivation began in the months after the events of 25 January 2011: a few molokhia plants, some basil, a...

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Welfare group helps Luxor zoo care for animals

Animal Care in Egypt was never meant to be a hospital, and El Nada Land was never meant to have...

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In St. Catherine, monastery seeks permanence through technology

St. Catherine’s Monastery is going digital. The monastery that claims to be the oldest in the world ­— not destroyed,...

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Amid obstacles, enthusiasts hope bird-watching tourism will take flight

Take a map of the world and dribble lines of honey from north to south, avoiding water. These are basically...

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Much ado about 'Dunia'

Although filmmaker Jocelyne Saab was born and raised and is based in Beirut, her filmmaking career has also centered on...

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Cairo is hub for endangered species traffic as pet shops sell exotic animals

The trade of wild, exotic animals sold in Cairo pet shops has boomed, at least according to animal welfare activists....

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Backstage at the premiere of the AfriCairo Music Festival

The politics were somber, the mood was buoyant. The audience was small, about half the capacity of the El Sawy...

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Cairo's geology: A history of how limestone became Cairo

Under Cairo’s asphalt, under the reverberations of its street traffic, rocks are flowing, compacting, shearing and warping. The city is...

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Students accuse veterinary school of animal cruelty

Two Cairo University veterinary students-turned-whistleblowers have made allegations of animal cruelty at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. It is the...

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At St. Catherine, tourism struggle indicates deeper issues

The buses come from Sharm el-Sheikh. Mercedes, Scania, Volvo — the streamlined, high-torque vehicles are parked side by side on...

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Hurghada association marks Earth Day with island makeover

An Egyptian NGO is mounting an expedition to clean up the almost inaccessible Abu Monkar Island near Hurghada, to mark...

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