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Have a seat: A chair is not just a chair for two young Cairo designers

Cairo is an endless game of musical chairs, where a set of stackable stools wedged between parked cars is a...

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Eating donburi in Dahab

On the rooftop of the Seven Heaven Hotel in Dahab sits the Sun Restaurant, where every morning Kaori Kubo wakes...

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A view from the bridge: Cairo’s famous bridges are not just for crossing the Nile

Unless you’re floating across the city’s bloodline, it is a safe bet that when traveling overland from downtown to the...

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Communities: Overseas Filipino workers in Egypt

At an apartment in Maadi, Irene (not her real name) watches her friend browse through her Facebook feed. A photo...

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Communities: Hurghada, Russian tourist escape or haven for Russian women?

On a typical evening at the Spicy Cafe in Hurghada, camera phones snapped shots of an unlikely pair: a local...

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Breaking the fast together

Some 300 orphans participated in an iftar hosted by the Rotaract Club recently, an annual event marking the Ramadan tradition...

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Taraweeh in Alexandria

Clad in a galabeya and clutching a foldable mat, Luqman Bazlan boards a tram from Chatby toward Raml Station in...

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Cogs in the wheel: A day in the life of a hammam attendant

For Mohamed Khams, working as a masseur on the night shift at a Cairo hammam was not easy at first....

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At Fuego, sushi special caters to insatiable appetites

Fuego’s all-you-can-eat sushi special is arguably the best roll-for-pound deal in town — but only if you’re Japanese, a seasoned...

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Burma, in and out of the loop

After nearly 50 years under military rule, Burma is turning a page. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and...

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Flash mob, flash flop

A flash mob at the Ramses Train Station on Thursday sparked tension with spectators and officers of the station’s police...

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Cogs in the wheel: A day in the life of a working violinist

Egypt is a massive living organism — a web of ticking clocks, each set to a slightly different millisecond. With...

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Surfing in Egypt, on a couch

In light of recent events, the government may have jumped the gun with its predictions of a return to pre-revolution...

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