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10 Egyptian Dramas You Couldn’t Have Missed Growing Up as a 90s Kid

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90s humans! Let’s face it, growing up; we didn’t have many options when it came to TV channels. We had Channel 1, 2 & the rest were trash (Sorry Egyptian TV). The lucky ones among us had cable (A.R.T.) but we were all more or less, forced to watch the same sh*t growing up. So, let’s take a trip down memory lane together:

The list doesn’t include Yetrabba Fi Ezzo
 & 3a2elat El Haj Metwally. 

1. Hadith Alsabah Wal Masaa (2001)

People are still talking about Hadith alsabah Wal Masaa until this very day because of the huge impact it had on its viewers. The series, written by the legendary Naguib Mahfouz, featured a great amount of young actors who would grow up to become famous stars, like: Ahmad El Fishawy, Menna Shalaby, Ola Ghanem and Amr Waked. 

2. El 3amma Nour (2003)


Who doesn’t remember when Nabila Ebeid played the ‘cool’ aunt from America on El 3amma Nour? This series was so much fun back in the day. Fishawy kept us highly entertained with his crazy/prankster character 3atwa (pictured above)A young Bushra was also in it, along with the not-so-famous-now singer Karim Abu Zeid. 

3. Amira Fi Abdeen (2002)

The famous melody of this show’s intro by Hisham Abass still lingers. This family drama was so successful back then, my best friend would call me up before it started just to remind me to watch it! The series stars Samira Ahmad, along with Hanan Tork and Hassan Hosni

4. Shabab Online (2002)

This show is considered the Godfather of Egyptian Sitcoms. When Shabab Online first aired back in 2002, it was definitely the first TV series of its kind as Egyptian audiences weren’t at all accustomed to punchlines that are followed by loud sounds of laughter and other sitcom elements. The show was inspired by, of course, Friends.

5. 3afareet El Sayala (2004)


3afareet El Sayala instantly became a hit after the first few episodes aired back in 2004. Everybody became obsessed with Fishawy‘s style and unorthodox lingo. Everybody at school was talking about it, even the teachers. In my opinion, Afareet El Sayala is the show that truly marked the start of Fishawy’s career.

6. Al Ha2ee2a Wal Sarab


Now raise your hand if Al Ha2ee2a Wal Sarab gave you LIFE!!! I mean, this series is the damn boss!! This masterpiece alone is the reason why we have all the “Mama ya setty” memes today. All Hail!

7. Ayna Qalby (2002)

Who remembers when Ayna Qalby first aired and everybody was raging over the fact that Ahmed Ezz was too damn young to play the role of Yousra’s love interest??? Gosh! I remember the debates like it was yesterday, not 16 years ago! Ayna Qalby was the reason Mai Ezz El Din’s Menna Shalaby’s careers skyrocketed afterwards!

8. Sara (2005)


Setting aside the fact that I never really liked Sara because I found Hanan Tork’s character extremely annoying, the series was definitely a success. Hanan Tork plays the role of a girl called Sara who has mental development problems and Ahmad Rizk plays the role of her hero doctor, who I think eventually falls in love with her….?….All I remember is the annoying sound of Sara yelling out “Hassan!”. 

9. Abbass El Abyad Fel Yom El Eswed (2004)


And who could forget Yehia El Fakharany’s impeccable performance as Abass in this hit series? This man is such a powerful actor, he easily steals the show whenever he’s doing a scene. The story follows a man, who’s in search of his kids after he’s  been away for so long, I don’t remember why, tho.

10. Raya W Sekina (2005)

The revival of the famous story of Alexandrian ladies Raya & Sekina was met with huge success. The mystery of it all, along with the thrill of dying to find out who their next victim is, was everything I needed as a kid.

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4 Ways You Can Benefit From Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Online Services

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We are quite impressed with how entities are doing their very best to go digital amidst this coronavirus scare, in order to keep their audience both entertained and informed with something to do during the quarantine.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the many entities doing their own share of good to help us stay productive during the quarantine and wisely use our free time.

The library is offering a number of online services, suitable for all knowledge seekers. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from these services!

You can Browse through 200,000 Books Online

The library has uploaded 200,000 books online and is currently uploading their non-literary works on their YouTube channel for a more comprehensive experience.

Online Documentaries

For those who aren’t really into reading, the library is providing a number of documentaries on their YouTube channel. Besides books and documentaries, the channel also offers online conferences and concerts!

‘ScienSee Club for Science & Science Fiction’

The library will organize an online activity of “ScienSee Club for Science and Science Fiction.” This online activity is part of the library’s keenness in delivering cultural services.

The event will start on Wednesday at 8:00 PM via “Zoom” video conference.

Concerts

The library is making sure to inform as well as entertain! Also provided on their YouTube channel is a number of concerts, some of them have already been hosted but can still be found on the channel.

The library also has programs for masters degree students. We are telling you if you’re looking to benefit from your free time, then check our their official Facebook page and YouTube channel for more events.

 

 

 

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The Apps You Need To Survive Quarantine Time

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The Apps You Need To Survive Quarantine Time

We’re currently facing a devastating but necessary quarantine but nothing shall stop us from finding ways to kill time with and ways to spend time with our friends! Luckily, technology has us covered with a number of applications that make leaving the house no longer a necessity.

From life-saving apps to ones that keep us entertained and connected, we present to you the following necessary apps to help you survive this quarantine.

Tiktok

Tiktok comes on top of the list and as much as we all might be ashamed to admit, it turns out the app is so much fun and a great time killer, we blame it on celebrities for making us so addicted.

Also, try to include your family members in some of the videos, the results are hilarious!

House Party

House party is an app that took over the entire world in just a few weeks! It is a social media app that allows you to video-chat and play games with your friends, the closest thing you will get to hanging out with your buddies!

Google Duo

A bit similar to house party minus the games, Google Duo is the highest quality video calling app, It’s simple, reliable, and works on smartphones, tablets and on the web. It will help bring all your loved ones in a group chat and it is also ideal for work conference calls. 

Down Dog

Down Dog is a great application for exercising, it will get you a brand new yoga practice every time you come to your mat! Unlike other apps that pre-record videos, this one won’t make you repeat the same workout over and over again.

AND it’s free until May the 1st! We love apps that understand what we’re currently going through.

Headspace

With everything we’re going through, meditation is truly much needed to help us pass time while simultaneously managing stress. Headspace offers courses, ranging from the basics of meditation to others that help you stay positive, like “Happiness.” Or shorter ones, like “Breathe,” that encourage you to take a quick 1-3 minutes from the day to relax. Download the app and discover the rest!

Psych

Another game that you can play with your friends online, you choose from a variety of fun categories in which each player makes up fake answers to real trivia questions. You get points for guessing the right answer, and for each other player you PSYCH! into choosing yours.

Google News and Apple News

With something new happening everyday, you need to remain caught up with what’s happening around the world and the easiest way to do so is by installing Google News and Apple News. Both also show you the biggest stories of the day from an assortment of the best news outlets, so you can always be up to date on what’s going on.

Kindle

For all the book worms out there, take advantage of the time you now have thanks to the quarantine and catch up on the latest reads through Kindle! The books cost less than the physical copy, and there are plenty of font sizes and formats to change so the book is always easy to read. It’s free for iPhone or Android.

Wordscapes

This one is for all the geeks out there who like to challenge themselves! Wordscapes is the word hunt game, it’s a perfect fit for fans of crossword or word anagram games, combining best of word find games and crossword puzzles.

Technology is indeed a life saver in a time like this but always remember that going old school can be fun too! Puzzle games, card and board games are still a great way to bond with the family and kill quarantine time. What matters the most here is for you to make the best out of your stay!

 

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Will Shooting of Ramadan Series Come to a Halt Resulting In Cancellation of Shows?

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Will Shooting of Ramadan Series Come to a Halt Resulting In Cancellation of Shows?

Egypt is now facing a lock-down and is under nationwide curfew to limit the spread of the coronavirus, but before this crisis occurred, the annual Ramadan TV series were still being filmed. So the question here remains, with all the ongoing troubles, will shooting come to a halt?

Well, the Egyptian Actors Syndicate stressed recently that there hasn’t been any official decision regarding a ban to film any series so far, but with the ongoing precautionary measures, the situation is constantly changing.

Before announcing the curfew, the syndicate has postponed shooting scenes that require/ include a large gathering of people.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Producer and Screenwriter, Mohamed Hefzy has indeed suspended shooting of the Arabic Horror Series ‘Paranormal’ as a precautionary measure to maintain the safety of the crew.

On the other hand, a number of Egyptian artists are asking those in charge to actually suspend filming until all of this comes to an end, for at least a period of 15 days! Rania Youssef, Screenwriter Mariam Naoum, and Filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah are all on the same page regarding this issue.

 

Things are rapidly changing which is of course affecting the media scene in Egypt, and as much as it will hurt a lot of people to have their favorite series canceled, it is indeed an important measure that has to be taken.

From what we know so far, most of the shootings are currently on hold due to the curfew that limited shooting hours, and we’re waiting to hear more from the syndicate…

 

 

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