The Middle East is witnessing a rise in young achievers who are making noticeable advancements in different fields such as science, sports, arts, and more. And Egyptians are no exception, with our regional youth giving us utter pride with their achievements that are recognized both regionally and globally.
Forbes list of 30 under 30 is shedding the light on those pushing boundaries to reach their dreams; by ranking some of those young achievers and capturing their essence.
The Middle East’s 30 under 30 were all under the age of 30 as of February 1, 2019 and some may not be current residents in their home countries, but their achievements surely are speaking for their Arab Heritage. From world champions to CEOs leading high-growth businesses, here are the 7 Egyptians who made it to the list and are honoring the legacy of Egypt.
In the Art&Style category, the two sisters Aya & Mounaz Abdel Raouf, founders of Okhtein, made it to the top of the list, for their globally known brand that offers exceptional pieces for statement bags.
Does this even need a caption? The name speaks of achievements and it just makes absolute sense for him to be featured.
In the sports category is the Champion Nour El Sherbini who also made it to this category, the young athlete has already been making us proud with her being the current world champion in women’s squash, who took the World Squash Championship title for the third time this year. She was already making headlines after being crowned champion of the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, that was held in New York City last January.
It looks like Egyptians are dominating the category for sports, with Current World Champion and Current World number 1 for squash Mohamed El Shorbagy also making it to the list.
"Why not email one of the best chef's in the world? Maybe he'll reply."
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 27, 2018
In the food&drink category, co-founder of Spyce restaurant, the first of its kind to have a robotic kitchen that cooks complex meals to order. Just last month, the restaurant has also made it to Boston’s 50 startups for the year 2019.
The restaurant is however, located in Washington and isn’t based on Egypt.
— Spyce (@spycefoodco) February 5, 2019
Omar Gabr and Moataz Soliman, founders of Instabug, make it to the category of technology. Their company is based in Egypt, and it helps mobile developers build better apps.
Last but not least, in the Education category, Naguib Sawiris made it to the list with his game-changer website Yup. A 24/7 service that provides math tutors right to the users’ smartphones. And now Stanford-grad Sawiris has brought Yup’s service to 730,000 students and still counting.
We would like to congratulate each and every individual who has made it to this prestigious list, and to each Egyptian who is giving us pride in belonging to a country with such diversity in talents.
Israa Al-Ghareeb: A Story of Monstrosity and Cruelty
Israa Al-Ghareeb, a 21-year old Palestinian victim, victim of cruelty and injustice in a world who wrongfully views honor, a victim of cold blooded murder by her very own family members…
The incident provoked the entire Arab world who till this moment are still sharing her story and flooding the internet with the hashtag #كلنا_اسراء_غريب, and now everyone knows the case of this young lady and how she was killed over a family dispute.
Here is a Proof of ignorant & small minded individuals. #اسراء_غريب an innocent soul that was a victim of unnecessary violence.
Justice needs to take place & criminals should be PUNISHED.
IM DISGUSTED. pic.twitter.com/Zu2DVHWwo7
— H.K (@hadeer919) September 1, 2019
The Ghrayeb family dismiss the murder allegations, claiming Israa, 21, died of a heart attack
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) September 2, 2019
— Palestine Alqadi (@ALQadiPAL) September 2, 2019
Here’s the story of Israa Al-Ghareeb, and what the action that must be taken.
Israa Al-Ghareeb is, well was, an aspiring makeup artist who recently she got engaged and one day she went out with her fiancé and her sister to get to know each other like any newly engaged couple, and to document the moment, the sister took a video of both Israa and her fiancé.
Hell let loose when the video was shared with Israa’s father and brothers by her cousin, filling their minds with lies and that Israa is dishonoring the family’s name. The lies that led her father and brothers to brutally hit her, causing her a fraction in her spine which lead to her hospitalization.
Later, her father and brothers came back and continued to hit her and one nurse was able to record the beating and her screaming for help. In the end, Israa got hit in the head which caused a heart attack and resulted in her death… a brutal one.
The ones who are supposed to protect, ended up to be the ones who kill. The ones who were supposed to be her safe haven, let hell loose on her.
Now, this is surely not the first case and shamefully won’t be the last as long as this is the mentality of so many parents and siblings who believe this is the way to honoring their name. This is nothing but pure monstrosity, one that no religion ever called for and is nothing but sexist traditions that are not part of any religion.
Justice must be sought by sharing Israa’s story, spreading awareness about the case and plead for people’s to understand. Understand the unfairness and cruelty that girls go through in our Arab world, and in order to put limit to it, there must be strict laws and rules that put an end to family abuse.
— Mouaaz Axhami (@MouaazZ) September 2, 2019
We pray to god for Israa and any young lady suffering a similar fate.
AU commissioner Amani Abou-Zeid Chosen Among 100 Influential Women in Africa
The leading PR and Rating firm ‘Advance Media‘ has included Dr. Amani Abouzeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy H.E. in the list of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2019.
This is gives up such pride as Dr. Abou-Zeid is the only Egyptian woman to be selected in this prestigious list that features inspirational women of whom are considered to have done an outstanding job in inspiring the next generation of African women.
The list represent 100 women from 35 different African countries, who are contributing positively in the community and are changing the feminine narrative.
The list includes presidents, diplomats, board chairs, CEOs, commissioners, scholars, politicians and philanthropists, notable among them are: Ethiopia’s President H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Liberia’s Vice President H.E. Jewel Taylor, Namibia’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, United Nations Deputy Secretary General H.E. Amina J. Mohammed and former presidents, H.E. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and H.E. Catherine Samba-Panza.
In addiction to featuring young female activists such as AU Youth Envoy Aya Chebbi, Farida Bemba Nabourema and Ilwad Elman.
‘Bela Plastic’: Initiative Launched in Dahab To Limit The Use of Plastic
‘Bela Plastic‘ campaign is an initiative launched in Dahab in an effort to protect the environment and marine life in Dahab.
President of the City Council of Dahab, Tarak El-Baz announced the launch of the initiative in early July, the campaign will include workshops and trainings to help raise awareness about the danger that plastic use impose on the marine life. These workshops will be targeted towards the hotels and restaurants, where plastic is most used.
Moreover, banners and warning signs will be placed across the city of Dahab as another way of spreading awareness and caution to tourists. What’s even more impressive is that volunteer tourism organizations and a number of dive centers will take part in the initiative by cleaning up the beaches of Dahab.
Such a remarkable step follows a decision that was taken three months ago by Governor Ahmed Abdullah to ban the single-use plastic in the Red Sea governorate.
Another initiative was launched in South Sinai reserve called “Khali al-Bahar Yetnafes”, also targeting the hotels and resorts. Aiming to raise more awareness on the critical issue of single-use plastic.
We hope to see the results of these initiatives very soon, and for the outcome to be apparent in the next few months, especially with Dahab being a touristic destination for its environment and stunning marine life that attracts many tourists, preserving its sites is certainly a must.
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