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Cairo Opera House Hosts: President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi And His Guest Mohamed Bin Salman

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AL Sisi & Mohammed Bin Salman in Cairo Opera House

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi invited his guest Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, to attend a theater performance at Cairo Opera House during his three-day official visit to Cairo. The performance titled “Sallem Nafsak” (Turn Yourself In) presented by 27 young actors and directed by Khaled Galal; a gesture that shows President AL-Sisi appreciation and support to Egypt’s soft power and its important role inside and outside Egypt.

AL Sisi & Mohammed Bin Salman in Cairo Opera House

It also comes at a time when the crown prince seems to be leading a major cultural transformation as it has been announced that Saudi Arabia will be building its first Opera House. It is also set to open its first movie theatre after a 35-year-ban.

AL Sisi & Mohammed Bin Salman in Cairo Opera House

The show “Sallem Nafsak” (Turn Yourself In) discusses the state of social chaos as a consequence of many factors, social media is one of them, and how it helped spreading destructive rumors. Sexual harassment and terrorism other major topics illustrated sarcastically in the in the show. The show states that we all have our flaws but this doesn’t mean to be excluded from society. One should never give up on humanity, but rather invest in its bright side.

AL Sisi & Mohammed Bin Salman in Cairo Opera House

Khaled Galal is renowned name in modern Egyptian theater. He has developed his own theatrical method over the years. Using current social issues as a starting point, Khaled lays out a number of ideas, and then his team of actors processes these ideas through improvisation. Finally, khaled brings all the pieces together in one coherent play script that he realizes into an interactive live show on stage.

AL Sisi & Mohammed Bin Salman in Cairo Opera House

Following this method, Khaled presented “Qahwa Sada” ( Black Coffee) in 2009, “Ayamana Elhelwa Our Sweet Days, “ Hoboot Edterary” (forced landing) and other performances until he reached a more matured stage with his latest performanceSallem Nafsak” which is considered a new milestone in his career.

 

 

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Egypt Chosen to Lead the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions

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Mohamed Fayek, president of the National Council for Human Rights, declared yesterday that Egypt has officially been chosen as the president of the African Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) is a non profitable regional umbrella organization that brings together 44 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Africa. It was funded back in 2007 and is registered under Kenyan laws as an independent legal entity.

The announcement was made during Fayek’s speech in the twelfth periodic conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions.

The conference that saw the participation of 44 African countries, all of whom are members of the commission, in addition to representatives of regional, local and international human rights bodies in Egypt.

Fayek also highlighted that this conference is the first event to be organized in Cairo, and that the theme chosen for the conference stresses on the ‘Global Compact for Migration.’

The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions aims at achieving human right endeavors in all of the African countries, with principles that are in line with Paris’.

 

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Lebanese Protesters Form A Peaceful Human Chain Across the Country

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Thousands of Lebanese protesters have formed a human chain that extended from the south all the way to the north of the country, in an impressive attempt of symbolizing national unity.

People of Lebanon joined hands from Tripoli to Tyre, making a 170 KM human chain, that passes through the capital, Beirut. This marks a historic moment where Lebanese people unit together, hand in hand, despite their ethnic, religious, or social differences.

Those who joined the chain began in the early afternoon of Sunday and by 4 PM, the chain has been completed with the participation of 170,000 protesters.

Even with such a massive chain, protesters made sure they didn’t cut through any of the major roads in Lebanon to avoid disturbing the rest of citizens, the chain was formed along the main coastal highway of Lebanon but it was certainly an organized and peaceful form of protest.

 

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Egypt’s largest Metro Station in The Middle East Inaugurated

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Heliopolis metro station, Egypt’s largest station in the Middle East, has been inaugurated this morning and is ready to receive commuters.

The station is built on a space of 10,000 square metre which makes it the biggest station in the Middle East region, according to the transportation ministry

The construction of the station has began back in 2015 and the station will connect to Cairo International Airport and Al-Salam city.

The new metro station will help reduce around two million commutes above ground, which in return will reduce the traffic congestion. Also, citizens will save the cost of more expensive mean of transportation.

Another point worth mentioning is that the station will include automated machines to purchase tickets directly, in addition to a digital signage system to guide passengers.

 

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