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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 Jumps Ten Places in ‘Global Knowledge Index’ in Only One Year

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Egypt has jumped 10 places in just a year in the 2020 Global Knowledge Index (GKI), according to three infographics released by the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center.

The index, which gets issued every year by the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, shows that Egypt has moved from the 82nd place to the 72nd in only one year.

The rankings are based on a survey done on the knowledge performance of 138 countries in 7 areas and 199 indicators. Egypt has shown great advancement in all areas, it moves 23 ranks up in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and 11 ranks up in Pre-University Education.

The index also highlighted Egypt’s points of strength in education sector, which included higher enrollment in universities and a significant decline in out-of-school children. There’s also an increase in the number of students enrolling in vocational and technical schools.

Switzerland, the United States, and Finland came on top of the 2020 index.

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Egypt Set to Build Its First Train Factory in Port Said

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Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has announced that Egypt is planning on building its very first train factory in Port Said.

The factory will build EMUs, DMUs and monorail trains in East Port Said industrial zone.

The Ministry made the announcement on the 16th of September in a meeting attended between the minister of planning and economic development, Dr Hala El-Said, transport minister Major General Kamel El-Wazir and chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority, Mr Yahia Zaki.

The meeting went over the project’s implementation plan and the possible outputs of the factory.

Egyptian Railways Services and Maintenance Company (Ermas) will most probably run the new plant in cooperation with the private sector including a number of international companies, such as the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and Egypt’s Sovereign Fund.

According to El-Waziri, the factory is seen as part of a localizing initiative that aims at producing railway equipment locally, in order to meet the rising demand both domestically and in Africa and on the Arabian peninsula.

The factory will help boost the Egyptian economy, in addition to generating hard currency and providing job opportunities.

 

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Shows 90% Effectiveness With No Serious Side Effects

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AstraZeneca announced today the effectiveness of its Covid-19 vaccine and it turned out to be around 90% effective with no serious side effects!

According to data from the late-stage trials in Britain and Brazil, the vaccine, which is developed by Oxford University, has shown 90% effectiveness after being administered as a a half dose followed by a full dose at least one month apart.

“This vaccine’s efficacy and safety confirm that it will be highly effective against COVID-19 and will have an immediate impact on this public health emergency,” Pascal Soriot, Astra’s chief executive, said in a statement.

British Prime minister Boris Johnson said it was “incredibly exciting news the Oxford vaccine has proved so effective in trials.”

The next step now is for the company to start preparing regulatory submission of the data to authorities across the world that have a framework in place for conditional or early approval.

It will also seek an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up availability in countries with low income. In parallel, the full analysis of the interim results is being submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

With both Oxford’s and Pfizer’s vaccines, we can be hopeful that the new year will come bearing good news!

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