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Majid Al Futtaim to Eliminate Single-use Plastics From All Its operations By 2025



Retail giant Majid Al Futtaim has announced its pledge to phase out single-use plastics from all its operations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, by the year 2025.

In light of their commitment to the environment, Majid Al Futtaim has announced that it’s going green by phasing out plastic bags from all 300 Carrefour stores that they nearly have. Not only that, but they also pledged to end the use of plastic straws in the food court and the unnecessary plastic bags sold at cinemas.

“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do…because we understand the impact that climate change is having on our world,” says Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, chief sustainability officer of Majid Al Futtaim. “The launch of our single-use plastic policy will help shift the needle by tackling one of the most pressing environmental challenges for our business and region.”


“No one country, company or individual alone can solve the crippling impact that plastic is having on our world,” added Hani Weiss, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim. “At MAF, we are committed to playing our part in positively impacting the environment, while trying to influence others to make similar commitments. Reducing our dependence on single-use plastic is only the start; we hope to create a movement amongst the partners, suppliers and customers we engage with every day to ensure collective action.”

Yesterday a group of well-known Egyptian environmentalists were invited for a tour that showcased a number of sustainable solutions that Majid Al Futtaim has already applied, including refillable detergent bottles, reverse vending machine that takes plastic bottles and different reusable bags and plastic alternatives.

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Today with the UAE minister of Climate Change and Enviroment Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi at Carrefour Mall of the Emirates. We were given a tour showcasing some of the sustainable solutions they have already applied like refillable detergent bottles, reverse vending machine that takes plastic bottles and different reusable bags and plastic alternatives. I have to say I am really looking forward to seeing more of @majidalfuttaim 's vision being applied especially in Egypt. After meeting with their team, whether the Cairo or Dubai offices, hearing how passionately they talk about this change, after listening to their Chief Sustainability Officer; Mr Ibrahim Al Zu'bi, speak from the heart. This aint just a big company talking, this is the kind of change and commitment I didnt think existed from companies of that size!

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Ministry of Culture Considers Throwing Events At Cairo Opera House




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For those of you longing for some outdoor activities and for events to take place once again, the Ministry of Culture is working hard on grating your wishes very soon.

The Ministry of Culture is currently preparing a study on the possibility of holding events in the open spaces of the Cairo Opera House, to be able to carry on with the cultural program while still maintaining the necessary precautionary guidelines.

According to Culture Minister Enas Abdel Dayem, it’s quite important to throw artistic and cultural events as they benefit the public taste and spread awareness regarding community issues.

But then of course, all precautionary measures and safety guidelines will be maintained to ensure the safety of artists, employees and the general public.

Abdel Dayem recently held a meeting with President of the Opera House Magdy Saber, followed by another meeting with head of the Cultural Production Sector Khaled Galal, head of the Artistic House Ismail Mokhtar and others to go over several projects that will take place once this horrific pandemic is over and life goes back to normal.

Abdel Dayem also added that new theater productions will showcase the stories of the armed forces, the police, and medical professionals and their efforts to combat coronavirus, in a sincere way of expressing gratitude.

We really can’t wait for life and activities to go back to the way they were and we have faith in the Ministry’s efforts in keeping us positive during this tough time.

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Number of Coronavirus Cases Expected to Hit A Peak in 2 Weeks




According to a presidential advisor, Egypt will hit a peak of coronavirus infections in two weeks while another hypothetical model reviewed by the Minister of Scientific Research is suggesting that Egypt may start to record lower number of cases starting June 7th.

During the International Virtual Conference of Tanta University on Wednesday, Presidential Advisor for Health Affairs Mohamed Tag El-Din urged all institutions to join their forces against the novel COVID-19 virus.

The conference “Scientific Research Confronting COVID-19 and Future of the World after this Pandemic” ended on Thursday and discussed several stages of the virus.

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar stated earlier this month that cases might reach an estimate of 20K by May 28th and then gradually record lower numbers starting June 7th.

Just yesterday, Egypt recorded its highest number of coronavirus cases ever reaching more than 1,000 cases in just one day and 29 deaths.

Starting tomorrow, curfew regulations will be eased but we urge all citizens that with the expected peak to remain at home. Safe and sound.


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The Online Entertainment Calendar Brought to You By The Ministry of Culture




We know Eid this year isn’t the same as every year but thanks to the Ministry of Culture, they will keep as much entertained as they possibly can with the following program.

  • The Virtual tours of museums and exhibitions will carry on.
  • The Ministry of Culture’s publications, translations of international prints, and rare national historical documents will all be available for downloading and reading.


Eid al-Fitr celebrations will being at 2 p.m. on the first day of Eid al-Fitr and will continue throughout the entire Eid holiday, the program includes the following:

A number of shows of the National Circus for Children at 2 p.m.

“Start Your Dream to be the International Actor” project at 8:30 p.m.

Concerts for the stars Assi el-Hallani – Wael Jassar and Kazem el-Saher at 9 p.m.

The play “Lolli”, directed by Murad Munir, and starring Mohammed el-Helw, Faiza Kamal, Ahmed Maher, Sami al-Adl and Aisha al-Kilani.

The play “Seret Hob”, directed by Adel Abdo and starring Ehab Fahmy, Magdy Sobhi and Marwa Nagy.

The play “El Khalta El Sehreya Lel Sa’ada” [The Magic Mixture of Happiness], directed by Shadi el-Dali and starring Fatma Mohammed Ali – Mohammed Hefzy and Fahd Ibrahim at 10:30 p.m.

Selected episodes of “Fawazeer Cinema Egypt” [Cinema Masr Riddles] at 6 p.m.

The Eid program is part of the ministry’s Stay At Home. Culture Is Between Your Hands” initiative that started long ago with the crisis of coronavirus, the initiative has kept us both entertained and informed these past months.

Visit the Ministry’s official YouTube channel for all the entertainment programs that await you this Eid or check out their free cultural services provided by the official website of the ministry.

Happy Eid everyone! Remember stay safe and stay home.

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