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

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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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Your Black Friday Guide for A Safe Shopping Spree

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Brace yourselves for Black Friday is just around the corner and that means shoppers are set to be let loose and stores are about to be invaded, if you’re excited to shop for less prices but are scared to get run over then read the below tips for how to make use of the day without any severe losses.

Prioritize Your Shopping List

Make a list of the items that you need to buy and list them by store then by order, because sometimes the prices might make you think that you need things when actually you don’t. So don’t let the offers fool you and stick to what you need!

Shop With a Friend

Shopping with a friend isn’t only fun but also useful and helpful, you can help each other find the items on your priority list, you can also divide forces so that you find the best deals faster.

Shop ahead of Black Friday

Sometimes, stores fool you into thinking that the price is a discounted one when in reality it is the same price it was before Black Friday, so visit the stores before the sale starts to check out the original prices of the items you want.

Stick to Your budget

You don’t want to go overboard with your shopping list and you surely don’t want to start purchasing things you don’t need, so the best way is to pay in cash and that way you’ll consider each purchase.

Shop Online Instead

Save yourself the trouble of fighting over items and instead of visiting busy stores, shop online! You will find great deals these day and many of the in-store items you’re looking for, you will probably find them online.

Below is a list of online shopping sites that you can find anything you’ll need, from clothes to electronics and appliances. All sites have started their Black Friday deals and their offers aren’t to be missed out on.

Jumia 

Souq.com 

Noon 

Yashry 

Stay safe and happy shopping!

 

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All You Need to Know About the 41st Edition of CIFF

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The 41st edition of CIFF which is dedicated to the late Egyptian film critic and multi-year festival artistic director, Yossef Cherif, kicks off tonight at the Cairo Opera House and until the 29th of November with so many cinematic surprises coming your way.

10 days of cinematic events, 10 days that will include the screening of 150 film from all genres and from across the world and even though the films hail from 63 countries, the festival still focuses on representing the Arab cinema by having 20 selections in the lineup from the MENA region.

“For this year’s edition, we are planning an exciting lineup with many gala screenings,” said CIFF President Mohamed Hefzy. “More importantly, we are targeting a surprising international world premiere; something that has not happened at CIFF for many years.”

 

The opening ceremony of CIFF will see the stars Khaled el Sawy, Dina el Sherbiny and Ahmed Dawoud as the hosts.

The festival will honor filmmaker Sherif Arafa and legendary star Menna Shalaby by awarding them the Faten Hamama Honorary Award for their lifetime’s achievement.

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More masterclasses and in-conversations announced on the list of the the highly anticipated 2nd edition of Cairo Industry Days! Hurry up and register for your early bird accreditation for 400 EGP instead of 600 EGP, ending tomorrow. المزيد من المحاضرات والحوارات تنضم لجدول أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما! اذا كنت من العاملين بصناعة السينما، قم بالتسجيل المبكر في أيام القاهرة لصناعة السينما مقابل ٤٠٠ جنية مصري بدلاً من ٦٠٠ جنية حتي يوم ١٥نوفمبر. اضغط على الرابط للتسجيل: https://www.ciff.org.eg/ar/اعتماد-أيام-القاهرة

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Legendary director, screenwriter and actor Terry Gilliam will also be honored with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, during the opening ceremony of the festival.

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This is a special tribute to cinema, storytelling and exceptional imagination! We are happy to announce honouring legendary filmmaker Terry Gilliam, the maverick behind "Monty Python", "Brazil", "12 Monkeys" and many others, with the festival's prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award". Fans will also get the opportunity to hear from the director during Cairo Industry Days' in-conversation event at the Cairo Opera House. إنه احتفاء بالسينما والحكي والخيال الاستثنائي.. يسعدنا أن نعلن تكريم صانع الأفلام الأسطوري تيري جيليام، الساحر الذي صنع "مونتي بايثون" و"برازيل" و"12 قردًا" وغيرها، بجائزة فاتن حمامة التقديرية عن مجمل أعماله. وسيتاح لجمهور السينما وصناعها الاستماع لجيليام في جلسة نقاشية تُعقد بدار الأوبر المصرية. #CIFF41

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The ‘Irishman‘ will be the opening movie of the festival, which is the Middle East debut of legendary director Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A jury of the finest international talents, including Oscar-winning American screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan, Italian screenwriter and director Daniele Luchetti, Moroccan producer Lamia Chraibi, and Chinese actress Qin Hailu, will be the ones deciding the winner of the coveted Golden and Silver Pyramid awards for best film and best director respectively.

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We’re proud to announce that the Middle Eastern premiere of Martin Scorsese’s crime epic, The Irishman, will be screened for the public on Thursday 21st at 1 pm @ Cairo Opera House, Grand Hall. Free tickets will be available starting 9:30 AM, on a first come first serve basis. #CIFF41 يسر مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي الإعلان عن عرض فيلم إفتتاح المهرجان "الأيرلندي"، من إخراج مارتن سكورسيزي، للجماهير يوم الخميس ٢١ نوفمبر. علماً بأن العرض مجاني، وبأسبقية الحضور. التذاكر ستكون متاحة بدئاً من الساعة ٩:٣٠ صباحاً.

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Egyptian star Sherine Reda is a jury member for the Best Arab Film Award, While actress Hanan Motawie will be a jury member in Cinema of Tomorrow jury and last but not least, Hana Shiha will be the jury member in Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition.

Finally, if you’re looking to take part in this huge event and be present to witness history being made, you can now purchase all event tickets through Tazkarti’s website.

 

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What We Think About the Biggest Arab Drama ‘Mamalek El Nar’

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The first episode of the Arab/Egyptian TV series ‘Mamalek El-Nar‘ aired on November 17th after long anticipation that followed the release of the trailer, soon after the audience started comparing the promising series to Game of Thrones, so is it really similar? Is it really as promising? Is it a replica or was GOT just an inspiration?

The series really is huge! The production for instance is described as “the biggest Arab drama of 2019 reportedly worth $40M,” and the plot will highlight the rule of Ottomans during their dominance of the Arab world in the early 16th century.

The series is written by Mohamed Suleiman Abdel-Malek and Ahmed Nada, directed by British Peter Weber and is starring Egyptian actor Khaled El-Nabawy, Syrian actors Mahmoud Nasr, Kinda Hanna and Rashid Assaf, Palestinian actor Abdelmoneim Aamayri, and many more Arab stars.

Watching the trailer, you could really see the strong resemblance between the series and the popular HBO’s Game of Thrones, what with the battles, the costumes, the music and even the rage.

But well, it takes A LOT to mimic such a legendary production, and it might be the inspiration but we surely can’t wait to see the results of this huge production.

We won’t be too quick to judge until we watch more episodes and we have high hopes that the rest will change our views, and prove that it is indeed an original story and not one where characters are fighting over a throne which is a plot that rings a bell to many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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