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Mother’s day: Planning the Perfect Getaway for your Mother



Alert! Mother’s day is just around the corner, and if your mother is as stubborn as mine when it comes to buying her a gift, then the best way to celebrate it is by spending quality time with one another. And so I figured that the best way to draw a smile on her face is by taking her out to my favorite places, or what used to be her favorite places.

There are various ways to spend the day with her, and they all depend on your mother’s personality, because while some may be outgoing, others would like to take some time off duties and spend the day relaxed at home. So here’s a list of suggestions, but keep in mind that you’re the best one to tell how your mother would want to spend the day.

1- Wust El Balad

This used to be my mother’s hang out place, and whenever she feels down, I usually take her there for ice cream from what used to be her favorite ice cream place Al Americaine. So if your mum is as nostalgic as mine, take her out to places with memories in them and make her relive them with you. Listen to her tell stories about her youth, and her best friends and how she used to spend her time.

You can have lunch at one of the Liver shops there, or take her to Eish wa Malh where she can enjoy some really good Italian food.

2- Day use at a hotel

A day use at a fine hotel makes the perfect scenario for relaxation, you can start off your day with a nice massage and then have breakfast by a view. My recommendation would be to choose a hotel by the Nile so you get to enjoy a perfect view and the perfect weather, go for Sofitel or Grand Nile Tower, they won’t disappoint.

In both, you’ll get to enjoy a splendid view from their restaurants, where you can indulge in an array of your favorite baguettes. Also, good news is, Grand Nile Tower is offering a special discount of 50% on all massage and spa treatments to moms at their Royal Health Club. The offer is valid from the 21st till 23rd of March.

For reservation, call 0223651234

3- Paul 

Paul is also a perfect choice for mothers who would enjoy fine french baguettes and pastries, the restaurant itself is classy and sets a nice mood for breakfast or lunch. My recommendation would be to go to the branch in Korba; because it looks heavenly and you can go for a walk afterwards.

4- Spring Flowers Exhibition at Orman Garden

Available from the 21st of March until the 21st of April, and this time Orman Garden is hosting the 86th Edition of Middle East’s biggest flower exhibition. It is thrown annually and is considered to be the most elaborate kind of a flower exhibition in the Middle East. The good thing is that if your mother is a garden/ flower lover, she won’t resist not buying something from the exhibition and you, my lucky friend, will of course be the one buying it for her.

The exhibition will include more than 171 vendors, displaying a wild variety of more than 600 species of cacti, roses, orchids, palm trees, indoor and outdoor plants.

5- Andrea New Giza 

The hard choice you will have to make is whether to have breakfast or dinner there, because both meals are extravagant, and will sure get your mother’s approval. Besides their really good food and their most famous chicken, the view at the New Giza branch is breathtaking, and the weather these days make the place even more suitable.




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Le Méridien Cairo Airport Invites Travellers To Savour The Beauty Of Golden Hour This Summer Season



This summer season, LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT is helping sun-seekers savour the good life and the beauty of Golden Hour with its own take on Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts’ global brand programme, Au Soleil by Le Méridien.
Personifying the laid-back elegance of European summers and the allure of the Côte d’Azur, this season’s global programme revolves around ‘Golden Hour,’ the magical hour at the end of the day under the sun – a sacred moment in time to slow down and indulge in simple pleasures through all the senses.
Beginning June 2022 LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT will invite travellers to soak in the summer season and Golden Hour, both on- and off-property:
The Hotel will feature a How to Summer Guide, dedicated Petit Plates menu offering Mediterranean inspired mini baguettes perfectly paired rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling Programme. In addition, Le Méridien is bringing modern twist to classic games traditionally enjoyed outdoors during warm weather days such as the iconic backgammon, as well as, poolside chess and other timeless summer pastimes both to-go and as an oversized option, inviting guests to linger a little longer, with an exclusive warm weather soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague.
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Beginning June 1 through October 31, LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT will offer a special Au Soleil stay package that includes daily breakfast and a complimentary Le Scoop by Le Méridien gelato or sorbet, Au Soleil brunch and Au Soleil movie night every weekend
On-Property Experiences that Salute Golden Hour
From relaxing rosé and backgammon to bronzing in the afternoon sun, travellers visiting LE MÉRIDIEN Cairo Airport will be able to capture the spirit of Au Soleil in a variety of ways:
● A dedicated Petit Plates menu, offering Mediterranean-inspired mini baguettes and local light bites – from oysters to grilled fish – all with perfectly paired rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling programme.
● A modern twist to classic games traditionally enjoyed outdoors during warm weather days, such as the iconic seaside pastime of backgammon, as well as tic-tac-toe, poolside chess and chic modernist-style Jenga sets.
Le Scoop by Le Méridien, featuring various flavors of gelato and sorbet – incorporating authentic ingredients like bright green pistachios from Sicily, as well as fragrant vanilla beans from Madagascar – reminiscent of a glamourous, sunny summer spent on the French Riviera. Le Scoop is designed to be enjoyed while taking part in the European summer tradition of a “passeggiata” to unlock the destination’s locale. “Passeggiata” is an Italian term referring to a traditional evening stroll in the town’s piazza.
● An exclusive summer soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague, inviting guests to lounge a little longer.
● A distinctive on-property design aesthetic, evoking the spirit of Au Soleil and the playful glamour of endless European summers for travellers all year round.
● A How to Summer Guide that captures the unspoken rules of a perfect day Au Soleil, whether on the beach or in the town, including Sun Safety tips from the brand’s amenity partner MALIN+GOETZ.

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Unleashing the beauty of Cairo Downtown



The Extraordinaire brings an indelible night at Mamsha Ahl Misr along the vibes of the River Nile, Nancy Ajram & Ragheb Alama in an unforgettable night by the River Nile in Cairo

As the top social landmark in Egypt, featuring the finest commercial, touristic, and recreational services, Counsel Masters, the managing and operating company of the promenade organizes ‘The Extraordinaire’, luxurious breathtaking nights along the charisma of the River Nile.

The Extraordinaire presents a series of exclusive social events in the core of leisure lifestyle providing unique entertainment activities, complemented with a variety of popular retailers, fine dining, cafés, and top eateries that meet the citizens’ expectations and go beyond.

Applying the directions of the state’s development strategy in urban planning and promoting tourism as well as accomplishing the optimal use of the Nile Corniche, Mamsha Ahl Misr was developed by City Edge Development, the national leading real estate developer and development manager, to crown the beauty of eastern banks of the Nile and enrich the history with an integrated project, located between Imbaba Bridge and 15 May Bridge.

The promenade encompasses diverse entertainment activities including; entertainment theatre, river marina, restaurants, cafeterias, shops and open service areas. In addition to pharmacies, mini markets, kiosks, mobile phone services and telecommunication stores. It also features the largest floating restaurant in Egypt.

During an indelible night, Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama tunes to flow over the Nile Corniche in the presence of high-profile figures, VIPs, celebrities and prominent market leaders.

Dr. Mohamed ElMikawi, CEO of City Edge Development said: “Our primary aim is to support the elevation of Egyptian citizens’ lives through excellence in real estate development that aligns with Egypt Vision 2030. Through Counsel Masters, we were able to complete the picture of the one-of-a-kind luxury lifestyle destination with the latest international and touristic standards of services provided by the operating company”.

George Mitri, Chairman of Counsel Masters said: “We take pride in operating Egypt’s living touristic landmark through our different operation perspectives in hotel and commercial franchises management that ensure bench mark in customer experience. Mamsha Ahl Misr is a unique project by all means; from the concept, the location, the quality of services, to the good vibes of the Egyptian people, which make us at Counsel Masters hold to marking the promenade as the first go-to social touristic attraction in Cairo, that combines history and entertainment around the eternal beauty of the Nile.

Mamsha Ahl Misr, was launched last year in accordance with the vision of the government of Egypt to rehabilitate and upgrade certain sections of Old Cairo. The project is a public promenade open to the public for entertainment, tourism, and shopping. It contains an upper walkway with a width of 4.5 meters, and a lower one with a width of 6.5 meters and a total area of ​​7,066 square meters. The promenade encompasses 90 shops, restaurants and cafeterias, an open theater with an area of ​​434 square meters, and a capacity for 1,240 visitors, as well as 300 kiosks for foreign, Arabian services and commercial activities.

About City Edge Real Estate Development:
City Edge Developments is Egypt’s National leading real estate developer and development manager. A company launched in 2017 between New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) – Ministry of Housing and the Housing & Development Bank (HDBK.CA) with a Capital of EGP 2 Billion. The company develops and manages the development of premium real estate projects all over Egypt that spans across many asset classes that includes, but is not limited to, residential, hospitality, retail, office and education. Awarded “the Fastest Growing Real Estate Developer in Egypt”, City Edge Developments has successfully launched over 10 projects in various parts of the country since its launch.
For more information, please visit our website

About Counsel Masters:
Counsel Masters for Business Consulting and management of hotels, touristic and commercial projects, marketing and retail is one of the leading operating companies in these sectors of consulting and providing a clear business model of leasing services, ambitious vision and impressive growth plans to meet the needs and requirements of a diverse base of customers in operating and managing companies through elite of prominent business experts and veteran leaders in their respective fields.
Counsel Masters has exclusive marketing rights for more than 65 local brands and more than 80 international brands, the company has representative offices in several Arab and foreign countries, as well as business partners and affiliates in these countries.

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Egypt’s Arab Poetry House to host “Poets of Umm Kulthum & Abdel Wahab” symposium on Feb. 27



CAIRO – 27 February 2022: On February 27 at 6 p.m., Egypt’s Arab Poetry House will hold an symposium entitled “Poets of Umm Kulthum & Abdel Wahab”

The evening comes on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the “Musician of Generations” Mohamed Abdel Wahab on March 13, 1889, as well as the death anniversary of the “Planet of the East” Umm Kulthum, who passed away on February 3, 1975.

Mohamed Abdel Wahab excelled as a musical and lyrical composer, and film actor. He began his artistic career as a singer in the Fawzi Al-Jazairli band in 1917. In 1920, he studied the oud at the Institute of Arabic Music. He began working in radio in 1934 and in cinema in 1933. Abdel Wahab was strongly associated with the “Prince of Poets” Ahmed Shawky and composed many songs for him.

Abdel Wahab also composed for several singers in Egypt and the Arab world, namely Fairuz, Umm Kulthum, Laila Murad, Abdel Halim Hafez, Nagat al-Saghira, Fayza Ahmed, Warda al-Jazaeryah, Sabah, Talal Maddah and Asmahan.

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