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What Went On During This Year’s Earth Hour

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You probably heard and witnessed Earth Hour yesterday, and for those who are yet not fully aware of this initiative, let me break it down for you. Earth Hour started back in 2007 as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney, and has now become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

It is organized yearly by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is now a symbol of everyone’s commitment to the Earth, and over the years, the Earth Hour has grown its inception and over 180 countries and territories has participated last year.

“We live in an interconnected world. Every action we take impacts life around us, and increasingly those impacts are harmful. Our ever-growing demand for food, water, and energy is changing the climate faster than predicted—and it comes at a cost for wildlife, wild places, and people everywhere,” WWF writes on why Earth Hour matters.

Participants show their support for climate, rivers, wildlife, for forests and oceans, by taking part in the event and switching off the lights for one hour. Each of these issues have been massively affected by the human neglect and evolution, and surely deserved our attention to help rescue what can be saved.

Over the years, landmarks and historic sites like Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building, and Buckingham Palace have gone dark to mark the hour. And this year has been no exception.

Did you spot the Pyramids?

This year theme for the Earth Hour was #Connect2Earth. The campaign aims at building mass awareness on why its crucial for us to turn our attention to the nature and help create an unstoppable movement, similar to this one.

Let us be clear on one thing, and that is participating in a one-day event doesn’t put an end to climate change, or any other environmental crises that we are facing, but it merely grasps our attention to the problem at hand. So what should be done, is a year long plan, of how to help be part of solving this issue. You can start by doing your own research, and find out what can be done on your behalf.

Tower Bridge goes dark during Earth Hour, UK.

Twin Towers go dark during Earth Hour, Malaysia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during Earth Hour

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Google Doodle Celebrates the Discovery of the Khufu ship’s

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Google Doodle celebrates the 65th anniversary of the discovery of the ancient boat, which was discovered inside Great Pyramid of Giza. 

The Khufu ship is an ancient pharaoh’s barge that is buried inside of the pyramid, and today, Google is dedicating a doodle in celebration of this great discovery.

The wooden ship is around 4,600 years old, and it is so well-designed that it can still sail today if launched back to the Nile river!

The boat was discovered back in 1954 by archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh, when he dug under a stone wall on the south side of the Great Pyramid.

The purpose behind the boat remains a mystery and a debate between scholars, as some claim that it was placed inside khufu’s tomb so he can sail across heavens after death with the sun god Ra. Others believe that it was used to ferry the Khufu’s body to his final resting place.

Even though its purpose remains unclear, this discovery remains as significant now as it did the day it was discovered, and is considered to be one of the best-preserved vessels from antiquity.

The Google Doodle of the Khufu Ship is currently being shown across the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to parts of Europe, in Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

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Ramadan Weekend Guide

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It looks like this year, Ramadan nights are taken quite seriously, with the number of stars performing each week at the various tents. And this weekend is no exception, from Esseily to Sharnoubi to much more! Here are the list of events you don’t want to miss out on.

This Thursday!

1- Mohamed Adaweya @Galleria 40

May 16th sees one of the weekend’s biggest events kick-off as Galleria 40’s Ramadan tent, 3altawla is hosting Mohamed Adaweya for a traditional Ramadan night.

For more reservations call 01020072134, or 01020013712, or check their Facebook

2- Oka & Ortega @ El 7ara Tent

Oka & Oretga seem to be having a full schedule this Ramadan! And this Thursday, they will perform at El 7ara Tent at Sky Executive Resort for a night of cool vibes.

For reservations call 01206555044 – 01206555066 and for more information check their Facebook.

This Friday!

3- Mohamed El Sharnouby @ Sehraya Tent

The rising superstar Sharnouby will be performing live on Friday at Sehraya Tent at Triumph luxury hotel.

For reservations call 0225410700 and for more information check their Facebook.

4- 3altawla: Oka W Ortega at Galleria 40

Like I said, busy schedule for Oka & Ortega! Another Shaabi night at Galleria 40’s Ramadan tent, 3altawla, as Oka & Ortega take on the stage on Friday.

For more information and reservations call 01020072134, or 01020013712, and for check their Facebook

5- Hisham Abbas @El 7ara Tent

Hisham Abbas is back for another fun night at El 7ara Tent at Sky Executive Resort this Friday.

For reservations call 01206555044 – 01206555066 and for more information check their Facebook.

6- Mahmoud El Esseily @Bab Al Qasr Tent

Don’t miss out on a musical night performed by the superstar Mahmoud El Esseily at Bab Al Qasr Tent at Royal Maxim Palace Kempinksi.

For reservations call 01097111151 or 01016668835 or 01094711112 and for more information check their Facebook.

This Saturday!

7- Mahmoud El Esseily @The Courtyard Maadi

In case you miss the star’s performance on Friday, he will be back at the Courtyard Maadi on Saturday.

For reservations call 01210201040 and for more information check their Facebook.

 

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The Arab Films Featured at Cannes Film Festival 2019

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The Cannes Film Festival returned yesterday with a number of anticipated premieres; bringing the best of Hollywood and European film industry to the red carpet

The prestigious festival kicked off in the South of France, the eleven-day event shows appreciation for the global cinema, and we have a lot to look forward, because a number of Arab film are to featured during the exceptional film festival.

Among the biggest draws at this year’s festival is Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in a Charles Manson-era comedy drama. Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic Rocketman is also creating a buzz, as Bong Joon-ho’s return with ParasiteKen Loach is also making a welcome comeback at the festival with his latest film, Sorry We Missed You.

Now back to the Arab Films that are giving us utter pride, here are the ones to keep an eye out for!

1-It Must Be Heaven 

Directed by the Palestinian Elia Suleiman, the movie follows the story of a traveler who journeys from his home land Palestine, all the way to the west. Feeling homesick, he seeks cities like Paris and NYC for a familiar sense of home. But he recognizes that none would make up for the land he left behind.
It is a story that questions one’s identity and sense of belonging, when trying to escape his origins.

2- Papicha

The drama film tells the story of a young student with a passion for fashion, while Algeria faces the hardship of Civil War-era. Nedjma the university student, decides to stage a fashion show, amidst these hardships to uplift the spirit of her fellow students.

Algerian filmmaker Mounia Meddour has directed five documentaries in the past, and her 2011 debut short film Edwige was selected for the Dubai International Film Festival, the Gulf Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. Papicha is her first full-length feature film.

3- Adam

The movie tells the story of two women who encounter each other in the Casablanca. Samia, a pregnant young woman, and Abla, a widow who struggles to fulfill the needs of her eight-year-old-daughter. Samia seeks refuge at Abla’s house, before her birth delivery date, and together they experience a sort of rebirth and rediscover a zest for life.

4- The Unknown Saint

Moroccan director Alaa Eddine Aljem’s comedy follows a young thief, who buries his stolen money, while escaping the police. After a decade, when the thief is released from prison, he goes back to look for his money but what he finds next was something he didn’t expect. A construction has taken place atop where he buried his money.

5- Tu Mérites un Amour

TunisianAlgerian actress Hafsia Herzi makes her first foray into directing with Tu Mérites un Amour. The film follows the break-up of a young couple, Lila and Remi. Exploring the effects that the breakup left on both of them, when they parted ways.

Best of luck to them all!

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