Egypt's Ramadan bouquet: Selections from the fourth week

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Jul 2015

Ahram Online wraps up the fourth and final week of Ramadan with a selection of stories

Ramadan fourth week

Egyptian cinema loses last golden age hero, Omar Sharif

The beloved 83-year old-actor died on Friday leaving behind a legacy of over a hundred films

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Streisand, Banderas, Larry King and world celebrities bid farewell to Omar Sharif

International art community reacts in sorrow and with memories to the news of the death of Egyptian actor

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Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif (1932 - 2015)

Prominent Egyptian actor and producer Sami El-Adl dies at 69

El-Adl made his film debut in the early 1970s, launching a career that eventually spanned more than 50 movies and television series. His last appearance was in a television series entitled Hareit Al-Yahoud (The Jewish Alley) which is being screened in Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan.

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Sami El-Adl
Late Egyptian actor and producer Sami El-Adl (Photo: Ahram)

INTERVIEW: Lebanese musician Oumeima El Khalil on her career and inspirations

“I am always keen that my songs speak for the human being,” renowned Lebanese singer Oumeima El-Khalil tells me as we sit for an interview ahead of her concert in downtown Cairo’s Greek Campus on Saturday, part of this year's Hayy Festival.

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Oumeima El Khalil
Lebanese musician Oumeima El Khalil (Photo: Courtesy of Oumeima El Khalil)

Living with the TV Commercials Syndrome of Ramadan

When episode 11 of CBC's popular multiple-year-running comedy El-Kebir (The Big One) aired two weeks ago, only to give an example as Sherif added, actual drama time was divided into four chunks of 5-7 minutes interspersed by a commercial slot which featured 24-25 commercials lasting altogether 14-17 minutes.

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TV commercials
Banned Fox potato chips Egyptian TV commercial (Snapshot Youtube)

Egyptians grant wishes to children with terminal cancer

"We have this dialogue that we conduct with the younger ones, we ask them if they have heard about Aladdin's magic lantern, and they usually say that they know it’s the lantern in the fairytale story that grants wishes when rubbing it. At that point we say: ok, imagine you have this lantern now, and ask whatever you wish for," explains Mohamed El-Koosy, founder of the My Dream We make Dreams Come True, a Facebook platform of almost 5000 members, and increasing by the day.

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Granting wishes

Safe and Sound: A poetry and music evening to remember

The evening featured poetry pillars Fouad Haddad, Salah Jaheen, Beiram Al-Tonsi, Badia Khairy, Amin Haddad, Ahmed Haddad and Bahaa Jaheen. The musical performance cleverly stitched this mélange of lyrics with a crosscutting theme of hope and tolerance, the essence of Egypt's multilayered culture.

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Teslam we Teeish
From left to right: Ahmed El-Mogy, Karim Hosni, Egyptian singer Dalia El-Guindy, Poet Ahmed Hadadd, Hassan El Manialawe,Yussif El-Shereey and Hussien El Melegy performing in El-Sawy Culturewheel in Cairo's Zamalek district, Egypt, Saturday 11 July 2015 (Photo: Hala Safwat)

Ramadan at home without the cooking: Bring me food!

It is the last week of Ramadan. The lure of traditional iftar fare is almost over. It is time for delivery options. Below are some recommendations to consider

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Calligraphy tales at Art Corner in Zamalek

New exhibition featuring 14 artists brings a modern twist to the traditional art form of Arabic calligraphy

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Mahmoud Atef's painting in Art Corner gallery in Cairo's Zamalek district, Egypt (Photo: Hala Safwat)

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