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The Wedding issue
In This Issue
What is it about weddings that we all fnd so fasci-
nating.. Why such a declaration of love and commit-
ment capture hearts and make them sigh. Weddings
no mater how big or small have their own touch on
living souls. There is something about adoration and devotion declared in such
ceremonies strike the chord of us all. So in appreciation of such amour and for the
immense joy of atending a marriage; we came to decision this issue to place at
your disposal the couples ultimate guide to tying the knot. We tried to fll you in
with all possibilities at hand for your nuptials and beyond. Whether you setled
upon a simple, chic wedding or costly, exquisite day; youll fnd here the spots, the
getaways and the best looks to fx on. As a mater of fact we edged more towards
the extravagant side, but this is because we want you to feel the extravagance of
a day that comes only once-in-a-lifetime -supposedly of course:). We sure are in
love with I DOs and thats why we wanna let you know all thats unique and
marvelous while geting ready to do it. Sip through the multiple pages of elegance,
sophistication and inspiration down here and charge your bateries to get im-
pressed!! My best wishes for a lovely day and life love birds
Ghada
SayHi
Magnifcent
Wedding
What s Up
Top of t he Shops [ 26]
Picks of the Months [27]
Hot Spot s
The Per f ect Pl ace t o Say I Do [ 30]
Luxury Honeymoon Hideaways [34]
Joi e De Vi vre
Whos Most Extravagant of Them All [38]
Wedding Rules and Their Roots [40]
Worlds Most Bizarre Wedding Customs [42]

A Macho Thi ng
11 Overlooked Activities Before Your Wedding Night [44]
A Machos Refection on Tying The Knot [46]
Career Coachi ng
Hassle-Free Tips to Inviting Co-worker to your Wedding [48]
Look Magnifcent
Wedding Gowns from The Best [50]
A Tal e of Two Br i des! [ 52]
Top Br i dal Make- up Looks f r om 2012 Runways [ 58]
How t o Choose Your Sol i t ai r e?! [ 60]
Mag Dcor
Wedding Gifts..Advice From The Specialists [66]
Sound Body Mi nd & Soul
De- st r ess Bef or e Your Bi g day [ 68]
Bride in Training..Look & Feel Best at Your Wedding.[70]
Happi l y Ever Af t er
How to Plan a Wedding Stress-Free [72]
Are You a Bridezilla?! [74]
Appl es of Z Heart
Your Wedding With or Without Little Ones?! [76]
Medi a Corner
The Bookworm Choice For the Big Day [78]
Best Wedding Reads[80]
Speak ur Mi nd
Sincere Moments..Unveil The True feelings of Family [82]
Zodi ac
Your Per sonal i t y Under t he Mi cr oscope [ 92]
Dusi t
Thani LakeVi ew br i ngs
you a gl i mpse of beaut y
cel ebr at i ng l ove and
marriage in the most elegant manner. Delivering
unmatched service, step by step, starts from
t he si mpl i ci t y of smoot h cer emony t o t he
extravagance of a wedding reception, complete
with glamour and elegance.
The hot el enj oys an i deal l ocat i on or i ent ed
with privacy and fair. Dusit Thani LakeView is
st r at egi cal l y l ocat ed i n t he Fi f t h Set t l ement of
the New Cairo district, only twenty minutes away
from Cairo International Airport. The blend of
Thai and Egyptian culture assures a truly unique
hotel experience. The minute you step into the
hotel, you will be captured with the impressive
interiors, eye-catching greenery embraced with
unique Thai touch.
One of t he many i nt er est i ng f eat ur es of Dusi t
Thani LakeVi ew i s t he Gr and Bal l r oom wi t h
its magnifcent 1536 square meters with such
beaut i f ul out door scener y and i t s pr e-f unct i on
t er r ace t o del i ver an unmat ched cat er i ng ser vi ce
par excellence. Distinctive setting for the bride
and groom to exchange vows surrounded in the
warmth of Thai artistry presence.
Another nine fully-equipped smaller ballrooms are
suppor t ed by a pr of essi onal st af f t o compl i ment
the banqueting facilities of the hotel. We invite
you t o r eser ve t hi s l ovel y venue f or a memor abl e
ballroom wedding ceremony.
Memor abl e weddi ngs ar e not onl y wel l ar r anged
technically, but are distinctive and personal.
Wedding Event planners are here to create
moments that will last a lifetime. We know that
you ve al ways dr eamed about havi ng a beaut i f ul
wedding. Let Dusit Thani LakeView make your
dr eam come t r ue and your weddi ng pl anni ng a
joy.
Dusit Thani LakeView is excited about every
element - from the way the tables are set, to the
moment you enter the room as bride and groom.
Creativity is our fundamental source. Inspired
weddi ng pl anner and or gani zer s r eassur e ever y
step of the way. Offering an insight into the latest
f ashi on and decor at i on t hemes f or weddi ngs t o be
abl e t o get i n t ouch wi t h your dr eam weddi ng and
bring it to life.
Dusi t Thani LakeVi ew al l ur i ng Packages cat er
various styles, sizes and occasions, all including
hot el accommodat i on and much mor e t empt i ng
surprises just to make your wedding experience
such a matchless one.
For furt her enquiries
E-mail: cairo@dusit .com
LakeView brings you the glamour
of your
Dusit Thani
Wedding
Ceremony
WHAT S UP
SHARM EL SHEIKH
A cosmopolitan vibe with sun, sea and
sand, perfect for romantic couples seeking
fun and pure relaxation
HILTOn SHARM EL SHEIKH FAyROUZ RESORT
Located directly on the beach
8 restaurants and bars
2 Outdoor heated swimming pools
Diving and water sports centers
HILTOn SHARM DREAMS RESORT
Stunning complex of 8 swimming pool
l agoons
Adjacent private beach
Diving centre
HILTOn SHARM WATERFALLS RESORT
Six out door swi mmi ng pool s
Direct access to private beach
Diving centre
HILTOn SHARK S BAy RESORT
Diving centre
7 Swimming pools
Health Club
Spa facilities
13 food and beverage outlets
All-inclusive food and beverage until 2AM
MARSA ALAM
Opening July 2011, the resort embodies a
war m Nubi an char m and wor l d- cl ass Hi l t on
services in a relaxed location boasting
incredible marine life and magnifcent
historical sites.
HILTOn MARSA ALAM nUBIAn RESORT
Beachfront location on the West Coast of
t he Red Sea
4 outdoor swimming pools
9 diverse restaurants & bars
HURGHADA
A blissful escape from which to explore
Hurghadas nightlife, the Red Sea and
hi st or i c Egypt
Hi l t on Hurghada Resort
Private marina
Dive courses, trips and equipment
Glass-bottom boat
HILTOn HURGHADA PLAZA
All-inclusive resort
Professional diving centre
Private beach and marina
HILTOn HURGHADA LOnG BEACH RESORT
All-inclusive resort
Outstanding diving and water sports
cent r e
Six pools connected by waterways and
gar dens
4 restaurants
SOUTH SInAI
A relaxing retreat for fun and sunshine, de-
signed in harmony with its unique setting.
HILTOn DAHAB RESORT
Stunning view of Sinai mountains
Private sandy beach
Fully equipped diving and windsurfng
cent r e
HILTOn nUWEIBA CORAL RESORT
All-inclusive resort
Peninsular oasis overlooking the Red Sea
Secluded beaches and coves
Diving and water sports centre
Snorkeling, kayaks, wind surfng and
wat er - ski i ng
HILTOn TABA RESORT & nELSOn VILLAGE
Private promenade and beach
Fully equipped dive centre
Shopping arcade
LUxOR
The ultimate luxury spa experience on the
green, Eastern banks of the majestic River
Ni l e
HILTOn LUxOR RESORT & SPA
Infnity pool over the Nile
Thermal gardens
Views of the Valley of the Kings
World-class spa
H
i l t on Hot el s & Resor t s Egypt under st ands t hat a coupl e s
honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, and with luxurious
getaways offering experiences that refect the essence of the
locale, Hilton Egypt has the prime honeymoon destinations for
every bride and groom.
Just as every couple is unique, so too are the distinctive
experiences at Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Egypt, 12 exotic
r esor t s t o choose f r om t o make a dr eamy honeymoon i n an unr i val ed l ocat i on
and absol ut e cer t ai nt y t hat t he menu al ways comes wi t h r omant i c Hi l t on
service to ensure that couples fnd the romance they came to share.
FROM FAMOUS SIGHTS TO ROMAnTIC nIGHTS
HILTON HOTELS & RESORTS EGYPT HONEYMOON GETAWAYS
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Tiffany & Co. introduces
an i nnovat i ve col l ect i on
of beaut i f ul l y desi gned
jewelry. Chic new Tiffany
Locks play with paradox
and t el egr aph per sonal
style. Feminine yet edgy, charming yet dignifed, vintage-inspired yet
compl et el y cont empor ar y - t hese desi gns ef f or t l essl y compl ement a r ange
of fashion styles. Based on Tiffany archival designs, Tiffany Locks feature
detailed pendants and charms, some of which function as actual locks.
Among the options are vintage, heart, arc and round shapes in 18 karat
yellow and rose gold or sterling silver. In the great tradition of Tiffany
craftsmanship, these precious metals are textured, polished and combined,
cr eat i ng j ewel r y wi t h t he di st i nct i ve l ook of chi c ur ban har dwar e or l ust r ous
heirlooms. Tiffany Locks also include a heart pendant handcrafted in
platinum and covered with pav diamonds. The dazzling design epitomizes
the universal symbol of love and refects all the emotion the heart can hold.
The Tiffany Locks collection is available at The First Mall, First Residence,
Giza, and Fifth Avenue, Mohandessin.
7 nEW OPEnInGS FOR AZADEA GROUP In CAIRO S MALL OF ARABIA
Azadea Group, one of the leading fashion and lifestyle retail companies in the Middle East
and North Africa, is expanding its retail network in Cairo. Indeed, the Group added seven
new stores to its Egyptian portfolio in Cairos newest mall Mall of Arabia. Once again, the
dynamic group has engaged in the task of expanding in Cairo by opening, in one day seven
stores representing different international brands. In an atmosphere of pure celebration,
Zara Home, Uterque, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Bershka and Oysho launched
their newest concepts in Mall of Arabia located in the 6th of October area. The Grand
Opening kicked off as of 2 in the afternoon with on its agenda performances from Wust el
Balab Band and entertainment from DJ Samba. Music was not the only attraction of the
af t er noon; t he cust omer s wer e del i ght ed t o r ecei ve t okens of appr eci at i on f r om each of
the stores as well as precious gifts. Children were not left out as a kids special corner was
made available to amuse the little ones. Azadeas country manager in Egypt Mr. Esam Hafez
said, We are committed to the Egyptian operation and satisfying the need of our consumer
has been and will remain the core of our belief. With the opening of those 7 stores, Azadea
Group in Egypt would have expanded its stores to 25 outlets spread across the different
busi ness uni t s
THE FEMInInE TOUCH BAZAAR AT CAIRO MARRIOTT
The Cairo Marriott Hotel hosted recently the Feminine Touch Bazaar; Organized by Mrs. Neivine El Shawarby and Mrs. Alia Abd El Hakim; the
event was held at the grandeur of the Cairo Marriott Hotel, where guests enjoyed the fun-flled day, picking the fnest The main objective of
this gathering was to SUPPORT THE COME BACK OF TOURISM and revive the charming life of Cairo. During the event Marriott Egypt properties
introduced the Celebrate Egypt 25 initiatives; an irresistible bouquet of offers tailored around the number 25, day of the revolution. Egypt
Air sponsored the Feminine Touch Event and presented smashing offers for a great summer escape.
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EVEnTS
WALID EL- HARIRy - DJ
At Grand Hyatt on the banks of the Nile, and with the sponsorship
of Magnifcent Magazine, the Model of American Congress (MAC)
cel ebrat ed t he openi ng ceremony of i t s 10t h annual conf erence
with the big family of MACs organizing and academic committees.
A signifcant number of guests and VIPs were present leaded by Mr.
Mike Henkey, the Cultural Attach of the U.S Embassy in Cairo and Mr.
Mohamed Bassiouni, the well-known diplomat and former Egyptian
ambassador in Israel. The ceremony started with a documentary
about the 25th of Jan. revolution honoring the Egyptian martyrs of
freedom. This was followed by a word by Mr. Mike who expressed his
joy for being -as usual- with MAC family. Then came the speech of
Ayman Moussa and Nada Fayez heads of t he organi zi ng and academi c
committees. And fnally, it was the speech of Mr. Mohamed Bassiouni
who affectionately reacted to the attendant questions that were
mai nl y f ocused on t he f ut ure of t he Egypt i an-Israel i rel at i ons af t er
the revolution. Sponsored by the American Embassy, MAC is one of the
best and most prestigious models in Cairo University. MAC is founded
at t he School of Economi cs and Pol i t i cal Sci ence under t he gui dance
and support of Dr. Mohamed Kamal, Political Science Professor with
t he ai m t o rai se t he pol i t i cal cul t ure and prepare young Egypt i an
leaders of the future.
Model of American Congress
celebrates 10th Anniversary
EVEnTS
Model of American Congress
celebrates 10th Anniversary
AMBASSADORS OF ASIA ExPERIEnCE
THE RUEn THAI UnIqUE FLAIR
Ruen Thai t he newl y opened Thai heaven at Dusi t Thani
host ed Ambassadors of Asi a i n Egypt over a prest i gi ous
dinner that is truly different from run-of-the-mill evenings.
The Ruen Thai was pronounced as an exquisite new Thai
fair in town after seven high profle Asian ambassadors
attended. The Ambassadors of Bangkok, Singapore,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar
were all impressed with the modern interiors, the live
show cooki ng t hat awaken al l t he senses and above al l
the genuine Thai delights. In the picture Mr. & Mrs. Kobos
welcoming their Excellencies to a pre-dinner drink in the
blue rose lounge and bar upon their arrival.
CRISTAL CLUB HOSTS SEMInAR TO DISCUSS IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA On ADVERTISInG
The Cristal Club Cairo hosted a press conference with industry experts in advance of a one-day seminar entitled The impact of Social Media: Post-Revolutionary
Lessons from the Advertising Industry. Panelists during the press conference included Christian Cappe, CEO - Cristal Festival Network; Ahmed Gamal El-Dien,
Egypt and North Africa Head of Sales, Yahoo!; and Hani Ramzi, Executive Director Europe and MEA, Alcatel-Lucent; and Khalid Gad, Consumer and Online Lead,
Egypt - Microsoft MEA, who discussed the evolution of the digital and media industry in the post-revolutionary Egypt and their views of the future. The press
conference was held the day before the Cristal Clubs frst-ever annual seminar in Cairo, which will welcome Club members from some of the industrys biggest
players including Google, Microsoft, Alcatel Lucent, Yahoo, Leo Burnett, JWT, Mindshare, FP7 McCann group, OMD, UM7, Digital Republic and Mobinil. The seminar
will gather together 80 attendees for in-depth discussions about a variety of industry-specifc topics including new trends in consumer behavior infuenced by
soci al medi a and i nt ernet ; t he f ut ure of t he medi a i ndust ry and whet her i t wi l l f ol l ow users t oward more di gi t al medi a consumpt i on; t he use of Arabi c cul t ure i n
advertising; the creative nature of Egyptians; interactivity within the media and advertising industries; and e-commerce and the cyber shopping experience. In
addition to the sessions, Cristal Club members will be showcasing their best campaigns, with a special focus on online campaigns and campaigns held during the
revolution. As well, the members of the Creative Cristal Club will judge the annual poster contest and choose the offcial visual identity for the next edition of
MENA Cristal Festival in Mzaar, Lebanon on February 21-23 2012. The evening before the seminar, the Cristal Club offcially launched the Womens Cristal Academy
in the Arab Country during a dinner that brought together infuential women in the media and communication industry in Egypt. The Womens Cristal Academy
comprise of leaders from the world of communications, marketing, media, digital, or advertising, who strive to highlight the success of women in these trades. It
aims to identify new talents, new ideas and strategies
CHOCOLATE GALLERy @
KEMPInSKI nILE HOTEL
Cel ebrat i ng Kempi nski s European heri t age and
appreciation of fne art and culture, Kempinski Nile
Hot el s Chocol at e
Lounge premi ered
a speci al art
exhibition, Salah
Taher 100 years of
glory, in conjunction
wi t h Zamal ek Art
Gallery. For the frst
time, the Chocolate
Lounge brought
t oget her 100 of
t he rarel y-seen
and some never-
before-exhibited
pai nt i ngs of t he
renowned artist.
Sal ah Taher obt ai ned
hi s Art degree at t he
Academy of Fi ne
Arts-Cairo,1934- ,
where he st art ed hi s
career, and became
a Lect urer at t he
same Academy unt i l
1954.Taher, a prolifc
Artist, is also well
known f or hi s past
contribution, as an
Art administrator, and a philosopher of Art. He is
t he reci pi ent of several i mport ant awards such as
the Highest State Award 1974, the First Prize
Biennial Alexandria 1996, and the Guggenheim
Foundation Award. Although Tahers background
is well rooted in academic paintings, his concern
f or col or has l ed t o hi s l i berat i on f rom t radi t i onal
values: his Art style has moved from Realistic, to
fgurative symbolism, and fnally to Abstraction,
where he achieved his greatest acclaim... The
di st i nct i ve f eat ure of Taher s art remai ns hi s
mast ery of worki ng wi t h bol d col ors and use of
different tools especially, the hard tools such as
t he kni f e t hat he uses t o spread t ransparent coat s
of diluted paint. We are proud to be hosting
an exhibition of such importance celebrating
one of t he most
renowned Egypt i an
cont emporary art i st s
of al l t i mes St at es
Fuat Korogolu ,
General Manager
of Kempi nski Ni l e
Hotel. Kempinski
Ni l e Hot el wi l l
cont i nue t o support
fne arts and will
al ways be i nspi red
by t he Egypt i an
Cul t ure added Fuat
Koroglu. Zamalek Art
Gal l ery speci al i zes
i n t he promot i on
of cont emporary
Art Where it hosts
a seri es of mont hl y
exhibitions for the
most promi nent
and exclusive
artists. The Gallery
houses a permanent
col l ect i on f or
pi oneer Egypt i an
artists, as well as
f or promi si ng young
talents. It is located in the heart of Zamalek, the
cosmopolitan quarter of the capital, where most of
t he cul t ural event s t ake pl ace
EVEnTS
COnGRATS MOSTAFA & nISRIn FOR TyInG THE KnOT
He: Mostafa El Borady (Magnifcents outspoken macho writer)
She: Nisrin Salah El Din (A friend of him)
They: Got married.
Where: It doesnt matter but if you insist, the ceremony was at Al Saraya, Zamalek.
When: Somewhere in time but, again, if youre eager to know, it was the 16th of
April.
Why: He discovered that this would be the only way for him to go out with her
f orever
Now: Marriage is a decision that living it is much easier than taking it.
EGyPTIAn TEAM WInSTHE RED
BULL TUM TUM PA In RIO DE
JAnEIRO, BRAZIL!
Their eyes closed, their feet and hands moving fast to
t he sounds of st icks drumming on classroom t ables and
notepads thats how team STB, from the American
Universit y in Cairo made t he Brazilian fans believe t hat
rhythm also exist beyond the boarders of the land of
samba. A dream came true for us, we love Rio and we
won t he Red Bull Tum Tum Pa t o show everyone how
good Egyptians can shake! said STB team. Surrounded
by Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, the
worlds best classroom drummers showed their talent,
for producing sounds, in tune with each other and the
crowd. From loud banging sounds to hushed clicks and
snaps, many notes were composed to represent 30
countries from Oriental chimes to Caribbean beats.
The local
compet it ion
t hat t ook
place last
mont h in
Cairo, gave
t he chance
for t he
st udent s
to explore
t heir inner
creat ivit y and
passion for
music in MSA,
AUC, Cairo
University,
AAST Cairo
and MIU;
t he t op
t eams from
each of t he
universit ies
went up
against each other at the national fnal in Egypt in a
ferce battle to win the chance to represent Egypt in
t he int ernat ional Red Bull Tum Tum Pa in Brazil! In t he
competition among Egyptian universities, 16 teams
were given 2 minut es t o perform a cover song and t heir
own composition in front of a panel of highly infuential
judges in the music and creative scene, MEGA FM 92.7
Radio present er and st and up comedian Mohamed
Fahmy, Wust El Balad Percussionist Mizo, Dj Phillipe El
Siisi and Star Academys Mahmoud Shokry. The 3rd and
2nd place winners were given cool ICE WATCHES and a
Red Bull case and the frst place winners received their
boarding passes to the journey of their dreams, to win!
The team consisting of: Ahmed Saf El Din, Shahir Rafk
Iskandar, Nayir Osama and Youssef Mahmoud, all AUC
winners pract ised day and night wit h a passion and drive
t o put Egypt s name as t he winners of t he Int ernat ional
Red Bull Tum Tum Pa in Rio De Janeiro, and they did!
Red Bull Tum Tum Pa World Final Rankings:
First Place: Team: STB/ Egypt (119 points)
Participants: Shahir Iskandar, Youssef Mahmoud, Nayir
Osama e Ahmed El Din

Runner Up: Team: PDR Univ. Mackenzie, So Paulo/
Brasil (115 points)
Participants: Emerson Miranda, Fellini Conti, Marcos
Antonio Lucas Jr e Luis Antonio Manso da Silva

Third Place: Team: Ground Zero/ Jamaica (112 points)
Participants: Whynn Phyllip, Kemoy Allen, Blake
Kamardo e Lewin Alt on
EVEnTS
WHAT S In
yOUR
BACKPACK?
If you re l ooki ng f or an
appl i cat i on t hat wi l l
hel p connect you t o
organi zat i ons t o ai de i n
t he rebui l di ng of Egypt
or inform you of upcoming events, then look no further. The
rel at i vel y new mobi l e appl i cat i on cal l ed Backpack has al l t hat
and much more. Their slogan Its only a click away to start
working towards a better Egypt explains the driving force behind
its creation and motivation to keep it going. The free application,
released in March 2011, strikes a balance of serious and fun
with its charity work and listings of NGOs as well as funny jokes,
advice and even discounts. In a time where everyone is looking
f or a way t o do t hei r part f or Egypt and revi ve t he count ry back
into tip top shape, Backpack makes it easier to do just that
by constantly updating its database and exposing users to the
various organizations and their events. The users can then get in
touch with the groups to fnd out how to either donate money
or volunteer their time. Backpack was developed by a group of
young, determined Egyptians with the main goal of supporting
and encouraging economic and social development in Egypt,
which has been on the minds of many post-revolution. After
downloading and registering the application on your mobile, you
will receive three packs a day at morning, midday, and evening
that will include everything you need to go through your day. The
application also has a fun side with jokes, advice, daily quotes,
weather, football news and matches, movies and cinemas, as
well as discounts and promotions. As part of their discounts
section, showing your digital offers card at any time to any of
their many participating businesses listed, you will immediately
receive the discount or promotion being offered. Perhaps one of
t he best f eat ures about Backpack i s t hat i t al l ows you t o share
al l t he i nf ormat i on you see on t he appl i cat i on wi t h your f ami l y
and friends via email, social media outlets such as Facebook and
Twitter, or even copy and paste on to any preferable messenger.
To date, the application has garnered over one million views,
raised an estimated LE 685,000 for charity, given much needed
exposure to many organizations, secured free discounts for its
users and much more. Currently the application is only available
on Blackberry mobiles, but the developers are working to bring
it very soon to other mobile carriers, such as to Iphones. More
information on Backpack can be found on their website (www.
backpack-app.com) or downloaded directly through (http://m.
backpack-app.com
Four teams shine with state-
of-the-art high-tech business
ideasand a 50 thousand dollar
grand prize for frst place!
The Jordanian Diabetes Healthcare team won
t hi rd pl ace i n t hi s year s MIT Ent erpri se Forum
Arab Busi ness Pl an Compet i t i on i n part nershi p wi t h
Abdul Latif Jameel Co., during a big ceremony
attended by Tunisian Minister of Employment, HE
Said Aidi, and Secretary of State to the Minister
of Trade and Tourism in Tunisia, Slim Chaker. The
team was granted fve thousand dollars for their
i dea of devel opi ng and market i ng new pat ent ed
technologies in the feld of diabetes monitoring
devices and management tools. PT Screen won
frst place with a 50 thousand dollar prize for their
busi ness pl an concerni ng a sof t ware i nnovat i on
t hat encourages col l aborat i ve i nt ernet browsi ng
between users from all over the world. Al
Khawari zmy Language Sof t ware f rom Egypt won
10 t housand dol l ars f or second pl ace f or provi di ng
Arabi c users wi t h search capabi l i t i es t hat al l ow
them to get all required target words. On June
16, the 12 fnalist teams that had arrived to
Tuni si a at t ended a coachi ng sessi on wi t h Booz
& Co. guiding them through
how t o bet t er perf orm i n
oral present at i ons t o hel p
t hem ef f ect i vel y pi t ch t hei r
ideas in front of the fnal jury.
Munaj j ed congrat ul at ed t he
winners and said, This is the
t hi rd year t hat Abdul Lat i f
Jameel Co. partners with the
MIT Ent erpri se Forum Arab
Business Plan Competition,
and we part i cul arl y val ue t hi s part nershi p because
it refects our belief in young entrepreneurs as
future leaders in the Arab World. Entrepreneurship
educat i on and promot i on are f undament al f or
a heal t hy and growi ng Arab ecosyst em abl e and
willing to create new jobs, and this Competition
is at the heart of it.As for Fadel, she said,
Af t er ni ne mont hs of cont i nuous work and
receiving 3800 applications from 17 different
Arab countries, I must thank Jameel Co. and the
executive team for their dedication and support.
I hope we have succeeded i n spreadi ng a cul t ure
and awareness of ent repreneurshi p among t he
Arab youth community. As we have seen, Rana
Shmeitelly, last years competitions winner,
succeeded in launching the Little Engineer, we
hope to see PT Screen launch and grow and
subsequently expand regionally. She added, Soon
we wi l l be re-openi ng t he compet i t i on s doors t o
accept applications and new ideas. We want this
Compet i t i on t o become an annual event bri ngi ng
together the entire region for the next 20 years
providing entrepreneurs with a platform to learn,
share and exchange their business ideas. During
the closing of the ceremony, Cherif Atia from
PT Screen expressed his extreme joy for having
won 2011s competition and said, Thank God
winning frst prize at the MIT Enterprise Forum
Arab Busi ness Pl an Compet i t i on i s a si gn f or us t hat
we are going in the right business direction, we
would like to thank Abdul Latif Jameel Co. and the
organizers for giving us this unique opportunity and
put t i ng us i n cont act wi t h prof essi onal s t o gui de us
t hrough how t o l ead a successf ul busi ness and t ake
it to the next level.
Shell Egypt is celebrating 100 years of success at Dusit Thani
Shel l Egypt chose Dusi t Thani LakeVi ew as a wi t ness t o cel ebrat e i t s 100 years of achi evement s and
success. The anniversary gala dinner was held at the LakeView grand ballroom including more than
800 guests as well as high profle fgures such as His Excellency Eng. Abdallah Ghorab, Petroleum
Mi ni st er The super st ar Amr Di ab crowned t he cel ebrat i on wi t h hi s out st andi ng perf ormance where
the guests enjoyed very much. In the picture Mr. Ahmed el Hady, Hotel Manager welcoming HE
Petroleum Minister, Eng Abdullah Ghorab upon his arrival.
EVEnTS
Planet Spa Opens
At Iberotel
Aquamarine
Resort
Iberotel Aquamarine Resort
has recent l y opened a
unique Spa center Planet
Spa - wi t h a new concept
t hat combi nes t oget her t he
anci ent Egypt i an phi l osophy
of wel l ness and t he modern
European techniques
of health care. Planet Spa is considered the latest luxury addition to
the resort, following its commitment to provide the highest service
standards and ultimate rejuvenating experience delivered by the most
experienced and skilled staff in the health care. The new spa provides
balance for the inner-self through offering an extensive menu of salon
and spa services that include facial treatment, massages, body wraps
and ot her wel l desi gned t reat ment programs & i s commi t t ed t o use onl y
natural materials. Iberotel Aquamarine Resort is made for those who
want to spoil themselves with the perfect, relaxed, luxurious fve-star
Egypt holiday. The resort is located on the southern tip of Hurghada with
its own private beach and two aqua parks featuring the total of eleven
slides and sixteen swimming pools. This impressive complex features six
restaurants and fve bars offering a wide range of mouth-watering meals
and refreshing drinks.
Reebok announces partnership with Samia
Allouba
At Samia Alloubas Maadi Branch, Reebok announced the new partnership
with Samia Allouba Gym, Dance and Fitness Center. Together they will
redefne Fitness throughout the country and will work to incorporate
Fitness in everybodys lifestyle. Ahmed M. Ismail, Ra sport CEO Said
Thi s deal i s not onl y a part of our market i ng pl an but i t i s a huge st ep
in our Strategy and mission to sport the Fashion, considering that the
Fashion Retail business is off menu business, Meaning that it does not
abide by any rule and is a very dynamic and active business, we couldnt
fnd better partner for Reebok than Samia Allouba. Karin van Oostrom,
Head of Marketing MEA, on visit to Egypt to speak at the press conference,
sai d: Here i n Egypt we f ound t he perf ect part ner t o i ncorporat e Fi t ness
into everybodys lifestyle. We are particularly proud of the fact that her
mission is so closely aligned with our brand, together we will spread
health, ftness and wellness across the country to people of all ages. Samia
Allouba fts perfectly with Reebok - shes fun, inspirational and committed
to ftness.Samia Allouba, General Manager, commented: At our gyms,
we always strive to keep a healthy, fun and energizing atmosphere,
whi ch i s perf ect l y al i gned wi t h Reebok s ai m t o maki ng Fi t ness f un and
empowering people to be ft for life. And what encouraged us more
to have this partnership is our members good feedback . Samia Allouba
currently has 8 branches in Cairo, with up to 4000 members. They offer
the most varied Fitness and Dance class program & schedule in Egypt,
taught by top notch Group Fitness Instructors, presenting the most up
to date, dynamic and internationally known techniques. Kamel Saleh,
Brand Manager Reebok, added : Reebok is looking forward to activating
this new partnership as we are asking consumers to Reethink , Reesport
and Reejoy since sport is not just about sweating, but rather sweating ,
cheering, getting in shape and maintaining a good health. We conveyed
this message by communicating with our consumers in a fun ftness
compet i t i on at
Sami a Al l ouba
where wi nners
recei ved
a f ul l year
membershi p at
Samia Allouba,
pl us a Reebok
Zi gt ech and
Easytone shoes.
FITnESS
Sur r ounded by t he dr amat i c vi ew of t he Ni l e
River from every corner, at the most prestigious
tranquil area in Cairo, where luxury is a lifestyle
and hospitality is redefned, Hilton Zamalek
Resi dence Cai r o i s t he per f ect pl ace t o be f or
business or pleasure in Cairo.
Located 20 Km from Cairo International airport,
a few minutes from the heart of Cairo, Egyptian
museum, Cairo tower, the Giza Pyramids & the
Sphinx and Khan El Khalily; Hilton Zamalek
makes your st ay mor e enj oyabl e and f aci l i t at es
your visit to the city of wonders.
The hot el pr ovi des 164 newl y r enovat ed sui t es
and guest r ooms t o accommodat e al l needs
- with state of the art amenities, to ensure
guests maximum comfort. Offering unmatched
quality of service and luxury, out of them are 76
r enovat ed sui t es i ncl udi ng:
4 luxurious penthouses; a two story 360 m2 with
one master bedroom, 2 bedrooms, a nannys
quarter, a large comfortable reception area, a
dining room, a guest restroom, full kitchen and
a l ar ge t er r ace over l ooki ng t he Ni l e on bot h
foors.
28 el egant Thr ee Bedr oom Ni l e Sui t es; 280m2
with one master bedroom, 2 bedrooms, full
kitchen, and a large reception area including a
dining room with a terrace overlooking the Nile.
44 Thr ee Bedr oom Ni l e Sui t es; 180m2 wi t h 2
bedrooms, full kitchen, a living and dining area
with a terrace overlooking the Nile.
As wel l as 88 guest r ooms; 22 Twi n Hi l t on Guest
Rooms over l ooki ng t he ci t y and 22 Ki ng Hi l t on
Guest Rooms wi t h a spect acul ar Ni l e vi ew and 44
King Hilton Deluxe Guest Rooms with a large
terrace enjoying panoramic view of the Nile.
As for dining and entertainment, the hotel
pr ovi des a wi de r ange of choi ces i ncl udi ng
International, Oriental and Asian cuisine to suit
all tastes, complemented with mouth watering
home-made baker i es and past r i es speci al l y
prepared by our talented chefs. All together
with a warm welcoming service, it introduces a
totally new dining experience.
The Tea Ti me Lounge i s t he per f ect pl ace f or
gathering with family or friends. The lounge
offers a relaxing and friendly atmosphere where
you can enj oy our speci al bever ages and snacks
along with our house music tunes.
To t hose who f avor t he war m sun and r ef r eshi ng
Nile breeze along with a nice tan, the Waves Pool
provides a relaxing atmosphere on the swimming
pool deck with the magnifcent view of the Nile
while savoring your favorite drinks and snacks,
also available a kids pool for our young guests.
Our Health Club & fully equipped ftness center
offers our guests a rejuvenating experience.
Whether you prefer a steam bath, sauna or a
special massage, all you need to stay ft and
r ef r eshed i s guar ant eed dur i ng your st ay wi t h
us.
To our business guests, we offer 3 impressive
meeting rooms, fully equipped with the latest
state of the art audio and video equipment,
t o accommodat e f r om 12 up t o 60 guest s wi t h
maximum comfort and convenience.
Hi l t on Zamal ek Resi dence Cai r o pr omi ses
you a unique experience of hospitality, and an
unforgettable stay flled with lots of pleasant
memories.
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say I DO
A
s our pl anet becomes
smaller, theres a growing
global trend of couples fying
t hei r f ami l y and f r i ends t o
cel ebr at e t hei r weddi ngs
out si de t hei r home t owns and
countries. Choosing the right
spot is never easy. As creating
a magi cal event t hat mar ks your new begi nni ng
i nvol ves a gr eat deal of wor k and many
important decisions. Magnifcent teamed up
wi t h Qui nt essent i al l y t o br i ng t o you t he answer
to your FAq: Where to fnd that perfect place
t o say I DO?
With international offces in 59 cities (and
growing), quintessentially has localized insider
information and unmatched expertise in the
world of luxury. They have reached across their
net wor k and compi l ed f or you some of t he
worlds most luxurious, magnifcent, romantic
and magical places to tie the knot.
EGyPT
W
eddi ngs i n EGYPT have become
i ncr easi ngl y l avi sh and cr eat i ve; especi al l y
this past decade, and with growing number of
luxurious spaces, we fnd ourselves confned
by t hese pages t o pr esent you wi t h onl y t he
fnest choices. Fairy-tale ball by the Pyramids,
colourful extravaganza on a Red Sea beach or
a soi r ee of opul ence by t he shor es of t he Ni l e
here are some of Egypts fnest locations that
wi l l t ur n your f ant asy weddi ng i nt o one of your
most precious memories.
T
he advent of t he Four Seasons i nst i t ut i on
of luxury marked a change in wedding
receptions in Egypt, bringing them to a whole
new level of lavishness. The Four Seasons
Hot el s and Resor t s i n Egypt pr i de t hemsel ves i n
of f er i ng an al l -i n-one sol ut i on r at her t han j ust
magnifcent spaces and sumptuous catering. A
Four Seasons on-site expert will work with you
or your wedding planner to reserve your dates,
plan the schedule of events, coordinate all food
and beverage, from menu design to fowers to
linens, and assist with other aspects of your
wedding experience at the Hotel.
W
het her l ooki ng t o have a smal l i nt i mat e
celebration or a stately affair, each of
t he Four Seasons pr oper t i es i n Egypt of f er s
several packages to accommodate your exact
needs. You cant be at the Four Seasons and
not get pampered, and as for newlyweds they
will experience quintessential indulgence with
a compl i ment ar y ni ght and many gr eat Spa
benefts, all part of their wedding package.
Each of t he f our pr oper t i es can of f er you a
unique experience; urban elegance at the First
Residence, contemporary sophistication at the
Nile Plaza, classical glamour at San Stefano
and breathtaking beauty in Sharm El Sheikh.
Whether you are having a Cairo/Alexandria
based wedding or fying to Sharm El Sheikh to
celebrate, trust Four Seasons to simplify the
pl anni ng and make your weddi ng day ever yt hi ng
you have ever imagined.
O
ne of Cai r o s newest addi t i ons and i cons
of contemporary luxury is the prestigious
Fairmont Nile City, quickly becoming one
of most f avour i t e l ocat i ons f or weddi ngs i n
Cairo. The Fairmont Nile City offers one of the
most dramatic views of the Nile, creating an
enchant i ng at mospher e f or a weddi ng beneat h
t he st ar s; and bal l r ooms t hat ar e t r ansf or med t o
refect the fantasy of your choice. To ease the
pressure and make your big day unforgettable,
t he Fai r mont Ni l e Ci t y al so of f er s t he f ul l
r ange of ser vi ces you may need and i n-house
consultant to take care of every detail. It is the
day you have been waiting for all your life, and
t he Fai r mont Ni l e Ci t y wi l l wor k t hei r magi c f or
it to be perfect.
W
hile fve star hotels have always been the
popular choice for weddings in Egypt,
many young coupl es pr ef er br eaki ng away f r om
the tradition of luxuriantly decorated ballrooms
and take the gala outdoors. Conveniently
l ocat ed on t he out ski r t s of Cai r o i s one of our
t op pi cks f or a cel ebr at i on of nupt i al s al f r esco
Seasons Resort & Country Club. While Seasons
r emai ns a pr i vat e member s-onl y cl ub; f or f our
years now, they have succeeded in delivering
t o young coupl es t he open ai r weddi ng of t hei r
dreams. Exquisite arrangements, high quality
gourmet offerings and eye to detail, not to
mention their fexibility in tailoring all aspects
HOT SPOTS
of a wedding to refect the nature of
t he happy coupl e al l combi ned t hese
r easons have secur ed Seasons Count r y
Cl ub & Resor t a t op posi t i on on our l i st of
favourite place to have a wedding.
T
he wonder f ul l y t emper at e weat her
Egypt i s bl essed wi t h and t he
abundance of fascinating destinations,
pr esent i ng f abul ous l ocat i ons f or out -of -
t own mar r i age cel ebr at i ons coul d have
l ef t us conf used f or choi ce; however at
last, we have chosen the southern town
of El Gouna, hands down.
O
n the pristine aqua-blue Red Sea coast
l ays t he i deal weddi ng l ocat i on si mpl y
waiting to be discovered. Your wedding
venue can be anywher e f r om l avi sh hot el s
t o beaut i f ul beaches t o event pr i vat e
villas and private yacht rentals. Nestled
bet ween l agoons and a dr amat i c deser t
backdrop, El Gouna provides the perfect
pl ace f or a one-of -a-ki nd cer emony
setting. The resort town is already known
as Egypts pinnacle of luxury and beauty.
Whether you prefer to say I do on
t he beach or at a choi ce l ocat i on wi t h
magnifcent views of the sea, golf course,
or marina; youre sure to fnd the perfect
setting for your ceremony. El Gouna not
only provides pure surroundings, but also
t he many ser vi ces needed t o make t hi s
event happen; the fnest of catering and a
myr i ad of cui si nes t o choose f r om; super b
foral designs delivered to your event;
and a sel ect i on of beaut y sal ons on hand
to create those fnal beautifying touches.
Away f r om t he cr azi ness t hat i s Cai r o
life, El Gouna is a haven of peace and
beauty, ideal for an out-of-town wedding
and of f er s endl ess possi bi l i t i es f or t he
honeymoon as well.
El Gouna - bEauty and romancE
classical ElEGancE at
Four sEasons san stEFano
Plaza - alExandria
Exotic FlowErs addinG Flair
at sEasons country club
ballroom in whitE at thE
Fairmont nilE city
day timE cElEbrations at
sEasons country club
tablE sEttinG at thE Fairmont nilE city
ARGEnTInA
O
ur frst stop is the prominent ranch province
of Buenos Aires ARGENTINA, where Estan-
cia Villa Maria Equestrian & Golf Estates Resort
is found. The six hundred plus hectares that
make up this unique ranch include an excep-
tional park with a picturesque lake and boasting
more than 300 species of plants and trees, all
sur r oundi ng an hi st or i c f ar mhouse and a mag-
nifcent rural palace in Tudor- Normand style.
The palace and farmhouse now serve as a hotel,
combining comfort and excellent service with
t he aut hent i ci t y and char m of t he t r adi t i onal
estancia (ranch). While the Villa Maria features
event and function halls, the perfect spot to say
I Do is by the lake surrounded by the infnite
colours of the nature around you. Estancia Villa
Mar i a wi t nessed Mi chael Bubl e and Lui sana Lo-
pilato get hitched, amongst many other of the
crme de la crme of Argentine society.
Brazil
T
he nearby vibrant BRAZIL is next on our tour,
where weddings are a sizeable affair, hosting
600 guest s i s consi der ed an aver age si zed cel -
ebr at i on! Some of Br azi l s weal t hi est wi l l host
weddings in excess of 1,000 guests at their man-
sions, while others will take the party to one of
their citys most outstanding venues.
I
n So Paulo; Paulistas (people born in So
Paulo) enjoy celebrating their weddings in a
few various high end places, which do not nec-
essarily differ much. Amongst the most popular
So Paulo venues is the Casa Fasano, offering
one of most beaut i f ul spaces whi ch can be eas-
i l y t r ansf or med t o t he t heme and set t i ng of t he
couples choice. Over the past few years, the
Hotel Unique, the Terrace at Daslu, the Leo-
polldo and Sala So Paulo at the Julio Prestes
St at i on have host ed t he weddi ngs of some of
Brazils top movers and shakers.
S
imilar to Paulistas, the wealthiest Cariocas
(people born in Rio de Janeiro) will host
marriage celebrations in the luxury of their
mansions, sometimes spending in excess of 1.5
million US Dollars on the special day. When se-
lecting a venue in Rio de Janeiro, the gorgeous
Fasano Hotel with its amazing view of the Po
de Aucar Peak wi l l al ways come at t he t op of
the list, while the more traditional families may
opt f or t he cl assi cal el egance of t he Copaca-
bana Palace. Breaking away from the customary
fve star hotels, Rio de Janeiros Modern Art
Museum and Parque Lage (home to the school of
visual arts EAV) present Cariocas with exqui-
site and unique venues for weddings.
UnITED ARAB EMIRATES
S
taying in Asia, the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES has
t o be on our l i st of dest i nat i ons f or some of
the worlds most remarkable wedding venues.
From DUBAI and ABU DHABI, cities that epito-
mise luxury and imbue opulence, we bring you
some of the most extravagant wedding loca-
tions. Since lavishness and indulgence (and
sometimes excess) are the benchmark in these
two Emirati cities, we have selected some of
the classics as well as some new trendy choices.
B
urj Al Arab, Dubais most memorable
landmark, is situated offshore on a man-
made island off the Jumeriah Beach strip. This
unique, hotel embellished with bright lights
and ostentatious design, is an ideal choice for
a coupl e l ooki ng f or t he gr andi ose weddi ng
celebration.
T
he Fairmont Dubai is a luxury resort set in
the fnancial heart of the city. Close to some
of Dubai s mai n at t r act i ons i ncl udi ng t he l ush
golf courses and beaches, and closely linked to
Dubais International Convention Centre, the
Fairmont Dubai offers a wedding experience
oozing with class and elegance.
tablE sEttinGs at casa Fasano - sao Paolo - brazil
back yard dEcor oF a brazilian man-
sion - crEdit PicturE by cissa samoyia
Estancia Villa maria FacadE,
an arGEntinE FairytalE
mansion wEdddinG sEttinG in
brazil - crEdit PicturE by lais
aGuiar rubEns
indoor GardEn sEttinG at casa
Fasano - sao Paolo - brazil - crEdit
courtEsy oF casa Fasano
HOT SPOTS
Fairmont dubai
usa
ABOUT qUInTESSEnTIALLy:
Launched in Soho, London in December
2000, quintessentially began life as a luxury
conci er ge ser vi ce avai l abl e t o i t s member s
24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on hand to
assist with any lifestyle requests. Ten years
on and quintessentially has expanded into
a st agger i ng 56 ci t i es ar ound t he wor l d
pr ovi di ng an unbeat abl e gl obal l i f est yl e
management service. From Buenos Aires to
Cairo, New Delhi to New York, Moscow to
Milan, quintessentiallys global fxers are
on hand to provide the ultimate in insider,
specialist and localised knowledge. The
Qui nt essent i al l y Gr oup now al so encompasses
32 fantastic expert sister businesses which
of f er a wi de r ange of speci al i st l i f est yl e
services from access to fne wines, private
jets, property and luxury cars, to art
collection, bespoke gifting, events planning,
design and much more.
With soaring aspirations and more exciting
plans to come, quintessentially looks set to
continue to expand its horizons and push
the boundaries of luxury lifestyle. With an
ever increasing little black book of contacts,
new si st er busi nesses and mor e i nt er nat i onal
openings planned, quintessentiallys second
decade is sure to exceed its frst.
S
till in Dubai, the Park Hyatt is situated next
t o t he wor l d f amous Dubai Cr eek Yacht and
Golf Club. This magnifcent waterfront icon
makes i t a st unni ng sur r oundi ng t o cr eat e your
dream wedding, whether you choose the lav-
ish formal banquet or just simply an intimate
milieu.
J
umer i ah Beach Hot el i s a spect acul ar beach
r esor t desi gned i n t he shape of br eaki ng
wave. Dedicated to ensuring guests with a
comfortable experience packed with dynamic
f aci l i t i es i ncl udi ng pr i vat e access t o t he beach
and villas, this hotel makes for a dazzling wed-
ding venue.
E
mi r at es Pal ace i s one of t he most br eat ht ak-
i ng l andmar ks l ocat ed i n t he capi t al Abu
Dhabi, overlooking the magnifcent Emirates
Marina. Offering a magical journey through
endless luxurious surroundings, this venue is the
perfect fairytale wedding experience.
T
he Fai r mont Hot el AD i s at t he beachf r ont i n
the heart of Abu Dhabis cosmopolitan city.
With facilities overlooking the Abu Dhabi creek,
t hi s venue i s a pr i me l ocat i on t o accommodat e
the ideal wedding with unparalleled luxury.
O
ur concluding selection from the UAE,
t akes us away f r om hot el s t o t he Abu Dhabi
National Exhibition Centre is a stunning new
modern and dynamic complex providing spa-
cious exhibition halls that can be transformed
and catered to ft the perfect venue for your
special wedding day.
UnITED STATES
T
o complete our tour, we will have a quick
l ook at t he UNITED STATES and par t i cul ar l y
the ever dynamic Big Apple NEW YORK CITY,
t o l ear n mor e about wher e t he j et set t er s ar e
saying I Do. Some of the citys most famous
l andmar ks have become t he l ocat i ons of choi ce
f or some of New Yor k s most pr omi nent wed-
dings: The New York Botanical Gardens, St.
Patricks Cathedral, Central Park, Grand Central
Terminal and The NY Public Library. As far as
luxury and uniqueness go, theres no shortage
in this city, so again we had to face the hard
choi ce of sel ect i ng our t op New Yor k venue nev-
er t hel ess we br i ng you t hi s unusual hi dden gem
nestled in the heart of the West Village.
6
32 onHudson is a venue that radiates history,
authenticity, trendiness and class. This 1847
townhouse saw several owners and functions,
until it was bought in 1992, restored and trans-
formed into spectacular space it is today. The
grandiose, elaborate European design details
ar e combi ned wi t h t oday s st at e of t he ar t
technology, setting 632 onHudson is category of
its own. The unique downtown venue has re-
cently expanded by launching 632below, on the
ground foor offering yet another lovely spot for
an intimate marriage celebration.
JumEirah bEach hotEl - dubai ExtErior
632 onhudson
Luxury HoneyMoon
HideAwAys
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GASTROnOMIC GETAWAyS
For many, there can be nothing more
romantic than an African safari. Join Chef
Bruce Robertson, a former Head Chef of
Si ngi t a Boul der s Lodge and an awar d- wi nni ng
Restaurateur, on a Culinary Safari of note. A
journey of discovery, of food wonders and a
r ar e oppor t uni t y t o absor b t he war mt h of t he
Af r i can bush i n t he hands of a t r ue cul i nar y
guru.
Exclusive to Singita Sweni Lodge, Chef Bruces
delightful Gourmet Safaris are unique to Africa
continent. A fve day and four night experience
flled with intrigue, warmth, romance and
laughter at the edge of the boma fre. The idea
of a gast r onomi cal advent ur e i n Sout h Af r i ca s
Kruger National Park is bound to fll some with
trepidation, but any fears that the experience
i ncl udes r hi no- wr est l i ng or t aki ng ai m at
elephants should prove unfounded. Instead,
Si ngi t a Sweni Lodge s Gour met Saf ar i i s a
four-night culinary thriller, set in a secluded
r i ver si de l odge t hat peer s out over t he maj est y
of the African plains. Robertson, known
locally as the afro-gastronaut for his vibrant
per sonal st yl e and hi s penchant f or pushi ng t he
boundaries of conventional food preparation.
Accompanied by Robertson, youll spend the
day on bubbly tastings, eating walking with
l i ons & her bs pi cni c br eakf ast s and wat chi ng
cooking demonstrations. By night, its Boma
dr ummi ng under t he peer l ess Af r i can ski es
and a sosaties and stars bush dinner washed
down wi t h some of t he count r y s most sought -
after bottles of private reserve. As fne dining
experiences go, it doesnt get much more
daring or delicious than this.
WEDDIn G
ACTIVE ADVEnTURES:
BECOME A COWBOy /
COWGIRL In MOnTAnA
Ranch at Rock Cr eek i n Mont ana woul d be
a fabulous option. This place is incredible
and has hundr eds of act i vi t i es l i ke hor seback
riding, shooting, fy fshing, ATVs, rafting
(close by), hiking, mountain biking, archery,
sporting clay, paint ball, etc. Southeast of
Missoula, it is the latest and most exciting
experiential resort to have arrived in Montana.
The luxury guest ranch brings together
upscale facilities and wide open spaces,
amongst 10 square miles of rugged Montana
ranchland just outside Philipsburg. It also
of f er s out st andi ng cui si ne and a f ul l - ser vi ce
spa. Couples will discover the ranch is the
incomparable to any other ranch vacation, as
it offers the feel of the true West without
sacrifcing true comfort. The ranch offers
guests an unparalleled luxury escape, while
al so pr ovi di ng an aut hent i c Mont ana r anch
experience. The recreational opportunities
ar e l i mi t l ess as ar e t he accommodat i on t ypes
whi ch r ange f r om r ust i c l odge accommodat i on
t o hal f cabi n/ hal f t ent accommodat i on wi t h
private hot tubs. The property itself has been
a working ranch for 120 years, yet it holds
al l t he moder n comf or t s you coul d ask f or : a
full-service spa, saloon, high-end ranch-style
cooking, four-lane bowling alley; and for those
who love the great outdoors, there is: fy-
fshing, archery, paint-balling, rafting, riding,
kayaking, tubing or hunting to name but a few.
HEDOnISTIC HIDEAWAy:
EnJOy MAGICAL nIGHTS In
MIAMI & CARIBBEAn
Miami, gateway to the Caribbean and full of
excitement, music and night life. This is where
you start your honeymoon. After the buildup and
excitement of your wedding, now is the time to
let your hair down and relax. And Miami is just
the place.
St ar t i ng at t he beaut i f ul Set ai hot el i n Sout h
Beach for 3 nights. This intimate and serene
hotel sits right onto the famous Miami Beach.
Compr i si ng of an Ar t Deco bui l di ng and t he new
glass edifce of the Tower, this all-suite property
gives the guest an opportunity to experience
either, but with the same dedication to service
you would expect. Dining is at a choice of four
venues, starting with the more relaxed grill area
to the creative cuisine or the Restaurant. Stroll
out i n t he eveni ng al ong t he r ecent l y-devel oped
boardwalk, or to Lincoln Road where you will fnd
every type of restaurant you could wish for. By
day, venture into the Everglades National Park to
feed the alligators, and skim the swamps on an
airboat ride complete with ranger. Miami has so
much t o of f er !
After Miami, we will take you to Parrot Cay; a
pr i vat e i sl and wher e get t i ng away f r om i t al l
is the name of the game. 1000 unspoilt acres,
i ncl udi ng a mi l e-l ong powder ed beach wi t h
understated style, cosseting service and smiling
staff are waiting for your arrival.
For 7 nights, enjoy the award winning holistic
spa, health-giving cuisine and beach houses with
private pools. At Parrot Cay, the soul is unique
wi t h space t o r edi scover t hose f or got t en r hyt hms
of long days and easy nights. You can go for a
Garden View Room or the Sanctuary. Infact many
of t he pr oper t i es i n Par r ot t Cay Escapes bel ong
to private owners, and the Sanctuary is just one
of t hem bel ongi ng t o Amer i can desi gner Donna
Karan. This is a private paradise, and as such is
not teaming with activities; however, the diving
there is exceptional. You can go bone fshing,
windsurfng or catamaran sailing. There are
Yoga Retreats, beach drop-offs, private cruises,
or exploration trails by bike or kayak. Resort
of f er s a choi ce of di ni ng opt i ons: Asi an Fusi on i n
the Lotus, Mediterranean in the Terrace and of
course in-room dining.
An ARTISIAn AFFAIR
For the Francophile, here is the chance to
indulge in the most chic of cities, Paris, before
headi ng i nt o t he st unni ngl y beaut i f ul and
cal mi ng count r ysi de of Beauj ol ai s and t he
Chateau de Bagnols.
We suggest Paris frst with 3 nights spent at
the luxury Le Meurice, set opposite and with
wonderful views of the Tuillerie Gardens, and
between the Place de la Concord, Musee de
Louvre and the Rur Saint-Honore. Le Meurice
i s t he per f ect pl ace t o st ar t your r omant i c
honeymoon; a fabulous setting, fne dining,
and super b l ocat i on! For t hose t hat wi sh t o
venture out in the evening, there are the
t r adi t i onal venues such as t he Cr azy Hor se and
the Lido, or simply take a stroll along the Seine
to soak up this cosmopolitan atmosphere,
st oppi ng al ong t he way as t he Par i si ans do f or a
coffee or liquor.
Then i t s on t o t he second par t of your
journey. Set amidst vineyards, forests and the
lush green countryside of Beaujolais, is The
Chateau de Bagnols. Entrance to the Chateau is
acr oss a dr awbr i dge wher e you wi l l be gr eet ed
by impressive towers, honey-coloured stone
and your home for the next few days. Enjoy
strolls in the beautiful gardens, eat dinner on
the terrace under 100 year old lime trees, or
venture into nearby Lyon, Perouge or Oingt and
maybe fnd a little souvenir of your stay at one
of the many artisan or antique shops.
After you have had a chance to relax and
unwi nd why not enj oy a second wonder f ul
week i n t he hear t of r ur al Fr ance wi t h t he
inspiring sculptor and artist Babette. Various
experiences are on offer from sculpting
enabling couples to work together, learning
new ar t ski l l s or even unl ocki ng t hei r hi dden
art talents. Couples can explore local sites of
architectural and artistic interest, and take
par t i n var i ous st i mul at i ng act i vi t i es i ncl udi ng
creative writing, meditation and pottery.
Coupl es wi l l spend t he maj or i t y of t hei r t i me
on location with Babette, hidden away in the
countryside or with forest surroundings. They
will stay in a stunning and luxurious chateu
hotel where they will indulge in the fnest
quality foods and drinks.
Babet t e l eaves ever y guest wi t h i nval uabl e
theory in basic sculpture, as well as offering
pai nt i ng and dr awi ng cl asses i n a var i et y
of subjects, ranging from traditional to
contemporary methods, working from live
models, landscape or skyscape, and fgurative
t o abst r act
ROBInSOn-CRUSOE ROMAnCE
Amanpulo is a private island (known as Pamalican).
Tourism has scarcely touched the islands in this area,
so paradise is truly at your fngertips. Amanpulo
(meaning peaceful island) is surrounded by white-sand
beaches, turquoise waters and seven kilometres of
coral reef. Beyond are sandbanks and a channel where
whales, dolphins and sea cows have been glimpsed.
The cor al i sl and s at t r act i on l i es i n t he pr i st i ne beaut y
of its environment and its complete exclusivity.
Guests are greeted in Manila and fown by a 19-seat
twin-engine plane, landing on the islands private
airstrip. With views of the ocean and surrounding
islands, there is nothing on Pamalican but the resort
of Amanpulo, its 40 casitas and 11 villas.
Here natural is as it was meant to be seen. Take
pleasure in wild and beautiful. Stargaze. Dive with
dolphins, And admire the local fora or fauna. There
are nature walks and water sports but throughout,
the tranquillity will disarm you and total relaxation
will set in. There are choices in dining, from Pizza
to private-in-suite dining. All designed to temp and
entice. This is a truly magical location just perfect
after your truly magical day.
HOT SPOTS
An ALMIGHTy GLOBAL ADVEnTURE
Journeying to the most awe-inspiring and spectacular natural wonders
known to man, the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, you will
bot h enj oy a honeymoon t hat cel ebr at es t he wor l d s t i mel ess and
enchanting beauty. These remarkable locations and experiences
offer a lifetime experience a truly memorable journey that you
can share together. You will visit seven fascinating and contrasting
destinations across the world all linked by military-precision logistics,
travelling in absolute luxury by private jet throughout. With exclusive
accommodat i on speci al l y sel ect ed t o enr i ch t he t i mel ess and
enchanting theme of your honeymoon and exceptional servicing with
cel ebr at ed chef s and at t ent i ve but l er s t o ensur e you ar e r e- i nvi gor at ed
with every stop on your journey. You will enjoy private experiences,
activities and entertainment arranged exclusively along with plenty of
time to yourselves to relax and take in your awe-inspiring surrounds
and experiences. Youll fy to the Arctic North of Sweden to see the
spectacular natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis; then fy onto
Zambia in Africa for a private viewing of the magnifcent Victoria
Falls. Travelling to Asia, youll fy over Mount Everest and visit the
behemoth from the ground. Next youll fy on to northern queensland
in Australia, to see the worlds largest reef and discover its beauty
and biodiversity; before a fight over the Pacifc (with optional stops
to discover South Pacifc treasures like Fiji and Bora Bora in French
Polynesia) before arriving in Las Vegas, where youll transfer to a
private fight to enjoy a birds eye view of the majestic Grand Canyon.
Then its down to Mexico, to see the remote and fascinating Paricutin
Volcano. The fnal leg is down to Brazils dazzling Rio de Janeiro for
spectacular fnale celebrations. Private aviation throughout, exquisite
accommodation, linked by military-precision logistics, all perfectly
managed. All your experiences arranged exclusively, with exceptional
service, including the worlds fnest cuisines offered by celebrated
chefs in the most romantic and private locations. All coordinated by
your speci al i st gui de who wi l l pr of essi onal l y phot ogr aph t he ent i r e
experience for you.
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Mirror Mirror on the wall
Whos most
extravagant of
them all..
by: zahra El sherbini
Alt hough we t ry hard t o earn t he most ext ravagant t it le on our very special day, we hardly ever make it t o REAL
ext ravagance, and in t he case of t he most ext ravagant dresses in t he world, we re never even close. St ill, it is
always a pleasure to linger close to true extravagance and retrieve it at its fnest defnition..
Here are t he most ext ravagant wedding gowns of all t imes wit h price t ags t hat surely cat egorize t hem as mere
fant asies.
yUMI KATSURA SWEDDInG GOWn
Price: $8million
Thi s gown was reveal ed t o t he whol e worl d i n February 2009 by one of
the most famous Japanese bridal designers Yumi Kastura. It is adorned
by 1000 pearls and also features a 5 carat white gold diamond, which
happens t o be one of t he t wo 5 carat whi t e gol d di amonds i n t he whol e
world. It also features one 8.8 carat green diamond and zari embroidery
stitched onto silk and satin. The color combination, the style and shape
of t hi s gown are si mpl y superb!
KHAnCHAn COUTURE SWEDDInG GOWn
Price: $130,000
This 40 pound wedding dress, also known as Hong Kongs Gem
Mi racl e was desi gned by a wel l -known j ewel ry desi gner i n Honk
Kong. The gown is encrusted with 9,999 carat gem and is displayed in
a jewelry store in China. The exquisite detail here is that the gown
was pai nst aki ngl y handmade and each j ewel was at t ached pi ece by
piece with great care.
THE PEACOCK FEATHER WEDDInG GOWn
Pri ce: $1. 5 mi l l i on
This masterpiece was unveiled at a recent wedding expo in China, this
mi l l i on dol l ar cr eat i on i s made f r om 2009 peacock t ai l f eat her s and deco-
rated with sixty Haitian jade stones! The design team took over 2 months
to complete this peacock-inspired and truly unique wedding garment.
PRInCESSDIAnA SWEDDInG GOWn
Price: $14,467
Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles on July 29, 1981, and bridal
fashion was never quite the same again. Princess Dianas wedding gown
is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known and widely-viewed
gowns until today. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, this
magnifcent gown is made from ivory silk with an almost eight meters
long veil. The narrow bodice was set with valuable lace. The sleeves
were opulently gathered up and embellished with little ribbons. Its 25-
foot train is crafted from antique lace, ivory silk taffeta, and over ten
thousand pearls and sequins. The fabric for the gown is hand-woven and
t he l ace i s sewn wi t h gol d t hread!
JOIE DE VIVRE
CATHERInE ZETA-JOnES S WEDDInG
GOWn
Pri ce: $200, 000
In November 2000 Catherine Zeta Jones, the
bride that day, wore an ivory-beaded satin
sheath gown by Christian Lacroix with a Chant-
illy lace train and a low-cut bodice. The dress,
with its 6-foot train, was greatly admired by the
hundreds of guests who attended the $1.5 mil-
l i on event i ncl udi ng t he ever so gl eami ng gr oom
Douglas.
IMPERIAL
PEARL
SynDICATE S
WEDDInG
GOWn
Price: $100,000
1950s most
expensive gown is
made of 100, 000
cul t ured pearl s
and i s owned
by t he Imperi al
Pearl Syndicate.
The gown wei ghs
approximately 27
pounds, but all the
cel ebri t i es who
have model ed i t so
far, including Gloria
Swanson, Diana
Lynn, Nina Foch and
others, declared
t hat j ust af t er hal f
an hour, the dress
seemed t o wei gh
much more t han
that. Its simplicity
of desi gn surel y adds
to the bling. Over
a st rapl ess whi t e
sat i n and si l k net
gown i s a bal l eri na
ski rt of pearl s whi ch
has a sat i n sash and
permanent l y pl eat ed
ruffe extending
down each side. At
that time, it was
valued at $100 000.
COSMInA
EnGLIZIAn S
WEDDInG GOWn
Price: $40,000
With exactly 43,008
hand-sewn Swarovsky
crystals and pearls, the
26.45 pound sparkling
weddi ng gown -desi gned
by Romani an desi gner;
Cosmi na Engl i zi an- hi t
t he Gui nness Book of
World Records in as the
weddi ng gown wi t h t he
most cryst al s at t ached t o
it. It was showcased to
the public on March 24,
2004 i n a wonderf ul event
in Bucharest, Romania,
organized by E-Mariage.
GRACE KELLy SWEDDInG GOWn
Price: Unknown
When Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier in 1956,
she wore a Hel en Rose desi gn t hat was made wi t h
100 yards of silk net and 25 yards of silk taffeta.
Widely regarded as one of the loveliest gowns
ever, it featured a ftted bodice, round collar, and
full skirt, designed using century-old lace and peau
de soie fabric. The interesting resemblance is that
Kat e Mi ddl et on s weddi ng dress echoed t he very
same gown of Grace Kelly. Both Middleton and
Kel l y wore dramat i c gowns wi t h si mi l ar V-shaped
necklines and long white lace sleeves.
REnEE STRAUSS SWEDDInG GOWn
Price: $12 million
This Diamond Wedding Dress is the most expensive gown in the world. The
maj est i c pi ece was desi gned when desi gner Renee St rauss j oi ned hands
with Martin Katz Jewelers and etched her way into history to create this
wedding dress. The spectacular thing about this very gown is that it is
studded with 150 carats of diamonds laced throughout the dress. It was
revealed to the public at the premier Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal show
in February of 2006. Model Lisa Harrington was chosen to faunt the most
expensive wedding gown in the world.
MAURO ADAMI S WEDDInG
GOWn
Pri ce: $240, 000
Thi s i s not a j ust of pi ece of f abr i c but a
pl at i num weddi ng dr ess f eat ur ed i n Lon-
don as part of the Hatton Garden Jewelry
Week. It was designed by Italian designer
Maur o Adami who i s one of t he most l ead-
ing designers of Domo Adam. This dress is
desi gned wi t h a 40 met er of f abr i c sewn
wi t h pl at i num and si l k t hr ead so t hi s i s
not j ust a weddi ng dr ess but a pi ece of
style and uniqueness defning pure basic
luxury.
MELAnIA KnAUSS S WEDDInG GOWn
Pri ce: $200, 000
In 2005, Melania Knauss wore a 50lbs wedding gown encrusted in 1,500
pear l s and cr yst al r hi nest ones as she wal ked down Pal m Beach t o be mar -
ried to the multi-million dollar Donald Trump. This extravagant gown was
created by the famous designer John Galliano.
by ola Ghaballah
When t hi nki ng of weddi ngs, what al ways come t o mi nd are t he whi t e el egant dress, exqui si t e
bouquet , bri dal vei l , weddi ng cake and even t he groom s t uxedo. But do Ms. Bri de or Mr. Groom or
even bri desmai ds and best men know t he l egacy behi nd al l t hese? Why doesn t t he bri de dress i n
a col orf ul cockt ai l dress? Where do al l t hese t radi t i ons and bel i ef s concerni ng weddi ng come f rom?
Let s ref resh some memori es and open some bri de al bums and we wi l l get t o know al l t he magi cal and
exci t i ng t rut h behi nd i t al l .
rules and their roots
. .
JOIE DE VIVRE
The Theory Behi nd The Ri ng:
Thi s cel ebr at ed r i ng can be t r aced back t o
the Anglo Saxon
history, when
t he gi f t of a r i ng
became a t oken
of promised love.
The r i ng al ways
t akes a ci r cul ar
shape as a symbol
of eternal adore.
As t o choosi ng t he
fourth fnger of
the left hand, the
t r adi t i on i s based
on a Gr eci an f abl e t hat t he ar t er y f r om t hi s
very fnger fows directly to the heart!
The Bri deThe Groom:
Do you know t hat t he wor d br i de or i gi nat es
from old English for cook, while the word
gr oom i s der i ved f r om ol d Engl i sh f or mal e
child Right on!!
The Whi t e Weddi ng Dress:
It dat es back t o Queen Vi ct or i a who wor e
a whi t e dr ess i n her weddi ng i nst ead of a
silver one. And since
whi t e symbol i zes
purity, protection, and
valuable treasure, the
whi t e dr ess became
a symbol of al l t hese
things, and a symbol
of t he br i de- t o- be s
innocence. It was
t hought t hat t he whi t e
weddi ng gowns keep
omens and evi l spi r i t s
away and br i ng good
luck to the bride.
The Bri dal Vei l :
It is a bit weird, but the bridal veil was there
to prevent the groom from seeing his bride.
Yes! ! That s t r ue! The newl yweds ver y r ar el y
were allowed to see one another, not because
she may feel shy but, surprisingly, in fear
of being ugly..Boo!! Yes, families of brides
wer e af r ai d t hat i f t he gr oom di dn t l i ke t he
appearance of the brides face, he might
refuse to marry her.
The Tuxedo:
Mmm why especially tuxedo? It is said that
Pr esi dent Teddy Roosevel t popul ar i zed t he
modern tuxedo. But until the 20th century, the
gr oom si mpl y wor e hi s Sunday best on hi s
wedding day.
The Bri dal Bouquet :
It was bel i eved t hat i t keeps t he evi l spi r i t s
f r om get t i ng cl ose t o
the bride. In Greek
and Roman times, they
used t o put di f f er ent
ki nds of her bs whi ch
t he br i de wor e i n
her hair. In Victorian
times, the fowers in a
brides bouquet carried
messages, because
each fower had its
own special meaning.
The Weddi ng Cake:
Dur i ng t he Roman t i mes weddi ng cakes wer e
baked of wheat or barley. At the reception,
t hey wer e t r adi t i onal l y br oken over t he head
of t he new Br i de by t he Gr oom as a symbol of
her fertility. Guests would then scramble for
pieces of the cake, and take
them home for good luck.
Thank God i t s not done
anymoreor it will be a
hilarious wedding. Yucky.
The Sayi ng:
We all know the custom for
t he br i de t o have on her
wedding Something old,
something new, something
borrowed something blue,
and a lucky sixpence in
her shoe. This is the most
f ami l i ar of weddi ng- r el at ed
sayi ngs t hat dat es back t o
Victorian times. So lets
deci pher t he code:
Somet hi ng Ol d
symbol i zes t he connect i on
t he br i de wi l l mai nt ai n
wi t h her f ami l y and t he
past. Many brides choose
t o wear an hei r l oom
pi ece of f ami l y j ewel r y or t he weddi ng gown
bel ongi ng t o a mot her
or grandmother.
Somet hi ng new
connot es good f or t une
and success i n t he
brides new life. The
weddi ng dr ess i s most
of t en t he chosen new
item.
Somet hi ng
Borrowed ser ves
t o r emi nd t he br i de
t hat f r i ends and f ami l y
wi l l be t her e f or her
whenever she may
need t hei r assi st ance
or support. The
bor r owed obj ect can
be anyt hi ng f r om an
antique, handkerchief
t o an i t em of j ewel r y
or a handbag.
Somet hi ng Bl ue
denot es f ai t hf ul ness
and loyalty. The
symbol i sm dat es back
t o bi bl i cal t i mes when
blue represented purity and constancy. Brides
of t en choose t o wear bl ue gar t er s t o keep wi t h
this tradition. Sometimes, blue ribbons in the
hair are an option to symbolize fdelity.
A Si l ver Si xpence i n her Shoe
r epr esent s t he wi shes of l oved ones t o t he
bride, in the hope that she will have both
fnancial security and happiness.
The Weddi ng
Guest Book:
It was once a necessity.
In days of old, everyone
who at t ended a
weddi ng was consi der ed
a wi t ness and was
required to sign the
marriage document.
The Cust om of
Fi rst Dance :
Thi s one har kens back t o anci ent t i mes when
the Bride Kidnapper, namely the groom,
woul d show of f hi s hunt i ng ski l l s by par adi ng
hi s st ol en br i de ar ound i n f r ont of hi s
warrior friends. So that they could see how
well he had done. It was time to show off.
The Recept i on:
It or i gi nat ed i n Fr ance and i s based on an ol d
custom known as a charivari (shiff-a-ree).
Traditionally, friends would fgure out where
t he newl yweds wer e spendi ng t hei r weddi ng
night. They would gather under their window
to sing, blow horns, and make as much noise
as possible to keep the couple awake.
The Bri desmai ds and Ushers:
It was bel i eved i n
t he Roman t i mes
t hat f ool evi l spi r i t s
who, supposedly,
wer e i n at t endance
at mar r i ages ai med
at causi ng mi schi ef
and disharmony.
Therefore,
br i desmai ds and
usher s wer e
i nst r uct ed t o dr ess
i dent i cal l y t o t he
br i de and gr oom t o conf use t he evi l spi r i t s who
pr esumabl y woul d t hen be unabl e t o r ecogni ze
the one really getting married.
Carryi ng The Bri de Over The
Threshol d
When a groom used to steal his bride from
her tribe, he was forced to carry her all over
kicking and screaming. This act of thievery
has evol ved i nt o a mor e r omant i c gest ur e;
welcoming the Bride into her new home.
Bri dal Shower:
It has a unique and
r omant i c st or y behi nd
it. As it is said that a
poor Dut chman f el l i n
l ove wi t h a gi r l whose
f at her r ef used her a
dowry. Their friends
shower ed t he coupl e
wi t h enough gi f t s t o
hel p t hem st ar t a
household. Thats why
f r i ends ar e t her e f or
you!
Tossi ng Ri ce
By bel i evi ng t hat newl yweds br ought good
luck, guests used to shower them with nuts
and grains to insure a bountiful harvest, and
many children to work the land. During years
of a poor harvest, rice was tossed instead. I
think we have to toss nuts again, delicious!
Honeymoon:
It was based in Babylonia about 4,000 years
ago. Tradition held that the brides father
woul d suppl y hi s new son- i n- l aw wi t h al l t he
mead (honey beer/wine) that the young man
could drink. Their calendar was lunar-based,
and as it turned out, this tradition called the
honey mont h was j ust about t he t i me i t t ook
the groom to consume his gift.
Now you know al l about i t so choose what sui t s
you and dont just imitateCongratulations
dear prince & princessaha..Hurry up and
start getting ready.and lets sing nothing
compar es 2 you
bizarrE wEddinG costums!!
Worlds most
KIDnAPPInG THE BRIDE:
Dont panic for its a German tradition and not a crime of passion.
The ri t ual i s t hat some f ri ends ki dnap t he bri de and ask t he groom
to go look for her everywhere. The groom, accompanied by his
cronies, has to start looking in local pubs and outings. Sometimes,
t he gang resort t o buyi ng peopl e dri nks so t hat t hey j oi n t hem
looking for the kidnapped bride. This tradition is meant to show
t he st rengt h of t he groom and t he l ove he has f or hi s f ut ure wi f e
.Even so, this practice is widely known to end badly. At times, it
could end up so traumatically to the extent of death!!
FAIRy THIEVES:
A st range-romant i c Iri sh weddi ng cust om whi ch
examines the grooms capability to maintain his beloved
bride. The tradition recommends that when the
couple dances at their wedding reception, the grooms
feet must stay on the foor. Otherwise, the fairies
usual l y t he bri de s f emal e f ri ends dressed l i ke f ai ri es-
would grab the bride and carry her off the wedding.
Actually, this stands for a kind of punishment for the groom,
whom i s bel i eved by t he f ai ri es t o be unwort hy of t he l ovel y
lady and for being unsteady in his love and unreliable too. Poor
groom, hell have to run fast after the fairies to get his future wife
back! ! !

BLACKEnInG
THE BRIDE:
Actually, this is an old Scottish tradition that is considered
hilarious for the attendance and gross for the groom. Its when
f ami l y and f ri ends gat her and st art t hrowi ng cruddy t hi ngs on
the bride; things like eggs, fsh, mud, feathers, rotten tomatoes,
smelly substances, etc; till she becomes covered cap-a-pie
with all kinds of shit!! So, if you have some rotten food in your
kitchen, expired goods or even waste just get ready to let go.
What makes things even worse for the bride is that she might
be dragged around town for everyone to see. As a matter of fact,
t hi s mort i f yi ng ri t ual i s supposed t o hel p t he bri de deal wi t h t he
forthcoming diffculties of marriage since nothing, no matter
how tough, could be crueler than getting blackened!!
CHICKEn KILLERS:
Dont worry, were still tackling
t he worl d s oddest weddi ng
cost ums but maybe we shoul d
add the word darkest
consi deri ng t hi s very
t radi t i on! ! It i s sai d t hat t he
Daur people, who live in a
regi on cal l ed t he Hei l ongj i ang
Provi nce i n Chi nese Inner
Mongolia, assign the wedding
dat e by sl aught eri ng a baby
chi cken! ! ! I know i t sounds
horrible..but wait, theres more!
Af t er sl aught eri ng t he mi serabl e
little chicken, the bride grabs the
gut s f rom t he i nsi de of i t s st omach and
examines its liver. If the liver is good, they
set the wedding date at once and if not hmm,
chill out, for they continue slaughtering chickens until t hey
fnd one with a sound liver!!!
STEALInG THE GROOM S SHOES:
Now, let go of the gloomy mood and get prepared for some stink. In some regions in India, right before
heading for the altar, the groom has to take his shoes off. Simultaneously, some of the members of the
brides family try to hook his shoes. On the other hand, the grooms family does whatever it takes to
protect the shoes. In fact, the two parties can really go beyond imagination just to seize them. Well, the
diffculty is in case of stealing the signifcant shoes, the groom will have to pay any sum of money asked
to get his shoes back!!! A little hint for our dear Indian groom: If I were in your shoes, Id probably wear
the cheapest, stinkiest, and most repulsive shoes ever or Id simply attend the wedding barefoot!!
By Manal Mandour
JOIE DE VIVRE
4 wEEks EarliEr
Having your wedding in a mont h and feeling t ot ally lost in t he huge amount of paperwork required?! Get t ing
t ired of moving and buying furnit ure not having t ime t o even breat he?! Feeling unspeakably overwhelmed
wit h t he emot ional t urbulence in your life? your fut ure wife is driving you crazy wit h all such freaking out ?
Well, here is t he deal: For t he 4 weeks before your big night ; t his is your road map t o it . Eleven hint s for
act ivit ies oft en overlooked by men during t hat busy t ime of t heir lives. I know you don t need MORE chores,
but j ust t ry t hese easy but effect ive ones. They are wort h t he t ime, t rust me on t hat ..So let s st art !
by khaled salem
11 oVErlookEd
actiVitiEs bEForE
your wEddinG niGht
by mostafa El borad
A MACHO THInG
1- Communication:
Extending out the bridges of communication
wi t h your spouse i s one of t he most i mpor t ant
t hi ngs t o t ake car e of i n t he weeks bef or e your
big day. A heart-felt conversation discussing
your wor r i es about t he huge st ep you bot h ar e
about to take is just fundamental. Such time is
al so per f ect f or some f r i ct i on bet ween you and
her family and vice-versa. You need to be extra
vi gi l ant at t hi s st age t o capt ur e t he smal l si gnal s
and hi nt s on how t o deal wi t h your f ut ur e i n-
laws and where to set the lines. Get a list of
all her likes and dislikes (food, music, movies,
colors, etc) and allergies and use it in the future
to create hopefully pleasant surprises.
2-Honeymoon plans:
Pl anni ng your honeymoon i sn t l i ke pl anni ng a
holiday. It doesnt stop at booking a place where
you young love-birds can have fun. Adding
some spi ce t o your honeymoon pr epar at i ons i s
cr i t i cal -wai t bef or e you compl ai n about how
l ong i t t ook you al r eady t o book t hat pl ace! I am
t al ki ng her e about ver y si mpl e but t hought f ul
gest ur es t hat wi l l l ast f or year s; pl an a del i ver y
of her favorite fowers, share some adventurous
activity together, play
some of her f avor i t e
musi c at a smal l
pr i vat e di nner t hat
you pl anned i n your
suite or outdoors. You
get t he dr i l l ?! Be as
cr eat i ve as you can
and t r y your best t o
create memories.
Pl an ahead and t hen
wi t ness t he magi c
happening. And
make sur e t hat t he
honeymoon does
end i n a speci al way
so t hat i t woul d be
wel l -r emember ed
in future. Ending
i t badl y no mat t er
how t he whol e t hi ng
went i s a t ot al NO!
Remember how
women s br ai n wor k?
Me neither.
3-The
Looks:
Well, you already
know that. Get a good
hair cut, beard trim with some good hair
r emoval and whi l e you r e at i t go f or t he f aci al
skin care. It is painful and if you are a macho,
i t wi l l be humi l i at i ng as wel l ; but you wi l l see
the difference. Want to take it further? Do it
twice, frst 3 weeks earlier and then one day
before the ceremony. Some guys would try
and work on a tan as well, if its summertime,
maybe you can go for it.
4- wardrobe:
Thi s st ep var i es a l ot among di f f er ent
individuals. But generally, you can start by
re-organizing your old wardrobe. Get rid of
out dat ed and unnecessar y i t ems and make a
list of what you plan to replace. Normally, you
will need to move to more subtle outfts giving
you the fne, active yet prestigious look. Opt for
polo shirts, linen shirts and trousers. You can
i nvi t e your sweet hal f t o choose f or you some
new ties and a few suits. If you dont have some
of those for your type of career, you will need
t hem f or t he soci al gat her i ngs and event s you
will be attending as a married man. Also a new
set of underwear is a must, you probably knew
that already.
5-THe ArTs:
Well, this is a rising trend in Egypt. Couples
attend some exotic dancing class; a Tango or
a Salsa one. This is such an amazing activity
that you can share with your bride-to-be. It
enhances the communication, is very fun and
eases stress. Its also a very intimate means
to spice things up. You can even go alone and
l ear n t he moves and i mpr ess your l ady on t he
weddi ng ni ght wi t h your ski l l s on t he dance
foor (impress not embarrass, of course!). If you
are into music, you can attend few concerts
together and get acquainted with her music
taste. You can always follow our Magnifcent
Medi a sect i on f or news about t he musi c and
arts scene in Egypt. There is always something
i nt er est i ng t o go t o and i t i s a change f r om t he
caf/restaurant setting.
6-diet & Lifestyle:
As with all our hints, you can do this one on
your own or with your other half. You have to
lose those extra kilos in the month before the
wedding; a very easy job with some exercise
and determination. You are going through a life-
changing event; so you can try to quit smoking
if you are a smoker. It is better for your health
and love life. Start enjoying healthier food and
way of life; e.g. apply for gym membership. The
r ul e of t humb her e i s t hat what you devel op
as a habi t i n such per i od can be par t of your
lifestyle forever, try to break that Kersh
stereotype of married men. You can also try
something like practicing a sport together,
something like cycling, jogging, or squash.
Shar i ng an act i vi t y i s ver y const r uct i ve f or a
relationship especially when it becomes a habit.
Needless to say, sports will keep you both in
good shape and health.
7-The Past:
Make sur e you have absol ut el y no f eel i ngs t o
anyone in your past, or anything that might
cont r adi ct wi t h your new st at us as a mar r i ed
person. Throw away all your old emotional
baggage, you are going to commit to that
woman and she deser ves your compl et e and
absolute love. If you still have something for
someone else, then maybe you should stop
reading this article straight away.
8-Medical Checkup
Thi s par t can be over l ooked most of t he
time, but before getting married you must
go for a pre-marital lab checkup. Consult a
doct or ; he wi l l gui de you t hr ough some si mpl e
t est s: a gener al checkup and a cont r acept i on
walkthrough with your future wife. This is a
not -so-pl easant st ep but your body has a r i ght
on you.
9- Car:
If you drive around a car like mine, then you
MUST vi si t a mechani c
bef or e get t i ng
married. Being
st uck wi t h your
Mrs. on the
6t h of Oct ober
Br i dge because
your r adi at or
br oke down
i sn t a pl easant
experience. Get
your mechani cs
working; tires,
el ect r i ci t y and
ai r -condi t i oni ng
and al l t he
usual suspects.
Consi der maybe
a new i nt er i or or
sound syst em?
Make a bunch
of CDs of your
and her f avor i t e
musi c f or t he car
rides.
10-
nights
out with
the guys,
In the middle of all that, dont forget to spend
some t i me wi t h t he guys; your wor kmat es
and old college and schoolmates. Get all the
boyish and mannish instincts out. Go for ahwa
baladi, a PlayStation game or travel to Sokhna
..any activity to set yourself free from all the
marriage hassle. We men must have our free-
time, so we can function properly, you know!
11-Advice:
Seek advice from married friends (successfully-
married ones of course), older people, and
your parents.
Tr y and get some i nsi der secr et s about t he
mysterious art of marriage. How to overcome
t he usual downsi des and how t o embr ace and
appr eci at e t he hi ghs! You mi ght t hi nk you wi l l
be handling this well, but it is always very
important to get advice. Bro, you dont have to
r ei nvent t he wheel
a Macho thing
A MACHos
REFLECTIOnS
oN
TyInG
THE KnOT!
by mostfa El borady
T
he one
question that
was f or ci ng
i t sel f over
and over i n
my br ai n
t hr oughout
t he whol e
pr ocess i s
Why marriage
i s such a l ong
har d pr ocess?
It s j ust
t wo peopl e
getting together. They want to be together.
Most peopl e ar ound t hem want t hem t o
be together. Even god himself wants them
to be together. All the parties concerned
ar e j ust t o encour age and mot i vat e t he
process. However, its never an easy one.
Its full of obstacles and problems. Money
must be paid at every small step. I even
t hought t hat Facebook mi ght char ge me f or
changi ng my mar i t al st at us f r om engaged
to married. Both parties, however, keep
pushi ng and st r uggl i ng t i l l t he dr eam or
objective -depending on who is saying it,
a man or woman- comes true.
At the beginning of the engagement, mostly
everything is cool. People congratulate you,
wishing you a happy life etc. then man
fnds himself drowning in the apartment
work. One of the things that made me
f r i ght ened f r om gr aduat i on f r om uni ver si t y
was the endless of choices Ill have in life.
You don t have many choi ces at school
or college, just regular small number of
choices. then you graduate to fnd an
endless amount of choices ahead. Where
will you work? When to leave your job?
Which job to choose (if you had two offers
at the same time)? How to prepare and
f ur ni sh your apar t ment has an enor mous
number of choices, a huge net of colors
and styles for every single item. You mostly
start with the wall colors. I was going to
paint the whole apartment in white, but my
wife (fance at that time) wanted to add
colors. So we opted for many bold colors,
and I mean bold colors. We didnt wanna
spend much on decoration, but we wanted
t o make somet hi ng r emar kabl e out of our
place, so we focused on playing with colors.
Er gonomi cs i s a sci ence t hat s concer ned
with studying the effciency of work
environment. As an engineer, I couldnt
let the colors issue go easily. Even though
man ends up spendi ng - assumi ng t hat you
won t go out - onl y 3 or 4 hour s at home
(you sleep for 8 hours, work about 10 hours,
drive from/to work about 3 hours). But in
t hese 4 hour s you need t o be at t he most
comfortable potential. So I went online
and st udi ed t he ef f ect of col or s on t he
human mentality. I selected colors and their
places depending upon their impacts. For
example, we chose purple for the reception
area (different grades) as purple is a
profound color; its called kings color.
It has a spiritual effect. And it also raises
t he cr eat i vi t y and bal ance t he i nt ensi t y of
red and calmness of blue. Its a color that
mot i vat es peopl e t o act whi l e st i l l r el i evi ng
enough. So we thought itll be the best for
the reception where we receive guests (we
wer e about t o choose r ed as i t r ai ses bl ood
pr essur e and has a hyper ef f ect but we
liked purple betteractually my wife liked
pur pl e bet t er ) We added some silver to
cheer things up a little. We had the living
room painted in green (totally in green,
even the sealing, which was my idea) as
gr een i s ver y comf or t i ng f or t he eye and t he
most soothing color.-even though my wife
didnt like the sealing in green thing. But
7anafy didnt let his word down this time.
For the kitchen, I was convinced that she
shoul d be t he one choosi ng i t as she wi l l be
mostly the one using it (even if this usage
consi st s basi cal l y of heat i ng or der ed f ood
in microwave). And as people spend about
25 mi nut es onl y i n t he bat hr oom a day; I
di dn t t r oubl e my sel f much of choosi ng i t s
stuff, however, I found my self forced to
interfere to make a decision. Its really hard
f or women t o t ake a deci si on somet i mes!
Thi s was t he same r ol e I had i n choosi ng t he
furniture; interfering to make a choice, so
we can set t l e down on somet hi ng and go f or
the next step. Sometimes I didnt really see
the differences or even care. I just wanted
t hi s pr ocess t o end.
As the wedding comes closer, time gets
tighter and things turn crazy, and man
hardly fnds time to eat or sleep. The
comforting thing, however, is that now
fance is engaged as well in buying all the
t hi ngs t hat she most l y wi l l not use; f ancy
cups and plates, fancy forks, knifes and
spoons, things only brought to host guests
within the frst two weeks of marriage
and ot her wi se t hey ar e f or bi dden t o be
touched. No need to mention vases, crystals
and al l of t hese unnecessar y kni ck- knacks
t hat t ur n an apar t ment i nt o ei t her a home
or a gallery depending on your wifes taste.
But I got excited because now she has more
t hi ngs t o do t han mi ne and she st opped
bl ami ng me f or not goi ng out and l i vi ng
the engagement period as we should (evil
smi l e).
Its the big day now. Do we have everything
we need at our new home? Of cour se
not! We are still missing a lot. But the
most important stuff is there (bedroom,
bathroom and kitchen). Knowing that we
won t need t o use a f ur nace f or at l east t he
frst 2 weeks after honeymoon, and that
t he washi ng machi ne i sn t t hat essent i al as
you can al ways do l aundr y at your par ent s
house! Men usual l y accept such ki nd of
situation with calm nerves Women on the
other side lose temper and just panic. My
br i de- t o- be used t o cal l and shout at me al l
the stuff we didnt do. I used to calm her
down or scream back and it passes. I wasnt
even tense on the wedding day. I dont
think men gets tense, or maybe they do it
because its what everybody expects them
to be. For me, I was so cool..and my wife
wasnt at all. She was too overwrought, the
makeup, hair stylist, wedding fowers, etc.
Finally, we made it to the wedding and then
to the hotel.
The moment we ar r i ved t her e was a
moment of relief, even though the night
was happy, really happy. Suddenly all
the loud music, all the laughter, all the
cr owed ar e gone t o l eave you i n a peacef ul
si l ence wi t h t he one per son f or whom
you went through all this. We spend the
frst two nights in a hotel; so we didnt
get the impression of a home. Small
difference began to appear. Minor things
you may think, but somehow it caused
long discussions. Most of our conficts were
about trivial stuff that we took for granted.
Every day we had extended arguments
about using neon lamps or normal lamps.
I can t r ead i n usual l amps whi l e she can t
bear neon ones. I like the mattress hard and
she likes it soft. Tons of small unnoticed
di f f er ences because you t hi nk ever ybody i s
l i ke you and you get sur pr i sed t hat peopl e
are different. Throwing your cloths over the
bed becomes no option anymore.
After one month of marriage, I think it is
al l about dedi cat i ng some t i me t o shar e
your partner in activities. I had to cut some
of my Pl aySt at i on t i me t o go shoppi ng
with her. Needless to say that shopping is
certainly a hobby for ladies. They dont
shop because t hey need t o buy cer t ai n
material. Shopping to girls is like crying to
babies. When the baby is hungry, he cries;
when he wets himself, he cries; when he
wants attention, he cries; when he wants to
be carried, he cries, briefy, he cries almost
all the time. The same with girls but the
difference is that crying is free of charge.
She also did her part and surprisingly, she
liked PlayStation! Sometimes, you get
amazed by the things you may like, I liked
shopping myself, at least the frst 2 hours
of it.
My l i f e af t er mar r i age i sn t much
different from before. A new aspect of
the relationship was built, but it didnt
cancel the old aspects. We were friends;
we still act as friends in certain issues. I
st i l l do most of t he act i vi t i es t hat I used
to do before marriage. I still go out with
my friends, who now became her friends.
The t hi ngs t hat I had t o change pr ompt l y
wer e t he smal l t hi ngs t hat can make a
girl go nuts but a guy wont even notice.
Sometimes when we have a fght, I start
t hi nki ng about t he r eason why we st ar t ed
it and I really dont seem to fnd a good
reason. So I say to myself, its one of those
things that Ill never understand. I think
women themselves dont understand.
However, she will forgive me, Im sure.
C est l a amour br o!
by: rania salem
career coaching
Hassle-free tips
for inviting
co-workers
your
to your
wedding.
Is there a hope...
Check out the following
S
o, you are getting married and want
to invite your co-workers, but, not the
ones that are not that close to you.
How do you do t hat wi t hout of f endi ng
t hem? Or maybe you do not have
cl ose f r i ends at wor k and do not want t o i nvi t e
anyone from there. Is that acceptable? What
about your boss, should you invite him/her or
not ?
How you det er mi ne who t o i nvi t e t o your
weddi ng f r om wor k can be r eal l y t ough and
many br i des and gr ooms st r aggl e on put t i ng
together such guest list.
We spend a good amount of time with our
co-workers day in and day out. In most cases,
people, who work together, do talk about
personal issues, including relationships and
wedding plans.
The question of having co-workers at your
wedding can be tricky in many different ways.
Nowadays, with both the bride and groom
having careers, the list of co-workers to invite
from both sides can end up being very long.
On the one hand, you do not want to offend
anybody (especially your boss!), but on the
other hand, who can afford to have a bunch
of extra guests at your wedding at a very high
cost ?
Who you should consider inviting from the offce
wi l l depend i n par t on t he si ze of your company
(for example, if you have 50 coworkers, there
i s no way you can i ncl ude al l of t hem i n your
wedding), your budget, your closeness to your
coworkers and other factors.
Is t her e any l i ght among al l t hi s st r ess and
decision-making? Perhaps.
Check out t he f ol l owi ng t i ps on how t o handl e
your wedding at work and the etiquette
sur r oundi ng t hi s i ssue:
**If you have space on your guest list, then you
might -but are not required- to invite all your
co-workers. This will be a nice gesture. Start
with an order of priority. You should invite
your immediate supervisor and their spouse.
For political reasons, it is often a smart idea
to also invite your boss (unless you two have
a r eal l y poor r el at i onshi p and t hey make your
life miserable). Then the co-workers you work
immediately with, starting with someone you
work directly with (your work buddies).
**If you si mpl y cannot or do not want t o i nvi t e
the whole gang from the offce, It is perfectly
accept abl e t o j ust i nvi t e your cl ose wor k
friends. These are the people that you socialize
with outside of work. You just need to draw
t he l i ne at t he peopl e t hat you f eel ar e mor e
like a friend vs. a coworker. The best way to
handl e t hi s wi t hout hur t i ng anyone s f eel i ng i s
by making frequent remarks about the small
size of your wedding, or how you can only
afford to invite your family and closest friends.
Not only will your co-workers take the hint, but
they might actually be relieved! After all, it is
a big deal to get all dressed up, buy a gift, and
hire a babysitter. If you are not close friends,
t hey mi ght be happy t o be l et of f t he hook!
However, consider organizing a small party at
the offce and explain to everyone that your
wedding reception will be small, but youd like
to celebrate with them this way. You can order
pizza, sandwiches and sodas. They will all have
a good time and feel special.
**The most awkwar d si t uat i on ar i ses i f you
ar e i nvi t i ng ever y si ngl e per son f r om your
department except one person. In order to
avoid that person feeling completely left out,
you need t o do t he pr oper t hi ng and i nvi t e
them, too. The only exceptional case is usually
one i n whi ch t he unpopul ar cowor ker has been
openly rude and mean to you, then go ahead
and cut t hem f r om your l i st wi t hout f eel i ng
guilty. Weddings are supposed to be a joyful
celebration with those you care about.
**If you have changed j obs r ecent l y and have
only been at your new job six months or less,
its not expected that youll invite anyone from
work at all. Unless you are really friendly and
became f r i ends wi t h t he whol e depar t ment
instantly, it is ok not to invite anyone from your
new workplace. And be very careful discussing
any details of your wedding planning at work,
even casually. Just keep it to yourself.
**If your co-worker is married or engaged,
etiquette-wise you should allow them to bring
their signifcant other. Just think how you would
feel if your fanc was invited to a wedding
and you werent. If you are short on space or
money, you can try addressing the invitation
just to the coworker. In these situations, the
best policy is honesty. Let your work friends
know t hat you can t af f or d t o i nvi t e t hem wi t h
their spouses or children, but you would love
for them to come to your wedding as a group.
**Unl ess you ar e i nvi t i ng ever yone you wor k
with, do not pass out invitations in the offce
or through intra-company mail. Its a big
etiquette No No. Its rude to draw attention
t o t he f act t hat some peopl e ar e i nvi t ed t o a
party and some are not. You can hand out the
i nvi t at i ons when hangi ng out at one of your
outings and ask your coworkers to keep it quiet
so that other coworkers are not offended. This
shoul d pr event t he r umor mi l l f r om t aki ng over
too badly.
** If both of you work at the same place, that
might make your guest list shorter, because
you pr obabl y have common f r i ends as opposed
t o bot h of you wor ki ng at di f f er ent j obs and
inviting different people.
**Don t f or get t o send t hank you car ds t o al l
t hose who br ought you gi f t s and t o t hose who
contributed to buy you a big nice gift.
In the end, who you want to share in your
wedding is a personal decision. Many brides and
gr ooms f eel t hat t hey want t o be sur r ounded
only by those that they love best. On the
other hand, some couples believe the more
the better. Whichever is your preference, if
you handl e t he si t uat i on wi t h el egance and
consi der at i on; bot h you and your co- wor ker s
will be happier.
COnGRATULATIOnS On yOUR UPCOMInG MARRIAGE.
Wedding gowns
from the best
Top designers
in the wedding world
When it comes to the ideal wedding gown, your options are infnite. It is all about uncovering the right style that
suits your own individual needs, tastes and fgure. There are plenty of exquisite designers out there flling the
world with their fne wedding designs but here well shed the light on some of the best.
MOnIqUE LHUILLIER
Monique Lhuiller wedding dresses are, to
say the least, elegant. Her fabulous and
exceedingly popular designs never fail to
be the talk of brides. She has therefore
remained, for many years, on of the top
of the list, especially among celebrities.
Monique Lhuiller dresses ranges from $3,000
and upwar ds dependi ng on t he mat er i al you
opt for, and other options.
MAGGIE SOTTERO
Maggie Sottero is one of the most excellent
wedding dress designers in the world, already
a wi nner of numer ous awar ds f or her 2010
collection. Her new selection of expensive
weddi ng dr esses ar e mor e t han wor t hy of t he
high price range. You pay for quality and she
certainly delivers.
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REEM ACRA
Reem Acr a dr esses ar e a hot t opi c amongst br i des
to be. In terms of wedding dress designers, Reem
Acra is a front runner. Her collections are a must
see and will with no doubt fnd their way into
every brides heart.
PROnOVIAS
Pronovias, a world class wedding designer from Barcelona, is a name
on every brides lips, due to his dazzling selection of out of this world
wedding dresses. Pronovias costumes are so stunning it will make
it hard to choose the perfect one. Made from natural fabrics, the
comfort and magnifcence come together as one. There is something
for everyone, a mix of elegant and fun, to just plain gorgeous.
VERA WAnG
Starting from the very top, Vera Wang is
considered one of the fnest wedding dress
designers worldwide. With innumerable
websi t es devot ed t o her eye cat chi ng
creations, there is a reason Vera Wang
remains ahead of the league. Her
col l ect i ons cont ai n some ver y unusual and
exclusive touches which always succeed to
leave an unforgettable impact.
LAZARO
Lazaro is another front runner and one of the best,
wide-reaching designers of wedding gowns. His
col l ect i ons f eat ur e some amazi ngl y mesmer i zi ng
gowns. For a lady that likes something very unique,
Lazaro is certainly the way to go.
Fashi on Di rect or & Art Di rect or: Zahr a El Sher bi ni
Assi st ant : Al wal eed Osman
Phot ographer: Ahmed Mobar ez
Assi st ant Phot ographer: El Sayed Abdel hami d
Backst age document at i on: Duaa Abdel - Sal am
Makeup: Agha
Hai r: Thar wat @ Al i na Beaut y Sal on
Model s: Martyna, Miriam, Sherifa and Yahya
Al l Tuxedos ar e pr ovi ded by Orange Square
Al l di amonds ar e pr ovi ded by ElMaghraby Jewelry
Locat i on: Dusi t Thani Hot el
Speci al Thanks t o: Youmna Sorour, Tito, Ahmed El-
Maghraby, Lina Abdallah and Khaled Farouk


To celebrate years and years of love, Martyna and Yahya decide to get
married today, ANYWHERE!
. .
Searching for the long lost love of hers, Sherifa decides to wait some
more, and more If only he knew..
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(on the cover):
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cot t on and si l k pol yest er dr ess
with stitched pattern, organza
f r i l l at t he bust l i ne by Deana
Shaaban 18K white gold, 8.48ct
three-rowed pendant, 38 stoned-
5.54 ct Tennis bracelet. Yahya
proposes to Martyna with a 2.52
ct ring (0.32ct round diamonds
and 2.20 ct princess diamonds

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wi t h pai sl ey l ace at t he
front and back, heart
shaped bust l i ne and a
cr eam sat i n r i bbon bow
at t he wai st by Deana
Shaaban 18K white gold,
7.24 ct 8-shaped pendant,
1.69 ct circular earrings

by Deana
Shaaban. Bust line composed of
gold cotton and silk polyester mix,
gol d t ul l e and an of f - whi t e or ganza
that wraps around the shoulders.
Ski r t i ng i s composed of an of f - whi t e
satin over which an off-white fower
pattern lace is draped. 18K white
gold, 5.27ct leaf pendant, 6.83ct
leaf bangle and 4.36 leaf broche
used as a hai r pi ece
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off-white dress by Deana Shaaban.
Fl ower pr i nt l ace dr aped and over
lapping at bust line, draped and
gathered at sleeves. Skirting is
dr aped and gat her ed at t he cent er
by chiffon draping. 18K white gold,
7ct fower ring, 3.82ct bracelet used
as a headpi ece and pi nk and whi t e
gold 4.29ct earrings


dr ess by Soucha. 22-meter, pearl and
cr yst al bal l embel l i shed whi t e Dant el
and Tulle dress.18 k white gold , 8.57
ct r ound di amond Tenni s Neckl ace
and genuine pearl and white gold,
r ound di amond ear r i ngs
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dr ess by Soucha. 22-meter, pearl and
cr yst al bal l embel l i shed whi t e Dant el
and Tulle dress.18 k white gold , 8.57
ct r ound di amond Tenni s Neckl ace
and genuine pearl and white gold,
r ound di amond ear r i ngs

BACKLESS GLAMOUR GLADI-
ATOR DRESS by Soucha. Pure
chi f f on and t ul l e dr ess wi t h
a si l ver accessor y added as a
bel t at t ached t o el ast i c gr ey
straps.18K white gold, 8.86ct
bl ack and whi t e di amond
bangle and 4.19ct black and
whi t e di amond r i bbon r i ng
Makeup st yl es are al ways changi ng; shades are bol d and sexy
one moment and nat ural and romant i c t he next . Here are
some i nspi rat i ons f or Bri dal makeup l ooks ri ght f rom t he
2012 runways
Top Bridal
Makeup looks
From the 2012 runways
we Just Love
RIVInI BRIDAL MAKEUP LOOK
Gleaming blue-grey eyeshadow, creamy peach
blush, and shiny soft pink lips. This is precisely
how t o do makeup f or a f ashi onabl e wi nt er
wedding.
AMSALE WEDDInG MAKEUP LOOK
The fresh, polished makeup at Amsale was
punctuated with a bold tomato-red lip. An
ideal look for classy, daring brides.
ADELE WECHSLER MAKEUP LOOK
Wechsler provides a subdued, natural look
whi ch l et t he br i de be her sel f i n t he most
elegant and stylish way. Its all about setting
makeup wi t hout bui l di ng mor e col or or
coverage than actually needed for sheer touch.
AnGEL SAnCHEZ MAKEUP LOOK
Such thick black eyeliner, full lashes and
sophi st i cat ed updo at Angel Sanchez cer t ai nl y
guarantees a polished look for practical brides.
Even if youre going for a natural look, dont
di smi ss t he i dea of f al se eyel ashest hey make
eyes show ver y wel l i n phot os
OSCAR DE LA REnTA MAKEUP LOOK
We adore the feminine berry-stained lips and
rosy-pink cheeks at Oscar de la Renta. This is a
bright, romantic look recommended to any bride
getting married in the open.
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We are all familiar wit h t he saying Diamonds are a girls best friend and we sincerely acknowledge t he fact
t hat somet imes t hey might be our OnLy companions. It is t rue t hat every relat ionship has it s ups and downs,
but wit h such st ones, t he frequency of our downs are close t o nEVER! We do however experience some
uncert aint y moment s as t o picking our new rocks. Heres absolut ely everyt hing a girl needs t o know t o make
sure t hat t hose moment s become as rare as her new best friend.
HOW TO...
SOLITAIRE
SHAPE
Diamonds come in a huge variet y of shapes t hat are
ext remely dist inguished, t he most common shapes are:
By Zahra El Sherbini
ROUnD BRILLIAnT
Round Brilliant is the frst shape with
ideal proportions, which has greatly
popularized diamonds as jewelry. Initially,
t he mat hemat i ci an who cr eat ed t he Br i l l i ant
appl i ed hi s knowl edge of geomet r y t o desi gn
a per f ect di amond shape wi t h an el usi ve
sparkle to achieve a perfect light refection.
EMERALD
The r ect angul ar Emer al d di amonds may be mi st akenl y
confused with emerald gemstones. The same cutting
technique was practiced on the rock and the Emerald
shape was born. Polished facets reveal the shapes
quality, simultaneously making it prone to scratches.
OVAL
An el l i pt i cal Oval di amonds st ar t ed
to manufacture half a century ago.
The shape is reminiscent of an egg,
hence the Latin name Oval.
MARqUISE
Marquise diamond is the frst shape specially designed to be
used as a present. Diamond was brought to the Marquise de
Pompadour in order to point out her irresistible lips. Marquise is
quite popular but never reached the fame that it had once.
PEAR
Pear i s somet i mes cal l ed Tear dr op
because its shape reminds on a droplet.
One peak i s shar pened whi l e t he ot her
side is curved. When placed on the ring
fnger, the rounded part faces upward.
Negat i ve bow-t i e and hi gh-shoul der s
effects are common for Pear diamonds.
CUSHIOn
Cushi on or Pi l l ow cut was f ashi onabl e dur i ng
the Victorian era, two centuries ago. It now
returned again in a vintage style. Shape draws
from the roots of the very old, Old Mine cut,
t he r epr esent at i ve of t he age when di amonds
were less valuable. Cushion is also called
Candl el i ght di amond because wat chi ng i t
near a candle offered a considerable glow.
RADIAnT
Radi ant shape di amonds ar e
the most famous hybrid cut.
They ar e al so consi der ed
as the frst fancy diamond.
The features of brilliance,
i n addi t i on t o advant ageous
at t r i but es of st ep-cut
diamonds, unite the fnest
pr oper t i es of t he gr eat est
shapes. Radiant is relatively
young shape but i n t he shor t
history, it quickly became
very well celebrated.
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HEART
Heart shapes have a romantic symbolism.
The out l i ne has emer ged f r om Pear
di amonds; a cur ved par t of t he di amond
is split in half. The arches make it appear
like a heart. Cutters not infrequently
deci de t o t ake a r ough st one and make
Hear t di amonds i f i ncl usi ons ar e on t he
place where should an arc be formed.
ASSCHER
Asscher cut diamonds are square in shape and represent
Art Deco design style. The shape was developed by the
Asscher brothers from Amsterdam, the famous home
for diamond cutting. Modifcations allowed diamonds to
r et ur n t he l i ght much bet t er t han ot her st ep cut s whi ch
took it to the top for some time. A new version, the
Royal Asscher has additional facets and is therefore
rare.
We commonly hear about the 4Cs;
al ways associ at ed wi t h di amond i ndust r y;
the Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight.
The Cut is commonly confused with the shape of the diamond which is totally incorrect.
The cut is a measure of the angles, symmetry and proportions that were polished onto
the diamond. The way diamonds are cut has evolved dramatically since its beginning
t hat pr of essi onal s now use mat hemat i cs t o per f ect t he way l i ght ent er s and l eaves
the diamond! It is no longer diffcult to obtain the brightest and most glittery stone.
Since different angles create different effects. There are over 25 different attributes
to a single cut grade due to the presence of several angles. The Cut is commonly an
overlooked quality that can hinge the price and look very different.
PRInCESS
Pr i ncess i s t he second t op sel l i ng shape of
the diamond, patented long ago but free to
manufacture now. A great advantage is the
exploitation of rough diamonds so the carat
weight isnt lost uselessly. The optical properties
ar e good and r esi st ance t o sur f ace damages wi l l
give you a guarantee for durability. The Princess
cut di amonds l ook l i ke an i nver t ed pyr ami d so t he
top is almost always fxed on a ring.
When jewelers speak of a diamonds color, they are usually referring to the presence or absence of color in white
diamonds. Color is a result of the composition of the diamond, and it never changes over time. Because a colorless
diamond is like a clear window, allows more light to pass through it, colorless diamonds emit more sparkle and fre. The
formation process of a diamond ensures that only a few, rare diamonds are truly colorless. Thus the whiter a diamonds
color is, the greater becomes its value. To grade whiteness or colorlessness, most jewelers refer to a professional color
scale that starts with the highest rating of D (colorless), and travels down the alphabet to grade stones with traces of
very faint or light yellowish or brownish color. The color scale continues all the way to Z.
WHAT ISFLUORESCEnCE?
Fluorescence is an effect that is seen in some gem-quality diamonds when they are exposed to long-wave ultraviolet light
(such as the lighting frequently seen in dance clubs). Under most lighting conditions, this fuorescence is not detectable
to the eye. While most gemologists prefer diamonds without this effect, some people enjoy it. Its really just a matter of
aesthetics.
Cl arit y is a measure of t he number and
size of t he t iny imperf ect ions t hat occur in
almost all diamonds. It is the absence or
degree of presence of cl arit y charact erist ics
in a diamond. The reason behind the tiny
imperfections requires the knowledge of very certain facts. Looking back, we happen to fnd out that diamonds were obtained at a distance of 140 to 190km beneath
the earths crust. Carbon was subjected to extreme pressure and the heat then forced at great pressure to the earth in kimberlite or lipidolite pipes. Due to these
unstable conditions, diamonds frequently contain evidence of their formation called inclusions or blemishes. These inclusions vary in severity from pinpoint specs
to major fractures protruding to the surface. The scale used is based on 10x magnifcation and starts at FL (fawless and free of inclusions) and goes to I3 (heavily
included). The fewer clarity characteristics a diamond contain, the more valuable and expensive it is
As the name suggests, carat weight specifcally refers to a
diamonds weight. However, much as a persons weight does
not necessarily correlate with height, carat weight, by itself,
may not accurately refect a diamonds size. Mostly, we tend to
eval uat e diamond size by viewing it f rom t he t op because t hat
is how diamonds are presented to us when set into a ring. Still,
to gain a precise understanding of diamond size, we should
consider carat weight wit h t wo ot her charact erist ics:
1) The distance across the top of the diamond measured in
millimeters.
2) The diamonds cut grade.
It is important to measure such distance as this is how we view a stone when put into a ring. A diamonds cut grade, on the other hand, should also be considered
because, as we noted in the cut grade section; when a diamond is cut with the right proportions, light refects out of the top making it appear larger. In addition,
much of the weight of a poorly cut diamond, for example, may be hidden in the base of the diamond, making it appear smaller than its carat weight would imply.
A one-carat diamond is comprised of 100 points. Hence, 50 points is equal to 1/2-carat, and so on.
WHAT ISA CERTIFICATE?
A diamond certifcate -also called a diamond grading report, diamond
dossier, or diamond quality document- is a report created by a team of
gemologists. The diamond is evaluated, measured, and scrutinized using
trained eyes, a jewelers loupe, a microscope, and other industry tools. A
completed certifcate includes an analysis of the diamonds dimensions,
clarity, color, polish, symmetry, and other characteristics. Many round
diamonds will also include a cut grade on the report.
WHAT ISTHE GIA AnD THE AGSL AnD WHAT IS
THE DIFFEREnCE BETWEEn THEM?
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem
Society Laboratories (AGSL) are among the most respected laboratories
in the diamond industry. Both laboratories are highly respected due
to their consistency and their conservative grading standards. There
are minor dif f erences in t he t erms t hat each l ab uses t o describe t he
qualities of the stones, but a certifcate from either of these laboratories
ensures that you have an accurate assessment of your solitaire.
Since most of us only get one gigantic best friend in a lifetime, you have to be extra
attentive to each and every detail to make such key decision during the wedding process.
Every piece of information is valuable. Think of it like this, every piece of information
that is well-understood does in fact equal a huge sum of money. The more familiar you
are with each and every factor, the better you become at substituting one factor over the
other which differs greatly in price. Happy knowledge
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Wedding Gifts
Advice from the specialists
B
uyi ng a weddi ng gi f t t hat
i s j ust r i ght can be of t en
challenging, which is why
we got back t o Qui nt es-
sent i al l y whi ch has become
t he go- t o spot f or sug-
gest i ons and f or sour ci ng
some of the worlds fnest
and most unique gifts.
quintessentially Gifts is a luxury gift service,
dedicated to hand-picking the worlds fnest,
rarest and most exquisite designer gifts. The
curated gift service is open to all, providing
an utterly indulgent, stress-free shopping ex-
perience, working in collaboration with some
of t he wor l d s most r enowned cr af t smen and
design houses. Their dedicated Gift team
compr i ses t he UK s f or emost gi f t r esear ch-
ers, personal shoppers and editorial stylists
who spend t hei r t i me scour i ng t he gl obe f or
frst-class, limited-edition and made-to-order
luxury items. Whether you desire gift ideas
for an upcoming occasion or a frst edition
book sourced, wrapped and delivered there
you can fnd help.
To fnd out more about global trends in
wedding gifts, we turned to Lee Coleman,
Managi ng Di r ect or of Qui nt essent i al l y Gi f t s
and her e s what she had t o t el l us
At quintessentially Gifts, more and more we
are fnding that couples are interested in life-
style focused items and Objets dArt, rather
than the standard china and fatware for
their wedding registries. Most have bought all
the basics, so what they are looking for are
decor at i ve desi gn pi eces t hat al so have an
investment appeal.
We asked Lee how does one go about buying
the gift for the couple that has it all. Its
about thinking beyond the mantel piece. For
the recent Royal wedding, we had requests
for extremely personalised items such as be-
spoke fshing poles, personalised Hermes polo
pony saddl es t hi ngs t hat coul d be used and
enjoyed, not just put on a shelf and forgot-
ten about.
When money is no object and youre looking
for a unique and special gift, quintessentially
Gi f t s has come t hr ough wi t h some gr eat op-
tions that will surely impress. Some of the
most unusual and speci al pi eces t hat we have
recently sourced are a box set of limited-edi-
t i on Dami en Hi r st desi gned pl at es; each one
is a little art piece. Its a great time to invest
in Hirst given his 2012 Exhibition at Londons
Tate Modern for the Olympic year.
Then taking it up a notch, theres Shape Au-
dios limited-edition sound sculptures cast
in precious metals such as bronze, silver and
gold with prices ranging. Another cool inter-
act i ve gi f t f or someone who has ever yt hi ng
is Nottage Designs transparent pool tables.
Again, its about experience and enjoyment
rather than just decoration.
As for an out of the box, quirky gift; Lee
suggested Taxidermy is another big interiors
t r end and f or somet hi ng a l i t t l e di f f er ent
we l ove Kel l y McCal l um s Swar ovski cr yst al
famingos.
In Egypt, we have witnessed a change in se-
l ect i ng weddi ng gi f t s wi t h t he i nt r oduct i on of
the Wedding List. While parents will still gift
money and honeymoons to the newlyweds,
f r i ends and f ami l y ar e now of t en di r ect ed
towards specifc stores to select a gift from a
predetermined list.
To l ear n mor e about t r ends i n weddi ng gi f t s
in Egypt, we turned to Sarah Aclimandos of
TheGiftery.com, Egypts new online shopping
MAG DCOR
Since opening its virtual doors TheGiftery.com
has hosted a wide range of gift lists, as well as
provi ded gi f t i ng sol ut i on t o a growi ng number
of regular clients. We have asked them for a
sel ect i on of t he t op most popul ar gi f t s si nce t hei r
l aunch
The Pi cni c Basket by <KARE : A great gi f t f or a
f ami l y of f our or a newl ywed coupl e who l i ke t o
entertain in the outdoors in style.
The Port abl e Hammock by <Vi si on Tradi ng : Fi t s
in any space and stands on its own, functional
and contemporary. It also folds into a portable
l i ght wei ght bag!
The Classic Christofe frame by Table Royale:
Never runs out of style and matches any home. It
carries value in its name and quality.
Spa Gi f t Card by <Al Sagheer : Can be t he
perf ect gi f t f or pamperi ng a speci al someone or
even yourself.
experience with more than 50 of Cairos fnest
stores, launched December 2010.
The craziness of Cairo traffc and the distances
you somet i mes have t o dr i ve t o get f r om one
store to the other, make TheGiftery.com a gift-
ing solution extraordinaire. It gives the couple
the luxury of shopping from the comfort of
home/offce from some of Cairos top stores
or creating their Wedding List without jumping
from one store to the next. For the frst time
in Egypt, personalized gift lists for all special
occasi ons l i ke weddi ngs and ot her s ar e cr eat ed
online. The large variety of shops; ranging from
home accessories, tableware, childrens toys &
furniture, fowers, luxury foods and more; help
shopper s pi ck most appr opr i at e gi f t s f or t he
occasion.
Why have gi f t l i st s?
Si nce gi f t l i st r egi st r i es mai nl y st ar t ed out wi t h
wedding gift lists, they are the most popu-
lar now in Egypt. Couples are fnding it very
conveni ent t o cr eat e weddi ng l i st s at t hei r
f avour i t e st or es as i t i s ver y sui t abl e f or t hem t o
choose what t hey r eal l y need and avoi d get t i ng
the same type of present twice. Friends and
r el at i ves ar e al so happy t o buy t he coupl e what
t hey have chosen on t hei r l i st as i t makes i t
easi er f or t hem t o pi ck a gi f t wi t hout wonder i ng
about style, taste or preferred colours.
The perf ect weddi ng gi f t l i st
The t r end i n Egypt i s t hat coupl es ar e l i kel y
t o have t hei r weddi ng l i st s at sever al of t hei r
f avour i t e st or es t o make i t conveni ent f or t hei r
guest s t o buy gi f t s wi t h di f f er ent pr i ce r anges as
wel l as of f er i ng t hem di f f er ent l ocat i ons t o buy
from.
Tips to creating a functional wedding
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DE- STRESS
before your big day
By reham Meky
Delegate tasks
t o t rust able family
members and friends.
By assi gni ng each per son wi t h a
specifc role that they can fll for
you, a lot will be taken off your
back. Such roles could range from
checking on bridal bouquets,
calling the camera man, to
ensur i ng t hat t he i nvi t at i ons
have reached everyone. You can
al so ask l oved ones t o hel p you
or gani ze your f ut ur e home and
go shopping with you. This will
gi ve you mor e t i me t o spend wi t h
f r i ends and at t he same t i me
r el ease t he st r ess and ensur e you
are enjoying yourself.
Have Me Moments. Thi s
wi l l hel p you ease t he st r ess you
have been copi ng wi t h f or mont hs
now. Such moments could include
Spa and Massage sessions, going
t o t he movi es or si mpl y wat chi ng
your f avor i t e r omant i c comedi es
in bed while relaxing.
Maintain a month
or more of a healt hy
rout ine: It wi l l enhance
your cycl e bot h physi cal l y and
psychologically. This routine
suggest s a heal t hy and bal anced
diet, consistent sports and
appropriate sleep. This will help
you become t he pr i ncess or
pr i nce you have al ways dr eamt t o
be on your wedding day. You will
ensure no black circles, no body
fat and a radiant glow to you.
Spend quality and
loving t ime wit h your
spouse out side marriage
commit ment s. Goi ng
out wi t h your f ut ur e par t ner
t o pl aces ot her t han f ur ni t ur e
stores, wedding venues and
ot her weddi ng r el at ed out i ngs
is a must. It relieves a lot of the
st r esses and st r ai ns bot h of you
might be suffering, develops
t he r el at i onshi p bet ween t he
t wo of you and bonds you t o one
another.
Find time to be with
dear friends and family
members who make you
happy. By doi ng si mpl e t hi ngs
t oget her and shar i ng memor abl e
moments, you will release a lot
of st r ess and get your mood out
of any wedding related issues. It
wi l l al so l et you shar e moment s
you will live to remember.
Anot her advi ce i s t o keep your
wedding simple, and ensure that
t her e ar en t a l ot of t hi ngs t o
attend to. A wedding from the
hear t r eaches many hear t s; and
an engagement per i od t hat has
been wast ed and spent i n st r ess
and anger i s somet hi ng you wi l l
always live to regret. Make use
of t hi s per i od whi l e pr epar i ng f or
your wedding day. Make each day
a means t o connect mor e t o your
spouse and l ear n mor e about t he
char act er you wi l l spend t he r est
of your life with. Those moments
ar e t he moment s t hat you wi l l
l i ve t o t el l your chi l dr en and
grand children, and they cannot
be anything other than enjoyable.
sound Body, Mind & soul
As brides and grooms prepare for t heir wedding, t hey oft en get overwhelmed wit h lot s of t asks and
commit ment s up unt il t heir special day. Preparing for wedding normally means a perfect blend bet ween
happiness and st ress, bot h go hand in hand in most cases. The load of preparat ions and schedules usually
let t he couple forget about t hemselves t hroughout t he ent ire process. not many couples are very much
concerned about ideas for de-st ressing t o ensure t hey look t heir best on such special occasion. FyI what I
am going t o be list ing below is not only indispensible for t he pre-wedding t ime but for t he couples ent ire
life. It is essent ial t hat t hrough st ressful moment s, one st ands up and claims some rest t hrough act ivit ies
t hat he or she enj oys, or even t hrough a simple night in bed wat ching a movie. Here is my list t hat is sure t o
help bride and groom t hrough such inevit able hard moment s in preparat ion for t heir life t oget her.
When a girl gets engaged, she considers frequent
bridal shows to fnd vendors who could make
her wedding day perfect. She drops by plenty
of forists, photographers and bakers. One
professional, is, however, nowhere in sight A
PERSONAL TRAINER. No one from the ftness
industry is there at any of these shows. Dear
bride, our advice is that youd better give yourself
a healthy way to feel ft and gorgeous when
youre tying the knot. Consider these tips to get
you i nt o gr eat shape f or t he one i mpor t ant day
you have ahead.
EMPHASIZE STRESS RELEASE
AnD BALAnCE.
Being a bride, you know what it is like to plan
for the biggest party of your life. It can be very
stressful! Of course, it is such an exciting time,
but t her e i s so much t o do whi ch can be r eal l y
time-consuming. Many brides are working full-
time and planning their weddings concurrently.
Its sort of a part-time job. So no need here to
emphasi ze t he i mpor t ance of st ayi ng consi st ent
with your workouts. They provide a great outlet
for stress, which helps keep your hormones in
balance.
PROMOTE GOOD HEALTH.
A quick fx is not the answer to being ft. It will
not give you the shiny hair, glowing skin and high
energy that you desire. You should lose weight
at a heal t hy r at e t o set you up f or f ut ur e success
in keeping the weight off. If you need help with
healthy eating, refer to someone who can assist
you in that. You should focus on arms, upper body
and chest ; t hese ar e of t en negl ect ed st r engt h
areas for women in general, and are even more
i mpor t ant f or buf f br i des! The secr et i s t o st ay
committed to a lifelong ftness program even after
the wedding.
UnDERSTAnD THE DRESS
FITTInG.
You should lose weight and build strength. The
weddi ng day may not be t he onl y deadl i ne t hat
counts. But fnal dress-ftting appointment does.
Losi ng wei ght onl y i s not t he t ar get ; you need t o
shape the rest of your body especially the exposed
areas. By following this; you will look healthy;
energetic and gorgeous at your very special day.
LOOK PAST THE WEDDInG.
You may get so f ocused on t he weddi ng day t hat
you come back af t er t he honeymoon 5 pounds
heavier and with slight post wedding blues. You
have wor ked so har d get t i ng i n shape and pl anni ng
for this one day, and then it is over! You must get
back to your healthy routines when you return.
Encour age your spouse t o f ol l ow a heal t hy act i ve
lifestyle as well, so you can gain and share the
benefts of building new habits and being hale and
hearty at the same time.
Help yourself look and feel your best at your big day .
YOu ARE A Bride?
SO YOu NEEd TRAININg!
Copyright owner, 2011 IDEA
Health & Fitness Association
sound Body, Mind & soul
How to plan a wedding
STRESS- FREE
If you are pl anni ng your own weddi ng or get t i ng hel p, here are some of our t i ps and answers t o vari ous
f requent l y asked quest i ons.
Why do people tend to bring in a wedding
planner?
To t ake t he st ress out of t he pl anni ng process and t o make
sure that each element is addressed in plenty of time. Also,
very much for guidance and suggestions on venues, design,
catering and entertainment, realising your perfect day with
a best friend who is a wedding/party expert. To con-
trol budget spent, making sure that costs dont get out of
control and that there is suffcient and realistic allocation
on costs from the beginning. And most especially to manage
the smooth delivery of everything on the day. Some people
may worry t hat a weddi ng pl anner wi l l t ake over but t hi s i s
not the case at all, a wedding planners job is to short-list
and guide and not to make the decisions. The big decisions
should always be up to the bride and groom.
What advice and tips would you give to those
couples who decide not to use a wedding plan-
ner?
The frst step would be to answer the following ten key
questions to help clarify where you need to start:
1. Where do you want to get married (If you opted for a
state which is not your home country, you need to check
its licensing laws as various countries have specifc restric-
tions)??
2. What kind of ceremony do you want?
3. Which time do you want to get married?
4. How much time do you have for planning? How much
t i me are you wi l l i ng t o gi ve over i n t he process of pl anni ng?
5. How many guests do you want to invite?
6. What is your budget?
7. What timeline do you want to follow for the day (e.g.
Ceremony in the afternoon)?
8. Are you sending out Save the Dates and/or invitations?
9. What kind of entertainment are you considering?
10. Do you know of any caterers, forists or entertainment
opt i ons al ready?
Our TOP TIPs and advice would be:
- Ensure you have SUFFICIENT TIME we normal l y advi se gi v-
ing yourself at least eight months for planning, this means
you are organised and can prioritise.
- Make sure you have HELP. havi ng f ri ends t o hel p wi t h
important decisions is essential. It can take alot of the
pressure of f and make you see i deas f rom di f f erent poi nt s
of view.
A st unni ng
cl assi cal l y Br i t i sh
weddi ng r ecept i on
at a count r y est at e
- qW
An extravagant
weddi ng r ecept i on
at a wor l d
r enowned London
hotel - qW
A sophi st i cat ed beach
celebration - qW
HAPPILy EVER AFTER
A cent r al f ocal poi nt
of t he r ecept i on
with hanging fowers
from the dome - qW
A count r y cel ebr at i on
wi t h t ouches of
Moroccan theme - qW
An Engl i sh
Summer t hemed
celebration - qW
An extravagant
weddi ng r ecept i on
at a wor l d r enowned
London hotel - qW
- Make LISTS and TIMELINES. make a check l i st of t asks you need
done in the run up to the wedding, start from the month you be-
gin planning and fll it in as you move along and schedules become
more apparent. Not only will this remind you of what you need
to do but it will also keep a clear defnition of what is happening
when!A carefully plotted timeline will greatly assist, allowing time
to consider and research before making each decision.
Keep i n mi nd t hat guest l ogi st i cs and t abl e pl acement i s al ways
done l ast and can be st ressf ul as t here are of t en l ast mi nut e
changes so prepare to be a little fexible.
The main differences/diffculties with holding a wedding abroad,
other than the paperwork and travel costs, is sourcing fantastic
and t rust wort hy suppl i ers i n order t o ensure t hat t he del i very
on the day is exactly as you want it to be. This entails having
the time to be in the country, sourcing everything, hunting for
venues, trying out caterers, bands, forists as well as arranging
get t i ng guest s t o and f rom t he weddi ng and movi ng t hem around
in between. To avoid these problems it is a sound idea to hire
someone l ocal who can hel p you wi t h a smal l amount of t he
weddi ng pl anni ng and get t hem i nvol ved t o get t he best rat es and
l ocal produce as wel l hi ri ng a t ravel agent t o assi st wi t h t he t ravel
plans for you and all your guests.
The brides dress and grooms tuxedo are always high up on the
pri ori t y l i st when pl anni ng f or your speci al day; and so t hey shoul d
be, since you will have the spotlight shining on you. For the
groom, our advice is to purchase the tuxedo and all accessories
at least 3 months before the wedding. For the bride, we highly
recommend t hat you buy your dress at l east 6 mont hs i n advance
and schedule a fnal ftting no later than 2 weeks prior to the big
day. Remember to pencil into your timeline at least 3 trials for
hair and makeup, so that on the day itself, the hours spent get-
ting ready can be as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
Brides seem to forget that on the actual day, not only are there
t i mi ngs t o keep t o but t here i s t he i mport ant t ask of someone
being in charge and delegating the management of the day. Due
to this, it is necessary to have a PRODUCTION MANAGER to
oversee t he t i mi ngs of t he day and ensure t hat your met i cul ous
pl ans mat eri al i se; you don t want t o be st ressed and pani cki ng on
your special day, do you?!
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Are you a
BrideZILLA?
By Yasmine taha
Common name: BRIDEZILLA (extracted from the Godzilla character)
Main characteristics: A female creature that attacks everyone in her feld of vision with or without a
cause, some believe this creature is somehow related to the human race.
Seasons of appearance: A few weeks before her own wedding.
How to know if you are changing into one and what to do then: Read the article below
A BRIDEZILLA BEHAVIOR:
It al l st ar t s wi t h a si mpl e unhappy f ace i n t he
frst phase of wedding preparations and ends
wi t h your t ot al t r ansf or mat i on i nt o t hat scar y
uncont r ol l abl e cr eat ur e shout i ng and yel l i ng
at ever yone at si ght - whet her i nvol ved i n t he
wedding arrangements or not, i.e.: innocent
peopl e i n t he st r eet may have t o deal wi t h
your sudden bursts of anger.
WHAT REALLy HAPPEnS:
How coul d a cheerf ul bri de t urn i nt o
such scary bri dezi l l a?
Reaching this point is the fnal product of
several phases. It starts by a grumpy face
because you cant fnd the perfect curtains
for the kitchen. Little by little you get ill-
tempered for hating your frst make up
rehearsal, not being ft for the dress, failing to
fnd the perfect wedding shoes. It gets worse
as your fance is not helpful enough, you
di sagr ee wi t h your weddi ng pl anner about t he
fowers, etc. The list can go on and on! The
poi nt i s t her e woul d be endl ess si t uat i ons t hat
would keep chasing you till your wedding day.
THE CURE:
Fi rst : Admi ssi on . . Once you admi t
youre a real bridezilla, you are taking your
frst step on your healing path. Just admit that
t hi s cr eat ur e i s si mpl y not who you r eal l y ar e
and act to it.
Second: Look around . I mean have
you ever known a br i de who di d not f ace such
situations? Never! It is like an offcial list that
ever y br i de shoul d go t hr ough bef or e her own
wedding. The only difference is how you would
deal with it. Some brides just rest their minds
and relax as much as they can trying to enjoy
ever y si ngl e moment of pr epar i ng f or t hei r new
life and special day. Others (BRIDEZILLAS) act
as i f ever y si ngl e det ai l r epr esent s t he end of
the world, destroying their own nervous system
-and brain cells. By the way, those normally
get very exhausted from the details to even
enjoy their own wedding day.
Thi rd: no excuses . Do not gi ve your sel f
excuses for being rude with other people;
yelling at your mom, terrifying your best
friend or fghting all the time with your future
husband. Being stressed or even scared does
not gi ve you t he r i ght t o push away al l t he
people you need the most by your side.
Fort h: Thi nk posi t i vel y. Al ways t hi nk
about stuff that would lift up your spirit. Enjoy
t he pr esence of your l oved ones by your si de
during the preparations, presenting all the
help they can. Visualize your future home
and how it would be your own kingdom. Think
about your honeymoon and how much you
would enjoy it. Keep in mind that there is that
guy who l oves you enough t o want t o spend t he
rest of his life with you. And fnally remember
t hat whet her ot her peopl e woul d t hi nk your
wedding was perfect of not, it is YOUR big day
and youll certainly love it.
happily ever after
KIDS
at weddings. This is
a subj ect of endl ess
debate.
Are you worri ed t hat i f you i ncl ude chi l dren i n
your weddi ng t hey mi ght rui n your bi g day?And i f
you dont, you might offend your guests?
For some coupl es whet her t o or not t o i nvi t e chi l -
dren to their wedding can pose a real dilemma.
There are t hose who f eel t he whol e f ami l y shoul d
be i nvi t ed t o share i n t he f est i vi t i es whi l e t here
are ot hers t hat f eel chi l dren can t be count ed on
to behave.
But here is the good news: Whether or not there
shoul d be chi l dren at weddi ngs i s ent i rel y up t o
the bride and groom. Whatever you ultimately
decide, here is some useful advice to help you if
you do choose t o i ncl ude ki ddi es i n your weddi ng
and the etiquette of breaking the news to guests
gently if you choose not toread on:
- You do not want badl y-behaved ki ds runni ng up
and down the hall, do you? In many cases parents
can control their children, but what about those
who can t or won t ? Babi es cryi ng duri ng t he
wedding ceremony and young children fdget and
ask questions. Even the nicest of the kids might
act up i f he or she get s bored and i t i sn t f ai r t o
ask a chi l d t o si t and behave t hemsel ves f or hours
on end.
- An i mport ant consi derat i on i s t hat chi l dren
cost money too. You have to pay by the head, no
matter how little that head may be. When you
consider that many children are picky eaters,
their meal may even go to waste.
- If t he part y i s l ast i ng l at e i nt o t he ni ght ki ds
mi ght f al l asl eep or i n some cases get cranky when
they miss their bed times.
- If, on the other hand, you are unable or would
rat her not i nvi t e chi l dren t o your weddi ng f or
what ever reason or you want onl y ol der ki ds t o be
present, your intentions should be well worded on
the wedding invitations. Make the age limit very
cl ear or you can say t hat onl y chi l dren of cl ose
family will be allowed to attend.
- You shoul d send out t he i nvi t at i on wel l i n
advance (6-8 weeks) of the wedding and this will
cert ai nl y al l ow t hose who have chi l dren pl ent y of
time to make any necessary arrangements.
- If you deci de you real l y want t o i ncl ude ki ds i n
the wedding ceremony, its usually best to have
kids aged four and above, not any younger.
- Make sure t he parent s underst and t hat t hei r ki ds
should be dressed comfortably and nicely. For
boys a dress shirt and slacks, with or without a
tie is appropriate, and for girls, a pretty dress is
perfect.
- Have an area set asi de f or chi l dren and make
sure there is a TV where flms/cartoons could be
wat ched or some vi deo games coul d be pl ayed &
dont forget to hire a baby sitter.
- Bring coloring books, crayons and other activities
By: Rani a Sal em
Children Involvement in Wedding Ceremonies
yOUR
WEDDInG
wi t h Or wi t hout
LITTLE OnES??
APPLES OF Z HEART
by rania salem
that might keep them amused for a few hours.
You mi ght al so want t o consi der hi ri ng a chi l dren s
entertainer, such as a magician, balloonist, face
painter or a story teller (if your budget allows).
- Young chi l dren mi ght not appreci at e weddi ng
food; you can request the catering facility to offer
chicken fngers, French fries and ice cream to
keep the little ones happy.
- If you are pl anni ng a summer weddi ng t hen why
not keep t hem ent ert ai ned out si de wi t h gi ant
party games such as a bouncy castle or an infat-
able slide.
If you are t rying t o t hink of a way t o
involve a kid in your wedding t here are
plent y of imaginat ive and excit ing ways
children can be involved:
Greet ers and Ushers: Whether the children are
toddlers or teens, its a nice touch for wedding
guest s t o be greet ed by t he chi l dren of t he f ami l y
(your nephews and nieces) as they arrive at the
reception. Guests who know the children will
enj oy chat t i ng wi t h t hem as t he ki ds escort t hem
to their seats. For wedding guests that dont know
the children, its a great time for the kids and
guests to get to know each other.
Keeper of t he Guest Book: Ki ds can be a si ght f or
sore eyes, so allowing one of more children to be
i n charge of t he guest book i s sure t o draw your
crowd over t o l eave t hei r wel l wi shes whi l e hap-
pily chatting up the kids.
Cake Servers: Incl ude t he chi l dren i n t he weddi ng
cake cut t i ng ceremony by havi ng t hem del i ver
sl i ces of t he sweet t reat t o t he guest s i nst ead of
having waiters do it. Kids are just adorable and
everyone will love this.
Fl ower Gi rl s & Bri desmai ds: Fl ower gi rl s are
normally between the ages of 5 and 10. They will
wal k up t he ai sl e i n f ront of t he bri de carryi ng
a posy of fowers and handing out confetti (rose
petals). Communicate clearly with your fower girl
or bri desmai ds and t hei r parent s about t he j ob
youve given to each. Explain what theyll wear
and what theyll need to do. Choosing the dresses
for the bridesmaids and the fower girl can be a
fun time for all of you. Begin by checking out
boutiques that specialize in childrens wedding
wear. Remember the parents will be paying for
the dresses, so include them in the decision.
Al so l et t hem know what ki nd of shoes t hey wi l l
be wearing. Traditionally, fower girl dresses are
white with full ruffe skirts while bridesmaids
dresses can be of any color. Dont forget to fnd
matching accents for their hair. They will feel like
princesses.
Dance Fever: Choose a speci al song where every-
one can dance wi t h al l t he chi l dren on t he dance
foor. Pick a fun song to dance to, so the guests
can really get their groove on. Of course, always
ask the kids if they want to dance. Never force
any child to be in the spotlight.
The Gi f t Keeper: For t hose weddi ng guest s t hat
show up with wedding gifts, put the kids in charge
as the Gift keeper. They will collect the gifts and
bring them to a safe, specifed area.
Wedding favors handler: for the older kids, an
usher t o hand out t he weddi ng f avors t o t he
guests, this will make them feel really special on
the day.
And fnally, give each one of the kids who par-
ticipated with any role a gift as a Thank You.
Somet hi ng t hat t hey wi l l appreci at e and l ook back
and remember t he i mport ant rol e t hey had t o
play on your wedding day. Girls are usually given
si l verware j ewel ry such as a bracel et or neckl ace
with matching earrings, while boys are presented
wi t h a wat ch; bot h gi f t s can be engraved wi t h t he
childs name and details of your wedding.
Other classic gifts include cuffinks, personalized
mugs, photo frames engraved with the wedding
details and their photo, a camera and book so
they can record the day from their perspective,
music box or trinket box. Its important to avoid
gi vi ng t he chi l dren money or buyi ng t hem a pres-
ent whi ch i sn t represent at i ve of t he rol e t hey
had to play at your wedding, such as a game for
a game console, as like with any toy, children will
eventually get bored of it and grow out if it.
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I am so happy f or you. you wi l l
make a l ovel y bri de. I wi sh you
t he perf ect l i f e you ve al ways
dreamt of . If you are heari ng
t hese words, you are probabl y a
f ew hours away f rom get t i ng mar-
ri ed. How do you f eel ?
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by amal hejazi
Sincere MoMentS
before Wedding
unveil the true feelings
of
your
Family
THE BRIDE S WORDS:
I am content but afraid, excited but worried,
overwhelmed but confused. A Mixture of
feelings is struggling inside me! I love my man,
I want a great ceremony, I want to look pretty
tonight, but I also will miss being here, at
home, among my family, the place I have been
living in for my entire life. I must admit that I
didnt think of that before. I was busy planning
for the wedding. But while I was getting ready
to leave home, I discovered everyones true
f eel i ngs and I saw each one of t hem as I never
did before.
DADDy..I KnOW HOW
yOU FEEL!
Ive been always his little
girl. Although he seemed to
be frm and strict, he was
so wise and so kind. Ive
learned a lot from him. He
is my role model. He is such
a great dad. I remember
when I was a l i t t l e gi r l he
once t ol d me t hat i t s har d
f or hi m even t o t hi nk of
me goi ng away and l eavi ng
home. But the time has
come now. I should leave.
I wi t nessed some t ear s i n
hi s eyes whi l e I was packi ng
today. I didnt realize before
that he is so sentimental.
He t ol d me t hat he i s so
happy t o see hi s l i t t l e gi r l
has gr own up t o be such a
beautiful bride, but at the
same t i me i t s har d f or hi m
t o t hi nk t hat I m about t o
l eave hi s nest t o anot her
ones nest. He cant imagine
t hat he i s goi ng t o hand me
t o my gr oom a f ew hour s
later. He hugged me tightly
and sai d: I l ove you dar l i ng
and wi l l mi ss you; t he house
will miss you too. Everyone
here will do. As for me I will
take some time to recover.
Not seei ng you ar ound ever y
day i s ver y t ough f or me t o
imagine.
HEy BRO..I M
LEAVInG
nOW!
I woul d l i ke t o i nt r oduce
you t o t he per son who
never had enough of t easi ng
me, fghting with me and
even making fun of me. It is my big brother.
We were like Tom and Jerry. We never stopped
nagging, playing, running and making troubles.
Actually we had lots and lots of fun together.
Will he miss me? I went to his room, where I
have lots of memories. We laughed there, we
played there, I studied with him there and
I hi d t her e when we wer e pl ayi ng Hi de and
Seek. He bought me a present. He knew that
I was coming. He waited on the corner hiding
something behind his back. He approached me
and said: So, you are leaving now, right? I have
something for you. He gave me a lovely photo
of us together in a magnifcent frame. He then
added: It is for you. You will always remember
me when you look at it. As for me, you never
left, you will always be here with me. He
pointed to his heart.
SWEET SIS..My ROOM
AnD SOUL MATE:
When my mother was pregnant, I was praying
to God that she would have a baby girl. Then
you came and my life had changed for good. You
flled the world with joy and pleasure. A sister
is a girl friend too. We shared all the things
together. We spent hours laughing, chatting,
playing, quarrelling and studying together. We
haven t been away f r om each ot her f or one
single day. You helped me choosing my wedding
dress, designed the cards and planned for the
party. You were always there for me. I know
it is so hard for you to leave me, although you
wi l l enj oy t he r oom al one! I know my si st er
was ver y busy ar r angi ng ever yt hi ng wi t h me
f or t he weddi ng but I coul d f eel t hat she was
very distressed. I heard her yesterday, the
night before my wedding, weeping on her bed,
and when I went to see what was wrong, she
tried to hide her tears not to bother me, she
smi l ed at me and sai d: I hat e you! ! ! How am
I supposed to be here and not fnd you around?
I didnt know before that I love you this much.
I will miss you so much sweet sister. Actually
we spent t hat ni ght cr yi ng and shar i ng our
childhood memories till dawn.
DEAR MOM..I M
SPEECHLESS!
A ver y speci al per son l i ke my mom coul d never
be described in a bunch of words. She actually
deser ves a whol e new ar t i cl e dedi cat ed onl y
to her. Being very busy with me the past few
months, couldnt prevent her from thinking
and worrying, she rejoices and at the very next
minute she cries. I am her baby, no matter how
ol d and mat ur e I am now; I wi l l al ways be a
little baby to her. I am really concerned about
her ; I wonder how woul d she handl e comi ng
back home after the wedding and not fnd me?
But, hold on for a second, Im as alarmed; how
on ear t h am I supposed t o l eave her ?? I l l be
living in my dream house with my lover. I am
going to make a new family, but can I do it
wi t hout mom? Of cour se not ; I wi l l al ways need
her help, advice, support and everything. She
entered my room hours before the wedding.
I was waiting for it. I knew that this moment
would come, like it or not. She had a smile on
her f ace and spar kl es of
t ear s i n her eyes showi ng
joy and fear. She hugged me
i n a way t hat I never f el t
before, a way that gave me
st r engt h and at t he same
t i me r eveal ed how weak I
would be away from her. I
f el t t hat I owned t he wor l d
i n her sweet t ender ar ms;
r eal l y not hi ng i s compar ed
to a mothers gentle hug.
My r el at i onshi p wi t h my
mother is very special. We
ar e bonded wi t h a ver y
strong tie. I share all my
secrets with her, she is my
best friend. In this very
special moment, mom
gave me a gr eat pi ece of
advice. Holding me tight
in her arms, she tenderly
whi sper ed i nt o my ear s and
sai d: You ar e a gi f t f r om
God honey, I have been
al ways t r yi ng t o pr epar e
mysel f f or t hi s par t i cul ar
moment, I told myself that I
had t o be st r ong but I t hi nk I
cant. I know I have to but it
was beyond my i magi nat i on
how t ough t hi s moment
would be! Baby, Ive done
my best t o r ai se you i n a
way t hat made me so pr oud
to be your mother. So, you
t oo have t o wor k har d ever y
si ngl e day t o make a f ami l y
t hat you woul d be someday
proud of. Daughter; you may
out gr ow my l ap but wi l l ever
outgrow my heart.
I DOn T
KnOW WHAT
TO SAy
I guess i t s my t ur n t o t al k now but what shal l
I say after those lovely words! Dear family,
Thank you all so much for everything. I wouldnt
be where I am today if it wasnt for you. You
have shown me t hr ough al l t hese year s t he
true meaning of love. You supported me with
care and equipped me with faith. Simply you
pr ovi ded me wi t h t he most wonder f ul l i f e
anyone would ever dream of. You mean the
world to me. I do appreciate very much the
impressing words youve said and I am quite
sur e t hat t hey wi l l be engr aved i n my memor i es
for good. I have nothing left to say but I LOVE
YOU.
How did you start your successful hotel
career?
I j oi ned t he Col l ege des f rres unt i l t he t hi rd
preparatory grade. After that I moved to London
and stayed there for around 2 years. I returned
to join the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, and
i mmedi at el y af t er my graduat i on I st art ed my hot el
career in the Sales Department in Luxor for about
two years. I moved to Sinai for three years and
worked in a number of Hilton resorts. During my
stay, I prepared my Masters thesis and then moved
to work in the Four Seasons Hotel. Afterwards,
I came back to Ramses Hilton, then Residence
Hilton, and fnally Hilton Plaza in Hurghada. Then
there was the offer from Safr Hotel to work as the
General Manager of the Hotel in Zamalek, later
changed to Hilton Zamalek Residence Cairo.

What is your vision in j oining Hilton
Zamalek Residence Cairo?
Hi l t on Zamal ek i s pri vi l eged wi t h a l ot of success
el ement s and hi gh compet i t i ve pot ent i al s
especi al l y wi t h t he renovat i ons made i n t he ent i re
hotel.
How does the hotel appeal to Egyptians?
The Egypt i ans come t o t he hot el i n a sat i sf act ory
manner all year long, and they particularly
increase around the swimming pool. As for the
major occupancy, it is for the Kuwaiti guests. This
i s f rom t he t ot al occupancy of t he year whi ch
mai nl y i ncl udes t he Arabi an t ouri sm al ong wi t h
some different nationalities, thanks to the unique
l ocat i on of t he hot el i n-bet ween many f orei gn and
Arabian embassies. Moreover, the reservations of
the extended stays have increased from the total
activity in the hotel.

Don t you see that the fever of hotel
expansions has invaded everybody
without exception?
I strongly agree. Previously, the expanded
management compani es were t he most spreadi ng
t rademark compani es known f or a l ong t i me i n
Egypt, while new trademarks in the Egyptian
market were unique and more conservative
regarding their expansion in the number of hotels
and resorts. As for today, everybody joined the race
track, and owning the largest number of special
unique locations has become one of the main
goals for all the managements without exception.
Al so t he depl oyment has become one of t he mai n
evidences of success. The issue is no longer limited
to known traditional management companies, but
also extended to new ones which increased the
intensity of the competition.

Egypt is currently facing the danger of
increasing the tourist attraction areas
on the Middle East level, how do you
see the challenges and competitive
qualities of the Egyptian tourism?
I frmly believe in the competitive capabilities of
t he Egypt i an t ouri sm and i t s abi l i t y of at t ract i ng
t he Arab and f orei gn t ouri st s i n compari son t o ot her
t ouri sm dest i nat i ons whi ch l at el y appeared on
t he Mi ddl e East Map and t rul y st rongl y compet ed
such as Jordan and Dubai. Egypt has a variety
of t ouri st i c resort s whi ch enabl e i t t o compet e
effciently. Its touristic product is miscellaneous and
unique at the same time. Its not about what the
individual or country owns, but about how to use
and beneft from it. Yes, the touristic movement
was t ai nt ed wi t h some rel at i ve
recession in the previous seasons,
but t he phenomenon i s general
and not only in Egypt. May be
t he most f amous reason f or t hi s
i s t he gl obal economi c cri si s and
i t s repercussi ons whi ch we st i l l
live till now, although the private
sector is doing fne, especially
wi t h t he st eady and st abl e
i ncrease of f orei gn busi nesses i n
our country, which we can clearly
observe i n wi nt er season as vacant
rooms are rarel y f ound i n most
hotels.
How do you measure the
success rate of the hotel
and its excellence?
Usual l y t he success of any hot el
i s measured by occupancy
rates. Profts of the food and
beverages depart ment are not
included, as such department is
not charact eri zed wi t h rel at i ve
market abi l i t y i n Egypt f or many
reasons. The most salient of them
i s t hat i t i s not popul ar among
Egyptians to go and have frequent
meals in hotel restaurants, as
t he Egypt i an cust omer pref ers
outdoor restaurants in general.
Such t endency makes some
of t he hot el s recourse t o t he
i nt ernat i onal rest aurant s t o
overcome such obst acl e and
depend on t he market abi l i t y of
t he t rademark and t he i nt erest
of the customer in it, hence supporting food and
beverages i nsi de t he hot el wi t h t he l east possi bl e
effort.
What about Hilton Zamalek Residence
Cairo and its competitive potential?
Despi t e t he i ncrease of t he gl obal t rademarks and
their spread and strong competitiveness, Hilton
Zamal ek Resi dence Cai ro preserves some speci al
qualities and high competitive potentials headed by
its unique location as the hotel overlooks one of the
most wide open areas on the Nile River. Moreover,
i t i s not di st urbed by any mai n st reet s as i t i s wi t h
most of the other hotels overlooking the Nile. This
guarant ees f or t he guest s t he most comf ort and
luxury and preserving their complete privacy. Also
t he nei ghborhood i s an advant age f or i t s el egance
and f arness f rom Cai ro noi se as pl ent y of Arab and
foreign embassies exist in Zamalek area. We cannot
also miss the extended stay service offered by the
hot el whi ch di st i ngui shes i t among onl y t hree hot el s
specialized in such kind of stays in Cairo. Last but
not least, I think that the small number of hotel
rooms i n Hi l t on Zamal ek Resi dence compared wi t h
other hotels is also another competitive edge,
as t he hot el preserves i t s l ust er by bei ng abl e t o
occupy t he rooms wi t hout resort i ng t o t ouri st i c
di scount of f ers and ot hers t o occupy a l arge
number of rooms in low touristic seasons.

What about the challenges that the
hotel faces?
Like other hotels, Hilton Zamalek faces some
challenges, but the biggest and the most important
one i s changi ng t he i mage of t he hot el as a whol e
in peoples mindsets. The recent renovations
and i ncl udi ng t he hot el among t he Hi l t on
Int ernat i onal Company hot el s woul d be a great
support. The change starts with reservations, as
Hi l t on Int ernat i onal provi des t he easi est ways of
reservat i on t hrough a cent ral desk whi ch combi nes
al l branches or t hrough t he websi t e whi ch i s so
easy to remember, Hilton.com. Hilton also leaves
several pri nt s t hat t he hesi t at i ng guest mi ght
fnd appealing, such as the point system which
extended-stay guests get and are exchanged for
services inside the hotel or fying miles. Moreover,
t he Hi l t on i s di st i ngui shed by pl ent y of advant ages
such as i t s f amous breakf ast menu and ot her Hi l t on
services. And by hanging the Hilton mark on the
building, several key additions will be made to
the rooms, such as the modern electronic devices
and i nt ernet servi ces and ot her servi ces whi ch wi l l
increase the sense of comfort and luxury during the
stay.
How does Ahmed El-Selawi see his
reunion with Hilton?
As one of the Hilton Family, I am truly happy,
as Hi l t on i s a bi g school f rom whi ch many have
graduated, and it has more than 3000 branches all
over the world, hotels and resorts. Also its strong
presence i n t he Mi ddl e East synchroni cal l y came
with an ambitious expansion plan which is expected
t o be i mpl ement ed on t he hot el seri es i n t he regi on
very soon. I consider myself lucky for returning with
the Hilton Family again, and I see more success and
accomplishments in the near future. Especially in
t he l i ght of t he ambi t i ous pl ans of t he count ry t o
support t he t ouri st i c sect or and vi t al i ze t he new
touristic attractions on the Egyptian map. This will
encourage the biggest trademarks, as Hilton and
others, to invest in new areas. It will have a great
impact on the sector, and consequently on the
economic development wheel in general.
Mr. Ahmed el-selawi
Gener al Manager of Hi l t on Zamal ek Resi dence Cai r o Hot el
JW MARRIOTT CAIRO WOn BUSInESS
TRAVELER AWARD!
JW Marriott Cairo is proud to have received, for the second consecutive
time, the best business Hotel award by the Business Traveler magazine; one
of t he l eadi ng publ i cat i ons desi gnat ed t o busi ness t ravel ers wi t h t en edi t i ons
worldwide in Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. As a corporate
resort, the JW Marriott Cairo offers comprehensive business service making it
one of the favorite designations for business travelers from all around the world.
It is 7 minutes drive from the airport which provides a convenient location away
from the loud and populated city. Hi-tech facilities are equipped with the latest
AV technology, plasma screens, and high speed internet connectivity to cater
for all business needs and events. JW Marriott Cairo is acknowledged with its
overabundance of services, which are tailored for the convenience of every
business traveler to delight their stay, along with luxurious Thai Mandara Spa,
and state-ofart Fitness Center. Mr. Magdy Naguib, General Manager JW Marriott
Cairo expressed his greatest honor to receive such an award that implies on the
high standards of world class hospitality that exceeds guests expectations.
JAZ HOTELS RECEIVES THE GULET HOTELO AWARD
Jaz Hotels, Resorts & Cruises, received fve from the total of eleven appreciation awards that the Austrian tour
operator Gulet Touristik has given to hotels and resorts in Egypt.From Jaz Hotels & Resorts portfolio each of
Iberotel Club Fanara, Iberotel Palace, Iberotel Samaya, Iberotel Makadi Oasis Club and Iberotel Makadi Beach
had received this highly regarded award. The awarded hotels were chosen by the Austrian tour operators guests
as one of the 100 most popular hotels worldwide for the year 2010. For awarding the wining hotels; Gulet
Touristik collected and evaluated the feedback from thousands of guests surveys. The main criteria of valuation
were the level of service, facilities, sport & activities, food & beverage of the hotels. Congratulations on a well
deserved recognition! The Picture shows Mr. Hesham Said the GM of Iberotel Club Fanara while recei vi ng t he
award
CAIRO MARRIOTT WINS THE MARRIOTT GLOBAL PRIZE OF
BEST SALES AND MARKETING TEAM
The Sal es & Market i ng t eam of t he Cai ro Marri ot t Hot el smashed al l records &
expectations by receiving the most prestigious successive award, The Global Sales &
Marketing Award among all Marriott properties worldwide for the year 2010. Worth
ment i oni ng i s t hat i t s not onl y t hat t he Cai ro Marri ot t Sal es & Market i ng t eam won t hi s
global award for the second time, but that it was in a short period of three years, 2008
and 2010, which is considered an exclusivity between all Marriott Hotels and Resorts
worldwide. This extremely well deserved recognition came as a result of the teams
hard work, dedication, creativity, resourcefulness and team work. The team collectively
is not only totally customer focused but also have an unmatched, contagious passion
and hunger for business. On this occasion; Mr. Mark Satterfeld the Chief Operating
Offcer of Marriott Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa visited Egypt recently to
congrat ul at e t he Sal es and Market i ng Team of t he Cai ro Marri ot t and comment i ng on
these superb achievement, Richard Zeolla, the General Manager of the Cairo Marriott
Hotel stated What an honor to have a Global Award Winner amongst us! We were
delighted when the team received the last award for the year 2008, now they smashed
the records and won it twice in just three years!! I want to thank them very much for a very well deserved recognition.Seen in the photo: Mark
Satterfeld, Chief Operating Offcer of Marriott Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa, Richard Zeolla General Manager of Cairo Marriott Hotel.
Omar Tantawy Resident Manager of Cairo Marriott Hotel Nadia Al Ansari , Director of Sales & Marketing with the winning Sales & Marketing
team.
TRAVCO GROUP REAPS IT S FIFTH AMADEUS AWARD
In a revolution inspired event which took place on May 11th, Amadeus once again recognized Travco
Group for generating the highest volume of business in the market. Since the revolution, Travco
Group has been keen on promoting tourism domestically to help boost the economy, and has always
remained optimistic about the revival of the industry. These efforts proved to be fruitful as the
company mai nt ai ned i t s st at us as t he number one wi nner of t he Top Avi at i on Cust omer Award f or
the ffth consecutive year, despite the circumstances. The Amadeus annual party took place at the
Intercontinental City Stars, with an Egyptian theme to highlight the recent events and create a more
patriotic feel. Another distinctive feature was the launch of the new Ticketing Award, whereas
Travco Group was ranked as the second highest issuer of tickets through its 13 branches in Egypt. The
awards were distributed by Mr. Ahmed Youssef, regional manager Amadeus. The awards were received
by EgyptAir Reservation Manager, Mr. Mostafa Amin. Travcos delegation also included Ms. Nabila
Abdallah, aviation manager Travco, Manager of the aviation branches, Mr. Abdel Moti Zanaty, and
Manager of Aviation Accounts, Mr. Hamed Abdel Maaboud.
AWARDS
RED BULL PARK DRIFT, FIRST TIME In EGyPT
Following the great success in the Middle East, the regional competitions of Red
Bull Car Park Drift are held for a second successive year. The screening this year will
include an Egyptian stop on July 8th. This stop will be an opportunity to determine
The Drifting King who will represent Egypt in Beirut fnals. The local championship
of Red Bull Car Park Drift, that Egypt hosts under the auspices of Chevrolet and
Mega FM, will be held on Friday, July 8th, at 4 p.m. in Porto Marina- North Coast,
on a speci al t r ack t hat woul d be desi gned by t he champi on of r al l i es and speed
racings, Abdo Faghaly who will evaluate the drivers performance in collaboration
with jury. Taken into consideration at frst place are the drift shows provided by
the drivers in their modifed cars through using hand brakes and special skills to
enter the turns in most wonderful and accurate ways. The roar of car engine and its
external appearance as well as the smoke produced by the friction of the tires and
enthusiasm of the cheering audience will also affect the results. Luai el-Shurafaa,
Regional Director of Chevrolet Trade Mark at General Motors, ME operations, said,
We are very enthusiastic to participate in Red Bull Car Park Drift. We will beneft
from this activity to communicate with our clients and motor sport fans in Egypt,
specifcally the drifting sport. Red bull keeps providing activities that Camaro uses
t o show i t s l egendar y capabi l i t i es t hat have become synonymous t o i nt er est i ng and
exciting driving as well as to show the drift drivers skills. Red Bull Car Park Drift
compet i t i ons gi ve t he dr i ver s i n Egypt t he oppor t uni t y t o showcase t hei r ski l l s of
driving and drift arts, stresses Faghaly who will give special show rounds within the
screening process. Red Bulls driver explains, The importance of the event is that it
combines both speed and showing implicit within a scope of a specifc track in which
all safety criteria are respected. The competitions are expected to reach their
peak before determining the Drift King who will be qualifed for the fnals hosted
in Lebanon , July 22nd, noting that screening include as well UAE, KSA, Kuwait, the
Sultanate of Oman, Jordan and Iran, in addition to Lebanon ,the host country.
MITSUBISHI RACERS ASSURE THEIR TALEnTS
In THE 1ST ROUnD OF
EGyPT SPEED CHALLEnGE CHAMPIOnSHIP
2011
Under the slogan (Be Smart - Drive Safe) and in two consecutive days,
El Wadi Karting track in Ein El-Sokhna hosted the frst round of Egypt
Speed Challenge 2011, which was attended by more than 60 of the
best speed racers in Egypt. With the guidance of the main regulations
and l aws gover ni ng t he i nt er nat i onal speed r aces by t he Int er nat i onal
Federation of Motor Sport (FIA), the Championship was brought under
the auspices of (EFMS) the Egyptian Federation for Motor Sports and
under the supervision of (ATCE) Automobile & Touring Club of Egypt (the
representative of the FIA in Egypt), and was sponsored by Horizon hotel
and Red Bull (power drink).... The challenge was organized by SPARK
Consultancy (Ashraf Kara) & the International Racer; Nader ELKhayyat
where Haitham Samir won 1st round, Haitham Belal surprised all, while
Khal ed Imam came t hi r d
InTERCOnTInEnTAL CITySTARS
SUPPORTS THREE FARMERS AnD A
GREEK BIKE RIDERS
Int er Cont i nent al Cai r o Ci t yst ar s host ed Thr ee Far mer s and
a Greek motor bike riders. They are a group of four South
Af r i cans t r avel l i ng t hr ough Af r i ca f r om Cape Town t o Cai r o
covering around 13,000 kilometers starting from South Africa,
Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan
and fnally Egypt. They are supporting a charity cause by
r ai si ng money f or t he Adel ai de Hospi t al i n Sout h Af r i ca whi ch
is a small rural hospital situated in the Eastern Cape. The
hot el hel ped i n r echar gi ng t he bi ker s ener gy by pamper i ng
t hem wi t h massage sessi ons t o r ecover f r om t he l ong j our ney
and prepare them for their departure.Paul Schenk the hotels
Executive Assistant Manager welcomed the group upon their
ar r i val and wi shed t hem good l uck i n t hei r nobl e mi ssi on
SPORTS
Marriott Egypt Properties celebrate Egypt 25!
In the spirit of rebuilding and supporting Egypt, Marriott Egypt properties;
JW Marriott Hotel Cairo, Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach
Resort, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino, Sharm El Sheikh
Marriott Red Sea Resorts, Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Resorts and Taba
Heights Marriott Red Sea Resort are celebrating the 25th of January 2011
since it has become a signifcant date that represents the transformation
of Egypt. They are bringing in a whole new irresistible bouquet of special
packages and promotions this year. Marriott Egypt properties are launching
t he Cel ebrat e Egypt 25 Campaign where t hey are of f ering t o t heir
esteemed guests attractive and exciting offers that all revolve around the
number 25. Guests will experience special treats when staying on the 25th
of each month, booking 5 nights, booking 25 rooms or saving 25%.
Marriot t Egypt propert ies are invit ing t ourist s and Egypt ian cit izens
to experience Egypt. This great country has numerous opportunities
including ancient sightseeing, varied nightlife, top shopping malls and the
fnest places to dine. A vibrant destination offering a fascinating sensual
experience unparalleled in the Middle East. Each Marriott Hotel & Resort
in Egypt has a signifcant destination, offering a plethora of services,
which are t ail ored f or t he convenience of guest s t o del ight and enrich
their stay. Famed for Food and Beverage excellence, elegantly furnished
rooms, comfortable suites, comprehensive ftness and leisure facilities
and welcoming associates. Marriott pledges that each community will be a
bet t er pl ace t o l ive and work because associat es and management hel p in
building it. Marriott Egypt properties have always been a great contributor
to community service and will constantly exert efforts for serving and
celebrating Egypt making history.
Chinese Reporters at Dusit Thani LakeView
Dusit Thani LakeView host ed recent l y a group of prominent Chinese t ravel
writers during their last visit to Egypt. The reason behind this visit is to promote
travel business in Egypt from China and Asia. Not only the travel writers of the
group showed t heir much admirat ion about t he hot el s t empt ing Thai int eriors
but also mentioned the hotels outstanding meeting facilities and quality of
individual service. By the end of their tour the Chinese reporters had their dinner
at the Ruen Thai restaurant, where they enjoyed plenty of signifcant Thai
delights. In the picture Ms. Noha Fathy, Assistant Marketing Manager, welcoming
THE nEWLy RELEASED GRAnD nILE TOWER
COMMITMEnT TO ExCELLEnCE
The Saudi Egypt ian Tourist ic Devel opment Company has t he pl easure t o
announce rel easing Grand Nil e Tower hot el direct l y poised on t he banks of t he
Nile River. The company aims to show its continuous support to the Egyptian
Economy via increasing its investments in Egypt through its superior fagship
hotel in the capital Cairo, Grand Nile Tower. Stunningly glamorous is the best
way to describe the newly released Tower beautifully located on the Nile,
offering the highest standards of hospitality service. Grand Nile Tower is well
known for its exceptional location, a haven poised directly on the banks of the
Nile. Luxuriously appointed 715 rooms and suites offering the ultimate comfort,
featuring panoramic views of the river, in addition to its famous restaurants
with diversifed authentic cuisines; Japanese, Indian, Italian, Oriental and
International all with the same exceptional views; including the magnifcent
Revolving restaurant, the highest restaurant in the Middle East rotating 360
degrees, with unprecedented views of Cairo. Craving an outstanding Nile cruise!
Theres nothing better than Marquise, Grand Nile Towers foating yacht with
el egant l y Nil e cruises and l ive
entertainment. Breathtaking views,
spacious, fexible and exquisitely
appointed facilities, superb support
services make Grand Nil e Tower
t he ideal venue f or any event ;
large or small, wedding or themed
parties, gala dinners or receptions,
accommodating up to 900 guests.
Grand Nil e Tower of f ers spect acul ar
banquet venues in Egypt.
GRAnD HyATT HOSTSMOUnIR ABDEL
nOUR, MInISTER OF TOURISM
Grand Hyatt Cairo recently hosted Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour,
Minist er of Tourism t o discuss t he rol e of t ourism af t er t he revol ut ion in
the revival of the Egyptian economy, the challenges and obstacles, the
plan of the tourism recovery and the optimistic expected outcome.
The event st art ed by l uncheon hel d at Farhat y bal l room wit h it s
unique breathtaking views of the Nile, where Amr El Ezaby, Chairman
of Egyptian Tourist Authority, key fgures of the Egyptian tourism
industry, and VIPs of the hospitality feld attended. Grand Hyatt
Cairo s management t eam wel comed Minist er Abdel Nour and al l VIP
attendees whom all praised the quality of service and hospitality that
was provided by Grand Hyatt Cairos team during this key event.
InterContinental Citystars
hosted a FAM trip from
the Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg
Int erCont inent al Cairo Cit yst ars recent l y
host ed a FAM t rip f rom Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg in collaboration with MTS
Egypt. The delegation comprised of 20
j ournal ist s and t ravel agent s t o encourage
tourists to resume their visits to Egypt. Thierry Perrot, Area General Manager
Int erCont inent al Hot el s Group Cit yst ars and General Manager Int erCont inent al Cairo
Citystars welcomed the group upon their arrival.
COMMUnITy
LATIn AMERICA
AnD MIDDLE EAST
GET A STEP CLOSER
THAnKSTO BRITISH
AIRWAyS/IBERIA
MERGER
BA announces special fares on all cabin
classes to the UK and north America
Brit ish Airways and Iberia are pl acing t heir codes on a new t ranche of
one anothers fights, bringing Latin America closer for BAs customers
and the Middle East to the doorstep of Iberias travelers. Customers
can now enjoy a wider range of fights that accommodate various
travel schedules and budgets; all they need to do is to mix and match
Iberia and British Airways fights to and from Buenos Aires, Rio de
Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Cairo. Andrew Crawley,
British Airways Commercial Director, said: Our customers can now
reap the real beneft of our merger with Iberia as we introduce these
exciting routes to them. Latin America is a real draw for our travellers
and it will be simpler for Iberias customers to access the Middle East.
As our operat ions around t he worl d cont inue t o achieve t he very
highest standards and in order to exceed our customers expectations,
we recognize the importance of adapting to the needs of our clients,
said Mervat Alfy, Country Commercial Manager for British Airways
in Egypt. British Airways is excited to offer our award-winning
services at an excellent value for all our travellers. British Airways
has invested signifcant resources to facilitate all travel processes
for valued passengers by embracing the benefts of technology and
automation every step of the way, from planning, booking, fying to
interfacing with the airline. More details can be found at www.ba.com.
OHC Maintains Construction
and Delivery Dates for new
Phase Haram Life
Building on the success of their fagship project
in Egypt Haram City, Orascom Housing
Communit ies maint ains it s schedul ed progress
of the newest phase Haram Life. The new
phase will span over an area of 504,000 sq m
and will include over 4,500 housing units upon
completion. To date approximately 600 units
were sol d and t heir del ivery is maint ained at t he
set date. Egypts population is rapidly growing at 1.5-2%pa with 48% of the
population between the ages of 15 to 45 and an average of 540,000 marriages
pa. The latter puts an enormous demand for affordable housing and according
to statistics, there is a shortage of tens of thousands of units every year. OHC
is const ant l y st riving t o meet t his cont inuing demand and are commit t ed t o
develop high-quality affordable housing units, said Omar Elhitamy, Managing
Director, OHC. Haram Life offers clients designs with modern architectural
l ayout s; t he 35 buil dings current l y under const ruct ion wil l have eit her 8 or 16
apartments. The newly adopted architecture caters to a larger pool of the
Egyptian society by providing an additional option. Buyers can also choose from
two, three, and four bedroom apartments, with all units including a living room,
kitchen and bathroom. To further facilitate the purchase of Haram Life units,
OHC has modifed payment terms and conditions. The units down-payment can
be amort ized on a period of 12 mont hs af t er which t he buyer st art s set t l ing t he
mortgage payments. Also, perspective buyers can choose between semi-fnished
or fnished units that are expected to be delivered within two year of purchase.
Sequoia Opens
Meet me at the
Garden Kid Area
Sequoia has allocated its private
pl ant nursery f or an out door
childrens play area, making
it a very special space wit h
an authentic farm-like feel,
where chil dren can have an
extraordinary outdoor experience
overlooking the Nile, all in the comfort of staying in the Centre of Cairo. The
design was done in coordination with Ms. Yasmine Abdel Gawad, a mother of
two kids, who is a certifed interior designer by the European Institute of design,
Madrid. Out of Sequoias care for the young ones, they will be given a perfect
chance t o be in t ouch wit h nat ure and t o st imul at e al l t heir senses by pl aying
with various material including water, paint, sand, plants and even animals.
The Garden will also feature a shaded play area with swings, slides, climbing
obst acl es and al l sort s of int eract ive pl ay mat erial as wel l as an open green
space for the freedom to play soccer, host picnics, or simply just run around.
For the comfort of your mealtimes, there will be a seating area available for
both adults and children to enjoy the full range of Sequoias famous menu. You
can save the hassle of planning a birthday, and bring your party to The Garden
and experience the exciting range of activities and events on offer to make your
childs day one that he/she will constantly remember. On Fridays and Saturdays,
special event s and shows wil l al so be pl anned in accordance wit h guided
prof essional s t o invol ve chil dren in a number of act ivit ies such as art s and craf t s
to give them a chance to learn and enjoy new skills and express their individual
talents. The play area is open 7 days a week from 12:00 noon to 07:00 p.m.
Development
Of Leadership A
Top Priority For
Starwood Hotels
& Resorts
Based on St arwood s
bel ieve of t he import ance
of t he const ant t raining of al l associat es and it s pol icy of enhancing
t he capabil it ies and skil l s of t he individual s t hat wil l l ead it s hot el s and
its different Brands worldwide toward being a World Class Brand, Mrs.
Faten Halim Director of Training, Sheraton Cairo, organized seminar for
t he Training l eaders of St arwood 10 propert ies in Egypt f or one week
on Leadership and Coaching skills for Management. The leadership and
coaching aimed at explaining the leaders role in supporting the associate
performance excellence and behaviors. Learning and development
opport unit ies are an int egrat ed part of t he St arwood st rat egy t o ret ain
talent and lead with excellence. Seen in the picture, Mrs. Faten Halim
among the Training Directors of Sheraton and Le Mridien Hotels in
Egypt.
STARWOOD COnTInUESTO HIGHLIGHT EGyPT ASAn ATTRACTIVE TOURIST DESTInATIOn
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the launch of an integrated social media campaign to help promote
Egypt as a safe tourist destination including key destinations within the region such as Cairo, Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh
and Dahab. Starwood has a strong presence and a long history of operations in Egypt, managing ten properties under the
Sheraton and Le Mridien brands. These campaign initiatives aim to highlight Egypt as a secure and attractive tourist
destination for international travellers as of Starwoods commitment to actively promote tourism to the region. says
Hassan Ahdab, Starwoods Vice President and Regional Director of Operations for Africa and the Indian Ocean. Last year
Egypt welcomed close to 14 million travellers from all over the world underlining our confdence in the market and our commitment to restoring the confdence
levels of both business and leisure travellers. A dedicated website www.egypt-hospitality.com and a social media campaign will be launched soon, both of which
will be rich in video and interactive content, to highlight the history of hospitality and service of all 10 Starwood Hotels in the country. The campaign also features
the culture, diversity and stunning beauty which encompasses Egypts history and which are still present today. More information about the campaign will soon
be available via the dedicated website www.egypt-hospitality.com. Starwood has also partnered on a project with UNICEF which will enable guests to donate
money towards helping the street children of Egypt who have been most affected by the recent turmoil in the country. Through the dedicated Facebook page of
the campaign, fans will be able to upload content from their past and current holidays in Egypt. Starwood Hotels in Egypt will donate $1 per each valid piece of
content and a team will pick the best photo or video that will win 7 nights which can be used in any of Starwood hotels and resorts in Egypt.
UnDER THE MICROSCOPE PART 3
Find here with us things about your zodiac youve never guessed before; be it punctuality, bitch rating or even how sex is like; youll fnd it all here
under your sign so as to give you a better idea about your inner self. In this part well see through the Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius
Your Zodiacs
personality
Virgo
(Aug 23 - sep 22)
Punctuality: You are always
exactly on time. If you ran the world,
you would make being deliberat ely
late a crime.
Temper Gauge: You maint ain a
constant inner seethe-rate. Although
you can reach boiling point if
disturbed, you never return to 0.
Bitch Rating: A+. You should just
slash and run but you like t o st ay
around and make sure the fne points
have been rammed home.
Whats sex with a Virgo like?
A full service ;)
Dark Side: You have a mart yr
complex, feeling that you were put
on t his eart h t o do good work and
not receive any credit for it. You
t end t o be ult ra crit ical of yourself
and ot hers and you also worry about
things that are beyond your control.
A little pessimistic sometimes, you
tend to be an intellectual snob. You
bot t le up all your insecurit ies and
fears, and hesitate to reach out
for help. And once in a while, you
become a busybody- t hat s when
you also f eel responsible f or ot her
peoples problems.
Summary: A peevish, hypercritical
anal-retentive, with an obsession for
st erile perf ect ionism and a pedant ic
fetish for detail.
Advice: Modest y has it s own
limits - take credit for your efforts.
Give yourself a break and know t hat
you do not have t o be successf ul in
everything you do. Keep focused and
don t get t angled in ot her peoples
affairs too often.
.
Libra
(sep 23 - oct 23))
Punctuality: You are always lat e
because you t ake so damn long t o
decide what to wear. But you look so
gorgeous that you are forgiven.
Temper Gauge: 0 degrees t o
boiling point in 20 secs but only
when losing your cool will get you
what you want. (It always works.)
Bitch Rating: A+. or D You never
say anything to anyones face, but
you whisper poisonous remarks
behind your victims back.
Whats sex with a Libra
like?Easy and teasy ;)
Dark Side: Your inabilit y t o reach
a decision in mat t ers of personal
action is legendary. You like to weigh
all t he alt ernat ives and hear every
side of an argument -but t his may
t ake t ime and opport unit ies may
pass you by because of it. You also
like to expand energy on people
who may not deserve it - You want
to help the underdog. You are
also sensit ive t o crit icism and may
t ake mild st at ement s of f act very
personally.
Summary: A vain, shallow,
spendt hrif t w/ an unerring eye f or
st yle over subst ance & a lif elong
dedication to the quest for an easy
meal ticket.
Advice: Follow your inst inct s and
act on them - stop sitting on fences.
Don t blindly t rust people; learn t o
be a lit t le more discriminat ing in
your offers of help. Learn to think
f or yourself and don t be swayed by
persuasive tongues.
.
scorpio
(oct 24 - nov 21)
Punctuality: You are always
early to see everyone else arrive.
That way you know when an enemy
arrives and plan to ruin their night.
Temper Gauge: 0 degrees t o
boiling in 10 secs. You never shout,
but you st are int imidat ingly and
summon you henchmen.
Bitch Rating: A+. You study
ones psychology, pinpoint their
weaknesses and make a f right ening
strike where you know it will hurt.
Whats sex with a Scorpio
like? Obsessive, relentless and illicit
;)
Dark Side: You have a revengef ul
st reak and a long memory f or past
hurts. Sometimes youre downright
spiteful. When you suffer, you make
sure others suffer along with you.
Sometimes, you may even use
decept ion t o get what you want
and to infuence others to stay out
of your way. You may even believe
t hese unt rut hs and unrealist ic f ears
will grow on you. Once in a while,
you may come across someone t hat
j ust rubs you on t he wrong side f or
no apparent reason and you make it
your mission to bury him or her.
Summary: An obsessive,
possessive, manipulator with an
unquenchable lust for power and a
penchant f or degradat ion.
Advice: Flight t he negat ive
emotions that arise in you, and
resentment will not sour your life.
Don t give int o t empt at ion t o t ell
lies, learn to conquer your strong
t endency t owards revenge and
things will fall into place for you.
sagittarius
(nov 22 - dec 21)
Punctuality: You are 4 hours lat e wit h
scorch marks, 2 days late because you
were arrested, or never show up because
you do your own thing.
Temper Gauge: 0 degrees t o boiling
in a nanosecond. Loud shouting & violent
rampage with weapons, but once done
you forget it.
Bitch Rating: D-. You lack the fnesse
t o be a bit ch but you re st ill crude &
blunt enough t o send one sobbing in t he
restroom.
Whats sex with a Sagittarius
like?Rigorous, adventurous and
energetic ;)
Dark Side: You ve got a big mout h and
unwit t ingly hurt and insult people wit h
it. You can even go to utter strangers and
give unsolicited advice and comments.
You also seem t o enj oy verbal duels wit h
others whenever you can. And you sure
can make sore losers, even suspecting foul
play if things dont go your way. You have
a knack f or conf ront at ion and you can t
resist being sarcastic. You also dont think
too much of many people, because you
have a mild superiority complex. Vanity is
also a trait in many of you.
Summary: A reckless, tactless,
obnoxious oaf, with a morbid fear of
restraint and addiction to losing your shirt.
Advice: Learn wit h whom you can be
f rank ot herwise keep your comment s t o
yourself. Discretion is the better part of
valor. Curb your cockiness, and you can
combine it wit h your concern f or serious
issues, aiding in your search for truth.
ZODIAC