FILE - Turki Al SheikhCAIRO, 22 February 2019: Egyptian club, Pyramids FC, announced the transfer of ownership from Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the Saudi entertainment authority to the Emirati investor Salem Saeed Al Shamsi.Turki Al-Sheikh, Minister of the Saudi Entertainment Authority and owner of Pyramids Egypt Club, saluted all those who dealt with them during his stay in Egypt.Al-Sheikh saluted some figures from the Egyptian football community including: Zamalek president, Mortada Mansour, and his sons, Hossam Al-Badri, president of Pyramids, Ahmed Hassan, former Egypt's captain, Hossam Hassan and Ibrahim Hassan, former coaches of Pyramids FC, Hadi Khashba, Mohamed Al-Assi, Khaled Al-Ghandour, , Ahmad Afifi, spokesman for Pyramids, Media Ibrahim Fayek, Reza Abdel-Al, football analyst Medhat Shalabi, Hani Abu Reda, president of the Egyptian Football Association, and Mohamed Kamel, Chairman Presentation Sports company.In June, Al-Assiouty Sports Club was officially sold to a Saudi investor who changed its name to Pyramids FC. Many reports claimed that Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, is the owner of Pyramids FC.Pyramids FC made numerous signings going into the new season, as they earlier confirmed the signing of Zamalek midfielder Ahmed Tawfik, Brazilian duo Marcos da Silva Franca and Lucas Ribamar, alongside Arab Contractors’ Mohamed Farouk, Abdallah el-Said and Keno.
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File- A view shows Mellitah oil and gas plant near Zuwarah, Libya, October 10, 2017. Picture taken October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Hani AmaraCAIRO – 22 February 2019: European Union (EU) is the biggest investor in the Arab League countries, said The Council of European Union in a statement on Friday, two days ahead of the upcoming Arab-European summit due on February 24 and 25 in Sharm El-Sheikh.Thirty-two percent of the EU countries’ oil imports comes from the Arab League states, the statement added, noting that EU natural gas imports from Arab states compromise 19 percent.“The summit will provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss how to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two sides. Leaders are expected to discuss possibilities to develop cooperation in the fields of energy, science, research, (digital) technology, tourism, fisheries and agriculture,” the statement read.The EU council also stated that the summit will tackle the socio-economic issues, amid the increasing number of populations in both regions, which compromise 12 percent of the world’s population.“With the Middle East especially experiencing strong population growth (from 1950-2000 the population already grew from 92 million to 349 million, which is a 3.8 fold increase, or 2.7% per year) the cross-regional opportunities and challenges are likely to increase,” the statement added.Trade, investment, immigration and security will be among the top priority issues to be discussed during the summit, said Ambassador of the European Union to Egypt Ivan Surkos on Wednesday.Heads of 28 European countries and leaders of 21 Arab states will participate in the summit, which will co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, EU Council President Donald Tusk, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Mohamed Imam, EU-Arab Summit media officer told Egypt Today.Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert in preparation for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries, said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation in statement on Thursday.
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The Giraffe poster. CAIRO – 22 February 2019: ''The Giraffe'' movie has been selected to screen at the third edition of Aswan Women International Film Festival (February 20-26).The fiction film competes in the Critic Week Competition. Directed by Ahmed Magdy, the film tells the story of Ahmed, a young Egyptian man who is lost and depleted of faith.One night he finds himself saving a girl he does not know by getting her enough money to have an abortion.Ahmed gets swallowed into the madness of the city and gets involved with an eccentric group of young people led by an enigmatic girl who is trying to uncover the mystery behind the Giraffe hidden at the zoo.‘’The Giraffe’’ was premiered at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival, which was followed by its first international participation at the 17th Marrakech International Film Festival.Written and directed by Ahmed Magdy, ‘’The Giraffe’’ stars Amr Hosny, Shaza Moharam, Haydi Koussa, Salma Hassan, Rasha Magdy, Mohammed El Badawy, and Osama Gawish.The film is co-produced by Garage Art Production, Utaco Digital Film and Fig Leaf Studio. It was awarded the AFAC Production Grant and the SANAD Development Grant from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival
February 22, 2019 14:03 UTC
Tahya Karioka - Egypt Today. CAIRO - 22 February 2019: Tahya Karioka is one of the most influential figures in Egyptian cinema and belly dancing history. Egypt Today commemorates birth anniversary of legendary Tahia Karioka.Badaweyya al Nidany aka Tahya Karioka was born in Ismailia, on February 22 1915. Gradually, Karioka started to discover her passion with dancing.She started dancing at the age of 20 when she joined Masabni’s group. Karioka’s stardom reached its peak co-starring the late great actor Naguib el Rihany in ‘’ L’ebet el Set” (The Lady's Game) in 1946, where the film achieved booming success placing Karioka among Egypt’s big movie stars.With the end of World War II, musical comedies began to rise.
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“Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. “They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. Salah won the Premier League Player of the Month for January, beating Manchester United trio Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Marcus Rashford as well as Leroy Sane of Manchester City and Troy Deeney of Watford. Salah joined Liverpool in four games in January, scoring three goals and leading his team to maintain the top of the English Premier League table. He was also awarded the Golden Boot award, as well as the Premier League Player of the Season title after an unforgettable debut season with Liverpool.
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FILE: El Alamein TownCAIRO – 22 February 2019: SiViaggia, the Italian website web magazine published by Italiaonline dedicated to travellers, providing info and suggestions for exploring destinations around the world, said Friday that El Alamein town “is growing fast.”“Those looking for new ideas and new sea destinations to go next summer, El Alamein , in Egypt, is the right one,” SiViaggia added. “New resorts, tourist villages, hotels and even residences, big or small as they like, are coming out of nowhere on the seafront.”The magazine described El Alamein’s water to have the color of the Maldives and the fine sand beach is perfect for the summer months.“Everything is new and everything is perfect,” the article added.Moreover, SiViaggia said El Alamein is also an ideal destination for families with children.El Alamein is a town in the northern Matrouh Governorate of Egypt, l ocated on the Mediterranean Sea, it lies 106 kilometres west of Alexandria and 240 kilometres northwest of Cairo.The town has a number of military cemeteries such as the Italian and German military cemeteries on Tel el-Eisa Hill outside the town, a separate Greek cemetery, and a Commonwealth war cemetery, built and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.“For those interested and wanting to take a break from sunbathing, you can visit the Military Museum with the relics of war, including uniforms, weapons, letters from the front and, in the yard, tanks, cannons, fighter planes and means of transport,” the website added.
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File- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi receives chairmanship of the African Union from Rwandan PresidentASWAN, Egypt- 22 February 2019: Cameroon’s Ambassador in Cairo Mohamadou Labarang said Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is a good chance for Africa, noting that Sisi has a clear and strong vision for the continent’s development.In statements to MENA on Friday, Labarang added that the achievements made in Egypt indicate President Sisi’s interest in development, not only in his country but across Africa as well.This proves that Sisi’s chairmanship of the African Union in 2019 will be important for the entire Africa, the ambassador told MENA on the sidelines of his participation in a ceremony marking solar illumination of the face of Ramses II statue at Abu Simbel temple in Aswan.Labarang said there is great cooperation between Egypt and Cameroon at the diplomatic and cultural levels, noting that his country is looking forward to further economic cooperation with Cairo.
FILE: Egypt's Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar- press photoCAIRO - 22 February 2019: An Egyptian government delegation will visit South Korea’s capital Seoul early next week to discuss means of fostering bilateral cooperation in various economic, trade and investment fields, Minister of Trade and Industry Amr Nassar said.The visit also aims to activate Egyptian-Korean joint action with the aim of pushing forward bilateral cooperation files in a way that serves the two countries’ economies, Nassar was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.The minister’s remarks were made during a session of talks he held with the honorary president of the Korean Egyptian Development Association, who is currently visiting Cairo on top of a delegation from South Korea’s biggest companies.The talks touched on the future of economic cooperation between Cairo and Seoul and means of boosting cooperation between the two countries’ business communities in the coming stage
Hend Rostom - Egypt Today. One day Rostom’s friend took her to one of the well-know production companies in Cairo to casually participate in acting auditions. She was however specially taught by contemporary dancing legend Ali Reda who accompanied her in all her films for an entire year, according to state-owned Al Ahram. She added that the role came against her faithfulness to her husband and her wishes of setting a good example for her young daughter. Her retirement came as a persistent firm in which she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to her family and raising her only daughter Passant.
Be(e) responsive - first celebration of World Bee Day in Breznica, Slovenia- CC via WikimediaCAIRO - 22 February 2019: Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ezz el Din Abu Steit discussed with Slovenian Ambassador to Egypt Mateja Prevolsek means of bolstering agricultural cooperation between the two countries.The two sides discussed the possibility of bilateral cooperation in the field of honey production, with the Slovenian ambassador inviting Egypt to take part in the World Bee Day, set to be organized on May 20 in Slovenia, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement Friday.The World Bee Day focuses on agriculture technology via producing high-quality honey, Prevolsek said.Meanwhile, the Egyptian minister said some Egyptian agricultural products are exported to Slovenia, and then to other European states.Abu Steit added that he is looking forward to further cooperation between the two countries in this field as well as to opening up new markets for Egyptian agricultural products in Slovenia
Omar Khairat - Egypt Today. CAIRO – 22 February 2019: Veteran musician Omar Khairat will perform two consecutive concerts at Cairo Opera House’s Main Hall on March 3,4.The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician Award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully.
Firefighters work at the scene of a fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir HossainCAIRO - 22 February 2019: Egypt has offered its deep condolences over the victims of a fire that broke out in a chemical warehouse in Bangladesh, leaving about 70 people dead and scores others injured, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.The Egyptian Foreign Ministry extended condolences to the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.The ministry asserted that the Egyptian government and people stand by their Bangladeshi counterparts.On Thursday, a fast-moving fire killed at least 78 when it swept through a historic district of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.The blaze broke out in a residential building that had flammable chemicals stored on one floor.
Sun illuminates four statues of King Ramses II seated at the top of Abu Simbel temple- Egypt TodayAbdullah SalahThousands of visitors watch sun alignment at Abu Simbel statue in Aswan-Egypt Today/Abdullah SalahMinisters of Antiquities, Tourism, Investments, Culture and Communication pose for a picture outside Abu Simbel temple- Egypt Today/Abdullah SalahCAIRO – 22 February 2019: A total of 6,500 tourists watched the sun alignment at the face of Ramses II status at Abu Simbel temple in Aswan for 20 minutes on Friday morning, announced the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in a statement.The sun illuminates four statues of King Ramses II seated at the top of the temple, symbolize the facade of the temple, which resembles an edifice. Each of these statues is about 22 meters long. The Nile’s high water level could cause the temple to sink; hence it was necessary to relocate it to keep it from drowning.The transfer of Abu Simbel Temple was one of the most difficult transfer processes throughout history. The challenge was great for architects and archaeologists alike.The great Abu Simbel Temple overlooks Nasser Lake offering a magnificent view. The Abu Simbel Temple is considered one of the masterpieces of architecture in ancient Egypt.
February 22, 2019 11:37 UTC
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will open on Sunday the first Arab League-European Union (EU) summit in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss ways of confronting joint challenges in the political, economic, social, environmental and security fields. According to the Middle East News Agency (MENA), the summit aims to find solutions for several political issues, including illegal immigration, the peace process in the Middle East and the political crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. The summit will discuss the growing threats of cross-border terrorism and the efforts of the global coalition to counter the terrorist organization ISIS. The summit will be key to supporting multilateral international order on the basis of international law and the support of other international organizations, particularly the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU). Arab League-EU cooperation also includes top UN issues, particularly achieving the 17 sustainable development goals, the international efforts to counter climate change and the international efforts for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
February 22, 2019 11:26 UTC
Students in a classroom at the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeCAIRO – 22 February 2019: In conjunction with the International Mother Language Day, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has warned that nearly 7000 languages around the world are facing the risk of extinction.On its Facebook official page, Cairo’s UN mission stated that UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It noted that the idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh.“It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000,” UN stated, adding that linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear.“Globally, 40 per cent of the population does not have access to education in the language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life. Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way,” UN added.
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