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August ’12 Fashion

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10 Ladybird loves: 5 celebs in 5 Arab Fashion Designers’ outfits! 16 Ramadan & Eid shopping must haves! 21 Steal their style! 24 Rana Greiche’s Spring/Summer Delectable Collection


30 55 Summer ’12 Beauty Must Haves 35 Discover 36 The best 5 natural ingredients for your beauty care


42 5 Steps to effortless home makeover!


48 5 European city breaks

Tip of the month: Eid will soon knock our doors! And Eid is all about travel and fun! Here are the Ten Essentials for Traveling Well: Smiles, an open mind, tolerance, laughter, flexibility, mindfulness, curiosity, manners, gratitude and serendipity.


56 5 Weeks to your best body ever!

Statistic not to be missed!

It is believed that a Taiwanese couple who celebrated their 86th anniversary together in 2003 hold the record for the longest married couple in the world. They beat the previous record of 83 years by America. 2|

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60 Long Live Ladybird!


63 5 Luscious layers of fruits! 64 5 Foods for fit figures 66 Eating & exercising!


68 Ramadan’s delightful selections!

Love & Relationships

72 The 5 most common newlywed fights

Spot it

On Spot 94 Dusit Thani LakeView witnesses BMW’s All New Glamour! 96 GM Egypt invests US$ 10 million to manufacture the Chevrolet Move in Egypt 98 Crystal Power, Crystal Healing event for the JW Marriott Cairo Ladies Society 100 ZAAM Summer Collection Celebration Bride & Groom 101 Mai Maher Abouda & Mohamed Youssef tied the knot!

74 Punishing your kids!

Party 102 Visa Egypt hosts red carpet event at First Mall


104 Hareem El Sultan event at Kempinski Nile Hotel

Mother & Child

78 The best 5s to know!

Faces of Egypt

80 Nada Akram, The young fashion designer and owner of Nada Akram Design 82 Khalifa’s, capturing fashion & beauty!

What’s hot this issue? • 55 Summer ’12 Beauty Must Haves • Ramadan’s delightful selections!

In every issue:

Editor’s letter P.5 Spotted P.24 Shopping cart P.26 Ask Ladybird P.28 Pieces we love! P.40 LB Dr. P.54 Why eat this? P.62 The best, the top & the must do P.86 Horoscope P.88 Happenings P.90

Offers & Promotions P.92

“Our anniversary is a time to look back at the good times and a time to look ahead to live our dreams together.”

Ladybird CEO Zeyad Sorour

Editor-in-chief Ismail Marzouk Managing Director CaroliNe Coussa PR & Marketing Naira El lamei Project Manager Samar Zaki Art Director Faris Hassanein Designers Eman Salama Designer Intern Peter B. Henry Editor FARAH ASFOUR Financial Director Haitham Hamouda Distribution Magdy Abdel Moneim Ahmed Ibrahim Amr Selim AHMED ABU EL EILA AHMED FAWZY Contributors Professional fitness coach Natascia Paolucci Professional caterer Maha Alfy Personal beauty expert Hossam ELMaraghy Nutritional consultant Noura Hassaballa Nutritionist &Cooking Specialist Sally Fouad Fashion designer Rana Greiche Dietitian & nutrition therapist Dr. Sameh Mohsen

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Distributed by Al-Ahram Association 23 Emad El Din Kamel St., Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt Tel/Fax: (+202) 22627533

Contributors Hossam El Maraghy

Personal beauty expert Certified in the personal beauty care from Canada. For more info, visit facebook fanpage: Hossam ELMaraghy

Maha Alfy

Professional Caterer Owner of Home Made Catering. For more than 15 years, offering a wide range of food in the finest quality and the most exquisite sense of tastefulness. For orders, please visit facebook fanpage: Home Made Catering

Noura Hassaballa

Nutritional Consultant Bachelor of Science in dietetics and nutrition, Northern Illinois University, Illinois, USA. Specialized in weight loss and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Using anthropometric measures in assessing health, eating habits, and lifestyle. For advice, please contact: noura.hassaballa@gmail. com

Natascia Paolucci

Professional Fitness Coach Her biography is active as she is; between 1983 and 1989 she won several fitness competitions in the Netherlands, started to work as a model, and made the cover of several magazines, the cover of the first Marie Claire in Turkey. She became GO for the fabulous Club MĂŠditerranĂŠe where she lead various activities such as the flying trapeze, archery and dance. She coaches now in Katameya Heights and Palm Hills. For (private) classes, please contact: natascia.paolucci@hotmail. com

Sally Fouad

Nutritionist and Healthy Cooking Specialist She offers the best recipes to live a healthier lifestyle while eating all meals you like by knowing the right tips. For advice, please visit:

Rana Greiche

Fashion Designer For more info, please visit facebook group: Rana Greiche Couture

Dr. Sameh Mohsen

A Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist Earned a Master degree in nutritional science and clinical nutrition from Sophie Madison Medical School. A member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic practice group. Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic practice group. Behavioral health nutrition and supplement specialist along with being an exercise physiologist. For advice, please contact:

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Eid celebrations and Ladybird’s 5th anniversary! What could be a happier month! This calls for a cake and a bunch of balloons to celebrate! I love their colorful look and the happiness that is always associated with their presence. Happy childhood pictures show balloons in their backgrounds, cheerful ads have balloons in their visuals, and caring mothers bring balloons to their kids to see a beautiful smile on their faces. Balloons aren’t just airy, colorful balls, they are a great object to learn from. Balloons present a tiny thing that brings lots of happiness and cheerfulness. Be like a balloon, whenever it is there, happiness prevails… Something as minor and cheap as a balloon could bring a lot of joyful moments… “Nobody can be un-cheered with a balloon” said Winnie the Pooh! As childish as it sounds, it carries a lot of deep meanings that only the wise will understand… A balloon need air and energy to be a balloon; same goes for everything in your life! Nothing will reward you back unless you exert effort, time and dedication to its cause. And above all believe… Balloons will blow up in your face if you blow too hard. Same goes for anything that you push too hard on… Pushing your kids to do something they hate, pushing work subordinates, pushing your partner, etc. Pushing is not bad, a balloon wouldn’t be a balloon without some pushing, but too much will eventually blow in your face!

It takes the biggest balloon, the tiniest needle to blow it! and when it blows off, it scatters into tiny pieces. Your words can be needles that blows people’s feelings and rupture their emotions. Balloons are outgoing! YES, seriously they are! They go where the wind takes them. Be someone who is not afraid to be driven where the wind takes her/him. I give by beloved Ladybird 5 balloons representing the years it gave me cheerfulness and happiness like nothing ever did to me… Happy anniversary Ladybird! I love you…


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Find five hidden Ladybirds at between product pictures daily. The first five contestants who find the five ladybirds will win every day. The Day starts from noon to noon. Daily winners will receive discount vouchers to be used online on one of the following stores: Cozy Casa, Table Royale, Step 2, Alex toys, and Coleman. All participants (daily winners and contestants who did not win) will enter a draw to win one of the following amazing prizes: A ‘Joseph Joseph’ Salad bowl & Servers by Cozy Casa, A Notebook Grill by Vision Trading, or A ‘Regent’ Jam Set by Table Royale.

Find Luna’s 5 hidden items inside Ladybird pages and win them! 1. Lipbook box: it includes 3 lipbook different colors (i.e. lip stick) + a small bag for makeup 2. Mascara vibration: called mascara vibration “Jungle queen” 3. 3 Nail polish 12 ml (summer collection) 4. Sun bag that includes: SPF 50, SPF 12 and after sun gel 5. 3 shower gel 2 liters each with three different fragrances (i.e. Aqua, bouquet and sun flower)

How many suites and guest rooms are there in Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences hotel? 5 lucky couples will enjoy a day use for half price! Invite your lucky partner and enjoy two for one!

“What is the meaning of Ruen Thai?” If you know the answer, you will be the lucky winner to enjoy “Taste of Thailand” brunch for 5 persons after Ramadan at Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo.

Find this hidden item and win a 5 piece tea set (brass tray with 4 colored tea glasses) from


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With Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers and Ladybird, 25 is your lucky number! Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers offers 25% off Sohour & shisha for the under 25 years at Meshmesheya. Get together with your friends and celebrate the holy month of Ramadan in one of the most exciting and unique venues in town.

For 5 lucky winners! Search for a gift voucher insert inside the magazine this month and win a one month free subscription at Oxygen Gym. *Offer valid for one month from entry date *Offer valid till 31st December’12

Find this hidden item inside Ladybird and win it! Free Bath & Body Works Pink Chiffon Body Lotion from The first participant to send the word “Diwan” on info@ will be the lucky winner of a gorgeous set of George R.R Martin Books. Hurry up & be the winner!

Mention 5 outlets at InterContinental Cairo Citystars and win a gift voucher of high tea for 5 persons at their Lobby Lounge. If you feel your day lacks some style, how about afternoon tea at Esplanade Lounge, where tea, cakes and delightful sandwiches are available from 3pm until 7pm. The menu also offers a la carte or buffet options while melodies float through the lounge with harp and flute music during the day. Jazz is the featured sound from Thursday to Sunday nights, while a pianist plays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

What kind of hotel is Kempinski Nile Hotel? If you know the answer, you will be the lucky winner of a brunch for 5 people at their amazing 10th Floor!

Participants send your answers on: with the competition’s name in the e-mail’s “subject” Good luck to all our readers!

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Rana Greiche’s

Spring/Summer Delectable Collection Because we are all celebrating “Ladybird’s 5th anniversary,” here are 5 things about my new collection: 1- I was inspired by the TV show “Mad Men,” it’s all about the 60’s. 2- Colors are light pastel, mixing mint with nude, which makes it fresh and feminine. 3- Ready to wear, custom made for the working ladies. 4- You can go from morning office to night outing, always looking elegant. 5- Last but not least, I want to wish Ladybird a successful year, happy anniversary :)

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Photographer: Daniel Salib Makeup artist: Soha Khoury Models: Mariam Abdel nour & Ghada Koura August 2012 |

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SPOTTED CELEBS LATEST NEWS & GOSSIP Backstreet Boys are Back! Kevin Richardson is set to reunite with the Backstreet Boys for a TV concert and an upcoming album. The quartet will appear on Good Morning America’s concert series in August in Central Park, New York. Richardson announced he was leaving the group in 2006, but has appeared in the lineup occasionally since. The remaining Backstreet Boys - Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean - announced Richardson would be rejoining them permanently during a performance in London last April. A statement says all five are in a London studio with producer Martin Terefe working on a new album that will be released next spring to coincide with the group’s 20th anniversary.

Italian Fashion House Valentino SOLD! Valentino, the brand famous for its opulent red ball gowns, has been sold to Qatari royals - Mayhoola for Investments SPC - for an estimated £600 million. Mayhoola for Investments SPC, an investment company backed by a major private investor group from Qatar, has acquired Valentino Fashion Group SPA and they are looking forward to exploit the full potential of the brand and turn it into a luxury goods powerhouse.

RIP: Sylvester Stallone’s Son Found Dead Sage Stallone was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment by authorities and a housekeeper after worried loved ones sensed trouble. His cause of death remains undetermined. Authorities said there were no signs of forced entry and no suicide note but there were prescription drugs found. Sylvester Stallone’s publicist said that the actor is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son. He said, “His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha.”

Charlie Sheen to Donate at Least $1 Million to USO Charlie Sheen has pledged at least $1 million to the United Service Organization to help them fund a Traumatic Brain Injury center for injured soldiers, a center which he’ll have the right to name. Sheen says his final donation will amount to 1% of profits from his new FX sitcom, but that he’ll give no less than a million to the organization. “It’s an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us,” Sheen said in a statement.

Sofia Vergara Beats Kim Kardashian as Highest-Paid TV Actress Sofia Vergara, 40, tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid TV stars, pulling in $19 million in the past year alone. In addition to her contract with ABC, Vergara appeared in four major movies: The Smurfs, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet Two and The Three Stooges. The Colombian-born actress also has lucrative endorsement deals with Pepsi, CoverGirl and K-Mart. Nick Loeb’s fiancée also runs a media company, Latin World Entertainment, which she cofounded in 1996. 24 |

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Mona 3eny Ramadan Collection availabe on styletreasure. com.


Isabel Marant Golden Eyes gold-tone and pyrite drop earrings available on netaporter. com for LE 909

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Mason By Michelle Washed silk-georgette and chiffon dress available on for LE 5,659

Luxury Linens Ramadan Collection available on styletreasure. com

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I Watchz Q Collection Wrist Strap for iPod Nano 6G, Orange available on for LE 109.20

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mona 3eny Alberta Ferretti Lace appliqueĚ silk gown available on netaporter. com for LE 39,431

Gucci Wovenpaneled leather tote available on netaporter. com for LE 40,867

Nicholas Kirkwood Leather and watersnake platform pumps available on for LE 7,436

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luxury linens Orbitwheel Revolutionary Skates available on for LE 266


Nada Basta Designs available on facebook fanpage Nada Basta Designs

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* All products mentioned are available at beauty retailers and pharmacies


What are the best tips and products for having a clear complexion? Stay away from soap, it is highly alkaline, and it can damage the skin's natural barriers. Choose a soap-free cleanser instead. Avoid UV rays as much as possible, this is the basis for preventing premature aging and lowering your risk of developing skin cancer. When outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat and choose clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible. Protect your skin. Never go out in the sun without wearing sunscreen, preferably with a zinc oxide base. Apply half an hour before exposure. Boost your fiber intake, skin impurities are often due to digestive problems. Good health starts with good nutrition, so make sure to eat plenty of healthy foods for glowing skin such as fruits, raw vegetables and whole grains. Avoid the enemies of your skin: stress, late nights, coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. Hydrate daily; proper hydration can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, prevent tightness and dryness and "pump up" the cells, giving a softer, more even look to the skin. Drink plenty of water, skin is up to 15% water. Try a facial mask with fruit acids, with regular use, fruit acids and enzymes can help clear away dead skin, improving blemishes and imperfections and clarifying the skin. Regular physical activity restores vitality to your skin and remains the best way to stay in shape. Use: Olay Dual Action Cleanser and Pore Scrub, Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV-Lotion, Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance foundation, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief & Johnson's Face Care Daily Essentials Wipes.

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Egypt’s first online beauty store is now open! After the huge success of, now young entrepreneur Ahmed Shabana is introducing


fter’s huge success, Ahmed Shabana is now introducing, Egypt’s first dedicated online beauty store. With the growing trend of e-commerce and online shopping taking Egypt by storm, the market still lacks specialized online stores. is part of the Agzakhana company operating on the model. The model simply relies on seperating online shopping between beauty and healthcare products.

As and operate, and deliver within 24 hours on major signature premium beauty brands. In addition, there are some wellbeing products that overlap between healthcare and beauty. For instance, you can shop for epilators and tampons in the same basket that has your favorite perfume, an experience you can’t have at your favorite physical beauty store. You can pay for your order at the door when it arrives or by credit card but is considered the first ecommerce portal to provide “Wallety” as a method of payment. Wallety, launched on Sunday the15th of July 2012, is considered to be the Egyptian equivalent to PayPal brought to life by the Arab African Bank. Wallety is secure, easy, and can be used with the same account to pay for future integrated e-commerce and online services. There are cool shopping extras when placing your order with Get free beauty samples and discount deals by subscribing to the newsletter. The portal is in beta phase which means there are expansion plans to include more brands and private labels. Products are guaranteed for originality and quality with a flexible return policy. “The demand for beauty products from has been huge, that’s why we had to come up with a dedicated separate store. It will make us a company that serves our customers better and channel healthcare and beauty products sales.” Ahmed Shabana

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The Best 5 Natural Ingredients For Your Beauty Care By: Hossam EL Maraghy

5 Reasons why you should use oats for your skin:

1. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin. 2. Oatmeal contains a cleansing agent and can therefore be used as a mild soap. 3. Oatmeal is a moisturizer and helps remove dead skin cells. 4. Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema and rashes. 5. Oatmeal can help relieve symptoms of aging skin.

Now it’s time to try the amazing oats facial mask that includes: 3 tablespoons oat flour, 2 tablespoons warm water, 2 tablespoons rice flour, 1 teaspoon glycerin (optional) and 1 tablespoon aloe vera (optional).

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Apply to face and neck, leave on for a few minutes if you like and then rinse.

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Honey 5 Reasons why honey is one of the essential beauty ingredients you should use: 1. Honey’s natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help protect the skin from the damage of the sun rays. 2. Honey supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. 3. One of the most common natural skin care benefits with honey is related to treatment of minor acne which could be caused by hormonal changes. 4. Honey absorbs impurities from the pores on the skin, making it an ideal cleansing agent. 5. There are a huge number of honey products in the market for hair care, baby care and skin care. There are sunscreens, hand lotions, facial scrubs and moisturizers.

5 Pampering Homemade Natural Skin Care Recipes with Honey: 1. Cucumber-Honey Toner: Puree 1 cucumber in a blender, drain and collect the juice. Add 2 teaspoons of honey into the juice and mix. Pour the mixture into a bottle. Apply on the face and neck area with a cotton pad in the morning and at night. Air dry it and rinse clean. Store the bottle covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 2. Honey-Apple Toner: In a blender or food processor, combine 1 peeled, cored apple with a tablespoon of honey and pulse until smooth. Apply mixture to face and allow it to stay for 15 minutes, then rinse. 3. Gentle Honey Cleanser: Mix 1⁄4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 1⁄2 cup glycerin (found in drug stores). Apply gently to face using a face sponge. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry. 4. Hot Honey Bath: Perhaps the easiest natural skin care recipe using honey. Add 1/4 cup of honey to your hot bath water for silky and luscious skin. This is especially good for dry skin. 5. Honey Olive Hair Conditioner: For lustrous, silky, healthy hair and scalp, simply combine 1/2 cup honey and 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup olive oil. Massage scalp with this conditioner, then put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse as usual.>>

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Coconut Oil 5 Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil: (Hair, Skin & Nails) 1. Dry & Damaged Hair: (If you have dry and damaged hair, coconut oil can help nourish it.) Simply rub some of the oil into the damaged ends a half hour before showering. 2. Glossy, Shiny Hair & Frizz Buster: After washing, drying and styling your hair, rub a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands then lightly apply to your hair.. If you have a problem with frizzy hair, the above treatment will also help tame it. 3. Exfoliating Facial Scrub: Mix equal parts baking soda with coconut oil and massage into face. Rinse with warm water to remove baking soda residue. 4. Dark Elbow Patches: Rub into skin each morning and night until desired results are achieved. 5. Dry Scalp Treatment (Each night before going to bed, follow these 5 steps): •Part hair one section at a time and rub coconut oil into your scalp. A light application is all you need. •Repeat process for entire head then massage for a few minutes to really work it in. Run a wide tooth comb through your hair to comb out any tangles then put on a shower cap. •Keep the treatment on overnight. Cover your pillow with a towel just in case the cap shifts in the middle of the night. •Wash your hair as usual in the morning. •Repeat daily until you are satisfied with the results (may take up to 5 weeks before the dryness is gone).

Rose Water 5 Main benefits when using rose water which is an excellent beauty product: 1. Using rose water daily will make you feel fresh all day long. 2. It is the best solution for puffy eyes. 3. For any eye pain or fatigue, gently dip a cloth in rose water and place it on your eyelids for a soothing feeling that helps cool your eyes. 4. Rose water works as a natural cleanser. 5. Rose water is also a healing agent, and can be used in treating wounds. For sunburns, rose water can be gently rubbed over the affected area or when taking a bath, add a few drops and relax while the magic takes effect.

Freshness: Apply rose water to your face. Dip a cotton ball into the rose water and apply it. It instantly makes your skin feel fresh. Coolness: Add rose water to a cucumber paste. Take a cucumber and make it into paste. Then add rose water to it and apply it to the face. Wash it after 15 minutes. Smoothness: Mix one cup of rose water to the bathing water. It will make your skin feel smooth.

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Avocado 5 Ways to use an avocado for beauty care: 1. Avocado Facial Cleanser: Beat the yolk of an egg until it is light and frothy, add a half cup of milk and the mashed half of a ripe peeled avocado. A blender is handy here, but if you don’t have one, beat the mixture with a fork until you have a thin cream or lotion-like consistency. Apply on squares of cotton as you would any other cleanser. You may also use this deep cleanser after ordinary soap and water, if your skin is normal. It’s quite effective against pollution and grime. Therefore, it’s a very pure method of keeping your complexion free of pollutants which can interfere with normal skin function. 2. Avocado Moisturizer: The inside of the avocado peel is actually valuable. The precious oil hidden away in the peel of the avocado is also a wonderful facial moisturizer. To be technical, the oil contains a humectant, a substance that holds moisture. Using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. Let the oil residue remain on your skin for about 15 minutes. At that time you may either leave the oil on your skin and go to sleep or, if you intend to put on make-up, wash your face gently with three or four rinses of tepid water and pat dry. The oil will be invisible but it is there, ready to hold your foundation or powder in place for hours. 3. Avocado Eye Treatment: Nobody really knows WHY this is so effective on under-eye puffiness, but it IS. The procedure is very simple: peel an avocado, remove the pit, and slice a half into quarter-inch crescents. Lie down, secure a few slices under each eye, and rest for about 20 minutes. The result is corrective magic! 4. Avocado Dry Skin Mask: Beat the yolk of an egg until it is light and frothy, then add the mashed pulp of a half avocado, blending it well (you may use a blender at this point). Cleanse your face thoroughly before using this mask (or any mask). Spread the avocado mixture over the face and neck evenly; relax on a slant board or bed for about 20 minutes. Remove with clear tepid water and a face cloth, followed by a rinse of cold water or a mild skin lotion. The result should be a marked improvement in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing. 5. Avocado Oily Skin Mask: Put the white of an egg, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and the mashed pulp of a half avocado into a blender. In seconds, you should have a lovely green mixture. Wash your face and neck thoroughly, then apply mask evenly on those areas. Relax for 20 minutes; remove with tepid water and a face cloth. Follow with cold astringent or skin tonic. For more info visit facebook fanpge Hossam ELMaraghy August 2012 |

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5 Steps To

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Effortless Home Makeover!

Home redecorating might be the last thing we consider doing because these days, when it comes to spending, we’re all a bit miserly. Yet, being the restless spirits that most of us are, change is usually on our minds. Fortunately, change can happen in nearly every room without wrecking the budget. Here are some simple, fast, and easy tips to redecorate your home without breaking the bank.

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1. Get loads of inspiration and ideas Spend some time browsing the pins on Pinterest (facebook application that provides you with lots of inspirational pictures.) Do some Google search; it will give you a variety of choices. Then check out a few magazines on interior design and home decor to get ideas. Take note of the design elements that you like most. Which colors, textures, and patterns are particularly appealing to you? Jot down any and all of those designer tricks that you find aesthetically pleasing and that you could incorporate inexpensively into your own space.

2. Dress the big stuff Since our focus is on the cheaper alternatives in home decorating, we won’t be buying new furniture, so consider livening up your space with quality slipcovers. These can have a dramatic effect and are particularly ideal if you have quality furniture with some cosmetic blemishes. If you don’t like slipcovers, an alternative is having your furniture reupholstered, which may be less expensive than you think, depending on the piece of furniture and the price of the new fabric.>>

Apollo Small Metal Wood Wall Plaque by Artsy available on for EGP 800

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3. Dress the windows Besides paint, the right window treatments can give you a big bang for your buck. Your choice of fabric can make all the difference in your room. For drama, choose strong colors and patterns with heavier textures. For a light and airy room, opt for sheer draperies in pastels. While the right window coverings are important, they don’t necessarily have to be super expensive.

4. Go nuts with accessories This is the fun part. Use your personal sense of style and taste (coupled with the new ideas and know-how from your decor notebook) to add inexpensive pillows, sconces, candles and candle holders, art, photo frames, floral arrangements, throw blankets, decorative fruit bowls, fresh towels and other home decor elements. Dress up your dining room chairs with skirts and chair covers, add a dramatic table runner and an elaborate centerpiece.

Multiple Candle Holders on a white base by KARE available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 720

Ginko Cut Metal Leaf wall deĚ cor by Artsy available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 3200

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Window Stickers - So Pretty by Alex Toys available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 86

‘MOROSO’ Fuschia O-Nest Small Armchair by Art Of Form available on for EGP 2120 Door Curtain Peace Colorful by KARE available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 225 Vintage wall mirror forforge by Table Royale available on TheGiftery. com for EGP 500

5. Dress the walls

Ecko Iron wall décor by Artsy available on for EGP 1700

Amala Azure by Designers Guild available on for EGP 1166

A quick coat or two of paint can do wonders for any space, and it’s an easy project to do by yourself in an afternoon (or two). Just a few hours of work can yield dramatic effects, elevating a boring, blah room into a cozy, warm space. Even if painting isn’t your favorite part of the home decorating process, it needs to be done first so you can make sure all of your other design elements will match or coordinate with the room itself. Wallpaper, wall tiles, wall flats, fabric panels, and vinyl embellishments are other attractive and affordable options to quickly and dramatically change the look and feel of a space, particularly if you are renting and need a more temporary and removable option.

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5 European City Breaks Ultimate Leisure & Adventure!

Seville…The city that has it all You’ll find sizzling hot Seville at the heart of Andalusia, southern Spain. Seville’s citizens pride themselves on knowing how to party; they passionately celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week) at the beginning of spring, and just weeks later the vibrant feria festivities bring carnival spirit to the city once again. Shady medieval streets wind from plaza to plaza whilst the scent of orange blossom follows your every step during spring. The city’s stunning Plaza de España is a short stroll from the city centre and showcases Renaissance Revival architecture. Its varied architecture goes unrivalled elsewhere in southern Spain; an intriguing jumble of Roman, Islamic, Baroque and Renaissance influences provides a photo opportunity at every corner. But Seville’s real magic comes alive after dark; enjoy balmy evenings with some of Spain’s finest tapas, catch a late night flamenco show and join in with the party-loving locals.

St Petersburg…The city of endless charms St Petersburg was named the ‘window to the West’ by its founder, Peter the Great. He envisioned a city that would rival the modern metropolises of Europe and his vision remains evident in modern St Petersburg. Neoclassical and Baroque architecture fuses harmoniously whilst a network of waterways weaves through the city and earned it its title of ‘Venice of the North’. Russia’s second largest city is best explored on foot; wander the grandiose streets, elegant waterside walkways and marvel at the lavish tsarist relics. The State Hermitage museum is an absolute must; with over 3 million works on display, it’s an art enthusiasts dream with a fascinating collection that spans the Far East, Russia as well as Western Europe. The city is famous for its romantic ‘White Nights’ phenomena when the sun barely dips below the horizon meaning that night and day are hard to distinguish. Light or dark, we defy you not to succumb to the endless charms of St Petersburg.

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Travel brings power and love back into your Rumi life.

Budapest…The city of magical blends Divided by the romantic Danube River and linked by a series of bridges, Buda and Pest are united to form one of Europe’s most enthralling cities. Hungary’s capital has come a long way from its turbulent 20th century happenings but its history can still be seen all over the city. A strong sense of East-meets-West pervades the city from years under Ottoman rule. One of the top Ottoman relics are the steaming outdoor Turkish baths dotted around the city. The architecture is absorbing with a blend of Art Nouveau, Neo Classical and Baroque throughout the city. Budapest offers excellent value for money and caters for most budgets and tastes, ranging from up market restaurants, high-end boutiques and luxury hotels to affordable independent eateries and low-key guesthouses. Stroll the banks of the Danube, cross over the Chain Bridge, take the funicular up to the enchanting Buda Castle, enjoy local food and join local revelers for a taste of Eastern Europe’s exciting nightlife.

Berlin…The vibrant city Since the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany’s capital has become one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, as well as one of this year’s most popular destinations. Berlin is teeming with famous landmarks; the Brandenburg Gate (an 18th century peace symbol), the Reichstag (the impressive parliament building that offers panoramic views of the city from its glass dome) and Checkpoint Charlie (the symbolic crossover point between East and West Berlin in the Cold War). With its high student population and the late 20th century influx of creative types, Berlin’s cultural scene is thriving. And the city has something for everyone; bohemian cafes stand next to the finest restaurants, student drinking holes are nestled alongside sophisticated cocktail bars, and underground clubs can be found close to the city’s grand opera house. A long weekend simply isn’t long enough to delve deep into Berlin’s rich history but just a few days spent there will make you want to come back for more.

Venice...The city of romance With its myriad of canals, bridges and magnificent piazzas, Venice is undoubtedly one of the world’s most romantic cities. Start your tour of the city at the dreamy Byzantine Basilica di San Marco. The sparkling, mosaic encrusted interior will undoubtedly leave you dazzled. A weekend in Venice wouldn’t complete without a trip on a gondola, be serenaded down the historic waterways, under quaint bridges and past hidden marble churches. Contrast Venice’s old world allure with modernity at Peggy Guggenheim’s extensive art collection. Lesser known folk artists rub shoulders with big names such as Picasso and Rothko in Peggy’s palatial home on the Grand Canal. August 2012 |

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Editorial Features

Pay Less, Fly More with


Established in March 2008, flydubai is Dubai’s first low-cost airline and the fastest growing start-up airline in the world. Since commencing operations in June 2009, the airline has established an operational route network of more than 45 destinations across GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and the fringes of Europe and has built up a fleet of 23 aircrafts. flydubai supports Dubai’s commercial and tourism sectors by serving all travellers and providing them with affordable air links to a range of destinations. The airline is dedicated to quality service and comfortable travel, lowering costs by optimising operational efficiencies and offering the passenger more choice.

In just under three years, flydubai has grown to become the second largest carrier operating out of Dubai International Airport. It has also targeted destinations that did not previously have international flights such as Abha, Gassim and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. It became the first low-cost carrier to offer direct flights to destinations such as Kazan in Russia and Kharkiv in the Ukraine. flydubai also provides the most comprehensive network of all Middle Eastern carriers to Central and Eastern Europe operating to 13 destinations across eight countries. flydubai operates flights to more than 45 destinations across 29 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Subcontinent, CIS and Central and Eastern Europe from its base at Dubai.

Over the past 12 months, the airline has been working on signing a series of deals with Global Distribution Systems (GDS) providers to allow thousands of travel agents around the world access to its fares. Through this, travelers can now connect to any other available airline from a flydubai flight.

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flydubai’s fares include everything a person needs to travel – i.e. the price of the seat, all taxes and 7kg of hand baggage – with everything else, such as checked baggage, seats with extra legroom, food, refreshments and in-flight entertainment offered as optional extras, putting passengers in control of how much they choose to spend.

flydubai has some of the aviation industry’s most sophisticated seating, engineered to provide more comfort and extra space. The repositioning of the rear seat pocket to a higher level means that there is an extra two inches at the knees, easing one of the most common reasons listed for airline customer dissatisfaction, lack of legroom. In addition, the new pocket design helps to maintain hygiene on the aircraft as it is much easier to clean than traditional fabric pockets. The seats are ergonomically designed by one of the world’s most specialized seating manufacturers “Recaro.” flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said that the detail to seating was typical of the flydubai philosophy. “Our focus is geared completely to the cost, comfort and convenience of our passengers. These Recaro seats are incredibly advanced and have been the subject of a great deal of engineering and design. These are the Rolls Royce of aviation seating.”

flydubai is at the forefront of adopting innovative technology including the revolutionary ‘Fiber-ToThe-Screen’ (‘FTTS®’) IFE system from Lumexis. It’s the only airline in the world to screen movies in highdefinition. At more than 500 hours of entertainment, including 156 movies, 161 TV programmes and 288 music albums, flydubai offers more choice than any other low-cost carrier in the world. In short, flydubai does not only provide passengers with affordable travel options, but it also gives them the chance to enjoy a very pleasant flight experience with its new, clean aircrafts, cozy atmosphere, hi-tech in-flight entertainment, cheap movies, and delicious food. The staff are very well trained, they’re friendly and hospitable, and their uniforms are funky chic which adds to the nice image of flydubai. Flights can be purchased from flydubai’s website (, its call centre (+971 4 231 1000), flydubai Travel Shops and through travel partners. August 2012 |

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Grand Hyatt Dubai A true luxury experience

Grand Hyatt Dubai, a perfect blend of city conference and resort hotel, is set within a lush oasis of 37 acres of landscaped gardens. Featuring an outstanding combination of resort facilities, luxury hotel guestrooms and suites, residential apartments and one of the most advanced conference centers in the United Arab Emirates, the hotel is just minutes from Dubai’s shopping, entertainment and business districts and within easy access of the international airport. Grand Hyatt Dubai offers dazzling views of both the skyline and the creek of this enchanting Arabian city. All 674 rooms are spacious, with stunning views over Dubai Creek or of the city skyline. Decorated in soft natural tones with luxurious fabrics, guestrooms offer complete facilities such as a walk-in wardrobe, interactive satellite television, and wireless Internet connectivity. Marble bathrooms offer twin basins and a separate shower and bath. Its Convention Centre offers 4,900 square meters of flexible conference and function facilities served by its own private driveway, a grand entrance, and lobby area. Two pillarless ballrooms provide elegant venues while 11 meeting rooms serve as options for smaller events.

Restaurants and Bars The 14 bars and restaurants at Grand Hyatt Dubai afford diners a view of both the hotel’s indoor and outdoor landscaped grounds, and several offer al fresco dining on airy terraces. The choice of cuisine is as diverse as it is authentic, with Indian, Lebanese, American grill, Italian, Singaporean and Japanese options, all created by indigenous chefs in each restaurant’s own kitchen. Two stylish bars, Vinoteca and Cooz, offer ideal venues for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Their newly opened residential bar and lounge, The Living Room, with four thematic lounges creates a soothing and exotic atmosphere. 52 |

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Al Manzil: A New Way to Meet, Mingle and Motivate Grand Hyatt Dubai redefines the ultimate event experience with Al Manzil, a brand-new residential style multievent venue. This intimately designed space embraces the style elements of Arabic hospitality and architecture, inviting guests into “The Home” for an event with exciting possibilities. Featuring a collection of harmonious venues and encompassing over 600 square metres of flexible event space, Al Manzil is complemented by advanced audio-visual technology. With the versatility to accommodate both corporate meetings and social galas, Al Manzil is the perfect option for clients looking for a creative hospitality alternative to a traditional meeting space. A pioneer concept in Dubai and the region, Al Manzil houses a unique show-break kitchen and six venues including meeting rooms, a lounge, a family room, and a conservatory. From couture cocktails to meticulous meetings, indulgent evenings to wondrous weddings, Al Manzil is exquisitely staged to exceed the highest standards of hospitality.

Ahasees Spa and Club Tucked far away from the rush of city life, Ahasees Spa and Club allows you to experience the purest sensation of beauty, power and quietude. With 10 luxurious spa treatment rooms, full complement fitness facilities, an extensive outdoor recreational space featuring three temperature-controlled pools, a 450-metre jogging track, tennis courts and a kids’ club; every wellness and fitness need has been considered at Ahasees. The wellness philosophy at Ahasees is inspired by the great evolution of the city of Dubai out of the water, the conduit of its growth, beauty and power, the feelings and sensations (ahasees), that only Dubai knows. Blending pure water with the best of the markets inside the spa, Ahasees brings the pearls, spices, herbs and oud, the fragrances and customs of the people of Dubai, and celebrates the creation of health, happiness and harmony. At Ahasees -an extremely luxurious spa- you get a personal consultation with the help of professional staff. You can choose products with your favorite scents and you can also choose the music you like to listen to and the drink you like to savor while being pampered. Ahasees uses June Jacobs Spa Collection which can be found only at the most prestigious resorts and spas worldwide. The June Jacobs Collection marries cutting edge science with nature and is based on highly effective concentrations of carefully selected botanical and plant extracts recognized for their soothing and restorative powers.

GRAND CLUB The Grand Club, consisting of 133 rooms and 42 suites, occupies the top five floors (11th to 16th floors) of the hotel. It also features a Grand Club Lounge on the 14th floor with panoramic views of the city and the creek. Grand Club residents enjoy daily complimentary continental breakfast, evening cocktails and canapés, afternoon refreshments, coffee and tea throughout the day, as well as one hour’s use of the Grand Club meeting room (subject to availability). Grand Hyatt Dubai is top-notch; it provides its guests with excellent service and superior quality through its welcoming and friendly staff who are highly professional and who cheerfully do their job. This is in addition to the extremely high quality of the hotel’s restaurants and other facilities. August 2012 |

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* Check with your doctor before taking any medication

What are the hypothyroidism symptoms in newborns? Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. Babies born without a thyroid gland or with a gland that doesn’t work properly may have few signs and symptoms like yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. In most cases, this occurs when a baby’s liver can’t metabolize a substance called bilirubin, which normally forms when the body recycles old or damaged red blood cells. Symptoms also include frequent choking, a large, protruding tongue, and a puffy appearance to the face. As the disease progresses, infants are likely to have trouble feeding. They may also have constipation, poor muscle tone, and excessive sleepiness. When hypothyroidism in infants isn’t treated, even mild cases can lead to severe physical and mental retardation.

How do I make sure of barbecue food safety? If cooking on the barbecue, the two main risk factors are undercooked meat and spreading

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germs from raw meat onto food that’s ready to eat. This is because raw or undercooked meat can contain germs that cause food poisoning, such as salmonella and E.coli. When you’re cooking any kind of meat on a barbecue, such as poultry (chicken or turkey), steak, burgers or sausages, make sure that the coals are glowing red with a powdery grey surface before you start cooking, as this means that they’re hot enough, and that frozen meat is properly thawed before you cook it. Turn the meat regularly and move it around the barbecue to cook it evenly. Remember that meat is safe to eat only when it’s piping hot in the centre, there is no pink meat visible, and any juices are clear.

Do I need to worry of skin cancer if I have naturally dark skin? Anyone can develop skin cancer, but people with naturally brown or black skin are less likely to get skin cancer because darker skin has more natural protection against UV rays. People who have fair skin that burns in strong sun, red or fair hair, a lot of moles or freckles, a personal or family history of skin cancer, or have been sunburned before, are at increased risk of developing skin cancer. Therefore, people with these characteristics should take extra care to protect their skin.

How do I find out if I have low testosterone? The only accurate way to detect this condition is to have your doctor measure the amount of testosterone in your blood. Because testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, several measurements will need to be taken to detect a deficiency. Doctors prefer, if possible, to test levels early in the morning since this is when testosterone levels are at their highest.

Is it safe to have an X-ray during pregnancy? It depends on the type of X-ray you need and exactly how much radiation you’re going to be exposed to. The higher the level of radiation, the greater the risk is to your baby. Most X-rays, including those of the arms, legs, head, teeth or chest, will not expose your baby to high enough levels of radiation to cause a problem and a leaded apron and collar can be worn to block any scattered radiation. The exception is abdominal X-rays, which expose your abdomen and your baby to radiation. Exposing an unborn baby to more than 10 rads is dangerous. But you needn’t worry; most X-rays are much weaker than this. It’s rare for any X-ray to be stronger than five rads.

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Long Live Ladybird! By: Natascia Paolucci


hen you are five, you see the world with fresh new eyes. You are independent enough to make your own ideas and uncorrupted enough to voice them as you see fit. When you are a hundred… Well…you have been doing the same for 95 years! But how reach this honorable age, blessed with health and fitness? Ask the Tibetans. They have been practicing the secret to longevity for thousands of years. Yes, I said practicing because it involves exercising. It is based on a combination of five moves that must be repeated on daily basis to ensure proper blood, oxygen and energy flow thoughout your entire body. Let’s get at it… Move 1: Stand tall with arms stretched parallel to the floor, palm facing down (create a T shape with your body). Spin clockwise until you become slightly dizzy. Breathe deeply as you perform the exercise. You can spin from once to twenty one times, increasing the difficulty gradually. N.B.: make sure the environment is safe; stand away from furniture and other people. Move 2: Lie on your back, as flat as possible. Keep your arms along your side and your fingers close together. Slowly raise your head, tucking your chin to your chest. At the same time, lift both legs (straight) from the floor. You should try to bring them closer and closer to your head, without bending the knees (you become some sort of a soft V). Then, with complete control of yourself, lower your legs back to the floor (don’t drop them down). Allow your muscles to relax before repeating. N.B.: the breathing cycle is two folds; inhale as you rise and exhale as you descend.

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Move 3: Knees on the floor but the body otherwise tall, place your hands behind your thighs. Tuck your chin in against your chest, inclining your head and neck forward. Inhale through the motion. Then, slowly bend your head backwards. Your spine should follow and be arched as well. You are exhaling now. Eventually, come back to the original posture and start over. N.B.: your toes are curled through the entire exercise. Move 4: Sitting down, legs straight in front of you, about twelve inches apart, keep your back straight, placing the palms on the floor alongside your buttocks. Then, tuck your chin to your chest (yes, again). Then, slowly, drop it backwards, as far as it will go, painlessly. The motion should make you want to arch your back. Do so, while your knees will bend. You are an inverted U, what your kids call a bridge. Every one of your muscles should be tense. Finally, with control, come back to the original posture, relaxing your muscles one by one. Rest. Start over. N.B.: inhale as you rise, hold as you tense, exhale as you go back. Move 5: Take the plank position on the floor, face down. Your hand palms will be against the floor and your toes will be flexed, for support. Then, bring your hands progressively to your feet, keeping your legs and arms straight at all times. You should be an inverted V. Then, move your hands away from your feet until they are perpendicular to the floor. At that point, your legs should be almost touching the floor and back arched. Now, bend the head backwards. You are sort of a comma (yes, the punctuation). N.B.: inhale as you move your hands closer and exhale as you move them further back. Easy, you say? Well, the more reason to stick to it for another century. And by then, Ladybird should be about 105 years old, blessed with health fitness. Happy birthday Ladybird!

Visa Financial Literacy Tips How To Avoid Turning Your Bundle Of Joy Into A Bundle Of Bills As many parents and expecting parents know, welcoming a baby into your home requires a lot of thought and preparation. There is so much to do, so much to buy and so much to prepare for, and of course most of this involves spending money. If you are smart with your money, expecting a baby doesn’t have to take a toll on your finances. It’s all about planning and keeping track of where you spend. So first things first; draw up what your income is, what the essentials are that you absolutely must have and work out how much you need to be budgeting for each month. Sites such as or Visa’s ‘Budgeting for Baby’ calculator provide an easy reference for musthave baby shopping. Don’t forget pregnancy costs too, some of these costs can’t be avoided. The key to spending within your means is to know what your expenses are and to spend less than you make. A simple way to start is by creating a realistic budget that you can stick to. Now you need to prioritize your outgoings, sorting out the ‘must haves’ from the ‘would likes’. Do you need the latest buggy or cot that all your friends have or is the cheaper alternative just as good? And be honest with yourself from the start or you’ll only get into difficulties later. If you need some guidance, there are plenty of resources online such as budgeting templates and calculators, you can take advantage of Visa’s online calculator which helps you think about the obvious and hidden costs that come with welcoming your new bundle of joy at A good way to spread the cost before your baby arrives is to purchase the essentials over several months. Shop around for the best deals, hit the sales at the stores and don’t be too proud to accept gifts from friends and family who want to contribute. To keep on top of everyday purchases, try using your debit card. It can make it easier to spend within your means since each time you spend, the money is drawn directly from your bank account. The transactions can also be tracked on your bank’s website or over the phone and your monthly account statement will provide full details of your purchases, including merchant name, location, date and amount. Keep track of your receipts over the month, check them against your bank statement and make sure they tally with your budget.

Why Eat This? Tamarind

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Tamarind’s calories are derived mostly from carbohydrates. In a ½ cup portion, there are 140 calories, 38g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, no fat and 2g of protein. Tamarind is a good source of iron and vitamin C. Tamarind is rich in B vitamins such as thiamin and niacin, and also is a good source of magnesium and potassium. Tamarind helps in reducing the cholesterol levels in the body, thereby promoting a healthy heart. Consumption of tamarind assures smooth functioning of the digestive system of the body. The pulp of the ripe tamarind is very useful in treating digestive problems and constipation problems. Tamarind pulp is softened in water and consumed to improve loss of appetite. Tamarind pulp, leaves and flowers when applied on swollen and painful joints, in

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Butter Milk... • Buttermilk is lower in fat than regular milk because the fat has been removed to make butter. • Those with digestive problems are often advised to drink buttermilk rather than milk, as it is more quickly digested. • It is also high in potassium, vitamin B12, calcium, and a good source of phosphorus. • Buttermilk contains good bacteria that help in improving the general immunity of the body. • It is low in fat and high in carbohydrates making it a good and healthy energy source. • Bacteria present in but62 |

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termilk defends the body from the harmful effects and helps protect the body against many diseases and viruses. • The low fat content of buttermilk makes it capable of fighting against cardiovascular diseases. • Cooking Tip: Buttermilk can be drunk straight from the carton, although its tangy taste can be an acquired one. In baked goods, buttermilk’s tang is often highly desirable. Recipes for biscuits, pancakes and cornbread often incorporate it as an ingredient. You can also experiment with it as a substitute for both yogurt and regular milk in recipes.

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many combinations, promises instant relief. Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants that fight against cancer. Tamarind contains carotenes, vitamin C, flavanoids and the B-vitamins Tamarind protects against vitamin C deficiency and reduces fevers and provides protection against colds. Tamarind overall has a great healing power. The leaves have cooling effects on the body, while the bark helps in reducing fever and also acts as an astringent and a tonic. The pulp possesses digestive properties and its seeds act like an astringent. Tamarind can be applied to the skin to heal inflammation. Cooking Tip: Prepare a salad dressing out of tamarind, lemon juice, sugar and olive oil.

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What are the best foods for healthy weight gain? Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Avocados, Olive Oils and Fruit Juices

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Beat bloating! Boosting your water intake can work wonders. Water flushes waste out of your system and helps get things moving if you’re constipated, a frequent cause of bloating. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, because they’re about 80 to 90% water. Oranges and watermelon are two great options. Eat more fiber. Fiber prevents constipation by adding bulk, which helps everything move through the intestines more quickly. Cut back on gassy foods. Beans and cruciferous vegetables contain sugars that are difficult for some people to digest. Do dairy wisely. If dairy products give you gas, start with small servings and slowly up your intake over time, just as you would with other hard-to-digest foods. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. One big cause of bloating is swallowing too much air when you eat.



Luscious Layers Of Fruits By: Sally Fouad

In Ramadan, we usually have no space for fruits as we mainly focus on eating heavy meals and sweets. It is time to fill our tanks with vitamins and minerals by simple ideas like a bowl of layered colorful fruits and refreshed by cold jelly around. Ingredients: • 5 seasonal fruit kinds • 2 packs of pineapple or lemon jelly

Directions: Cut each fruit kind and place into a bowl. Layer every kind till you reach the fifth layer. Prepare the jelly as described then pour into the bowl. Let it cool for at least 4 hours before serving. This recipe is light, very nutritious, and refreshing in hot summer days.

Did you know? Mangos are widely known as the “king of fruit”, and this is not without a purpose. It is regarded as a valuable item of diet and a household remedy. It is rich in amino acids, vitamin C and E, flavonoids, beta carotene, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Mangos are anti-cancer, good for eyesight, help in digestion, beneficial for anemia, boost your memory and more. 100 grams contain 75 calories so do not overeat to avoid any weight gain.

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5Fit Figures Nutrition

Foods For BY:Noura Hassaballa

Are you spending hours at the gym trying to get rid of your belly fat and you still can see no results? Have you tried everything possible to reach your target weight and at one point, you just decided to give up because it’s not working for you? Well then perhaps it’s time for you to kick it up a notch and start thinking outside the box. Exercises alone will not do you any good if you are not changing your eating habits and watching what you eat. I’m sure you’ve heard of the five meals a day rule, but what are you getting in those five meals?

Eating five meals a day doesn’t mean that you have to take in 1000 calories in each one of them. When we say five meals we mean five small meals, so those 1000 calories can be divided up along your whole day, and that’s indeed hypothetically speaking if you are taking in 1000 calories, because everyone’s body is different. Your body may require more or less calories than someone else’s body. With that been said, let’s take a look at the five common foods that help reduce fat, specifically belly fat.

EGGS: Did you know that eating eggs for breakfast keeps you fuller for longer throughout the day, and can save you an extra 400 calories or more a day? A study was done by the Rochester Centre for Obesity in America with 30 overweight or obese women who ate either an egg-based breakfast (2 eggs) or a bagel-based breakfast, containing the same amount of calories and almost identical levels of protein. The group with the egg-based breakfast ate less over the next 36 hours, and consumed 417 calories less than the bagel-eating group. Not only that eggs can help you lose weight, but they are also loaded with nutrients. Eggs are packed with a variety of nutrients including protein, zinc, iron and vitamins A, D, E and B12, and contain around 85 calories each.

CINNAMON: Research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that a little cinnamon can help control post-meal insulin spikes, which make you feel hungry. Health bonus: One USDA study showed that just a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day lowered the blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Want more? When cinnamon is consumed, the body actually reacts chemically to digest the cinnamon. This reaction in reality speeds up the metabolism in order to offset the extra heat that is occurring as a result of the cinnamon. When the metabolism speeds up, you are burning more calories and you will lose weight a lot faster than having a much slower metabolism.

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LEAN BEEF: It’s an excellent source of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12. It also contains leucine, a branched chain amino acid or BCAA that has been recently shown to exert fat burning and muscle sparing benefits during calorie restriction. The amino acid leucine, which is abundant in proteins like meat and fish as well as in dairy products, can help you pare down while maintaining calorie-burning muscle. That’s what it did for 24 overweight middle-aged women in a study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eating anywhere from 9 to 10 ounces of beef a day on a roughly 1,700-calorie diet helped the women lose more weight, more fat, and less muscle mass than a control group consuming the same number of calories, but less protein. The beef eaters had also more appetite satiety, and fewer hunger pangs. BEANS: Beans are not just high in protein and act as a meat substitute, but they also are a good source of fibers and other forms of complex carbohydrates. Beans are so nutritious that the latest dietary guide lines have been increased to triple the amount weekly. One cup of cooked beans (or two-thirds of a can) provides about 12 grams of fiber -- nearly half the recommended daily dose of 21 to 25 grams per day for adult women (30 to 38 grams for adult men). Meat, on the other hand, contains no fiber at all. Fibers fill you up promptly; they slow down gastric emptying so you won’t feel hungry as fast. Some studies showed that people who ate beans on weekly basis had slimmer waistline than people who didn’t. Beans also are high in antioxidants, a class of phytochemicals that incapacitate cell-damaging free radicals in the body. GRAPEFRUIT: Ever tried substituting a can of soda with grapefruit juice? In addition to saving your body from a sugar spike, you will also be getting appetite suppression effects along with shedding some extra kilos! For years we have heard of the grapefruit diet, and eating half a grapefruit each morning helps in weight loss processes. That’s actually true; there is a physiological link between grapefruit and insulin, as it relates to weight management. Researchers speculated that the chemical properties of grapefruit reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss.




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Eating & Exercising!

To Maximize 5Tips Your Workouts By: Sameh Mohsen

1. Eat a healthy breakfast If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to eat breakfast, this means one to two hours before your workout. Most of the energy you get from dinner the previous night is used up by morning, and your blood sugar may be low. If you don’t eat, you may feel sluggish or lightheaded when you exercise. If you plan to exercise within an hour after breakfast, eat a lighter breakfast or drink something to raise your blood sugar, such as a sports drink. Emphasize carbohydrates for maximum energy. Good breakfast options include: Whole grain cereals or bread, low-fat milk, juice and bananas. If you’re not a fan of eating in the morning before you work out, try a sports drink or have a bigger bedtime snack the night before. Remember, if you normally have coffee in the mornings, a cup or two before your workout is probably OK. Just don’t try any foods or drinks for the first time before a workout, or you risk an upset stomach.

2. Size matters Be careful not to overdo it when it comes to how much you eat before exercise. Follow the general guidelines: • Large meals: Eat these at least three to four hours before exercising. • Small meals: Eat these two to three hours before exercising. • Small snacks: Eat these an hour before exercising. Eating too much before you exercise can leave you feeling sluggish, or worse, with a case of diarrhea or stomach cramps. Eating too little may not give you the energy to keep you feeling strong throughout your workout.

3. Drink up Don’t forget to drink fluids to help optimize your exercise and workouts. You need adequate fluids before, during and after exercise to help prevent dehydration. To stay well hydrated for exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you: • Drink roughly 2 to 3 cups (0.5 to 0.7 liters) of water during the two to three hours before your workout. • Drink about 1/2 to 1 cup (0.12 to 0.23 liters) of water every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout. You may need more the larger your body is or the warmer the weather is. • Drink roughly 2 to 3 cups (0.5 to 0.7 liters) of water after your workout for every pound (0.5 kilogram) of weight you lose during the workout. Water is generally the best way to replace lost fluids. But if you’re exercising for more than 60 minutes, use a sports drink. Sports drinks can help maintain your body’s electrolyte balance and give you a bit more energy because they contain carbohydrates. 66 |

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4. Snack well Most people can eat small snacks right before and during exercise. The key is how you feel. Do what works best for you. Snacks eaten soon before exercise probably won’t give you added energy, but they can help keep up your blood sugar and prevent distracting hunger pangs. Good snack options include: Energy bars or drinks, bananas or other fresh fruit, yogurt, fruit smoothies, whole grain bagel or crackers with peanut butter and granola bars. A healthy snack is especially important if you plan a workout several hours after a meal. Here are 5 tips for the perfect snack planning: 1) Base your meals on starchy foods: Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice, and bread. Choose whole grain varieties when you can; they contain more fiber, and can make you feel full for longer. Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat. Most of us should eat more starchy foods, try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal.

2) Eat lots of fruit and veggies: It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veggies a day. It’s easier than it sounds. A glass of 100% unsweetened fruit juice can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for some dried fruit?

3) Cut down on saturated fat and sugar: We all need some fat in our diet. But it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat we’re eating. There are two main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in many foods, such as hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard and pies. Try to cut down, and choose foods that contain unsaturated rather than saturated fats, such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use just a small amount of vegetable oil or reduced fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee. When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. Cut down on sugary fizzy drinks, alcoholic drinks, cakes, biscuits and pastries, which contain added sugars, this is the kind of sugar we should be cutting down on rather than sugars that are found naturally in foods such as fruit and milk. Food labels can help, use them to check how much sugar foods contain. More than 15g of sugar per 100g means that the food is high in sugar. 4) Eat more fish: Fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Aim for at least two portions a week, including at least one portion of oily fish. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned; but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Oily fish includes salmon, mackerel, trout, herring, fresh tuna, sardines and pilchards. Nonoily fish includes haddock, plaice, cod, tinned tuna, skate and hake. Anyone who regularly eats a lot of fish should try to choose as wide a variety as possible.

5) Eat less salt: Even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much. About three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1.5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt. Adults and children over 11 should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. Younger children should have even less.

5. Eat after you exercise To help your muscles recover and to replace their glycogen stores, eat a meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates within two hours of your exercise session if possible. If you aren’t hungry after your workout, drink juice or a sports drink to provide replenishing carbohydrates. Good post-workout food choices include: Yogurt and fruit, Peanut butter or meat sandwich, String cheese and crackers, Nuts and dried fruit and a regular meal with meat, starch, and cooked vegetable or salad. August 2012 |

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Delightful Selections! By: Maha Alfy

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Beef Samosas Ingredients •2 large potatoes, peeled •1 1/2 teaspoons salt •1 cup frozen peas and carrots, cut •1 teaspoon ground cumin in small cubes •1 teaspoon ground coriander •5 tablespoons raisins (optional) •1 teaspoon ground turmeric •2 tablespoons vegetable oil •1 teaspoon chili powder •1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds •1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon •1 bay leaf, crushed •1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom •2 large onions, finely chopped •2 tablespoons chopped fresh •1 pound ground beef cilantro •4 cloves garlic, crushed •2 tablespoons chopped green chile •1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger peppers root •1 quart oil for deep frying •1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper •1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough Yields 18 servings

Directions Bring a medium saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in potatoes and peas. Cook until potatoes are tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash together and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the oil. Brown cumin seeds and bay leaf. Mix in onions and ground beef. Cook until beef is evenly brown and onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in garlic, fresh ginger root. Season with black pepper, salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir in the mashed potato mixture. Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool. Heat oil in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat. Mix cilantro and green chile peppers into the potato and beef mixture. Place approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto each phyllo sheet. Fold sheets into triangles, pressing edges together with moistened fingers. In small batches, fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

5 Smart Food Swaps! 1.Swap from whole milk to semi-skimmed, or skimmed milk. 2.Swap a sprinkle of sugar on your breakfast cereal for a topping of fresh or dried fruit, which counts towards one of your five a day. 3.Swap white breads, bagels and muffins for wholegrain varieties. 4.Swap a cheddar cheese filling in your sandwich for reduced-fat hard cheese. 5.Swap creamy or cheesy sauces for tomato- or vegetable-based sauces on your pasta, meat or fish dishes. 68 |

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Potato Soup Ingredients •6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces •About 5 large potatoes •3 1/2 teaspoons salt •1 cup sour cream •1 stick butter •2 2/3 cups whole milk •1/2 teaspoon black pepper •4 scallions, thinly sliced •3/4 cup(s) shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Yields 8 servings

Cook the bacon pieces over medium heat in a medium skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper toweling to drain and set aside. Peel, rinse, and cut the potatoes into thirds. Place them in a large pot with water to cover, add 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain the potatoes, discarding the water, and return them to the pot. Mash them with a potato masher until smooth. Add the sour cream and butter and stir until melted. Add the milk, pepper, and remaining salt and bring the soup back to a simmer. Divide among 8 bowls and serve the soup hot, garnished with scallions, cheese, and bacon.

Eggplant, Capsicum & Burghul Salad Directions Preheat oven to 230°C. Line 2 large roasting pans with non-stick baking paper. Place the capsicum, eggplant and onion in a bowl. Drizzle over the oil. Toss to coat. Transfer to the lined trays. Roast in oven, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 40 minutes or until tender and light golden. Meanwhile, place the burghul in a large heatproof bowl. Bring the stock to the boil in a small saucepan. Pour over the burghul and set aside for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Combine the capsicum mixture and burghul in a bowl. Add the lemon rind, lemon juice and coriander to the burghul mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve. Yields 4 servings

Ingredients •2 red capsicums, halved, deseeded, cut into 4cm pieces •600g eggplant, cut into 4cm pieces •2 red onions, halved, cut into thick wedges •1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil •1/2 cup burghul •3/4 cup vegetable stock •1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind •60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice •1 bunch coriander, leaves picked, washed, dried>> August 2012 |

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Negresco with Béchamel Sauce Directions Preparing chicken and spaghetti: Wash chicken well. Boil until tender. Strain and reserve 1-2 cups of chicken broth. Split chicken into quarters. With your fingers, take out thin strips of chicken flesh and set aside. You can use leftover boiled chicken and broth. Boil spaghetti and drain. Preparing béchamel: In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add flour stirring constantly for 15 seconds. Add milk and 1 cup chicken broth and whisk frequently until sauce is smooth. Add salt, white pepper and cream cheese. Bring to boil (3-4 minutes). If texture is too thick, add little more broth. Take off heat. Cooking negresco: Heat oven to high heat (200-220° C). Mix spaghetti with chicken strips and half quantity of béchamel. Butter a baking dish (23 x 32 cm) with remaining butter. Pour remaining béchamel over dish and sprinkle gouda cheese on top. Place in oven for 40-45 minutes until cheese melts and surface becomes golden brown. Serve immediately in the same dish.

Ingredients •1 whole chicken •1 pack spaghetti or any other kind of your favorite pasta •2 1/2 cups full cream milk •3 tablespoons butter •2 cubes cream cheese •1 cup gouda cheese and cheddar cheese, shredded •White pepper •3 tablespoons flour •Pinch of salt

Lamb Tagine Ingredients Ingredients •3 tablespoons olive oil, divided •2 pounds lamb meat, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes •2 teaspoons paprika •1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric •1/2 teaspoon ground cumin •1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper •1 teaspoon ground cinnamon •1/4 teaspoon ground cloves •1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom •1 teaspoon kosher salt •1/2 teaspoon ground ginger •1 pinch saffron •3/4 teaspoon garlic powder •3/4 teaspoon ground coriander 70 |

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Yields 4 servings •2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch cubes •5 carrots, peeled, cut into fourths, then sliced lengthwise into thin strips •3 cloves garlic, minced •1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger •1 lemon, zest •1 can chicken broth •1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste •1 tablespoon honey •1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional) •1 tablespoon water (optional) •Handful of almonds, or nuts mix

Directions Place diced lamb in a bowl, toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and set aside. In a large resalable bag, toss together the paprika, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, salt, ginger, saffron, garlic powder, and coriander; mix well. Add the lamb to the bag, and toss around to coat well. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/3 of the lamb, and brown well. Remove to a plate, and repeat with remaining lamb. Add onions and carrots to the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the fresh garlic and ginger; continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Return the lamb to the pot and stir in the lemon zest, chicken broth, tomato paste, and honey. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender. If the consistency of the tagine is too thin, you may thicken it with a mixture of cornstarch and water during the last 5 minutes.

Apple hibiscus cocktail Ingredients


For the Hibiscus simple syrup: •1 cup of water •1 cup of sugar •1/3 cup of hibiscus flower

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the dried hibiscus flowers and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Strain into a glass jar and let cool in the fridge. In a blender zap the apple with ½ cup of ice and strain just to get the juice. Or you can use 1 cup of apple juice. Now mix in the blender the apple juice, the hibiscus syrup, ½ cup of ice and the condensed milk. Serve it with an apple slice.

For the cocktail: •1 cup of ice •1 apple peeled •½ oz of the hibiscus simple syrup •2 tablespoons condensed milk

Yields 2 servings

Stuffed Dates topped with Pistachios Ingredients

Makes 20 stuffed dates

•20 large dates, such as Medjools or Black Sphinx •1 roll almond paste •1 tablespoon rose water •Finely chopped pistachios for garnish •Red food coloring (optional)

Ingredients Slit the dates open lengthwise and remove the pits. In a food processor, pulse the almond paste with the rose water (add a few drops of red food coloring, if desired, to give the almond filling a pretty pink color). Transfer the almond paste to a work surface and roll into a 10-inch log. Cut into 20 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an oval shape and slip into a date; slice in half so that the ingredients are visible. To serve, place a 4 to 5 stuffed dates in small individual dessert glasses or cups and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. August 2012 |

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Mother & Child

Punishing your kids

Firm But Not Cruel!


hildren...a blessing? Maybe not all the time. We know how much you love your children and how you want them to be the best persons in the world. But in the process of trying to achieve that goal, you may face some challenges and real difficult times when you don’t know what the best way for disciplining your children is. And sometimes, while you’re trying to make your children better persons in the future, they end up having many problems due to wrong upbringing techniques you used with them while they were young.

What is Discipline? Discipline is the process of teaching your child what type of behavior is acceptable and what type is not acceptable. In other words, discipline teaches a child to follow rules. It may involve both punishment, such as a time out, and, more importantly, rewards. It sounds so straightforward, yet every parent becomes frustrated at one time or another with issues surrounding children and discipline.

Accept the Challenge of Establishing Discipline

Your responsibility as a parent is to help your child become self-reliant, respectful, and self-controlled. Schools can help but the primary responsibility for discipline rests with parents. How do you proceed with this challenge? Take a look at your current parenting style and how you use discipline. The American Mental Health Association describes three styles of parenting: • An authoritative parent has clear expectations and consequences and is affectionate toward his/her child. The authoritative parent allows for flexibility and collaborative problem solving with the child when dealing with behav5 Main Discipline Problems: ioral challenges. This is the most effective form of parenting. 1.  Fighting with sibling or friends 2.  Answering back to the parents or • An authoritarian parent has clear expectations and consequences, but teachers shows little affection toward his/her 3.  Bullying, lying and stealing child. The parent may say things like, 4.  Refusing to obey when asked to “because I’m the Mommy, that’s why.” do something This is a less effective form of parenting. 5.  Lack of manners 74 |

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•A permissive parent shows lots of affection toward his/her child but provides little discipline. This is a less effective form of parenting.

Choosing Discipline Techniques The discipline techniques you choose may depend on the type of inappropriate behavior your child displays, your child’s age, your child’s temperament, and your parenting style. The following techniques are recommended by professionals to help you. Reward good behavior Acknowledging good behavior is the best way to encourage your child to continue it. In other words, “Catch him being good.” Compliment your child when he/she shows the behavior you’ve been seeking. Natural consequences Your child does something wrong, and you let the child experience the result of that behavior. There’s no need for you to lecture. For example, if a child deliberately breaks a toy, he/she no longer has that toy to play with. Natural consequences can work well when children don’t seem to hear your warnings about the potential outcome of their behavior. Be sure, however, that any consequence they might experience isn’t dangerous. Logical consequences This technique is similar to natural consequences but involves describing to your child what the consequences will be for unacceptable behavior. The consequence is directly linked to the behavior. For example, you tell your child that if he doesn’t pick up his toys,

then those toys will be removed for a week. Taking away privileges Sometimes there isn’t a logical or natural consequence for a bad behavior or you don’t have time to think it through. In this case, the consequence for unacceptable behavior may be taking away a privilege. For example, if a middle schooler doesn’t complete her homework on time, you may choose to take away television privileges for the evening. Time outs Time outs work if you know exactly what the child did wrong or if you need a break from the child’s behavior. Be sure you have a time out location established ahead of time. It should be a quiet, boring place; probably not the bedroom (where the child can play) or a dangerous place like a bathroom. Time outs often work best with younger kids for whom the separation from the parent is truly seen as a deprivation. Try not to give too many orders Describe what you want your child to do. Too many orders such as “Do this” and “Don’t do that,” may overwhelm your child, and being quick to criticize: “How could you?” and “Don’t be so stupid,” can be very hard to take for a child. Be realistic in your expectations of your child Don’t ask your child to do anything he/she cannot do. Make sure that what you are asking of your child is a behavior within his/her reach. If it’s not, your child will get frustrated and be less likely to listen to you in the future.>> August 2012 |

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Tone down your language As a parent you should consider the language you use within the four walls of your home. Curb the yelling and the angry tone. For instance, imagine yourself at dinner, listen to yourself say, “Pass the bread.” Then ask yourself, “How am I saying it? Do I sound like a parent who cares? Or do I sound like a prison guard?” Your kids can tell the difference. Behave the way you want your children to behave Children learn discipline in ways that parents need to be aware of. For instance, children will learn right and wrong by watching what their parents do. If parents lie, the kids will. If parents use violence at home, the kids will use it in the streets, the same with alcohol, drug abuse and cigarettes. This stuff starts early. You parents who don’t want the kids to do these things, don’t do them yourselves. That’s the first step. If you have other bad habits, like being sloppy or late, don’t expect the kids to be neat or on time. Actions speak louder than words.

Is Spanking OK? NO. Physical punishment such as spanking isn’t recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics or mental health associations. Primarily because nonphysical discipline techniques work better with fewer negative consequences. According to the AAP, spanking may make children more aggressive, can become more violent and harm a child, and may cause children to think that it’s OK to physically hurt someone you love. Sherylin Thompson, a spokesperson for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), says, “Research has shown it’s not as effective as other measures long-term. Smacking may cause children to hit and bully other children because they imitate behavior.” In contrast, Dr Thomas Stuttaford who has written on child psychology believes smacking can help disciplining a child. He says, “Being a parent can be exhausting, and an occasional, spontaneous, light slap on the bottom is unlikely to be harmful, or interpreted as a sign of rejection or cruelty. However, smacking should never be done as the result of loss of temper or as ritualized punishment.”

5 Reasons Not to Hit Your Kids:

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en his age and experience, to neglect of basic needs. Among these needs are: proper sleep and nutrition, treatment of hidden allergy, fresh air, exercise, and sufficient freedom to explore the world around him. But his greatest need is for his parents’ undivided attention. 3) Anger and frustration which cannot be safely expressed by a child become stored inside; angry teenagers do not fall from the sky. Anger that has been accumulating for many years can come as a shock to parents whose child now feels strong enough to express this rage. Punishment may appear to produce “good behavior” in the early years, but always at a high price, paid by parents and by society as a whole as the child enters adolescence and early adulthood. 4) Physical punishment gives the dangerous and unfair message that “might makes right,” that it is permissible to hurt someone else, provided they are smaller and less powerful than you are. The child then concludes that it is permissible to mistreat younger or smaller children. When he becomes an adult, he can feel little compassion for those less fortunate than he is, and fears those who are more powerful. 5) Because children learn through parental modeling, physical punishment gives the message that hitting is an appropriate way to express feelings and to solve problems. If a child does not observe a parent solving problems in a creative and humane way, it can be difficult for him to learn to do this himself. For this reason, unskilled parenting often continues into the next generation.

Remember: Managing your kid’s behavior involves giving most attention to the good behavior you want to encourage, ignoring minor naughty behavior as much as possible, and only using punishment for really serious misbehavior.

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The Best To Know!


5 Inventions That Changed Women’s Lives 1. The contraceptive pill 2. Pregnancy tests 3. The washing machine 4. Tampons 5. The bra

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The 5 question you need to ask yourself NOW! Family. (Including close friends.) Is everything right between you and those closest to you? Do they know their importance to you? Are you spending quality time with them? Are you in regular contact or do you owe someone a visit or a phone call? Are there any problems that need to be addressed or fences that need to be mended? Love. Is there a significant other in your life? If yes, are you happy with your situation? Are there steps you can take to make your relationship better? If it’s not working, are you taking the steps necessary to move on? If you’re solo, take a close look at who you connect with on a regular or semi-regular basis, is there someone who might become more than an acquaintance or a friend? Work. Knowing that you need to pay the bills, do you like your job and find it at least somewhat satisfying? Does it put to use your unique talents? If needed, can you do something to improve your circumstances at work? If your job isn’t working for you, are you taking the steps necessary to embark on a new path? Hobby. Do you have the time and space to do the things you love most? If not, what’s holding you back? Can you take any steps to help you pursue your passion or passions more vigorously? Place. Do you love where you live? Are you in the right apartment/ house? Are you happy with the geographic area you live in? Does where you live give you a sense of place, where you either have roots or can grow them? If not, are you exploring other possibilities? 78 |

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5 Facts About 5! • Many things come in fives: the five senses, the five Chinese elements, five rings in the Olympic symbol, and five vowels in the English alphabet. • The number 5 is pronounced ‘ha’ in Thai so “555” is slang for “hahaha.” • Five was the lucky number for the superstitious French fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. In 1921 she chose the fifth day of the fifth month to introduce her new brand of perfume which she called Chanel No. 5. At that time its scent was unlike any other in a market dominated by floral perfumes. It was a huge success and today it is one of the most famous - and most expensive - perfumes available. • When you cut through an apple “the wrong way,” you get a fivepointed star. The wild rose has five petals. Apples and roses are part of a large family of plants called ROSACEAE which includes blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pears, cherries, plums and peaches, all of which have five-petalled flowers. Although cultivated roses have many more petals, if you look beneath any rose, you will still find five sepals around the base of the flower. • A starfish has 5 legs and a star has 5 points.

The 5 Keys To Happiness 1. Free your heart from hatred 2. Free your mind from worries 3. Live simply 4. Give more 5. Expect less

5 life changing quotes

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha

Albert Einstein

“My life is my message.” Gandhi

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma; which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” Alexander the Great


5 Egyptian Women Who Changed History

1. Cleopatra is considered till this day one of the most famous queens in the world. Many do not know that not only was she adored by her people, she was also known for her brilliant political mind; two qualities missed in many world and Egyptian leaders. 2. Samira Moussa was the first Egyptian woman to become a nuclear scientist and the first ever Egyptian (men and women) to achieve a doctorate level in atomic radiation, she was also the first ever woman lecturer.

3. Safia Zaghloul broke down the barriers and lead the protests of 1919 revolution; where she was the first woman to ever do such an act. She believed in the dream of independence despite the widespread criticism against her for stepping outside her role. A similar example is Hoda Shaarawy. Her personal experience affected her career massively. She spent her life fighting for women’s rights due to her many sufferings, she got married when she was only 13 years old, and thus her fight for a law prohibiting marriage for girls less than 16 years old. Also her family’s refusal to send her to school and their insistence on home-schooling her. Made her one of the most important supporters for women’s right to learn at schools then universities

4. .Malak Hefny Nasef was a great writer who fought for the equality between women and men in an atmosphere filled with racial prejudice. 5. Rawya Ataya, also known as the mother of the martyrs for her role in the 6 October war, was the first woman in the Egyptian Parliament. At that time, the idea seemed as idiotic, but she did it, she believed in herself and more importantly she believed that society can be wrong. August 2012 |

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Faces of Egypt She graduated from the Canadian University and right after graduation she knew that fashion is what she wants to do in life. She had a passion for art since she was young, where she used to design dresses for her Barbie doll. Later it become her hobby to the extent that she designed her graduation dress as a start then most of her outfits during university years, then she took a fashion designing diploma and started her fashion line by a simple thought…

Nada Akram Designs came from the idea that each day, we put on normal casual outfits, so designing casual daily pieces was her aim. As we all choose clothes that represent our personalities, our moods, the times we live in, it really annoyed her to see all girls wearing similar outfits from almost the same stores!

The young fashion designer and owner of


Akram Designs

By: Caroline Coussa

Nada Akram Designs are so distinctive to the extent that they grabbed my attention the second I saw them on facebook! I called her and meeting her was like a breath of fresh air in the middle of a busy week! I loved her unique pieces, fashion philosophy and flexible creativity…

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I don’t care to see my designs on runways, streets are the only real runway as designs are made to be worn not watched. Fashion is meant to be wearable and not to only watch it on runways. Nada Akram

“It felt like a uniform to me, we don’t need to be in a wedding or a party to feel special and dress special and that is what I am trying to provide to my clients, to wear a piece that makes them feel special and unique. I provide couture concept in casual clothes and that is my target, my other target is to help all veiled girls modify any design to meet their need without being obliged to wear so many layers and cover-ups. I believe in simplicity with a mix of comfort and style. My experience in working as a stylist and a script writer gave me the inspiration to design according to personality. I never design a piece that I am not willing to wear, I wear everything I design, I am not with the ‘go with the flow’ concept of only designing what customers might buy. If I won’t wear it, I won’t do it,” says Nada Akram about her line.

Lately it feels like streets are huge ads for some stores as most girls are wearing the same piece with different colors and this is the reason I launched this fashion line as girls deserve to be unique in every way Nada Akram August 2012 |

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Faces of Egypt


Capturing Fashion & Beauty! A True Talented Family!

The fashion designer, the makeup artist & the photographer

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Nehal Khalifa The Fashion Designer


ehal Khalifa is a 24 year old fashion designer, her involvement in fashion began at an early age with a devotion to dressing her dolls and sketching rough dresses from her wild imagination. When she was 6 years old she used to love drawing rough sketches of dresses for her mum and sisters to choose from. After school, she joined the Faculty of Fine Arts due to her passion for drawing and colors. She then completed her talent when she took an intensive course taught by a known fashion designer who studied in France. She worked as a fashion designer for a well-known Egyptian company for two years when she was only 19 years old and then she started her own business at the end of 2011. She accomplished two collections with different spirits, which gained popularity and admiration at the beginning of 2012. She can design custom-made dresses for you or you can pick any dress you like from Nehal Khalifa’s collection with your

Nihal’s 5 tips for Ladybird’s readers: 1. Be daring, be different. 2. Be irreplaceable. 3. Be trendy but wear the outfits that suit your body and traditions. 4. You must know that what’s important in any dress is the woman who is wearing it. 5. If you want to be a well known fashion designer, you have to be innovator not imitator.

own size.She also paints on fabrics with her unique art as a result of her study of the art. She sees that the combination of the colors and the cuts is the most important thing in any design. Nehal Khalifa designs every dress with her unique taste that shows the femininity and the sweetness of every woman veiled or non-veiled, highlighting the inner part of her. Nehal promises that the coming collections will be more exciting and will include more items that suit veiled girls and plus size women.

I don’t just design dresses; I design dreams to become true. Nehal Khalifa

People usually think it’s easy to make a piece of clothing. But actually it’s not fun at all when it comes to the production part.

Nehal Khalifa

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True beauty comes from the inside. Reham Khalifa

Reham Khalifa


The Makeup Artist

raduated from the faculty of Arts, Egyptology Department in 2010, Reham Khalifa run a quest for beauty and passion to be a professional makeup artist. Being a self-educated makeup artist, Reham Khalifa started her career 2 years ago as a hobby and with her tremendous talent and outgoing personality, she was able to develop a wonderful reputation among her clients. Khalifa’s diverse experience gives her ability to create unique and astonishing styles accredited only to her exceptional talent. Khalifa attended her first fashion show by a famous Saudi fashion designer in 2011, where Khalifa’s artistic makeup skills awarded her a good reputation among fashion designers. Reham launched her first lookbook catalog in this fashion show and later her work was featured in various Egyptian magazines.

Reham’s 5 tips for beautiful skin: 1. Exfoliate and drink lots of water. 2. The right vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and iron, all protect the skin, improve elasticity and help healing. 3. The trick to a flawless foundation is finding the best product for your skin color and type. 4. One of the best eye makeup tips when applying eye shadow is to use a good eye makeup cream base to give the eyeshadow something to stick to. 5. If your skin is less than perfect, opt for a matte bronzer rather than a pearly one so that it doesn’t highlight imperfections.

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The inner beauty is the fountain of youth. Reham Khalifa

My camera is My only friend that not only expresses my vision but also My sorrow, My joy and everything I feel. it just understands and feels me! Nouran Khalifa

Nouran Khalifa The Photographer


hotography has been her passion since she was 17, she started to realize that she had the talent when she was in high school. She was obsessed with taking photos everywhere she goes, every moment, also taking photos of her friends. In her free time, her interest was to open her laptop and start practicing on Photoshop. She loved anything concerning beauty, fashion and photography.

that her studies had a great influence on her life, but the thing that she’d fight for is photography. She sees that pictures can make someone CRY or LAUGH. She has always wanted people to know that everyone, especially women, should have self“I started photography as my career when I made sure confidence. Like she always that I have the talent and that I will show people how I says, every woman has a hidden see life through my camera and make everyone receive side of beauty. my message,” Nouran says. Nouran was self-educated from the very beginning and that was something she was She thinks that nothing can really proud of. She developed her talent by practicing a stand in her way; as long as she lot on her friends, practicing on Photoshop, discovering has the passion to fight for it, no one will ever stop her the use of every tool on it herself and having the from dreaming. She says, “I was inspired by the legend curiosity to know everything about photography. After Tim Walker, he just encouraged me through his work to all and by the end of the day, she was really excited show my own vision and show the best I can do.” and glad by enjoying the company of her beautiful and friendly clients. Nouran worked with the famous fashion designer Soucha, she considers it her most successful experience Nouran graduated from the Faculty of Arts, English and she also worked for Posh Boutique Cairo. Department, Ain Shams University. She doesn’t deny

Me and my sisters are not just sisters by blood, we are sisters who truly understand each other’s vision. Nouran Khalifa

Nouran’s 5 tips for beginner photographers: 1. Learn your camera 2. Evaluate the lighting situation 3. Make best use of available light 4. Learn from your successes and failures 5. Show only your best work

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The Best, The Top & the must do! Your getaway Spend an unforgettable Eid vacation at Coral Beach Rotana Resort Hurghada Experience the best Egyptian destination with a lavish taste during Eid vacation. Rates are on all inclusive basis. Their chefs are preparing a daily large selection of worldwide dishes and drinks at “Mermaid” all-day dining restaurant. Don’t miss the complimentary dinner at the Italian restaurant “Andiamo” with live entertainment program. Pamper yourself with spa treatments on the beach while overlooking the crystal water of the Red seashore, while your kids are playing, creating and discovering their independence in their exclusive supervised Kids Club.

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Must Try “Al Khaima” at Y-Lounge “Al Khaima” is a fusion between the unique and special location of Y-Lounge and byGanz the perfect and pioneer masters of dazzling events. “Al Khaima” sets you in the perfect Ramadan mood with its distinctive location overlooking the Nile. They grant a special Ramadan experience through indulging your senses with Lebanese gourmet food and exclusive Cardamom and Cinnamon shisha under the moonlight viewing Cairo while listening to live oriental music. Besides their daily oriental ensemble, there is special entertainment every Friday. Worth Reading “Living a Life That Matters” by Harold S. Kushner. Available at Diwan Bookstore for LE 88

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Editorial Features

In the framework of its initiative to serve the community,

“Juhayna” in cooperation with SIFE organization sponsors “Drink healthy…Stay healthy” competition


IFE international organization in cooperation with Juhayna Group for food industries launched an awareness campaign to stress on the importance of milk for healthy life. The competition, which was held under the slogan of “Drink healthy…Stay healthy” aimed to increase the customers’ awareness on the importance and the nutritional benefits of milk for leading a healthy life. The competition also tackled the health hazards of loose milk. Simultaneously, the competition reached the farmers and briefed them on a number of safe health methods to guarantee milk safety. Under the supervision of SIFE organization in Egypt, the participating university students held various activities all over Egypt aiming to improve the life standards of the needy communities in Egypt. The activities tagged the enthusiasm and the multiple skills of the participating students who deeply believe in the right of the Egyptian community to enjoy healthy and safe life. The organization trained the students on a thorough strategy to implement the awareness programs and means of using certain tools and tactics to achieve the targeted objectives. By the end of Juhayna’s private competition, the activities of the participating teams have been evaluated through a board of judges comprising major specialists headed by Dr. Morsi Al Soda, Professor, Ph.D. Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University, Egypt. The Higher Cairo Institute team occupied the first position where Monofeya University and Asyout University teams occupied the second and third positions. Winners have been awarded in an honorary ceremony to select Egypt’s representative in SIFE international competition. The French University has been selected to compete on the first position internationally, wishing them best of luck. Heba Thabet, Marketing Associate Director of Juhayna and board member of SIFE organization, stated, “Juhayna is focusing on youth and the development of their skills and capabilities.” Fatma Sirry, Country Manager of SIFE organization in Egypt, said, “SIFE organization is a non-profitable organization working through selected teams of university students in cooperation with the business community and the Higher Education Ministry. The organization is focused on the execution of a number of projects aiming to improve the living standards of the needy segments of the community. The organization trains youth on working strategies through specialized international programs. We also hold a number of regional and international competitions to give the participating students good opportunity to present the concluded results and encourage them to continue in those noble charitable projects.” Through those initiatives, the organization creates new knowledge channels. “Drink healthy...Stay healthy” competition is one good example on the work mechanism in the organization. This initiative managed to provide important statistics in the dairy industry and to convert a big percentage of the customers to packed milk through creative awareness activities. The organization hopes to increase the number of the participating teams in Juhayna’s competition in the coming years to achieve marvelous results. Heba Shabana, Juhayna’s External Affairs Manager, highlighted ,“Juhayna’s strategy gives great attention to developing the Egyptian community and increasing the customers’ awareness on the health hazards of some of the products that we use randomly in our life. The company is exerting efforts in this framework to reach all community segments through initiatives designed thoroughly according to the targeted categories.” August 2012 |

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Editorial Features Vodafone Open surprises continue with trips to some of the world’s most exciting cities In its second draw for travel fans, Vodafone customers won a trip to France and visited EuroDisney and some of the city’s most exciting attractions

added, but by offering an exclusive experience for our valued customers in accordance with what their interests are, be it entertainment, sports or travel. This reflects our keenness at Vodafone to fully satisfy our customers’ needs in the telecommunications sector as well as provide them with a memorable and lifetime experience.” He added that as soon as custom• Mohamed El Sherbiny: ers register, they are immediately “Vodafone changed my perception of competitions and proved to be constantly granted special gifts. He also stated that prizes in the area of entertainseeking the best.” ment may range between compli• Haitham Ahmed: “I’m proud of mentary tickets to local cinemas, my loyalty to Vodafone and I’m hoping accommodation at a 5-star hotel in there will be more competitions.” Through this unique experience, the Egypt, traveling to an exciting city first of its kind in the Egyptian mar- • Michael Morris Fahmy Nakhla: “I will never forget my trip to such as Paris or watching one of the ket, Vodafone is keen on providing world’s most renowned shows. France with Vodafone.” its customers with best services and the ultimate customer experience. In doing so, Vodafone provides not On the Vodafone Open experience, For more information regarding Vodafone Hisham Hindy, Marketing Manager Open features, please visit the below link: only gifts and an added value that at Vodafone Egypt, commented, are related to the telecom services en/P13200481741332413966449 “This step comes in affirmation of like free minutes, SMSs or free internet usage, but the company has the company's strategy to provide also gone an extra mile to delight its the best experience for its customers customers by offering exclusive ex- not only in terms of network quality, periences for its customers in some customer service care and value Vodafone continues to dazzle its Vodafone Open customers with extraordinary surprises and adventure trips never before experienced by the Egyptian market. From travel to sports and entertainment, the options are endless. All that a Vodafone Open customer needs to do is dial 828 and select their area of interest whether in sports, travel, culture or entertainment. Upon registration, they receive instant gifts and enter a monthly draw that provides exclusive gifts and surprises from Vodafone.

of the world’s most fascinating cities in the fields of sports, entertainment or culture. In the second Vodafone Open draw for travel fans, three winners traveled to Paris and visited some of its exciting attractions, in addition to shopping and many more surprises that awaited them.

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Showing confidence in the Egyptian economy, GM Egypt invests US$ 10 million to manufacture the Chevrolet Move in Egypt

Hala Sabry Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont Heliopolis &


Enthusiastic and Talented fans join the Amr Diab Academy on YouTube: There is Still a Chance to Enter

Canon Middle East announces winners of “My Earth, My Lens”

ESTIP urges Egyptian patients and liver experts to avoid new unproven Hepatitis C treatments

Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo was THE first choice to witness one of the most important meetings of the Arab world. The hotel hosted over 250 of high profile diplomats. OSN ADDS A NEW DIMENSION TO ITS OLYMPICS COVERAGE WITH THE LAUNCH OF A DEDICATED 3D CHANNEL That Provides A Unique Sports Experience Jaz Hotels & Resorts scoops 15 Zoover Recommendation Awards in 2012 90 |

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InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars and Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars Celebrate Service Week GROHE selected for luxury Qatari project the Pearl For the third year in a row, Vodafone presents operetta “Big Night” for 3 days in Alexandria

Air Arabia named world’s second best performing airline Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Celebrates World Blood Donor Day


Makro Cooks the World’s Largest Potato Casserole in Celebration of their 2nd Anniversary in Egypt

Egypt sets new world record in football dribbling in an event held by Head and Shoulders Egypt

Samsung Egypt Offers Greater Customer Satisfaction through its New Unified Call Center System

Margo Eid new Director of Sales at Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria

SWISS launches 24/7 customer service via social media On board of “Toyota Fortuner 2012” “Rahhala” gets the second place in the standard car Groundbreaking YouTube Initiative Airs Ramadan Shows. YouTube creates hub for fans to catch their favorite shows the same day they air on TV.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, hotel General Manager Medhat Samir with Blue Energy members and hotel management decided to make this morning a different one with a big surprise for the team!

Crédit Agricole Egypt Helps Celebrate the Five Year Anniversary of the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital KidZania® Cairo signed a partnership agreement with Mivan, a world leader in general contracting, under which the latter will carry out themed designs and construction of the child-scale city including facades, interior finishes and fit-out

Celebrating 25 years of success in Egypt: Jotun Egypt reaffirms its position as a market leader of the paints industry. The leading paints company launches a color training program for interior designers in collaboration with NCS Colour academy. Radisson Blu Heliopolis took the initiative to beautify the area of Heliopolis and to raise the environmental awareness within the community.

Walid Mohey El Din receives Starwood’s 2011 President’s Award at Sheraton Miramar Resort attracts International fashion brands looking to build stronger retail presence in Egypt

Iberotel Luxor Receives a Regional Award from “E-Cristal Global Awards” August 2012 |

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EGP 89++ Ramadan at Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars Holiday Inn features a range of enticing options during Ramadan, including a variety of Iftar buffet options at Windows during the four weeks of celebrations. There is a Sohour set menu at EGP 89++ for group reservations. Indira provides a set Iftar menu for EGP 180++, the Pool Garden has a Sohour buffet at EGP 89++ with the option of Iftar for groups. Star Corner is ready to stage Iftar or Sohour at a group’s request, including two shisha stones, soft drink, tea or coffee with Ramadan delights or fruit platter.

*All prices are subjected to taxes, service and availability

Gourmet on sale items!

Ramadan at Cairo Kitchen for a home cooked Egyptian meal!

Home cooked Egyptian meal!

They are open for iftar from 6:30pm to 9pm! Start your iftar with their soup of the day and a plate of appetizers including sambousak, spring rolls, kobeiba, and mixed dolmah. Then choose two salads and one main dish from their selection. For main dishes, they have a choice of well-being koshary and two of their specials that change daily, everything from moussaka to sharkasaya to kabab halla. Round out your meal with their dessert buffet and of course they are serving all your favorite drinks!

Not to be missed iftar & sohour

California Walnuts raw 200g now on sale for LE 26.10 instead of LE 29 Turkish Apricots 300g for LE 15.30 instead of LE 17 Ramadan’s store! You know how hard it is to find the right gift, having to go in the heat of Ramadan while fasting. Well frit no more! From the comfort of your conditioned sofa, you can order the Ramadan gift online now on! FREE DELIVERY during Ramadan if you spend 350 EGP or more on You can fill any item you buy from with Abu Auf delicious fillings and fresh nuts. SHOP on the BEACH with, they now deliver to Sahel! 92 |

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Delicious Culinary And Panoramic Nile Views At Grand Nile Tower A delicious Iftar buffet is available at Fontana. El Sakya Terrace provides various food styles for Iftar in a relaxed open air atmosphere directly by the Nile. Grand Nile Tower’s yacht, Marquise, provides a daily Iftar buffet. Guests can buy a variety of Ramadan oriental pastries from Delice gourmet shop. For Sohour, the Nubian Village offers a menu of light favorite. For the perfect lavish Sohour outing, Sidi Omar Ramadan tent holds every day Sohour, directly on the magnificent views of the Nile around the swimming pool. Shisha is available in a rainbow of flavors.

Eid El Fitr is different at Sheraton Miramar! Sheraton Miramar Resort offers a different Eid experience! Enjoy an unrivalled dining experience which will take you though a real Eid El Fitr oriental experience at the oriental 1001 restaurant which is located on a separate island and offers authentic Arabic mezzah, charcoal grilled specialties, oriental desserts, wood fired Arabic bread oven and oriental entertainment during dinner time.

Don’t miss it!

LE 930 all inclusive! Magical Ramadan Packages At Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers Enjoy their unmatched prices for special Ramadan packages starting from LE 930 all inclusive! Book a room during the holy month of Ramadan in its wonderful spirit and enjoy wide range of unrivalled benefits featuring complimentary Iftar & Sohour, complimentary parking, and complimentary stay for children 6-12 years old sharing parents’ room and 50% discount on their meals.

LE1580 per roomper night

Eid packages start from $190++

Celebrate Eid at Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay

Eid Festivities at Kempinski Nile Hotel For Eid, Kempinski Nile Hotel offers an escape to a breathtaking Nile or a Madina City View where guests can enjoy the peace, tranquility, and luxury. Eid packages start from $190++ single occupancy and $220++ double occupancy including Eid brunch. Blue will offer their sumptuous breakfast buffet and Eid brunch buffet. Authentic Turkish restaurant Osmanly will also celebrate Eid with promotional prices on a 4 course set menus fit for Sultans and served family style. Jazz Bar is making a triumphant return for Eid El Fitr after being closed during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Chocolate Lounge will offer Eid cookies and a featured cake of the day from the pastry display during Eid El Fitr. Marks & Spencer opens NEW store in ALEXANDRIA CITY CENTRE

Now open!

Terrific Eid offer laced with impressive treats for only LE 1580 per room per night including: • Half board luxurious accommodation • Airport transportation • Sumptuous breakfast buffet with Eid delicacies at The View • Nightly Eid festivities and entertainment including Dinner Beach Party – The View Folkloric Night and Al Mar Eid Night

Enjoy a luxurious and relaxing Eid Break At the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El Sheikh Book your Eid vacation now and you will get: Free transportation from/to Sharm El Sheikh Airport, free transportation from/to Naama bay, free access to the gym, sauna & jacuzzi and free access to the tennis court from 09:00 A.M. till sunset. Lots of free stuff from 9A.M. till sunset August 2012 |

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Dusit Thani LakeView

witnesses BMW’s All New Glamour! Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo hosted the prestigious BMW gala dinner in celebration of the unveiling of some of their newer models to the 3 Series. Hundreds of guests were amazed by the exquisite performance and the world-class individual service. Dusit Thani LakeView treated guests to a delicious variety of fine delicacies while showcasing the all new highly exclusive BMW 3 Series Launch Event. The event included high profile figures as such, Ambassador of Germany, Ambassador of China, Ambassador of Thailand, Ambassador of India and Ambassador of the Czech Republic.

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GM Egypt invests US$ 10 million to manufacture the Chevrolet Move in Egypt GM Egypt celebrated the launch of the first locally assembled Chevrolet Move Mini passenger van sharing the confidence of the international companies in the recovering Egyptian economy as well as recognizing the skillfulness of the Egyptian manpower. The New Mini passenger van is assembled by GM Egypt supported by a US$10 million investment in the plant, tools and fixtures. Diplomats, suppliers, key leaders from industry and the public sector, the media along with the employees of General Motors Egypt and SGMW, attended the celebration of this significant milestone.

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Crystal Power, Crystal Healing event for the

JW Marriott Cairo Ladies Society JW Marriott Cairo hosted a spectacular ceremony for the Charms JW Ladies Society “Crystal Power, Crystal Healing�, where the prominent researcher Rafeya Moukhtar presented an exciting lecture that revealed the secrets and methods of physical therapy, jewelry stones and colors, then she spoke about the sources of these stones and how they affect the human body and its vitality. The event took place at the recently renovated Tutankhamun grand ballroom where the sense of luxury and sophistication evolve in the design.

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Summer Collection Celebration In the presence of a delightful crowd and the amazing Nile view, ZAAM for handbags and clutches, a new brand which combines style and affordability, was launched. At the event, ZAAM’s summer collection was displayed and the event was pleasured by the presence of the brilliant singer Nadia Mostafa, the upcoming singer Hamsa Arkan, and the stylist Mohamed Medany. The collection reflected the summer spirit with its bright beautiful colors and unique designs. Special thanks to Sally Abou El Ezz - TB studios.

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Mai Maher Abouda & Mohamed Youssef tied the knot!

In a glamorous night, bride, Mai Maher Abouda and groom, Mohamed Youssef celebrated their big day with their friends and families at Al Bashary Gardens.

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Visa Egypt

Hosts Red Carpet Event at First Mall Visa celebrated the launch of its new Premium Offer and the signing of a year-long partnership with First Mall by hosting a red carpet event held at La Gourmandise restaurant. The event was a formal cocktail reception where VIPs strolled on a red carpet on their way to their personalized “Walk of Fame,” similar to the famous star walk in Hollywood. The reception hosted around 300 attendees, including banking and technology executives and the media who were photographed by “paparazzi” upon their arrival on the red carpet and enjoyed first class service. The night’s entertainment was performed by Amro Salah Trio and Saxophone player Ossama Hassan.

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Hareem El Sultan Event at

Kempinski Nile Hotel

Building on the success of Turkish TV series Hareem El Sultan, Kempinski Nile Hotel threw a lavish themed reception at Cairo’s only Authentic Turkish Restaurant Osmanly. The event turned out to be a huge success and was attended by the media, business men and Cairo’s social faces and celebrities. The event was co-hosted by Moqtanyat, the Middle East and North Africa’s leading designer and producer of quality hand-crafted Ottoman, Fatimid and Arab-inspired home furnishings, who contributed a valuable gift to the event’s attendees.

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Ladybird August 2012  

LB's 5th Anniversary issue! Don’t miss our valuable gifts! Inside p.8 free stuff worth +25,000EGP

Ladybird August 2012  

LB's 5th Anniversary issue! Don’t miss our valuable gifts! Inside p.8 free stuff worth +25,000EGP