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EDITORâ€™S NOTE Let Things Fall into Place Emotions are the essence of life; they are what keep us alive. People spend most of their lives searching for their soul mate. We all do believe that love is the perfection that is going to sweep us off our feet. However, this notion escorts people to set unrealistic expectations and attempt to control their fate. At the end, we leave room for disappointments and frustrations to seep into our lives and the main problem lies in believing that love is something specific when it is actually not. Love is not all about the gifts and romantic dates that happen in the Valentineâ€™s Day; love is actually a learned skill rather than an existing emotion. It is a human nature to have feelings for others, but how we love them is something that we get to learn. Before trying to love someone, we need to learn to love ourselves first. Loving yourself helps you connect with your inner self, thus you get to know yourself even better. Being in touch with your inner soul paves the way for communicating easily with others and having the intellectuality to acknowledge their emotional needs. So, in this month of love, make it a goal to develop a connection with yourself and work on intensifying it before looking for love elsewhere. Eventually, you will easily find the love youâ€™re looking for and, even better, you will get the one that you truly deserve.
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CONTENT February 2018 GROOMING
Warming Knitwear to Look Out For Natural Ways to Look Young at Age 50 Keep Your Teeth Shiny
The Saga of Steel Top Choices of Smart Watches
Dining Room Décor Tips to Steal from Restaurants Valentine’s Gifts for Your Loved One The Perks of Falling in Love with Your Best Friend
6 Best Travel Spots to Visit in February Travel Packages
Wheels Latest Gossip Egypt Needs the V2V Communication
TECHNOLOGY What’s Up Tech?
Bulletins: Run for Your Health ABC’s of Kettlebell Workout Meet the Experts
BODY & HEALTH
Foods that Trigger Headache and Migraine The Best Lean Body Tips and Tricks Ever Make your Abs Pop Healthy Omelet Recipes Delicious Drinks to Indulge in after Your Workout
ENTERTAINMENT Culture & Arts Upcoming Events News Zoom In
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An Associate Certified Life Coach (ACC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). At the begining of her coaching career, she engaged herself in ONE on ONE coaching and through the years she developed her own tailor-made coaching programs for people and companies to develop their potentials and awareness. Email: email@example.com Facebook:YasmineShahineLifeCoaching YouTube:YasmineSLifeCoaching
Graduated from Ain Shams University, School of Medicine. Obtained a diploma in Healthcare and Hospital Management as well as, Clinical Nutrition both from the American University in Cairo. Additionally, acquired a certificate in Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Management from Harvard Medical School. Founder of the Health Republic, a social platform that aims to provide instant nutritional day-to-day advice, all with the goal of raising health awareness towards a better lifestyle. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: @HealthRepublicEG
Dr. Ahmed Mostafa
BSc and Fitness Nutritionist Specialist from the National Association of Sports Medicine USA
Ten years in the Health & Fitness Industry as a Nutritionist in Madrid, Beijing, and now at CrossFit Stars Cairo. Victoria has created Healthy Meal Advisor (a healthy lifestyle ecosystem) to show people how healthy nutrient dense food can be tasty, how their plates should look like, and which foods in which proportions they should eat. Victoria practices ‘aware’ eating helping to educate the client: ‘everything we eat is either feeding disease or fighting it’ – encouraging the client to make their healthy eating a lifestyle not a diet. Victoria is also a mother and fitness junkie with several NASM certs. “Shifting your mindset to shift your weight.” 8 | February 2018
Healthcare and Nutrition Manager at Gold’s Gym Heliopolis
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An aspiring passionate interior designer certified from Career Gates, MSA School for Training and Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. After 8 years of corporate life she started to follow her passion for interior designing. She thinks in colors and patterns to create her own work of art. Email: email@example.com
He holds a BA in Physiotherapy from Cairo University. Upon graduation, he specialized in Spinal Injuries in McKenzie Institute UK and Sports Injuries Managements in Cairo University. He earned Specialist in Performance Nutrition from International Sports Science Association (ISSA). He holds certificate in Fitness and Obesity Nutrition from National Institute of Nutrition and Nutrition Certificate from National Research Center. He also has Advanced Life Support Certificate from Nasser Institute Hospital and CPR from American Red Cross. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (+2) 0111 2286 473
GROOMING - KNITWEAR
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KNITWEAR TO LOOKOUT FOR
uring the cold weather, it is really important to keep your chest warm. That will ward the chill off of your whole body, so you need to upgrade your wardrobe with good knitwear. It is something that you canâ€™t really have too much of. Here is a wide array of options from which you can select the perfect one for you.
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AMI RIBBED MERCERISED COTTON SWEATER FOR EGP 6,260
ENLIST COTTON-BLEND SWEATER FOR EGP 6,459
J. CREW CABLE-KNIT WOOL SWEATER FOR EGP 2,727
J.CREW ALTA FAIR ISLE WOOL SWEATER FOR EGP 2,871
J.CREW MELANGE COTTON-JERSEY SWEATER FOR EGP 2,584
MR P. WOOL SWEATER FOR EGP 4,306
OFFICINE GENERALE MERINO WOOL SWEATER FOR EGP 6,459
WACKO MARIA WOOL SWEATER FOR EGP 8,325
POLO RALPH LAUREN COTTON CARDIGAN FOR EGP 5,742
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NATURAL WAYS TO LOOK YOUNG AT THE AGE OF
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As we age, our charm starts to reduce and lessen. We start losing our attractiveness along the way. That is actually because fine lines begin taking over and they take place over our faces. While this is a natural process, we, unfortunately, have hand in making this happen. Aging inevitably happens, but there are a lot of factors that can even speed up our aging process and they are probably habits that we perform on a daily basis. The way you look is an indicator of your overall health; the more often you take care of yourself, the younger you are going to look. It is possible that you can look young even if you are already past your fifties. At the end, isn’t that the case with most of the prominent male celebrities? You don’t need to be a millionaire or own a fortune in order for you to be able to look as young as they do; however, you will need to have rules to abide by and a few alterations to your lifestyle that will help you easily get there. START FROM THE INSIDE
What you eat plays a great role in either speeding up or slowing down the aging process. Men who lead a healthy lifestyle often look younger at their 50’s than their junk-eater counterparts. Start from this moment; opt for healthier choices and make your meals mostly consistent of vegetables and fruits. Reduce the consumption of refined carbs, sugar, and empty snacks.
SKINCARE ROUTINE IS IMPORTANT
Well, as a man, taking care of your skin may be the last thing you would ever think about fitting into your schedule, if at all. Conversely, there isn’t much to do when it comes to taking care of your skin. On the other hand, you are probably aware of the significance of having a skincare routine. The most important part of keeping your skin looking young is to keep it always moisturized. All you need to do is use a cleanser and moisturizer every day and you’re ready to go. Another point you need to bear in mind is that the sun isn’t that friendly to your skin. You need to stay away from the sun at the hours
where the temperature is too high. In case you have to be in the sun, make sure you wear a sunscreen, for overexposure to the sun causes wrinkles and age spots and that is going to stand in the way of your goal. DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER Again, keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated is really important. But, you are not going to do this only through apply a moisturizer to your skin. You need to drink lots of water. Certainly, there is no point in emphasizing over the extreme importance of water because you surely have a clue. Dehydration can have a negative reflection on your outer appearance. Drink from six to eight glasses of water every day and see the difference it can make. When the skin is hydrated, your skin tone appears better and you, consequently, look more youthful. EXERCISE REGULARLY Skipping your classes or worse, ditching your workout regimen altogether, is going to do a great harm to your strategic plan of staying young and healthy. Working out helps in maintaining your body’s flexibility and define your muscles. Moreover, it is also good for your heart and mental health. Exercising can actually give a wide berth to multiple diseases. SLEEP FOR AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF TIME Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your life. You become fatigued and exhausted for almost all the time. Surprisingly, it can impact your appearance as well. You have probably noticed that on those days when you don’t sleep quite well, you get eye bags and look tired. Over and beyond, not having enough sleep can result in several health consequences that can make you look older than you actually are. QUIT SMOKING Needless to say, smoking impact your health, but even worse; it creates wrinkles around your mouth as well as your eyes. Smoking also make your skin look dull rather than radiant and it stains your teeth. There isn’t one thing about smoking that can keep you going on with it; it makes you look overcast and can cause health problems that will affect your appearance too.
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YOUR TEETH SHINY
o you make sure to brush your teeth every morning or there come some days where you just feel so lazy? How your teeth look like tells a lot about you as a person and hygiene, shimmering teeth are always attractive. Maintaining the whiteness of your teeth is not always easy, especially with all the factors that stand against your purpose. However, there are simple yet important tips that can help you have shiny clean teeth and be confident when you smile. There are simple yet important tips that can help you have shiny clean teeth and be confident when you smile.
AVOID STAINING BEVERAGES You probably know about this fact; there are some drinks and beverages that can make your teeth appear yellow rather than white. These drinks include tea, wine, and coffee. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consume these drinks at all, but don’t overconsume them. If possible, drink them with a straw that they don’t have to pass through your teeth.
EAT DETERGENT FOOD
Surprisingly, crispy food help in keeping your teeth clean even while you’re eating. The list of these foods includes apples, popcorn, raw 14 | February 2018
carrots, and celery. It is always a good idea to make this kind of foods the last thing you eat, so you don’t have to brush your teeth afterwards.
MAINTAIN A GOOD ORAL HYGIENE Brushing your teeth regularly is actually more important that you may believe. You need to follow good hygiene practices to banish the appearance of that yellow layer that makes your teeth look dull. Brush your teeth twice every day.
USE A WHITENING TOOTHPASTE Toothpastes that whiten the teeth work
efficiently; however, it is recommended that you only use it for once or twice a week and not on a daily basis. They will prevent your teeth from turning yellow and keep them looking healthy and clean.
USE FLOSS ON A DAILY BASIS Unfortunately, most of people tend to ignore flossing despite of its importance. Flossing actually reduces the accumulation of plaque, making your teeth look even better. Besides, bacteria formation takes place in your mouth and that speeds up the process of plaque accumulation, hence you better use a good mouthwash to kill it and keep your teeth looking good.
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WATCHES - WINTER STYLE
THE SAGA OF
When you are rushing to your work, you want to make sure that your smart-casual look is complete. Watches are essential pieces that give the outfit a different look. Stainless Steel watches have many shapes that will suit you. You can never go wrong with stainless steel watches .They fit with almost every outfit. In order to give your wrist a different twist, we’ve collected several shapes of stainless steel watches that you can pick up from.
AKRIBOS XXIV MEN’S STAINLESS STEEL BLUE WORLD MAP DIAL FOR EGP 2,074
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AQUIS HAMMERHEAD LIMITED EDITION AUTOMATIC 45,5 MM STAINLESS STEEL FOR EGP 60,194
EMPORIO ARMANI MEN’S TOUCH SMARTWATCH FOR EGP 9,631
BREMONT SUPERMARINE TYPE 300 40 MM STEEL WATCH FOR EGP 102,208
FOSSIL GOODWIN CHRONOGRAPH STAINLESS STEEL WATCH FOR EGP 2,566
TAG HEUER AUTAVIA AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPHIC 42 MM POLISHED -STEEL WATCH FOR EGP 122,076
Montblanc TIMEWALKER CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC 43MM STAINLESS STELL AND CERAMIC WATCH FOR EGP 110,901
BREMONT ALTI-P2/BR AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH 43 MM STAINLESS STEELWATCH FOR EGP 129,398
LAMBORGHINI MEN’S SCREWS CHRONOGRAPH STAINLESS STEEL DIAL FOR EGP 17,583
SWISS MILITARY THUNDERBOLT STAINLESS STEEL SILVER DIAL FOR EGP 29,099
MICHEAL KORS MEN’S GREY GAGE WATCH FOR EGP 2,433 February 2018 | 17
WATCHES -- SMART SMART WATCHES WATCHES WATCHES
TOP CHOICES FOR SMART WATCHES Watches are essential for gentlemen, it adds a lot to the outfit and overall look. Despite what is your preferred fashion style, it remains an important piece. Remember when the top trend in watches was that it displays the date. Apparently, that was the start point of watchesâ€™ industry renovation. Watches, are no longer limited to being just a timepiece; it evolved and has become a digital item that supports your day to day operations. Smart watches in a nutshell, are portable devices designed to be worn on the wrist, typically like any watch. Yet; it includes more of the smartphone features; such as touch screens and apps. It is a watch that has an equal value of wearing a mini computer. Depends on your phone brand, you will choose the watch, in order to get both synced together. Consequently, you can have a look on your watch not only to know what time it is, but to check the email notification, use GPS, or answer an incoming call too. 18 | February 2018
However, it suits you perfectly if you are into fitness as part of your daily routine, in a way that you use the fitness apps to keep record of your workout through the heart-rate monitor, water resistance, and motion sensors. If you are the man who manages all of the above, a smart watch is definitely your thing. A Smart watch is one of the major outcomes of the digitized era that we live in nowadays where every device gets connected via the cloud-concept. It is interesting to mention that first smartwatch attempt in history was in 1972 by the â€œHamilton Watch Company and Electro/ Data Inc.â€? A digital watch at that time was that users had to press a button in order to see the time. Back in 1994, Timex Datalink co-developed with Microsoft the first wireless smartwatch where you can download data from the computer. That was done through a sensor embedded in the watch that the computer detects to secure the transfer.
The decision to purchase a smart watch must be taken wisely, not only because it costs a good bunch of money, but you really need to make sure if it is going to be beneficial for you. If you are the kind of a man who updates the mobile calendar with all business and personal appointments, checks the email frequently from your smartphone, uses GPS to navigate through the roads and identify traffic jam spots every day at any time. It might be useful for you since your phone runs out of charge frequently.
Samsung initiated the smartwatch that makes calls back in 1999. The watch had integrated speaker and microphone where the call was capable to last for 90 minutes. Fossil released the Wrist PDA smartwatch during the early 2000s, at that time fossil managed to introduce a revolutionary timepiece. The watch included virtual keyboard, touch screen, infrared port, it was even capable of exchanging data with computers. Probably Fossil at that time invented something the market was not educated enough to hospitalize.
Currently, it is Apple and Samsung that are leading the market when it comes to smartwatches. This is definitely due to the high competition and market share for the devices. February 2018 | 19
SMART- INTERIOR DESIGN
What makes your restaurant experience one of a kind ? And is it true that eyes eat first? The answer to that is a definite YES, but there is more to it than just the mouthwatering dishes. The classier the restaurant, the more sophisticated the design. Design must coexist alongside other aspects to create that one of a kind universe where time just stands still. To connect with your sense in such a manner, your dining room should reflect that mystical ambiance.
DINING DĂ‰COR TIPS TO STEAL FROM RESTAURANTS 20 | February 2018
Ever noticed how the lights in restaurants are usually dim? Multiple light sources at different heights create a more flattering light and keep you in control. Side lamps, chandeliers, scones can serve you greatly. Opt for two or three pendants to support the symmetry and repetition theory.
LIGHTING: Why not transport your guests to another universe? Pick a dining style and roll with it. Tables chairs and accessories that match your style in the colors you love. Donâ€™t worry too much about matching chairs you could replace them with a banquette to save space or a sofa for a more intimate touch.
Having a brick wall, moldings, cladding, wooden beams or a nice view can all serve as a back drop. The trick is to add texture to the walls. If these options are unavailable, be innovative and create one. Remember, you need to add texture to these bare walls.
BACK-DROP: Accessories mean including the items placed on the table, cushions on the chairs, rugs, art work, mirrors and leafy palms. Symmetry and repetition is the essence of great designs. Mirrors can help you create an optical illusion of endless space when putting the power of repetition into action.
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SMART - GIFT
VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE
V CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN BEAUTY TROUBLE IN HEAVEN PARFUM
alentine’s Day is all about pampering your loved one, and showing her how deep your love is for her. The 14th of February of every year is when every man and woman feel appreciated and loved the most by bringing gifts to each other. Men are usually confused about what to get to their partner, but it is not as complicated as percieved . Avoid the hassle of thinking of a gift for your wife/girlfriend or any woman you know because we already figured it out for you, and came up with some gifts ideas that you can buy for her. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
MICHAEL KORS WATCH
JEMMA WYNNE LIMITED EDITION COLOMBIAN OPEN RING
BOTTEGA VENETA EAU DE VELOURS LIYA HANDMADE EARRINGS
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CLASSIC AKOYA CULTURED PEARL STRAND NECKLACE
RAY BAN SUNGLASSES
GUCCI ROUND FRAME GOLD AND ROSE TONE SUNGLASSES
PRADA EXOTIC CALF LEATHER CLUTCH
VALENTINO GARAVANI STUDWRAP PUMPS
LISKA PHILLIPA FUR JACKET
STRADIVARIUS ANKLE BOOTS
ROKSANDA HARLIN BOW EMBELLISHED DRESS
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL HEADBAND
DIOR SILK SCARF
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN TOUFROU 100 BOW EMBELLISHED CHIFFON PUMPS
BOTTEGA VENETA THE KNOT WATERSNAKE INTERCCIATO SATIN MANGO DOUBLE STRAP LEATHER CLUTCH BAG
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THE PERKS OF FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR
BEST FRIEND BY: YASMINE SHAHINE
It is extremely common to have a best friend of the opposite sex no matter what your age is!
There is no need to worry here at all; actually, this might be the best thing that has happened in your life..
it this way what is nicer than being in a relationship where you really have fun and not just love and romance!
Then all of a sudden, you may start feeling that you are falling for that friend! You start texting morning, afternoon & night. You can practically read their mind and finish their sentences. At any gathering, you don’t care about seeing anyone else but your best friend during the first five minutes. When you achieve anything in life, it is that “friend” that you want to share this news first with!
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” If you’re still having some doubts about that, let me share with you some simple reasons why it’s actually great to fall in love with your best friend.
• NO SCARY HIDDEN SECRETS, YOU KNOW IT INSIDE OUT Unlike falling in love with a total stranger, when you start dating your best friend, you will feel a lot safer that you already knew them inside out and that there’s no scary hidden secret.
• YOU WON’T STOP MAKING FUN OF EACH OTHER You started the relationship as friends and friends share a lot of fun things like making fun of each other. When you start dating, this fun won’t stop or change. Think about
• YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT THEIR PAST RELATIONSHIPS No surprises! You know all about it. Who they dated, when, why they broke up. The good news is there is no need to have this awkward conversation.
If you experience any of the above feelings then congrats my friend, I can assure you that you have fallen in love with your best friend.. 24 | February 2018
• THEY’VE SEEN YOU AT YOUR WORST Your bestie has already seen it all. They have seen you angry, mad, crazy, and jealous and they still love you for all of it. So relax, no need to wear any masks or hide anything or try to prove anything. • IT ONLY TAKES ONE LOOK You don’t need to bother trying to read your own best friend’s mind because you already know what they are about to say. So while a relationship with somebody new often involves a lot of overanalyzing and sending nerve-racking texts, you won’t have to play the guessing game this time around. And you’ll surely won’t live the drama of “ you should understand what I wanted to say without saying it.“ • NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT FRIENDS APPROVAL OR INTRODUCTION Most of your friends are already common, they already love you both. There will be no such thing as “ sorry but we don’t like your partner”. • IT’S WORTH IT If all goes wrong and things end badly, there’s the chance you’ll lose someone who’s a very important part of your life. But, you’ll also never know a bond as strong as the one you share with someone who truly cares about you, supports you, laughs with you, and also happens to be in love with you. There are a lot of crazy decisions you’ll make in life. If you get the chance, you should totally let this be one of them. Friendship blossoming into love is actually a rather common phenomenon. No wonder, considering that friendship is usually built on the platforms of mutual affection, unconditional support, or common interests, backgrounds or circumstances, similar to those that love is built on. Moreover, friends support each other through the good times and the bad ones; the ups and downs that make up life. Very similar therefore, to the qualities that make up a good life partner . Always keep in mind the famous quote that says.. “ It’s not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages”
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SMART - SUCCESS STORY
CEO OF FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES EGYPT
n a world where everyone seeks to grasp the formula of success; Francesco Monaco, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Egypt, shares with us his insights on that matter. Appointed to his current role in 2017, and with nearly 23 years of vast and rich experience; he implements methodological and well-planned strategies to expand the brand’s presence in the Egyptian market, supported by his profound understanding of the market’s needs. Born in Calabria, Italy, Francesco is a man driven by passion with a spirit of a fighter, who leads by example and integrity.
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1. PRIOR TO YOUR CURRENT ROLE AS CEO OF FCA EGY, COULD YOU PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR EXPERTISE? First, I have 23 years of experience in the automotive industry, all with FCA. Starting from the time it was Fiat Auto, then when it has become Fiat Group and now as it has become Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, I can say I’ve been part of all the evolution process. During that time and until today, I’ve worked in several sectors of the company such as Mirafiori Presse plant, then moving to the Technical Department. From my role in Sales in Northern Italy, later I’ve been appointed as After Sales Manager for Belgium and Netherlands around 2006. Further my experience has broadened in Light Commercial Vehicles as Area Manager for Northern Europe and Scandinavia and then as Head of International Key Accounts. The New Challenge for FCA back then was to start business in Africa and I’ve been appointed as Area Manager for Central Africa, so I grabbed my luggage and went on digging for new importers to make business with and there I gained a great experience, it was quite an adventure. Later, I convinced the Headquarters that this part of the world can offer fruitful business opportunities to us and so my role and responsibilities have been expanded to the Middle East. Then one year ago, I got appointed as the CEO of FCA Egypt and I regard this as a unique opportunity.
2. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO RELOCATE IN EGYPT? That’s a good point to discuss. First of all, I’m a fighter. It is not the difficult mission that stirs my enthusiasm, but rather I’m a man who goes after the impossible mission. We can say that there have been some indicators, especially from the economical perspective, that we are prone to face big challenges in the market. Nonetheless, I chose to carry on with determination and persistence to give the team of FCA Egypt something to be proud of. FCA Egypt ranks 1st in Africa in terms of contribution and ranks 10th in the European market, and in my opinion it is about time to bring the same success to Egypt because simply; this team deserves it, and this country deserves it. Speaking of the spectacular team in Egypt; as I come to think of it, people here have been facing many challenges especially that the market wasn’t at its best. And despite all the obstacles that may be reasons enough for the people to stop trying their best and stop delivering, every team member here has done their absolute best to succeed. On a personal level, Egypt makes me feel like home, especially that I Come from Calabria, Italy. We have many things in common with Egyptians in terms of traditions and the rich culture. I’m very eager to explore the opportunities that Egypt will bring to me, and most importantly it’s great to celebrate my 50th birthday here in Egypt.
A drawing from Francesco’s daughter for his 50th birthday at the office board.
3. IN YOUR OPINION HOW IS THE CONSUMERS’ APPETITE FOR EUROPEAN VEHICLES IN EGYPT ESPECIALLY AFTER THE ECONOMIC SITUATION? There’s an important aspect that I would like to clarify in regards to your questions. The right way to celebrate success or achievements isn’t in just speeches where you list things down, so this is why I like to speak with the results. Despite the challenges we faced in the market and the decline in the demands on vehicles in general, I’m very satisfied with the company’s results in 2017 especially that we’ve succeeded in achieving our target in terms of profit. We took major milestones that are worth to mention. Take for instance Fiat Tipo, the family car, though not the cheapest in the February 2018 | 27
market and with regards to its competitive price; it jumped to 5% of its share in the market in 6 months and ranked among the top 10 best-selling in its segment. This marks as a significant milestone especially at a time where the market was shrinking and the average Egyptian family might have been facing financial challenges. Well, let’s admit that Fiat has always been among the most favored cars for Egyptians and I think it’s about time to gain back its strong positioning in the market. Moreover we have introduced Alfa Romoe’s models Stelvio and Giulia at the Annual Automech Formula Motor Show. 4.WHAT CAN BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACE IN RUNNING A BRAND OF EUROPEAN IDENTITY IN A COUNTRY THAT MAY PREFER KOREAN OR JAPANESE? If the customers prefer Korean or Japanese brands, that makes it our fault. We work strategically especially from a marketing perspective to enhance our brand’s strength in the market and for Egyptians to experience the European luxury, and let’s be honest people here in Egypt love Jeep. When you meet customers’ needs in terms of spare parts availability, offering unrivalled aftersales services, in addition to serving the customer from the financial standpoint; we build an iconic position for our brand in the market. We cater different segments of customers from those who seek elegance and luxury, to the adventurous sporty drivers, and also those who seek practicality in family cars. 5. WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR 2018 IN TERMS OF EXPANSION? Given the pinnacle of success we reached in 2017, I’m expecting 2018 to be a year of potential growth. We’ve established very strong networking and rewarding collaboration with highly esteemed dealers in Egypt such as such as Abou Ghaly Motors, Ezz Elarab Automotive, El Tarek, and Nile Engineering. For Fiat we are approaching the market with remarkable results especially for Tipo, as for Alfa Romeo we are doubling the dealership. This is the year we are seeking to make a difference in the automotive industry and to attract more customers. In a market like that in Egypt, it is Vital to look for all the indicators and to implement the best strategy accordingly. Our objective is to look after the needs of the local market, especially from the financial perspective. 6.WHAT IS FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES’ STRATEGY REGARDING AFTER-SALES SERVICE? Our customers are our main asset. FCA’s main objective is building a long-term relationship of trust with our customers which doesn’t end at the selling point. From my earlier experience as After-sales Manager, the availability of spare parts and world-class services are fundamental aspects through which we can gain customers’ confidence 28 | February 2018
in us as a brand. We have a project in collaboration with our industrial partners to expand the service centers in order to facilitate the maintenance operations for our valued customers. Moreover we are working on a mobile application designed to enhance the communication with our customers and to promptly provide answers to their queries. 7. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEADERS, SOME LEAD BY EXAMPLE; OTHERS ARE VISIONARY AND A LOT MORE TYPES. WHICH TYPE OF A LEADER ARE YOU? Well, that’s a type of question that would be better addressed to my people in order to tell you how they perceive me. Instead of listing to you what I am, I prefer giving you an insight to what I am not. I’m not the type of a man who works according to a hierarchal structure, nor am I the bossy, authoritative type of manager. I don’t escape responsibility and I love to lead by example. I love to share every aspect with my team, to keep them in the picture, and when things get challenging; I roll up my sleeves so that together we fight the hardships, and I’ll always support them. I hate the negative work environment where every department is in constant race to prove itself as superior to other departments. This is not the type of environment that is able to produce or construct. I’m passionate about involving myself in everything, not out of interfering, but rather for the fruitful results every negotiation can bring. It is my duty to
convince the Headquarters that this is a great team, a great market, and the future to grow is here, and above all it is my main goal to remain persistent. 8. WHAT IS YOUR SECRET FORMULA FOR SUCCESS? In my opinion there isn’t a certain or exact formula for success. But my interpretation of success is demonstrated in integrity before professionalism. A successful man is one who communicates with his team with profound respect and honesty. 9. WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Nothing beats the feeling of working with a team who fights with all its strength to achieve astounding results. I have to admit that I feel an immense inner satisfaction when I succeed to make the impossible become possible. Opening the door of my office every morning to see my team looking up to me as a reference, as much as it makes me feel grateful, it also places a huge responsibility on my shoulder to make sure I’m always making the right thing, setting a positive example, and taking the most optimum decisions. 10. KEEPING THE CORPORATE TALK ASIDE, ITALIANS ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR GREAT APPETITE FOR LIFE AND FOR LIVING PASSIONATELY. SO WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR THE THINGS
YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT? The thing I’m most passionate about is sports. One of the greatest pleasures is when I get to enjoy playing tennis after a long day at work, especially that I play with Egyptian champions. In my opinion sports also give you the opportunity to meet new people and to socialize. Bikes are my second passion; I’ve been a biker since I was 8 years old, so yes, 42 years of biking now. Moreover, I love playing music and there are plans to start a band. And of course let’s not forget the pizza. 11. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE PRIORITIES IN LIFE? My wife and daughters are my top and utmost priority. My second priority is to be a positive example leading by integrity. As for the third priority, coffee without a doubt! 12. GIVE US 5 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU BEST Passionate, fighter, curious, strongly determined, and well let’s say crazy, because let’s be honest here; coming to the Egyptian market at such a critical time and insisting to make a breakthrough is best described as crazy. 13. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE PHILOSOPHY OR THE MOTTO YOU LIKE TO LIVE BY? My grandmother has taught me this; if you don’t aim high, you’ll always arrive at an average level. But if you aim to as high as the sky, chances are you’ll reach the stars. February 2018 | 29
ADVENTURE- THE WORLD
BEST TRAVEL SPOTS TO VISIT IN FEBRUARY
till recovering from a stressful 2017? In the shortest month of the year, there is still a plenty of opportunities for travelers to explore during this time. With the holiday rush behind us, and summer still a long way off, February is the perfect month for planning a weekend get-away whether you are traveling on a budget or escaping the winter blues.
SINGAPORE February marks the beginning of Singapore’s travel season. Hotels tend to be less expensive around this time of the year, with rates ranging from $275-$300. To top it off, Singapore is home to one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in the world, which kicks off on February 16 with lantern-lined streets, colorful parade, and an excuse to sample all the seasonal treats at the city’s famous markets. Festivities pour outside of homes and temples and into the streets, where locals throw lavish parades and enjoy breathtaking fireworks displays over the River Hongbao. During the day, you can take advantage of Singapore’s cultural diversity with strolls through Indian, Malay, and Chinese neighborhoods with temple-hopping and food sampling. 30 | February 2018
CYPRUS It’s always worth exploring a new part of the Mediterranean — a vast, sun-drenched region that spans 10 countries. In the middle of winter, your best bet might just be the island of Cyprus. Dotted with gorgeous beaches and a 1,000-year-old castle hewn out of rock, Cyprus receives an average of 320 sunny days per year. Of particular interest to Vitamin D-deficient travelers is Golden Beach: an unspoiled paradise with wide, sandy dunes and zero crowds.
SICILY Revered for its oranges and lemons, visitors to the island’s western coast can witness the trademark fruits in a full bloom. While it rarely snows in Sicily, temperatures can get a little chilly — but that doesn’t stop visitors from enjoying the luxurious private villas, trio of championship golf courses, and 43,000-square-foot spa at Verdura Resort, which is nestled between olive groves and rolling green hills. Meanwhile, winter is a festive time on the island, with both the Almond Blossom Festival as well as the Carnival of Sciacca, which has been recognized as the oldest festival in Sicily.
OMAN Flights to Oman are often cheaper than a trip to Paris, with twice the mileage. And as far as seasons go, February offers a mild, Mediterraneanesque climate. Head to the mystical port city of Muscat, Oman’s dreamy capital, which houses two 500-yearold Portuguese forts, a Royal Opera House, and a mosque with an impressive 164-foot dome. To dive deeper into the country’s extraordinary scenery, drive two hours west of Muscat to stay in the ornate Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, which nests 6,500feet high in the mountains. February 2018 | 31
Travel Packages ASIA
TRAVEL AGENCY: Triptanza. DURATION: 8 days, 7 nights. PRICE: 26,500 EGP PER COUPLE. PACKAGE INCLUDES: • Hotel Accommodation • Airline Tickets • Airport Transfers
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TRAVEL AGENCY: Ankram. DURATION: 8 days, 7 nights. PRICE: 9990 EGP. PACKAGE INCLUDES: • Flight ticket • Hotel- Bed and Breakfast
Hong Kong TRAVEL AGENCY: Travel Choice. DURATION: 7 days, 6 nights. PRICE: starting from $650 (around EGP11593). PACKAGE INCLUDES: • 6 nights’ accommodation in Hong Kong in a standard room on bed and breakfast basis. • Travel insurance coverage for the package duration. (maximum 65 years old)
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WHEELS LATEST GOSSIP
DS 7 Crossback This car speaks elegance and performance. Four trims are available: Elegance, Performance Line, Prestige and Ultra Prestige. The entry-level trim gets rear parking sensors, lane departure warning and leather interior trim. Higher ones get 19in wheels, a reversing camera and all-round parking sensors, as well as wireless smartphone charging, electric seats and ambient lighting. The range-topping Ultra Prestige trim gets a full leather interior, adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist, keyless entry and start, a 360deg camera and parking assistant, 20in alloys and a panoramic sunroof. DS’s active suspension scanning system is also fitted as standard; it uses a high-mounted camera near the top of the car’s windscreen to ‘read’ the surface of the road as it approaches, pre-setting the stiffness of the electronically variable dampers to prepare for larger bumps and compressions as they arrive.
LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR S ROADSTER The Aventador S Roadster uses Lamborghini’s 730bhp and 509lb ft 6.5-litre V12 and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3sec dead. It tops out at 217mph. This is just one-tenth and 2mph down on its coupé alternative and ranks the V12 Lambo ahead of smaller open-roof supercars such as the Ferrari 488 Spider. The addition of the removable roof adds just 50kg to overall mass, bringing the total to 1625kg. Four driving modes remain: Strada, Sport, Corsa and the new Ego, which allows suspension, throttle and gearbox settings to be adjusted separately. Drive is sent to all four wheels via Lamborghini’s seven-speed robotised Independent Shifting Rod, which is claimed to switch cogs in up to 50 milliseconds. 34 | February 2018
LEXUS CT 200H Lexus has updated its CT 200h hatchback with design and safety upgrades intended to bring the six-year-old hybrid up to date as it enters its twilight period. Inside, a new 10.3in infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation has been added to the center console on all but the entry model. That variant, the SE, sticks with the 7.0in screen of the old car and doesn’t come with sat-nav. The SE Plus Pack adds Lexus’s Safety System+, 17in wheels, rear parking sensors and sat-nav. Models above this gain keyless entry, heated front seats, privacy glass and front and rear parking sensors. A 13-speaker surround sound system is also available, while the F Sport trim gains bespoke exterior parts designed to add aggression to the body. No changes have been made to the CT 200h’s petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, so it retains the 134bhp 1.8-litre engine, electric motor power plant and CVT gearbox of the pre-update car. Lexus claims 74.3mpg on the combined cycle.
VOLKSWAGEN UP GTI The fast and affordable junior Volkswagen hot hatch is back – and with 113bhp, the new Up GTI packs more power than the original Golf GTI. With 113bhp on tap at 5000rpm from a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine, the Up GTI’s peak power is a significant 30bhp down on the turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine of the 500 Abarth, but the very same output as the similarly configured turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine used by the Adam S. It is backed up by 147lb ft of torque between 2000 and 3500rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a closely stacked six-speed manual gearbox. Volkswagen claims a 0-62mph time of 8.8sec and a top speed of 122mph. This compares to a respective 0-62mph time and top speed for the original Golf GTI of 9.0sec and 113mph.
VOLVO XC40 The XC40 looks like it wants to do things slightly differently to those. Not in its mechanical make-up, necessarily, which is pretty straightforward (more on which in a moment), but at least in its design and ethos. Not only is it smaller, then, it’s a bit chunkier on the outside, and a bit funkier on the inside, than the more elegant but understated 60 and 90 models. It has two options; a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine (D4) or a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol (T5). Entry-level Momentum trimmed cars get LED headlights, automatic wipers and lights, rear parking sensors, 18in alloy wheels, cruise control plus a wealth of Volvo’s safety technology fitted as standard. There are also dual-zone climate control, keyless ignition, electric windows, and Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system complete with a 9.0in portrait touchscreen display, DAB radio, sat nav, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. February 2018 | 35
GEARS - SAFETY
EGYPT NEEDS THE V2V COMMUNICATION
iving in Egypt actually means being able to survive the mad hours of traffic on a regular basis. There come some days when the roads are blocked and you barely move, so probably driving insanely on highways and open roads is an attempt to save whatever you can of your time. Egypt is actually one of the popular countries to break the rules, thus, accidents are inevitable. So, maybe V2V Communication is a prompt solution to save lives.
WHAT IS V2V COMMUNICATION?
V2V is an abbreviation for Vehicle-to-vehicle communication. It’s actually a wireless transmission of data between vehicles. The idea of V2V is implementing the needed technology to warn the driver if there’s something dangerous. Consequently, the driver starts taking caution that there’s an obstacle he should avoid, be it pedestrians, other vehicles, or an unseen ramps. In some cases, the vehicle even starts automatically slowing down to cease an accident from happening.
OTHER LEADS OF THE V2V COMMUNICATION SYSTEM:
• Staying in the Lane: The implementation of this system works more efficiently with intelligent cars. When the view isn’t clear, the vehicles would communicate with one another, so the signals could help each car stay in its lane and avoid crashing into another.
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• Intersections’ Accidents: Most importantly, the system is fascinating with intersections, for that is probably the greatest cause of accidents. The V2V saves the day by warning if there is a vehicle approaching. • Gasoline Saving: Another advantage of the V2V is reducing the amount of gas we waste while being stuck in traffic jams, for it alerts the driver when there is a plenty of other vehicles around. This makes it easier for the driver to choose a different route instead of getting stuck in blocked roads and, consequently, the amount of gasoline used would be significantly reduced. Although these systems can do the world a great favor, the hurdles of implementing them keep showing up. The difficulties include managing the distribution of wireless spectrum along the roads to enable the operation of V2V communication. Besides, installing such a system in any country requires a very high budget.
TECHNOLOGY - WHAT’S UP TECH
WHAT’S UP TECH?
GOOGLE PIXEL 2
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APPLE WATCH SERIES 3
IPHONE X A great blend of handheld comfort and a big, gorgeous OLED screen. Rear telephoto camera outshoots the 8 Plus in low light, and the front camera snaps impressive portrait selfies. Face ID generally works perfectly. IPhone X is an outstanding and winning evolution of the iPhone, but you’ll need to leave your comfort zone to make a jump into the face-recognizing future. Except for that home button and Touch ID, all of the other iPhone 8 Plus features are here, including a fast six-core A11 Bionic processor, waterresistance, but there is no headphone jack. The iPhone X also boasts dual rear cameras which are even a bit better than the already superb ones on the Plus. Wireless charging is on board too, as is the glass-backed design needed to enable it.
GOOGLE PIXEL 2 Google’s Pixel 2 has a splendid camera with OIS and excellent low-light shooting. It’s water-resistant and Google Lens calls up a trove of information to help you explore your surroundings. Google’s Pixel 2 has a marvelous camera with OIS and exceptional low-light shooting. It’s water-resistant and Google Lens calls up a trove of information to help you explore your surroundings. Buy the Pixel 2 for the best camera on any Android phone and fast Google updates, but skip it if you can’t live without a headphone jack or a standout design. The Pixel 2 has the best camera quality of any Android phone, and updates like water resistance and a best-inclass processor make it a top pick. The Android Oreo software will get regular updates and Google’s Lens feature taps into Google’s vast search database so you can immediately learn more about the world around you.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 3 Cellular connection works well for phone calls, email, Siri and messages. Music now syncs more easily. Improvements in fitness tracking and added watch faces. It adds barometer to GPS. It has the same inclusive size as last year’s watch. Battery life takes a major hit when making calls or during GPS workouts. 42mm cellular model is expensive, and that’s before monthly wireless service and Apple Music fees. Still requires an iPhone to set up and pair with. The Apple Watch Series 3 is the best overall smartwatch you can buy, but battery limitations and add-on fees keep it from being a must-have upgrade.
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RUN FOR YOUR FITNESS
“RUN, FOREST, RUN,” at that time Forest Gump (Tom Hanks) ran and never stopped ever since! Every time something bad happened to him, he would run whether from problems, a heartbreak or death. Not only running is an escape from our daily life, but also a very useful sport that is for free, and can be done anytime. So, run, run for your health! Run behind those endless benefits for the sake of your health and overall shape. Read more and get to know the 4 most important benefits of running.
1. FOR FREE
While everyone is paying half their salary to go train in the gym or in any club, you can run for free. Running needs nothing. It is a sport that can be, when committed to it, an addiction to you. Running comes in all sorts such as long runs, intervals, progression runs, and others. Therefore, even if you don’t like running, there is always a type that you can try. Aside from being a free activity, running is so easy to learn. Just put your legs in front of each other, start walking then keep increasing your rhythm.
2. AN ESCAPE
Running is your way to free therapy. When you run, you think of nothing else, and every problem will disappear. It is a sport that will exhaust you both mentally and physically. Ad40 | February 2018
ditionally, running eliminates depression and relieves stress. It also helps you sleep well hence adjusting your sleeping pattern. Even if you’re depressed and curled up in bed feeling drained, just push yourself to run those first steps; it gets easy afterward. After only few steps, your body starts to secrete energy and hormones that improve your mood and elevate your state of mind.
3. IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Exercising in any way improves your health, and helps you lose weight. Among the great benefits of running, regular exercising increases your lung function, improves your cholesterol and strengthens your immune system according to Dr. Zolt Arany, an associate professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Institute at the Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. In addition, running positively affects your overall health, and it is extremely advisable for anyone who suffers from hurt issues and diabetes as well as high blood pressure.
4. LOSE WEIGHT
If your aim is to lose weight, then running is your perfect getaway. Along with all the benefits mentioned above, running is and will always be the greatest activity to go to when you want to lose weight. There are also many types of running exercises that you can try until you find your perfect match. You will burn calories as well as improve your metabolism rate. However, you should also regulate your food intake because running alone will not help you lose weight, but will only stabilize your weight.
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- KETTLEBELL GUIDE
WORKOUT Kettlebells add power and intensity to the workout. It suits you flawlessly if you are looking forward to building muscles. The usage of weight during a workout is advantageous on different levels in general, besides the muscles thing, it increases the metabolic rate, improves the stamina, develops the body balance and stability, and supports in the weight loss process too. As interesting as it is, it is something that needs to be mastered perfectly; if you are new to training with kettlebells, then, you must take into consideration the following tips once you are ready to hit the road with a kettlebell.
WEAR THE SUITABLE FOOTWEAR:
It is true that oneâ€™s comfort start with the footwear, thus, it is better to train in flat shoes, or if you can go barefoot, that would be better. The whole point of the footwear is stability; the more stable you are, the less exposed to injuries you are. A common mistake people make is training in the running shoes; this increases the risk of knee injury.
PICK THE RIGHT WEIGHT:
In order to get the results that you aim for, you must treat your body with understanding and compassion first. That means you should use the right weight, not too light and not too heavy. It is always better to test your core ability using some exercises such as the plank.
The spine must be aligned from head to hips, otherwise; while performing the workout your back will suffer a lot, which may cause lower back injury. Another common killer mistake that people make a lot is not maintaining a straight spine. 42 | February 2018
Mindfulness in the workout is very important because the more conscious and aware you are of how your body reacts during the workout, the more qualitative the session is. You should be able to differentiate between pain and the body stretching, if you are in pain, pause and get back to your coach.
The decision to start working-out is definitely tied to a certain goal. This goal might be anything on earth; it is important to stay patient and goal-oriented; it will be hard at the beginning and you will feel the stretching pain. Cherish these feelings and fall in love with them; make it your motivation to commit to your training schedule. Do not limit your thoughts about how painful or tired you feel during the exercise but consider the outcome. Think of the pleasure not the pain; tiredness and pain at the beginning of the journey will lead you to the feelings of pleasure that you will feel by achieving your goal.
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- TIPS & TRICKS
THE BEST LEAN BODY TIPS AND TRICKS EVER BY VICTORIA HAIG
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hiseled pecs, arms bursting out of your t-shirt, abs that cast shadows. Yes you can have it all – if you train smart. This expert advice cuts to the chase providing simple to follow and easy to implement top tricks and rules of thumb to re program your metabolism, torch fat and all the while build solid muscle. You need to be the most athletic version of yourself – so here are the very best tips to help you do just that. BACK TO BASICS: Take your diet back to basics. The best trick is: choose raw ingredients. Like steak, apples or oats. Choose real nutrient-dense whole foods. Every ingredient added adds an extra step of processing to produce that food. Keep it simple and stick to the good stuff. TURN OFF THE TV: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that people who eat in front of the TV eat an extra 288 calories more on average than those who don’t. No distractions, stay in tune with your body and you’ll be able to better gauge your fullness (satiety). PACK IN PROTEIN: Fill your body with the protein it needs, I could write a whole article on this – increased muscle mass, the thermogenic (fat burning) properties of protein and faster satiety are some of the potent reasons to eat a protein rich diet. To build muscle you should aim for around 1 gram of complete protein for every pound of your body weight. FOLLOW THE 80/20 RULE: A simple rule of thumb is after any cheat meal, eat at least five healthy meals – this endures that you’ll reach the 80 percent quota. IF IT’S WHITE LEAVE IT OUT: Replace refined carbohydrates with complex ones, replace grains like white bread and pasta with the complex carbohydrates found in starchy vegetables and whole
grains. Refined carbohydrates are high in calories and low in nutrients – in short they bring no added value and won’t give your body the fuel it needs. FILL HALF YOUR PLATE WITH VEGETABLES: They contain the right type of carbohydrates and fill you up leaving less space for the wrong kind. Green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and asparagus are your best nutrient-dense options for feeling full. PICK YOUR PROTEIN WISELY: Get the best kind of protein. Animal sources are ideal – they are complete proteins which mean they contain the right amount of essential amino acids that your body can’t synthesize on its own. If you are vegetarian, then choose the right vegetarian sources to provide the amino acids you need. SPREAD YOUR PROTEIN ACROSS THE DAY: Every time you eat at least 30 grams of protein you initiate a surge of protein synthesis that lasts around 3 hours, says Donald Layman, PhD, a professor of emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois. So make sure you’re getting regular quantities instead of overloading at one meal. IRON FOR THE IRON: Rev your metabolism with adequate iron intake. Iron is essential for carrying the oxygen to your muscles, making you burn fat. Unless you restock your store, you are at risk of low energy and a sluggish metabolism. Lean meats, shellfish, beans and spinach are all excellent sources. BE PRICKY ABOUT PROTEIN BARS: The best ones have at least 20 grams of protein from a dairy-based source such as whey, casein or a combination. Aim for a maximum of 300 calories and 15 grams of fat and at least 5 grams of fiber to pack the most punch for this potable protein. Use protein bars as a fall back not an everyday indulgence.
NUTRIENT TIMING: Exercise turns our body into carbohydrate sponges. The post workout window is the very best time to drive carbohydrates to your muscles instead of fat storage. This window starts to close 60 minutes after training, but eating a carbohydrate rich meal within 2 hours of your workout is good enough. LOW FAT MYTHS: Don’t fall for the low-fat claims. Low-fat foods are often processed and made with larger quantities of sugar or salt to add flavor. They can trigger your body to produce fat storing insulin says Valerie Berkowitz M.S. R.D. director of the center for Health NYC. GET MORE CALCIUM: It is essential to the chemical reaction that makes your muscles contract. Calcium also helps them relax better during recovery which can prevent cramps. We know that milk is loaded with calcium but other goods sources include kale, chia seeds, sesame seeds and sardines. REHYDRATE: Replenish your fluids after a long workout. Adequate hydration means better performance and faster progress. Salt can help hydrate but balance is key, too much salt isn’t great but if you’ve had a long or sweaty workout then you can add a pinch to a glass of water to hydrate your body and keep it that way. To conclude, if you are struggling to know the best course of action these cutting edge tidbits of advice are designed to help you understand the overriding principles to blasting belly fat and building total muscle leaving you energized and excited. Use this advice to push you to achieve the body that you have always wanted.
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- MEET THE EXPERTS
MEET THE EXPERTS
Obi Obadike Certified Fitness Trainer with ISSA and Certified Nutrition Specialist HOW CAN I PUT ON MUSCLES NATURALLY?
It starts with nutrition. The ratio that has worked well with my clients in terms of daily caloric consumption for lean muscle mass gains and minimal fat gain is the 16 calories per pound ratio. It also leans on exercise. Even when I’ve trained clients whose goal was to put on lean muscle mass, I still had them doing sprints at least 3-4 days per week, 20-25 minutes per day. You don’t need to lift the whole gym to make your muscles grow, but you want to lift heavier. You have to add stress and tension to muscles to make them grow. I advise a client to train at 80 percent of their one-rep max for each set. A rep count should be 10-12 reps. Once you can separate the myths from the truth about natural muscle gains, you’ll be on your way. Train hard, eat healthy, be patient, and it will happen!
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Jacob Wilson PHD Skeletal Muscle Physiologist WHAT SHOULD I EAT BEFORE AND AFTER CARDIO?
For bodybuilders, this is one of those timeless questions, the sort that you’d climb to the top of a Himalayan peak to ask a wise guru. What would the guru say? “It depends,” of course! Your schedule, your program, and your style of training all play a part in determining what works best for you. But before you slide back down the mountain, hear me out! We’ve definitely learned a lot in recent years about how to time nutrition around cardio, and none of it is too hard to implement. And at least you got your cardio on the way up! One possibility is that the greater fat loss can be explained by the fact that those subjects limited carbohydrate intake for several hours before and after their cardio bout. In contrast, the Schoenfeld study gave subjects carbohydrates either immediately before or after the event.
Jim Stoppani PHD, Exercise Physiology Noah Siegel Personal Trainer and Fitness Model
CAN YOUR CHEAT MEAL HELP YOU BURN FAT?
The best quality of any statuesque body is a set of round, strong shoulders—the ones that look like over-inflated balloons. The problem is, not many guys can brag about their shoulders. Most dudes have overpowering front deltoids born from years and years of heavy bench press. I was guilty of this when I first started working out. It took years before I learned that there was a rear deltoid! My approach to training balanced shoulders varies from client to client, but I usually prescribe a routine based around the medial and rear deltoids. By putting some extra focus on the middle and rear head of your delts, you’ll add shape and size you didn’t even know you could have. Hitting your delts in this way will also increase your strength so you can officially come out of the wuss zone.
One thing that many people don’t realize is that cheating can actually help you lose fat by helping your body maintain a higher metabolic rate. If you follow a low-calorie or low-carb diet consistently over a long period of time, your metabolic rate (the number of calories your body burns each day) will drop. Your body does this to conserve energy, at a time when you’re not giving it all it wants. Think of it this way: The fat cells in your body are basically spare fuel tanks. If you start emptying all of your fuel tanks, your body will try to conserve some fat for possible future needs. So, ironically, the stricter your diet, the more efficient your body becomes. The net effect is that your body learns to use fewer calories to do the same functions. Cheating, by increasing calories and the amount of calories you get from certain macronutrients like carbs and fat, can help to prevent your metabolism from slowing down so quickly. For example, in my experience, when you’re following a low-carb diet it is critically important to include one weekly high-carb day.
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HOW CAN I GET MORE ENERGY FOR EARLY MORNING WORKOUTS?
HOW CAN I AVOID FATIGUE AFTER WORKOUT?
HOW DO I BUILD BIGGER, ROUNDER, STRONGER SHOULDERS?
Getting adequate rest is absolutely vital in regards to energy levels. For adults, 7-9 hours of sleep is suggested. If you are getting adequate rest but you’re still not feeling energized in the morning, the problem may be that your body is in a state of ketosis after fasting throughout the evening during your sleep. Ketosis is when the body is using fat for energy. If you aren’t eating enough carbohydrates, then your body turns to fat for energy. This can cause that low energy feeling before your workouts. Green tea, green juices, coffee and even getting sunlight can help boost energy levels. Starting your workout routine with a fast-tempo, blood circulating dynamic warm up may not only help boost energy but will help prevent injuries caused by low energy, low focus workouts.
Feelings of prolonged fatigue after a workout are typically a sign of over-training or a deeper lying issue within your lifestyle choices. Here are some behaviors to consider. If you meet any of the following, you may need to stop the behavior altogether to eliminate feeling tired post-workout. Your fatigue could be a result of a sugar crash post-workout. Drink green tea for a natural boost. If you are undergoing intense training such as group circuit training, you should not be getting anything less than 7 hours every night. Fried, sugary or processed foods cannot be metabolized properly, leaving your digestive system and immune system strained, resulting in fatigue. Your body needs time to repair and rebuild itself. Working out every single day will promote the breaking down of muscle tissue and the straining of the immune system. You should not be working out for more than 2 days in a row, especially if you are just starting out. February 2018 | 47
BODY & HEALTH
THAT TRIGGER MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES
BY: ALAA BASYOUNI
o you suffer from migraines and headaches on a regular basis? Did you ever experience an episode of pounding headache after eating certain foods? It is not just in your head, you are actually onto something. It is a fact that you are what you eat. Many researches have shown that some food can trigger an episode of migraine while other food choices can help alleviate the condition. Some people report having more migraine attacks after eating particular foods, while others have more frequent head pain after fasting. Others don’t have any food triggers at all. Examining your eating habits can help you maintain a balanced diet and identify patterns that could help reduce migraine attacks.
A diet of five or six small portions of fresh food throughout the day can prevent migraine attacks in a variety of ways. It can prevent hunger-based headaches, reduce the likelihood of eating multiple, potentially triggering foods at once, and help avoid weight gain. Once you’ve established healthy habits, you’ll have a neutral baseline to compare against foods you suspect may be triggering your migraine. Any observations you can make about how your diet relates to your migraine attacks can be useful in reducing your symptoms. If you commit to taking a close look at your possible food triggers, there are steps you can follow to get the best outcomes: 1- Test foods one by one 2- Do not cut out all of your potential trigger foods at once or for long. 3- Avoid stress, which can compound your symptoms, and makes it more difficult to determine which food, if any, triggers your migraine attacks. 4- Keep a headache diary, record any changes you are making to your diet, and note how severe and frequent your headaches are, and which foods you were eating or avoiding when they occurred. 5- Any single food item is to qualify as a 48 | February 2018
potential trigger if an episode occurs within 24 hours. By tracking your migraine episodes through your headache diary, you may be able to identify specific foods that trigger your headaches, and contributing dietary habits as, fasting, dehydration, or skipping meals. Some of the most common foods associated with headaches include: • Aged cheese as, blue cheese, brie, cheddar, feta, mozzarella, parmesan, and swiss cheese.
• Food additives and preservatives found in hot dogs, sausage, pepperoni, and other cold cuts.
• Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an active ingredient found in soy sauce and asian packaged foods.
• Cold foods as eating cold ice cream or drinking ice cold drinks quickly.
Less commonly the following foods have been reported to cause headaches: • Peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, and other nuts. • Pizza or other tomato-based products. • Potato chip products. • Chicken livers. • Smoked fish. • Pickled foods. • Freshly baked goods (donuts, cakes, and homemade breads) • Crackers, and desserts containing cheese. • Beans including fava, lentils, dried beans, and peas. • Onions. • Avocados. • Certain fresh fruits, including ripe bananas, citrus fruits, plums, raspberries, kiwi, and pineapple.
• Dried fruits (figs, raisins, dates). • Cultured dairy products, sour cream and yogurt. • Artificial sweeteners and aspartame. On the other hand, caffeine is found in chocolate and cocoa beverages such as coffee, tea, and colas. Small amounts may improve a migraine, but limit it to 200 mg /day ( 2-3 servings of coffee /day). Too much caffeine or caffeine withdrawal can provoke headaches. Also, there is evidence that some remedies can help treat migraines as, massage therapy, vitamin B2, and magnesium supplements.
some foods you may have thought were triggers aren’t connected to your migraines will let you resume enjoying those foods worryfree. Any changes you make that encourage you to eat a healthier, more balanced diet will contribute to your overall well-being and increase your chances of reducing your migraine attacks. In the end, even if food is not a primary trigger for your migraine attacks, identifying how certain foods affect you and maintaining a balanced, scheduled diet gives you more control over your symptoms and your health.
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BODY & HEALTH - DRINKS
DELICIOUS DRINKS TO INDULGE IN AFTER YOUR WORKOUT PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE Ingredients 1 cup frozen berries 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter 1 scoop Vanilla Bean, Designer Whey Sustained Energy 2 tablespoons rolled oats 1 cup soy milk Instructions Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
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POST-WORKOUT STRAWBERRY COCONUT PROTEIN SMOOTHIE Ingredients 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 cup cartoned coconut milk 1 scoop (1/4 cup) vanilla protein powder (any kind will work) 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground flax seed Instructions Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth!
DARK CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PROTEIN SHAK
Ingredients 1 large banana, frozen 2-3 large ice cubes 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice 1 scoop Designer Whey Gourmet Chocolate Protein Powder 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Pinch of sea salt 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract Optional 1 tablespoon dark/vegan chocolate chips Toppings: homemade whipping cream, vegan whipped topping, or Greek yogurt Instructions Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! Sources: https://fitfoodiefinds.com/
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BODY & HEALTH - RECIPES
HEALTHY OMELET RECIPES TO TRY OUT
SPANISH TORTILLA OMELET Yield Serves 2 (serving size: 1/2 omelet)
Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil Divided 1 cup thinly vertically sliced onion 4 garlic cloves Minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano Divided 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 large eggs 1 ounce reduced-fat potato chips (such as Kettle Brand), coarsely crumbled and divided
HOW TO MAKE IT
Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and garlic; cook 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove onion mixture from pan; set aside.
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Combine 1 tablespoon oregano, salt, pepper, and eggs in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in half of crumbled potato chips. Return pan to medium heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add egg mixture; cook 1 minute. Lift edges of omelet with a rubber spatula, tilting pan to roll uncooked egg onto bottom of pan. Cook 1 minute or until the center just begins to set but is still very soft. Arrange onion mixture evenly over center of omelet. Run spatula around edges and under omelet to loosen from the pan; fold in half. Slide omelet onto a plate; cut in half. Sprinkle halves evenly with remaining 1 tablespoon oregano and remaining potato chips.
WESTERN OMELET Yield Serves 2 (serving size: 1 omelet)
IngredientsWW 1 tablespoon water 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 large eggs 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup (1-inch) slices onion 1/3 cup (1-inch) slices red bell pepper 1/3 cup (1-inch) slices green bell pepper 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 2 ounces chopped 33%-less-sodium ham 1 ounce shredded Swiss cheese (about 1/4 cup), divided
HOW TO MAKE IT
Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Stir in onion, bell peppers, thyme, and ham; sautĂŠ 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetable mixture from the pan; set aside. Put them in a clean pan.
Return pan to medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of egg mixture to pan, tilting pan to spread evenly; cook 1 minute or until edges begin to set. Lift edge of omelet with a rubber spatula, tilting pan to roll uncooked egg mixture onto bottom of pan. Repeat procedure on opposite edge of omelet. Cook for 1 minute or until the center is just set. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese evenly over omelet. Sprinkle half of vegetable mixture over cheese. Run spatula around edges and under omelet to loosen it from pan; fold in half. Slide omelet onto a plate. Repeat procedure with remaining oil, egg mixture, cheese, and vegetable mixture.
MUSHROOM AND BELL PEPPER OMELET Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 wedge and 1 tablespoon sour cream)
Ingredients 1 tablespoon water 1 teaspoon olive oil Divided Cooking spray 1/4 cup chopped green onions 1/2 medium green bell pepper Thinly sliced 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms (about 6 ounces) 1/2 cup chopped seeded plum tomato 1/2 teaspoon salt Divided 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 8 large eggs 2 large egg whites 1/2 teaspoon butter 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded fontina cheese 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream February 2018 | 53
HOW TO MAKE IT
Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add green onions; sauté 1 minute. Add bell pepper; sauté 1 minute. Add mushrooms; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in tomato, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper; cook 30 seconds. Remove vegetable mixture from pan; cover and keep warm. Place 1/4 teaspoon salt, parsley, eggs, and egg whites in a bowl; stir well with a whisk to combine.
Place 1/2 teaspoon oil and butter in skillet over medium-high heat until butter melts. Add egg mixture to pan; cook until edges begin to set (about 2 minutes). Slide front edge of a spatula between edge of omelet and pan. Gently lift edge of omelet, tilting pan to allow some uncooked egg mixture to come in contact with pan. Repeat procedure on opposite edge of omelet. Continue cooking until the center is just set (about 7 minutes).
Put a spoon vegetable mixture evenly over 1/2 of omelet; top vegetable mixture with cheese. Loosen omelet with a spatula; fold in half. Carefully slide omelet onto a serving platter. Cut omelet into 4 wedges; top with sour cream. Serve immediately.
THE ULTIMATE FRENCH OMELET Yield 1 Serving
Ingredients 1 tablespoon water 3 eggs, as fresh as possible, preferably organic and free-range, room temperature 2 knobs unsalted butter 1 tsp finely, freshly grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) 2-3 chopped tarragon leaves 1 tbsp each snipped chives and chopped chervil or parsley 3 rounded tbsp finely grated Gruyère
HOW TO MAKE IT
Get everything ready. Warm a 20cm (measured across the top) non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork so they break up and mix, but not as completely as you would for scrambled egg. With the heat on medium-hot, drop one knob of butter into the pan. It should bubble and sizzle, but not brown. Season the eggs with the Parmesan and a little salt and pepper, and pour into the pan.
Let the eggs bubble slightly for a couple of seconds, then take a wooden fork or spatula and gently draw the mixture in from the sides of the pan a few times, so it gathers in folds in the centre. Leave for a few seconds, then stir again to lightly combine uncooked egg with cooked. Leave briefly again, and when partly cooked, stir a bit faster, stopping while there’s some barely cooked egg left. With the pan flat on the heat, shake it back and forth a few times to settle the mixture. It should slide easily in the pan and look soft and moist on top. A quick burst of heat will brown the underside.
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Let the eggs bubble slightly for a couple of seconds, then take a wooden fork or spatula and gently draw the mixture in from the sides of the pan a few times, so it gathers in folds in the centre. Leave for a few seconds, then stir again to lightly combine uncooked egg with cooked. Leave briefly again, and when partly cooked, stir a bit faster, stopping while there’s some barely cooked egg left. With the pan flat on the heat, shake it back and forth a few times to settle the mixture. It should slide easily in the pan and look soft and moist on top. A quick burst of heat will brown the underside.
MAKE YOUR ABS POP By: Dr. Ahmed Mostafa
As we mostly hear; Abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym. We all for sure got abdominal muscles but not all of us have them shredded and defined. We would like to understand the meaning of it and why sometimes we work so hard, but we cannot see the expected results we imagine. To make it even clearer, we have to understand that fat loss is mainly dependant on the quality and quantity of what you eat. That is why sometimes we eat within our caloric intake range but we still don’t reach our goal. It is totally different when we set our macros based on our needs to make it simpler when we take our caloric need from sweets and refined carbs, it has totally different when we optimum customize our macros (fats ,carb and protein ). Mostly the key factor to lose belly fat is to reduce carbs mainly refined sources that will help to show our abs and here is some advices and some foods that would help to make abs appear more shredded.
• Cut on sugar, simple carbs (such as bread and pasta), refined carbs such as sweets and bakeries , fried foods and alcohol, and to replace them with plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, foods rich in healthy fats (such as oily fish, avocado and nuts) • Avoid crisps and go for nuts as small handful of unsalted unroasted mixed nuts provides stomach-filling healthy fats and many essential minerals. Processed potato slices are what we call empty calories. • Drink more water as it will help body to remove toxins and waste products and make body act in better way. • Set your protein intake around 1 gram for each lbs of weight.
• Eat real food not processed food. • Never starve your body as when that occur, the body slows down metabolism and tend to store fat. • Proper fuel up before and after workout to have energy to train and recover after it. • Consume frequent meals per day and don’t set your caloric needs in one or two meals per day.
FOODS THAT WOULD HELP TO SHOW ABS: 1. Broccoli is a low-calorie food that’s packed with fibre, which will fill you up and help you lose weight. 2. Oats are rich in carbohydrates, which
boost serotonin levels in the brain. 3. Oranges and Grapefruit contain high levels of vitamin C, which can help to reduce levels of stress hormones in the blood. 4. Chicken, Turkey, Beef and Tuna Which contain rich amount of protein. 5. Sweet potatoes are a low-G Index food. 6. Broccoli with high amount of fibers. 7. Cinnamon which can control insulin secretion and help to reduce fat storage. 8. Cinnamon , Green tea , Apples high levels of antioxidant.
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Sometimes I lie
Riccardo Bruni writes a captivating story Amber had an accident. She wakes up in a hospital. She woke up to realize that she cant move or speak. Amber doesn’t remember exactly what happened to her, but she had a suspicion that her husband is related to what happened to her. Amber can remember what occurred a week before the accident and she can also rember her childhood memories from 20 years ago.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Once again, Will Smith mesmerizes us. The Jurassic world theme park is destroyed. Four years after the destruction Grady and Claira return to the island of Isla Nublar . They returned to save the remaining dinosauars from a volcano that is nearly erupting . During their journey ,they find new scary breeds of dinasours that they didn’t know about. The movie is a science –fiction type of movie.
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SERIES Black mirror
The series is a science fiction kind of series. It analyzes the modern society and it discusses the consequences of the new technology arising on people. Black mirror was created by Charlie Brooker. Brooker wanted to highlight important topics such as :the human’s dependency on technology and how technology is affecting our lives. The series consists of 4 seasons and each season is 4 episodes The series won its first Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding Television Movie and outstanding writing
THE BIGGEST HITS OF THE MONTH CAMILA CABELLO FEAT YOUNG THUG-HAVANA DUA LIPA-NEW RULES IMAGINE DRAGONSTHUNDER HALSEY â€“BAD AT LOVE ED SHEERAN &BEYONCE-PERFECT
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MAYAR GABR PHOTOGRAPHER
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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TRAINING
HOW TO WRITE A REASERCH PAPER FEB 8
HWPR workshop for the NINTH time in Cairo, Egypt .. This condensed workshop aims at teaching you how to write your research paper in a quality that meets the standards of publication in international peerreviewed journals.
LEADERSHIP 2: THE INNER GAME
The Dynamic Power Of The Four Elemements - Afrikan Yoga Workshop With Pablo
Having conflicts at work, relationships or even with yourself? Do you become too emotional and take rash decisions that usually cost you a lot ? Well, that’s what Emotional Intelligence is about.For the second time, this “Emotional Intelligence” Workshop will be held, but this time it is a two-day workshop where it is more advanced and we can dig deeper into the topic. So make sure not to miss it. For more information or reservation, you may visit: www.facebook.com/vintagecoworkingspace
Good leaders have always been expected to be able to solve new problems, capitalize on new opportunities and navigate through the ever-changing landscape of business. Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. The leadership attributes – belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills – are all traits, which can be learned. It will be a 2 full days journey at Al Fayoum to discover and handle our internal processors to become faster, smarter and controllable as a leadership device. For more information or reservation, you may contact: 01116888838
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FEB 9- FEB 10
Join us at Lotus Holistic & Wellness, on the 9th and 10th of February, in a life transforming Yoga Workshop, given by Pablo Imani, the founder of Afrikan Yoga. Afrikan Yoga is a style of yoga that comes from the Nile Valley, which includes dance like movements, bringing the elements of Air, Water, Fire and Earth. For more information or reservation, you may contact: 01288547334
SALSA AND BACHATA FEB 12
Dancing is the best way to relax after a hard day’s work. If you want to make new friends, do some exercises or just change the every day routine, you’ve came to the best place! International dance school with two branches in Romania, Europe, One branch in London UK with a unique teaching style, Latin Love Dance School has opened a branch in Cairo in 2014 and with great success the school is growing month after month! We offer you exciting new dance styles, like Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Cha Cha, Kizomba, Reggaeton and Rueda de casino! For more information or reservation, you may contact: Mahmoud Sayed - 010 120 111 41 or visit www.Facebook.com/ LatinLoveCairo
ACROYOGA WORKSHOP AT THE MALA FEB 16
Love AcroYoga and Group Fitness? AcroYogaFit encompasses a Solar (acrobatics) and Lunar (therapeutics) dimension. The AcroYogaFit workshop combines strength training, cardio endurance and flexibility with partner work! It also helps build toned and coordinated muscles in a safe, fun and progressive environment. Equipment free, the circuit-based program appeals to fitness beginners and advanced practitioners alike. You can come alone or bring your friends along :) For more information or reservation, you may contact: 01100285521
SKY FULL OF STARS
EGYPT CAREER SUMMIT
Challengers from all of the world are summoned to join the 4th Marathon in Cairo, Egypt. We’re pleased to run it again with the 888 Quest challengers who will be running the globe in 8 days. This year, we’re about breaking out of the limits, and carrying on beyond it. As running became a habit on our beautiful streets, running full and half marathons are now a habit with our fourth round of the all Egyptian “Marathon Cairo” in the Middle East’s capital.
Charting your career path can feel like navigating a maze. Which way do I turn? How do I decide between all the options? What really fits me? All these questions will help you to identify some possible avenues. Egypt Career Summit is the 1st of its kind comprehensive career gathering and development event to ever hit the heart of Cairo, brought to you in collaboration between Career Advancers & Career180 It is a place where you will get interactive experience and powerful tool for career exploration and development.
For more information or reservation, you may visit: https://marathoncairo2018.typeform.com/to/AUJ6PR
For more information or reservation, you may contact: 01007898227
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TASTE OF INDIA AT CONRAD CAIRO’S SOLANA RESTAURANT
In collaboration with Conrad Makkah’s Indian Executive Chef Shadab Labroo and in partnership with the Indian Embassy, Conrad Cairo prepared a splendid Friday brunch with an Indian taste featuring a selection of Indian flavours at Conrad Cairo’s Solana Restaurant. The Indian Brunch took place at Solana on Friday January 19th, 2018 from 1-5 pm with live entertainment started at 2 pm. Kids under six-years-old eat for free and children ages 6-12 receive a 50 percent discount.
HILTON RECOGNIZES GENERAL MANAGER SOHA EL TORGOMAN WITH THE 2017 MEA PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Hilton, a leading global hospitality company, recently awarded Soha El Torgoman, Cluster General Manager for Ramses Hilton and Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residences, with the MEA President’s Award at the 2017 Annual EMEA GM Awards. Hilton’s annual internal awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of dedicated team members in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). El Torgoman received the award for her notable leadership, commitment to Hilton’s culture of superior customer service, and her efforts to continue driving a positive trend in Egypt. This is the second time in just nine months that El Torgoman has received significant accolades from Hilton, following her receipt of the GM Leadership Award in March 2017. The winner of the award was chosen based on a global internal survey, through which criteria including team engagement, trust and leadership effectiveness are evaluated.
ERIK HUYER NEW GENERAL MANAGER OF SONESTA HOTEL, TOWER & CASINO CAIRO CHEF SAAD MOHAMED THE NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR SHERATON SOMA BAY
Sheraton Soma Bay assigns Chef Saad Mohamed as the new Executive Chef for Sheraton Soma Bay. Chef Saad has worked throughout the Middle East, leading some of the top Middle East culinary teams in Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott Hotels and with a career spanning more than 25 years, Chef Saad is considered an expert in Italian, Asian and Arabic cuisines and for successfully leading culinary teams. Over the next few months, Chef Saad will focus on redesigning Sheraton Soma Bay culinary offerings, ensuring it remain among the best in Egypt. 60 | February 2018
Sonesta Middle East Hotels and Resorts Management, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Huyer as General Manager of Sonesta Hotel, Towers & Casino Cairo. After several years in Asia and Australia working for both global hotel chains and independent properties, Erik moved to the Middle East in hotel leadership roles in Bahrain, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION BECOMES FIRST APPLIANCE MAKER TO ACTIVATE APPLE WATCH FUNCTIONALITY
TATWEER MISR AND LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP
Tatweer Misr has today announced a partnership with Liverpool Football Club (LFC) that will see them become the Club’s Official Real Estate Partner in Egypt. The partnership, which was launched at a press conference in Cairo, will see Tatweer Misr benefit from a range of LFC social media and marketing assets to support their developments across Egypt and their expansion into new markets across Europe – starting with the United Kingdom this spring. Through the partnership Tatweer Misr will also create special opportunities for their clients including visits to Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club and giveaways of signed LFC merchandise.
Whirlpool Corporation is taking its smart home appliance capabilities to new heights with Apple Watch. Rolling out in early 2018, connected appliances from Whirlpool Corporation will allow consumers to remotely communicate with ovens, washers and dryers via Apple Watch. The collaboration marks the first time an appliance maker has connected its products with Apple Watch and its capabilities. Compatibility with Apple Watch will begin with a roll out to more than 20 Whirlpool brand connected appliances in 2018. Consumers will be able to remotely communicate with their appliances through the Whirlpool app on Apple Watch in a variety of ways. This collaboration with Apple Watch is another demonstration of Whirlpool Corporation’s commitment to innovation that serves a purpose. By expanding remote connectivity to home appliances, consumers can continue to personalize their appliance interactions and care for their families smarter, faster, and better.
UP TO 60% REDUCTIONS ON JEEP RENEGADE SPARE PARTS AND ACCESSORIES IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW YEAR
Jeep Renegade celebrates the New Year with the new discounted prices of spare parts and accessories. The new pricelist saves up to 60% to the customers. After numerous consultations with its Headquarters in Italy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Egypt reached a new agreement that allowed it to obtain special prices addressing the situation of the local market; adding an extra competitive advantage for the Renegade thus making it more appealing to customers. The company’s Headquarters expressed a clear understanding of the effect of the exchange rate issue and awareness of the importance of the Egyptian market as one of the most important markets in the Middle East and Africa.
MERCEDES-BENZ IN 2017: THE NUMBER 1 PREMIUM BRAND Mercedes-Benz achieved its most successful year of all time in 2017, increasing its unit sales by 9.9% to 2,289,344 vehicles. The car division’s growth last year was driven in particular by the new E-Class Saloon and Estate and the SUVs. As a result of its success in all three core regions, Mercedes-Benz was the best-selling premium brand in the automobile industry for the second consecutive year. No other German automobile brand in the premium segment posted as strong growth as the Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star in 2017. More than 620,000 compact cars sold in one year once again. Mercedes-Benz will continue this success with the new generation of compact cars, production of which will start in five plants on three continents in 2018.
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FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES (FCA) EGYPT ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 ACHIEVEMENTS AND ITS AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
On the occasion of its Annual Press Conference, FCA Egypt shed light on its most significant achievements and results during 2017, as well as its ambitious plans for 2018. This year’s conference is of special importance as it comes after encountering the most difficult/challenging year throughout the automotive history in the Egyptian market. After welcoming the guests, Mr. Francesco Monaco, CEO of FCA Egypt, expressed his satisfaction of the company’s results in 2017, in general.
WADI DEGLA CLUBS HONORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER RANEEM EL WELILY AND ALI FARAG, THE US OPEN SQUASH CHAMPION Wadi Degla Clubs held a press conference to honor the Egyptian squash player Raneem El Welily after she was honored by President AbdelFattah Al-Sisi and awarded the State Golden Medal of Sport and being named the best player in December according to the Professional Squash Association PSA and she was honored for her general accomplishments since she received the first place title of World Squash Championship held in Manchester, England. During the conference squash star Ali Farag, who won the US Open Championship and the Men’s World Teams Championship with the national team, and Marwan Tarek, World Junior Championship title holder and Dunlop British Junior Open Champion.
VALENTINE’S DAY VENUES
INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO CITYSTARS, HOLIDAY INN CAIRO CITYSTARS AND STAYBRIDGE SUITES CELEBRATES LOVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Valentine’s Day promises love and tenderness, wine and roses, chocolate and strawberries and here at InterContinental Cairo Citystars we help those promises come true in a magically romantic atmosphere, with irresistible cuisine to create the perfect setting for you and your sweetheart. And the mood of love and happiness can also be found at InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites where red roses and love heart balloons add to the romantic mood. At InterContinental our restaurants, lounges and bars glow with a romantic atmosphere for Valentine’s with roses at every venue for the ladies! 62 | February 2018
A VALENTINE’S DATE CRAFTED WITH PASSION AT JW MARRIOT.
Surround yourself with warmth and luxury. Rekindle the flames of your love and party with passion with your partner at the lavish ambiance of the JW Marriott Cairo. We present our guests magical ‘feel good’ experiences with passion. This February 14, our culinary professionals will curate engaging 4-course set dinner menus, served at Cucina, JW’s Steakhouse, Plateau and Lemongrass. Savour a Valentine’s dinner buffet at Mirage Café. La Patisserie is featuring heart shaped tarts to add to the delicious drama of the day. Add a little delight to your Valentine’s Day by indulging in our special Valentine’s offer valid throughout the month of February at Mandara Spa. Enjoy 90 minute Aroma Stone Massage with full access to the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and relaxation area; nourishing both mind and body.
VALENTINE’S DAY VENUES
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR VALENTINE AT RENAISSANCE CAIRO MIRAGE CITY HOTEL
Spoil your loved one on Valentine’s Day at Cairo’s hidden gem Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel. Indulge your better half in a charming ambiance with a scrumptious dinner buffet at Citron, or Chinoix our Chinese restaurant with its inspired set menu complemented with live entertainment. We are passionate to present a Valentine’s Party filled with divine romance at Vintage Bar & Lounge and don’t forget to surprise your partner by gifting them one of our delicious Valentine’s Day cakes from En Passant.
CELEBRATE A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY @ RAMSES HILTON With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, spend the night and make this day an unforgettable one at OPIA Lounge & Bar. Express your affection this Valentine’s and dine with your sweetheart at “OPIA” Lounge & Bar and enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of the Nile River from the 36 floor. Club & Dance all night on an upbeat live music with our resident DJ playing the best tunes along with percussion and violinist. Make your sweetheart’s day by delighting her with our heartshaped Valentine’s cake from the Garden Court Café
A DREAM VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION AT THE NILE RITZ-CARLTON, CAIRO
As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo is offering packages that will help you create fairytales and memories that last forever with your loved one. Give your Valentine’s dinner a vintage and elegant twist by finding inspiration in the fabulous 40s at Vivo.The prix fixe 5 course dinners unfolds a luxurious setting with plenty of quiet intimate dining with romantic views on the Nile. Couples can relive the magic of nostalgic music as they listen to the voice of love; Frank Sinatra all night long. At Nox, DJ Sam will be spinning the best soul and Motown love songs inspired by the 80s. An exclusive rooftop dinner is also an option. The private dining rooftop venue has been transformed into a breathtaking romantic wonderland. Couples can treat themselves to exclusive access to the terrace space, with only 10 tables.
VALENTINE’S DAY AT SHERATON CAIRO
Get The romantic getaway you need in the heart of the city at Sheraton Cairo hotel with our valentine’s package for couples that includes a BB room, romantic dinner at Giannini’s and a Gift Box all for 2,830 all inclusive. What is a valentine’s day without a memorable romantic dinner? at Giannini’s couples can enjoy a romantic dinner of a 5 course set menu, 2 glass of sparkling wine and a gift box all for 900 ++
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VALENTINE’S DAY VENUES
SHERATON MONTAZAH IS WHERE ROMANCE BEGINS:
Looking for the ideal getaway to spoil your partner on Valentine’s Day? The Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria is the perfect destination for couples looking for romantic Valentine’s holiday. There are many ways to celebrate this special occasion that guests will surely fancy. Create romance to remember without leaving the room if you’re in a brightly decorated surrounding overlooking the Mediterranean and the lush Montazah parks. Enjoy our modern facilities; flat screen LCD TV, round the clock room service, sauna and massage treats and live night entertainment. Indulge in the Valentine’s gala party and dinner at the Caesar Bar where romance begins with the love songs of our trio band, Alexandrian Singer “Samir Elal” and the belly dancing. Or pamper yourself with an energizing experience at the Fitness Center enjoying a rejuvenating sauna or a relaxing massage using premium oils.
MAGNIFIQUE ROMANCE AT SOFITEL CAIRO NILE EL GEZIRAH
Enjoy magical moments during Valentine’s Day at Sofitel El Gezirah. Love is in the air. It’s Valentine’s Day. Share special time together. Savor intimate dinners. Take sunset strolls and moonlight walks in our Promenade. Delight in the luminous glow at Le Duplex bar & Manipuri Indian restaurant, explore the Moroccan delights at La Palmeraie or relax near the soothing Jacuzzi with 1 hour massage for 2 at SO SPA. Discover our Magnifique Valentines packages at Le Deck or Casa Mia Italian restaurant and experience Sofitel’s perfect setting for romantic memories that will last forever. 64 | February 2018
VALENTINE’S GETAWAY AT SHERATON SHARM EL SHEIKH
Spend an unforgettable dream holiday with your beloved one in an oasis of peace and tranquility. We offer a special accommodation package for couples at only L.E. 1,300 per night in a panoramic Sea front room including breakfast and dinner buffet. Enjoy our Romance package that includes an upgrade to corner suite, VIP amenities, candlelight set menu dinner at Portofino Italian restaurant on Valentine’s day. We love to pamper our couples by serving breakfast in their rooms on the following day, in addition to early check-in and late check-out. Sheraton Sharm will ensure that its guests will enjoy a perfect and dream-like Valentine. On Valentine’s Day, guests will be welcomed with love tunes, our restaurant will be the perfect spot for lovers to exchange sweet words and indulge in a romantic candlelight set menu Romeo & Juliet dinner.
HOW WILL YOU SAY “I LOVE YOU” THIS VALENTINE’S DAY AT SONESTA HOTEL, TOWER & CASINO – CAIRO!
Come & spend a memorable night with your valentine at “La Gondola” with a charming candle-lit dinner, and experience an unforgettable valentine occasion, while enjoying a selection of gourmet Italian choices in a truly romantic atmosphere with our house band playing your favorite tunes. If you want a Lebanese style, our Chef invites you to taste his Lebanese creations at “Baalbak”. Enjoy a special valentine dinner, an exciting ambiance with live entertainment & Belly dancer. To heat the night up and add some beats to it, “Sindbad’ discotheque is having a special night on Valentine’s Day, with special music, special Menu and Special Décor.
VALENTINE’S DAY VENUES CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE BY THE SPARKLING RED SEA SHORES IN SOMA BAY February is the most romantic month of the year, and it’s that time when Cupid comes to town. Seize this special opportunity and treat your loved one to a romantic hideaway in a haven by the dazzling and sunny Red Sea shores. Ignite the spark of love with a heavenly dreamy stay by the alluring Red Sea and surrounded by the picturesque landscape of pools, lazy rivers, waterfalls and lagoons flowing down to an immaculate golden sandy beach. Indulge in a truly charming experience with your loved one with our Romantic Delights special offer which will indeed sweep anyone off their feet.
The team geared up to set the perfect mood for unforgettable magical moments and attend to every detail. Pamper your beloved in every possible way with a series of surprises starting with a bed of roses adornment upon arrival and a savoury strawberry cake. During your stay, spoil your special someone with a breakfast served in your room and one romantic aroma bath specially tailored for utmost relaxation and soothing.
VALENTINE’S DAY HIGHLIGHTS SEMIRAMIS INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO
Celebrate this international day of love with your loved ones and choose amidst an array of options. Whether you would prefer a quiet romantic setting at The Grill or a fun-filled fiesta at our Teeba ballroom with Cairo’s favourite jazz performer, Ahmed Harfoush, we’ve definitely got the ideal venue for you. Love Stories at India along the Nile are provided. Come to The Grill’s fabulous Valentine’s Gala dinner on February 14th and relish in a five-course dinner. At Birdcage, our tranquil waters, serene settings & creative Thai chefs bring out a special ambiance. Experience authentic Lebanese hospitality as Chef Baz arranges à la carte menus at Sabaya. Dance along to your favorite jazz tunes and enjoy our Italian set dinner at Pane Vino. Café Corniche and the Tea Garden are offering a scrumptious selection of heart-shaped Valentine’s goodies that are undoubtedly to-die-for! Enjoy listening to the piano tunes of Omneya, as she plays your favourite classic love songs of all time. Sit back, relax and enjoy a scrumptious dinner.
EMIRATES NBD EGYPT HAS BEEN AWARDED “BEST DIGITAL BANK” IN 2017 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE MAGAZINE RECOGNIZED THE BANK’S LEADING ROLE IN THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO FACILITATE BANKING
Emirates NBD Egypt has been awarded the “Best Digital Bank” in Egypt for 2017 by International Finance Magazine; the world’s leader in monitoring the global finance community. The award recognizes Emirates NBD Egypt’s leap in digital banking in 2017, bringing it to the forefront of the Egyptian banking market. Emirates NBD Egypt successfully reaped this award from among all banks operating in the Egyptian market. Its latest digital banking system has facilitated cash transfers and bill payments at any time and from any place through its mobile application, increasing customers’ trust in the bank as well as attracting new customers.
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ZOOM IN OPPO KICKS OFF 2018 WITH THE F5 6GB RED EDITION AND F5 YOUTH To celebrate the launch of the F5 Red Edition, OPPO hosted a launch event at SASS restaurant on Monday, 22nd of January. The Red-and-Black themed event was attended by Egyptâ€™s top influencers and VIPs. OPPO offered attendees an unforgettable night, with a musical performance by DJ Dina Akladios.
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ZOOM IN CHARMS BAZAAR AT THE JW MARRIOTT CAIRO! JW Marriott Hotel Cairo staged the fourth annual exclusive Bazaar for Charms JW Ladies Society members to conclude another year of exciting activities. Hosted within the plush surrounds of the celebrated Tutankhamun grand ballroom, this exclusive event gave Cairoâ€™s social elite the chance to shop for a wide range of items. Exhibitors featured a selection of jewelry, handmade crafts, home accessories and clothes, organized by Bazarna. Enhancing the festivities was a delicious lunch presented by the hotelâ€™s talented culinary team and a spirited selection of beats curated by the live DJ.
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ZOOM IN YASSIN HARRAZ VERISSAGE AT SEMIRAMIS INTERCONTINENTAL CAIRO As part of the hotelâ€™s commitment to promoting the arts as well as Egyptian culture and heritage, the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo in collaboration with Picasso East art gallery, hosted a vernissage displaying the artworks of renowned Egyptian artist, Yassin Harraz. The exhibition, which is ongoing until the 23rd of January, featured paintings depicting serene depictions of the Egyptian countryside and was inaugurated by Massimo Bernardi, Executive Assistant Manager in Charge of Food & Beverage, Mohamed Amin, Director of Sales & Marketing, Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Reda Ibrahim, owner of Picasso East gallery as well as the artist himself.
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ZOOM IN SHERATON CAIRO HOTEL WAS HONORED TO HOST THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE CAIRO NILE It took place at The Lions Club and was headed by Samir Sabry on 15th of December to honor stars who have contributed to community services. The ceremony took place in the Ivory ballroom at the newly opened hotel and was attended by an assembly of Celebrities who were honored at the event. Dr. Mahmoud El Maghraby The ruler of the Lionâ€™s region explained the unified charity project for all Lions clubs in serving the community for the upcoming year. The concert included a dinner and a musical performance by Nostalgia band of the great star Sherif Mounir.
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ZOOM IN THE NEW URBAN COMMUNITIES AUTHORITY AND THE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT BANK JOIN FORCES TO INTRODUCE CITY EDGE DEVELOPMENTS
During a gala dinner held today at the Nile Ritz-Carlton, H.E. Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Development, attended the launch of the newly established City Edge Developments that revealed the companyâ€™s unique and distinctive vision in penetrating the real estate market. City Edge Developments, a partnership between the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) with 60%, the Housing and Development Bank with 38%, and the Holding Company for Investment & Development with 2%, is investing a total of 1.3 billion EGP in the development of premium housing and mixed used projects.
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ZOOM IN TATWEER MISR HOSTS A GALA DINNER TO CELEBRATE PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVERPOOL FC In a night to remember where guests indulged in an exquisite festive atmosphere, Tatweer Misr, the Egyptian real estate developer, celebrated celebrate its 3-year partnership with the Premier League’s Liverpool FC at a lavish Gala Dinner at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel. The spectacular night hosted a line-up of the society’s elite, public figures, and celebrities, including Mostafa Fahmy, Egyptian football legends Hazem Imam and Khalid Bibo and the prominent businessman, Naguib Sawiris.
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