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Top Performers at the Rabab Championship ECAHO – C International Show

Prancing Towards Perfection

Arabian horse competition shows off Egypt’s heritage by Brian Wright

Photography courtesy of Nesrine El Guindy

It is a cool afternoon in October, and crowds have filled the small arena on the Rabab Farms in Sakkara to witness the pride of Egypt’s heritage show off and compete: the Arabian horse. For three days from October 27th to 29th, more than 235 horses competed in four categories for the chance to be titled the most beautiful in the country. Judges were brought in from Morocco, Germany, and France to judge the horses in this recognized C-international category show. 10 11

“I think that this event was one of the best that we have had in our history,” stated Ahmed Abdel Raziq, President of the Egyptian Arabian Horse Breeders Association. “This is our second show this year and it took us more than three months to prepare the judges and coordinate with the breeders to make sure that the event went off perfectly.” The first show of the year was in April, and a final show, only accessible to breeders, is scheduled for December 15th. Spectators to the event were equally pleased. “This is one of the largest shows in the Middle East,” stated Claudia Darius, “A-class” qualified judge and school headmistress in Cairo. “There are judges and handlers from all over Europe and this event is highly monitored in the field to see what is coming out of Egypt.” When asked about how horses should be viewed in her opinion, Claudia stated “Each person has an ideal that they are looking for, and they compare each horse that they see to that ideal. There are not any real objective measurements to tell whether a horse is more beautiful than another, but it is really dependent on subjective things like harmony, balance, and just a feeling. I personally have not seen my ideal appear in the show, but believe that there are some really fine examples

of how Egypt has improved.” During the first two days of the event, large numbers of horses are shown, with the judges slowly sifting through to find the best. On the evening of the third day and the climax of the event, the qualifying round of horses are brought out in front of the judges for a final look, running and posing one by one before the overall winners are chosen. “The fact that there are so many horses this time means that you have a very diverse and mature competition,” stated Claudia. “This makes the work of the judges that much harder. Also, they are given no information other than the number and the category of each horse, so they can make their judgments purely on looks.” In addition to the beauty contest, the event also witnessed the first auction held by the association, and 40 horses were auctioned off to the highest bidder. “This is a great achievement for us as an organization because nobody has ever done anything like this in Egypt even though we have been around for 25 years,” stated Ahmed. “The expectations were high for this type of an auction but I think that we have pulled it off and people were very excited to bid on what was on offer. We will definitely have to do this again.”

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In conclusion, most in attendance seemed to agree that this piece of Egypt’s heritage is well on its way to improving, and that the new political atmosphere can only improve the situation. “The love that Egyptians and breeders have for their horses is inseparable,” stated Ahmed. “No matter what happens to the

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country, the horse will remain as it has been for thousands of years. If we do our job correctly and make sure that awareness continues to rise about Arabian horses, we can in this new environment make sure that our love for this amazing animal is shared with others.”

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Read Interesting Facts about the Pyramids to Your Children by G. El Narsh

Random facts are a great way for enhancing children’s general knowledge. Because they are so short and concise they are easy to remember and they’re fun for all the family.

Here are a few fun facts about pyramids in Egypt that you could share with your kids: • By 2008, 138 pyramids had been discovered in Egypt. • It took from a few thousand up to 100,000 workers to build a pyramid. • Pyramids come in all different shapes and sizes. The 3 most common ones are True Pyramids, Step Pyramids and Bent Pyramids. • Most pyramids can be found in Abu Sir, Abu Rawash, Dahshur, Fayoum, Giza and Saqqara. • The most famous pyramids are the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Pyramid Khufu (Cheops), the centre pyramid Khafre (Chephren), the smallest pyramid Menkaura (Mycerinus). • The Giza pyramids are visible from the Moon. • They are considered as one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. • The Great Pyramid was built in the 4th Dynasty by the 6th ruler Khufu in 2550 B.C. • 10,000 workers built it over a span of 20 years. • Regardless of the temperature outside, the Great Pyramid has an internal constant temperature of 20°C. • The Great Pyramid is mostly built out of limestone. • The Great Pyramid is the tallest pyramid ever built with an 10 11

original height of 146.6 meters. However, today it stands at 138.75 meters. • It was the tallest structure in the world till the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889. • The Great Pyramid has a base of 230 meters squared. • It is built out of 2.3 million blocks of stone. • The corners of the pyramid point in the directions of north, south, east and west. • The Great Pyramid has 3 chambers in it. The king’s chamber, the queen’s chamber and an unfinished chamber. • There are no hieroglyphics in the Great Pyramid. • King Khufu’s body wasn’t actually buried in the Great Pyramid; it was buried in the step pyramid near it. • Although having the largest pyramid in Egypt, King Khufu had the smallest sculpture ever discovered. • It is about 7.5 cm high and was found in Abydos. • The Pyramids were seen as a vessel where the pharaohs would ascend to the heavens and afterlife. • The 3 pyramids of Giza actually mirror the three middle stars of the constellation Orion. CairoWESTmag.com


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Pathways • Create winding and curved pathways through your garden from natural materials •

such as slate, brick or gravel. The path from your gate to the main door should not be in a straight line as that would cause chi (energy) to rush too quickly, a gently curved path slows down the chi. The path should be wider at the gate then narrow as it reaches your main door.

Front Gate A metal gate with upward pointing elements is considered lucky. Concrete spheres or forward facing figurines on the gate posts represent guardians of your property.

Feng Shui Garden Tips Using the harmony of nature by Hilary Diack

Creating a haven of peace in your garden is not to be overlooked when applying Feng Shui to your home. In a climate where much of the year can be spent outside why not make it an extension to your living space. CWM brings you some tips to help. 14 15

General Layout The back of your property needs the support of a tall building at the rear, or elevated land. If this is not the case, a tall grouping of trees will do the trick, why not go for some elegant palms. Try to avoid living in a property that slopes downwards at the rear of your home, this is considered inauspicious. • The left side of your property should be protected by a green hedge, and a row of trees if space allows. Any building on the left side of your house should ideally be higher than a building on the right. • Try to leave as much open space as possible in front of your property, it is the best location for a swimming pool of water feature, try to keep it towards the left side more than the right. • The right side of your property is best suited for a low stone wall, or a building lower than that on the left hand side of the property. •

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Planting tips • Tempting as it may be to create a riot of

Water feature tips Contrary to common practice, a swimming pool ideally should not be situated at the rear of the house, it weakens financial stability in Feng Shui terms. If for reasons of privacy this does not work for you, make sure any pool at the rear of the house is not placed too close. There should be room for a winding path leading to it. • Bear in mind that any pool should be proportionate to the size of your home, don’t be tempted to overdo. • A kidney shaped pool is considered to be best. • If you don’t have space for a pool you can have a water sculpture or bird bath, bringing friendly wild life into the garden keeps it vibrant and full of positive energy. • Metal water sculptures work well in the North, a granite water feature is better in the East or South East, remember again to keep them in proportion to the space they are located in. •

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color in your garden, overall you need to seek a feeling of balance. Use a combination of grass, gravel and slate as well as borders of greenery and floral feature areas. Look for plants that energise the space through movement with gentle breezes, and plants that will emanate a delicate perfume according to the time of day. Your garden should awaken all of your senses. • Foremost, identify which areas of your garden receive most direct sunlight, and which are predominately in the shade, choose the most appropriate plants for the situation. The central area of your garden should not be crammed full of plants, it represents your wellbeing, red, orange and yellow plants used sparingly can accent the earth energy of this area. Terracotta pots are a suitable decoration for this part of the garden. • The North area of the garden relates to your career, if you have used a water feature it can be supported by plants with wavy leaves and an irregular profile. White and dark blue flowers are suitable here. • Bamboo is particularly auspicious, it grows quickly, is very hardy, and represents longevity and prosperity.

It works well in the East and South East, along with shrubbery in different shades of green. If you want to plant flowers in this section of the garden go for lighter blues and violet tones. Climbing plants are also a good option. • The South is the best area for placing a barbeque, with South West being another option. As South is a fire element it can be supported by plants with sharp, upwardly spiking leaves and red, pink and lilac flowers. The South West is an earth location and governs relationships, it is supported by fire, so again you should use the colours recommended for the South. Terracotta pots in earth tones are great here as well, or a nice statuette of two birds, animals or people together. • The West relates to metal, which is created by earth, so as well as going for white flowers you can brighten the space with golden yellow and orange flowering shrubs. A feature of rounded grey stone boulders would work nicely here, and plants should have rounded leaves if possible. Avoid tall straggly plants in this area. The West and North West are perfect for your children’s play area, and a nice garden bench or seating area for older family members would be fine as well.

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you are doing so, or keep your cooked meat covered and off the heat. Cut the strings around the osso buco and discard. Bring a very large pot of water (around 4 litres) to a rolling boil, adding 4 tablespoons salt. Add the noodles and cook according

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Many of rhe residents of West Cairo are famous for their outstanding cooking skills. We asked them to share their secret recipes with us, so everyone can enjoy the holiday season with a mouthwatering banquet. Enjoy!

to packet instructions, making sure they remain al dente. Drain, and do not rinse. Return to the cooking pot immediately and add the butter, freshly ground pepper, and a tiny grating of fresh nutmeg. Taste for salt, and adjust.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the gremolata by mixing the finely chopped parsley and lemon rind. To serve, arrange the noodles topped with the osso buco pieces and sauce, and sprinkle the osso buco (not the noodles) generously with gremolata.

Directions: 1. Spread the bread evenly at the bottom of your serving dish. 2. Add the pieces of chicken on top of the bread also spread evenly. 3. Heat the Tashreeba well and pour on top

of the above mixture thoroughly. 4. Add the drained chickpeas evenly. 5. Heat the yogurt #4. On very low heat and stirring all the time. Then spread over the above 6.To garnish sprinkle pine nuts, raisins, almonds and the minced parsley.

stuff turkey until the last minute before cooking). When the turkey has been stuffed, truss or sew closed, cross the lower part of legs and tie with cotton

string. Tuck in wings and fold tail in over the stuffing, a slice of bread placed over the stuffing before tying will keep it from overflowing.

FATTET HUMMUS by ????, ????? Compound

Ingredients: • Boil

one whole chicken, debone and cut into thin strips. Save the chicken broth to use later. • Cut 3 medium size Arabic bread (or shami) into small squares. You have the option of deep frying till golden in oil or for a lighter meal have it toasted in the oven till lightly browned. • The “of the bread: beat in a blender 1 can of readymade chickpeas, 400 gm. of yogurt, 2 to 3 garlic, 1 large spoon of Tahina, 2 small spoons of lemon juice and salt to taste. • Mix 1 kilo of yogurt with 5 cloves of mashed garlic, salt to taste, 10 small spoons of corn starch liquefied in a bit of water and 500 liters of chicken broth. • Lightly fry in oil 5 table spoons of pine nuts, raisins and almonds for garnish. • Mince 1 small bunch of parsley for garnish. • Drain 1 can of chick peas for garnish.

Osso Buco by ????, ????? Compound

Ingredients: • 8 pieces veal osso buco (5 cm-thick rounds

of bone-in veal knuckle, ask your butcher to prepare it for you. Do not remove the delicious bone marrow inside the bone) • 100 grams butter • 4 tablespoons olive oil • 1 large onion, finely chopped (not grated) • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped, without leaves • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped • 4 tablespoons tomato paste • plain flour for dusting • ½ cup red wine (optional) • 2 cups chicken or beef stock, preferably home made, or 1 ½ if you are using wine • salt and freshly ground pepper • kitchen string

For the gremolata (garnish) • Thinly

pared rind of 1 large lemon (adalia lemon), without the bitter white pith, very finely chopped • ½ bunch fresh parsley (leaves only), finely chopped

For the noodles • 750

grams good quality tagliatelle or other wide egg noodle • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces • tiny pinch fresh nutmeg (from whole not powdered nutmeg – omit if whole nutmeg is unavailable) • salt and freshly ground pepper

Prepare the osso buco: Tie a length of kitchen string around the circumference of each piece of osso buco like a belt; this helps keep it in one piece, with the meat and bone together, as it cooks. On a large plate, mix ½ cup plain flour with salt and freshly ground pepper, then coat the osso buco pieces in the seasoned flour. Shake off excess flour and set veal aside. 60 61

Brown the osso buco: The objective is to brown the osso buco at a high heat, so it is important not to overcrowd the pot. In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt half the butter and olive oil and allow them to heat over a high flame. When the oil and butter are very hot, add half the meat with tongs and allow to brown for a couple of minutes on each side until it reaches a deep brown colour (if the meat begins leaking its juices into the fat and turning gray then the heat is not high enough). Repeat with the remaining butter, oil and meat. Remove all the meat from the pot and lower the heat to low.

Create the braised dish: To the same pot in which the meat was browned, and without cleaning it or discarding the oil, add the chopped onion, celery and carrot. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes until the vegetables soften but be careful they do not burn. If you are using wine, add it now, raise the heat and allow

it to evaporate by half. Add the stock and tomato paste and stir to dissolve. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Return the osso buco gently to the pot, ensuring that almost all the meat is just barely covered in liquid. If not, add a little water. Cover the pot and allow the meat to cook completely for around 1½ hours, testing for doneness. The meat is done when it falls apart easily and is completely tender. It’s important to handle the meat gently so that it retains its round shape and doesn’t fall apart. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.You can prepare this stage one day in advance, refrigerating after the meat has cooled to room temperature, but subtract 10 minutes of cooking time. Allow the meat to return to room temperature before reheating; do not take it straight from the fridge to the stovetop.

Fifteen minutes before serving: Reheat the meat gently and gradually if

Roast Turkey by ????, ????? Compound

Ingredients: • 7 to 8 kg turkey • 2 teaspoons ground sage • 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled • Salt

• Pepper

• 100 grams butter, melted • Half litre turkey or chicken stock, for basting

Directions: 1. Choose a plump turkey. Clean and dry thoroughly inside and out, use strong tweezers to remove any remaining feathers. Remove giblets and turkey neck from inside of turkey and rub liberally with salt. Combine sage, thyme, salt and pepper in small bowl. Rub some in each cavity. 2. Pack body cavity loosely with the stuffing (see below) you will be using, (do not

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FOOD 3. Brush the top of the turkey generously with melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 4. Roast turkey, uncovered, at 200°C, basting frequently with melted butter and turkey or chicken stock, or pan juices. After 1 hour, baste and sprinkle with seasonings again, then make a tent with 5. aluminium foil and cover breast loosely. Reduce heat to 170°C and continue roasting for another hour, basting occasionally. 6. Uncover breast and continue roasting until a long pronged fork inserted in the thickest portion of the thigh allows clear juices to flow out. This will take about one and a half to two hours longer, depending upon the size of the turkey and the oven being used. If the juices show any pink leave the turkey in until they run clear. 7. While the turkey is roasting, prepare giblet gravy (see below). 8. When turkey is golden brown and done, allow it to sit for 20 minutes to rest before carving. Transfer turkey to a serving platter. Reserve the pan drippings for gravy.

Giblet Gravy

• pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon paprika

• Chicken

• Pan drippings stock ( freshly made if possible, if not a bouillon cube or granules may be used) • 5-7 sage leaves, finely chopped • Pan drippings

• Pinch of celery seed

Directions: Simmer giblets (save liver for something other than gravy) with a few stalks of celery and several bay leaves, an onion in a medium saucepan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and simmer, reducing volume until it develops into a rich stock. Put some of the turkey drippings into a small pan, make a roux with all purpose flour, then add the turkey stock, mixing well so no lumps remain. Add chicken bouillon, if desired. Stir in 5-7 leaves fresh sage, finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage. When turkey is done, add some more of the pan drippings to this gravy, pouring off excess fat first.

Stuffing Ingredients: • tablespoon olive oil • 1 tablespoon butter • 1 shallot, finely chopped

• 2 1/2 cups chicken stock • 200 grams butter • 2

packets bread (not too fresh), remove crusts and crumble into breadcrumbs. • 1-2 eggs • 3-4 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Directions: For a flavourful stuffing, sauté finely chopped chicken livers in 1 tablespoon each olive oil and butter with 2-3 cloves chopped garlic, 1 shallot, 2 stalks chopped celery, 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and a pinch of celery seed. Add 2 1/2 cups chicken stock and 200 grams butter. When butter melts, stir in breadcrumbs. Mix well; remove from heat and quickly stir in 1-2 eggs, and 3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley. Pack stuffing loosely into the turkey cavity, any extra can be put in a buttered baking dish, cover with aluminium foil, removing foil to allow stuffing to brown during the last 20 minutes (the stuffing can be browned after the turkey is removed by increasing oven temperature to 250° C.)

• Giblets ( trimmings from inside the turkey)

• 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

Serving recommendations:

• 2-3 celery stalks

• 2-3 cloves chopped garlic

Great with brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, and of course, cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly.

• All purpose flour • 2-3 bay leaves • 1 onion

• 1/2 teaspoon sage, chopped

Tiramisu by ????, ????? Compound

Ingredients: • 750g Mascarpone • 1

Vanilla Pod, cut in half lengthways and seeds scraped out and set aside • 100g Real Belgian Dark Chocolate, grated • 48 Vicenzi Finger Biscuits • 3 tbsp good quality cocoa • 3 egg yolks • 2 egg whites • 70g sugar • 3 cups strong cold coffee

Directions: 1. Combine the mascarpone and vanilla seeds in a bowl 2. Beat the egg yolk and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy 3. In a separate bowl, using a well cleaned beater, whisk the egg whites to stiff peak 4. Add the egg yolk and sugar mix to the mascarpone and combine well; fold in the egg whites in three stages

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5. Soak each finger biscuit in the coffee until a little soggy, then line them in the bottom of a dish and pour half the mix over the biscuits, spread out evenly 6. Dust the cheese layer with cocoa and grated chocolate and repeat the biscuit layer followed by another cheese layer

7. Dust again with cocoa and grated chocolate 8. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight for best results 9. Serve chilled with good coffee and enjoy Serves 6-8, 20 minutes + 6 hours chilling

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Re-Routing Your Body Energy Healing to fight the symptoms of aging by Brian Wright

The human body is a complete unit, made up of individual systems that work in harmony with one another to create a balance that allows for a long, healthy life. Some of these systems you can easily comprehend, such as your skin or your stomach, making the quick treatment of these systems much easier. Another system, your body’s internal energy flow, lies within the depths of your body.

Based in several ancient cultures, including the Japanese, the field of energy healing aims to re-route this flow of energy in your body, correcting blockages and reintroducing the harmony that can have a direct effect on your outward health. Fortunately for residents of West Cairo, you do not have to travel all the way to the end of the world to experience this treatment, as there is currently a specialist in town who can provide energy treatment sessions at home: Nao. Nao’s journey into energy healing began from his childhood, with his father first introducing him to the practice. As he reached middle school, his knowledge continued to grow and the field of energy healing became a regular part of his life. After finishing his formal education, he has now decided to travel the world, honing his skills and treating clients in Hawaii, Canada, California, and now Cairo. He currently operates out of the Yogi Yoga studio in Mohandessin, but is also available for home sessions. Energy healing is not so much a form of treatment for particular illnesses, but it is part of a more holistic look at health and well-being. “Problems that appear within your body’s energy result in a lack of balance and occur over time,” said Nao. “This imbalance is usually caused by incorrect lifestyle choices and a compounding of the stress that you put on your body. These

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build up over time, and eventually will overflow to your external health after reaching a critical point. With energy healing and improving your lifestyle, you can work to correct this imbalance before it appears externally.” Sessions in energy healing are usually simple, with the client lying on his or her back on the floor in a location that they are most comfortable. “The more relaxed you are, the more successful the session will ultimately be,” stated Nao. “Therefore, if a client for some reason is unable to be at the studio for the two hours of the session, a home visit could be arranged for exceptional cases.” Nao then focuses his energy and passes his hands without touching along parts of the client’s body, interacting with your internal energy and reorganizing it. A typical session takes about one hour. Beyond his basic treatments, Nao is currently offering a new program that aims to use energy healing to combat the negative effects of aging. “Aging is not determined by the clock, and the way that your body gets older is directly in your hands,” stated Nao. “From the energy point of view, we typically associate aging with a number of negative aspects, such as physical deterioration, forgetfulness, and others while youth is often more positive and associated with vitality,” stated Nao. “My goal with this type of treatment is to organize the body’s

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“My goal with this type of treatment is to organize the body’s energy to promote the positive aspects of youth and remove the negative aspects of aging.”

energy to promote the positive aspects of youth and remove the negative aspects of aging.” These sessions are slightly more intensive, and take approximately two hours. As a final note, energy healing is practiced on pretty much every type of person, but you should realize that there will be changes in your body after sessions. “Especially with the two-hour sessions, there can be some side effects,” said Nao. “Nothing is dangerous, of course, but when you change your body’s energy patterns, it can cause your hormones to rebalance themselves, resulting in symptoms like mood changes and other discomforts. However, these are all temporary and act as your body’s way of telling you that something new is happening and that once it has finished working it out, things will be better.”

Living Well Tips 1. Vitamin C – Consume at least 500mg a number of times per day. This promotes a strong immune system, and will lead to speedy recoveries after injuries. Also, Vitamin C is critical for the production of collagen, which keeps skin elastic and prevents wrinkling. 2. Fruits and Vegetables – Eat as many as you possibly can, preferably raw as cooking can remove many of the valuable vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Contact information: Nao +2 0127 368 9964 Nanice (owner of Yogi Yoga) +2 0106 099 2777

3. Use your body and mind – Continuously challenging your body and mind to new things through activities such as yoga or studying a new subject keep you in control over how your body works and keeps you from stagnating. 4. Sleep – Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. This is when your body does most of its healing and is one of the most important aspects to good health. If you have a backlog of sleeping hours, try taking a sleep vacation where you sleep throughout an entire weekend, only waking up to eat fruits and vegetables for the vitamins

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Yogi Yoga 21 Fawakeh St., Ground Floor, Mohandessin Same building as Nail Spa Energy Healing Sessions Youth Rejuvenation Package 1 Week – 3 Sessions per week – 2 Hours per session $600 4 Weeks – 3 Sessions per week – 2 Hours per session $2,000 General Sessions 400 LE

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Home Protection by Man’s Best Friend Your Guide to Guard Dogs By Brian Wright

As opposed to the high-rise apartments in the crowded districts in the city, most West Cairo residents live in much smaller homes. Although this has come with a number of benefits, it also means that security has become a serious concern. Installing iron gates, sophisticated alarm systems, and hiring security guards are a few of the ways that residents have chosen to protect themselves. However, there are an increasing number of guard dogs.

“Once they have developed a bond with you and your family, however, their loyalty will never fade, and they will protect you until the end.”

To answer all of your questions on the matter, Cairo West Magazine has spoken with two experts in the field: owner of Candy’s Kennel Hend Qutub and Hashem El Dandarawy, CEO of the K-9 Academy. For starters, there are a number of breeds that tend to be stronger guard dogs, such as the German Shepherd, Belgium Malinois, Rottweiler, Doberman, Giant Schnauzer, and Pitbulls. Many of these breeds tend to be more aggressive especially as they get older and larger, and should not be used for families with children. In these cases, you might want to go for a Labrador or Golden Retriever, which are great family dogs that form some of the strongest connections with their owners. However, it’s not all about the breed. “Almost any dog can become a guard for you personally or your home,” stated Hend. “Even the smallest dogs, although they are not going to attack anybody, can be perfect alarms, barking loudly to get your attention when they sense that there is something wrong or a stranger is approaching the house.” Once you have chosen a breed, it’s then time for training. Starting young is key, and most recommend that you also include some basic obedience training. “Our philosophy looks at training dogs in a similar way to building a house by preparing the site, placing the foundation, building the structure, and then finishing,” stated Hesham. “We spend from months 2 to 10 just playing and getting the puppy used to people. At 10 months we then begin stimulating his natural drives to protect, and then into the first year the dog becomes mature and we can start serious training. Over time, we continue to provide training throughout the life of the dog to make sure that they continue to stay at their top.” For the exact length of training, however, it all depends on the individual dog. They tend to take on personalities, and some will take to new ideas quickly while others will take a long time to get something right. It is also recommended by most trainers that the owner be present during the sessions. “I always recommend that the owners themselves attend the training sessions,” stated Hend. “Especially at the earlier stages, it is all about building the bonds between the dog and the owner. This will ensure that the dog remains loyal to you and can also become a part of the family, and not just an item that you have purchased.” There have also been rising concerns recently that some training methods used are inhumane, painful, and can seriously injure the dog or make it overly aggressive. This is mainly due to the fact that the trainer is an amateur, or doesn’t

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On The Road know what he or she is doing. They fail to communicate with the dog properly, and then resort to fear and violence in order to make the dog do what they want. To avoid this, the best method is to be present during the training and always use a well-known center that you can visit and make sure that the quality is what they state. Feeding your guard dog can also be an important factor that affects its performance. “With my dogs I always try to provide them with freshly-cooked simple meals that are filled with the vitamins and minerals that they need,” stated Hend. “Fresh garlic helps to enhance the color of their coats, while all types of fish oils are great too. If you don’t have time to cook, there are plenty of great brands available in the stores, but do make sure that they are getting plenty of protein and carbs for energy. Also, the timing of when you provide the food can be critical. “If you are expecting your dog to guard at night, you probably shouldn’t feed it in the afternoon because it will be too tired and have used all its energy,” said Hesham. “Alternatively, a big meal in the morning can act as a reward for a good job done during the night.” In conclusion, the most important aspect about getting a guard dog is realizing that this is not a car or new piece of electronic equipment, rather a living animal that has feelings and needs to be understood. “Dogs in many ways are like children,” said Hend. “They need to be loved, cared for, and constantly responded to in order to feel as though they are wanted. Once they have developed a bond with you and your family, however, their loyalty will never fade, and they will protect you until the end.”

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Contact information: Candy’s Kennel +2 0122 674 1133 K-9 Academy www.k-9academy.com www.k-9sense.com CairoWESTmag.com


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Christmas Travelling Packages It’s time for a real break!

It’s this magical time of year again and most of us manage to get valuable days off work and school. We compiled a list of packages to the most enchanting destinations, to ease your travelling decisions.

United States Miami & Orlando 9 days/8 nights Rate starting EGP 9,470 per person, on double occupancy basis (Excluding airline taxes). Package includes: 4 nights accommodation in Miami on meal basis as below. 4 nights accommodation in Orlando on meal basis as below. Round trip economy class ticket on EgyptAir, daily departure. Internal flight New York/ Orlando/ Miami/ New York. Travel insurance for the package duration. By Thomas Cook

India Golden Triangle - Delhi - Jaipur-Agra Seven nights starting from 7235 EGP per person on double occupancy basis. Package Excludes: • Round trip economy class ticket on Oman Air including current taxes. • Seven night accommodation at chosen hotel category including breakfast and taxes. • Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival at Delhi airport • Air conditioned large transport throughout the tour, transfers between cities, airport and hotels as per below itinerary. • Services of English speaking local guide for sites in below itinerary including

entrance fees dance show with dinner in Delhi & a Rajasthani dance show with dinner in Jaipur • Elephant ride/Jeep ride (one way) at Amer, Jaipur • Indian entry visa L.E. 800 per person/ passport including essential travel insurance • Supplement for blackout dates 20 Dec to 5 Jan available upon request. Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport by bus including meet and assist upon arrival.Travel insurance coverage for the package duration. By Excel Travel • Indian

Czech Prague Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights Starting From: 4900 LE Package includes: Regular non-direct flights i.e Turkish airlines, roundtrip economy class including taxes 4 nights accommodation including breakfast & taxes. Airport transfers in Prague By Travco

Kenya Nairobi 6 days/5 nights Rate EGP 11,140 per person (Excluding airline taxes) Package includes: 1 night accommodation in Nairobi on bed and breakfast basis. 1 night accommodation in Mount Kenya on full board basis. 1 night accommodation in Nakuru on full board basis. 2 nights accommodation in Masai Mara full board basis.

Round trip economy class airline ticket on Kenya Airways, daily departure. Round trip transfer Nairobi Airport/ Hotel/ Nairobi Airport by mini bus. Transportation in minibus includes private minibus on Safari, airport transfers, 5 game drives and all below vistis. English-speaking driver. Travel insurance coverage for the package duration. By Thomas Cook

France Paris

Lebanon Beirut

Paris Package Valid Till 31st March 2012 5 days starting from starting 4110 EGP per person including taxes on double occupancy basis. Package Includes: Round trip economy class Egyptair ticket Cairo/Paris including current taxes. Four night accommodation in standard room at chosen hotel including breakfast and taxes. By Excel Travel

5 days/4 nights, Rate EGP 3,200 per person (Excluding airline taxes) Package includes: Flight ticket Cairo/ Beirut/ Cairo on Middle East Airlines. 4 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis. Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport by bus including meet and assist upon arrival. Travel insurance coverage for the package duration. By Thomas Cook

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England London Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights Starting From: LE 6500 per person on double occupancy basis Package includes: Economy roundtrip airfare, including taxes Accommodation for 6 nights including breakfast & taxes Airport transfers in London By Travco

Morocco Casablanca Imperial Cities Morocco Package Seven nights starting 7550 EGP per person including taxes Package Includes: Round trip economy class ticket on Egyptair Cairo/Casablanca including current taxes Welcome & assistance at Casablanca Airport Hotel accommodation at chosen category on half board with dinners in the respective hotels with exception of Thursday where lunch is served.

Seat in coach transportation with an adequate deluxe vehicle according to the number of participants Multilingual tour escort /guide throughout, and local guides in the cities. Entrance fees to the monuments indicated in the program Portage of luggage and tips at the hotels and restaurants Our professional agents assistance at all times By Excel Travel

Emirates EmiratesDubai Dubai

Cyprus Limassol

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights Starting From: 3900 LE Package includes: Economy rountrip airfare, including taxes Accommodation for 4 nights including breakfast & taxes. Airport transfers in Dubai By Travco

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights Starting From: 3700 LE Package includes: Roundtrip airfare on Egyptair, economy class including taxes 4 nights accommodation including breakfast & taxes Airport transfers in Cyprus By Travco

Contact information: Excel Travel: +2 02 2418 2124 / Fax +2 02 2418 2154 tourism@exceltrvl.com

Thomas Cook: Call Center 16119

Travco: 19779, +2 02 3854 1111

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Sheraton Dreamland Capacity: The new ballroom is still under construction however they can accommodate 500 pax banquet style by the main swimming pool, 100 pax banquet style on water falls pool, and 80 pax banquet style & 150 pax pass around at the Tao lounge. Buffet: 220L.E. all inclusive per person including one round of soft drinks on going mineral water & sharbat. No outside catering allowed. Entertainment and decoration: Palm trees and rocks around the

Your Dream Wedding Venues in West Cairo

pool area that we decorate with bee lights which gives a very nice atmosphere throughout the wedding , our decoration package is at the rate of L.E 800.00 including entertainment (zaffa / video photo shoot / wedding & zaffa photos / bee lights /D.J) and decoration (Flower arrangments/center piece / love seat ). Parking: Free car park that can accommodate up to 100 cars. Booking: It is preferred to book early prior to public holidays.

Because you don’t need to look any farther Mövenpick – 6th of October The wedding season takes Cairo by storm starting March. And because weddings are not a piece of cake and usually need months of preparation we compiled for you a list of the available wedding venues in West Cairo, including the most important information you need to know, so you can start your preparations as early as needed.

Capacity: Convention Center: From 300 Till 1500 Pax – can be divided into 3 Ball Rooms if requested. Eman ballroom: From 100 – 330 pax Pool: From 100 - 1000 pax Moroccan: 75 pax Buffet: They have four different set menues that range from XXX to XXX Entertainment and decoration: Center pieces, kousha, cover chair, table cloth and chair ribbon, and flowers are included in the package.

As for the entertainment what is included in the package is the usual items like the Zaffa and DJ. But our impresario can provide anything requested. Any extras requested available with extra charge. Parking: Parking Available with fees, and accommodates up to 1000 cars. Booking: Any booking should be done with a deposit to be reserved. No verbal wedding reservations allowed, and definitely the earlier you book the more the date requested can be guaranteed.

Hilton Dreamland Capacity: Pegasus ballroom can accommodate up to 100 guests. Orion ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests including the dancing floor, kousha, etc Buffet: They have 3 various buffet options that range between LE 230.00 per person inclusive taxes until LE 285.00 per person inclusive taxes. (Rates are applicable until end of December 2011)It includes 5 layered wedding cake, tea, coffee, mineral water, one soft drink per person during the buffet time. No outside catering allowed. 32 33

Entertainment and decoration: They have 3 packages with different price ranges. This is in addition to a one stop shop experience where we have a representative from our wedding planners on daily basis to display the various package components. Parking: parking lot that accommodates up to 300 cars. Valet parking services available. Booking: The earlier a couple book the date the better to secure the date. CairoWESTmag.com


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City View Capacity: They have no ballrooms, only an outdoor area, it’s around the swimming pool overlooking the Pyramids. Maximum capacity is 600 pax and they only accept weddings once per month. Buffet: The food and beverage is managed by Crave restaurants, the wedding menus prices are between LE 180 to LE 220 ++ exclusive the beverages. They do not allow outside catering, Crave is their sole caterer. Entertainment and decoration: They do not have a certain

entertainment packages but their unique attraction is the Pyramids view and the climate, the temperature there is 6 degrees less than downtown. They do not provide flower arrangements; the guests are free to provide their own set up. Parking: Valet parking is available. Booking: A 2-month notice in advance to make sure that all arrangements are well handled.

Seasons Country Club Capacity: They have two gardens for weddings 1) 1200m2 able to accommodate 550 persons as a maximum capacity called the “Garden Breeze” 2) 1500m2 able to accommodate up to 750 persons, called “The Crocket”. A small garden is also available next to the kids club called the “Kids Garden”: accommodate a maximum of 80 persons. Buffet: The beverage package is L.E 45.00 per person open all night long, otherwise, client can buy the drinks and we charge them L.E 7.00 fee per person. They have three classic buffets for weddings; that range from XXX to XXX. Also tailor made packages could be arranged according to the wishes of the client. They do not allow

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outside catering as they already have all the food and beverage facilities in place. They previously allowed some food to come from outside as an exception to reduce the cost like smoked salmon, shrimps, caviar, lobster and sushi as they do not provide sushi yet. Entertainment and decoration: Entertainment packages are up to the guests as the gap in pricing ranges is huge. But there are restrictions such as belly dancers and baladi bands are not welcome. A zaffa is allowed. Flowers arrangement and set up is done through an event planner not through us. Parking: Valet parking available. Booking: 2 months minimum in advance

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He’s the guy with many accents, amazing sense of humor, and wit that makes the hours in our cars all the much more tolerable. It’s Nile FM’s very own Safi, bringing to you the tips he airs on Nile FM’s Aware. You heard them before, but just so you remember…

When boiling water for hot beverages, try not to use more water than you need, as it will take longer to reach boiling point, and use more electricity. By thinking green, we’ll be saving for ourselves and our future generations. A dripping or leaking tap left for 1 week can sometimes waste enough water to fill an average sized bathtub. Take a moment and think about how much time, traffic, money and frustration we would save if we had some of our business meetings via video conferencing and conference calls. That way we can do more, and waste less. Second hand smoke is responsible for 1 in 10 tobacco related deaths. Just because our society is tolerant of smoking indoors doesn’t mean the lives of our children and loved ones should be put at risk. If you must smoke, don’t endanger others and always smoke outdoors. Smoking kills and you know it. 34 35

The average car travelling at 30km/h will need about 10m to come to a complete stop if the driver brakes for an emergency. At 60km/h, it will need over 30m to stop. At 100km/h the car needs over 70m, and at 120km/h, the average car requires over 100m to come to a complete halt. Don’t underestimate speed, please drive safely. It takes 1 hour to drive 100km at a speed of 100km/hr; at 120km/ hr you’ll cover the same distance in about 50 minutes, while at 140km/hr it will take you approximately 42 minutes. Is risking your life worth getting there a few minutes earlier? Remember, everyone who decides to vote has in their perspective decided to make a positive change in our country. We should all respect each other’s decisions and opinions even if they are contrary to our own. Without respect, there is no progress. We must all play our part. CairoWESTmag.com


What was it like growing up in a family of celebrities? How have you dealt with the fame? My parents are the ones who really exposed me to the arts. It’s like for normal kids, a vacation would be going to a sports club or out to the beach or somewhere. For me and my sister, however, it was going backstage at a performance with my father or out with my mother to a film shoot. This environment also got me used to fame and all the issues that come with it, especially strange people approaching you everywhere. God has given me this talent and I believe that I should use it for the sake of art and therefore am not upset when people come up to me and tell me how much they have enjoyed my performances. Of course, it does negatively affect your personal life. If I happen to go out with a guy just as friends, there’s always going to be some newspaper or television show that will try to create a relationship between us that doesn’t even exist. Then, if I ever do decide to get into a real relationship, the press is very critical, going into every personal detail that they can imagine. Getting into my personal life is very annoying, but you have to stay calm and get over it.

How were you chosen for your role in X-Large? Did the film meet your expectations? By Brian Wright

A Talent for All Genres

Dunia Samir Ghanem

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Dunia Samir Ghanem is one of Egypt’s rising cinema stars from one of the country’s most well-known acting families. And although she secured her first acting job at the age of 16, the last few years has seen her building a reputation of her own.

I was first contacted by the producer Walid Sabry who told me that Ayman Bahgat Amar had written a new script that he wanted to show me. I have enjoyed much of Ayman’s previous work and feel that he is a great writer, and after seeing the script immediately agreed to do the film. I felt that the ideas presented were fresh and were already going to come out on their own, but the work of director Sherif Arafa as always just takes the text to another level. Not too many people have the ability to bring something to life the way he can.

How did you feel working with Sherif Arafa? I know that there are rumors about Sherif Arafa being hard to work with because he has a strong personality. However, my personal experience has been the exact opposite. He listens to what the actors have to say. For example, during one scene, I suggested to Sherif that he changes the camera angle in order to improve the way that I came out in the acting. After proving my point, he actually changed the entire shot layout according to my suggestion. This was a first for me as an actor.

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What was the most memorable moment during the shooting of X-Large? At one point, I was walking in public with Ahmed Helmy when he was wearing his full makeup. People would come up to us and know who I was without even recognizing him. It was hilarious and a real shock for me.

You are well-known for your work with Ahmed Mekky. Were you worried at all about changing crews? Any time a person goes to work in a new place there are always worries. I felt with my old team that I could say anything and that we were all comfortable with each other. There were of course the first few bumps as we were all getting used to each other, but eventually it all worked out.

Many people comment that you have a great singing voice. Have you ever considered a musical career? I had actually signed a contract at one point with Free Music and we recorded a few singles, but never went ahead with the full album. I consider transferring from acting to music as a major step in a person’s career, and I think that I would definitely love to pursue it, but gradually.

Which of your roles had the greatest effect on you personally? Definitely the strongest and most depressing thing that I have ever done was my part in Al Farah. That took a lot from me and really affected me. Thankfully, I started shooting Teer Enta quickly afterwards, which helped me calm many of the intense feelings.

What kind of roles are the hardest for you? Believe it or not, playing a normal girl who is just like me is the hardest. When you have to take on a complicated character you have to study a lot, and there are reference points which you can draw from. When you are just a normal person, however, there is very little to go off.

If you could be anything else other than an actress or singer, what would it be? I would have loved to be a school teacher for young children. I have always felt that we get out positive energy from children, as well as the elderly. They are still holding on to a basic innocence and there’s truth in their statements. When they tell you that they love you, for example, you know that they really mean it.

As our last question, what is your upcoming role? What would you really like to perform in if you had the chance? Currently there are a lot of offers that I am currently looking over but have not made any final decisions on anything. I would love to do anything new directed for children. There is very little in the market right now by Egyptians that looks at children in a new way, doing something intelligent that they can understand.

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