Ancient Egypt will be Shown to the World in Style!

Ancient Egypt will be Shown to the World in Style!

Ancient Egypt will be brought to life in The Grand Egyptian Museum that is on schedule for its inauguration in August 2015 and this week began the final phase of construction. Egypt’s minister of antiquities promised no delays and stands by his commitment to the Egyptian people as they look forward to showing the world ancient Egypt and more modern history of Egypt.

As they signed the official documentation the Belgium BESIX group and Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries both said that they are totally dedicated to completing the construction on time. The deal between the two companies is said to be worth $810 million.

The Grand Museum is promising to be an architectural modern masterpiece and has a stunning location overlooking the Pyramids at GIZA. Egypt’s current main museum first built in 1891, is located in Cairo in Tahrir square and houses some very special items from ancient Egypt including treasures of Tutankhamon, mummies and precious jewels. This new unique construction will house over 100,000 million artefacts from ancient Egypt and will be the largest conservation center around the globe.

The Minister stated that history is taken place here in celebration on the anniversary of the uprising that forced the prime minister out of duty in the January uprising last year. This stunning museum will honor all who made it happen and the youth of Egypt’s future.

He said he hoped this new addition to Egypt’s history will “honor” the brave youth of the revolution. Last Tuesday the commencement of the building was inaugurated by BESIX and OCI officials. The museum will have a high tech security system unlike the main museum in central Cairo. The hopes are to increase Egypt’s tourism economy and raise employment opportunities for up to 5000.

The total floor area will be 32,000 square meters and will hold special exhibitions as well as permanent ones with virtual screens and the ancient artifacts as mentioned above. The officials involved are aiming to attract between 5 and 8 million visitors throughout the year and will also host a variety of outdoor events in the open spaces of a piazza, Temple Garden, and the four parks, Dunal, Land of Egypt, Nile and a recreational park.

There will also be environmental screens in place to monitor environmental control in each area and will create a feeling of open space. The exterior will be constructed with translucent materials that will allow the illumination though at night. The BESIX actually devised the building methods for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the tallest construction in the world) and also the Yas Island Ferrari in Abu Dhabi and the Sheik Zayed Mosque.

As we all know ancient Egypt is fascinating, with its mummies, sphinx, Pharaos and of course the Pyramids, what better way to celebrate than with a new stunning tourist attraction.

Life in Modern Egypt!

Life in Modern Egypt!

Life in modern Egypt today especially in the capital Cairo has a hectic atmosphere among the modern buildings, the subway, and the connecting highways and a great culture steeped in ancient history through its small narrow streets. If you loose yourself in Egypt’s capital and wander through the narrow streets you will see a contradiction of ancient buildings, ruins, street sellers, kids playing, western adverts and people dressed in western fashion. With car horns blasting away there will be odors of cattle, donkeys and camels very often seen on a main avenue passing through the city.

Cairo is enchanting, full of museums with ancient artefact’s, beautiful churches, magnificent monuments and of course the famous Pyramids on the edge of the city. The small cafes are cozy and ooze smells of delicious sweet pastries and fresh coffee over the gaggle of locals gossiping or debating. The nightlife is varied and the shopping ranges from modern fashion outlets to local bazaars.

The official religion in Egypt is Islam, however Christians and Jews are accepted but the national holidays all represent Islam, and the official language is Arabic. Life has changed in Egypt’s modern cities like Cairo as they become more  liberal thanks to music, art, television, a public transport system, theaters, cinema, sports and restaurants now selling American influenced cuisine. The economy after the uprising is stabilizing and there appears to be a positive outlook to the future of Egypt. Education is important to Egyptians and is still free with choices of private or public universities, and many opportunities for foreigners to learn Arabic.

Outside Cairo the villagers and farmers known as the fellahin live similarly to their ancient ancestors. Some live by the Nile which still resembles the past with its mud brick houses, tents, farmers at work using ancient tools, and the small plots of land housing livestock. The men are seen wearing the same galabiyah robes from ancient Egypt and the women in their veils and gold and silver jewelery from the dowry of their husbands. The electricity towers and roads are the only things to remind us of modern living.

Egyptians are renowned for being welcoming and friendly and as long as you respect their customs and behave accordingly you will remember their hospitality for ever. Tourism has become a main source of the economy in Egypt and the natives want you to have the desire to return. Your appreciation, and knowledge of their country will be highly rewarded so prepare yourself beforehand by learning some phrases of the Arabic language and their lifestyle and customs. This way you will get the most out of your stay in this unique country while gaining some education.

Dubai, the Leading City of the UAE!

Dubai, the Leading City of the UAE!

Dubai is the major leading city in the UAE because of what it offers in location, business opportunities, lifestyle, tourism and the fact it has adapted to a cosmopolitan culture. There are two areas to Dubai, the more traditional area of  Bur Dubai in the south and the more bustling area of Deira in the north.

The major dynamic area of Dubai is the Hults Campus that is home to 94% of the 150 different nationalities that reside and work here. There is a diverse student population here as well as the hub of some international organizations, and corporate business’s.

Foreign nationals from America, the UK and India have flocked here over the last decade for career benefits and to enjoy the life style. These people have made a difference to the religious side of things by bringing Christianity, Hinduism and more diverse religions outside Islam.

The real natives of Dubai are still very traditional and respect their culture despite what is going on around them. The wonderful thing about Dubai is its hospitality however the locals still celebrate their customs and ceremonial occasions out of high respect.

This amazing city is the core of trade and business thanks to its massive success in securing deals with emerging markets and expansion in many corporate areas.  Most of those that contribute to this bustling business community are of MBA age and extremely ambitious. The Business area and shopping mall are the largest in the world and continues to grow, and the airport is one of the busiest and a leader in aerospace division.

There is a variety of international and local cuisine on offer with Chinese being one of the most popular even though the natives are opposed to it. To buy alcohol you still need a permit but in all the many hotels it is served as normal to westerners. The music scene is great out here with stars like Elton John and Kylie holding concerts and each year there is a huge event called Dessert Rocks that invites international rock stars to perform.

Sport is a really popular activity in Dubai especially cricket, football, tennis, golf and the most famous horse race in the world is held here aptly named the Dubai Cup. Tourism is booming in this city and there are many well know stars buying holiday homes or holidaying.

The best way to experience Dubai is to learn some of the Arabic language and mix with the natives who will not only show you respect but will give you an insight into their real lifestyle. So put the International lifestyle aside and get under their skin and experience its heritage and culture as it truly is even though whatever nationality you are you will be made welcome.

Market Growth for Egypt in 2012!

Market Growth for Egypt in 2012!

After the slow economic movement of last year the HSBC stated that this year unpredictable markets will turn into long term opportunities for Egypt. They also predicted a positive outlook towards emerging markets despite the Arab uprisings and the European crisis. The head of  HSBC Global Banking and Markets, Yaser Gamali said that the principles of the Egyptian market are basically strong with diverse markets, an advantageous location and a promising demographic profile. Also with the help of  funding from the IMF (The International Monetary Fund) and some various aid pledges Egypt should be able to lower the governments fiscal deficit by 11% and maintain the budget of LE 134 billion by the end of June 2012 after some severe changes have been made.

Also Egypt plans to increase the prices of gas and electricity in the heavy industry sectors by 33% that will help towards capping the deficit. Further financing could also help towards supporting the Egyptian pound but on the other hand the tourism area and economy could benefit from a weaker currency. All in all the plans look potentially positive and investment looks hopeful in the long term. With emerging markets developing on a wider scale, and added inflation, property and commodity assets will be most favored. With the emerging global markets staying steady it is expected that more money will be spent on infrastructure that will ultimately lead to high levels of domestic consumption and personal wealth among the Egyptian people.

Gamali stated that as Egypt’s political situation becomes more stable Egypt will be one of the nations expected to achieve high levels of domestic consumption. Hopefully Egypt may soon start new negotiations for a new IMF facility that had to be refused at the end of the financial year in June 2011.  The recovery and stability of Egypt’s economic future is overall looking and feeling positive and a turbulent 2011 can finally be put in the past.



Houston Extends Valuable Links With Arab Culture!

Houston Extends Valuable Links With Arab Culture!

Arab culture is coming to Houston. Over the last few decades Houston, Texas has become renowned for its success in technological sectors like medicine, energy and space. Houston as now to become a culture capital stemmed from its flourishing multi-cultural communities, variety of top restaurants, and diverse museums.

Back in 1901 a discovery of oil was found in Texas that brought prosperity to the city of Houston and by 1950 the oil industry was foremost in the US, and Texaco was born. The oil rich Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi heavily depended on Texaco to help them explore and develop their own rich oil fields.

This has developed a great relationship between the Arab states and the US over the years which has gradually deepened. The petroleum company Saudi Aramco has their HQ in Houston and sends around 50 of their workers over to Texas A&M University each year to earn degrees in petroleum engineering and other relative studies.

The university also offers Arabic programs in Islamic culture and learning the Arabic language, and the University of Texas at Austin has a stimulating study program of the Middle East with over 300 different programs. Great partnerships have developed between Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and the Texas A&M as with many other Arab and American educational institutions.

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts is one of the top ten most renowned art museums in the US today. More than one million visitors per year enjoy the range of 63,000 contemporary and ancient art pieces and collections  brought together from six different continents.

Back in 2007 the museum brought together a permanent educational and interesting Islamic exhibit from the Far East,  Africa and Iberia and called it ‘Arts of the Islamic World’. Presently the museum has a unique collection from 40 world wide institutions called the ‘Gifts of Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts.’ that contains over 250 items that date from the eighth through to the 20th centuries.

The exhibit explores a look at Islamic gift giving that contains gifts that were offered as historic pieces or were manufactured as gifts. This unusual collection shows that giving a gift is a timeless tradition between humans and that some mark a place in history as the receiver and giver and promote feelings of expectation for the future.


US Masters Degrees For 5 ExxonMobil Scholars!

US Masters Degrees For 5 ExxonMobil Scholars!

5 Masters Degrees for 5 special Egyptian students who were  selected by ExxonMobil for its MENA Scholars Program.  This highly regarded program offers students the support to study for a Masters Degree at a US university in fields related to chemistry, engineering and geoscience. The scholarship program attracted around 1,300 students from the region but only 23 were outstanding enough to meet the high standards set by ExxonMobil.

The chairman of this huge gas and oil corporation Mr Andy Wells stated that they will pursue alternative opportunities for more exceptional students in all sectors and locations that they operate in. ExxonMobil’s aim is to make huge investments into the bright young people of Egypt by giving them the best education and opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge.

He also said that it was an honor to award these students with the Masters Degrees from the  ExxonMobil program,  that allowed them the support to continue high level studies of these very critical areas of engineering, geoscience, chemistry, mathematics and technologies while also giving them a chance to follow their dreams.

ExxonMobil is one of the largest publicly traded companies by market capitalization in the world and in the last 5 years has been ranked either no.1 or no.2. It is committed to operating a global gas and oil portfolio in the most efficient yet effective procedures possible. The scholarship program was started in 2008 to support the next generation of scientists from 14 different countries of the MENA region.

The students Mohammad from Tanta, Haitham from Cairo, Hazem from Helwan, Moetaz from Qaliub City and Ramy from Cairo studied at The Colorado school of Mines, University of Houston, Texas A&M University and The University of Texas. As well as full tuition the program offers a visa, academic support a stipend for expenses and housing, expenses for textbooks, computer allowances, travel to the US and an extensive orientation program.

Andy Wells stated that after the students receive their Masters Degrees the scholarship includes a 3 month internship with ExxonMobil, yet the students are not committed to stay on and may choose to move to another corporation, however he was delighted that 2 of the 5 have opted to join the workforce.

The ExxonMobil MENA scholarship program is only one of many diverse educational programs they continue to support all over the world that helps economic development and gives young Arab people opportunities. They are involved in many youth programs in Egypt like Save the Children which offers a second chance to 12 to 17 year old girls who for some reason dropped out of school and another is INJAZ a non-government ran organization that supports Arab youth business skills where over 130 ExxonMobil employees have offered their services free since 2004.

Great news! To have the support of such a leading corporation for our young Arabs and the MENA economy.

The TCLP and Their Critical Language Program!

The TCLP and Their Critical Language Program!

The TCLP (Teachers of Critical Language Program) is a multi-cultural language learning program managed by the American councils for international education and funded by the ECA (Education and Cultural Affairs) of the US State Department. This important program aims to promote awareness and increase the amount of Americans studying and teaching Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, the top two languages on the critical list.

The main goals:

A. To promote the teaching of these critical foreign languages throughout schools and improve the education and futures of young American students. These languages will play a huge role in the world in future years so it is imperative to start learning as young as possible.

B. To educate the foreign language teachers about the United States lifestyle and culture while improving their language ability and introducing them to US teaching procedures. The Egyptian and Chinese teachers will be able to expand their knowledge to their students back home resulting in higher proficiency levels and greater understanding of cultures.

C. To gain education an insight into each others culture and increase understanding in communities through schools and international teachers. As more knowledge is learned understanding between cultures will increase through communication.

D. To offer US schools and other participants the opportunities to increase their prospects and develop new relationships while sharing language learning methods.

This program will create a huge positive impact to the education of American students, the teachers will improve their language and teaching proficiency levels and all will develop a greater understanding of each others society and customs.

Schools in the US will have the capacity to develop relationships with Arabic and Chinese schools that will ultimately create an appreciation of these major international cultures.

Learning Arabic or Mandarin Chinese not only improves education and understanding all round but will also open up a whole new world, personally, professionally, socially and economically.