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  • 6 Reasons to Feel Positive About Egypt Right Now

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    What with the unbearable heat weighing down on us all as we approach what is looking like sticky and just plain annoying summer, we thought we’d try to look on the glass-half-full side of things. As tough as that can be in Egypt, with its constant stream of depressing and often exasperating news, there have been sparks of good news recently that are just as important to highlight. #Ta7yaMasr

    This Egyptian movie is making waves at Cannes…


    Mohamed Diab has once again shown himself to be one of the best contemporary filmmakers in the regions, with his latest film, Clash, having  wowed critics at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard category, for its riveting cinematography and intense plotlines. Set completely in the back of a police riot van during the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, one journalist saying that ‘the tension in the film is at fever pitch right from the beginning’.

    The world (well at least London) has finally admitted that Egyptians make the best falafel…


    We didn’t even know this was a thing, but apparently the London Falafel Festival was kind of a big deal. Held at one of the oldest and biggest food markets in London, Borough Market, the first edition of the festival saw none other than Cairo’s very own Zooba chef Mostafa El Refaey win an award for best ta3meya. In your face, Lebanon.

    We’ve pretty much annihilated everyone at Squash


    After Nour El Sherbini became the first ever Egyptian and youngest winner of the PSA Women’s World Championship last month, it’s safe to say that Egypt is the top country in squash, with four women in the top ten (El Sherbini alongside Raneem El Welily, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nouran Gohar), while five of the world’s top 10 men are Egyptian, including the world number one, Mohamed El Shorbagy, who’s just broken his own record for the highest ever points average.

    Ten Egyptian Inventors won Medals in Geneva…


    It seems we’re producing as many inventors as we are world-class squash players. Ten Egyptians won medals at the prestigious 44th International Exhibition of Inventions at Geneva and among them was an 18-year-old high school student.  The winners’ inventions were in fields like energy, medicine and cosmetics using common local material like rice straw.

    Germany has lifted its ban on flights to Sharm…


    Germany’s ban on flights to Sharm has been in place since November 2015 and the Russian flight tragedy. Since then Sharm El Sheikh has become an almost ghost town, so this is great news for everyone working in tourism in Sharm – which is everyone these days.

    Luxor’s been named World Tourism City of 2016…


    The city was named the capital of international tourism for 2016 by the leading international tourism organisation, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), which will hold its next summit there later in the year. This can only mean good news for the city’s tourism sector with representatives of over 150 countries set to visit. UNWTO aims to “promote and develop sustainable tourism so as to contribute to economic development, international understanding, peace, prosperity and universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.”

    By Samar El Shams