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  • Airbnb Takes a Little Piece of Cairo for its New San Francisco Headquarters


    We all know Zooba for its contemporary play on traditional Egyptian street food and Pinterest-worthy interior décor. But now, San Franciscans will too.

    Renowned online homestay network, Airbnb, recently opened its new headquarters in San Francisco’s trendy SoMa district and there’s a little piece of Cairo in there.

    The office features culture-based ‘corners’ from different cities, such  as Johannesburg and Shanghai, so employees can see the world like their customers, right from the comfort of their office. The inspiration for its Cairo Café corner? None other than our very own Zooba.

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    The are even features a take on the restaurant’s iconic blue double-doors and a plaque telling the story behind the trendsetting restaurant.

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    "I didn't believe it was true,” Zooba founder, Chris Khalifa said proudly. “Definitely one of the most exciting pieces of news I've heard ever since we opened Zooba."

    Though there’s no official line on how this came to be – not even Khalifa knew – the nod from Airbnb adds another notch to Zooba’s growing, glittery belt. As one of the forerunners in the modernised-street-food concept, the restaurant has become one of the most well-known and celebrated local brands, thanks to both its quirky approach to dining and Egyptian street food.

    Oh, how we wish our workspace looked like that.  Oh well, at least we’ve got the real thing.


    By Salma Thanatos Rizk