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Egypt GASC seeks wheat, rules out Black Sea origins

The Egyptian state’s main wheat buying agency said on Tuesday it wanted to buy cargoes of 55,000 to 60,000 tons of optional-origin wheat for shipment September 10-25. The agency said it was not seeking offers of wheat from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Romania. It did not give details, but the Black Sea region has been …

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SD, Egypt to cooperate on energy

Swaziland and Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation and exchange of expertise in the energy industry, reported The Swazi Observer. Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younes signed the MOU in a meeting with Swazi Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Princess Tsandzile, according to the report. Egypt will offer …

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Shawky bags hat-trick in Ahly win

CAIRO: Mohamed Shawky enjoyed a dream debut with Ahly after scoring three goals in the Reds’ friendly 5-0 win over second-division Gasco on Monday. Shawky, a rare source of goals, excelled in his first game with Hossam Al-Badri’s side after re-joining on a free transfer from Kayserispor this summer. Algerian starlet Amir Sayoud was also …

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Saudi keeps oil supply to 2 European firms steady

LONDON: Saudi Arabia will keep its crude oil supplies to one European major and one European company unchanged in September from August, trade sources said on Tuesday. Asian buyers would receive full contract volumes from the world’s top crude oil exporter in September, steady with August levels, industry sources said on Monday.  

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Egypt spends LE 516 mln on charity meals

Egyptians, who will begin fasting next Wednesday that marks the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, spent LE 516 million ($92 million) on Mawa’ed El-Rahman (Iftar charity tents ) in 2009, an economic expert said Thursday. Last year’s liquidity crunch did not limit the lavishness of the Tables of Mercy on which the …

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Egyptian traders expect about $10/t HRC price increase

Egypt’s biggest producer Ezz Steel has not yet announced its hot rolled coil price for August bookings, but traders expect about an LE 50/ton ($8.7/t) price increase. Steel Business Briefing is informed by traders that the market will not accept a higher increase, while some even think that the price should be kept the same. …

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Hamptons MENA expands Egypt office

Hamptons MENA, a property services company operating in the Middle East and North Africa, opened its full-fledged office in Uptown Cairo. As part of the expansion plans for Egypt, Hamptons has relocated its office, previously in the Mohandiseen area in Giza City, to Uptown Cairo. The office showcases a strong portfolio of projects throughout Egypt …

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Arafa triple luxury-suit production

Al Arafa Investments and Consulting, Egypt’s oldest publicly traded textile company, plans to triple production of high-end suits because it sees growing demand for such products as Chinese shoppers buy more luxury products, Bloomberg reported. China overtook the US as the second-biggest luxury market last year, after Japan, with sales of $9.4 billion, or 27.5 …

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Al Nouran Holdings to build sugar plant

Al Nouran Holdings, an Egyptian sugar trader, won approval from the Industrial Development Authority to set up a 1-million-ton sugar plant in the northeast of the country, the company’s Chief Executive Officer said. “We have obtained all the licenses,” Ashraf Mahmoud said. “Now, we’re just waiting to finalize the loan.” Construction of the hybrid beet-sugar …

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South Sudan prepares ‘national anthem’

JUBA: South Sudan is preparing a national anthem, a military spokesman said on Thursday, less than six months ahead of a crucial referendum that could lead to the partition of Africa’s largest country. "We have asked southern Sudanese musicians, writers and artists to help us write the words and the music for a national anthem …

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China defends business ties with Iran

BEIJING: China has defended its business dealings with Iran after a senior US official called on Beijing to follow UN sanctions against the Islamic republic to the letter. The statement from a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman published in state media Thursday also came after a senior US lawmaker called for sanctions to be imposed on …

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Acquittal in first Facebook insult and libel lawsuit

CAIRO: The Omraneya Misdemeanor Appeals Court acquitted Hisham Bahaa ElDin in a libel lawsuit filed by head of the Acting Professions’ Syndicate Ashraf Zaki regarding an article posted by the former on social networking site Facebook. In the Facebook post, Bahaa ElDin, a syndicate member, had criticized the performance of the board and its head. …

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Firms to bid for work at Saudi offshore gas fields

KHOBAR: State oil firm Saudi Aramco has invited contractors to bid for offshore work at its non-associated gas fields feeding Wasit, the biggest gas plant built in the kingdom, industry sources said on Sunday. Wasit would process up to 2.5 billion cubic feet per day (cfd) of gas from the Arabiyah and Hasbah offshore fields. …

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Iran resumes gas exports to Turkey – gas official

TEHRAN: Iranian natural gas began flowing to Turkey again on Saturday after a damaged pipeline linking the two countries was repaired, the Iranian oil ministry news website SHANA reported. "Officially the reason for the cut in gas transfer was said to be due to technical difficulties, but naturally everyone knows about the explosion at the …

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Shikabala in fresh row with Zamalek fans

CAIRO: Shikabala did his bad reputation no favor by engaging in a new quarrel with Zamalek fans during Saturday’s training session. The talented winger finally joined up with the Cairo side at their pre-season training camp after going AWOL for several days after being reportedly insulted by coach Hossam Hassan. He apologized for his actions …

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African leaders seek to beef up Somalia force

KAMPALA: African Union leaders began a three-day summit in Kampala Sunday to boost the organization’s troop levels in Somalia and obtain a mandate to crush Islamist insurgents in the war-torn nation. More than 30 heads of state from the AU’s 53 members gathered amid unprecedented security in the Ugandan capital, two weeks after suicide attacks …

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Celebrating France

Hosted by Johnny Zahra for the occasion of Bastille Day (French National Day), Le Pacha 1901 organized a party at “OnTop” restaurant Bar – Lounge this month. The event was attended by VIPs and businessmen.

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Taking the reins

The Giza Rotary Metropolitan Club had their annual end of year celebration at Safir Hotel during which the club’s presidency was formally handed over from its current President Maha Khiery to Mostafa El-Gammal.

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New in Marina

Opening up in Marina on the North Coast was the restaurant Julius, promising to bring the best of Italian cuisine to hungry beach goers. Attending the event were guests and residents of Marina.    

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Best of both worlds

Vodafone Egypt and Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence partnered to provide “Vodafone One” customers with a world-class experience at the hotel with the city’s first redemption package. For points earned, customers can enjoy the experience of spa treatments and accommodation in the lavish setting that is the Four Seasons First Residence.  

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InterCon Chefs

Eleven of Semiramis InterContinental talented chefs participated in the National Salon Culinary competition that took place recently at Intercontinental City Stars. The hotel chefs managed to win different prizes through their creative and outstanding work. The winning team consisted of: Chef Moustafa Omar El Farouk, Chef Hassan Aly, Chef  Mohamed Sliem, Chef Hassan Mohamed Nour …

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Yamaha unveils zero-emission electric motor scooter

TOKYO: Japan’s Yamaha Motor unveiled on Wednesday a zero-emission electric motor scooter for city use that it said could travel five times farther than a gasoline model for the same cost. The EC-03 can travel 43 kilometres (26.6 miles) on a single six-hour charge from a household power outlet, which costs about 18 yen (cents) …

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Four Seasons Hotels Egypt Celebrates with Top Travel Agencies

During the yearly Travel Industry Appreciation Week, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Egypt places great emphasis on recognizing its worldwide partners in the travel industry for their invaluable support to Four Seasons. Travel Industry Appreciation Week is dedicated to express gratitude and acknowledge the cooperation and professional relations the Hotels developed and maintained during the …

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Renowned gulf journalists at Cairo Marriott

In its pursuit to strengthen ties and cooperation with the Gulf countries, Cairo Marriott Hotel hosted a high profile group of journalists representing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and Emirates. Members of the delegation expressed their extreme delight for visiting Egypt and staying at The Gezira palace known now as the Cairo Marriott Hotel.

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Japanese delights

Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers hosted a lavish event at its Japanese restaurant Haiku, which is celebrating its first anniversary, with the presence of Ito Toshiro, chairman of the Japanese Business Association, including 40 members of the association as well as the Embassy of Japan. Following a cocktail reception, Japanese Chef Hideto Setomoto wowed guests with …

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Culinary success

Executive Chef Essam Sayed and the culinary team of Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Resort won the Egyptian Chefs Association (ECA) Culinary trophy 2010, after winning the first place in the team’s competition at the recent National Salon Culinaire. The participating team consisted of Executive Chef Essam Sayed; Chef Mohamed Abdullah, 1st Commis; Chef Ahmed Said, …

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Never surrender

The Egyptian Arab Cinema company premiered its movie titled “No Retreat and No Surrender” starring Ahmed Mekki, Donia Samir Ghanem and Maged El-Kidwany.    

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Kuwait: Feeling the heat

KUWAIT: For a country that holds around 8 percent of global oil reserves, it may be difficult to believe that Kuwait faces domestic power concerns. Kuwaitis have been experiencing record temperatures in June, prompting power outages in a number of residential areas and bringing to light concerns over the country’s pressing need for increased power …

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UAE high-flying airlines to create 60,000 new jobs: report

DUBAI: Emirates and Etihad, the two major carriers of the United Arab Emirates, plan to create almost 60,000 new jobs over the next decade to meet their rapid growth, a newspaper reported on Sunday. "It took us 25 years to get to 40,000 employees, but in the next 10 years we will double that to …

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Open air terrace

The Ramses Hilton hotel celebrated the beginning of the summer season with the opening of its open-air terrace Al Mandara, where guests can enjoy the summer breeze and a big variety of charcoal grilled meat, delicious chicken from the rotisserie, oriental dishes, shisha and drinks. You can also see freshly baked baladi bread being made …

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