Watch Riham Abdel Ghafour & Bassel Khayat’s Cover Shoot

eniGma’s April Travel issue features Egyptian Drama’s hottest new duo, Riham Abdel Ghafour and Bassel Khaiat, who will be taking the television scene by storm with their upcoming Ramadan series, El Rehla (The Trip). It was only fitting that we take you on a trip as well with a special shoot in Saladin’s Citadel. Checkout the glamorous feature where they talk about everything from their career roots to their latest collaboration.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNsDRxnYzls 

The Mountain View Life with Mohamed Sharnouby

Whether you’re purchasing your first home, or looking for an update, picking the perfect location can be overwhelming. One of the leading companies in the market is Mountain View, which revamped the real estate scene completely, introducing one amazing project after another. If you’re considering investing in real estate, Mountain View is a great option. And we couldn’t have asked for a better talent than the hugely popular singer/actor Mohamed Sharnouby to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live the Mountain View lush-life.What makes Mountain View stand out is its iCity project: a futuristic “Smart City”...

India Along the Nile

Located on the lobby level of the iconic Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, India along the Nile is the place where tantalising Indian flavours come to life in an inviting modern atmosphere. This resto-bar and lounge is the latest addition to the prestigious hotel’s offerings, guaranteeing an unparalleled experience of fine Indian dining alongside a trendy bar and a modern lounge area open for both lunch and dinner.From the moment you walk into India along the Nile, you instantly feel the Indian vibes emanating from the décor dominated by shades of vibrant reds and soft greys, along with the sound of...

London’s Dinings SW3: Traditional Japanese Cuisine with a European Flair

Combining traditional Japanese cuisine with the elegance of modern Europe, the culinary plethora of Dinings SW3 is only but an easy short walk away from London’s notorious Knightsbridge underground.Upon entry, you'll find yourself slipping into a unique cultural experience. Their special Izakaya dishes come with a modern twist that extend over a variety of delicious tapas, but we recommend you start things off on a high note with plump nibbles, mini burgers and open sushi rolls. Our Editor-in-Chief tried them herself!Dig into their succulent lobster tail and tomato miso soup after giving your taste buds a kick with their signature...

Ahmad Tea Hosts a Lavish Tea Tasting Party in Egypt

Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, drawing upon four generations of tea blending and tasting experience. To celebrate their unique collection of tea flavours, the award winning Ahmad Tea hosted a colonial themed tea tasting party at Villa Belle Époque in Maadi. With ushers dressed in colonial themed outfits and an overall sophisticated atmosphere, the invitees relived the comfort and elegance of a bygone era.Representatives from Ahmad Tea’s Head Office in the UK, including Amir Bagheri, Head of Strategic Marketing, and Dominic Marriott, Tea Taster, welcomed the invitees with the perfect cups of tea, showcasing the heritage and...

New Global GoalsCast Podcast: Robert Swan Encounters Ice Never Seen Before in Antarctica

Robert Swan spent more than five years planning the South Pole Energy Challenge Expedition (SPEC). He, along with a small team, would ski 600 miles to the Geographic South Pole – using only renewable energy, their thesis being, "If it could be achieved in the highest, driest and windiest place on Earth, there is potential to utilize renewable energy anywhere in the world."“The surfaces this year in Antarctica are different than ever before. It is a sign that we are changing even in the coldest parts of Antarctica. We cannot carry on as we are. The way that we...

Riham Abdel Ghafour & Bassel Khaiat

In each of their triumphant TV series last Ramadan, Riham Abdel Ghafour and Bassel Khaiat proved themselves to be topnotch actors – Abdel Ghafour as the uptight sister in La Totfea’ El Shams (Don’t Turn Out the Sun), and Khaiat as the corrupt psychopathic killer in 30 Youm (30 Days). Their fans are now excitedly anticipating the two stars joining forces in the upcoming Ramadan thriller, Rehla 710 (Trip No. 710), which will have viewers see them both in an entirely new light. eniGma’s Mohamed Hesham sat down with TV’s newest duo to learn more about their collaboration  and...

Egyptian Travelers

Marking our traveler’s issue, we decided to embark on a journey of our own and reach out to some of the country’s trendiest globe trotters. Although it was hard to track down these world wanderers, eniGma’s Farida El Sayed and Mohamed Hesham managed to chat with them about their travels, their inspiration, and their different travelling styles. You will definitely find yourself in one of these styles!   Omar SamraOmar Samra was the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, and became, at the time, the youngest Arab to do so at just 28-years-old. And just last year he, along with fellow...

Hoda Lasheen

With offices in both London and Cairo, Hoda Lasheen is one of the few Egyptians in the field of interior design who was able to achieve international quality standards and successfully penetrated the international market. She took the courageous steps to open her first international studio in the most competitive market; London. Today Lasheen’s design services are coveted by high profile clients in both capitals and beyond. But her remarkable journey to global success was not as straightforward as it would seem. While her passion for interior design was apparent from a young age, Lasheen kept it on the back...

Tarun Tahiliani

For over two decades, Tarun Tahiliani’s fashion designs have impressed, seduced and tantalised the world. With his attention to detail and insistence on using only the finest materials, it is no wonder that he is one of the leading designers in the South Asian subcontinent. What’s surprising however is that the man behind the highly celebrated design house is nothing short of charming, enigmatic, and hilariously raw. On his first trip to Egypt, eniGma’s Farida El Sayed got the chance to sit with the designer to discuss his life, his success, and his business. Tahiliani describes himself as growing up,...

Ali Farag & Nour Al Tayeb

During the 2017 US Open Squash Championships, Ali Farag and Nour Al Tayeb, became the first married couple in history to win the same major sports title on the same day, marking a great achievement for them and for all Egyptians. The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that it was each player’s first time to win a major sports title. The young couple’s fierce determination, avid support for one another, and their sheer love for the sport paved the way for their remarkable accomplishment. Farag and Al Tayeb’s love story dates back to when they were just...

Escape to the Movies

We’ve all had that special cinematic moment where we wished we could jump into the screen and live inside a certain scene of a film we love. We all love some exotic great escape, and the following movie hits, filmed at some of the most enticing locations around the world, are definitely no exception. Blade Runner 2049 - Budapest, HungaryStarring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 serves as the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi hit Blade Runner. It’s highly acclaimed dystopian cinematography was created not in film studios in Los Angeles or New York but in Hungary, in central...

Around Arabia

It is the mighty season of travelling once again, and this year, we’re sticking to our roots and digging deeper into our Arab region like never before.  We take you on a journey of discovery and unearth the secrets of out of the ordinary destinations like Morocco’s ancient Chefchaouen and the breathtaking Adrar oasis in Algeria, while not missing the mesmerising historical Petra of Jordan, and including a final stop in the one and only fascinating Dubai. While, depending on your personal preferences, you’ll want to linger in one stop or another, we’ve gathered a few travelling tips on...

Egypt’s Hottest Vacation Spots

Explore the wonder-filled nooks and crannies of Egypt for a quick getaway from Cairo.  While there are a whole lot of hotspots that are ideal if you want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city, eniGma’s Mariam Nowar has handpicked a few varied top destinations that are easily accessible and make for a wonderful reprieve. From a weekend getaway in Fayoum, picnic outings under Ras Sudr’s sizzling sun, wild excursions at bewitching Saint Catherine, to unwinding sessions in Sinai, here are some fun and relaxing options for you to chill out. FayoumLocated around 100 kilometers south-west...

Kuwait’s Consulate in Beverly Hills Celebrates Kuwait’s 57th Independence Day

The Kuwaiti Consulate celebrated Kuwait’s 57th Independence Day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where Kuwaiti students exhibited their art at a special Kuwaiti corner in which people dressed up in traditional wear, prepared oriental food and did henna. The event was hosted by His Excellency, Consul General Faisal Faisal AlHouli. 

The Middle East Fashion Festival at Royal Maxim Place Kempinski

The Middle East Fashion Festival was held at Royal Maxim Place Kempinski Hotel, and was organised by Blue Moon. The event saw the presence of a large number of fashion designers from Syria, Morocco, Lebanon and more, as well as celebrities, such as Samira Said and Dorra. 

El Sirgany’s New Collection Debut

Mahmoud Sherif Al Sirgany, of the famous family line of jewellers, presented his new private collection of jewellery to his special clients during his debut a new line of jewellery. 

Opening of Zinc Restaurant, El Guezira Plaza

The opening of Zinc restaurant’s contemporary dining and cutting edge international cuisine at El Guezira Plaza by Soha Afifi and the Afifi family, saw the gathering of close friends and a collection of some glamourous high society people in a classy and elegant atmosphere. 

The Canyon Launch at the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski

The Canyon at Al Mostkbal City’s lauch was celebrated as the latest project of the Maxim Group. The opening party was crowded by a large number of high society figures at the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Hotel. 

The 90th Academy Awards’ Red Carpet

The 90th Academy Awards is the most esteemed event in Hollywood, attended by the greatest talents, of the year for which some are honoured by receiving an Oscar Award. Held at the Dolby theatre in Beverly Hills, the event occurred on March 4, 2018. The ceremony was hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, and the best actors’ awards went to Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman for their breath taking performances in the past year. 

Vanity Fair After-Party 2018

Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party, the most glamorous and exclusive event of the year, saw the presence of the crème de la crème of Hollywood with their expensive gowns, joining to celebrate artists from around the world. This year, the event took place on March 4 in Beverly Hills, California and as private as the party was, the red carpet sure blew us away! 

BVLGARI Celebrates the 26th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation

Created in 1992, the EJAF foundation had the heart-warming aspiration to fight HIV. It has been recognised since as the most successful fundraising event in Hollywood. Hosted by Elton John and David Furnish, on the 4th of March 2018 and generously sponsored by BVLGARI, the gala proved to be on another level of sophistication. Guests were greeted by the new distinguished band, Greta Van Fleet, and dined on mouthwatering food from the three-star Michelin restaurant El Celler. 

iHeart Radio Music Awards 2018

The iHeart Radio Music Awards is a celebration of music and artists. Every year since 2014, iHeart radio has chosen the nominees from their audiences’ preferences. This year, the award ceremony was held on the 11th of March and hosted by the infamous DJ Khaled and model Hailey Baldwin. The successful event, held in Los Angeles, honoured artists, such as Ed Sheeran, DJ Khalid and Cardi B. 

eniGma’s Fashion Shoot at G-Cribs, El Gouna

To highlight the hottest spring trends, Enigma photographed its March 2018 fashion shoot at the trendy new destination, G Cribs in El Gouna! With the combination of amazing sunshine, modern architecture and stylish looks, we couldn't have asked for more...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wERPBVGCOQA

Anoushka: A Woman of Substance

Strong, independent and emotional are three words that sum up Anoushka. Not to mention beautiful, classy and intelligent. eniGma’s Samia Farid Shihata and Mohamed Hesham got the chance to chat with the iconic star to learn all about her journey to success, and in the process, discovered a beautiful soul behind her inspiring persona. While Anoushka, the versatile singer, actor and TV host has been around the artistic scene for a while, she recaptured everyone’s attention when she starred in the groundbreaking role of Esmat Hanem on the Egyptian TV’s blockbuster hit, Grand Hotel. Anoushka played the role with...

Spring at G-Cribs, El Gouna

Laila Ezzat: Skirt by Three Fifty Nine Swimwear by Zaful Zayneb Azzam: Shorts available at Topshop Top available at Topshop Jacket by Three Fifty Nine Shoes by Gucci Sunglasses by Posh Eyewear There’s nothing like an easy, breezy getaway, and G-Cribs in El Gouna, is just the perfect setting to show off your stunning holiday style. Put away your device and pick your favourite sizzling beachwear to experience your choice of adventure, serenity, or indulgence at this magical spot. From flirty dresses to flowing pants and edgy shorts, eniGma brings you the latest fun outfits for a fabulous holiday at the Red Sea’s coolest resort. G-Cribs Phase I...

Ola Roshdy: Actress, Producer & Mum with a Mission

New York City, Brussels, and Paris are just some of the cities where Ola Roshdy grew up as the daughter of an Egyptian diplomat.  She currently lives in Cairo with her husband, actor Ahmed Dawood, and their two children. An accomplished actor and producer, Ola recently created an online vlog, which she humorously called Weghet Mazar (A Mother’s Point of View). In the vlog, viewers are given a glimpse of her life as a working mother, sharing her daily experiences and tribulations as well as her advice to mothers or soon to be mothers. eniGma’s Farida El Sayed chatted...

Celebrity Mums On Balancing Personal & Professional Lives

Balancing motherhood and your professional life can be very tricky, especially when you’re a mother, let alone a celebrity mother. But the joys of motherhood make up for all the heartache. eniGma’s Mohamed Hesham caught up with a few star mums to find out how they view themselves as mothers, and to gain some insight for all the mums out there trying to achieve that perfect balance. Keep smiling and everything will fall into place.“The situation is very difficult, because work hours are always long and undefined. There are no fixed time frames. In trying to achieve a balance...

EDGY LEBANESE COMEDIAN ADEL KARAM JOINS NETFLIX

By Samia Farid Shihata As I watched the sneak preview of Adel Karam Live from Beirut, I kept thinking, ‘this guy is going to get a lot of heat when this show is released to the whole world by Netflix on March 1st! Karam’s Neflix special tackles everything from relationships to the social issues faced by many Arabs every day, in a distinctly edgy style.  Karam makes fun of things like the different ways the Lebanese and other Arabs kiss each other, his personal hospital experience (in graphic detail), his ‘interesting’ visit to Africa, marriage advice and much more.The show is...

Project Runway Middle East

After a season full of hard-hitting challenges, imaginative designs, addictive drama, and never ending twists, only three of 15 competing designers in Project Runway Middle East, Season two made it to the live finale, with Palestinian Saher Okal taking home the prize. eniGma’s Mohamed Hesham caught up with Okal, and the two runner ups, Mikhail Chamoun and Abdelhanine Raouh to find out more about their life-altering journey with Project Runway.Project Runway Middle East is the official Arabic version of the popular American reality show, adapted by MBC in 2016, and led by Lebanese international designer and fashion guru, Elie...