Archive for May, 2010

Tip for Renting an Apartment in Cairo

Egypt Cairo Cairo is divided into many districts, and each part has a special way of life and its own type of people. There is also a particular price range for each district. Some areas have a high living standard and others are very rustic. I will give you some advice about where are the better places for a foreigner to live happily and comfortably.


Cairo Downtown This is the center of Cairo and the people here are used to seeing foreigners. Prices for flats start from 400 dollars for a two-bedroom flat. Downtown is a good place for shopping and to have fun. You can meet people from all over the world in the cafes and make friendship. Here you really feel the Egyptian culture. But be careful there are some Egyptians, especially on Talaat Harb St. or Bustan cafe that will offer to find you a flat but trick you instead. It is better to work with a real agent who thinks about his reputation and not fast money. You should be careful in some places in Abdin, because here some people are not used to seeing foreigners, especially girls.


This is an island on the Nile river. It is a small area and close to Downtown (15 minutes by car). This area has a high living standard and the prices for rent begin from 700 dollars. The area has a lot of foreigners living there and it is a quiet area. You can find many places to relax and have fun like the Mariott Hotel, Cilantro coffee shop and many nice bars. There are also ships on the banks of the Nile where you can enjoy food and drinks. There is nowhere in Zamalek that I would not recommend for foreigners.

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Learn Arabic in Beirut, with Saifi

Saifi Arabic Institute specializes in teaching the Lebanese Arabic Dialect, and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to non-native speakers working, studying, visiting or just enjoying Beirut, Lebanon.

About Saifi

Saifi Institute offers flexible and customized group lessons for young professionals. It is active primarily in teaching non-Arabs, and Arabs who grew up overseas, to communicate easily in Arabic countries.  In addition Saifi is involved in developing the grammar, vocabulary and spelling for the Lebanese dialect to be taught in a coherent and systematic curriculum.
Saifi was opened in 2008 by Rana Dirani and now has a staff of three full time teachers, and several part time teachers.  Saifi Institute for Arabic Language is registered with the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, and operates according to labor and intellectual property laws in Lebanon.

Saifi History

Saifi Institute for Arabic Language was established by Rana Dirani in January of 2008 in one room with one teacher.  Rana, who has been teaching Arabic since 2000, and doing mental planning for Saifi since at least 2005, finally decided to start her own school when the opportunity arose to take a room at Rootspace a shared office-space.  In August 2008 Saifi expanded into is current location.
Saifi teaches people from all walks of life from all over the world – journalists, NGO workers, volunteers and even Embassadors attend Saifi Institute.  The school now has three classrooms and three teachers, and plan are underway for a new location.

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Lebanon-born Miss Michigan Rima Fakih is Miss USA 2010 !

At least she considers herself to be an Arab


Rima Fakih, Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss USA 2010 on Sunday night, becoming the first Arab-American to win the beauty pageant.


Born in Lebonon, she emigrated with her parents to the United States as a baby and attended Catholic school in New York City until her family moved to Michigan in 2003.
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1st Annual Lebanese Bloggers Convention @ AUB

Update: Date is changed to May 19

Location: American University of Beirut – West Hall: Auditorium A

Yet another opportunity to get updated on technology and social issues:

lebanese-bloggers-convention-aub-updatedin coordination with Outlook, AUB’s official newspaper, Mind Soup is hosting the first Lebanese Bloggers Convention at AUB.
During the convention/workshop, Lebanese guest bloggers will introduce the world of blogging to students and encourage them to express their ideas and opinions using personal blogs.
Also on the agenda is discussing the impact of blogging on the freedom of speech in Lebanon and the effect of blogging on the Lebanese society and culture.
Everyone is welcome to attend! If you are a non-AUB student and would like to attend, please send an email to so that your access to AUB’s closed campus can be facilitated!

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Wedding dress for sale

Brand New Bridal Dress for Sale:

  • Colors: Diamond White
  • With Lace (Dentelle)
  • Collection: 2009
  • Contact: 03 00 2684

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Tips before Buying an apartment in Lebanon

Buying an apartment can be a long, complicated and frightening process, and it is important to be prepared. Knowledge is power when it comes to negotiating the difficult world of apartment prices, interest rates and mortgage loans. For a first time apartment buyer, there are many factors to consider before you buy. The more information you can gather before you start shopping, the better off you will be.

Every Situation is Unique

Every homebuyer will have a different set of circumstances, and it is important for the lender to consider those factors. Some homeowners may plan to move in a year or two, and they may be able to benefit from a variable rate mortgage. Others will plan to remain in their home for decades, and those home buyers may benefit from the stability of a fixed rate mortgage and its predictable and stable monthly payment.

Apartment-Metn It is also important for those buying a first home to factor in the additional costs of the mortgage when deciding how much they can afford to pay. Things like closing costs and the high price of private mortgage insurance can drive up costs and eat into funds that would otherwise be available for home improvements, furnishings and other essentials. In some cases sellers may be willing to pay some of the closing costs, and some lenders will be able to negotiate those closing costs downward. The key is to ask those questions before the closing date arrives, and to be prepared to search for a better deal if necessary.

First time buyers should also be on the lookout for any hidden fees. These small nuisance fees can add up to hundreds of dollars on closing day, so be sure to scour your paperwork for any such fees. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of any charge be sure to ask for a valid explanation. Again, an experienced real estate attorney can provide valuable insight into which fees are reasonable and which are out of bounds.


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Can you drive with the feet?

These idiots think he can

Drive with feet

Driving on the so-called highway in Jounieh

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