Cairo Here I Come!

I’m flying to Cairo this Tuesday to participate at a workshop organized by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information aka HRinfo.net, which is blocked in Saudi Arabia btw. The two-day workshop will focus on human rights and the internet — how activists can use the net to promote human rights and how the net can help the activists to do a better job.

I will be meeting some friends like fellow blogger Khaled Al Nassir and Wael Abbas, the Egyptian A-list blogger whom I’ve met in Beirut last year. I will also be looking forward to meet Gamal Eid, Ahmed Gharbia and Abdelmenim Mahmoud as well as the famous couple Manal and Alaa.

As I have to be back right away for school, I won’t have much free time to spend in Cairo, but any pointers on what I should do and what I should see are highly appreciated. I’m thinking about having a meet up with bloggers so if you are interested please let me know.

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15 thoughts on “Cairo Here I Come!

  1. You’ll be lost two or three semester for all of your activist works.
    Just calculate that as networkss investment.
    Viel Glueck !!

  2. Hi! I just came across your site, immediately after I had read that the “Religious Police” had banned St. Valentine’s Day! You immediately restored my faith in the sanity of humanity.

    May I wish you every success in your efforts to fight for what you believe. I will keep looking in, now that I have found the site.

  3. I just started reading your blog after catching it on a news report somewhere, and I must say, I’m incredibly impressed. I can only hope that more people like you are willing to speak up and are able to get their voices heard so that there can someday be some sort of change in Saudi Arabia…even if it happens slowly.

    I recently spent 4 months living in Cairo and traveled through Jordan and Palestine as well. I fell in love with the Middle East and it saddens me that with the state of things in Saudi Arabia, it is probably the only place I would not be willing to visit as a woman right now.

    Anyway, I would love to give you some ideas of places to go and things to do while you’re in Cairo. Its a wonderful, wonderful city! Good luck to you while you’re there!

    I look forward to continuing to read your blog!

  4. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but it’s sad that many of our female saudi bloggers don’t have the chance to participate in a lot of events.
    There are, or more accurately, were, a lot of bloggerettes that I enjoyed reading for and meetings and such.

    Anyhow.. it just occurred to me.
    Btw, I passed by the Fouad rally outside the embassy in D.C a week back.. good stuff.

  5. Ask about the new broadcast censorship law approved by the Arab League. These guys are insufferable and ruthless oligarchs.

  6. Hope you have a fantastic trip. Things to do in Cairo:
    1) Meet the Sandmonkey.
    2) Eat chocolate (really, really good chocolate there)
    3) Go to Khan Hakhalili and spend waaaaay to much money on chatchkas and a belly dancing outfit.

    I mean, that is how I spent my time in Cairo, though sans any meeting with the Sandmonkey (this was 12 years ago).

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