الخميس، 27 ديسمبر، 2012

Tours and Talks in 2013

Moses and the Pharaoh: Who Was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?





Learn English and Master the GRE While Touring Maadi!

Led by April Perkins and Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 4 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Maadi



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Before They Go Graffiti Tour of Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to
extoll and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping
Egypt and the region. Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful,
gargantuan graffiti in Cairo!

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An Entertaining Tour of the Egyptian Museum

Led by Menna Elhamy and Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



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Arabic Grammar Made Simple

By Ahmed Seddik

Venue: Zamalek

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 05:00 p.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

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Tour of Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt

Sunday, 6 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

The Hanging Church (Al-Muallaka)
The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus
The Ben Ezra Synagogue
The Coptic Cemetery
The Fortress of Babylon
The Mosque of Amr Ibn El-As
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Shine from the Shrine: Tour of the City of the Dead (Al-Qarafa)

Monday, 7 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.
True to the vision of some of its founders, the City of the Dead has
the power to entertain the mind and retain the body. Around 100,000
Cairenes live here amongst the dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art,
the monuments are architected to articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls!

We attempt to see:

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim
Tomb of Al-Torjoman
Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt's Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb

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The Thousand and One Nights for Children

By April Perkins and Ahmed Seddik

Monday, 7 January 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki



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Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday, 8 January 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com





We plan to visit the recently opened tomb of the Prime Minister of
Egypt Mereruka.

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame*

AhmedSeddik.com

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 9:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture
are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between
ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall
of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when
you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for
only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When
domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history
in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing
a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of
startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the
salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport
to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
'PocketGuide' with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
------

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Like Ahmed Seddik on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/seddikspeak

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Your Visa to Giza

Walking Tour of Giza Pyramids, Temples and Tombs

Led by Architect Hemiunu and Ahmed Seddik

Thursday, 10 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.



Pyramid of Khufu
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Menkaure
Pyramids of the Queens
Khufu's Boat
Tomb of Idu, Overseer of the Construction of the Great Pyramid
Tomb of Qar (G 7101)
The Sphinx
The Valley Temple of King Khafre
The Oldest Museum Labels
Panorama
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Biking Tour of Cairo

Friday, 11 January 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

Led by Ahmed Seddik

This tour encompasses Zamalek, Downtown and Islamic Cairo.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

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Un Tour a piedi del Cairo Islamico



Venerdì, 11 Gennaio 2013 @ 11:00 a.m.
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"Making El Fayoum Bloom"

A Guided Tour of El Fayoum, the Garden of Egypt

by Ahmed Seddik

www.AhmedSeddik.com

Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 7:00 am





The sites that we are planning to explore:

The Graeco-Roman City of Karanis (Kom Oshim)
Quick visit of Fayoum Museum (most likely closed)
The Village of Tunis, the St Ives of Egypt
Medinet El-Fayoum, the Venice of Egypt
Lake Qarun (the Birka)
The Water Wheels (Al-Sawaqi)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Queen Shajar al-Durr: the Birth of a Dynasty 

Monday, 14 January 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Zamalek Marriott

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

With so much doom and gloom in the Arab world -- hopes dashed and
promises broken -- women have often appeared on the oriental stage to
change the course of history for good. Journey back in time to capture
the decisive moments in the lives of some of the most influential and
intriguing women. Powerful female figures engaged in peacemaking and
triumphing in war, laying down the foundations of Islamic
jurisprudence, researching the atom or simply singing the Arab dreams
into reality. In this series, we tell the story of Hatshepsut,
Cleopatra, Maryam, Khadija, Zeinab, Ruqayya, Fatima, Nafisa, Shagar
Eldorr, Samira Moussa and Om Kolthoum.
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Qur'anic Tour of Islamic Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 18 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

This tour explores the Qur'anic foundations of Muslim cities; the
concept of conquest, Jihad, the propagation of faith, mosque, madrasa,
sabil, kuttab, khutba, Imam, waqf, Qibla, Sunna, Sharia law, garden,
house, palace, recitation, Azaan, gates, fatwa, dome, minaret, road,
road etiquette, cleanliness, theology, shahada, salat, zakat, siyam,
Hajj, fiqh, governance...

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Thomas A. Edison: Father of Invention



Story by Ahmed Seddik [for children]

Monday 21 January, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki
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Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 25 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



The Revolutionary Tour of Cairo presents an eyewitness epic account of
the rise and fall of a regime, the revolution and the revelations--
the decisive moments that led to the ultimate triumph of the power of
the people and the demise of a tyrant. Through the architectural,
sculptural and literary itinerary I shed a flood of light on the
revolutionary figures in art, politics, economics, poetry and singing.
They are the seminal influential figures who made Egypt revolutionable
and the Egyptians susceptible to revolt. We start from Zamalek and end
in Tahrir. Egypt is a gift of the Nile and the Egyptian freedom is a
gift of Tahrir. Every time I give the Tahriri Tour -- from evolution
to revolution -- I reload it as we, Egyptians, continue the struggle
to eliminate the micro-Mubaraks from the sclerotic institutions in the
country.
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Egyptian Trees

Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday 29th, January at 7:00 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

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Botanical Tour of Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 1 February 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



الخميس، 20 ديسمبر، 2012

Tours and Talks


Shine from the Shrine: Tour of the City of the Dead (Al-Qarafa)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.
True to the vision of some of its founders, the City of the Dead has
the power to entertain the mind and retain the body. Around 100,000
Cairenes live here amongst the dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art,
the monuments are architected to articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls!



We attempt to see:

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim
Tomb of Al-Torjoman
Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt's Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb
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Stories Behind Proverbs

In Arabic, English, Italian, Latin and Ancient Egyptian

By Ahmed Seddik

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 at 07:00 p.m.

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Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

10:00 a.m.

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We plan to visit the recently opened tomb of the Prime Minister of
Egypt Mereruka.

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik








Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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In the Wee Hours of the Morning Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame*

AhmedSeddik.com

Thursday, 27 December, 2012

at 6:30 AM (Sunrise)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture
are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between
ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall
of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when
you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for
only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When
domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history
in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing
a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of
startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the
salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport
to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
'PocketGuide' with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
------

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Like Ahmed Seddik on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/seddikspeak

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Learn English and Master the GRE While Touring Maadi!

Led by April Perkins and Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 4 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Maadi



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Before They Go Graffiti Tour of Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



Post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to
extoll and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping
Egypt and the region. Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful,
gargantuan graffiti in Cairo!

---------------------------------

An Entertaining Tour of the Egyptian Museum


Led by Menna Elhamy and Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



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Arabic Grammar Made Simple

By Ahmed Seddik

Venue: Zamalek

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 05:00 p.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

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The Thousand and One Nights for Children


By April Perkins and Ahmed Seddik

Monday, 7 January 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

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Un Tour a piedi del Cairo Islamico


Venerdì, 11 Gennaio 2013 @ 11:00 a.m.


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"Making El Fayoum Bloom"


A Guided Tour of El Fayoum, the Garden of Egypt

by Ahmed Seddik

www.AhmedSeddik.com


Saturday, 12 January, 2013 at 7:00 am



The sites that we are planning to explore:

The Graeco-Roman City of Karanis (Kom Oshim)
Quick visit of Fayoum Museum (most likely closed)
The Village of Tunis, the St Ives of Egypt
Medinet El-Fayoum, the Venice of Egypt
Lake Qarun (the Birka)
The Water Wheels (Al-Sawaqi)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Qur'anic Tour of Islamic Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 18 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

This tour explores the Qur'anic foundations of Muslim cities; the concept of conquest, Jihad, the propagation of faith, mosque, madrasa, sabil, kuttab, khutba, Imam, waqf, Qibla, Sunna, Sharia law, garden, house, palace, recitation, Azaan, gates, fatwa, dome, minaret, road, road etiquette, cleanliness, theology, shahada, salat, zakat, siyam, Hajj, fiqh, governance...

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Monday 21 January, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Thomas Edison

Story by Ahmed Seddik [for children]

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki
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Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo


Led by Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 25 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The Revolutionary Tour of Cairo presents an eyewitness epic account of
the rise and fall of a regime, the revolution and the revelations--
the decisive moments that led to the ultimate triumph of the power of
the people and the demise of a tyrant. Through the architectural,
sculptural and literary itinerary I shed a flood of light on the
revolutionary figures in art, politics, economics, poetry and singing.
They are the seminal influential figures who made Egypt revolutionable
and the Egyptians susceptible to revolt. We start from Zamalek and end
in Tahrir. Egypt is a gift of the Nile and the Egyptian freedom is a
gift of Tahrir. Every time I give the Tahriri Tour -- from evolution
to revolution -- I reload it as we, Egyptians, continue the struggle
to eliminate the micro-Mubaraks from the sclerotic institutions in the
country.
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Egyptian Trees


Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday 29th, January at 7:00 p.m.

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

الجمعة، 14 ديسمبر، 2012

Ahmed Seddik Upcoming Talks and Tours


Before They Go Graffiti Tour of Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik
Monday, 17 December 2012 at 08:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to
extoll and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping
Egypt and the region. Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful,
gargantuan graffiti in Cairo!




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Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

10:00 a.m.



www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We plan to visit the recently opened tomb of the Prime Minister of
Egypt Mereruka.

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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The Thousand and One Nights for Children

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

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Early Bird Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame*

AhmedSeddik.com

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012

at 6:30 AM (Sunrise)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture
are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between
ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall
of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when
you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for
only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When
domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history
in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing
a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of
startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the
salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport
to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
'PocketGuide' with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
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For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Like Ahmed Seddik on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/seddikspeak
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Walking Photographic Tour of the City of Alexandria,
the Bride of the Mediterranean
In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs of Pharos

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 21 December 2012

at 6:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



We will be visiting:

The Ancient Daughter Library at the so-called Pompey’s Pillar
The Fort of the Mamluk Sultan Al Ashraf Seif El Deen Qaitbey
The Ruinous Arab Walls of the Medieval City
The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
The Royal Palace of Al-Montazah
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Odeon at Kom el-Dikka
Al Qa’ed Ibrahim Mosque
Al Morsy Abuelabbas Mosque
Alabaseery Mosque
The Eastern Harbor
Ras el–Tin Palace
Ramleh Square
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Shine from the Shrine: Tour of the City of the Dead (Al-Qarafa)

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.
True to the vision of some of its founders, the City of the Dead has
the power to entertain the mind and retain the body. Around 100,000
Cairenes live here amongst the dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art,
the monuments are architected to articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls!

We attempt to see:

Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt's Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb
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Storied Behind Proverbs
In Arabic, English, Italian, Latin and Ancient Egyptian

By Ahmed Seddik

Al-Balsam Bookstore, Dokki

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 at 07:00 p.m.

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Tour to Learn English and Master the GRE!

Led by April Perkins and Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 4 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Maadi
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An Entertaining Tour of the Egyptian Museum

Led by Menna Elhamy and Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



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Un Tour a piedi del Cairo Islamico

Venerdì, 11 Gennaio 2013 @ 11:00 a.m.


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Qur'anic Tour of Islamic Cairo

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 18 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

This tour explores the Qur'anic foundations of Muslim cities; the concept of conquest, Jihad, the propagation of faith, mosque, madrasa, sabil, kuttab, khutba, Imam, waqf, Qibla, Sunna, Sharia law, garden, house, palace, recitation, Azaan, gates, fatwa, dome, minaret, road, road etiquette, cleanliness, theology, shahada, salat, zakat, siyam, Hajj, fiqh, governance...

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Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 25 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The Revolutionary Tour of Cairo presents an eyewitness epic account of the rise and fall of a regime, the revolution and the revelations-- the decisive moments that led to the ultimate triumph of the power of the people and the demise of a tyrant. Through the architectural, sculptural and literary itinerary I shed a flood of light on the revolutionary figures in art, politics, economics, poetry and singing. They are the seminal influential figures who made Egypt revolutionable and the Egyptians susceptible to revolt. We start from Zamalek and end in Tahrir. Egypt is a gift of the Nile and the Egyptian freedom is a gift of Tahrir. Every time I give the Tahriri Tour -- from evolution to revolution -- I reload it as we, Egyptians, continue the struggle to eliminate the micro-Mubaraks from the sclerotic institutions in the country.


الخميس، 13 ديسمبر، 2012

Tours of Cairo and Egypt


Before They Go Graffiti Tour of Cairo
By Ahmed Seddik

Monday, 17 December 2012 at 08:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to
extoll and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping
Egypt and the region. Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful,
gargantuan graffiti in Cairo!



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Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

10:00 a.m.

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We plan to visit the recently opened tomb of the Prime Minister of
Egypt Mereruka.

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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Early Bird Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame*

AhmedSeddik.com

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012

at 6:30 AM (Sunrise)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture
are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between
ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall
of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when
you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for
only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When
domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history
in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing
a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of
startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the
salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport
to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
'PocketGuide' with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
------

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Like Ahmed Seddik on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/seddikspeak
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Walking Photographic Tour of the City of Alexandria,
the Bride of the Mediterranean
In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs of Pharos

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 21 December 2012

at 6:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We will be visiting:

The Ancient Daughter Library at the so-called Pompey’s Pillar
The Fort of the Mamluk Sultan Al Ashraf Seif El Deen Qaitbey
The Ruinous Arab Walls of the Medieval City
The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
The Royal Palace of Al-Montazah
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Odeon at Kom el-Dikka
Al Qa’ed Ibrahim Mosque
Al Morsy Abuelabbas Mosque
Alabaseery Mosque
The Eastern Harbor
Ras el–Tin Palace
Ramleh Square
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Tour to Learn English and Master the GRE!

Led by April Perkins and Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 4 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Venue: Maadi
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An Entertaining Tour of the Egyptian Museum

Led by Menna Elhamy and Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 5 January 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com


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Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 25 January 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The Revolutionary Tour of Cairo presents an eyewitness epic account of the rise and fall of a regime, the revolution and the revelations-- the decisive moments that led to the ultimate triumph of the power of the people and the demise of a tyrant. Through the architectural, sculptural and literary itinerary I shed a flood of light on the revolutionary figures in art, politics, economics, poetry and singing. They are the seminal influential figures who made Egypt revolutionable and the Egyptians susceptible to revolt. We start from Zamalek and end in Tahrir. Egypt is a gift of the Nile and the Egyptian freedom is a gift of Tahrir. Every time I give the Tahriri Tour -- from evolution to revolution -- I reload it as we, Egyptians, continue the struggle to eliminate the micro-Mubaraks from the sclerotic institutions in the country.

Tours of Cairo and Egypt in December and January


Before They Go Graffiti Tour of Cairo
By Ahmed Seddik
Monday, 17 December 2012 at 08:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to
extoll and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping
Egypt and the region. Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful,
gargantuan graffiti in Cairo!



---------------------------------

Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

10:00 a.m.

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We plan to visit the recently opened tomb of the Prime Minister of
Egypt Mereruka.

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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Walking Photographic Tour of the City of Alexandria,
the Bride of the Mediterranean
In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs of Pharos

By Ahmed Seddik

Friday, 21 December 2012

at 6:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We will be visiting:

The Ancient Daughter Library at the so-called Pompey’s Pillar
The Fort of the Mamluk Sultan Al Ashraf Seif El Deen Qaitbey
The Ruinous Arab Walls of the Medieval City
The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
The Royal Palace of Al-Montazah
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Odeon at Kom el-Dikka
Al Qa’ed Ibrahim Mosque
Al Morsy Abuelabbas Mosque
Alabaseery Mosque
The Eastern Harbor
Ras el–Tin Palace
Ramleh Square

الثلاثاء، 11 ديسمبر، 2012

Simultaneous Translator/Guide/Fixer for Cairo and Egypt


Simultaneous Translator for Cairo and Egypt

Fine Fixer/Simultaneous Translator for Cairo and Egypt
Arabic <> English
There is a highly recommended fixer/translator in Cairo, Egypt
call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Ahmed Seddik has worked with BBCCNNCBS, FT, Time Magazine, France 2…
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Testimonials:
I have hired Mr Seddik on two occasions – once in Egypt and once in Libya. On both occasions he was working as a translator and fixer for the BBC team. We were working in a high pressured environment, doing very long hours and I was extremely impressed with him. He has excellent English – better than any other translator I have worked with so far in the region.
He is confident in dealing with journalists and communicated with the people we interviewed in a respectful and friendly manner. He has a vast knowledge of politics and current affairs as well as the history of Egypt and the wider Middle East. This was invaluable both for interviews and in general conversation.
He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with interesting stories about Egypt’s history. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.
What most impressed me about Mr Seddik however is his energy and enthusiasm, even after working for extremely long hours. Many other translators I have worked with have been irritable after working for very long hours, but Mr Seddik remained alert, cheerful and hardworking no matter how many hours he had done.
He was always punctual, courteous and is good at taking the initiative when needed.
Helena Merriman
Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Service
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I am a producer for The CBS Evening News, a national nightly newsprogram in the United States. In early February, Correspondent Terry McCarthy and I were sent to Egypt to cover the events of Tahrir Square, and we hired Ahmed as our interpreter, our guide, and what we in the news business call a “fixer” – that is, someone who can arrange the interviews we need, sort through the facts we want, and generally make our lives easier in a foreign country.
Ahmed was amazing. He helped us navigate through Cairo at a very difficult time with a combination of street smarts, great attitude, and an uncanny command of the English language. Also, there is no higher-pressure environment than television journalism, and we had Ahmed working for us about 20 hours a day for 3 weeks; he never failed to jump at the assignment and he never complained.
In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else.
Sincerely,
Erin Lyall George
Producer
The CBS Evening News
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COPPER POT PICTURES hired Ahmed Seddik to be our fixer when we traveled to Egypt in June 2012 to film WE MUST GO, our documentary about the Egyptian Football team. Though we had tried to sort out various rights and permissions prior to traveling to Egypt, it wasn’t until Ahmed came on board that we started to see results. From permissions with the various football associations to permits from the Egyptian government to our daily transportation, Ahmed arranged everything. It was unbelievable. He is a motivated and capable fixer who assured that everything was taken care of prior to our arrival. Ahmed paved the way for a smooth shoot; we didn’t have to worry about anything except doing our jobs. He met each new challenge and wrinkle to the shoot with a positive attitude and a willingness to see that our wishes were carried out. His services were invaluable. We have shot documentaries around the world and much of the success (or failure) for our projects depend on the talents of our local fixers: I am pleased to say that Ahmed is the best we’ve worked with and I look forward to a continued partnership on WE MUST GO and future Copper Pot projects shot throughout Egypt and the Middle East. My only hesitation in writing this glowing review is that I want to make sure no one else hires him when we need him!

Dave LaMattina
Producer/Director | COPPER POT PICTURES
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I am a correspondent with BBC News, based in London. I worked alongside Mr Seddik for almost 2 weeks earlier this year when I was on assignment in Egypt. During that time I found him to be an outstanding
individual who would be an excellent asset to any organization.
Specifically he has an acute awareness of how the media works, the
demands that the modern media operates under, and the need to handle
such demands with clarity, consistency and integrity. His language
skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first
class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many
native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon. I have
absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ahmed Seddik.
Yours sincerely,
Michael Buchanan
Correspondent
BBC News
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BBC TV’s ‘Newsnight’ programme employed Ahmed Seddik as a translator,
researcher, fixer and guide for two weeks in Cairo in November 2011 and
found him to be a resourceful, highly-informed, hard-working and
invariably good-humoured colleague.
Ahmed has a vast store of knowledge about Egypt and its history, as well
as a valuable network of well-placed contacts in many walks of life. He
is a constantly engaging and informative companion and is able to work
calmly and effectively in highly pressured circumstances.
Ahmed was unfailingly cheerful and cooperative when required to work the
extremely long hours often required by TV crews. He is not only an
excellent interpreter/translator with an astonishingly rich and accurate
knowledge of English, but also a fixer with the imagination and
resourcefulness to contribute his own ideas.
Tim Whewell
Correspondent
BBC Newsnight
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TIME Magazine’s Cairo Bureau has periodically employed Mr. Ahmed Seddik for translating assignments since 2004. He has performed all his tasks with a high degree of expertise and professionalism. Mr. Seddik is also extremely well educated and informed about all aspects of Egyptian life, including politics, culture and society. In every way, he has greatly assisted TIMEcorrespondents in their work.
I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Seddik’s services, and would be delighted to receive any requests for further elaboration on my recommendation.
Scott MacLeod
TIME Middle East Correspondent(since 1995)
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I had the opportunity to work with Ahmed Seddik last summer in Cairo, where I was temporarily based as a correspondent for Time Magazine. Though he clearly was far too qualified for the task, he cheerfully served as my translator for a couple of stories. I found him to be a precise interpreter, providing me with excellent translations of what was said in interviews, often a rarity where the need for speed overrides the desire for colorful, exact phrasing.
He also demonstrated a willingness to work long hours, and at the last minute. If I have the opportunity to return to Cairo, I will be sure to use his translation services once again.
Regards,
Aryn Baker,
Associate Editor,
Time Magazine Asia

Siamo stati al Cairo per un weekend lungo, purtroppo durante i disordini di
piazza di novembre, che ci hanno impedito di visitare il museo egizio a Piazza
Tahrir. Ma anche senza il museo, il viaggio è stato straordinario. Meravigliose
le piramidi e il plateau di Giza, bellissima la visita alle moschee e alle
strade del cairo islamico, entrambi posti che abbiamo visitato con la nostra
guida Ahmed Seddik, la cui mail era indicata sulla Lonely Planet e che abbiamo
contattato dall’Italia subito prima di partire. Ahmed ha fatto una grande
differenza: è affidabile, preparato, pieno di entusiasmo, appassionato di
storia, archeologia, letteratura, geroglifici e conosce i luoghi come le sue
tasche. Alle piramidi ci ha fatto vedere tombe delle quali non avremmo mai
capito neanche la presenza, ci ha portato a vedere un panorama strepitoso da un
posto un pò più lontano ma senza turisti, e ci ha pagato addirittura lui il
ritorno con il cammello come “regalo” di benvenuto. Con lui ci siamo
avventurati in posti dove non saremmo andati da soli, abbiamo capito tanto
della storia dell’egitto e delle piramidi e anche dell’orgoglio degli egiziani
di oggi. Insomma, posti meravigliosi, clima perfetto.. speriamo che la
situazione politica si tranquillizzi presto, perchè non vediamo l’ora di
tornarci e di portarci anche i nostri figli!

Silvia Cavallo

الأربعاء، 5 ديسمبر، 2012

تظاهروا

إن كنتم تحبون مصر حقا فامشوا في قراها البائسة وتظاهروا على الفقر والمرض 

أنا ضد التظاهرات التصادمية

أنا ضد التظاهرات التصادمية. مصر تتسع لكل المتظاهرين والميادين كثيرة.
 إلامَ الخُلفُ بَينَكُمُ إِلاما :: وَهَذي الضَجَّةُ الكُبرى عَلاما وَفيمَ يَكيدُ بَعضُكُمُ لِبَعضٍ :: وَتُبدونَ العَداوَةَ وَالخِصاما وَأَينَ الفَوزُ لا مِصرُ اِستَقَرَّت

السبت، 1 ديسمبر، 2012

Tours in December 2012

Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs

“Let Stone Set the Tone”

Led by Ahmed Seddik, the Digger Who Can Figure!

Friday, 7 December, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We plan to visit the recently opened tomb of the Prime Minister of
Egypt Mereruka.

"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we are likely to see and/or explore:

Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Mereruka
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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Your Visa to Giza

Walking Tour of Giza Pyramids, Temples and Tombs

Led by Architect Hemiunu and Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 8 December 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Pyramid of Khufu
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Menkaure
Pyramids of the Queens
Khufu's Boat
Tomb of Idu, Overseer of the Construction of the Great Pyramid
Tomb of Qar (G 7101)
The Sphinx
The Valley Temple of King Khafre
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Sunrise Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame*

AhmedSeddik.com

Sunday, 9 December 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com


In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture
are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between
ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall
of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when
you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for
only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When
domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history
in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing
a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of
startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the
salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport
to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
'PocketGuide' with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
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Shine from the Shrine: Walking Tour of the City of the Dead

Brought to Life by Ahmed Seddik

Monday, 10 December at 10:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.
True to the vision of some of its founders, the City of the Dead has
the power to entertain the mind and retain the body. Thousands of
Cairenes live here amongst the dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art,
the monuments are architected to articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. The  Mameluke Sahara is the modern Sakkara. Picnic among the
graves in the City Beyond the Walls!


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Ahmed Seddik's Frequently-Given Tours:

Walking Tour of Zamalek, from the Garden of the Plants to the Garden of Words
Mountains of Carvings and Mountains of Garbage, Tour of the Garbage City
Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame, a Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo
Making El Fayoum Bloom, Tour of Fayoum, the Garden of Egypt
To the Capital of Memory and the Shores of Wisdom Alexandria
Shine from the Shrine: Tour of the City of the Dead (Al-Qarafa)
Journey with the Attorney, Legal Tour of Islamic Cairo
Tour Like an Egyptian, a Metropolitan Tour of Cairo
Tour of the City of Zabbaleen, Garbage Collectors
An Idyllic Tour of Gezirit el-Dahab, the Gold Island
Tour of the Treasure Laden Landscape of Luxor
Guided Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs
Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo
Tour of Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt
Tour of Minya, the Bride of Upper Egypt
Ride with Your Guide at Giza Pyramids
Camel Caravan from Giza to Saqqara
Modern Medicine from Ancient Egypt
Mathematical Tour of Giza Pyramids
Tour of the Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz
Tour of Paris Along the Nile
Astronomical Tour of Egypt
Tour of the City of Rosetta
Walking Arabic Classroom
Tour of the City of Rosetta
Proverbial Tour of Cairo
Tour of the Manial Islnd
Tour of Cairo Museum
Tour of Cairo Graffiti
Legal Tour of Cairo
Mastering Cairo
Audio Tour