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Moataz Abdel Moneim, Author at ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Cairo’s Struggling Minstrel

Cairo’s Struggling Minstrel

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—With his old-fashioned oud, timeworn face and tired fingers, the 74-year-old musician Zakariya Ahmed wanders among the tables at coffeehouses in the historic Al-Husayn district in Cairo hoping to find an audience for his singing. Despite some...
The Street Vendors’ Capital

The Street Vendors’ Capital

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—A street vendor sings a famous Egyptian song that mocks the overcrowded streets of Cairo. He then takes over a sidewalk, turning it into a makeshift café as he lays out plastic tables and chairs right in the path of pedestrians. This is a...