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Hi, everyone! My name is Peryhan and this is Arabic Top Words. Today’s topic is going to be about 5 biggest festivals in Egypt. So let’s get started!
1.
مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي
(mahragān el-qāherah el-sīnemāʾī el-dawlī)
"Cairo International Film Festival"
The first one is
مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي
(mahragān el-qāherah el-sīnemāʾī el-dawlī)
"Cairo International Film Festival".
For example, you can say
مهرجان القاهرة السينمائي الدولي حدث فني مهم جدا.
(mahragān el-qāherah el-sīnemāʾī el-dawlī ḥadas fannī mohemm geddan.)
"The Cairo International Film Festival is a major art event."
The Cairo Film Festival is a tiny local Egyptian event that is so much like Cannes or the mini Oscars and there, you can see short films from all over the world. If you’re interested in a foreign culture, there is weekly projects and weekly events so you can definitely have more time in discovering the cultures around the Middle East and the foreign cultures as well in that event. Yeah and meet so many celebrities, Arab and Egyptian celebrities alongside with foreign ones.
2.
كايرو بايتس
(kāyrū bāyts)
"Cairo Bites"
The next one is
كايرو بايتس
(kāyrū bāyts)
"Cairo Bites".
For example, you can say
أكلنا كتير أوي في كايرو بايتس.
(ʾakalnā ketīr ʾawī fī kāyrū bāyts.)
"We ate a lot in Cairo Bites."
Cairo Bites is the biggest food festival in Egypt ever and there you can find, not just local food, but you can also find foreign food and they’re all lined up so nicely and you can eat so many stuff from so many different places. You can also find food-related businesses and establishments there if you’re interested not only in eating, but also in starting up your own business in the industry. You can definitely go there and check it out.
3.
مهرجان الموسيقى العربية
(mahragān el-mūsīqā el-ʿarabeyyah)
"Arab Music Festival"
The next one is
مهرجان الموسيقى العربية
(mahragān el-mūsīqā el-ʿarabeyyah)
"Arab Music Festival".
For example, you can say
أشهر مطربين بيغنوا في مهرجان الموسيقى العربية.
(ʾašhar moṭrebīn beyġannū fī mahragān el-mūsīqā el-ʿarabeyyah.)
"The most famous singers perform at the Arab Music Festival."
مهرجان الموسيقى العربية
(mahragān el-mūsīqā el-ʿarabeyyah)
or the "Arab Music Festival", Egypt usually hosts some Arab countries. The Arab Music Festival is usually held in November every year. For example in November 2017, Egypt has hosted eight Arab countries’ performers and musicians to come and play and perform in the opera house in Cairo and usually, this festival lasts for 2 weeks. Every day, you can see at the front performance or the front event.
4.
معرض الكتاب
(maʿraḍ el-ketāb)
"Cairo International Book Fair"
The next one is
معرض الكتاب
(maʿraḍ el-ketāb)
"Cairo International Book Fair".
For example, you can say
هنروح معرض الكتاب النهاردة.
(hanrūḥ maʿraḍ el-ketāb ennahārdah.)
"Today, we are going to the Cairo International Book Fair."
I really like “Cairo International Book Fair”
معرض الكتاب
(maʿraḍ el-ketāb)
Usually, it’s open annually during the period of January or February like around this time and usually, all new publications, new authors, if they have new book coming up, it’s always published and it’s put in that fair and there, you can meet your favorite authors or your favorite writers and you can get their sign. You can even take a picture or have lunch with them. It’s a very nice environment to meet up with people you look up to or people you have read their books before. A couple of years ago, there was a metro station made right in front of the entrance for the Cairo International Book Fair. So each year, instead of taking transportation like not finding your way to the International Book Fair, it’s now so easy to go into the metro, the subway, take the subway and go out and you’ll find the entrance right in front of you. So even if it was difficult before, now, it’s not difficult. It’s so easy to go there now so please try to go there in January or February next year.
5.
معرض الزهور
(maʿraḍ el-zohūr)
"Orman Flower Festival"
For example, you can say
اشتريت زرع كتير من معرض الزهور.
(eštareīt zarʿ ketīr men maʿraḍ el-zohūr.)
"I bought a lot of plants from the Orman Flower Festival."
The Orman Flower Festival is in Giza City and usually, it’s open from the 10th, around the very, very early March because that’s when spring starts in Egypt and there, you can find not only flowers, you cannot only just buy plants, but you can also buy seeds if you want to plant something for yourself. There are so many bands and groups, art teams who sell art and sell artistic, handmade things. It’s more like a free market so you can buy things that are handmade, whether that’d be an art piece or food. For example, honey or spice. You can also listen to so many bands. So many bands go there to perform and you can find foreign flowers as well, some that don’t really grow in Egypt. So definitely if you have a chance to go to Egypt in the spring, try to go to the Orman Flower Festival.
Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed the video. Why don’t you tell me in the comments below about your favorite festival among all of them? Also, don’t forget to like, subscribe and visit our website, ArabicPod101.com. Bye-bye!

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