Celebrating District 2450

This year, marking the last year of the district, we celebrate one country of the district every month, learning about it promoting international understanding and peace and building good will and friendship all around the world


Do you know what the ATM machine, the first prime minister of Egypt Nubar Pasha, the MRI scanner, Charles Aznavour, Cher, Fayrouz, Lebleba, Anoushka, Nelly, Agassi and System of a Down have in common?! Well if you haven’t guessed it yet, they are all ARMENIAN.

In celebration of the Month of Armenia Rotaract Club of Cairo Royal was hosted by Rotaract Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan in the Arme-nian Cultural Association of Alexandria for a joint meeting and celebration . After the formalities were completed President Christine Manoukian, presented some facts about the Armenian Disapora, prepared by our own Arpi Khatcherian, and wrote our names in Armenian Then we were in for a feast. We had el Borei, Nevzouine, Anoush Abour, Choreg and countless more Armenian delights. To burn off these calories we were taught some Armenian folklore dances. It was surely a lot of fun, and a lot of tripping. Although it looks pretty simple, bouncing of one foot to the other, well let’s say it is not as simple as it looks. A special thanks to Rotaract Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan and the Armenian Cultural Club for an unforgettable night.

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October’s celebration of the month of Bahrain was made very special by the participation of 2 Bahrani Rotaractors in our weekly Sunday meetings. The girls have shared exciting facts on the Bahraini language, where words we use in Egypt are reversed to indicate completely different meanings. When an Egyptian goes to a super-market and ask for bread: “Eish” he/she will be given rice instead, and the confusion of the words for milk, yogurt and some other dairy product was not resolved by some members, including myself. And while they were not comfortable enough to demonstrate a Bahraini dance to us, they did describe some moves and taught us all about their wedding celebration traditions.

Earlier that week, we’ve had a presentation on Bahrain, showing some facts and figures on the country’s population, history and culture, which was enriched by Nabil’s additions from his own surprisingly impressive knowledge of the place. He for example, noted that the population count is almost doubled on weekends! So if you consider paying a visit to a fellow Rotaract club in Bahrain, make sure to schedule it on weekdays.


November is Cyprus month. Rotaract Cairo Royal celebrated Cyprus in different ways.Back in Cairo, members of the club made a video about what they know and what they want to know about Cyprus and it was dedicated to our twin club Nicosia Aspelia. While on a 10 day visit to Cyprus one of our members had the unforgettable chance to celebrateover  there. Visiting almost every city, starting from the airport in Larnaka to the port in Paphos, to the old city in Nicosia, to the Barengaria Hotel in Troodos, and much more, only one thing is left to say: the country offers great diversity from beautiful nature up in the mountains and by the beaches, great food, very hospitable people to a lot of ancient and modern history. To his luck while visiting our twin club, Cyprus was celebrated with delicious pastry and we were taught the traditional Cypriot dancing by professional dancers

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Rotaract Cairo Royal Celebrated Egypt by showing off this beautiful country to three lucky international Rotaractors, a special thanks to Rotaract Clubs of Dokki Garden City, Alex Cosmopolitan and Tanta for their support. Here is what Pedro had to say:  Egypt is amazing, it is special, unique. I mean, not that many countries have +7 thousand years of history, the pyramids, the Nile, the hottest desert on Earth, and more..
The “Egyptian Trip”, put together by the Rotaract Club of Cairo Royal selected 3 Rotaractors from over the world to experience this magic and incredible vibe. I was on of the lucky ones. Lucky to be able to visit Egypt for the second time. This was a special visit to Egypt because we could interact with locals, share cultures, get to know local habits, different people and specially, get to know new people. Alexandria and Tanta where amazing, all the places we went to, the food, the music, playing with orphans. Was an “all about sharing” trip. My friends from Russia and Canada are amazing people and I’m really glad I could be part of this.

Pedro Prochno | President 2011-2012 of Rotaract Club de São Paulo Aliança Lapa | District 4610 - Brazil
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To celebrate Georgia this month, Rotaract Cairo Royal wanted to discover something different about this beautiful country. We didn't want to see pictures or learn about geography, but live the Georgian experience ourselves! That's why we decided to celebrate Georgia by exploring its cuisine. Georgian cuisine is special with its variant ingredients used; including spices, cheese, meat, vegetables and much more. In order to uncover Georgia the right way, Rotaractors met at the house of one of our members and baked Khachapuri, a cheese pie and one of the most famous Georgian recipes. We prepared the pie, as well as the cheese filling, which you can try yourself by following this link. When the baking was done, we enjoyed a crispy crust full of rich cheese, just the way Georgians would enjoy it! Khachapuri is quite famous across the whole country, where every region has its own special form of this cheese pie. Some Georgians make it round, others give it a gondola shape. The cheese filling may also differ, but the end result is always the same: a delicious dish!


Our dear fellow in service, Christine Manoukian, President of Rotaract Alexandria Cosmopolitan, tells u about her visit to Jordan: Jordan the land of Petra, friendly citi-zens and best "Mansaf". My un-planned visit to Amman, Jordan came on a short notice, but definitely that is no problem if you know the Rotarac-tors of Amman. The day Rotaractor Zayna knew I am visiting Jordan, she and her club started planning immedi-ately for a tour, telling other club mem-bers and announcing the news in the Presidents meeting! And by night I received an e-mail with and agenda for the visit, including a day trip to Petra , IT’S A MUST VISIT IN JOR-DAN, the Dead Sea, v the Rainbow Street (I went there five times and it’s very entertaining), touring Down Town, experiencing the night life and last but not least eating the "Mansaf" and "Kenafa". "Mansaf" (made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice) could be the most famous food in Jordan, but I have to mention that in Jordan, everything is delicious; even if you feel you want to eat Sushi they have the best restaurant "Yoshi". Best thing in Jordan is it’s people, humble, friendly, hardworking and fun. And I always believe that the best thing in exploring cultures is getting to know their food and people. Special thanks to Rotaractors Zayna Al-Hamarneh, Yazan Naffa,Nada Wer, Joseph Shamoun and Moussa Abboud.



Since its Lebanon month, we decided to make use of this and go enjoy a pure Lebanese meal during our weekly meeting. Arz, a Lebanese restaurant, where we were compli-mented with Lebanese drinks then sat to eat fattaah Shawerma with yogurt, fatoush and shish tawouk. The restaurant is well known for its logo that has the Lebanese Cedar tree. It has a unique Interior design, with Fairouz engraved on some corners, Lebanese words written on the ceiling such as "yo2bornny" and "yeslamoo edeik". You can't miss the Lebanese songs playing in the background. It was Lamia's birthday as well this month, so we celebrated it with a Nutella and Bananas Manqousha!! Arz truly left us with a special Lebanese night and we surely are repeating it soon. Always remember, Dinning out is not just about food, it is also about the experience that brings out a whole lot of joy and satisfaction in your life!!


Perseverance!! This was the keyword for the documentary movie we screened in our meeting celebrating Palestine. "5 Broken Cameras" is an Oscar nominated and the winner of the Sundance film festival directing award documentary shot and directed by a Palestinian journalist/Farmer named Emad Burnat who’s trying to record through the lens of his camera several survival stories, starting from his  youngest child Gibreel till his small town named Bil’in in west bank and what are the shapes of nonviolent resistance this town is taking against the actions of the Israeli army.  Our IUPM director Abdullah Tawfic facilitated a very interesting discus-sion about the audiences ‘opinions of the movie and how this movie might’ve affected their lives or perspectives towards Palestine and the lives of its local people .  We would like to thank Rotaract Club of Nile Palace for joining us.




10 fun facts about Sudan

1.Sudan is located in Africa..
2.Sudan is made up of a vast desert that is prone to draughts and dust storms even though the Nile River runs through the country.
3.Sudan’s capital city is Khartoum. It is centrally located with a population of approximately 2 million inhabit-ants. Its second most populated city is Omdurman followed by Port Sudan.
4.The official languages spoken in Sudan are Sudanese Arabic and English, although locals speak over a hundred different languages.
5.Sudan has had a long history extending from antiquity which has been intertwined with the history of Egypt. This is evidenced by the many ancient pyramids found in Sudan.
6.The vast majority of the people living in Sudan are a mixture of Sudanese Arabs and Nubians. The dominant religion in Sudan is Islam which is practiced by 97% of the population.
7.The adult literacy rate of Sudan is 70.2%, male 79.6%, and female: 60.8%.
8.Sudan’s currency is the Sudanese Pound which replaced the Egyptian currency used before Sudan’s independence in 1956.
9.Sudan’s main exports are: gold, oil and petroleum products, cotton, sesame and livestock.
10.Following a referendum held in January 2011, South Sudan became an independent state, its capital city is Juba.


Pre-20th Century History: Not long ago, the UAE was a land of desert inhabited by proud and resourceful nomadic Bedouin tribes, fishing villages and date farms. Abu Dhabi consisted of several hundred palm huts (barasti) huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's Fort. Situated along the creek, Dubai was a trading hub, providing a safe haven before the Straits of Hormuz and beyond. Life today in the Emirates bears little resemblance to that of 40 years ago. Parts of the UAE were settled as far back as the 3rd millennium BC and its early history fits the nomadic, herding and fishing pattern typical of the broader region. The Bedouin tribe was the principal building block of UAE society. Bedouin, which means desert-dweller, lived in varied terrain - moving between the ocean (where pearl diving and fishing were the main forms of sustenance), the desert (moving as nomads for grazing areas for the camels and herds) and the oasis (where water sources and irrigation al-lowed for farming of dates and  vegetables). One can still see the luxuriant date farms in Al Ain and irrigated terraced gardens in the mountain wadis (valleys). The Bedouin were known for their resourcefulness and independence in the face of a harsh environment. Their code of hospitality continues today among the modern Emirati population, who show great respect and honor to guests.
20th Century History: As the new century unfolded, Abu Dhabi was one of the poorest emirates, while Sharjah was the most populated and powerful. The region remained a quiet backwater of fishing villages, pearling, camel herding and farming in the oasis. In the 1930's the pearl industry was devastated by the Japanese invention of the cultured pearl, creating significant hardship for the local population with the loss of their largest export and main source of earnings. However, all that changed with the discovery of oil. The ruling Al Nahayan family decided that Sheikh Zayed should replace his brother as Ruler and carry out his vision of developing the country. Exports from Abu Dhabi began in 1962, turning the poorest of the emirates into the richest. Dubai concentrated on building its reputation as the region's busiest trading post. Then, in the mid 1960's, Dubai found oil of its own. On August 6, 1966, with the assistance of the British, Sheikh Zayed became the new ruler.
Today, the UAE is a major international tourist and business center as well as one of the most modern, stable and safe countries in the world. It has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world at near-ly $25,000 USD. The UAE has ap-proximately 10% of the world's total known oil reserves, 90% in Abu Dhabi and about 10% in Dubai. While the Abu Dhabi reserves are expected to last another 100 years, at present rates of production Du-bai's reserves will last only another ten years. Fortunately, the UAE is no longer solely reliant on oil and gas revenues. Today, the oil sector contributes 30% of the country's GDP. Thanks to the foresight of the UAE leaders, trade, tourism, real estate and construction are large contributors, most notably in Dubai