Word of Mouth: Cairo

Sailing, cocktails and watching the sun set between the pyramids in the metropolis on the Nile

by Laila Gohar While Egypt continues to make headlines for a revolution which led to the ouster of a nearly 30-year-old political regime, the sprawling megacity has a thriving underground scene that beats and buzzes with energy around the clock. The city—once a cultural hub for the region—is a marriage of old a new, with pharaonic treasures and ancient world heritage sites existing alongside medieval …

Urban Farming

Approaches to sustainable agriculture in several of the world's largest cities

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, but when it comes to feeding them, trucking in the necessary amount of food isn’t a sustainable process for any metropolis. Growing out of the need for better solutions, urban farming is becoming an increasingly common approach, whether resourceful groups and individuals are planting vegetables in a container on their back porch or are harvesting …

Miguel Ángel Sánchez

Modern-day Cairo society photographed in the style of the 17th-century masters

Spanish photographer Miguel Ángel Sánchez moved from Madrid to Cairo in 2009, a year before the Arab Spring thrust the country into the world’s spotlight. Despite being in the eye of one of the greatest political and social storms of a generation, he’s used his talent to capture the nuances of 21st-century Egyptian society in the style of a 17th-century Spanish painter. “We have a …