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February 22, 2010

When I get back to home after the conference , I told my friends that my visit to Alexandria and my participation in the conference have changed me a lot, most of my friends laughed and told me how could you have changed in just three days? maybe that is true for them but for me the situation was different , first, there were All of the wonderful people such as Joyce, Natasha, Daanish ,Deborah ,Huda , Mona and Dawn who I get a lot of benefit from their experience , and they made me feel that I can be an important journalist in the future, second there were those beautiful journalists , I will not mention names because everyone was wonderful, without exception, I felt like we knew each other from a long time, and third I’m happy to meet so wonderful and active journalists who will work to change a lot of the bad situation in many countries, and finally, the charm of Alexandria doesn’t leave my heart , what I hope is to see all of you again and if the purpose of the conference is to seek a dialogue between cultures, I think it succeeded a lot.

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  1. February 23, 2010 3:41 am

    Very well said Alia, yes indeed, just by interactions with journalists from different countries, not only gives exposure but broaden your horizons. Alexandria experience would be remembered by all of us as the most exciting experience, and I do hope that we meet again somewhere, sometime……………….

  2. February 23, 2010 8:23 am

    On an earth, which is round in shape, meeting at unsuspected venue, time is very much a possibility. The only condition is not to be static, keep moving in search of your goals and you would cross paths with similar intent. I have met folks in Kandhar, Afghanistan, whom I had met in their offices in New York, London and Brussels . . . We may never take Alexandria out of us and this has indeed become a common ground amongst us all . . . Bon Voyage! It’s a Small World!

    • February 23, 2010 10:07 am

      It is absolutely a small world and I love your thoughts on it Naveed! I also felt that we had known each other for a long time, Alia.

  3. March 8, 2010 6:35 am

    Love and wife based on money
    It is a story of Mohammad Ahmad 45 years old tourist guide who isstill unmarried.I meet with him in Alaxendria.He told me that he loves with some one but he cannot marry her because he is poor and her father has many demands asbride groom has own home, good bank balance and car. But it is verydifficult for him to mange all these.He siad that Egyptian Marriage is very difficult for men. The customsof gulf countries are different from other western countries and thatis the reason that he is collecting money for his marriage. He isworking with a tourist agency and also drives a Taxi after his officetime. He is making his bank balance gradually and looking reasonableapartment for starting his new married life. It is the tradition andIslamic custom that man can provide every thing to his life partnerwhen he got married. He also told me that the poor people andespecially poor can not marry cause of high demand from the girl’sfather and family. The high demands of the bride’s father is just toprotection and safeguard the material rights of his daughter and herfuture life. The poor class could not fulfill these demands and thefinancial issues are different from our culture. The real reason whyfamilies ask for lots of money and a house for the bride is simplythat men are untrustworthy ‘if taken only at face value,’ and whenthey make financial commitments, they become more serious’.Marriage was an expensive mater for Egyptian men. Most Egyptian menhas just one wife.According to him Egyptian weddings are mostly arranged and both thefamilies of bride and groom making inquires of the relative,colleagues, neighbors and friends as to the other’s status andaccomplish.He also told me that there is no age limit for marriage. Making yourhome in Cairo or any province of the Egypt is very difficult and bigtask for bride groom. Men perfer to to find a foreigner life partnerlike European or western girls because they have not any specialdemands.I told him that why you do not sit with her father, explain anddiscuss what you have and that you will be willing to offer her thebest you can afford, and yes everything in Egypt is negotiable, eventhis issue. And if they turn you down because you can’t afford somebricks in Cairo where cockroaches will have a blast while you’re gonemost of the year, then save yourself from the trouble and let themdecide for the future of their daughter. He said that he loves her too much and he can not live without her. Hesaid that he has many beautiful dreams with her but the financialbarrier doesnot allow him to fulfil the dreams. He told me that heoften went on date with her at any coffee shop or parks but he want tolive a happy married life with her.I could not help him because this issue is very critical. I was verydishearten to meet and heard his love story. He was struggling foreight years to get his love. In our country marriage is not such a difficult task for man butunfortunately it is a hard task for girls and her families, theyface many difficulties for this social marriage contract.I hope that he will get marry with his beloved after tough, hardstruggle and fulfill the demand of her’s father to give her all basicsocial rights.

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