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Ahmed Seddik

Ahmed Seddik
Profession: Producer and Translator
Status: Producer and Translator
Location: Cairo , Egypt
Home base: Cairo, Egypt
Email: •••••••• (private)
Languages spoken: English, Arabic,
Journal: http://www.AhmedSeddik.com
Skype: Ahmedseddik ahmedseddik.com
Mobile phone: 01006768269
Last login: 2 days ago
Member since: 22 Jun 2011 21:06

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www.AhmedSeddik.com

Cairo Fixer and Production Manager
Cairo Fixer and Production Manager
Media Producer and TV Presenter
Media Producer and Fixer in Egypt Seasoned by Experience
Fixer in Egypt Seasoned by Experience

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Ahmed Seddik has worked with BBC, CNN, CBS, FT, Time Magazine, France 2…

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Testimonials:

I have hired Mr Seddik on two occasions – once in Egypt and once in Libya. On both occasions he was working as a translator and fixer for the BBC team. We were working in a high pressured environment, doing very long hours and I was extremely impressed with him. He has excellent English – better than any other translator I have worked with so far in the region.

He is confident in dealing with journalists and communicated with the people we interviewed in a respectful and friendly manner. He has a vast knowledge of politics and current affairs as well as the history of Egypt and the wider Middle East. This was invaluable both for interviews and in general conversation.

He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with interesting stories about Egypt’s history. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.

What most impressed me about Mr Seddik however is his energy and enthusiasm, even after working for extremely long hours. Many other translators I have worked with have been irritable after working for very long hours, but Mr Seddik remained alert, cheerful and hardworking no matter how many hours he had done.

He was always punctual, courteous and is good at taking the initiative when needed.

Helena Merriman
Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Service
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I am a producer for The CBS Evening News, a national nightly newsprogram in the United States. In early February, Correspondent Terry McCarthy and I were sent to Egypt to cover the events of Tahrir Square, and we hired Ahmed as our interpreter, our guide, and what we in the news business call a “fixer” – that is, someone who can arrange the interviews we need, sort through the facts we want, and generally make our lives easier in a foreign country.

Ahmed was amazing. He helped us navigate through Cairo at a very difficult time with a combination of street smarts, great attitude, and an uncanny command of the English language. Also, there is no higher-pressure environment than television journalism, and we had Ahmed working for us about 20 hours a day for 3 weeks; he never failed to jump at the assignment and he never complained.

In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else.

Sincerely,

Erin Lyall George

Producer

The CBS Evening News
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COPPER POT PICTURES hired Ahmed Seddik to be our fixer when we traveled to Egypt in June 2012 to film WE MUST GO, our documentary about the Egyptian Football team. Though we had tried to sort out various rights and permissions prior to traveling to Egypt, it wasn’t until Ahmed came on board that we started to see results. From permissions with the various football associations to permits from the Egyptian government to our daily transportation, Ahmed arranged everything. It was unbelievable. He is a motivated and capable fixer who assured that everything was taken care of prior to our arrival. Ahmed paved the way for a smooth shoot; we didn’t have to worry about anything except doing our jobs. He met each new challenge and wrinkle to the shoot with a positive attitude and a willingness to see that our wishes were carried out. His services were invaluable. We have shot documentaries around the world and much of the success (or failure) for our projects depend on the talents of our local fixers: I am pleased to say that Ahmed is the best we’ve worked with and I look forward to a continued partnership on WE MUST GO and future Copper Pot projects shot throughout Egypt and the Middle East. My only hesitation in writing this glowing review is that I want to make sure no one else hires him when we need him!


Dave LaMattina
Producer/Director | COPPER POT PICTURES
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I am a correspondent with BBC News, based in London. I worked alongside Mr Seddik for almost 2 weeks earlier this year when I was on assignment in Egypt. During that time I found him to be an outstanding
individual who would be an excellent asset to any organization.
Specifically he has an acute awareness of how the media works, the
demands that the modern media operates under, and the need to handle
such demands with clarity, consistency and integrity. His language
skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first
class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many
native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon. I have
absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ahmed Seddik.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Buchanan
Correspondent
BBC News
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BBC TV’s ‘Newsnight’ programme employed Ahmed Seddik as a translator,
researcher, fixer and guide for two weeks in Cairo in November 2011 and
found him to be a resourceful, highly-informed, hard-working and
invariably good-humoured colleague.

Ahmed has a vast store of knowledge about Egypt and its history, as well
as a valuable network of well-placed contacts in many walks of life. He
is a constantly engaging and informative companion and is able to work
calmly and effectively in highly pressured circumstances.

Ahmed was unfailingly cheerful and cooperative when required to work the
extremely long hours often required by TV crews. He is not only an
excellent interpreter/translator with an astonishingly rich and accurate
knowledge of English, but also a fixer with the imagination and
resourcefulness to contribute his own ideas.

Tim Whewell
Correspondent
BBC Newsnight
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TIME Magazine’s Cairo Bureau has periodically employed Mr. Ahmed Seddik for translating assignments since 2004. He has performed all his tasks with a high degree of expertise and professionalism. Mr. Seddik is also extremely well educated and informed about all aspects of Egyptian life, including politics, culture and society. In every way, he has greatly assisted TIME correspondents in their work.
I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Seddik’s services, and would be delighted to receive any requests for further elaboration on my recommendation.

Scott MacLeod
TIME Middle East Correspondent(since 1995)
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I had the opportunity to work with Ahmed Seddik last summer in Cairo, where I was temporarily based as a correspondent for Time Magazine. Though he clearly was far too qualified for the task, he cheerfully served as my translator for a couple of stories. I found him to be a precise interpreter, providing me with excellent translations of what was said in interviews, often a rarity where the need for speed overrides the desire for colorful, exact phrasing.
He also demonstrated a willingness to work long hours, and at the last minute. If I have the opportunity to return to Cairo, I will be sure to use his translation services once again.

Regards,
Aryn Baker,
Associate Editor,
Time Magazine Asia

Siamo stati al Cairo per un weekend lungo, purtroppo durante i disordini di
piazza di novembre, che ci hanno impedito di visitare il museo egizio a Piazza
Tahrir. Ma anche senza il museo, il viaggio è stato straordinario. Meravigliose
le piramidi e il plateau di Giza, bellissima la visita alle moschee e alle
strade del cairo islamico, entrambi posti che abbiamo visitato con la nostra
guida Ahmed Seddik, la cui mail era indicata sulla Lonely Planet e che abbiamo
contattato dall’Italia subito prima di partire. Ahmed ha fatto una grande
differenza: è affidabile, preparato, pieno di entusiasmo, appassionato di
storia, archeologia, letteratura, geroglifici e conosce i luoghi come le sue
tasche. Alle piramidi ci ha fatto vedere tombe delle quali non avremmo mai
capito neanche la presenza, ci ha portato a vedere un panorama strepitoso da un
posto un pò più lontano ma senza turisti, e ci ha pagato addirittura lui il
ritorno con il cammello come “regalo” di benvenuto. Con lui ci siamo
avventurati in posti dove non saremmo andati da soli, abbiamo capito tanto
della storia dell’egitto e delle piramidi e anche dell’orgoglio degli egiziani
di oggi. Insomma, posti meravigliosi, clima perfetto.. speriamo che la
situazione politica si tranquillizzi presto, perchè non vediamo l’ora di
tornarci e di portarci anche i nostri figli!

Silvia Cavallo

“You are a student of the finer point of the English language.”

Hugh Sykes, BBC, the World at One
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I have the privilege to recommend to you Ahmed Seddik as an excellent guide and efficient informant. I am fortunate both to have known Ahmed as a fellow student at the American University in Cairo and to have seen how he developed his college interests into his current profession. Although he makes guiding and lecturing his profession, Ahmed is a veritable renaissance man due to his passion for learning. He delights in learning various subjects and can claim expertise in many. Ahmed has a talent for drawing diverse connections from his numerous interests into any talk or tour. In addition to his tours, Ahmed makes good use of his talent in his frequent lectures on diverse topics at the Sawy Culture Wheel, a famous cultural center and academic forum in Zamalek, and elsewhere.
In the tours I have attended, Ahmed was lively, engaging, and spontaneous. Both the tour to the City of the Dead and Islamic Cairo were chock‐full of information, partly due to Ahmed’s vast memory for fact and stories. On his tours each monument has a story and every side street is another step back in time. The tours I attended lasted about five hours each, although he has told me they can stretch longer or take less time depending on the audience. When I took the Islamic Cairo tour, we went the full length of the Fatimid city from gate to gate in four hours. His tour of Islamic Cairo is especially nice because it takes place in the wee hours of the morning. The streets of the Khan el‐Khalili are amazingly serene at that time, which makes for a stark contrast with the market’s usual chaos. If you should take the tour make sure to see the inside of the mosque and madrasa of Barquq; Sultan Plum had an eye for beauty. On these tours, Ahmed is always thinking about ways to improve and innovate. For example, while leading us through the streets of Islamic Cairo, Ahmed thanked the street cleaners and pondered organizing them to keep the roads cleaner. Ahmed says he has never given the same tour twice. I believe it.
Ahmed’s style of guiding and touring is not like that found on any other tour. It has more artistry in it than the others. But the faint of heart beware, he is more than half a poet. Emblazoned on his business card is the Arabic palindrome malik kalim, meaning “king of words.” And certifiably, he can claim to rule his words. Ahmed is a possessor of a veritable treasury of terms and an arsenal of anecdotes. Don’t think it tedious if he recites a list of synonyms or lines of poetry. Listen attentively. It is all part of the tour.
Bryan Kraemer
PhD. Candidate Egyptology
University of Chicago

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I am very pleased to recommend Mr. Ahmed Seddik of Ahmed Seddik Tours in his pursuit as an expert guide for ancient and medieval sites in Egypt. Not only does he have an outstanding knowledge of Egyptology and ancient Egyptian monuments (including ongoing excavations), he is similarly conversant in Islamic history, as shown in several tours of Islamic Cairo that we have conducted together. This is also clear in his very numerous, well-researched public lectures in Egypt on a wide range of topics within it—literary, historical and linguistic—many of which I have shared in personally. (An Arabist, my 2008 doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania, on fiction set in ancient Egypt by the late Nobel laureate in literature, Naguib Mahfouz, made broad, closely supervised use of Egyptological sources, and I have also extensively studied Islamic history, both at the University of Michigan and U-Penn.) His considerable acumen and insight extend far beyond these fields to also embrace Arabic literature, science and mathematics too. His masterful familiarity with the vast and intricate oeuvre of Ahmad Shawqi, “the Prince of Poets,” is a great achievement in itself, and could only have been attained with his extremely erudite knowledge of Arabic grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Moreover, he is highly trained in English literature, grammar and lexicography, a most rare combination with such a background in Arabic, let alone Egyptology. Indeed, Ahmed is a genuine polymath in the truest sense of the word, and has educated himself far beyond what his formal studies at the American University in Cairo have taught him. As to his character, Ahmed—a natural showman, with a distinct (and very Egyptian) love of attention—is also extremely thoughtful and helpful to others. Our experience together, in which we have shared in delivering lectures (mainly on Mahfouz)—and even co-produced and performed in short plays (e.g., on the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb)—has been an extremely rich and happy one. I’m quite sure that yours, with this uniquely gifted human being, will be as well.

Sincerely,
Raymond Stock, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies
Drew University

“Egyptology runs in his veins” Dr. Zahi Hawass

My aim was to take a break with a cultural and historic character. And having Egyptologist and tour guide Ahmed Seddik as my companion made my adventure unforgettable.

Amira El-Naqeeb, Travel Writer
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A former Egyptology student at the American University in Cairo, the indefatigable and eloquent Ahmed Seddik makes even the history of bilharzia seem fun. Frequently booked as a translator/fixer by foreign correspondents, the 31-year-old freelance guide is also popular with expats and Egyptian parents who love his child-friendly tours of the Pyramids by camel. In addition to walking tours in the Egyptian Museum and Islamic Cairo, Seddik also does a tour of political Cairo, revisiting scenes from the revolution in Tahrir Square
SUSAN HACK
Condé Nast Traveler Senior Correspondent
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I think many here know Ahmed Seddik. He is a brilliant Egyptologist, an accomplished translator, and a masterfully gifted tour guide who leads tours year-round throughout Egypt in both English and Arabic.

Omid Ghaemmaghami

I went with a group to the Ramsees Wisawasef textile museum near Saqqara. Ahmed Seddik gave our group a short lecture on the meaning of “naseej” in Arabic. He spoke of theology, poetry and history. He impressed us with his knowledge of the Arabic poetic tradition. He knew scores of lines by Ahmed Shawqi. He certainly charmed me and my group. He quoted from dozens of poems that touch on the meaning of “thread” in Arabic literature. Ahmed was a wonderful guide whose love of puns, sharp wit and impressive memory were all qualities which made his lecture unforgettable.

Niko Banac

If you are wishing to source an Egyptologist, we would have no hesitation in recommending Ahmed. Our attention was kept by Ahmed the whole day, including our twelve year old! Ahmed is extremely professional, his knowledge and stories are outstanding and entertaining.

Carolanne Reissiger
Rate Revenue Manager

My guide for the day Ahmed Seddik is quite an original. A very slight, 30 something young Egyptologist who exudes brainy precociousness with a certain crazy charisma and a passion for alliteration and using pretentious vocabulary (though in a good humoured and fun way). He is a student and big fan of the famous Zahi Hawass – and has a personality and exuberance almost as big. He even dons a Zahi-like hat. Evidently he has been a journalist who has covered the revolution, an Egypt commentator called upon by BBC, CBS – and a translator of impressive works. Zahi II met me with three intelligent older Germans, two of whom were there from the German embassy. They were all sophisticated and bright and a pleasure to tour with.

Ahmed gave us a fabulously in-depth experience that lasted ALL DAY, 10:30 to 5 – and no-one even thought about lunch or a coffee break. We made a rare stop en route at the Unas’s valley temple, king of the 5th dynasty, strewn with interesting remains of pillars and stone and the last strip of his long causeway.Few stop there…

Laura Ranieri

The world knows Cairo for its pyramids. But in my opinion Cairo’s biggest jewels are its Islamic buildings. Historic, or Islamic Cairo, contains one of the most important collections of Medieval Islamic architecture in the world and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. In a way it makes Cairo the Rome of the Middle East. Most of the monuments are mosques, palaces, mausolea, madrasas and private houses.

Since this neighborhood can be trick to navigate, with its winding and un-marked streets we decided to go with a guide—Ahmed Seddik—who would become our friend by the end of our stay in Cairo. His tour would take us from the Al Azhar mosque in the south to the Bab al-Futuh or northern gate of the original Fatimid walls.

The Al Azhar mosque is a quiet refuge from the traffic and horns of the busy neighborhood it sits in. We enter Al Azhar mosque through the Bab al-Muzayyin (Gate of the Barbers) where students came to have their heads shaved, between the truly giant minarets. Built in 970 at the height of the Fatimid period, it has been added on to over the years. The mosque the site of Al Azhar University, probably one of the oldest in the world, which is still in operation today. The inner courtyard is a quiet refuge from the traffic and noise outside. I find visiting mosques in the Middle East to be relaxing and enjoyable. Unlike Western churches which I can find to be sterile and austere—mosques I find to be a place for quiet reflection as well as a gathering place for the community.

We tuck into the Khan al-Khalili market, which sells all kinds of things, from tourist trinket to antiques. “How can we take your money?” ask the rather aggressive merchants. With tourism down in Egypt generally, the already pushy vendors are even keener on making a sale. We ignore them and move right to tea Fishawi’s—a coffee shop/shisha (water pipe) establishment that was frequented by Cairo’s literati, most notable Naguib Mafouz, Egypt’s late Nobel Laureate. This was Mafouz’s neighborhood which he immortalized in his books. It is still a local hangout, only there are more tourists these days.

We are lucky because it was a stormy day in Cairo. This doesn’t mean it was rainy, only that the wind was gusty and blew the dust around. Cairo, despite being on the Nile is a desert city, lest we forget. This meant that what would ordinarily be a neighborhood packed with shoppers was relatively quiet. Many shops were closed. We make our way to Sharia Muiz, or the Palace Walk (also a Mahfouz novel), which will take us between some of the great mosques and palaces of the Fatimid period, eventually delivering us to our final destination—Bab al-Futuh.

Sharia Muiz is kind of magical street. Neighborhood life bubbles all around us. Monuments rise and fall on either side of us. If you use your imagination you can picture yourself in a Mafouz novel. Ahmed tells us about the buildings, architecture and history that we are seeing on either side, but it all begins to blend together into a wonderful tapestry of sights and sounds. The evening call to prayer begins and Ahmed sits us down to listen and experience the moment. I have always found the call to prayer to be beautiful musically—Allah Akbar (god is great) called out from the muezzin—trying to convince believers to drop what they are doing and come to the mosque to pray. In Cairo I experienced some of the most beautiful calls to prayer as any other Muslim city I’ve been, and this call was particularly beautiful…

MARK T. LAMMERS
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“Micky and Mark have been the primary organizers for this trip and they found a wonderful tour guide for our time in Cairo. His name is Ahmed Seddik and he is the most delightful, smart and funny person you can imagine. He loves languages and speaks incredible English. He talked continuously without notes of any kind during our tours of the temples at Saqqara, the Pyramids and tombs in Giza, Islamic Cairo, and the City of the Dead—not just providing fascinating and encyclopedic information, both historic and modern, but peppering his monologue with puns and alliteration. The Giza tour culminated with camel rides from the pyramids to the Sphinx at sunset.”

Caroline Moore

“Ahmed’s pedagogical skills and talents are superb. His sharp wit and warm humor, coupled with his linguistic
brilliance, inspire and promote vast learning to take place in a short time. He seems to carry in his head
all 18 volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary and the meaning and derivation of a vast corpus of Arabic
vocabulary. His facility with language, coupled with his powerful oration while lecturing, make him a superior teacher.”

Bill Barazzuol

“Ahmed’s expertise in Arabic in particular could be described as nothing short of masterful. He has committed to memory volumes upon volumes of the great Arabic grammarians such as Ibn Malik and his work of one thousand lines “The Alfia”. What’s more, Ahmed is able to distill these complicated rules of grammar into a clear, logical, and easily understood system of mnemonics, enabling any non-native speaker to acquire this difficult language in the shortest time possible."

John Solomon
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“Ahmed Seddik is the brightest Egyptian I have met since I came to Egypt. I have found his Egyptological knowledge prodigious.”

Professor Jerry Leach
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Ahmed Seddik worked with me as a discussant on the translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s monumental mid-nineteenth-century work al-Saq ‘ala l-saq (Leg over Leg) during 2012 and 2013, a workwidely considered among the most linguistically challenging of Arabic texts in view of its use of little-known words, word-play and puns, and complex grammar. I reviewed and discussed in depth with Ahmed most of the cruxes of the text and benefitted enormously from his in-put. His knowledge of Arabic grammar, verse, and the Koran is encyclopedic and his ability to untangle the contortions imposed from time to time on the language of the book by the constraints of verse and rhymed prose proved to be prodigious. Ahmed’s love of language in general and the Arabic language in particular made him the ideal partner in an enterprise of such a daunting nature. I can recommend him unreservedly to anyone involved in scholarly work involving the Arabic language arts.
Humphrey Davies
Cairo
22 November 2013

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Sunrise Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Sunrise Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame

Tuesday, 16th of December 2014 at 6:30 am

www.AhmedSeddik.com

Email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall of the Islamic Empire.

In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural
historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through
architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

“Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when you’ve rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for only that which flows is truly sweet ….” – Ibn Battuta

“behind gates of glory and façades of fame lie unique stories of
rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or
small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death.

The minarets dot the I’s and cross the T’s of architecture, furnishing a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport to the past.

List of what we might or might not see during our tour:

Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala’i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh ‘Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala’un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini
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Tour of Saqqara Pyramids, Tombs and Temples

Friday, the 19th of December at 10:00 a.m.

Email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

“Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!”

“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” – Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we wish see and explore:

Tomb of Horemheb, Generalissimo of the Egyptian Army
Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
Tomb of the Prime Minister of Egypt Mereruka
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Princess Idut
Tomb of Maya & Merit
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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Tour of Minya, the Bride of Upper Egypt

Friday, 2nd of January 2015, at 6:00 a.m.

The Middle Kingdom Rock Tombs of Beni Hassan:

The governors and officials of the 11th and 12th dynasty
Tomb of Bakhet III
Tomb of Khnumhotep II
Tomb of Khety
Tomb of Amenemhet

City of Minya

Tuna el-Jebel: Tomb and Chapel of Isadora

El-Ashmunein: (Hermopolis Magna)

Tell-el-Amarna: Akhenaten’s Capital City
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Tour of the Two Worlds, El Alamein

Ahmed Seddik

Friday, January 9, 2015, at 7:00 am

Email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

“Before Alamein, we never had a victory – after Alamein we never had a defeat” Winston Churchill


Walking Tour of Petra, the Rose Red City
Tour of the 2000 years old city of Petra

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Led by Ahmed Seddik

www.Seddik.com

Email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Seddik walks you back in time to a 2000 years old city set in stone, a lost jewel in the bleak barren Arabian desert.

Explore the startling engineering genius behind the sophisticated structure of Al-Khazna!


Testimonials:

‘Hide not your talents, they for use were made; what’s a sundial in the shade?’ —Benjamin Franklin

Egyptologist Ahmed Seddik on ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/International/video/back-beginning-christiane-amanpour-moses-pharaoh-pharaoh-exodus-18086799


In the lobby of the Egyptian Museum, Ahmed handed me his business card. Melek kelem, it read, in mirror-like Arabic script. This was no empty palindromic boast, I saw as soon as he started the ten-minute "preview’ tour we’d arranged. Ahmed was indeed a Master of Speech, a Word Lord, even — to stretch the effect into English — an Emir of Rhyme. He had a dense and mesmerizing way of speaking, full of shifting rhythms and ridiculous puns. Ambling through the museum next to him felt more like jogging, trying to keep up with his ancient-Egyptian etymologies, mnemonics for hieroglyphics, and archaeology gossip.

Zora O’Neill, Travel Author
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Witty and enthusiastic.
Arguto e pieno d’entusiasmo.

Lonely Planet
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In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else.

Erin Lyall George
Producer
The CBS Evening News
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He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with interesting stories about Egypt’s history. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.

Helena Merriman
Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Service
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His language skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon.

Michael Buchanan, Correspondent, BBC News


THE INDEFATIGABLE AND ELOQUENT AHMED SEDDIK MAKES EVEN THE HISTORY OF BILHARZIA SEEM FUN. FREQUENTLY BOOKED AS A TRANSLATOR/FIXER BY FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS, THE 31-YEAR-OLD FREELANCE GUIDE IS ALSO POPULAR WITH EXPATS AND EGYPTIAN PARENTS WHO LOVE HIS CHILD-FRIENDLY TOURS OF THE PYRAMIDS BY CAMEL. IN ADDITION TO WALKING TOURS IN THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM AND ISLAMIC CAIRO, SEDDIK ALSO DOES A TOUR OF POLITICAL CAIRO, REVISITING SCENES FROM THE REVOLUTION IN TAHRIR SQUARE

SUSAN HACK
Condé Nast Traveler Senior Correspondent
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Seeing you in action in these photos I can almost hear your voice and feel your energy!

Eric Sinkkonen
http://ericsinkkonen.com/
Scenic Designer
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“You are a student of the finer point of the English language.”

Hugh Sykes, BBC, the World at One
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My aim was to take a break with a cultural and historic character. And having Egyptologist and tour guide Ahmed Seddik as my companion made my adventure unforgettable.

Amira El-Naqeeb, Travel Writer
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The Digger Who Can Figure:

Mehri Khalil spoke with Ahmed Seddik (a rising figure in the field of Egyptology) about the all-important tourist economy in post-Revolutionary Egypt. Khalil met the unusually poetic archaeologist and tour guide at the American University in Cairo, where he studied in several different departments, enabling him to perceive and discuss history from multiple perspectives. Seddik has given tours all over the country; organized talks and debates in universities and cultural centers…Here, in his undeniably unique style, Seddik discusses his journey and reveals his dreams for his beloved Egypt.

http://fnewsmagazine.com/2011/08/the-digger-who-can-figure/
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“His name is Ahmed Seddik and he is the most delightful, smart and funny person you can imagine. He loves languages and speaks incredible English. He talked continuously without notes of any kind during our tours of the temples at Saqqara, the Pyramids and tombs in Giza, Islamic Cairo, and the City of the Dead—not just providing fascinating and encyclopedic information, both historic and modern, but peppering his monologue with puns and alliteration.”

Caroline Moore
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“Ahmed Seddik is the brightest Egyptian I have met since I came to Egypt. I have found his Egyptological knowledge prodigious.”

Professor Jerry Leach


Ahmed Seddik worked with me as a discussant on the translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s monumental mid-nineteenth-century work al-Saq ‘ala l-saq (Leg over Leg) during 2012 and 2013, a work widely considered among the most linguistically challenging of Arabic texts in view of its use of little-known words, word-play and puns, and complex grammar. I reviewed and discussed in depth with Ahmed most of the cruxes of the text and benefited enormously from his in-put. His knowledge of Arabic grammar, verse, and the Quran is encyclopedic and his ability to untangle the contortions imposed from time to time on the language of the book by the constraints of verse and rhymed prose proved to be prodigious. Ahmed’s love of language in general and the Arabic language in particular made him the ideal partner in an enterprise of such a daunting nature. I can recommend him unreservedly to anyone involved in scholarly work involving the Arabic language arts.

Dr. Humphrey Davies
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My wife and I heartily recommend the young Egyptologist and lecturer Ahmed Seddik, who recently provided us with an immensely informative and lively guided tour of Saqqara. His encyclopedic knowledge of Egyptian history, including the beliefs and language of the ancient civilization of the Nile Valley, along with his tact, humor, and treasure trove of anecdotes and stories, provided unusual texture and depth to his explanations. His familiarity with both literary and idiomatic English, combined with his gifts at word-play and poetic device, further enlivened our exchanges. We spent an eminently pleasant and worthwhile several hours in his animated company.

Thomas G. Weiss
Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director


Thank you for a truly remarkable Cairo experience. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed excursions as much as I did this time. You have an absolutely fantastic way of bringing history to life and make it relevant to the visitor. A huge Thank You and I feel truly privileged to have had you as a guide to the ancient wonders of Egypt.

Maria Kuhn

VP Public Relations, Kempinski Hotels
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If you are wishing to source an Egyptologist, we would have no hesitation in recommending Ahmed. Our attention was kept by Ahmed the whole day, including our twelve year old! Ahmed is extremely professional, his knowledge and stories are outstanding and entertaining.

Carolanne Reissiger
Hotel Manager
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Ahmed has guided me around the pyramids, the national museum and Islamic Cairo. He is a font of information, full of enthusiasm and you will tire before he does! I can warmly recommend Ahmed as an expert guide for Cairo and surroundings.

Christopher McLaverty
Consultant to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Church of England
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Previous Tours:

Seton Hall Law Program, Faculty and Students
The American University in Cairo
Princeton University
Cambridge University
American Embassy
Time Magazine, Chief of the Middle East Bureau
Harvard University
Yale University
Cornell University
Rice University
AUC Faculty and Students
University of British Columbia
British Engineering Institutions – Egypt (BEIE)
Alexandria School of Theology (http://www.ast-eg.org/)
Dr. and Ms. William Vocke of Carnegie Endowment
Dr. George P. Fletcher of Columbia
Dr. Bernard Freaman of Seton Hall
James K. Galbraith, American Economist
James Balfour of Oxfam
Peter Blauner, Novelist (http://www.peterblauner.com/)
Dr. Jerry W. Leach
US Consul-General Roberto Powers
British Museum Curators
Sir Eldon Wylie Griffiths, former British Minister
Dr. Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science
Dr. Victor G. Vogel, Director of the Cancer Institute
Stanley F. Buchthal, an entrepreneur and producer
John Bohannon, Science Magazine Correspondent
“The City of the Dead “Informal Settlements and Development Strategies
Middle East Studies Program, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
Ian Davison, Managing Director of Earthmoves Ltd
Julia E. Marshall, Editor for the Oxford English Dictionary
Durham University
Rudy Wenk, Professor of Geology, University of California
University of Minnesota
Leiden University
Penguin Group
Judge Mary Davis
Dr. Richard D. Lewis, author of When Cultures Collide
University of South Alabama
San Francisco State University
University of Memphis
University of California, Berkeley
Temple University
The College of William & Mary
League of Arab States
United Nations
Helwan University
Cairo University
University of Massachusetts Boston
American International School in Egypt
Florida State University
University of Greenwich
University of Sydney
Western Michigan University
Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Arkansas
HSBC
Egypt Air Horus Magazine
University of Toronto
London School of Economics
University of Kentucky
United World College of the Atlantic
Rolex
Syracuse University
The University of Palermo
Nalco Company
Seattle Pacific University
University of Ulster
Griffith University
Mona Almaraghi, Presenter
New York University
Progress 2
Duke University
University of Pittsburgh
German University
British University in Cairo
Zora O’Neill, Lonely Planet
German Embassy
Estonian Embassy
The Netherlands Embassy
Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
Goldsmiths, University of London
The Spanish Embassy
Green Valley School
ARCE Fellows
Cairo Scholars
British Council
University of Maryland
University of Texas
University of Virginia
University of Michigan
American Councils for International Education
Conrad Hotel
Jim Holthouser, Hilton Worldwide Global Head
Maadi Wadi Runners
Supreme Council of Antiquities
ZIAD-HADDARA.COM
Middlebury’s Middle East Arabic Program
Arabic Overseas Flagship Program
Australian Embassy
The French University in Egypt
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Modern English School Cairo
Austrian Embassy in Cairo
Embassy of the Czech Republic
John Kavulich, NIAGARA HOBBY & CRAFT MART
The European Union Delegation
University of Houston
Red Cross
Irish Embassy
Indian Embassy

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