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Cairo Courses and Tours

Advanced Arabic Grammar Course

by Ahmed Seddik

This course walks you through the City of Arabic Grammar and tells the
story of every edifice. You will be able to identify the colossal
monuments of Arabic grammar and analyse the functions of the builders
and the inhabitants i.e. gain unsurpassed access to the morphology and
syntax of this magnificent language. Course is taught in Arabic.
English will be confined to the more subtle points of grammar. Seddik
technique is unique.

Duration: the month of June 2013.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Sunrise Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo
Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame

Friday, May 24, 4:30 am

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or 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

*A digital version of this tour by Ahmed Seddik is available as a
‘PocketGuide’ with voice, downloadable from Apple Store.
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Walk and Let the Walls Talk: Graffiti Tour of Cairo

[50% discount for AUC students]

Friday, May 24, 9:00 am

Post-Revolution Cairo is rife with graffiti gracing its walls to
extoll and reflect on the potent political events that are shaping
Egypt and the region. Explore, interpret and photograph the graceful,
gargantuan graffiti in Cairo! Seddik reveals the revolution through her art.
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Making El Fayoum Bloom

Tour of El Fayoum, the Garden of Egypt

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

www.AhmedSeddik.com

The sites that we are planning to explore:

The Graeco-Roman City of Karanis (Kom Oshim)
Quick visit of Fayoum Museum (most likely closed)
The Village of Tunis, the St Ives of Egypt
Medinet El-Fayoum, the Venice of Egypt
Lake Qarun (the Birka)
The Water Wheels (Al-Sawaqi)

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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The Nile at Your Leisure for Pleasure beyond Measure
Tour of the Roda Island and the Aqueduct

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

www.AhmedSeddik.com

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Al Saraya
Al-Manial Palace
Al-Malik Al-Muzaffar
Al-Mamalik Al-Bahriyya
The Nilometer (Miqyas al-Nil)
The Manasterly Palace
The Om Kolthoum Museum
The Old Aqueduct, Magra Al-Oyoun
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Walking Tour of Cairo’s Caravansaries
The Malls of the Middle Ages

By Ahmed Seddik

Monday, May 27, at 5:00 am

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Explore the commercial architecture of Cairo; caravansaries, khans,
souqs, wekalas, and markets.

Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Caravanserai of Al-Ghuri
Caravanserai of Bazaraa
Caravanserai of Nafisa al-Bayda
Caravanserai of Qaitbey
Al Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
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Tour of Saqqara Pyramids, Temples and Tombs

Friday, May 31, at 8:00 am

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We try to see:

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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Walking Tour of the City of Alexandria

In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs of Pharos

Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We will be visiting:

The Ancient Daughter Library at the so-called Pompey’s Pillar
The Fort of the Mamluk Sultan Al Ashraf Seif El Deen Qaitbey
The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
The Royal Palace of Al-Montazah
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Odeon at Kom el-Dikka
The Eastern Harbor
Ras el–Tin Palace
Ramleh Square

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Tour like an Egyptian
Walking Tour of a Community

Sunday, June 2, at 8:00 a.m.

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Tour of Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt
A Tale of Two Caves

Tuesday, June 4, 8:00 am

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

We try to explore:

The Hanging Church (Al-Muallaka)
The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (Abu Sarga) (The Church of the Cave)
The Church of Saint Barbara
The Church of Saint Mercurius (Abu Sayfayn)
Sleeping Mary Greek Orthodox Church (Church of the Dormition)
The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George
The Ben Ezra Synagogue
The Coptic Cemetery
The Coptic Museum
The Tomb of Ibrahim and Girgis al-Guhari
The Mosque of Amr Ibn El-As
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Shine from the Shrine: Walking Tour of the City of the Dead

Friday, June 14, 9:00 am

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.

The lively City of the Dead is a treasure trove of masterspieces from
almost all eras of Egyptian history. Walking there gives you an
encyclopedic tour of Egyptian history. True to the vision of some of
its founders, the City of the Dead has the power to entertain the mind
and retain the body. Around 100,000 Cairenes live here amongst the
dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art, the monuments are architected to
articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls! It is a
kaleidoscope of culture.

We attempt to see:

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim
Tomb of Al-Torjoman
Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Tomb of the First President of Egypt
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
The Religious and Funerary Complex of Sultan al-Ashraf Inal
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt’s Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb
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Walking Tour of Heliopolis, the City of the Sun

Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

“I want to build a city here, it will be called Heliopolis, the city
of the sun, and first of all I will build a palace…a huge one. I
want it to be magnificent. Furthermore, I want the architecture to
conform to this country’s traditions. I need a specialist in Arab
art…You love mosques, you are an architect, can you give me a
proposal?” Edouard Empain.
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Testimonials:

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


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.

Sincerely,

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.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Buchanan
Correspondent
BBC News


“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:
http://fnewsmagazine.com/2011/08/the-digger-who-can-figure/


“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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