Dancers on Egyptian streets accused of violating traffic law

Egyptian mounted security stand guard outside the police academy in Cairo, in this file photo taken on April 21, 2015. (AFP)
Updated 30 July 2018
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Dancers on Egyptian streets accused of violating traffic law

CAIRO: People who took to the streets in Egypt for an online dance challenge face penalties over allegations they endangered lives and violated public decency, the state media reported on Tuesday.
The dance craze flared up social media networks with video postings of people dancing in response to the so-called “Kiki challenge” to the song “In My Feelings” by Canadian singer Drake.
The challenge was initiated by Instagram comedian known as the TheShiggyShow. It involves people getting out of their cars and dancing to the song alongside the cars’ open door.
Videos of Egyptian celebrities, including popular goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadary, as well as actresses Dina Al-Sherbini and Yasmin Raees, went viral on the hashtag “Kiki,” now among the top trending hashtags in Egypt.
Some Egyptian dance enthusiasts went a step further, posting clips of themselves dancing to Egyptian songs. A user posted a photo of a man running alongside an overcrowded public bus, trying to catch it, with the caption reading: “We have another kiki challenge in Egypt.”
But Egyptian officials were alarmed by the dancing spree.


The state-run MENA news agency cited a warning by an unnamed Interior Ministry official as saying the “Kiki challenge” dancers could be persecuted for violating the country’s traffic law. The official didn’t elaborate.
Local media say charges under the traffic law, including endangering lives and traffic disruption, can be punished by sentences of up to a year in prison and fines of up to 3,000 Egyptian pounds or $167.
Religious officials viewed the challenge as a threat to the country’s “long entrenched values and ethics.”
“The dance, which has spread like wildfire, violates social norms and ethics,” Ahmed Al-Malki, a researcher at Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim’s foremost religious institution, told The Associated Press.
“The state has an inherent right to protect its citizens from whatever it views as harmful to them,” the religious scholar added.

 


Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

Updated 18 September 2019

Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

  • Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media

CAIRO: Magi Sadeq, 25, is known for keeping a low profile in the media compared to the wives of other footballers. 

The wife of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has become something of a celebrity in her own right after appearing with her husband while maintaining a conservative look.

Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media, but sometimes there is no escaping the spotlight for his wife and daughter.

Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award. She also appeared with their daughter Makka during celebrations marking Salah’s winning of the Premier League Golden Boot award, and after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

Sadeq was born and raised in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia where Salah was also born. It is the same place where they like to spend their holidays and special occasions whenever they have the chance.

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Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award.

She has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Mahy and Miram. Their parents were both teachers at Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School, where she met the future Egyptian international.

Sadeq, who maintains a simple lifestyle, fell in love with Salah 10 years before they married. Their love story was the talk of the town where they lived.

They were married in 2013 as the player started taking his first steps in Europe with Swiss football club Basel. They married when he returned home for his first holiday.  

She keeps her husband connected to his rural roots. She doesn’t have any social media accounts, and unlike other footballer’s wives, she is not interested in appearance and makeup. She prefers to wear body-covering conservative clothes.

Sadeq and her twin sister both obtained their degrees in biotechnology from Alexandria University. She is responsible for her husband’s charity work in Egypt. Her neighbors say that she helps in buying the necessary home appliances and other needs of newly married couples. She also supervises charity work and regularly attends the special events staged by her village even though she has been made busier after her husband joined Liverpool.

Salah once said of his wife: “I am unfair to Magi as I give her the least of my time due to the nature of my work. I would like to thank her for her support and for being in my life.”