AFAR Media Finalizes Line-Up for Cairo Experience

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Immersive Travel Series Inaugural Event: October 25-27, 2011

"To me, that is partly why travel is so important: to understand the people and the culture better...and to get beyond the feeling of 'otherness' that separates us."
Greg Sullivan, AFAR founder

AFAR Media, the multi-platform media brand focused exclusively on experiential travel, has finalized plans for the inaugural event in its immersive travel series, AFAR Experiences ( The event, taking place in Cairo, Egypt October 25-27, 2011 will welcome travelers and locals for an extraorinary three-day program designed to encourage interaction, insights, perspectives and personal access to this beautiful city and its people at a pivotal time. Schedule is at

AFAR founder Greg Sullivan writes from Cairo, "This is my fourth visit to Cairo this year following Mubarak's resignation in February. What I've experienced has been fantastic. I have been fortunate to meet many locals from a variety of fields. They are so excited about their future. What doesn't make the news is everyday life, what the locals are doing, or what you're likely to experience if you visit a place. To me, that is partly why travel is so important: to understand the people and the culture better, to appreciate our differences and to get beyond the feeling of 'otherness' that separates us."

The event agenda includes private admission to the Egyptian Museum, a walk through historic Tahrir Square, intimate dinners in the homes of local residents, an exclusive afternoon session at the magnificent Sultan Hassan mosque, and conversations with prominent artists, writers, architects, politicians, cultural historians and revolutionaries at local restaurants, cafes, markets and galleries – with more details still to be announced.

Confirmed participants include:

Jawad El Nabulsi, revolutionary
Tarek Labib, renowned local eco-architect
Mona Said, owner of contemporary Safrakhan Gallery
Gamila Ismail, female parliamentary candidate
Mounir Fahkry Abd El Noor, Minister of Tourism
Amr Hamzawy, renowned public intellectual
Tehani El Gebali, Egypt's first female Judge
Moataz Nasreldin, cultural activist
Moez Masoud, modern day evangelist and media personality
Mohamed Diab and Jehane Noujaim, filmmakers
Seif Fahmy and Hisham El Khazindar, business leaders
Mohamed El Sawy, former Minister of Culture, founder of Culturewheel
Ahmed Esseily, film/television personality
Riham Bahi, Women's studies expert
Bassem Yousseff, coined Egypt's Jon Stewart/Top YouTube channel in Egypt

AFAR Media is the multi-platform brand that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Headquartered in San Francisco, with an office in New York City, the company launched in August 2009. Its platforms include the award-winning AFAR magazine, now celebrating its second anniversary and awarded the Best Travel Magazine in America;, recently named a Top 10 site That Makes Travel Easier; the non profit foundation Learning AFAR; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences.
CONTACT: Shelley Kieran shelley(at)afar(dot)com 415.814.1394


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