"I have a magic hand"

Magda or “Maggy” is the only Egyptian woman running a restaurant- and camp-business at the beach of Dahab. In her “Paradise” restaurant you can get really fresh fruits and vegetables - proved by a look inside the fridge.

Where are you born?

I am born in Cairo. I am also married, and I have one daughter and two boys.

How old are your children?

The girl is 25 years, and the boys are 11 and 27. The older boy had a big accident with a cement truck. He lost one leg and suffered from a major brain damage. I stayed with him 2 years in the hospital. Because he survived so many operations, he lost his mind after the 3 years in hospital. He never recovered, and he still has the mind and the thinking of a 12 year old boy – even if he is now 27.

How did you come to Dahab?

I came for work 6 years ago. If you want to start a business in Cairo, you need a lot of money. Here I came with only little money and could grow my own business fast. When I first came to Dahab, I was working in Hilton and Ganet Sinai. I did relaxing and Thai massage for 4 years, and worked also in the beauty centers, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. I have a magic hand. This a professor from America told me - he gave me also a book about massage and learned me some techniques. When I do something, I need to like it. I love my job. Later on I followed the advice from a friend and rented the Negm Paradise Camp, which was empty that time. I started to make food for my guests, and that’s how I slowly started also the restaurant.

But isn’t it very unusual for Egyptian woman to run a business?

Usually it’s only men who do a business like this. I don’t know any other Egyptian woman who is working on the beach. It was very difficult in the beginning. Everyone was looking at me and nobody wanted to work with me. A lot of boys here didn’t see a business woman before and they can’t believe that women are able to give him order. Everybody was pretty sure that I will leave within the next 2 months, but I didn’t! Once I shout with my boy, and he told me: “No woman can talk to me like this, not even my mother!” And I told him: “You are wrong. I am not your mother, I am your manager”. And other people said to my workers: “He, why do you work with women?” And they gave them a bad feeling about it. Many people here come from small cities, and they have a different kind of thinking. But now everything changed, and a lot of people work to with me - because I do care for my workers.

How is this situation in Cairo?

It’s different in other cities like Cairo and Alexandria. Women work and are managers, too. But here I was the first.

What’s your philosophy?

I like to make food the same way I would like it to eat. And so I have always fresh vegetables and fruits in my fridge. I care very much about quality. I make everything fresh when I get an order. Even the juices I make fresh, not from the bottles.

How long would you like to stay in Dahab?

My contract is valid for 5 more years. Later I want to build a new business on my own place near Cairo - or in Cairo.

What’s your religion?

I am Muslim and I read the holy Koran, but I don’t like to cover my head. For me the only thing important is to be good inside, not outside. It’s my life, so I can make what I want!
I already did the hag [Muslim pilgrimage], and I went to Saudia Arabia and Mekka. For me it’s important to be honest. I listen to everything about Islam, but I don’t want to cover. I believe that god is always looking for the heart, not for the things outside.

Do you enjoy the life in Dahab?

Yes, if my work is good and my guests are happy! (laughing). But it’s also hard sometimes to run a business here. If you work, you have to care about everything, your workers, the restaurant place and all of this.

Thank you for the interview!

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pAX5ggugY6 (14.10.2015 10:31):
Haha Kaylin, loving the last 2 lines of your conmemt : )Yes, you made me feel that practices can still fit in our modern life but not some concepts! Come on, when I was a child I was so scared of everything because I thought I might go to hell for any stupid reason (and I was still a child what horrible sin could I ever do?!) So thank you, but I am not gonna believe in something that basically scares the shit out of me and just makes me feel guilty on every single thing I do.The process in between was harsh for me as well coz there is this phase in which you still think back to this is right or wrong or what if I do this? and then you realize it's just some brainwashing you had when you were a child. Not sure about Alabama, but Italy is pretty tough on religion too at least, when I was a child it was (some 20 years ago ugh)Thanks for stopping by and conmemting, Kaylin! : ) http://bzycfz.com [url=http://ryvfxcknxr.com]ryvfxcknxr[/url] [link=http://rhcvzzxyrwj.com]rhcvzzxyrwj[/link]

HArAgXw1Rueq (14.10.2015 01:21):
This was a lovely post, Giulia. So <a href="http://uaocrop.com">inriispng</a>. I'm so sorry to read about that accident you had and I'm so happy you came out of it okay. I dabbled in Buddhism from the ages of 17-20. I think that was a time in my life when I was trying to find myself and, in the end, I completely forgot about it because I had issues.' I know one of the fundamental elements of Buddhism is to let go of your desires (which makes sense because we shouldn't all be driven by materialism and greed) but, at that young age, I saw it as Well, I have desires. I want to do well in my life. I desire the ability to travel and work as an English teacher. I want this and that for myself.' Buddhism helped me a lot when I left school and was trying to find out who I was. And, in a way, it really did help me become the person I am now. Because I dabbled in it and explored different ways of thinking, it helped me become the person I am today.

nTQP0ANxLK (13.10.2015 11:42):
Sometimes I feel like I need a little sonmihteg extra in my life, sometimes I'm totally ok without it. I basically consider myself agnostic. I'm from Alabama, so I was raised protestant Christian (Baptist) as a child, but my mom is not much of an active church-goer anymore either, and I haven't been to church regularly since I was like 10 or 11 (she still believes in the Christian God though). I stopped believing in that god a long time ago, and throughout college I was sort of wondering if I needed sonmihteg else. I consider myself a scientist and logically, I know that the Bible is just stories, but I don't know about other ex-Christians, but I had a hard time not feeling like I was going to hell for a while once I decided for sure I really didn't believe. Maybe that's just the southern religious environment I was in. I have a few hardcore atheist friends that helped convince me otherwise and I also just try to avoid the hardcore Christians if at all possible now (a little hard to do in Alabama but I try). I really am unsure of any supernatural existence (I lean towards no), but I think Buddhism is sonmihteg I'd like to learn more about; what little I've read about it seems alot like sonmihteg I would consider. I'm pretty ok with not having anything at the moment though; I'm a good person and I just decided that any deity who would punish me for using my brain to think rationally about things is kind of a jerk anyway.

poutshow (05.01.2010 17:51):
haiiiiiiiiiii magy
i worke before in dahab in iam from cairo and i want till you somthing no eny words can say how much i love dahab so when i will back to dahab i will be in your paradise withe my wife

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