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Thursday, 9 June 2016

What we’re tracking today

Ras Sidr is getting an airport: The Tourism Development Authority is leading the charge to build an airport in Ras Sidr airport, Al Mal reports. TDA is tendering a contract to build and operate the facility, and real estate developer Tabarak Holding is leading a consortium that has put together an EGP 10 bn bid provided it is allowed to manage the airport under 40-year usufruct agreement. The consortium is also requesting that the land allocated for the airport be increased to 6,000 feddans from 4,700. The consortium, which includes Misr Italia Group, Egypto for Tourism Investments, Daghash Group, and Al Alamia Resorts, plans to list 25% of its shares in the company on the EGX.

When do we eat? Iftar will be at 6:56pm CLT today, while the cut-off for sohour will be at 3:08am CLT, according to Islamic Finder.

As we break our fasts during this holy month, it seems appropriate that Hollywood chooses to announce that a Rumi biopic is in the works to “challenge Muslim stereotypes.” Hollywood being Hollywood, it will challenge stereotypes about Muslims by hiring white actors to play them: Oscar-winning writer David Franzoni tells the Guardian that he’s looking to hire Leonardo DiCaprio to play the part of the Persian poet and Robert Downey Jr to star as Shams of Tabriz.

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