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Monday, 4 April 2022

Last Night’s Talk Shows: Saudi investments, GERD + more Ramadan TV

Gulf investments get airtime: Al Hekaya’s Amr Adib tipped his hat to the recent helping hand we received from the KSA (watch, runtime: 1:14). Saudi Arabia last week deposited USD 5 bn with the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) and pledged around another USD 10 bn in sovereign investments to shore up our finances, which have taken a hit due to the Ukraine war, following similar moves from the UAE and Qatar.

UK won’t take a position on GERD: The UK supports the African Union-led negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to reach a suitable solution for the ongoing dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — but isn’t looking to enter the fray directly, UK’s Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley said in an interview with Bel Warak W El Kalam on Saturday (watch, runtime: 3:33). “We don’t want to complicate the situation by adding our voice officially to the issue,” Bayley said.

A sprinkling of stardust as the Ramadan drama coverage continues: After trending on Twitter, Al Maddah 2 received some love from Al Hekaya’s Amr Adib, who spoke with the show’s star Hamada Helal (watch, runtime: 6:29). Maktoub Alaya star Akram Hosy joined Al Tasea in a phone-in (watch, runtime: 2:02) to give us the behind the scenes scoop. Still haven’t decided what to watch this Ramadan? Head to our rundown here.

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