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Sunday, 29 May 2022

The PM’s trip to Abu Dhabi dominated the airwaves last night

Leading the airwaves yesterday: Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly’s visit to Abu Dhabi to launch a new industrial partnership with the UAE and Jordan led the conversation on the nation’s talk shows last night, with ِAl Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:38), El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 3:28), Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 9:32) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 19:12) all taking note. Cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad was on Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 9:20) to talk about the initiative — though he gave precious little away about the nature of the agreement — and Sherif El Gabaly, the chairman of the Chamber of Chemical Industries at the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), joined Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 3:56) to discuss the PM’s meeting with Emirati investors yesterday. We have more on this in this morning’s What We’re Tracking Today, above.

Mom Facebook groups in Egypt are freaking out about tomato flu: MBC’s Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:51) and Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 0:55) both ran segments on the Indian viral disease after parents reported their children showing similar symptoms on Facebook. Ahmed Al Mandhari, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the eastern Mediterranean, told El Hadidi that the flu is a kind of skin irritation, while Islam Anan, Lecturer of Health Economics and Pharmacoepidemiology told Al Youm’s Sara Hazem that ‘tomato flu’ is another name for the highly contagious hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • El Sisi says high-speed rail a “new era” for sector: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s remarks following the signing of contracts for the second and third lines of the country’s mega high-speed railway. We have the full story of the new contract signed yesterday by Siemens and Orascom Construction in this morning’s news well, above. (Al Hayah Al Youm | watch, runtime: 4:41)
  • Sudan’s GERD rebuke: Sudan’s response to controversial statements by the GERD’s project manager on the third filling of the dam also got a mention. More in this morning’s Diplo, below. (El Hekaya | watch, runtime: 5:19)

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