Egypt and Middle East Expo

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Curious as I was, I decided to go to the Egypt and Middle East Expo that was held at Mer Rouge (Freeport) yesterday. The entrance fee was Rs25 and when you get to the entrance, there are 2 big statues of Anubis. I thought this was going to be a really exciting expo but as soon as I went inside, the first thing I saw was a display of gas cookers. I looked to my right expecting to see Egyptian things but all I could see was unrelated stuff. On the left, it was similar.

pharoah

As I walked down, I noticed that only around 30% of the stalls were purely Egyptian and the rest were general businesses. Some people were selling plasticware, others toys and other things you would not expect there. Yes, the cuddly smurf toy dancing around was cute but that’s not what I wanted to see there. What’s the man doing a demonstration of his awesome vegetable cutter doing there? Or those selling generic dresses, plain kitchen utensils and handbags?

handbags

baskets

napkins

statues

To me, it’s all a commercial hype like the Asian International Trade & Cultural Expo I attended couple of months ago. I did not go to this one with much expectation but the little bit of hope I had that the expo would at least be worth the Rs25 entrance fee was shattered. How on earth was the guy selling pirated DVDs (just released hollywood/bollywood movies) allowed to take part in the expo and get a stall for himself? It makes you wonder what sort of people are behind all this, doesn’t it?

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gices Published 23 Nov 2012

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Yashvin 23 Nov 2012

lol!

Not much different from the Infotech event :P

gices 23 Nov 2012

Yep, they all seem to be very disappointing indeed. Have you been?

Yashvin 23 Nov 2012

Noooo. I went to the salon du marriage recently and was so disappointed that I blogged abt it lol

gices 23 Nov 2012

I've read that post on your blog. I'm glad there was no wedding in my family around that time, otherwise I would have probably gone too and get frustrated as well :p