Dear Readers,


Nowhere is El Gouna’s sense of vitality more evident than in the lives of the youth who live, study, and visit here. These are the game changers, the risk takers, and the visionaries who keep our eyes set on the future. This issue looks at the amazing ways some of our children and young adults spend their time and use their skills.


We profile Karim “Kimo” Mahmoud, a resident who holds the title of under-12 freestyle kitesurfing world champion (see p. 12). We also look at some of Egypt’s most talented young soccer players, who recently came to participate in the Race to the States scholarship tournament (p. 26).


The student population is also making its mark. The El Gouna campus of the Technische Universität Berlin recently held its first graduation ceremony (see p. 16), and graduates like Hussayn Hilal are carrying the town into the future by researching ways to make it more accessible to people with various ranges of mobility (p. 46). Meanwhile, students of El Gouna Technical Nursing Institute joined the new Rotary Club’s efforts to bring healthcare to underserved populations in the area (p. 30).


Other members of the El Gouna community show vitality in different ways. Gifted artists have exhibited their work in various venues across town over the course of this year (see p. 42), and LAX Gymnasium has begun to hold FITCAMPs, Egypt’s firstever intensive weight loss and performance camp (p. 20).


Enjoy these and other stories about life as it should be,



The El Gouna Magazine Team