February ‘17

February ‘17
Omar & Amira
Omar & Amira


We know him as the founder of Cairo Fashion Festival and the ingenious mind behind Ultimate Fashion Wear, but he’s not just a man with an exquisite taste in fashion –he’s one with the kind of love story we only get to see in Ryan Gosling films. Omar Madkour has shared with us how he met his partner, Amira, how they fell for each other, and how they have become one of Egypt’s hottest couples. Check out what he said!

What’s the worst thing you did to your in-laws?

I love doing pranks to the point that I sometimes feel that I have a problem. My family is familiar with my ways and they know me well, but my in-laws took a while to get used it.

When did you know she was the one?

When I felt that I don’t need to explain myself anymore; she knows what I want and what I want to say without any elaboration. I no longer feel the need to act nice, decent, or romantic, nor do I need to fake anything that’s not in my personality. She loves me as I am, with the good and the bad.

How did you propose?

At a fancy restaurant while we were having a candlelit dinner. 

What’s your secret to a good relationship?

By being in a relationship, both parties should realize that nobody “owns” the other. Both have to have their own life, friends, getaways and some “me” time. That way, the relationship stays fresh and love is replenished. Be honest; never lie. No matter how much of a good liar you think you are, one day she will find out the truth, and it will be very difficult to win her trust again. Never make promises that you cannot keep. Talk to her, give her enough space and confide in her.

What’s the most awkward situation you ever had together?

One day, we were invited for lunch at one of her best friend’s. I was so busy at work and was working on a big project; at this point I usually try to rest and sleep in my free time so I can have enough energy to continue the project. I told her to go alone because I was too overwhelmed, but she insisted that I go with her, telling me it’ll only be an hour and that I’ll inevitably have lunch anywhere. I went with her, we had some nice seafood for lunch followed by tea mint, which was the last of what I remember because I ended up falling sleep on the couch and they couldn’t wake me up again, so they left me there. I woke up and everyone had left.. I think so far that was the most awkward situation for both of us.

What’s the best gift she ever got you?

She gets me lots of beautiful gifts! But maybe the best one was when I was shopping alone and I found a nice brand watch that I wanted to buy, but I decided to get it later to avoid money shortage. I never told anyone about it, like literally no one knew. To my surprise, she got it for my birthday, the exact same one I had my eyes on; same color, same brand!

What’s a habit that drives you crazy about her? How do you handle it?

Talking for hours over the phone! I personally dislike phone chatting. For me, talking on the phone should merely be an informative conversation for a maximum time of just a few minutes, and it’s not a piece of technology invented to discuss abstract topics. I try to handle it by saying that I’m busy doing something else, turn on the speaker and talk while I practice anything else in my life, but I sometimes give up to a 60+ minutes phone call.

By Rania Ihab