She's Next 2023 Egypt Finalists
Co-founder and Outdoor Documentary Filmmaker of Blue Camel Media
Blue Camel Media specializes in producing documentaries about nature, cultures, and adventure.
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Laila Hassaballa and Mariam Nezar
Founders of Bellies En-route
In 2016, the pair of graphic designers decided to shift their careers and take the plunge into the food tourism industry after they were surprised to find out that the majority of Egypt’s visitors leave without ever experiencing its bustling and delicious culinary scene. Laila and Mariam decided to design an authentic culinary experience that takes tourists off the beaten path whilst choosing to partner with small family-owned restaurants around Downtown Cairo. In six years, they managed to take over 4,000 travelers on tour, collecting 390+ positive reviews and international features in The Independent, BBC, CNN, Forbes and the Guardian. Both co-founders see it as their duty to shed light on Egypt’s rich culinary heritage while ensuring they provide inclusive and equal opportunities as they grow their team and their offering. Laila and Mariam also make it a point to keep it fruitful for the local partners that make their experiences meaningful. Bellies En-route offers meaningful culinary experiences in Downtown Cairo and Heliopolis and will soon be expanding to more local communities around Egypt.