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Mystery Beauty waits to be Queen of the Nile
London Times ^ | 10/25/2009 | Marie Colvin

Posted on 10/24/2009 11:35:28 PM PDT by Saije

The glamorous young wife of Gamal Mubarak, son of the Egyptian president, is set to become the first lady of the Middle East if, as expected, her husband becomes Egypt’s next leader.

***Gamal’s 27-year-old wife Khadija, a wealthy society beauty with a business degree from the American University in Cairo, has kept a low profile and refused all interviews since their wedding two years ago. She rarely appears in the glossy magazines that chronicle Cairo’s elite and is seldom photographed at social events.

That may be about to change if her husband stands for president. In a rare public appearance she was photographed in elegant designer clothes at the World Economic Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh.

“She would be a perfect first lady for Egypt,” said a businessman friend of her family. “She is intelligent, genuinely sweet and knows the world very well. She has class.”

A fluent English speaker, she works for her father, Mahmoud el-Gamal, who owns one of Egypt’s largest construction companies and vast property holdings. At weekends she occasionally plays football at the Gezira Sporting Club, a watering hole on a fashionable island in central Cairo.

The couple married in a lavish private wedding ceremony and live in the wealthy Cairo suburb of Zamalek.

Pressure to sort out the succession has been growing, as rumours circulate about the state of the president’s health. On paper Egypt is a democratic republic, although Mubarak’s party has dominated the political scene for decades and the government keeps a tight control over the press and broadcasters.


(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: egypt; gamalmubarak; khadija; mubarak
She's certainly no Michelle Obama.
1 posted on 10/24/2009 11:35:28 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

2 posted on 10/24/2009 11:47:21 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: Saije
Is there a pic?

vaudine

3 posted on 10/24/2009 11:49:40 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: vaudine

“Is there a pic?”

Well that’s not a picture of me. I included one as part of the article. Does it not show? It does on my computer.


4 posted on 10/24/2009 11:52:15 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Dumpster Baby

NOT GUILTY!!


5 posted on 10/24/2009 11:52:41 PM PDT by NYFreeper
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To: Saije
Sorry--the one in the posting showed as a little blue square. I googled, found lots of pics, came back and can see this one big and clear. She has Angelina Lopez lips and Hollywood hair--altogether, an expensive looking pkg. Bet she could put Obama Mama in her place--especially style wise.
7 posted on 10/24/2009 11:58:55 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: Dumpster Baby

She looks quite “American”.


8 posted on 10/25/2009 12:36:44 AM PDT by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
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To: Saije
She couldn't hold Michelle Obamas belt. Health regulations and her allergy to fake leather would preclude it.
9 posted on 10/25/2009 12:49:26 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Bellflower

Do not think that the Islamist types will approve, although I do.


10 posted on 10/25/2009 12:50:32 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (He said red, yellow, black or white, All are equal in his sight, Mmm, mmm, mm!, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Saije
She's certainly no Michelle Obama.

True, but you will have to admit that Michelle would look great in a burka.

11 posted on 10/25/2009 2:12:05 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Dumpster Baby

She’ cute but, IMHO, the brunette to her left in that picture is more attractive.


12 posted on 10/25/2009 3:43:43 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: Dumpster Baby

Her dyed hair is incongruous and she should ditch it because the Muslim fundamentalists will ridicule it....Other than that she is a beauty and smart


13 posted on 10/25/2009 4:01:55 AM PDT by dennisw (Obama -- our very own loopy, leftist god-thing.)
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To: Dumpster Baby

She looks like Jessica Biel


14 posted on 10/25/2009 4:07:59 AM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: dennisw
That's what I was thinking. She goes around looking like that and the R.O.P. muzzies are going to become outraged (again) and demand that she receive 60 or 70 lashes
15 posted on 10/25/2009 4:36:31 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: BOBWADE
Don't take this wrong, but when I first saw the pic, I thought that she sort of looks like Val Kilmer.?
16 posted on 10/25/2009 4:38:29 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: skimbell
Don't take this wrong, but when I first saw the pic, I thought that she sort of looks like Val Kilmer.?

You don't think Kilmer is pretty?

17 posted on 10/25/2009 4:59:37 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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To: SlowBoat407; BOBWADE
She has a Rene Zellweger thing about her, too. But not this one:


18 posted on 10/25/2009 5:15:43 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: muir_redwoods
the brunette to her left in that picture is more attractive

Agree.

19 posted on 10/25/2009 5:19:08 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: dennisw
the Muslim fundamentalists will ridicule it

They'll do more than that. They'll try to stuff her into a burka.

20 posted on 10/25/2009 5:20:44 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

She is proof that many Arab Muslim women are beautiful but when stuffed into burkas they turn into fat stupid cows. I rather make love to a beautiful woman but Muslims don’t think that way


21 posted on 10/25/2009 7:18:06 AM PDT by dennisw (Obama -- our very own loopy, leftist god-thing.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Totally agree....

gamal
22 posted on 10/25/2009 7:31:07 AM PDT by 2sheds
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To: 2sheds

Even better! Thanks.


23 posted on 10/25/2009 8:05:14 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Saije
She has no hijab!

24 posted on 10/25/2009 8:31:55 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Saije

Two points:

1. Not guilty! The same for the woman next to her. Middle Eastern women are very pretty when dressed properly.

2. Given that Egypt is a dictatorship, the line from “The Godfather” about the wife not asking about her husbands “business” most certainly applies.


25 posted on 10/25/2009 9:00:39 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: Saije

“She has class”

As opposed to our famous First Frump. Sigh.

Waiting for a talented FReeper to place a side-by-side picture...but wait until after lunch...well after lunch...please.


26 posted on 10/25/2009 9:30:39 AM PDT by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: vaudine

Despite the blonde hair (dyed) she’s Black — mouth & nose a give-away.


27 posted on 10/25/2009 11:57:45 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

Let’s hope that was sarcasm. If not, I suggest you do a little reading in anthropology. The peoples of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa (to include Eritrea, the Tigray and Amhara of Ethiopia, and the Somalis) are of Caucasian extraction.

Or, would you prefer giving us your thoughts on Sun People and Ice People?


28 posted on 10/25/2009 1:15:43 PM PDT by Marechal
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To: Marechal

Whatever their initial extraction ma have beem, there was a lot of mixing with the Nubians et al, The woman is a sefici type of white/negro mix that is South Ameirca is called “jabada”. It’s something I’ve seen a lot, so I recognize it.


29 posted on 10/26/2009 11:23:03 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo; Admin Moderator

I think your last statement just about proved that you’re quite the uneducated racist and/or a troll attempting to stir something up.

Spare me your commentary on “a lot of mixing” between Egyptians and the Nubians. Nubia, in the context of Ancient Egypt, tends to refer to the northern portion of Sudan which is, again, of Arab (Caucasian) extraction. “Mixing”, accordingly, means little difference anthropologically. It is in the Sud, the great swamp area in Southern Sudan, where non-Caucasians are to be found — and, this female bears little resemblance to Dinka or Nuer tribals.

Your comments about “jabadas” is inapplicable, as Egypt is not in South America and doesn’t have the mix of races as seen in South America. All of this is a long way of saying that you’re classifying something based solely on your prejudices and not anything remotely resembling logic or reality.


30 posted on 10/27/2009 4:56:58 PM PDT by Marechal
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To: Marechal

I don’t see why commenting on physical or racial attributes is racist. WOuld it be racist to comment on how much COnan O’Brien looks like the presdient of Finalnd and tht it’s robably due to Viking ancestry?

Have you been to North Africa and the Mid-East? I have been there, traveling with South Americans of African descent who were constantly mistaken for being local.


31 posted on 11/02/2009 8:02:41 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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