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Shaden Mohamed
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Celebrating a special day xo
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"Modestly is the way you deal with beauty. Not how you avoid it.”
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Help Beethoven arrange his masterpieces in today’s #GoogleDoodle
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Back in Alexandria Egypt after many years. Wonderful weather and good seafood, beaches and cafes. Great way to start a much needed break!
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Interview for a women's conference in Sydney, helping to inspire change and empower women in the workplace.
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Sand boarding in Northern NSW (Port Stephens NSW)
The last attempt at this in Cairo, I ended up with a concusssion and fractured thumb. Time to get back on the board!

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Debate on Islam being a religion of peace. In english.
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The longest breakfast I have ever done! Started at 11am. It's now 3pm and still going! In between we bought tshirts, watched a chef make noodles and attempted to book a massage.

Can you beat that? ;)

#longweekend #lazydays
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Nice coffee 🍒🍒
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I've been traveling frequently to the US for nearly a decade. Both for leisure and business purposes. Over that time, the customs and security processes have evolved to ensure better safety for all. And despite profiling, extra checks and more questions than normal, I've never once felt disrespected because the staff have always been polite and friendly. Just doing their job.

Today that changed. On my way through SFO customs, an officer asked about the immigration history of my family (and gave an opinion about it), and asked me all the standard questions. Who I worked for (several times), what I did, why I was here, and so on.

But it was the WAY he looked at and spoke to me that was unusually assertive. My instincts were right. He asked me to remove my hijab for the photo.

I paused, smiled and did not respond. Surely he was joking. After a moment of silence I asked: "are you serious?" To which he said he was, and asked me again to remove my hijab for the photo. I replied with "sorry but I am not going to do that." He then said: "are you refusing to take off your hijab for the photo?"
"Yes, that's correct." I responded.

He flicked the camera up and commenced typing for several minutes without saying a word. I was asked to go to secondary screening. I won't go into detail about that but it was a positive experience. Very respectful. And I received confirmation that removal of religious wear such as the hijab was NOT a new policy (as I had thought). The only time that is the case is if I was covering my face, in which case I would go to a closed room for identify checks.

So this was clearly an isolated incident and individual. But it threw me off the for entire morning. I've experienced all sorts of discrimination in my life, so why did this single event unhinge me the way it did?

We have a lot of work to do, humanity has a long way to go towards dispelling hatred. May the next generation succeed where all others have failed.
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  • Expedia Inc.
    Senior Director & Head of Online Marketing, Wotif Group, 2015 - present
  • Wotif Group
    Executive GM of Digital Marketing & Distribution, 2012 - 2014
  • Google
    Senior Account Manager, 2006 - 2012
  • Fairfax Media
    Journalist, 2004 - 2005
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Sydney
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Cairo
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Aussie-Egyptian. Digital Guru. Bitten by the travel bug.
Introduction
Make the most of every opportunity and remember that time is fleeting - be who you want to be today, live the life you want now! Most importantly, remember why you are here in the first place (and if you don't know, figure it out - fast!)
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Skydiving, Scuba diving, Canyon Jumping, Sand boarding, living through a revolution :)
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  • University of New South Wales
    Media & Communications / English Literature, 2002
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Shaden Mostafa
Rating is for the Feast Restaurant: seafood buffet was below par for what's expected at a Sheraton. The hot meals were lukewarm and bland. It was "okay" but not worth the price. Would have been better to go into town. Stars are for the service and atmosphere. Not the food.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Worst oysters I have ever eaten. Worried about getting sick because they were not fresh. Also, the waitress should be a little friendlier especially when you're charging Grade A prices for D Grade seafood. Should be shut down, this place is an insult to restaurants everywhere. Fish was served cold in the middle and the manager was arguing that it was not frozen and fresh. Avoid. You're better off on an empty stomach. Health inspection is needed.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Giving it 5 stars for the natural oysters. Absolutely delicious with lemon and Tabasco.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Smoked trout salad was absolutely delicious. Giant slices of fresh trout... yum! Really well prepared. And the lemon meringue cake was great. Lost one star because the coffee tasted like dirt.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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Overpriced for sushi but that's expected for central CBD and tourist areas. Wouldn't go out of my way to visit this one.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
The room had several heating options, including heated bathroom tiles! Perfect for winter. The hotel staff and service was professional and the location is close to two stations and near the key business hub of london, so great for business travel. One area of improvement would be the room service - not very good quality at all, pasta dish inedible.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Great food, great prices and friendly service. Lost a star for the fried icecream dish which was awful... just stick to the savory dishes and you'll have a great meal!
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago