Cut­ting corners

Business monthly (Egypt) - - IN DEPTH -

A hand­ful of young Egyp­tians from a wide range of eco­nomic back­grounds have be­gun re­belling against this state of af­fairs, find­ing ways to skirt the high cost of get­ting mar­ried. Some brides are mak­ing do with “Chi­nese gold” in­stead of the real thing. Other cou­ples are buck­ing tra­di­tion—and the dis­ap­proval of their par­ents—and mov­ing into rentals while they save up enough for a down pay­ment on a place of their own. A grow­ing num­ber of young peo­ple are even set­tling for in­for­mal, so-called urfi mar­riage, which var­i­ous stud­ies in­di­cate is on

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