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Thanksgiving isn't observed in Egypt, and there's no concept of Black Friday or Cyber Monday. There isn't a 'sales-season'. Prices are actually jacked-up during the holiday seasons (for example during Fitr and month of Ramadan before it)
Christmas in December is also very weakly observed, because Copts (native Egyptian Christians) observe it in January.
Numbers for 2013
Here are the numbers for this year: http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2013/12/Cyber_Monday_Jumps_18_Percent_to_1735_Billion_in_Desktop_Sales_to_Rank_as_Heaviest_US_Online_Spending_Day_in_History
problems with overall tone of article, lack of objectivity.
for the most part, despite certain citations, most of the article reads like an opinion piece, rather than an authoritative history.
references to when "cheap deals on technology", or opinion on what amounts to a "marketing tool" don't have the objectivity that one would expect from a simple description of historical facts as to the origin or "cyber monday".
furthermore, unless the reader/author is 12 years old, anyone who has used the (still relatively young) internet from near its truly viable beginnings (circa early/mid 90's) then one remembers first hearing the term "cyber monday" in the late 90's/very early 00's as a reference to the time when most (virtually all) people had slow internet connections at home. therefore, as the theory went, they chose to do online shopping when they returned to work on monday where they had faster, more reliable connections. whether or not that actually occurred to a significant degree, it nevertheless became the basis for referencing said "cyber monday". as for the "official" beginning of the term in 2005, well, that's quite late even if there wasn't the initial use of the phrase that i just described. perhaps the origin date from that marketing executive was simply their way of remembering when it started to be used as a marketing tool.
either way, this article should be improved. greatly.