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Feature Article

7 January 2006

Though the day itself falls in January, Christmas is enjoyed in the traditional Coptic quarter of the Egyptian capital throughout the months of December and January.

On the Eve of Christmas everyone goes to church and the service ends at midnight with the ringing of church bells. People then go home to eat a special Christmas meal known as fata , which consists of bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat. On Christmas morning people in Egypt visit friends, bringing kaik , which is a type of shortbread.

Merry Christmas
Good morning, merry Christmas! By this, we are starting our day of Christmas and after having our breakfast of biscuits, cake, pancake "Kahk el 'aid", and maybe with a cup of milk.

Everybody, is getting ready to go outdoor, but before leaving it is a custom to give children the so-called "El 'aidia"-the feast gift: a small sum of money to buy sweets, toys, and ice cream or to drink sugar cane juice! …Etc.

It is given usually from the elders (parents, uncles, or aunts) to the children of a family. In the streets, you can hear the bang of fireworks; children are gathered now wearing their new beautiful clothes playing with their toys and fireworks. Some other of them stands holding balloons or running after each other.

Some other groups of them are fond of spending their time in public gardens to enjoy playing football, volleyball, or on the swings.

Christmas is a great occasion in our life, a good chance to renovate our family relation, where families are visiting each other.

Sometimes a day of double occasion where some families are celebrating their "wedding ceremonies" to rejoice twice.

Nile picnics are playing a very important role in the day's fun, families after a long time of work through the whole year are eager to have fun and rest.

Today, and after 43 days of fast, we can eat whatever we need, big quantities of meat, chicken, vegetables, fruits, ice cream, and many kinds of non-alcoholic drinks are used. Actually, it is a very bad habit! Moreover, the result is that "diarrhea"; thus, big quantities of gastric medicine are sold. What a lucky pharmacy! ???

Long and tiring day, but everybody is happy, praising God for his Goodness, asking God for peace …Yes, we need peace!

Harry's & Andy's Place
"Alle sagten 'Das geht nicht', aber wir glaubten das nicht und haben es trotzem gemacht."


Samih Sawiris' alpine resort
Red Sea pioneer to build resort in Swiss Alps

The Egyptian entrepreneur, Samih Sawiris, tells swissinfo why he has chosen to develop a luxury ski and golf resort in Andermatt.

Sawiris is head of the Hotels and Development division of his family's Orascom Group.

El Gouna in Egypt was Sawiris first resort (elgouna.com)

Sawiris has yet to draw up a plan for his first alpine resort, but says it will include an 18-hole golf course and swimming pool complex with a sandy beach. Its hotels and holiday apartments will have at least 800 rooms.

swissinfo: Why have you decided on the Alps for your first project outside the Middle East, and why Andermatt?

Samih Sawiris: The Alps came as a coincidence. Why the first time out of the Middle East? It's because I find this is really the place where competition is very hard. There are a lot of big players [in Europe] and you grow tired of playing in the second division. After you've been successful there, you want to play with the big boys and the big boys are here.

swissinfo: But the number of tourists coming to the Alps has been declining and the reason often cited is because they prefer travelling to southern destinations like your resort, El Gouna.

Samih Sawiris: A lot of people in the Alps underestimate that resorts must offer more than just skiing, and that's where our know-how lies. We know what to give people who want a holiday because we've been doing it now for 15 years and whether you're in the Alps or on the beach, you still want rest and relaxation and that is missing here big time.

swissinfo: Will the Andermatt resort be self-sufficient like your other destinations?

Samih Sawiris: It doesn't have to be self-sufficient because there is this beautiful village next door that can be part of this overall development. My idea is to add to what already exists - to complement it with whatever is missing, and there is quite a bit missing.

We have a lot of space where we can do something that has not been done before. When you start late, you better come in with something really different, and bigger and better, otherwise you're not going to get anywhere.

swissinfo: What measures will you take to ensure it meets Switzerland's strict environmental standards?

Samih Sawiris: For starters, we are going to talk to the environmental organisations, just like we do in Egypt. We [at El Gouna] have been awarded eight or nine of the most important [ecology] awards in Egypt because we work together.

I founded the first NGO in Egypt to take care of the reefs because I was afraid we would ruin the reefs with too much diving, or bad handling of anchorage.

I think the environmental groups are the first that should be talked to, to see what restrictions should be observed so we can tell our architects what to do and what not to do.

Generally speaking, I see no sense in developing anything that is not environmentally in compliance with what people want because it doesn't have a future. Nowadays nobody wants to go to a place that is in breach of environmental ethics.

swissinfo: If the project goes ahead, Orascom will become the biggest employer in Andermatt. How active will you become politically?

Samih Sawiris: My only political ambition is to have people want us to be here, and that will continue as we proceed with the project, and after the project is completed so that I feel I am still welcome. That's my goal.






El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination



What's on in Egypt


15/01/2006 @ Cairo International Center for Conferences
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•Application forms for the contest shall be handed over no later than the 15th of January 2006. Advertisements of such contest shall be made via printed, audiovisual media.

•This contest shall be valid for participation for period of three months starting from January to March 2006.

Number of contestants:

•24 girls shall be chosen by a specialized arbitration committee at the beginning of the contest.
•Only 12 qualified girls out of the 24 ones shall be chosen for final contest that is due to be held next January 2006 in a fashion show at Hilton (media production city).

The term of contest:

•The girl shall do daily exercises at Hilton under the supervision of a specialist in fashion shows, make up and aerobics (aired only on Melody hits satellite channel).

•A party shall be given every week at Hilton (media production city) that includes fashion shows coupled with a singing performance during which one of the contestant girls shall be excluded via votes of T.V. SMS and the arbitration committee members that comprise numbers of famous artists and specialists in fashion & beauty (only through Melody Hits satellite channel).

•Melody Hits satellite channel shall show periodic advertisements for the winning girl qualified for the whole period of the contest.

The concluding party:

•The concluding party shall be live aired from Cheops Hall at Cairo International Center for conferences in March 2006 during such party Miss Défilé and the first and second maids shall be chosen during a fashion show accompanied with 16 of the best fashion models in the world in 2005. An entertain fashion shall be held on the sidelines of Miss Défilé show. The contest show shall be also accompanied with a singing party attended by more than 3000 visitors.

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HOROSCOPE: CAPRICORN (December 22nd to January 20th)

Physically it is related to the knees, and to a certain extent the joints, skin and bones. It is said to have a feminine nature, and is therefore more reactive in its energy expression. As a Cardinal sign Capricorn is goal-oriented, and channels energy into strategic planning to attain long-term results. As an Earth sign, goals tend to be practical and related to material interests.
Planets in Capricorn will express themselves in a determined and serious manner, striving for honour and some kind of recognition in society. There is a desire and ability to reach the top through hard work and perseverence. Status and executive power are important - as is social position.

There can be a certain formality and lack of spontaneity with planets in this sign, due to setbacks at early stages of the life. There is a tendency to control feelings and exert considerable self-discipline, but it would be advantageous if a greater emotional sensitivity and concern for others could be integrated into the nature

THIS WEEK: January 2nd to January 8th

You have the chance of being involved in creating the best business and career conditions. You resolutely set your own targets, those which mean a lot to you. You might be lucky enough to run into a group, organization or some friends who can help you along, and it will be just that which makes the big difference. You know just what to say and life is all about getting on just now. The past is making itself felt in your love-life.








Most children love the feeling of finger painting and being allowed to be messy! Fortunately, it's easy to participate in this joy and take a few steps to keep the mess in check.

Learning & growing

Finger painting is one of the most emotionally satisfying forms of creative expression for young children. Benefits include the chance to strengthen hand and finger muscles and to help children understand first-hand how to mix colours.

How to play

Pick a room in the house where you feel comfortable letting your child use paints. Then cover the floor and table with newspaper. Help your child roll their sleeves up and put on an apron, smock or oversize shirt to protect clothing from paint.
Ask your child to spread paint on some paper. Sprinkle a tablespoon (15 ml) of water over the surface and show how slippery it becomes. You can also reverse the process and drop a teaspoonful (5 ml) of finger paint onto wet paper. Compare the different textures.
Start off with one primary colour. Present other colours gradually so your child can mix them and watch how they change. Involve your child in the process and talk about how finger paint feels. Encourage them to describe what they¿re doing.
Put on some music that makes little fingers want to move! Show your child how to use their fingers to draw designs. You can make a print of your child's finger painting by placing another piece of paper, the same size or larger, over the surface of the painting and pressing down gently.
If your child is reluctant to get their hands dirty with finger paints, you can substitute other materials, such as liquid soap, shaving cream with a drop of food colouring added, even chocolate pudding!
What you’ll need
Smock or apron
Finger paints which you can make or buy
Finger paint Add 1 to 3 tablespoons (15 to 45 ml) liquid starch to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of tempera paint.

Tricks & advice
Water-resistant paper or special finger paint paper means you can watch the paints swirl and mix that much better.


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  • Für 4 Personen:
  • 300 g grüne Bohnen
  • 400 g Lauch
  • 2 gelbe Paprikaschoten
  • 600 g Fleischtomaten
  • 1 EL Olivenöl
  • 3 TL italienische Würzmischung
  • 2 Knoblauchzehen
  • Jodsalz
  • schwarzer Pfeffer
  • 1 1/2 EL Butter oder Margarine
  • 60 g Mehl
  • 3/4 l Milch (1,5 % Fett)
  • 50 g frisch geriebener Parmesan
  • 12 Lasagne-Blätter ohne Vorkochen

Zubereitungszeit: 45 Min. (+ 40 Min. backen)

GRÜNE BOHNEN , Lauch und die Paprikaschoten waschen, putzen und alles in sehr kleine Stücke schneiden. Die Tomaten überbrühen, häuten, halbieren und klein würfeln, dabei die Stielansätze entfernen.

LAUCHWÜRFEL im heißen Öl 5 Min. andünsten. Das restliche Gemüse und die Würzmischung unterrühren. Knoblauch dazudrücken. Das Gemüse zugedeckt bei schwacher Hitze 15 Min. garen, bis alle Flüssigkeit verdunstet ist. Mit Salz und Pfeffer abschmecken.

BACKOFEN auf 200°C vorheizen. Die Butter oder Margarine in einem Topf schmelzen lassen, das Mehl darin unter Rühren hellgelb anschwitzen. Nach und nach die Milch einrühren und bei schwacher Hitze in 5 Min. zu einer leicht dicklichen Sauce einköcheln. Den Parmesan unterrühren.

EINE große Auflaufform dünn einfetten und etwas Käsesauce auf dem Boden verstreichen. 3 Lasagneblätter nebeneinander darauf legen, mit etwas Gemüsemischung belegen und Sauce begießen. So fortfahren, bis alle Zutaten verbraucht sind, dabei mit einer Nudelschicht abschließen und die übrige Käsesauce darübergießen.

LASAGNE auf der mittleren Schiene des heißen Ofens (Umluft 180°C) in rund 40 Min. goldbraun backen.

Diese Lasagne kann in Portionen eingefroren und als Mittagessen für Kinder und Erwachsene zubereitet werden.


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