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Feature Article

Spider-Man spotted in the Red Sea!

The sighting was confirmed on Sunday, 11 December, 2005 on the Abu Nuhas reef in the Egyptian Red Sea, where photographer Mireille Noordhuis captured this amazing scene: the feared, praised and loved Spider-Man climbing the Giannis D wreck.

Mireille and her diving buddy Juan Rodriguez didn’t dare interrupt the superhero’s activities and could only speculate about his presence. The quest for a unique sea spider whose bite could provide Spider-Man with amphibious superpowers is a possibility that cannot be dismissed, although reports of the unlawful wreck occupation by a Napoleon wrasse who evicted a peaceful school of fish could also have called for the crime-fighter to restore peace in the neighborhood. Unless a bout of nostalgia led him underwater to catch a glimpse of the octopus’ dance or a green turtle’s glide… Either way, the Red Sea community is relieved to learn that Spider-Man is not only keeping New York City safe but is watching over them too.

Divers, watch out: there are more superheroes out there! Don’t accuse your buddies of nitrogen narcosis if they claim to see cartoon characters in the deep blue; Batman, Darth Vader and Barbie wetsuits have also been created by Maya, the diving suits & neoprene accessories-makers based in Hurghada.

Visit: www.maya-redsea.com or write to: info@maya-redsea.com to get your own custom-made wetsuit.

True to the motto "with great power comes great responsibility", we guarantee that marine life was not damaged or endangered in the making of this photo.

By Peter Parker for The Daily Bugle
Special thanks to Mireille Noordhuis, email: info@PicturesInc.nl


News ...

Ancient Egypt pottery discovery

A piece of the ancient pottery finally identified at Hawick Museum. A request from the Department of Ancient Egypt at the British Museum has resulted in a 4,000-year-old discovery at Hawick Museum.
A box of pottery, long-untouched and undocumented, turned out to contain numbered items, many of them from the Middle Kingdom of 2040-1750 BC.

The items were collected by the Egyptologist John Garstang at Esna, Upper Egypt, in the early 20th Century. The British Museum is to date and analyse the collection.

The pottery came to light after an assistant keeper in the department of Ancient Egypt and the Sudan at the British Museum sent a request for information on Ancient Egyptian collections held by local museums.


Egypt officially opens Sadat museum

By Miret Naggar
Knight Ridder Newspapers

CAIRO, Egypt - A museum honoring the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former President Anwar Sadat officially opened Friday in Cairo, though Egyptians remain divided on the leader's legacy 25 years after his assassination.

The new museum chronicles Sadat's rise from a humble Egyptian-Sudanese family to his place as one of the most influential Arab leaders of the last century. He was the first Arab head of state to make peace with Israel by signing the 1979 Camp David accords, a controversial move that many believe led to his assassination in 1981 by Islamist militants.

Sadat's checkered legacy has been the focus of several biographies, an Emmy-nominated American miniseries and an acclaimed Egyptian film. The opening ceremony for the museum, however, glossed over Sadat's controversial past and presented the slain leader simply as a vanguard for regional peace.

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Since there is a new terminal (Terminal 3) currently under construction and will be completed in January 2007 the Cairo International Airport will be even more modern with much more capacity that it has now. Right now a free shuttle bus links the two terminals that exist now and it is about 2 miles apart.







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Whats on... Hurghada

GPNET& Red-Sea.com new office!

We are pleased to announce that the GPNET & Red-Sea.com teams are moving to a new office by the end of February. You are welcome to visit us anytime. Please use the map provided here as reference.








Body & Soul

Create your own mini spa

Create your own home spa could be the answer.

All you need is a few pampering products and a bit of imagination...

1. Build the atmosphere
Arrange to have a few hours to yourself. Make your bathroom and bedroom as tranquil as possible by tidying away clutter and toys. Dim the lights and set up some scented candles. A relaxing CD might also help to enhance your mood. Have some fluffy bath towels handy to wrap around yourself as you start your various treatments - keep them on a warm radiator or heated towel rail for added comfort.
2. Cleanse
Gently sweep away any makeup or grime from the day with a mild cleansing lotion and cotton wool. Try to find products which are free from alcohol — it tends to dry out your skin.
3. Give your skin a rosy glow
Use an exfoliating facial wash and get the blood rushing to your cheeks with a good scrubbing. Wet your face with warm water, massage in the facial wash in a circular motion, and then rinse thoroughly. Pat dry with a soft towel.
4. Try a face pack
Deep-cleansing, exfoliating, peel-off, heated - the choice is yours. Face packs come in all shapes and sizes, to suit all pockets and skin types. Rub generously into your freshly scrubbed face, wait a few minutes and then rinse off. For those who don't believe in the magic of face masques, here's a secret for you: there's nothing like a sticky, gloopy, green-coloured one to make you appreciate your own skin underneath!
5. Run a bath
Pour your favourite bubble bath or cream under the running water and prepare yourself a deep, luxurious bath...
6. Exfoliate
...While your bath is running, buff your body with an exfoliating brush or use a salt scrub to banish all those dead skin cells. Pay special attention to elbows and knees, which are usually coarser than the rest of your skin.
7. Relax
Time to enjoy that soak in the bath. Test the temperature with your elbow or forearm before you enjoy your wallow. You can buy inflatable bath pillows with sucker attachments that will stick to your bath - these are wonderful for people who love to lie back and daydream.
8. Enjoy a soothing eye mask
While you're in the bath, you may want to treat your eyes. Good old-fashioned cucumber slices are cooling and refreshing - or you could try cotton wool pads soaked in chamomile tea and left to cool. You could even invest in a special gel-filled eye mask that may be refrigerated prior to your bath.
9. Have a shower
If you can bear to have a shower after your relaxing soak, now is a good time to do it. Blast away any debris from your salt scrub, and shampoo and condition your hair with nourishing, sweet-smelling products. Now is an ideal time to shave your legs, too,

To give your hair an extra beauty boost, use an intensive moisturising conditioner. After shampooing as normal, towel-dry your hair and then rub in a generous amount of the conditioning treatment. Comb through the length of your hair and leave on for a few minutes - the packaging will usually tell you how long for. Rinse thoroughly.

10. Step into a warm towel
Grab that warm towel you placed on the radiator earlier. Wrap another one around your hair and retreat to your bedroom for further pampering...
11. Moisturise
Sit on a towel on the bed or carpet and spend a few minutes moisturising your body with a rich cream. Take special care over your feet - they deserve a good massage. Cocoa butter feels indulgent and gorgeous, or you could try baby lotion if your skin is feeling sensitive.
12. Do a manicure and pedicure
Your nails will be soft now after all that bathing - a good time to shape or file them. Choose a pretty coloured varnish to paint them with, and relax while you leave them to dry.
13. Fall asleep
By now, you should be feeling so relaxed and soothed that it's time to blow out those candles and go to sleep. Sweet dreams! Zzzzz.






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  • Sandwiches to match a Main Course
  • Cake & Sweet of the Day
  • Variety of Bread from our Bakery
  • Catering & Party menu

Parents & Kids

Making Your Own Playdough
The following recipe is a big batch recipe, it makes about ten cups of play dough—the equivalent of  twelve commercial containers.  If you want a smaller batch, divide the recipe in half.  If you want more play dough,  make two batches--this recipe is about all that can be made in a stand-type mixer at one time.  You can also make this play dough by hand. If you want multiple colors, divide the dough and knead  in the food coloring after the dough is made. If one color is sufficient, add the food coloring with the water and save  the step of kneading in the coloring. 


  • 7-8 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 3 cups salt
  • 3 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cups hot water
  • food coloring


  1. Mix seven cups of flour together with the salt and cream of tartar in the bowl of your stand-type mixer.
  2. Add the oil and water and knead with a dough hook in your electric stand-type mixer for five to six minutes. (If you are kneading by hand, knead for eight to ten minutes.) 
  3. Add more flour to get a soft, workable dough. 
  4. Store the dough in a sealed container to keep it from becoming dry. If it becomes too dry, place it back in the mixer bowl and knead in a dribble of water. 






Special Announcements
:::February 2006 :::

Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am

Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food
iQ Night
on the 28.02.06 08.00 pm
Entrance fee 50 L.E.
Tickets at Cafe del Mar and iQ Stores
Every Saturday from 8 pm
Choose your real Cocktail from the menu.
Pay the first one and drink your favorite till midnight for free!
Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts



Shrimp and Tomato Pizzettas

These crusty little pizzas are loaded with appeal when topped with a favorite Italian combination.


  • 1 10-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 3 medium plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 6-ounce package peeled and deveined, cooked medium shrimp, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded four-cheese Italian-blend cheese or mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Unroll the pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 13-1/2x9-inch rectangle. Cut dough into six 4-1/2-inch squares. Place squares about 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, fold over about 1/2 inch of dough on each edge; press with a fork. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Place three or four tomato slices on each square. Top each with four to six pieces of shrimp. Sprinkle with oregano and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 to 6 minutes more or until cheese melts. Makes 6 servings.
Yield: 6 Servings Prep:20 min Cook:9 min Carbs:Carbohydrate 24g


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