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Feature Article

What Is the Sharks and Dolphins Sighting Program?

Abu Salama Society started its Research activities in 2005. It began with the ‘Dolphin Habitat Conservation and Sustainable Use’ Project funded by the Italian International Cooperation through ‘Dept for Development Swap’ Program signed with the Egyptian Government. During the Project Abu Salama sought to involve its members and the private sector in a program that could benefit any scientific work that will be carried out in the future and is related to Marine Mammals or sharks. Through discussing the idea with various parties the Society came to the conclusion of introducing Sharks to the sighting program and eventually both dolphins and sharks were included in a program to register the Vertebrates sightings in the Red Sea. We hope to have a network of volunteers who are concerned about the large marine vertebrate’s welfare and that they would participate in the Program.

Abu Salama Society does not have the resources to be in the field all of the time, nor can we adequately cover more than 800 KM of the coast of the Red Sea. Therefore to identify and measure threats, we need as many eyes on the water as possible to cover those times when we are not around. Sighting information can tell us a lot about the dolphins' and sharks’ movements, providing vital baseline information that can be used to determine future research and management priorities.
It is very easy for you to take action in protecting the Red Sea marine environment and also help the Society. Soon you will be able to either register on line and get a unique code to enable you to log into the data base any time you see a dolphin or a shark or you could submit your sighting information, print out a sighting form and fax it to us at the address provided or report any sighting to the project coordinators that will soon be announced. This sort of information can give us a better idea of how often dolphins or sharks use a specific area.

The sighting program will be launched soon and till it is active on-line you can fill in the request to join the program and send it to us by fax.

We feel that the community needs to take pride in and be responsible for our marine environment and by sharing your knowledge, important messages can be passed on to all.

Abu Salama Society is a not-for-profit Organisation based in the Red Sea. The society aims to protect the marine mammals including and not limited to the Spinners Dolphin families at the South cost of the Egyptian Red Sea. The Society will achieve its goals through promoting and co-ordinating scientific studies and gathering and disseminating cetaceans information to its members and the general public.


Make your Escape.... Nile Cruise



Enjoy the calming effect of riverside scenery as you drift along in style

Little has more mystique than a Nile cruise — pastime of Pharaohs, kings and novelists. It’s not just a tourist highlight, but a great relaxing getaway for those who live here.

Most cruises depart from Luxor or Aswan, last for three to four days and include full board, entrance fees and guided excursions to some of Egypt’s spectacular landmarks in Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna and Luxor. Your Nile nights will be filled with entertainment such as a galabeya night, cocktail parties and a Nubian show.

  • Abercrombie and Kent Egypt Nile Cruises
    The A&K fleet includes the Nile Intrepid, the Nile Adventurer, the Sunboat III and the Sunboat IV. Standard and deluxe cabins are available, as are presidential and royal suites. Amenities such as satellite TV and daily delivery of international newspapers add a luxurious touch.
    In addition to the standard itinerary, optional excursions can be arranged to a Nubian village or a monastery. There is also a seven-night cruise which includes an excursion to Dendera and Abydos. You’ll even have the pleasure of having your very own local Egyptologist on board. (tel: (02) 393-6255)
  • Mövenpick Nile Cruises
    Cruise from Luxor to Aswan enjoying five-star luxury with full-board accommodation. You can sail on the Radamis I or II, or ask about the newest addition to the Mövenpick fleet, the Royal Lotus, a deluxe floating hotel designed for year-round comfort. You can choose whether you want to include the guided excursions in the price. (tel: (02) 690-1797)
  • Seti First Nile Cruises
    With a fleet of 12 boats, each with a different character, you're sure to find something that suits your cruising needs. Most notable: the Sudan, which provided the set for the filming of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Death on the Nile. Most of the Seti boats are five-star and offer a choice of singles, doubles, triples and suites. (tel: (02) 736-9820)
  • Oberoi Nile Cruises
    Set sail on the five-star Scheherazade or Shahrayar or the super-luxurious Oberoi-Philae. Both cabins and suites are available; suites on the Oberoi-Philae have their own balconies. Three- and four-night options are available on all boats, while the Philae offers a six-night cruise, taking in the Temple of Dendera at Qena, twice a month. (tel: (02) 376-6644)
  • Felucca Fun
    A felucca cruise is like camping along the most famous river in the world — your wallet will thank you as well. Your days include stops at Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo, with lots of time left over to soak in the sun, read that Naguib Mahfouz novel or chat with your traveling companions.
    Aswan is the best place to arrange these trips. You can take a cruise downriver from Aswan to Luxor (a journey of about 280 kilometers) for four days and three nights or go upriver and take five days and four nights
  • The River Bus
    From Maspero Station in Cairo, the River Bus offers a delightful outing in the Nile Delta. The trip to the Nile Barrages, built by Mohamed Ali Pasha in 1833, takes about 90 minutes. Between the Damietta and Rosetta barrages, you can enjoy the gardens and cafés or rent a bicycle. The River Bus itself costs a mere LE 2, and bicycle rentals go for LE 2–3 an hour
  • Blue Nile
    If you long for a night on the Nile but moving ships make you queasy, board the Blue Nile. Permanently moored to Zamalek’s riverbank, this boat’s many top-flight restaurants offer Asian, Lebanese, Moroccan, American, international and Italian cuisines. For a large gathering, rent out a restaurant and arrange catering. (tel: (02) 735-3114)







News ...



On Friday, 28th April, the Daylight Saving Time starts in Egypt. This means at midnight 00:00 you should set your clock one hour later to be one o'clock 1:00.

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
We call this period Daylight Saving Time. Benjamin Franklin originally suggested the idea. He wanted to take advantage of the additional daylight time in the summer when many people were sleeping.

Ancient objects found in Egypt

Cairo - The discovery of gold cartouches dating back to 1400 BC sheds new light on the relationship between two ancient Egyptian rulers, Egypt's antiquities department said Friday.

A team of French and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered two sets of nine solid gold cartouches bearing the name of Thotmusis III (who ruled from 1479-1425 BC) near the pharaoh's stepmother Queen Hatshepsut's temple in Luxor, 700km south of Cairo.

"These cartouches... which have the names of Hatshepsut and Thotmusis III have been found near Hatshepsut's obelisk which proves that the obelisk was erected by both rulers," said Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Thotmusis III, who was Hatshepsut's stepson and co-ruler after the death of his father Thotmusis II in 1479 BC, was widely regarded as having had strained relations with the queen. Thotmusis III was a child when his father died and the rule of the kingdom was initially put in the hands of Hatsheput.

Until the latest discovery, Egyptologists believed that Thotmusis III destroyed Hatshepsut's statues out of jealousy upon her death in 1458 BC, particularly the ones in Hatshepsut's temple in el Deir el Bahary in the southern city of Luxor.

"This goes against earlier views that Thotmusis III tried to hide Hatshepsut's obelisk when he took over as ruler and that he worked to erase any traces left by the queen," Hawass said.

The new discoveries will be taken to the Luxor Museum to be put on display.






El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination

What's on... Egypt



The Professional Squash Association has awarded the rights to host and promote the PSA Men's World Open Squash Championship to Egypt.

Sponsored by the Al-Ahram Foundation and staged from 28 August to 6 September, the 2006 Al-Ahram Men's World Open will boast a world ranking prize fund of $152,500 and will take place at the all-glass court in the Giza Plateaux, Cairo.

Gawain Briars, chief executive of the PSA, stated: “Every time I talk to fans of professional squash around the world, they always remind me of the incredible images of the Giza Plateaux and the pyramids – and now I’m delighted to confirm that the PSA Men's World Open is returning again to that iconic venue."

The 2006 World Open in Cairo will be followed by the World Open in Bermuda in 2007, and the 2008 World Open in Manchester, England.

Christian Leighton, chief executive of the World Squash Federation (WSF), said: "WSF is delighted that the Men's World Open is returning to Africa. Egypt has been leading the way for the continent and this event will create development opportunities for the sport in other African nations.

"With this event now confirmed, all World Championships up to 2008 have now been awarded," added the WSF chief.

Meanwhile, US-based squash promoter Satinder Bajwa of Complete Squash Solutions (CSS) has reached an agreement with the PSA to retain exclusive rights to the Super Series Squash Finals for a further five years, making it the game’s longest-running promoter partnership in the UK and the second longest worldwide behind the Hong Kong Open.

The eight-man tournament is promoted in partnership with London-based Sports Marketing Agency, WSM. The new deal will see Bajwa take the tournament through to 2010.







Body & Soul

Discover the pleasure of « Naturel Movement of Life »
Meetings reserved to women of all ages ,only

True Well-Being

Simple and natural movements on expressive and varied musical tones, especially selected to rehabilitate(rediscover) your energy and joy to live. The methodology of « Naturel Movement of Life » is the Biodanza® System. Biodanza® aims to promote personal development and a richer enjoyment of life. It is based on universal laws which allow the conservation and evolution of life in a healthy way.

1- Why participate in a “Natural Movement of Life” workshop ?

  • To add more life to your life…
  • To feel more happy and more enthusiastic…
  • To improve your health
  • To get better response to the stress of modern life…
  • To reinforce your self-confidence
  • To harmonise your thoughts, your feelings and your actions
  • To create and maintain harmonious relationships with others…
  • To awake the consciousness of a universal solidarity and of the respect of all life forms…

2. Who should attend a “Natural Moment of Life” workshop and what does happen ?

  • All women, of any age.
  • No prior knowledge or physical aptitude is required.
  • Everyone makes the movement to its own fashion, alone, in a pair or in a group.
  • What impress most the participants is the pleasure and the facility with wich everybody let themselves move naturally and freely.

3. Where,when and how much is “natural Movement of Life” workshop ?

  • Near the Hotel la Perla, in a private function room, comfortable and with air-conditioning. (Toilets, showers)
  • Every Friday from 7 till 9h 30 pm. (after we share a tea)
  • Participation to the rental cost of the room: 6O Egyptian pounds for 4 workshops or 20 Egyptian pounds per workshop.
    (If you have any difficulties with the payment, please speak with me and we will find a good solution)

4. Your animator:

I am Juliette Bémant, an accredited teacher of Biodanza from the Rolando Toro school of Paris. I have completed my schooling by various speciality courses and seminars. I carry on my continuous development in Brussels, Paris and London. I am a member of the Belgian teacher’s association of Biodanza®, as well as of the European association. Today, I put to the service of Biodanza® my entire experience acquired while teaching children and teenagers, some of whose were disabled. I am also leader of “ Laugh For No Reason” from Dr Madan Kataria School( www.laughteryoga.org)


Information and booking (compulsory)
Contact : Juliette Bémant (Belgium)
Tel:(+20) 010 6859771
E-mail: juliettebemant@msn.com
more information: http://www.biodanza.com

NO WORKSHOP FROM 1st of April to 1st of May 2006






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  • T-Bone, Porterhouse and Filletsteaks
  • Incredible Delicious Salads
  • Daily Specials
  • Sandwiches to match a Main Course
  • Cake & Sweet of the Day
  • Variety of Bread from our Bakery
  • Catering & Party menu

Parents & Kids


Instant pudding and vanilla wafers make this an easy dessert for a birthday party, beach party, or any summer party. Parental supervision is recommended.

What You Need

Instant Vanilla pudding
Milk (per instructions on pudding)
Vanilla wafers (cookies)
Ziploc bag, freezer or storage
Rolling pin
Miniature umbrellas
Small bounce balls (to look like a beach ball)
Clear plastic drinking cups

How to Make it

1. Follow the directions on the package of instant vanilla pudding.
2. Divide the pudding between the clear plastic drinking cups (box directions will give you number of servings).
3. Place cups in refrigerator.
4. Place vanilla wafers in Ziploc bag. Break the wafers up a bit.
5. Use the rolling pin to roll the wafers into very small pieces.
6. Sprinkle the wafer pieces across the top of all the cups. You will want about 1/4" of "sand" on top of the pudding.
7. Place back in refrigerator until time to serve.
8. At party time, remove cups from refrigerator, add a small bounce ball and an opened miniature umbrella to the cup.






Special Announcements :::May 2006 :::

Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am

Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

9th May
Legendary iQ Party @ Cafe del Mar
Free entrance, surprise and raffle...

15th May Exhibition opening Photography and paintings by Norwegian artist Berit Moe @ Cafe del Mar

Ladies Cocktail Night @ Cafe del Mar

Not forget to catch your new resident discount cards!

Café del Mar now also in Marsa Alam, at “The Oasis”, Beach Resort für Taucher und Individualisten, die nicht in Hotelfabriken wohnen wollen!
Power Relaxing am Roten Meer

Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts




8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta

1/4 cup butter

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 pound smoked salmon, chopped

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

2 tablespoons capers

1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine, and cook for 11 to 13 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, and blend with milk. Mix in the flour to thicken. Gradually stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted.
Crumble salmon into the butter mixture. Stir in the spinach, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and oregano. Cook and stir about 3 minutes, until heated through.
Serve over the cooked pasta.




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