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Feature Article

Triple Depth - 28th May until 5th June in Dahab

We are organizing an international freediving competition in Dahab, from the 28th of may until the 5th of june.
The name of the competition is Triple Depth, and this year it will be the second edition. We're trying to make it bigger and bigger every year and to make it a constant event of Dahab.


Dahab

Dahab is a Bedouin village on the coast of South Sinai, from which the mountains of Saudi Arabia are visible across the Gulf of Aquaba. Dahab is situated 170 kilometers south of Eilat in Israel and 90 km north of Sharm-El-Sheik, the main city of South Sinai.
The Gulf of Aquaba is the deepest part of the Red Sea, with depths reaching over 1000 meters. The area around Dahab offers a wide variety of different environments for diving, though the off-shore deep dives are what Dahab is most famous for. No dive boats are needed. This goes for scuba diving as well as for freediving.
The two most famous dive sites of the area are the Blue Hole and the Canyon. Both are suitable for deep freediving.
The Canyon is located on the way to the Blue Hole north of Dahab. It’s a ten minute drive from the center of Dahab. It offers swim-throughs at 25-30 meters through a large crack in the reef bottom. There are entrances at 16, 18 and 20 meters.


Blue Hole

The Blue hole, which is where the competition will take place, is a big hole in the reef table less than 100 meters in diameter. It has an inclined sandy bottom that opens out into the sea via a deep archway. The top of the archway is at 55 meters and the distance through is between 25-35 meters. The foot of the arch slopes out into the Gulf of Aquaba from 90 to 120 meters.
The maximum depth a freediver can dive to with the line at a safe distance from the reef is about 90m. To reach this point you will have to do a surface swim of about 20m! At the entrance point on shore there is a floating jetty that makes the entrance and exiting of the water easy. In the Blue Hole there are very seldom any under water currents or thermo clines. The hole is also naturally sheltered from big waves by the surrounding reef.
The water temperature during the competition period will be about 25-27 degrees Celsius.
Visibility normally surpasses 20 meters and is often in the 30 meter range.
On the shore there are several restaurants where you are welcome to rest, change and leave your things while you are in the water. But don’t forget it is a restaurant. You pay for this service by eating or drinking something! There are basic toilet facilities available at a small cost, but not recommended for the squeamish.
To reach the Blue hole from Dahab takes about 30 minutes with a jeep. Half the journey is by road while the other half is a bumpy cross-desert drive…

You can contact us through email, or calling us at the following numbers:

Linda 012 8814930
Lotta 010 5459916

You can also visit our websites at:

www.tripledepth.com
www.freedivedahab.com



 

 
 
 
 

Make your Escape.... The Monastery of St. Catherine

 
The village of St. Catherine’s has more to offer than just Mount Sinai
Tucked in the heart of South Sinai’s mountain range, St. Catherine’s village is never overlooked but often underestimated. Sheltered in the lap of one of history’s most famous mountains, this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site draws thousands of visitors each year — yet they rarely stay more than 12 hours.
The draw is Mt. Sinai (Gabal Musa), the peak on which the prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Each night, the faithful and the simply fascinated set out on a gently winding camel trail to the peak. Bring a flashlight to make sure of your footing and the direction. If you change your mind about walking, Bedouins with their camels are ready to give you a lift.
The more direct and strenuous route up (or down) the mountain is the 3,000 Steps of Penance, built by the monastery’s monks. A third and far less crowded route, accessible only with a guide, starts behind the village and winds up the back of the mountain to converge with the camel trail near the top of the Steps of Penance. Regardless of your chosen path, you still face 750 steps to the peak; the reward is an intensely moving sunrise.
If you head down right after the sun comes up, you’ll have time to visit the sixth-century monastery. St. Catherine’s Monastery has survived 1,400 years largely undisturbed by winning protection from the leaders of the day. Recognizing the site’s significance to monotheism, the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) issued a written promise granting protected status to the monks under Muslim rule, as did the Crusaders, several Ottoman emperors, and, more recently, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Because of its sheltered history and strong ties to Europe, the monastery has amassed a library that scholars say is second only to the Vatican, with 3,000 ancient manuscripts and some 2,000 icons, the earliest dating back to the sixth century. Selections of these treasures are displayed in the gallery, and though entrance to the monastery is free, admission is charged for this particular exhibit.
While the monastic order was dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, the monastery itself is permanently associated with St. Catherine. Born a pagan in fourth-century Alexandria, Catherine converted to Christianity and was tortured and executed for her beliefs. Christian tradition says angels transported her body to the peak that now bears her name, for it was there in the seventh century that monks found what they believe are the saint’s earthly remains. The relics are sequestered in the monastery, but you can visit a small ossuary, where the bones of past monks rest in somewhat tidy stacks.
St. Catherine’s is an active Greek Orthodox monastery; out of respect for the holy sites visitors should not wear shorts or tank tops inside the premises. Limited portions of the site are only open 9-11:45am, and the monastery is closed on Orthodox holidays. Those wishing to worship can make special arrangements to attend Liturgy (4am) or Vespers (4pm) prayers.
Gabal Musa is the most famous of the Sinai range, but as a Bedouin once pointed out, “We have other mountains.” Mt. Catherine, the highest point on the peninsula at 2,641 meters, offers a six-hour guided trek along a groomed and occasionally steep trail. Another day hike takes you up Gabal Deir, with a postcard-perfect vista of the monastery nestled in the slopes beneath you.
The village is also a starting point for multi-day safaris throughout the St. Catherine Natural Protectorate, 5,750 square kilometers of desert mountain wilderness. Because of its protected status, all hikes — other than up Mt. Sinai — must be accompanied by a local Bedouin guide.

Eat & Sleep

Long-stay tourist amenities are limited in this humble village. The Bedouin-style camps are popular with trekkers in town for guided hikes and safaris. Fox In The Desert Camp (tel: (069) 347-0344) offers rooms starting at LE 15 and simple, nutritious meals that taste amazing after a long day on the mountain.
The monastery (tel: (069) 347-0353) has a few hotel-style guest rooms; proximity is the advantage here. For those looking for a higher-end accommodation, or at least attached bathrooms, there are a few 2- and 3-star hotels in the village. The four-star Morgenland Village (Cairo office: tel: (02) 794-5724), complete with swimming pool, is discreetly tucked in a valley near Gabal Deir; residents pay LE 150 per person in a double; foreigners pay $35.
Dining options in the village are no-frills, limited to local restaurants with standard fare.

There & Away

St. Catherine’s Village is six hours from Cairo; The East Delta Company runs one bus each day (LE 37 one way), leaving at 11:30am. The return bus leaves at 6am, so independent climbers must either arrange other transportation or spend the night in the village. Most overnight treks are launched from the touristed coast, a sleepless-in-Sinai circuit that includes a two-to-three hour van ride each way and just enough time to climb the mountain and tour the monastery.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

News

 

Research on Red Sea Flora Under Way
Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News

RIYADH, 19 May 2006 — An onboard study of Red Sea and Farasan Islands flora launched by the US-based Khaled ibn Sultan Living Oceans Foundation earlier this week is progressing very well, the National Commission For Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD) told Arab News yesterday.

The foundation, locally supported by the NCWCD, is carrying out the three-week marine research project in cooperation with the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, UK-based Sector Skills Council for the Environmental and Land-Based Sector, the Coastal Research Unit of the University of Cambridge, The Trident Trust, the National Reef Institute and the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

The team of scientist divers, led by Capt. Philip Renaud, executive director of the Washington-based foundation includes US, UK, Canadian, Austrian, French and Saudi scientists. They will map and survey the Farasan Islands Marine Protected Area, off Jizan, on the Kingdom’s southern Red Sea coast.

“The team is currently on board “Golden Shadow” to conduct coral reef research with state-of-the-art technology,” Renaud said, adding that the research would focus on threats to coral health such as global climate change, ecotourism, over-fishing, pollution and development.

Capt. Renaud explained that to date this is the most advanced coral reef environment research with the fastest turnaround and major international impact. “Our findings will guide future international policy on coral reef protection and Marine Protected Areas management.”

The Red Sea expedition will concentrate on coral reefs in and around the Farasan Islands Marine Protected Area off the southern coast of Saudi Arabia. The team will assess the impact of ecotourism — including souvenir collecting and booming diving resorts. The Red Sea hosts more than 3,000 divers and snorkellers a day during peak diving season.

The team will study pollution — particularly from oil spills and plastics associated with maritime transport, also from desalination plants, over-fishing — including commercial and artisanal fishing, which alter the local ecosystems. Climate Change — the result of excessive carbon emissions — leads to coral bleaching and possible coral death.


Record 5500 fly to Red Sea resort

The number of passengers flying from Glasgow Airport to Egypt has more than trebled overthe past year.

A record 5511 travellers flew to Sharm el Sheik last month, making it the fastest-growing international destination, against 1530 passengers holidaying in the Red Sea resort during April 2005.

Figures released today by airport operators BAA show a total of 655,413 passengers used Glasgow Airport last month, while the number passing through Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in April reached 1.6million.

A total of 20.3m passengers travelled through the three airports in the 12 months to April, up 5% on last year. Meanwhile, FlyGlobespan has announced it will launch its first transatlantic flight from Glasgow to Orlando on June 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination
 
 
 
 
 

What's on... in Sharm el Sheikh

 

Nancy Ajram - Live in Concert

Sinai Grand Casino is organizing party to exhilarate tourism in Sharm El Sheikh after the Dahab blasts , with live performance by Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram.

The concert is on June 9th 2006 at Sheraton Sharm El Sheikh starting 8:30pm.

Tickets prices are 500LE (with dinner) , 200 LE & 100 LE (without dinner)

For booking and information please contact
010-1975599

OfficialWebsite http://www.nancyajramonline.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
EL QUSEIR CHARTA - ZUSAMMEN MEER BEWEGEN
 
 
 
 

Body & Soul

Sleep Trouble: Is Your Pillow to Blame?
How pillows affect your health

Most people know what they like in a pillow. But do pillows have anything to do with allergies, neck pain, insomnia and health in general? If you're comfy with your old favorite, should you switch? Here's a roundup of what we know.

Mites and molds
Dust mites and a wide variety of fungi and pet allergens (which provoke allergies in some people) are likely to infest pillows--all kinds of pillows, new and old, feathers, polyester, foam, and other synthetics. The conventional wisdom about the non-allergenic qualities of synthetics, as opposed to feathers and down, has been overthrown. According to Dr. Ashley Woodcock, who led a study recently at the University of Manchester in England, synthetic pillows usually have more dust mites and fungi than feather pillows (there's a "miniature ecosystem" in all of them, he said). It could be that more allergens accumulate in synthetic pillows because their covers are usually more porous. More tightly woven covers may be protective, he suggested, though that remains to be investigated. Other recent studies have had similar findings.

But keep in mind: Unless you are allergic or asthmatic, don't worry about dust mites and fungi. If you do have allergies and want to try feathers, there's no reason not to. Encasing pillows in impermeable covers may help reduce dust mite exposure, though research has been inconsistent. Buying new pillows frequently makes sense, too, if you have allergies.

Uneasy lies the head
Can pillows contribute to, or prevent, insomnia? There's no scientific evidence that they can. People can sleep peacefully without a pillow, or on pillows of varying thicknesses. As long as you are comfortable, your pillow is surely not connected with insomnia.

Neck pain is another matter--you might suspect that your pillow contributes to that. It is nota good idea to sleep on too fat a pillow or too many pillows, or even without a pillow, if that causes your head and neck to flex. A pillow should help keep your neck aligned with your spine.

  • If you sleep on your back or side, a pillow should just fill up the contour of the neck. Putting another pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back, may be helpful--or between your knees if you sleep on your side. A cervical roll (a small cylindrical pillow or rolled-up towel) can give good neck support.
  • Sleeping on your stomach rotates your neck and is not recommended, but if you do sleep this way, use a small pillow so your head is level.
  • If your mattress is soft, choose a fatter pillow; if your mattress is firm, a thinner one.
  • Pillows wear out faster than you think. If your pillow feels thin and lifeless, replace it.

Anti-snore pillows?
A small study at Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic in 1999 found that snoring and mild sleep apnea could be reduced by use of a special urethane cervical pillow that supported the neck and head. Tempur-Pedic makes such a claim for a neck pillow it markets. There's no harm in trying one of these pillows, but you need medical advice to treat apnea.

Buckwheat: oh, shucks!
Pillows filled with buckwheat hulls or husks are sold in travel catalogues and elsewhere, where it's claimed they are free of allergens, warm in winter, cool in summer, and generally superior. Researchers in Korea found that buckwheat pillows contained as many allergens as synthetics; the University of Michigan Medical Center reported on a man who became allergic to his buckwheat pillow. But if you like your buckwheat pillow and are not having allergic reactions, there's no reason to give it up.

Words to the wise: Be skeptical about pseudo-medical claims made for "memory foam," layers of water or gel, "magical" herbal fillers, and huge price tags. A pillow is only a pillow--your comfort is what counts. Reasonably priced pillows can be just as good as the high-ticket items.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Parents & Kids

 

Kaleidoscope

What You Need

  • 2 film canisters, one clear and one black
  • 3 small rectangular pieces of thin Plexiglas, about 1" by 3"
  • Black electrical tape
  • Scissors
  • Small piece of plastic wrap
  • Pieces of thin colored plastic (see tips)
  • Ice pick or something similar with sharp point


How To Make It


Use the electrical tape to tape the 3 (long sides) pieces of Plexiglas together to form a triangle.

Put a piece of plastic wrap over one end of the taped pieces of Plexiglas and stretch it tight.

Cut the pieces of thin colored plastic into tiny triangle or square shapes (about 1/4"-1/2" in size).

Place the pieces of colored plastic in the clear film canister.

Push the Plexiglas shape with the plastic wrap first into the clear film canister. Do not push the Plexiglas shape all the way down into the clear container as you will want the pieces to be able to move freely.

Use the ice pick or something sharp to poke a hole in the bottom of the black film canister.

Place the black canister over the other end of the Plexiglas shape.

Use the electrical tape to tape the two film canisters together.

To use: Point up at the light, look through, and turn the canister to see the shapes move.
Tips

The colored triangles are out of a light weight plastic such as a plastic file folder. You could probably use markers and color clear plastic.

 

 

 

 

 


 


Special Announcement
s :::May 2006 :::





Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am


Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

Recent Exhibition
Photography and paintings by Norwegian artist Berit Moe

Saturdays
Ladies Cocktail Night


Café del Mar jetzt auch in Marsa
Alam, @ “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

 

 
 
 
 
 

Recipe

 
Tagliatelle with Saffron, Seafood, and Cream

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INGREDIENTS:
  • A good pinch saffron
  • 1 glass white wine
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 pound dried tagliatelle 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) mixed seafood (red mullet, scallops, clams, debearded mussels, squid)
  • 1/2 pint double cream (heavy cream)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A bunch flat parsley, chopped
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DIRECTIONS:

Soak the saffron in the white wine. Add a little oil and the garlic to a frying pan, and cook until softened. Add the clams and mussels, shake the pan around, and add the white wine and saffron mixture. Bring to a boil and cook until the shellfish opens, discard any shellfish that remain closed.

Then, lay the rest of the seafood, parsley, and the cream on top. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes and season to taste. Cook the tagliatelle in salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain and add to the fish, serve scattered with some of the leftover parsley and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Difficulty: Easy

 


 
 

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