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Make your Escape... Natural Protectorates


Natural Protectorates

From endless rolling sand dunes, one of the longest rivers in the world, unbroken chains of mountains and acres of muddy marshes and murky lakes, Egypt possesses an unparalleled natural wealth.

Since Sinai’s Ras Mohamed National Park was declared a protected area in 1983, some 23 more national parks (Wadi El-Gemal National Park being the most recent in 2003), have been granted status. Totalling 95,000 square kilometers, or 9.5 percent of Egypt’s total surface area, the natural protectorates are havens for endangered species.

With seven natural protectorates and national parks, Sinai is an obvious starting point. The peninsula’s natural beauty entices divers and trekkers alike with its abundant marine life and awesome mountainscapes. Ras Mohamed, stretching 850 square kilometers, has gained worldwide fame for its magnificent range of coral reefs and acts as an important stop for migratory birds. It is also a natural habitat for one of the rarest ibexes left on the planet — the Nubian Ibex.

Deep in the Sinai Mountains north of Ras Mohamed lies St. Catherine’s. Known largely for it magnificent monastery, St. Catherine’s was built to the order of Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565 AD and today stands as a UNESCO cultural and natural heritage site. Located at the footstep of another holy site — Mount Sinai — the ancient monastery contains priceless Arab mosaics as well as Russian and Greek icons.

Moving northward to the Mediterranean coast, the geography transforms dramatically, from rigid mountains to dense marshes. The protectorates of Al-Ahrash, Zaranikh and Lake Bardawil are all essential resting points for migratory and resident birds.

Nothing matches the sight of clear blue waves lapping softly onto yellow sand dunes. Where the Eastern Desert meets the Red Sea is Egypt’s largest national park, the goliath Gabal Elba — a 30,000 square kilometer biosphere reserve in the far southeastern corner of the country (see page 128). The park is home to more than 500 plant species, including the threatened Dragon Tree (Dracaena ombet).

Farther north is Wadi El-Gemal, a desert protectorate which also hosts a variety of marine specimens. This particular area is becoming very popular with visitors, a perfect example of well-planned ecotourism. Unlike many other parks that require an endless stream of funds to keep their heads above water, Wadi El-Gemal has started to turn a profit.

For a close encounter of the surreal kind, why not try swimming with dolphins on Samadi Reef? Playing with dolphins has always been popular with visitors, but management recently imposed limits on the number of swimmers per day out of concern for the magnificent mammals. The reef is partitioned into a speed boat area, a snorkellers-only area and an absolutely no entry area.

Declared a national park in 2002, the White Desert is an open-air museum of chalky rocks and geological formations. Wind has created a set of amazing naturally carved statues that, whitish in-color, are nothing short of breathtaking. Sadly, the dainty Dorcas Gazelle has disappeared from the Western Desert, courtesy of poaching and overhunting. Today, only a handful of wildlife species freely roam the endless sandy slopes, among them the Fennec Fox, a tiny mammal the size of a small feral cat. This particular type of fox has grown accustomed to humans and fearlessly approaches visitors. Trekkers should not be afraid —except, perhaps, for their food supplies.

The rich oasis of Siwa sits 300 kilometers south of Marsa Matruh. This protectorate allows visitors to experience a slice of culture and tradition: From exuberant activities including sandboarding and off-road travel to more relaxed sightseeing activities, Siwa is also renowned for its traditional jewelry making, unique architecture and natural spas as well as the ancient temple of Amon.

You’d never expect to find a protected area in the nation’s bustling capital, but there is one just a stone’s throw away from the hectic traffic jams and heavy pollution of Tahrir Square: The Hassana Dome is located right at the start of the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Highway. It is the smallest of the country’s natural protectorates, measuring just one square kilometer. Still, it serves as a specialized museum for different geological formations. While in the capital, also check out the Petrified Forest on the borders of the southern suburb of Maadi, home to a forest of dense rocky tree trunks that belong to the Oligocene epoch.

All the way down the North Coast lies Omayed, in Marsa Matruh. A medium-sized protectorate of 700 square kilometers, it is home to some 170 species of plants, of which more than 70 are known for their therapeutic qualities.

While visiting the monuments and ancient wonders of Luxor and Aswan, make time to squeeze in a trip to the area’s unique set of protectorates. The north hosts the vibrant Lake Borolos, a year-round haven for wild birds; rent a sailboat for the day for an unforgettable experience.

Birdwatchers, head straight to Lake Qaran and the dazzling twin islands of Saluga and Ghazal. Located in Aswan, the first is home to a vast number of flora and fauna, making it a true Eden amidst the roaring Nile.

Moving just a few steps away from the Nile, nature lovers can bask in the amazingly green pastures of Wadi Al-Allaqa, a large dry river that once rose from the Red Sea hills. After the construction of the High Dam and creation of Lake Nasser, Wadi Al-Allaqa became partially flooded with water. Aside from its pasture-like features, it contains an assortment of over 90 exotic plant species.

Ras Mohamed


Wadi El-Gemal

White Desert

Wadi Al-Allaqa







News... Expansion of Marsa Alam International Airport


Kharafi Announces Major Expansion of the Marsa Alam International Airport

Cairo June 13, 2006: The M.A. Kharafi Group of Kuwait, the developer, financier and concessionaire of the Marsa Alam International Airport, the international gateway airport to Egypt’s South Red Sea Marsa Alam Coast has announced today that they are undertaking a major expansion of the airport that will double the terminal size, increase the runway length to handle larger aircraft, and increase the taxiway and ramp areas to significantly increase aircraft parking space.

James Pringle, Chief Executive Director for the Group’s Marsa Alam Area Developments announced the airport expansion program today noting that “this expansion was originally envisioned in our business plan to be undertaken in 2011. Owing to the rapid growth of resort development at Port Ghalib and the wider Marsa Alam area, airport traffic from Europe has grown far faster than envisioned for this green-field site airport, necessitating a major expansion program well ahead of plan”.

The growth in hotels, rooms and safari diving boats based at the Group’s Port Ghalib International Marina only 5 minutes from the MAI Airport has put the Marsa Alam Coast of Egypt clearly on the global tourism map as well as created over 25,000 jobs in an area that had experienced high rates of unemployment in recent years.

Ms. Raphaela Savvides
M.A. Kharafi Group
Intergrated Marketing Services

Tel. +202 404 2721 * Fax +202 404 9329
Mobile +2012 311 3499 * Mail r.savvides@portghalib.com

MAI’s present planned operating capacity is to handle about 600 passengers per hour although over 1,000 per hour has safely, securely and consistently been achieved during peak hours on the airport’s busiest days. With the expansion the airport will be able to handle nearly 2,000 passengers per hour plus it will have expanded food, beverage and shopping facilities that will keep Marsa Alam up to solid international standards for passenger comfort, service and entertainment.

“Our expansion program will also add runway length allowing us to handle the larger aircraft that we see coming and increase the number of aircraft parking stands from 5 to 10 in order to meet a growing demand from airlines and private aircraft owners for longer term parking facilities” added Pringle.

The Marsa Alam International Airport expansion program is being managed by EMAK Marsa Alam for Management and Operation of Airports – a wholly owned subsidiary of the M.A. Kharafi Group. The expansion is expected to be completed by 4th quarter 2007.






El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination

What's on... Red Sea Rib Rally


We have the pleasure to inform you that Echinops LTD in association with Aphrodite Marine, and Flash tour and under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of tourism as well as the UIM and the RYA is organizing the ECHINOPS RED SEA RIB RALLY EGYPT 1-10 SEPTEMBER 2006

The Red Sea RIB Rally will start in Sharm El Sheikh; the first leg will take the competitors across the Red Sea to El Guna near Hurghada a distance of some 150 nautical miles. The second day of the rally will be fascinating with the teams covering a distance of over 230 nautical miles as they run down the Red Sea towards the Indian Ocean, a lay day will follow near Marsa Alam with crews resting and enjoying the local sights or perhaps diving in the fabulous Red Sea. The third day will be the toughest yet as the teams head north to Soma Bay against the prevailing wind and sea conditions, on arrival however the comforts of a five star luxury hotel await and a further lay day will follow before the final return leg of the rally back the Sharm El Sheikh. This rally promises to be a real adventure and with teams from all over Europe taking part so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to be part of the action on the water in a truly stunning part of the world.

The event organisers have considerable experience in running large rallies and for the past three years have organised the Pharaohs Rally in the region which has attracted very large numbers of competitors which is very similar to the Paris Dakar Road Rally.

Schedule of Echinops Red Sea RIB Rally September 2006

Friday 1st - Arrivals to Sharm El Sheikh
Saturday 2nd - Scrutineering at Rally command center
Sunday 3rd - 1st Stage Sharm El Sheikh - El Gouna
Monday 4th - 2nd Stage El Gouna - Marsa Alam
Tuesday 5th - Lay Day Marsa Alam
Wednesday 6th - 3rd Stage Marsa Alam - Soma Bay
Thursday 7th - Lay Day Soma Bay
Friday 8th - 4th Stage Soma Bay - Sharm El Sheikh
Saturday 9th - Gala Dinner and Prize distribution
Sunday 10th - Departures







Body & Soul

Stop Sitting

Ironically, the more hectic our lives become, the more time we spend sitting still. We average eight hours a day at our jobs (read: sitting at our desks), half an hour commuting in our cars, and then another four hours watching TV to unwind. In other words, we seriously under use our bodies.

While there's no doubting the importance of regular exercise, incorporating more movement into your day shouldn't be limited to structured activity. Simply getting up—out of the chair, off the couch—can make a difference in your health.

The challenge lies in finding and creating more opportunities for physical activity, however small. It's a process not unlike the decision to eat more vegetables. A collection of simple, healthy strategies can upgrade your daily diet of activity. Aim to try one or two of these suggestions—or do them all. It's up to you. Any small change you make has the potential to affect how you feel today and how you'll feel years from now.

Stand up 2 to 3 times an hour. If you spend the majority of your day sitting, make it a goal to get up and do something a few times every hour, even if it's just stretching, taking a walk through the office, or getting a drink.

When the phone rings, get up. Intermittent calls can prove an easy and frequent reminder to get up. Try standing for the duration of the call.

Cut back on long meetings. Reduce time spent sitting by suggesting a standing-meeting policy for weekly updates or staff meetings. Standing meetings communicate that you're going to hit the high points, coordinate necessary action, and then move on. Or, if possible, have a walking meeting, which lets you be productive in more ways than one.

Move through a mental block. If you're stuck—on an idea, a project, a problem—take a few minutes to leave your work space and do a more physical task that lets you get up and move (like going through your mail or cleaning your office). Taking a physical and mental break can help refresh your senses and renew resolve.

Take a Stand
+ Stand up for an additional hour each day. You'll burn an extra 5,000 calories over the course of a year.
+ Every 20 steps, you burn one calorie.
+ Accumulate 30 minutes of movement each day for increased energy, lowered stress levels, and more restful sleep.

Pick up the pace. Want to ramp up a bit? Squeeze even more physical activity out of an opportunity by quickening your step or climbing those stairs faster. By upping your effort, you maximize this opportunity.

Lighten your load and increase your trips. Rather than risking injury by carrying too much at once, go for the lighter load. Carrying fewer bags of groceries at a time or making an extra run to the car when packing for a trip not only may prevent potential strains but also will build a little more activity into your day.

Do a prime-time stretch. To break up longer periods of watching TV, use commercials as a reminder to stand up and move—whether it's to stretch or throw in another load of laundry. If you spend a few hours reading in the evening, make it a point to stand up at chapter or section breaks.

Do some layover laps. Instead of parking yourself in a chair at the airport terminal or the train or bus station, walk around while waiting to board. The same goes for killing time at the doctor's office or pharmacy, or waiting for a table at a busy restaurant.






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Parents & Kids


The easy way to learn swimming
= The easy way to earn money!

Swim save & Have fun!

Learn to swim. Our first courses take place during last week of August 2006.

5 groups for:

  • Water Babies (0 - 2 years)
  • Aqua Tots (2 - 3 years)
  • Bubble Toddlers (3 - 4 years)
  • Splashing Rascals (4 - 5 years)
  • Nimble Juniors (5 - 6 years)

The safe & fun way for little people to learn swimming!

Learn to teach swimming the fun way
& to earn money the easy way !

Become a swimming trainer. Join our training courses during the last week of August 2006.

Training is according to a German concept for babies and children from the age of 5 months to 6 years of age.

Frequently courses & participants will be organized for you. You will work on freelance base.

The secure & fun way to a succesful business.

For more information and to reserve please call 0101364404

Visit us saturdays at Sheraton Beach (left side)







Special Announcement
:::June 2006:::

Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am

Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

im Café del Mar

Übertragung der Spiele ab 9. Juni

Heineken vom Fass

Parkplätze vor der Tür

Freirunden bei jedem Tor, das Deutschland schießt

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





Pan Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic, Lemon, Chili and Olive Oil


  • 6 soft shell crabs, cut in half
  • 1 jalapeno chili, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 ounces mixed lettuce leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil for sauteing
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour for dusting crabs


  1. Place crabs, jalapeno, garlic, lemon zest and parsley in a large bowl. Add 5 tablespoons of olive oil and toss lightly. Marinate for 2 hours.
  2. In another large bowl pour the lemon juice and slowly add the extra virgin olive oil whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss vinaigrette with lettuce leaves and divide between 4 plates.
  4. Place a large non-stick saute pan over high heat. Add remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Dust the crabs with a little flour and place in the hot pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  6. Once crabs are crispy on the outside and cooked through, remove from the pan and serve over prepared salad.



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