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Make Your Escape... El-Fayoum


The perfect day trip for those with a passion for fetir - or water wheels

I’m a fetir-aholic, I’ve been obsessed with water wheels since childhood and I’ve always been an avid birdwatcher. In sum, I’m a Fayoumi by nature. The oasis is a perfect slice of rural life with all the right elements to soothe the nerves of frazzled city-dwellers like myself: beautiful weather, perfect fetir, the shade of ageless trees and wonderfully preserved ancient saqia (water wheels). And it’s all within easy reach, as El-Fayoum is just over 85 kilometers southwest of Cairo, making it a great bet for a day trip if you’re in a grouchy mood or need a break from the big city.

That said, the more time you can spare, the more you’ll take away from ‘Egypt’s Venice,’ as the governorate of El-Fayoum was once known. El-Fayoum (the governorate and the city by the same name) has always been a spot for fishing, sailing, rowing, hunting (even though the idea isn’t very appealing these days, even with those who have a taste for blood sports) and bird watching. What stands out as the main touristic attraction are the age-old water wheels: The most famous ones are a series of seven that are spread out about three kilometers along Bahr Sinnuris. Although there are more than 200 to see in the region, not all of them are up and running.

No one should visit El-Fayoum without stopping by Lake Qaroon, Egypt’s largest saltwater lake (at exactly 215 square kilometers) and a true breath of fresh air. The lake is believed by many to be the oldest continually farmed agricultural area in the world with organized fences and guarded warehouses. Originally home to prehistoric hunter-gatherers, it’s still a center of farming and famous for its fruits, vegetables and chickens.

As the royal seat of the Middle Kingdom’s 12th Dynasty (1991–1802 BC), El-Fayoum is home to the pyramid of Amenemhet III and Senusert II. An obelisk in honor of Senwosret I (also 12th Dynasty) was originally discovered in two pieces in the 18th century and has since been pieced back together and erected in the city’s northern entrance. It’s worth visiting, since it’s the only obelisk in Egypt with a rounded top and has a cleft where a golden statue of Ra once rested.

Finally, you can stop by El-Fayoum city’s municipal souq, which offers copperware, spices and gold jewelry. There’s a special pottery market once a week, so ask around (the day may vary with the season). And if you’re into the business of pampering yourself, try the hot springs at Ain Al-Siliyin or the nearby waterfall of Wadi Rayan, 40 kilometers along the way to Bahariyya.

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Emaar Properties wins land in Egypt

Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based international property major, has won a keenly-bid auction sale of prime land in Egypt from the Egyptian Government Tourism Company. The company intends to build a master-planned community of residences, commercial units and leisure facilities with emphasis on tourism.

Dr Nader Mohamed, Executive Director – International Operations, Emaar Properties, said, “An emerging market with strong economic fundamentals, Egypt is of key importance to Emaar Properties in building the company’s international portfolio. Committed to developing value-added projects in the country, Emaar will embark on an ambitious US$1.74 billion (EGP 10 billion) development on the 7-km strip of tourism resort land that the company has won in a keenly-bid auction on August 5, 2006."

Emaar has already announced other major projects in Egypt including a 80-acre development in association with the Egyptian Government for an integrated community based in the new Smart Village; another master planned community at the highest point of downtown Cairo; and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Artoc Group for Investment and Development on a waterfront redevelopment project for the Alexandrina Bibliotheca.






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Parents & Kids


  • Ruler and pencil
  • Card stock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Artwork

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

  1. The following directions are for a 4 1/4-by-6-inch card (which fits nicely into a store-bought envelope), but obviously you can adjust the dimensions to any size you like. Using the ruler and pencil, trace a 12 3/4-by-6-inch rectangle onto your card stock or paper and cut it out.
  2. Fold the rectangle in thirds, accordion style. From the top third, cut out a window that will fit your artwork, leaving at least a 1/2-inch border around the edges.

  3. Slip the artwork behind the window so that it's centered. Now, glue the back of the artwork and the frame around the artwork to the paper behind them. Place the finished card under a book for about an hour to set.

Tips: If you don't want to part with your child's original artwork or want to use a very large piece of artwork, you can make reduced copies with a color copier.






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  • 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

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Almond and Strawberry Tart

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole blanched almonds
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 pint large strawberries, tops removed and cut into quarters
1. Heat oven to 350°. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt. Cut 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, into cubes, and add to bowl. Process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and egg yolks. Pulse until the mixture begins to form clumps. Transfer to plastic wrap, and flatten into a disk. Chill until very firm (about 1 hour).

2. Coarsely grate the pastry into a 12-inch loose-bottomed, fluted tart pan. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the pastry evenly into the pan, making sure to cover the bottom and sides of the tart pan completely. Line the pastry with foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Transfer to oven, and bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and carefully remove the foil and weights. Return to oven, and bake until very light brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.

3. Place almonds in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the almonds until fine. Remove from processor, and place in a mixing bowl.

4. Let remaining 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter come to room temperature. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is light and creamy. Add almonds and eggs, one at a time.

5. Spread mixture into the cooled pastry, and bake until top is golden brown, about 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool.

6. Place the strawberries standing upright on tart, in a circular pattern. Dust the tart with confectioners’ sugar.







The Final Word


Aus dem Leben eines Läufers

by Thomas Bordiehn, Bordiehn's Gazette

Nein, nicht der Vorleger ist gemeint. Nur der richtige laufende Mensch. Obwohl sich dieser manchmal so fühlt, als hätte er eine Seelenverwandtschaft mit dem Teppich. Zumindest in Ägypten oder genauer in Hurghada. Aber Vorleger haben nun mal keine Seele, dafür werden sie in Hurghada auch auf die Straße gelegt. Nicht aus Missgunst sondern aus Reinigungsgründen. Einige Einheimische glauben wirklich daran, dass der Teppich sauber wird, wenn Autos oder gar LKWs darüber donnern. Den Fahrzeugführern macht es anscheinend nichts aus, über einen Perser zu fahren, solange es kein Iraner ist. Die Fahrzeugführer sind genaugenommen die Schnittstelle zwischen den seelenlosen Läufern und den beseelten Läufern. Anscheinend gibt es auch im Arabischen ein und das gleiche Wort für beide. So wird man dann auch gleichgeschaltet und ist nicht mehr als eine kleine Fahrbahnerhöhung.

Also ist es angebracht, nicht auf der Straße zu laufen, sondern auf dem gepflasterten Bürgerweg. Die Meniskusschäden kann man in der heutigen Zeit locker beheben. Ist ja auch viel interessanter, als immer nur die drohende Gefahr im Rücken zu haben. Soll das Laufen doch die innere Ruhe, Ausgeglichenheit und eine Art von Befreiung bringen. Ganz zu schweigen vom Runners High.

Die erste Unterbrechung der laufenden Meditation hatte ich, als mir der Esel von rechts einen Bodycheck verpassen wollte. Genau genommen, waren es zwei Esel. Einer saß auf der Pritsche und der andere zog das Gespann. Der sprechenden Ausgabe der Eselsgattung ließ ich dann einen Schwall (ist Arabisch und heißt Sack) von Beschimpfungen zukommen, die es bisher noch nicht in der Arabischen Sprache gab. Aber man lernt ja immer dazu. Dieser hatte mich wahrscheinlich nur als einen Läufer angesehen und prügelte weiter mit seinem Kantholz auf seinen vierbeinigen Freund ein. Das Holz entwendete ich ihm um wenigstens dem armen Tier die hehreren Absichten von laufenden Menschen zu zeigen. Aber ich glaube, dass das Gespann nur unterwegs war, um neue Hölzer, Schläuche und Rohre zum Prügeln zu suchen. Ruckzuck hatte der Treiber einen neuen Turboblaster in der Hand. So hat eben alles seinen Kreislauf im Leben.

Irgendwie ließ der Runners High noch auf sich warten, dafür kamen aber die ersten Häuser in Sicht. Häuser bedeutet in Hurghada „Shops“, „Shops“ bedeutet Angestellte die auf Kundschaft warten. Warten ist falsch! Abfangen trifft eher. Diese jungen Männer haben durch das Überangebot von Geschäften zu Touristen Langeweile und warten anscheinend nur auf mich. Die Schüchternen unter ihnen werfen mir nur ein „Hello Mister. Sports?“ zu. Aber Schüchternheit ist keine Tugend im Land des Nils. Die meisten denken, ich habe Kreditkarte und Cargo Nikes dabei. Nicht selten werde ich mit ausgestreckten Armen begrüßt und am Weiterlaufen gehindert. Wie heißt eigentlich das Gegenteil von Runners High?

Auch diese Hürde wurde genommen und ich begann mich wieder zu sammeln und setzte meinen Run ohne weitere Erlebnisse fort.

Im Urlaub war ich in Deutschland und konnte in meinem geliebten Wald laufen. Keine Esel, keine Autos, keine Shops und kein Runners High. Es war einfach nur langweilig und ich habe meine Freunde von der Straße vermisst. Die Freude über meinen nächsten Hurghadalauf ist so groß, dass ich jetzt ahnen kann, was ein Runners High sein könnte.

>>> Die Bordiehn's Gazette gibt es zum kostenlosen Lesen und Mitnehmen in der Villa Kunterbunt, welche sich im Arabia Hotel befindet. Mehr Infos im Web unter www.bordiehn.com oder per Mail an kunterbunt@bordiehn.com. <<<



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