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Feature Article... Hotelfachschule

Ägyptisch-Deutsche Hotelfachschule Paul Rahn - El Gouna

In September 2002, the Egyptian-German Hotel School Paul Rahn – El Gouna opened on the Red Sea. It is the result of a co-operation between the Egyptian-German Academy for Economics and Technology Dr. P. Rahn and Partner Ltd. and the Orascom Project and Touristic Development in El Gouna.

The aim of both companies is the implementation of the Dual Training System for the hotel sector on the Red Sea. This school is the first of its kind in Egypt. Young Egyptian trainees will be given the chance to learn a solid professing in the hotel industry and gain both a diploma from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and an Egyptian Thanawia Diploma.

An important focus of the school’s philosophy is to bring the standard of training in the Red Sea area up to an international level; the independent examination commission of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Leipzig, guarantees the maintenance of international quality standards on a long-term basis.

The training is based on German curricula that have been adapted for the local Egyptian market.

Since 2002 the Hotel School offers training for three professions in the hotel sector: expert in the hotel and catering industry with a specialization in the areas kitchen, service, and housekeeping.

A special feature of the Egyptian-German Hotel School Paul Rahn, El Gouna is that the hotel specific subjects are taught in German. Intensive German lessons at the beginning of the training ensure a solid foundation for successful training. In addition to the hotel specific subjects, general subjects are taught in Arabic.

Our teaching staff is international. The wide experience of our teachers is the essential basis for a qualified training of our students.

All teachers have many years of experience in their profession; the trainers have extensive international experience in their fields. Accordingly, the maximum number of students per classis limited to 24.

An important facet of the school’s philosophy is the exchange of trainees. To this day the school has been able to offer several training opportunities, not just to students at German universities, but also to young trainees in the field of Office Management and IT.

Ägyptisch-Deutsche Hotelfachschule
Paul Rahn, El Gouna
El Bustan - El Gouna
Red Sea, Egypt

Class hours: Sunday to Thursday 08.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Telephone / Fax: 002 065 358 04 44
Website Hotelfachschule
E-Mail: hotelschule@rahn-schulen.de




Make Your Escape... El-Qursaya


Pay a peaceful visit to this undiscovered piece of ‘rustic’ heaven in the heart of chaotic Cairo

El-Qursaya is a small mound of land sitting in the middle of the Nile opposite the Maadi Military Hospital. Long ago, it vanished with the annual flooding of the river and reappeared only when the waters receded. After the Aswan dam was built, it stopped playing hide and seek and, in time, became permanently inhabited by the same peasants who had previously come from all over the Giza district every year to plant its silt-rich surface and depart at the end of each season with their crops.

El-Qursaya sits behind its big - and more famous - sister Geziret El-Dahab (Gold Island) and is therefore not very noticeable from either bank.

In the summertime, you can see young women, their little girls crouched at their sides, standing on the mainland shore, washing their clothes and cooking utensils as they keep an eye on their sons playing in the water. A few fishermen stand at an improvised charcoal barbeque, grilling the catch of the day that they sell only minutes later drenched in salt and spices and wrapped in newspapers to passersby on the street or to housewives waiting for the water taxi to cross home. On either bank, cars often come to a screeching halt and suit-clad men on their way home from work call out to the vendors. You can see them buying fish, bread and fresh vegetables - all produced on the island.

The dwellers are divided between farmers who own a plot of land and derive their income from its produce and fishermen (considered outsiders) who make their living by catching fish around the island and rent houses from the farmers.

Past the baskets of freshly-caught jumping fish, you will have to trek through the mud, but will eventually be rewarded by the breathtaking sight of lush wheat and maize fields and well tended plots of vegetables. A part of the island is occupied by the izba, a conglomerate of one- and two-story mud houses huddling around tiny dirt alleys forming a small primitive village. There is also a mosque and a church on the island and the wise old sheikh sitting outside his mosque is keen to point out that a new, larger mosque is currently being built.

Painter Mohamed Abla has made his home on the island with his family. At first, he came simply to be inspired by the landscape - this astonishing spot of greenery at the heart of the busy city - but then he fell in love with the surroundings and built himself a spacious home here. Now, when he is not painting or sculpting, he tends his own vegetable plot. Not everyone can live on a green island a stone’s throw away from Cairo’s polluted Downtown, but going there for a short outing and stocking up on organic vegetables is not such a bad idea.









Egypt raises gasoline prices by up to 30 per cent

The Egyptian government is raising the prices of gasoline and diesel fuel by up to 30 per cent, the government newspaper Al Ahram has said. The long-awaited decision, unpopular with the middle classes and vehicle operators, will reduce the government's massive budget deficit, forecast at more than 9 per cent of gross domestic product in the 2006/7 fiscal year.

The government has set aside about 40 billion (US$7 billion), about one fifth of all spending, for energy subsidies this year and has been looking for ways to reduce the burden. The real cost of the subsidy increases as the world price of crude oil goes up, though the government does recover some of the cost through revenue from its own oil exports.

The newspaper said that the new price for 90-octane fuel, the most widely used in gasoline vehicles, would rise 30 per cent from its current figure. The price had not changed since 1993. The price of diesel, which doubled in September 2004, will go up 25 per cent from its original price. Diesel is politically sensitive because it is the fuel of choice for trucks and private minibuses.

However, Al Ahram did not mention any changes in the prices of 80-octane gasoline. The government tried to promote the 92-octane fuel last year by telling some gas stations not to offer 90-octane fuel, but the price differential was big enough to push most drivers to stations where the cheaper fuel was available. The newspaper said the decision to raise prices was based on the rise in the world price for oil.

Egyptian gasoline is among the cheapest in the world but many Egyptians argue that salaries are also very low. The announcement coincided with the start of a three-day holiday weekend, when many truckers and taxi drivers will be off work and less likely to protest at the increase.

UAE to build new city in Egypt

UAE's President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt met Sunday. In a joint communique, which was released after official talks in Cairo, Shaikh Khalifa has ordered the construction of a complete city in Egypt - called Shaikh Khalifa City to be equipped with all public facilities and amenities.

According to Gulf News, the city is a gift from Shaikh Khalifa to the people of Egypt as a token of appreciation of the depth of fraternal relations between the two peoples of Egypt and the UAE.

Shaikh Khalifa has ordered the concerned authorities in the UAE to take the needed measures to start the construction of the city.







El Gouna, The Red Sea's Premier Leisure Destination

What's On... Alexandria Marathon


Alexandria Marathon
3 November 2006 - Start Time : 07h00 am
Start point at Quitbay Citadel - Finish point at Quitbay Citadel.

Starting and finishing at the Quat Bay Citadel, a large stronghold built on the exact spot that the Pharos Lighthouse (one of the seven ancient wonders) once stood.

You will take the scenic Sea Road to Montazah Gardens along the Corniche. Montazah Gardens is in the grounds of what was the palace of the last Egyptian King, King Farouk. ONce through the gardens you will run beyond the Montazah Gardens which is the turn-around point for the race.

For any kind of requests, (registration issues, events, race, map ...) please contact World Sport Communication.

World Sport Communication * 2 Adi Ben Zyad . Gliem, Alexandria, Egypt * Tel/Fax : 002 03 573 5565
Website: www.alexmarathon.com * Mail: info@alexmarathon.com







Parents & Kids

Back to School

Will my teacher be nice? Where will I sit? Will the other kids like me?” Many kids get nervous about heading back to school. “A big part of a successful first week is establishing a routine and explaining where the bathroom is, what happens when you go to gym class and when to expect recess,” explains Cathy Dunne, a seventh grade teacher in the Toronto area. With a little preparation, parents can help. Here’s how to make your child’s transition a smooth one.

Remember routines Family routines tend to slide in the summer - after all, what’s summer without crazy bedtimes, a popsicle habit and wearing swimsuits for days on end? - and it can be hard to readjust come fall, notes Patricia Tanner Nelson, Family and Human Development Specialist at the University of Delaware. “Well before school starts, focus on choosing sleep, exercise, healthy foods and time together,” she says. Rosanna Scott, a mom of two from Ohio, agrees. “Practice school bedtimes a week before school starts so that the new routine is established,” she says.

Get ready! Don’t underestimate the fun and importance of new stuff for the big day. With younger kids, a bag full of school supplies, a new backpack and a few new items of clothing tend to gear them up without any further encouragement, says Amanda Formaro, mother of four in Nevada. For an older child, this may be the time to give the thumbs-up to that must-have trend item, especially if he’s earned some money over the summer to pay for it. For ideas, find out what’s hot this year and get a printable supply list.

Talk, talk, talk “I try to think of all the positive things that they like about school and I talk about them as much as possible,” says Formaro. “I ask about friends they haven’t seen over

the summer. I also look at my kids and note anything different that their friends will notice, such as a new hairstyle or if they’ve grown over the summer. I never mention homework or teachers they weren’t crazy about.”

Tanner Nelson notes that learning doesn’t stop when school does, so you need to convey, in a low-key way, how important learning is to you. “Be a role model throughout the year, not just during school time. For example, show how much you like reading, or talk about math and measuring when you’re making a recipe together.”

Chomik also suggests reading your kids school stories to get them ready for what to expect. Find reviewed book suggestions in Back to school books. And for the younger kids, it’s a good idea to explain the role of the teacher to your child. “Encourage the child to speak up and let the teacher know if they’re having problems. This is especially important if a child is getting bullied, which can happen even on the first day. They need to know they can and should talk to the teacher.”

Be organized Ease back-to-school anxiety by being prepared. Help your child to lay out her clothes and pack her backpack the night before. Be sure to include a healthy lunch and a snack that your child can open and eat on his own.

Take it easy Preparation is great - but don’t go overboard. “You can make back-to-school too big a deal!” laughs Tanner Nelson. If September was a hard month for you as a kid, it might not necessarily be the same for your child, and vice versa. You’re the best judge of when your child needs reassurance, and how to go about giving it. “In the end, remember that it’s normal to feel a little nervous or fluttery about that first week back. Everyone, including the teachers, feels like that,” she says.






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Linguine with Clams

Original recipe yield: 12 servings.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time:43 Minutes
Ready In: 58 MinutesServings:12 (change)


  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams, drained and rinsed with juices reserved
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onions, mushrooms, and garlic, and saute until tender. Pour in wine and simmer for 10 minutes, reducing heat if necessary.
  3. Stir in clams, reserved clam juice, sour cream, pepper, and parsley, and simmer another 20 minutes. Toss with linguine, and serve. Enjoy!







The Final Word


Nowhere but Egypt!

by Shaimaa Fayed, Community Times - Read whole article

Our readers living in Egypt repeatedly find themselves innocent bystanders to a host of outlandish phenomena that just don’t seem to happen anywhere else in the world but here. The streets we stroll, the public venues we frequent and even the local lexis we hear on a daily basis – all are speckled with that unmistakable touch of sublime chaos that is so exclusively and hilariously Egyptian.

First of all, the donkeys in traffic! This is a truly fascinating phenomenon. Where else in a metropolitan city is it normal to be sitting in your car waiting for the lights to turn green only to find an overworked equine peering into your window? Amazing! You beep your horn while the donkey next to you brays hee-haw in the middle of a traffic jam! The resulting musical cacophony is absolute chaos to say the least.

The suicidal pedestrians crossing the streets. I am convinced that everyone in Egypt is trying to get killed. Egyptians traverse the car-infested roads very nonchalantly and without looking, as though they’re walking across their apartment corridors. Whenever I’m driving in Cairo, I feel as though I’m playing a real-life game of Sega Frogger, dodging a minimum of 17 pedestrians a day. I am at risk of being a serial killer every time I drive in this country because pedestrians practically leap in front of me out of the blue. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them suddenly bounced on the hood of my car and proceeded to walk on top of it. Nothing is impossible with Egyptian pedestrians.

Ever drove across the 6th October bridge only to find an entire family – father, mother, daughter, son and newborn baby- all on top of a single motorbike? I once saw a small kid sandwiched in between her parents, asleep, with her hands loosely tied around her father’s neck (him driving the bike) with no other support for her on the vehicle because her mommy was squashed behind with a baby in her arms. This motorbike was whooshing across the bridge and I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if the little girl suddenly flew out of the bike and landed on the hood of a passing car! Safety on the road is a negligible phenomenon in Egypt and it really leaves one wondering once again about the nation-wide suicide trend. Worse still, a friend of mine actually saw a live sheep lodged in between two men on a motorbike. Absolutely no comment on that one.

Aside from the vehicle-related madness, try being a woman walking in Egyptian streets. It is wolf whistles, ogling and sexual passes galore! We have gotten so used to it that we deem it the norm, but I find the caveman mentality of street eve-teasers in Egypt to be infinitely bizarre: “guys, look, it’s a FEMALE!! A creature of the opposite gender! And oh lord she actually moves, she’s walking amongst us! We are compelled by the powers of Khufu and Khafraa to harass her!” I wonder how many women actually have to think thrice before committing the atrocious crime of walking in Egypt’s streets.
Public venues with a twist!

Those uniformed attendants in public restrooms who hand you a certain amount of toilet paper according to the tip you give them! If you are unfortunate enough to only have 50 piasters or a pound of change on you, they give you something like 3 squares of toilet paper, barely enough to wipe an ant’s posterior! This phenomenon has set a cascade of profound philosophical questions reeling in my head: who owns and dictates the use of the toilet paper? Why aren’t there ever any actual toilet rolls inside the stalls? Does the toilet woman hoard them to make profits on their distribution per square unit? Why must I get the toilet paper at the door? What if the toilet woman steps outside to run an errand? Will no one get any toilet paper then? What if I tip her 5 pounds, will she give me the entire roll?

The Chiclets, Rivo and bandaid phenomena! Instead of change in Egypt, you are automatically given Chiclets chewing gum (in kiosks) or else Rivo aspirin or bandaids in supermarkets and pharmacies. I would love for someone to explain this concept to me. Does Chiclets qualify as money? Is Rivo a certified currency? Can bandaids be traded on the stock exchange? Whilst we take these transactions for granted, I find the concept supremely funny, because it happens so often and so automatically in Egypt that everyone views it as the norm, much like all other bizarreness in the country. Shop vendors have grown so used to the idea that they give you the chewing gum, aspirin and bandaids without expecting the least bit of curiosity on your part, although many visiting foreigners are apt to wonder why the shop vendor in question assumes that they are suffering from bad breath, a headache or a wound. “Your change is 40 piastres? Here, have Banana Chiclets and a pain reliever.”



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