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Feature Article... 1st Octoberfest in Hurghada – Erstes Oktoberfest in Hurghada

Oktoberfest in Siva

Die 4 Salzburger

“Griass Eich und Habe di Ehre”

Jetzt ist es endlich soweit, das erste Original Oktoberfest in Hurghada wird vom 19. Oktober bis zum 26. Oktober im Siva Biergarten stattfinden, direkt gegenüber des Siva Grand Beach Hotel’s, Corniche Road in Hurghada. Los gehts täglich um 19.00Uhr und die Musi spielt auf ab 21.00 Uhr bis morgens frueh......sehr frueh!!!

Es ist kein Geheimniss mehr, die bekannte Musikgruppe “Die 4 Salzburger” werden speziell aus Salzburg/Österreich eingeflogen um Euch für eine Woche ordentlich einzuheizen, keine Frage – diese 4 Jungs wissen, was Feiern bedeutet. Musik ist jeden Abend live, von 9Uhr abends bis früh morgens – also Tanzschuhe anziehen und los gehts.

Es gibt genügend Fass- und Weißbier, Schnaps und Wein und sogar die berühmte “Wodka Feige” darf nicht fehlen, sie wird sogar als Ehrengast geführt. Die deutschen Küchenchefs haben natürlich die Weißwürste, Grillwürste, Wiesnhendl, Leberkäse und andere Köstlichkeiten vorbereitet, so kein Grund zu Hungern.

Ja und da schau amal – es gibt ja auch noch kandierte Früchte, Lebkuchenherzen und so allerlei Süsses für die Gäste, die es nicht so mit dem Herzhaften haben!!!!

Eintritt frei, Gruppen oder Tischreservierungen können direkt beim Biergarten oder im Siva Grand Beach Hotel gemacht werden, oder rufen Sie einfach 0102251048 an.

Das Siva Oktoberfest – das Ereigniss des Jahres, keine Frage – und geben Sie nicht uns die Schuld, falls Sie es versäumen.

Oins, zwoi – gsuffa!!!!

“Griass Eich und Habe di Ehre”

The first original Oktoberfest in Hurghada will be taking place from October 19 to October 26, 2006 at the new Siva Biergarten, right in front of the Siva Grand Beach Resort, at Corniche Road, Hurghada.

The Octoberfest opens every day at 7.00pm until open end and the original Austrian music band named “Die 4 Salzburger” have been flown in from Salzburg especially for this week to play live every day from 9.00pm till midnight. Listen folks, these is a must for everyone!!!

Enjoy some typical Bavarian food such as “Weisswurst- Sausages”, “Grilled Chicken”,” Meatloaf “, “Veal Sausages”, “Potato salad” and other delicatessen – freshly prepared by our German Chefs. Lots of “Hefe Weizenbeer”, Draft Beer and other fun bringing drinks will be served as well as Shooters like the famous Austrian “Wodka Fig”.

Candid fruits, pop corn, and other sweets are available too – so simple an event not to be missed.

So – mark your calenders, take your family and friends and enjoy a cozy fun evening at the Siva Biergarten – a unique event, not yet seen in Egypt.

Free Shuttle Busses from all Red Sea Hotels, just contact the Siva Grand Beach if you need more information. Table reservations can be made directly at the Biergarten or the Siva Grand Beach or by calling: 0102251048

No Entrance fee for the entire week! - Oins, zwoi – gsuffa!!!!



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History of Egypt... Nefertiti


NefertitiNefertiti's place as an icon in popular culture is secure: she has become a celebrity, the second most famous "Queen" of Egypt in the European imagination and influenced through photographs the changed standards of feminine beauty of the 20th century.

Nefertiti (egyptian nfr.t-iitj = the beauty that has come) was the Great Royal Wife (or chief consort/wife) of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV (later Akhenaten), and mother-in-law of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. She may have also ruled in her own right under the name Neferneferuaten briefly after her husband's death and before the accession of Tutankhamun. Her name roughly translates to "the beautiful (or perfect) woman has come". She also shares her name with a type of elongated gold bead, called nefer, that she was often portrayed as wearing. She was made famous by her bust, now in Berlin's Altes Museum, shown to the right. The bust is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. It was attributed to the sculptor Thutmose, and was found in his workshop. The bust itself is notable for exemplifying the understanding Ancient Egyptians had regarding realistic facial proportions.

She had many titles, at Karnak there are inscriptions that read Heiress, Great of Favour, Possessed of Charm, Exuding Happiness, Mistress of Sweetness, beloved one, soothing the king's heart in his house, soft-spoken in all, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt, Great King's Wife, whom he loves, Lady of the Two Lands, Nefertiti.

Nefertiti's parentage is not known. It has been conjectured that she may have been a sister of Ay, later to be pharaoh, making her daughter Akhasunamun, who later was Aye's queen, his great-niece. Another theory that has gained some support identifies Nefertiti with the Mitanni princess Tadukhipa. The name Nimerithin has been mentioned in older scrolls, as an alternative name, but this has not yet been officially confirmed. However it is most likely that Nefertiti was a daughter or relative of Amenhotep III, or of the high Theban nobility.

Depending on which reconstruction of the genealogy of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs is followed, her husband Akhenaten may have been the father or half-brother of the Pharaoh Tutankhaten (later called Tutankhamun).

The exact dates of when Nefertiti was married to Amenhotep IV and later, promoted to his Queen are uncertain. However, the couple had six known daughters.

Nefertiti & AkhnatonIn year 4 of his reign (1346 BC) Amenhotep IV started his worship of Aten. The king led a religious revolution, in which Nefertiti played a prominent role. This year is also believed to mark the beginning of his construction of a new capital, Akhetaten, at what is known today as Amarna. In year 5 of his reign (1345 BC), Amenhotep IV officially changed his name to Akhenaten as evidence of his new worship. The date given for the event has been estimated to fall around January 2 of that year. In year 7 of his reign (1343 BC) the capital was moved from Thebes to Amarna, though construction of the city seems to have continued for two more years (till 1341 BC). The new city was dedicated to the royal couple's new religion. Nefertiti's famous bust is also thought to have been created around this year.

In an inscription estimated to November 21 of year 12 of the reign (approx. 1338 BC)[citation needed], her daughter Meketaten is mentioned for the last time; she is thought to have died shortly after that date. A relief in Akhenaten's tomb in the Royal Wadi at Amarna appears to show her funeral.

During Akhenaten's reign (and perhaps after) Nefertiti enjoyed unprecedented power, and was perhaps the most powerful woman on earth. Some time during the reign she was made co-regent: the pharaoh's equal. She was depicted on temple walls the same size as the king, signifying her importance, and shown worshipping the Aten alone. Perhaps most impressively, Nefertiti is shown on a relief from the temple at Amarna which is now in the MFA in Boston, smiting a foreign enemy with a mace before the Aten. Such depictions are reserved for the pharaoh alone, and yet Nefertiti was depicted as such.

NefertitiIn year 14 of Akhenaten's reign (1336 BC), Nefertiti herself vanishes from the historical record, and there is no word of her after that date. Theories include a sudden death by a plague that was sweeping through the city, and had killed one of Nefertiti's daughters, or a fall from favor and subsequent replacement that led to its being politically incorrect to discuss her. Regardless, the verifiable knowledge of this episode has been completely lost to history.

Her disappearance coincides with the rise of co-ruler Smenkhkare to the throne. Smenkhkare is thought to have been married to her daughter Meritaten. However, Smenkhkare is depicted in many of the same ways as Nefertiti was, and his regnal name, Nefernefruaten, is quite similar to that of Nefertiti. He is sometimes depicted as looking very feminine, and even his name was sometimes written with a feminine ending. This has led some scholars to believe that Smenkhkare was in fact another name for Nefertiti, and instead of falling from grace or dying, Nefertiti actually rose in power, taking the throne for herself after the death of her husband. Akhenaten died after seventeen years of reign. Smenkhkare had been his co-ruler for four years.

In keeping with the theory above, Nefertiti is perhaps responsible for abandoning the Aten religion, and moving the capital back to Thebes. This would have been the only way to please both the people and the powerful priests of Amun. Nefertiti would have prepared for her death and for the succession of her daughter, now named Ankhasunamun, and her stepson, Tutankhamun. They would have been educated in the traditional way, worshipping the old gods. Nefernefruaten dies after two years of kingship.

She was succeeded by Tutankhaten, who is thought to have been a son of either Amenhotep III or Akhenaten. He married Nefertiti's daughter Ankhesenpaaten. The royal couple were young and inexperienced, by any estimation of their age, and Ankhesenpaaten bore two still born (and pre-mature) daughters whose mummies were found by Howard Carter in Tutankhamen's tomb. Some theories believe that Nefertiti was still alive and had an influence on them. If this is the case that influence and presumably her own life would have ended by year 3 of Tutankhaten's reign (1331 BC). In that year, Tutankhaten changed his name to Tutankhamun, as evidence of his worship of Amun, and abandoned Amarna to return the capital to Thebes.









Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel enters final phase

InterContinental Hotels Group, the world’s most global hotel company, has announced the start of the final phase of a multi-million renovation project that will transform the iconic Semiramis InterContinental hotel at the heart of Cairo’s city centre.

New additions to public areas will enhance the stylish improvements made in previous phases, while maintaining a delicate balance of luxury offerings and authentic “in the know” experiences that InterContinental Hotels and Resorts is known for.

World-leading designers ‘tonychi and associates’ have devised a concept for the new-look property which will integrate the essence of ancient Egyptian culture blended with contemporary international design.

A sense of grandeur will be achieved through a complete upgrade of the main lobby and reception areas, while the Tea Garden and Night and Day Restaurant will be subject to an overhaul designed to create two unique dining venues in the city.

While the Tea Garden has been redesigned around a central fountain to incorporate a new tea and beverage gallery and an integrated entertainment zone, The Grill, covering 700 square meters, will include a new wine cellar, private dining rooms, a central oven grill and an open kitchen. The Grill is also being accessorised with prestigious Christofle silver cutlery and Bernardaud Limoges chinaware to add to the elegant finish throughout the hotel.

This final stage of renovation follows the earlier upgrade of the hotel's Club InterContinental lounge, the upscale brand's exclusive facility for discerning travellers, as well as the Executive Club floors and the Cleopatra ballroom, which was given a stunning new look by famous French designer Pierre Yves Rochon.

Once completed, the refreshed public areas and dining options will perfectly complement the top-of-the-range facilities for both business and leisure travellers who return to the property for its superior service and extensive state-of-the art business facilities.

With spectacular views over the river Nile, the Semiramis InterContinental has been a central fixture in the city for almost 20 years. During this time the hotel has developed as an essential central point for both business and leisure travellers exploring the vast historical and cultural surroundings of Egypt.

With 727 rooms and suites, more than 11 restaurants and the largest banqueting facilities in town, the hotel has become established as a premiere venue in Cairo’s hospitality industry and one of the leading hotels in the Middle East.

Vodafone and Raya sign contract for Raya Telecom

VodafoneRaya Telecom has been a leading Data Operator in Egypt since 2001, with a state of the art network infrastructure nationwide, providing communication services to the corporate and consumer segments. In addition, its partnership with British Telecom (BT), and Telekom Malaysia (TM), provides International Data Communication Services to their clients in Egypt

Upon this contract Vodafone has acquired 51% of Raya telecom for 104 million EGP (one hundred and four million Egyptian pounds), which stands for 823,140 shares. The agreement grants Raya Holding the right to sell its remaining shares being 45.9% of Raya Telecom to Vodafone Egypt within the next two years with the same agreed value per share.

Medhat Khalil, Chairman & CEO Raya Holding commented: 'The joint forces will be a gate for both companies to have a key role in the plan set by the Egyptian government for telecommunications. The liberalization of the telecom industry in Egypt will help us take advantage of the upcoming business opportunities and the expected dramatic growth in the data environment and increased penetration rates. We also welcome the opportunity of working with Vodafone Egypt to help provide complete Telecom and system solutions to our customers. The proceeds will be used by Raya Holding to expand our value added offerings across the board, focusing on financial sector ePayment infrastructure services and call center outsourcing services, as well as to support our geographical expansion strategy.'

Ian Gray, CEO of Vodafone commented: 'It is increasingly clear that the Telecom market in Egypt is developing and it is important to develop new partnerships and relationships to bring together all the necessary skills and capabilities to provide customers with simple access to more complex services. With Raya Telecom we shall have a combination of new skills, experience and capability and this also provides a link to Raya Holding with its capabilities in Systems Integration, Call Centre services and Mobile phone retail and service''

Martin Moorhouse the new Managing Director of Raya Telecom commented: 'Telecoms today is all about partnerships, this is a chance to work together across the two groups to develop new services and new ways of doing things that will benefit the customer. The combination of Vodafone's scale will combine well with Raya's expertise to merge the internet and mobile environments giving us the opportunity to deliver new and exciting content combined with top quality corporate solutions.'






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What's On...


14 Jahre Villa Kunterbunt

14 Years



At Friday 13th October 8 p.m.

we proudly present:

Legends on tour

Phil Dexter is Elvis and The Blues Brothers


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Elissa At El Gouna
25 October, 2006

This Feast, October 25th, 2006, "Abu Tig" Marina @ El Gouna, Red Sea will witness the appearance of the Lebanese Music Award Winner Elissa in an exclusive performance Organized by Fuze Entertainment. Stay Tuned….







Ask Harry: Useful tips for Residents


Harry Krueger - The new SpotRedSea columnistHarry Krueger, German resident in Hurghada for more than 2 years already, and owner of Cafe del Mar, will give tips and tricks around the residential life in Egypt and especially Hurghada from now on in our SpotRedSea Newsletter.

If you have any questions concerning life in Egypt - ask Harry! (Send to: news@spotlocal.net)

Harry ist der Zeit im Urlaub.

Harry is currently on vacation.


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Parents & Kids... Halloween

Ghost Pins

These ghost pins are so cute and so easy, you'll want to make plenty of extras to hand out to your friends! They make a really fun party favor as well.

What You Need

  • 1 white craft foam sheet
  • Scissors
  • Black craft pen or Sharpie marker
  • Hot glue OR white craft glue
  • Small wiggle eyes, 2 for each pin
  • Pin backs, 1 for each pin
  • Red and blue craft pens or Sharpie markers (optional)


Ghosts Pins

What You Do

  1. Cut out ghost shapes from white craft foam.
  2. Decorate faces with black pen. A large, elongated oval makes a fun, spooky mouth. You can use the black pen to draw eyes on if you wish, or glue on wiggle eyes with white craft glue.
  3. You can draw on eyebrows and even buttons with your black pen as well. If you like, draw on colorful bowties with blue and red craft pens.
  4. Turn pins over and using either a hot glue gun or white craft glue, attach the pin backs. If using white craft glue, allow to dry for at least an hour.

Helpful Hints

For even fancier pins, use tiny cloth bowties and flowers to decorate your ghosts. These can be found at craft supply stores, usually in the doll making aisle.

You can use card stock or poster board for these pins if you like, but foam sheets are inexpensive and will last longer as they don't rip as easily.

Pin backs can be found at in packages at discount department stores and craft supply stores









Lemon Butter Baked Salmon, Tagliatelle and Parsley

This dish is so simple yet so tasty. If you've got time, you could use home-made pasta here; if not, dried thin tagliatelle or linguine will do a fabulous job. What make this dish so good are the salmon juices, which mingle with the butter and lemon in the oven, so when you're pouring them over the pasta, use a spatula to scrape out every last drop.

  • 50g (2oz) butter

  • finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

  • freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 x 175g (6oz) salmon fillets, skinned

  • 350g (12oz) dried tagliatelle

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.

  2. Melt the butter in a small roasting tin and add the lemon rind and juice. Season with plenty of salt and pepper.

  3. Lay the salmon fillets in the roasting tin and turn them around in the lemony butter, ending up skinned-side down. Place in the oven for 7-8 minutes until cooked through but still moist inside. To test whether the salmon is done, give the fattest part a gentle squeeze and it should give slightly - if it's still wobbly, pop it back into the oven for another couple of minutes. If it feels solid, it's overcooked.
  4. Meanwhile, throw the pasta into a large pan of boiling salted water and cook according to the packet instructions until al dente. Take the salmon out of the roasting tin and place on a warmed plate. Drain the pasta, mix with the lemony buttery juices collected in the salmon roasting tin and add the parsley. Divide the parsley between four warmed plates. Set the baked salmon fillet on top and tuck in!







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