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Feature Article...

1st Decompression Chamber in Dahab

Safety on holiday - For just Euros 6 you can insure yourself for up to three weeks for treatment in the decompression chamber in case of dive accidents in Dahab. Click here for further information.

The new chamber in Dahab is Dr Hossam Nasef's fourth in Egypt, after El Gouna, Safaga and Marsa Alam. The ultra-modern chamber, about 400 sqm, has several treatment rooms with automatic blood analysis, mobile ECG and defibrilators. There is also a hospital room should divers need several days' ongoing treatment.

People can be treated either lying down or sitting in the chamber. The chamber is equipped to deal with the most serious dive accidents thanks to the highly qualified staff and latest equipment and medication; all staff are fully qualified doctors, supported by german medical diving specialists.As well as emergency facility for treating diving accidents, the chamber will also be used to educate local diving instructors. There are plans to offer further education in diving.

Information about the decompression chamber

  • specialist on site diving check-ups/examination
  • working in partnership with German University clinics
  • decompression treatment following diving accidents

A 24 hour service will be offered by the chamber doctors. In case of diving accidents, emergency decompression treatment will be carried out irrespective of whether costs have been discussed. However this does not mean that treatment is free of charge. Treatment in the chamber costs Euros 500 per hour where the diver does not hold insurance (DAN, PADI etc) or hasn't participated in the dive protection scheme (heisst es so auf Englisch?).

Treatment consists of:

  • thorough dive-specific physiological examination in the chamber
  • preparation of the patient for decompression chamber treatment
  • the first treatment carried out in accordance with guidelines from the Center of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Department of Neurologie of the University Hospital in Homburg (Germany) and the Naval Medical Institute of the German Navy. (GTUEM)

    Emergency phone numbers:
    Dr. Wael Nasef 0020-12-165 3806
    Dr. Hanaa Nessim 0020-12-219 0383

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Places to visit...


HURGHADA (ar.: Al Ghardaqah) is an Egyptian city and a tourist center on the Red Sea.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The city was founded in the early 20th century, and since the 1980s has been continually enlarged by American, European and Arab investors to become the leading bathing resort on the Red Sea. Holiday villages and first class hotels provide excellent aquatic sport facilities for sail boarders, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorklers.

Hurghada stretches for about 40 km along the seashore, and it doesn't reach far into the surrounding desert. The resort is a destination for package holiday tourists from Europe, notably Russians, Czechs and Germans. Until a few years ago it remained a small fishing village. Today Hurghada counts 40,000 inhabitants and is divided into three parts: Downtown (El Dahar) is the old part; Sekalla is the modern part, and El Korra Road is the most modern part. Sakkala is the relatively modest hotel quarter. Dahar is where the town's largest bazaar, the post office and the long-distance bus station are situated. Many restaurants, bars and shops, small pubs and internet cafes are available all over Hurghada.

The city is served by the Hurghada International Airport with scheduled passenger traffic to and from Cairo and direct connections with several cities in Europe.

Hurghada is known as a party town, and with its many clubs, life could be said to begin there at night. Nearly every hotel has its own disco. The most famous ones at the moment are "Calypso" and "Ministry of Sound". Renowned for belly dancing, Arabic and Nubian folklore, is "Alf Leila Wa Leila" ("One thousand and one nights"). It is a big open-air area, which offers a bit of everything.

Hurghada has become an international center for aquatic sports like windsurfing, sailing, swimming, and above all snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats.

The city provides a gateway to prime diving sites throughout the Red Sea. Its central location provides favorable access to very famous dive sites. In addition, Hurghada is known for providing access to many uninhabited offshore reefs and islands.

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Notable places in proximity of Hurghada

Sharm El Naga - a village, around 40 km south of Hurghada. Its beach contains possibly the most beautiful reef cliff in the region.
El Gouna - an artificially-created and privately-owned luxury hotel town, about 25 km north of Hurghada. Its beauty comes not only from its quietness and cleanliness, but also from the fact that the town consists of several islands separated by channels and connected by bridges. Besides 14 hotels and 2 marinas, there are also three hundred private villas and apartments, and some five hundred more are under construction. It is sometimes called Egypt's Venice.
Al-Mahmya - a tourist beachfront camp on the protected Giftun island, 45 minutes by boat from Hurghada.
Soma Bay - a tourist resort situated 45 km south of Hurghada, with various hotels including Sheraton, Robinson Club and Hyatt Regency.
Sahl Hasheesh - a tourist resort situated 20 km from Hurghada airport.









Egypt to upgrade national railways

The Egyptian government has approved plans to upgrade the national railway network, approving immediate investments of US$ 860 million. Plans include upgrading old lines and constructing three new lines, including a connection to the popular tourist resort Hurghada. There were however no plans regarding international connections to Libya or Sudan, as Cairo earlier had pledged.

"President Hosni Mubarak has reaffirmed the government's full commitment to upgrading the railway system as soon as possible," Egypt's presidential spokesman said yesterday. The Cairo government already has approved US$ 860 million to be allocated immediately to develop the rail infrastructure, plus another US$ 600 million in loans to the sector later this year.

While the government was aiming to improve the transport system as a whole, "it seeks to develop its vital railway system nationwide, making it as secure and safe as possible," spokesman Suleiman Awwad quoted President Mubarak as telling a cabinet meeting. The meeting "reviewed a comprehensive plan for improving the railway sector in terms of financial administration and management, purchasing modern equipment, improving the signalling and manpower development," added Mr Awwad. (Read more)






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WTM Opening days and timetable The exhibition area will open to visitors from
6th to 8th November, 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., and on 9th November from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit our page on WTM website.

The WTM: The WTM will take place at the fair of London (ExCel London) from 6 to 9 November 2006. With 202 countries and 48,211 delegates attending the exhibition in 2005, the fair has proved to be a special event for the tourist operators.







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)

Please note: The data has been arranged according to my best knowledge.

Since the visa regulations are subject to changes, the information can vary or be outdated. So please always check again! In the case of any changes the new rules would be of great interest for me. Please send your comments to news@spotlocal.net

If you just lost your diplomats passport or in case you are not a citizen of an Arab country, you will have to acquire a visa as a foreigner before or with the entry to Egypt. This can be settled in the respective country with the Egyptian Embassy before.

Visa upon arrival

It becomes made easy for German speaking foreigners and other members of the European Union. They can receive a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport for a stay up to 30 days. Of course this requires an at least for 6 months valid passport or child document of identification.

Marion reports: ".... before the landing a request form is handed out to each passenger in the airplane, which has to be filled out. In English you are asked for the name and first name, date of birth, passport number etc. If you are in doubt, the seat neighbor or the hostess surely helps filling out. After you have crossed the runway of the airport comfortably by foot, usually you can expect a tumult in the reception hall. As an overall tourist you just turn to your responsible travel tour operator representative who is holding a sign (Neckermann, Viking Reisen) in his hand to recognize him... ".

As an individual traveler you need to buy two revenue stamps (orange and blue) for the price of 15 US dollar or equivalent Euro at the bank counter (please ready small money). With the passport, the filled out visa request and the stamps just go straight to the the immigration officer at the checkpoint, who will provide you with the visa stamp. Please don't forget to take your luggage and then leave the airport and enjoy the guaranteed great weather.

Extending the Tourist Visa

30 days vacation: kite surfing, diving, going out, shopping, beach and sun. Time flies and you find that you need an extension.

To say it from the beginning: Exceeding the visa period does usually not lead directly to the force of leaving the country. With the payment of a small fee the case is not longer an issue. But it is a question of respect of the Egyptian authorities. The advantages as a member of the German speaking countries should not be gambled away.

Daily except Fridays in the time from 9 to 12 o'clock the officials of the Governate for visa issues are working. As you have to count with waiting periods, you should bring along some patience and something to read.

The counters are placed in the first floor of the building. Here you will receive a request form (pen!) for the visa extension for 6 or 12 months. A further form is necessary for the so-called re-entry during the next 6 months. This will let you save to pay the 15 dollar for each time you come back Egypt, if you plan to visit your home country for vacation in this period.

For the completion of the request you have to bring a photo (current passport photo), the valid passport as well as 2 copies of the passport site with the photo, 2 copies of the passport site with the last current visa stamp and 2 copies of the passport site with the last entry stamp.

The filled out request forms (one for the visa and one for re-entry) including the passport, photo and the 6 copies are submitted again at the counter and after the payment of 152,50 Egyptian Pounds everything will be kept by the officials. Some hours later you can take your passport with the visa stamp and the re-entry permission. Please check immediately whether these are correct.

These tourist visas can be requested briefly before expiration. However they do not entitle to work. For a work permission, other conditions have to be fulfilled. Usually the work permission is requested by the employer.

The Governate is situated in the northern part of the city, direction El Gouna, behind Sakalla and Dahar opposite of El Helal.

Hurghada map



Parents & Kids...

Salt Dough Leaf Magnets

Now that the kids are back in school, the need for hanging things on the fridge has returned. Why not make your own magnets for hanging that precious artwork and those A+ papers with? A fun project for any age!

Age: 4 and up

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

What You Need

  • Leaf shaped cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paint in red, yellow, green, orange and brown
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Acrylic spray sealer, matte
  • ½” round magnets
  • Hot glue gun

Salt Dough Recipe (not edible)

  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup water

What You Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.
  5. Use different sized cookie cutters to create as many shapes and sizes of leaves that you want.
  6. For smaller children, use a single shape to make it easier at painting time. For older children, you can double up and even triple some of the leaves for a 3D affect as we did (see photo).
  7. If desired, use the toothpick to draw lines in the leaves.
  8. Place all leaves onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
  9. Bake for 2 hours.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. Paint with acrylic paints and spray finished leaves with acrylic sealer.
  12. Hot glue a round magnet to the back of each leaf and hang on the fridge!

Helpful Hints

Parents should not allow small children to handle a glue gun as burns can occur. Older children should be closely supervised if allowed to handle themselves.
Instead of a toothpick you can use the sharp edge and point of a small kitchen paring knife, but again, only parents should handle these types of utensils.
alt dough will not keep for a later project, it will get hard and crack. Depending on how many ornaments you plan to make, you can either halve the recipe or double it.








Lasagne with cauliflower au gratin

The Lasagne is a classical recipe. Now we offer a variation with vegetables typical of the winter season.

The cauliflower is, for example, one of those vegetables that can be used in this impressive recipe.


  • Lasagne (Spinach or normal)
  • Cauliflower 300 g
  • Broccoli 150 g
  • Butter 100 g
  • Wheat Flour 60 g
  • Whole milk 1 l
  • Chopped basil 1 branch
  • Chopped italian parsley 1 tablespoon
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Boil separately the cauliflower and the broccoli, be careful to drain them both al dente. Remove their stalks and save only the vegetable flowers. Sauté them in 30 gr. of butter.
  2. Melt another 60 gr. of butter in a pot and stir in the flour. Stirring constantly, add hot milk to the mixture. Season it with salt and pepper and let cook for about five minutes.
  3. With the remaining butter, grease a baking pan and pour in three tablespoons of the béchamel (the milk sauce that we have just prepared). Add the cauliflower and broccoli pieces to it and cover with a layer of uncooked Lasagne. Keep alternating layers of béchamel and vegetables with layers of Lasagne until the pasta is finished. The last layer will be with the béchamel, the vegetables and a sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
  4. Put the baking pan in the oven at 200/220°C for about twenty minutes, or until the top is crunchy. Before serving, garnish with a few basil leaves.


* If you want to keep the cauliflower white, cook it in the "Bianchetto", this is water with a little flour and lemon juice in it
* To avoid lumps in the béchamel pour hot milk into the cold flour and butter mixture.







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