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DAMAC enters Egypt with 320 million square feet Gamsha Bay Project

DAMAC Properties today announced its entry into the Egyptian market came with the launch of its 320 million sq. ft., Gamsha Bay project. This project is the largest development of its type in the region, and it comes to life with an abundance of facilities.

The agreement pertaining to this new development was signed during the Arab Strategy Forum of 2006 and by Mr. Khaled Makhlouf, Chairman of the Tourism Development Authority, and Mr. Hussain Sajwani, Chairman and Founder of DAMAC Holding Group. The Signing ceremony was held in the presence of the Prime Minister of Egypt, Mr. Ahmed Nazif. The Arab Strategy Forum itself was attended by several prominent figures within the Egyptian society including Mr. Zohair Garranah, Minister of Tourism, Dr. Youssef Boutros Ghali, Minister of Finance, Dr. Mahmoud Mohiddin, Minister of Industry, Mr. Mohammed Mansour, Minister of Transport and Secretary General, Mr. Samy Saad Zaghloul,.

During the event’s proceedings it was announced that Gamsha Bay will be the region’s largest township, located at the north of Hurghada. It will offer its residents a wide array of housing options, entertainment venues and recreational amenities including an innovative extreme sports adventure theme park.

Gamsha Bay will also be divided into 9 distinct zones – Gamsha Marina, Marina Park, Coral Golf Course, Sea View Crescent, Creek Retreat, Gamsha Bay, Peninsula Luxury Villas, Downtown Gamsha and Extreme Sports World Theme Park.

The township itself will be built in five phases over 10 years, with the initial components of the first phase completed within the next five years.

Commenting on this new development from DAMAC, Mr. Hussain Sajwani, Chairman, DAMAC Group said, “We at the firm are delighted to enter this exciting new market, and are grateful to the Egyptian government for their confidence in us. Gamsha Bay, with its environmentally conscious design, and its innovative architecture will surely set a benchmark for the real estate marketplace in the region and will further influence economic development,”

Mr. Sajwani added that he is proud to be present at the project’s prestigious launch” the new project is located within driving distance to Cairo, and close to Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna, Gamsha Bay which is located 60km north of Hurghada will offer the very best of Egypt - with its coral reefs, hills and beautiful coastline. I am sure this world class development will boost the economy of this region and create new attractions for tourists. The other important aspect of this project is on the employment front as this mega project will require several hands to put the masterpiece together,” he said. .

“The Gamsha Bay project will offer residents an open scenic environment with 39 kms coastline and 25 kms of beaches. Customers will have over 55,000 units that include - villas, townhouses, retail establishments, shopping centers, marinas, apartments and several other amenities to choose from.

In terms of its most unique offerings, Gamsha Bay will bring a first-of-a-kind Extreme Sports Adventure Theme Park to the region. Continuing the tradition of convenience and luxury associated with the DAMAC brand, the township will include spa resorts, a world class golf course, a marina village, educational facilities, cinemas, shopping boulevards and scuba diving facilities.

DAMAC Properties has already introduced three projects out of four. These projects include,‘ the Heights', a 35-storey tower, and ‘The Lofts’ an 8-storey residential development adjacent to the tower . The third project called ‘The Courtyard’ was unveiled in November this year. Among the companies other developments in the region is the new Abdali development area located in Downtown Amman.

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History of Egypt...


The decline of the Old Kingdom is often said to have been caused by the long reign of Pepi II, during which the king supposedly lost more and more power to the central administration and the provincial governors. Perhaps the long reign of the king, which had started in his childhood and ended when he was at least well into his nineties, may indeed have allowed the central administration to become more powerful. This, however, does not explain why the central government itself apparently had lost its control over the provinces and the provincial governors. It were these provincial governors, also known as nomarchs, who were a key factor in the decline of the Old Kingdom.

It is more likely that climatic changes, resulting in a decrease of the Nile's inundation, impacted the Ancient Egyptian society. As the central government was unable to cope with the results of this change, it was up to provincial governors and other local rulers to come up with a solution to best irrigate their own territory. This, along with different geographical circumstances, caused some provinces and territories to be more successful in controlling the floods than others.

While some local rulers still officially recognised the central government in Memphis and the kings of the 7th/8th Dynasty, others proclaimed themselves kings in their own right. Particularly at Heracleapolis, a city located to the south of the Fayum oasis, the nomarchs were successful in founding their own dynasty, the 9th/10th Dynasty, and claiming royal prerogatives. Their influence extended at least as far south as Abydos and Dendara, where it was challenged by the local rulers of Thebes, in Middle Egypt, who founded the 11th Dynasty. Less powerful nomarchs, while having some degree of independence, were loyal to either the Heracleopolitan or the Theban dynasties.

The two rivalling dynasties would wage their conflict on both a diplomatic and a military platform, plunging at least part of the country into a civil war. The final victory of the Theban dynasty, led by Mentuhotep II, marked the beginning of a new era of unity and prosperity: the Middle Kingdom.

That not the entire country was afflicted by this civil war is, however, shown, at the Dakhla oasis, to the west of the Nile Valley. The capital of this region, known today as Balat, was rebuilt after a fire at the end of the 6th Dynasty, but contrary to the older city, the new capital was not protected by an enclosure wall. At least in this part of the Egyptian territories, there must have been a feeling of security during the 1st Intermediate Period.

The collapse of the central government and the break-down of the country into several semi-independent and independent provinces also had consequences on an artistic level. Without the support of the central government, the ateliers at Memphis were no longer capable of producing the high-quality artefacts and decoration they were used to. The local governors chose to use their own ateliers with craftsmen lacking the the required training and skills. The reliefs and statues that were created during this period often lack the refinement of their Old Kingdom predecessors: the craftsmanship was rather clumsy or even sloppy and figures were stiff and dis-proportionate.

On the other hand, the 1st Intermediate Period also marks a wider spread of the Pharaonic culture throughout the country. During the Early Dynastic Period and the Old Kingdom, the typical Pharaonic culture had been limited to the royal court and the elite surrounding it. The 6th Dynasty policy of using local governors to increase the hold of the central government on the entire country started a process that would establish the Pharaonic culture beyond the royal court. The increased power of the nomarchs during the 1st Intermediate Period continued and solidified this process, ensuring that the Pharaonic culture would survive the decline of the Old Kingdom.









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Egypt to dig up pharaonic tombs

Bulldozers have moved in to demolish houses in the Egyptian village of Qurna which sits on top of dozens of pharaonic tombs in Luxor.
The Egyptian government is determined to move the 3,200 families of the village to an alternative settlement it has built a few kilometres away. Officials say emptying out the village will enable them to explore the tombs and to protect them from water damage.
An official ceremony was held and the bulldozers moved in. They demolished four uninhabited mud brick houses in the village of Qurna, very near the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
Many villagers have already left to the new settlement of Taref built by the Egyptian government at a cost of $31m (£15.6m).
Qurna sits above dozens of ancient Egyptian tombs, part of the huge necropolis of Thebes on the west bank of Luxor.
Over the years, the villagers are believed to have dug many of the tombs under their houses and to have sold much of what was in them.
But officials say now they will be able to further explore the tombs and to protect them from water damage coming from the village. The government has wanted to move the Qurnawis for 60 years but it is only now that it has completed an alternative village for them.
Many villagers, however, complained that the new houses are too small for their families and that they are being cut off from their fields and their livelihoods in the tourist trade.The governor of Luxor says it will take a month and a half to demolish the village but some Qurnawis insist they will not leave.

4,000-year-old mummy and sarcophagus found in Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the funerary remains of a doctor who lived more than 4,000 years ago, including his mummy, sarcophagus and bronze surgical instruments.
The upper part of the tomb was discovered in 2000 at Saqqara, 20 km (12 miles) south of Cairo, and the sarcophagus came to light in the burial pit during cleaning work, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday, quoting Egyptian government antiquities chief Zahi Hawass.
The doctor, whose name was Qar, lived under the 6th dynasty and built his tomb near Egypt's first pyramid. The 6th dynasty ruled from about 2350 to 2180 BC.Hawass said the lid of the wooden sarcophagus had excellent and well-preserved decoration and the mummy itself was in ideal condition.
"The linen wrappings and the funerary drawings on the mummy are still as they were," he said. "The mask which covers the face of the mummy is in an amazing state of preservation in spite of slight damage in the area of the mouth."
The tomb also had earthenware containers bearing the doctor's name, a round limestone offering table and 22 bronze statues of gods.

Google's Gmail now available to all users in Egypt

Google has announced that it is opening up its Gmail service to all users in Egypt. Gmail is Google’s free web-mail service. It is one of a number of products made available in Arabic recently - including Gmail, Google News, Rosetta, Mobile Web Search, AdWords and a new version of the Google Toolbar 4.
Anyone in Egypt will be able to go to www.gmail.com and create a free account, without needing an invitation. According to the latest survey conducted by the Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC), e-mail is the third most popular use of the Internet in Egypt (29% of Internet users) after chat and search. According to Sherif Iskander, Regional Manager for Google in the Middle East and North Africa:
“Since Google launched Gmail, we have focused both on improving the product – increasing its reliability and minimizing spam – and making it available to more people in more languages. Our users have helped us in these efforts with their feedback. We are extremely excited to make Gmail widely available to users across Egypt – they’ll be able to get obtain free Gmail accounts as well as being able to chat with their friends wherever they are in the world,” says Sherif Iskander.
Gmail remains otherwise unchanged – and includes 2.7GB of free space so users can store as much information as they want. Google has always believed that users should be able to keep all of their important messages, files, and pictures, and use built-in Google search technology so that they can easily find what they are looking for. Users see their messages in convenient conversation threads and can organize them with labels if they want. In addition, if users want to communicate with their contacts in real time, they can use Gmail Chat – which is integrated in the Gmail window -- to send instant messages to friends.
Gmail also includes powerful spam protection; users can easily classify spam with the “Report Spam” button, and this feedback helps keep Gmail’s filters up to date. Gmail makes it easy for users to access their email however and wherever they choose. POP access enables users to receive their messages in any email program, even offline, or a user can forward his e-mails to other e-mail services without worrying about missing out on messages.






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Parents & Kids...

Christmas Candleholder

This is a cute project that can be made efficiently and easily. By using a baby food jar, you can make cute candleholders.

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.candle holder

What You Need:

  • Baby food jar (emptied and rinsed out)
  • Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Tea light candle
  • Paintbrush

How To Make It:

  1. Empty out and wash jar.
  2. Tie ribbon around the top, but back from the edge so the flame can't reach it.
  3. Paint any kind of design you wish on the jar. (snowflakes, hearts, etc.)
  4. Put small candle inside.
  5. Light and watch how pretty it is.









Banana Cake

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes



  • 2 ripe bananas (about 400g)
  • 150g softened butter
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 80g sultanas
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 100ml vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.
  2. Butter a 900g loaf tin and line the bottom and sides with non-stick baking parchmentPeel and mash the bananas.
  3. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
  4. Stir in the bananas and sultanas. Sift together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  5. Add the flour mix and the beaten egg, each about a third at a time, to the banana mix, beating well between each addition. Finally, stir in the oil.
  6. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until well-risen and golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.







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