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in this issue:
Inter Housing Expo 2007
Spot Local at the ITB
Marriage in ancient Egypt
Dave The Turtle
Opening ceremony of Italian Consulate in Hurghada
whats on
Maison d' Orient
Freds Swim Academy
Das Curate Ägypten Programm
Parents and Kids - Traveling Make-A-Word
Recipe - Carrot-Raisin Muffins
Skubba Hurghada - Sales &
Customer Service position
Boat for sale
Mini submersible
Spot Red Sea News
Community News
Inter Housing Expo 2007
real estate fair

You decide to live or invest in Hurghada?

real estate

Would you like to get a good offer? Would you like to pay in terms?
Would you like to get information about all projects in Hurghada at
the same time?

You have to visit
Inter Housing Expo
April 23 - 25, 2007
InterContinental Hotel, Hurghada, Egypt

The exhibition will cover the following fields:

  • The turnover on properties in the Red Sea area (Hurghada, Safaga, El Gouna, Marsa Alam)
  • Architecture problems
  • Interior design and decoration's goods (finishing: tiles – marble, painting, air condition; furniture etc.)
  • Garden decoration

For the first time in the Red Sea area, all property companies, developers, architects, contractors, interior designers will be together under one roof!

We are waiting for you!
For more information please contact:

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Success at the ITB Travel Fair!

Spot Local had great success at the ITB fair in Berlin.

  Chris ITB
Chris Cyr, Managing Director - Spot Local and Stefen Heumer, General Manager Kuredu Island - Maldives

Opening Report ITB Berlin 2007: Record number of exhibitors 10,923 exhibiting companies from 184 countries.

The Red Sea was also represented at the ITB to promote tourism in Egypt.
Spot Local met many representatives during the fair and formed a lot of new business relationships.

Visitors to the 41st ITB Berlin could obtain a complete review of everything currently on offer from the travel industry ranging from service providers such as hotels and airlines to tour operators, and individual countries and regions. The ITB Berlin continues to grow and the number of exhibitors has risen by one more percentage point since last year
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Marriage in ancient Egypt
Marriage was the normal and most desirable state for Ancient Egyptians of both genders and all social classes.
history of Egypt
Marriage in ancyent Egypt

Athenian men evinced little respect oraffection for women and delayed marriage until well into their thirties, but most Egyptian men were eager to follow the advice of the wisdom literature urging them to take a wife while still young so they could found a household and raise a family. Most men were married by the age of twenty to girls who might have been as young as fifteen. There was an age difference, but usually not more than two or three years.

One of the more curious mysteries in that civilization is the complete absence of information on the act of getting married. Legal papyri always identified a woman as the “wife of …” and there are many documents attesting to a couple’s divorce. Weddings in Ptolemaic Egypt were often accompanied by very elaborate parties, but there is nary a word from the Pharaonic period about a marriage ceremony. We may assume that there was a moment before which a couple was not married and after which they were married, but we have no clear evidence to tell us what happened.

The Marriage Stele of Ramses II says, “Then his Majesty saw that she was beautiful of face and like a goddess. It was a great mysterious, wonderful and fortunate affair.” This has been taken as proof by a small handful of scholars that some sort of ceremony was required to make a marriage, but most would argue that the “affair” in question was nothing more than the initial meeting of the king and his future wife. Egyptians loved a party and it is hard to imagine them ignoring such an obvious excuse, but not only is their no evidence of a ceremony, there is no evidence of a celebration either.

Read more about marriage in ancyent Egypt
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A happy ending to Dave The Turtles sad story
Red Sea Diving College are pleased to report that the hawksbill turtle now known as Dave, having been affectionately christened by the staff at the College who have become very attached to him over the last few weeks, is back to full health and has been released back into the wild.
community news
  Dave the turtle
Dave has become a local celebrity; if you are diving in the Red Sea, keep a look out for Dave.

“Dave will already be known to many divers who have dived in the Red Sea at Ras Mohammed, where he has been a regular around Shark and Yolanda reefs for some years. Dave is easily recognized, as a portion of his rear shell was missing above his right flipper from an old injury.

For the last few weeks this regular to the area had been noticed only by his absence. It came to the attention of James Tunney on the16th of January this year what had happened to him. Dave was found towards the end of last year with new injuries to his shell caused by a collision with a boat propeller. He was found by divers from Sinai Divers, taken from the bottom and handed over to the Ras Mohammed National Park for safe keeping. The Park did what they could to treat the wounds, but not having a suitable pool available, asked if Dolphinella (not the most popular place with divers in Sharm) could accommodate it.
The resident doctor, Alexander, ensured that the wound was kept clean and Dave the turtle was first placed in a small kids play pool and an attempt was made to feed it once using sea grass but without success. The pool was broken by Dave and the turtle’s next destination was a kids’ inflatable boat filled with water to only half way up the turtle’s shell exposing the upper portion of the shell to the day’s sun. The next stop was to a larger pool but with the same level of water and still no midday shade. At this point all concerned thought they were doing the right thing simply keeping the wound dry and clean. No further attempts were made to feed him, as they thought it was normal not to eat, that the turtle was simply in hibernation, as with a tortoise. It is true that Turtles can go for long periods without food if well fattened, and not injured or feeling sick when they need their strength most!

Read the full story about Dave the Turtle here
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Global Promotions
Opening ceremony of Italian Consulate in Hurghada
Official opening of the New Italian Consulate in Hurghada
8th March 2007
community news
Consulate opening ceremony. See full size image.
The new Italian Consulate located in Mastaba, was officially opened on Thursday 8th March 2007. Attending the inauguration ceremony was the Italian Ambassador to Egypt Antonio Badini, Consul of Italy in Cairo Fabrizio Saggio, the Honorary Vice Consul in Hurghada Alberto Barattini, General Hamdi representing the Egyptian Authority and Mahmoud M. Saad, Lawyer of the Italian Consulate in Hurghada. Many of the local Italian residents and members of the Hurghada community attended the ceremony and the reception party held afterwards at the Inter Continental Hotel.This will benefit all the Italian residents and tourists visiting Hurghada.

Opening Hours : Sunday - Thursday 10:30am - 01:00pm
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whats on
Maison d' Orient
New Opening!

For any information please call : 0123496914

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Swimming lessons with Freds Swim Academy
"Don't do it the dog style – learn how
to swim with the frog style…"
  Tods in the Pool
Freds Swim Academy

Swimming for babies, toddlers & kids according to a unique system. Various courses will start March/ April 2007 in Hurghada.

The secure & fun way to become a swimmer.

For info & reservation please call:
012 – 345 90 04 or
010 – 136 44 04

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Das Curate Ägypten Programm
Der Münchner Heilpraktiker Jörg Hofmann wird
vom 27. April bis 3. Mai 2007 ein spezielles
einheitliches Gesundheitstraining in Hurghada anbieten.
Curate Ägypten Programm
mit Jörg Hofmann

Mit dem Ziel: Fettabbau, Kraftzuwachs, Gewebsentgiftung, Verbesserung der körperlichen und geistigen Leistungsfähigkeit, sowie individuelle Ernährungs- und Körperkunde.

Das Gelernte umzusetzen und für den Rest des Lebens anwenden können, Krankheiten verstehen lernen und Gesundheit leben können.

Ihre Unterkunft in Hurghada ist in einer privaten Pension mit Seminarräumen.

Ein Beispiel für einen Seminartag & tägliche Programme finden Sie hier:

Das Ägyptenprogramm ist anspruchsvoll und anstrengend. So manches harte Wort und Schmerzen gibt es dabei gratis! Das CURATE Ägyptenprogramm berücksichtigt natürlich das Alter, Geschlechte und die Kondition der einzelnen Teilnehmer (entsprechend dem Gesundheitscheck am Anfang des Programms)

Zeit: 27. April – 3. Mai 2007
Kosten: 650 Euro Vollpension, ohne Flug
Kontakt: +49 89 74 90 90 38

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Traveling Make-A-Word

This project can be adapted and changed easily as your child learns new words and concepts. This easy to carry, store, and play is ideal for "words on the road".

parents & kids
Game to play on the go...
What you need: Metal lunchbox or metal box with lid, labelmaker (we use the Brother P-Touch), old magnets or magnetic sheets, scissors
What you do:
Make several beginnings and endings of easy words on the labelmaker.
For beginnings, you can use just single letters. Here are some examples of endings: *ed *ax *en *am *ap *eg *an *ad *at *et
Place the labels on the old magnets or magnetic sheets.
Cut out around the word beginnings and endings.
Place the words inside the lunchbox or metal box.
This makes a great activity for your beginning reader.
You can also use sticker paper and print out on the sticker paper using your printer. Stick on old flat magnets (like you would pick up at home remodeling shows), and cut around the words. We found the labelmaker sticks better in comparison.

Source page...
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Carrot-Raisin Muffins
Add in about 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or cloves if desired!

18 muffins

Ingredients: 2 cups flour / 2 teaspoons baking soda / 2 teaspoons cinnamon / 1/4 teaspoon salt / 3/4 cup white sugar / 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed / 6 medium carrots (use enough carrots to measure 2 cups shredded) / 1 1/4 cups raisins / 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut / 3 large eggs / 1 cup vegetable oil / 2 teaspoons vanilla / 1 large granny smith apples.
1. Set oven to 350 degrees (oven rack to second-lowest position).
2. Grease 18 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
3. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, then add in both sugars.
4. Coarsley chop enough carrots to measure 2 cups packed.
5. Add in the carrots with coconut and raisins to the flour mixture; toss well to combine.
6. In a bowl whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla.
7. Peel, core and shred the apple, the add the shredded apple with the egg mixture to the flour mixture; stir JUST until combined well.
8. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin tins filling almost three-quarters full.
9. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until muffins test done.
Source page...
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Skubba Hurghada - Sales & Customer Service position
In order to expand our team,
we have the following position to fill:

Sales & customer service (on site and via email), administration, stock control, accounting.

This position requires a person with self-organization, willing to take responsibilities, flexible to job development and who likes teamwork.

  • Previous experience in an administrative position is a must.
  • Very good level in both spoken and written English
  • 2nd language spoken and written is a +
  • Good computer skills (Outlook, Excel, Word, Acrobat, Internet)
  • Previous experience in diving business is highly regarded
  • Egyptian or International Driving license is a plus

Please send us your CV or call us on 012-1159541 to arrange an interview.

Send your CV to:
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Boat for sale
"Best & Last Price" - 150 000 €
by ALIAS Diving Provider El Gouna-Red Sead.
for sale
  Sea Master

ALIAS Diving Provider
El Gouna-Red Sea

I28 m x 7,5m 2 Engines MAN (2 x 620 horses)
New Generation "DAILY BOAT" The 100% "Floating Diving Base"
All approvals and licences available READY TO WORK

Contact us :
Jean Michel +20 (0) 12 1042 712
Eva +20 (0) 12 1042 718

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Research mini submersible
The mini sub is easily transferred by air, sea or train and truck, in any part of the world.
for sale
  Research Sub

The research mini submersible,
belonging to J.Piccard Suisse

It is now perfectly working on a Suisse lake and is specially used in many fields of scientific under-water diagnosis, archesub reserches and scuba diving or for training in professional diving courses.

It can operate with 3 persons on board until 500 meters bls (security class 2),
8 hours operative autonomy,
5 days in stand-by (safety),
10 – 20 km maritime range.

The cost of it, including pertinences such as Launching/hoisting supplied pontoon; air & electricity supplied truck; GPS & Hidro interphone supplied working boat, is about Euro 1.700.000,00 (I million seven hundred).

For any questions please contact the mandatory:
Capt. F.Masini, Lucca / Italy tel: +39 339 8996823 – +39 0583 953608.

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