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User generated content
Sandstorm engulfes Egypt
Bearded Scorpion
El Gouna Golf Course
Ancient Egypt Cities Leveled by Massive Valcano
whats on
REIKI natural healing method
South Sinai Camel Festival
Parents and Kids - Sound Shaker Instruments
Oatmeal & Date Bars
Diving Instructor seeking work in Hurghada
Padi Instructor Materials for sale
Work for a magazine in Hurghada
Spot Red Sea News
Community News
Portofino Ristorante

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how does it relate to the tourism and travel industry?

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Sandstorm Engulfes Egypt

Strong desert winds whipped up a severe sandstorm engulfing Cairo and other parts of Egypt on Tuesday, forcing the closure of Cairo's International Airport for several hours due to poor visibility.

Sandstorm hits Cairo (Khamaseen)

Cairo's airport authorities announced at 10 a.m. (0800 GMT) that visibility was reduced to 100 meters (110 yards), leading to cancellations of more than 15 departures, mostly to Europe. All incoming flights were diverted to airports in the Red Sea resort towns of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheik.

Aviation officials said they expected the situation to ease around 3 p.m., but the storm slightly abated 30 minutes ahead of schedule, allowing for landing and departure flights to resume, according to airport authorities.

Meanwhile, police said they had initial reports of car accidents caused by the bad weather and that some elderly people with breathing problems were rushed to hospitals. A blanket of orange dust hung in the air in Cairo, where it was impossible to see across the Nile River.

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Bearded Scorpion
Carcharhinus longimanus
red sea marine life
The Bearded Scorpion

Description & Behavior

The Bearded Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis barbata (Rüppell, 1838), reaches 22 cm in length. Dorsal spines: 12; Dorsal soft rays: 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 5; Vertebrae: 24. The Bearded Scorpionfish's body is heavily pigmented dark brown or reddish brown, mottled with whitish and blackish blotches; often with a dark brown bar extending ventrally from posterior half of eye and broadening onto lower cheek. Body compressed; head usually with ridges and spines; gill membranes free from isthmus. Usually 1 dorsal fin, often notched. Some lack swim bladder. Dorsal, anal, and pelvic spines can bear venom glands.

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El Gouna Golf Course
Meet golf, touch golf, learn golf, play golf.
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18 hole golf course El Gouna.

Welcome to El Gouna 18 hole GOLF COURSE (Par 72)

  • only 25 km north of Hurghada – 365 days a year
  • Golfers with min. Handicap -45 welcome *Single- & group lessons with professional teachers
  • Single- & package greenfee rates available
  • Summer special offer “unlimited golf (6 days)”
  • Rental service for golf clubs, pull-trollies & electr. carts
  • Weekly introduction in golf for non-golfers (Wed&Sat)

Tel: 012-746 4712

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Ancient Egypt Cities Leveled by Massive Volcano
Lava finds suggest.
An Egyptian archaeologist shows off an excavation site on the Sinai peninsular.

Egyptian archaeologists today announced that they have unearthed traces of solidified lava on the northern coast of Sinai that date to around 1500 B.C.—supporting accounts that ancient Egyptian settlements were buried by a massive volcanic eruption in the Mediterranean

The archaeological team, led by Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud of Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities, found houses, military structures, and tombs encased in ash, along with fragments of pumice, near the ancient Egyptian fortress of Tharo, on the Horus military road. Tharo is located close to El Qantara, where the Nile Delta meets the Sinai peninsula.

According to Zahi Hawass, secretary general of the council, the lava and ash hail from Santorini, an eastern Mediterranean volcano that has been linked to the myth of Atlantis.

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REIKI natural healing method
Do you feel you need more clarity.
whats on
Natural healing.
  • Do you feel your need more clarity in life?
  • Do you want to discover your potential to change whatever you need to change?
  • Do you experience a time of hesitation or aimlessness?
  • Do you need physical relaxation?
  • Or do you just want to know what is means to work with the body’s energy field?

REIKI is a natural energy healing method.
It balances your energy field on a physical, emotional and mental level . It allows to discover and release issues you are facing in life while increasing awareness and balancing the tension and energy flow in the body.
Birgit Baumann offers Reiki treatments in her clinic in Hurghada, as well as she offers Reiki courses.A course will enable you to use this healing technique on yourself.

For appointments please call the clinic (Quorum-Dental and Alternative Care) from 10am to 2pm(except fridays and saturdays) 0101231400 or 065 3445959.

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South Sinai Camel Festival
If you thought camels were just the slow-moving plodders of the animal world, think again.

The deserts main transport

These hump-backed creatures actually provide some of the speediest and bumpiest racing there is, as any well-seasoned traveller unfortunate enough to have had their bones vigorously shaken will testify.
With over 250 camels from 17 different Egyptian tribes, this will be something of a large-scale event, and the races promise to be thrilling.

Though the novice camel-rider is perhaps safest merely spectating during this festival, it is without a doubt a sight to behold. If you're in Sharm El-Sheikh for some diving, it is worth surfacing to witness an equally spectacular, though slightly less serene, example of nature in action.

When: May 2007
Where: Sharm El Sheikh

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Sound Shaker Instruments

Create rhythmic sounds and some musical magic with this fun and entertaining craft activity. With the Sound Shaker Instrument with Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®, kids explore the sounds of Snap! Crackle! and Pop!™ by making their own musical instrument.

parents & kids

This project is rated EASY to do.


  • One cardboard paper towel roll
  • Clear packing tape, or colorful craft tape
  • 8.5” x 11” sheet of construction paper
  • Decorating materials like:
    Paper cutouts, crayons, markers, puffy paint, glitter glue, pompoms
    Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal


1. Decorate a sheet of construction paper with your own creative design. Wrap around the paper towel tube and secure with tape or glue.
2. On another piece of construction paper or thin cardboard, trace a circle around the open end of the paper towel tube, twice. Ask an adult to cut around these circles to make the end caps of your Sound Shaker.
3. Securely tape a circle onto one end of the paper towel roll.
4. Fill tube about halfway with Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®. Securely tape the second paper circle into place to cover the open end of the Sound Shaker.
5. Shake it up! Kids can shake along to the rhythm of their favorite music, or make up their own songs to shake to, with their new Sound Shaker!

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Oatmeal & Date Bars
Very moist almost brownie textured bars. The dates are mixed in with the flavourful oatmeal base. Great served warm.

Servings: 16 small cakes
Time:35 min / 15 min prep

1 cup unsweetened applesauce,
1/3 cup sugar,
1/4 cup molasses,
1/8 cup vegetable oil (I use peanut oil)
1 egg,
1 teaspoon vanilla (I also add 1/2 tsp maple extract)
1 1/2 cups large-flake rolled oats,
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ, 1/4 cup skim milk powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon,
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda,
1/3cup dates, chopped

1. In a large bowl stir together applesauce, sugar, molasses, oil, egg and vanilla until smooth.
2. Stir in oats, flour, wheat germ, milk powder, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda; mix thouroughly; stir in dates.
3. Spray a 9 by 13" (3 1/2 L) baking dish with non stick spray; press batter into dish.
4. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
5. Cut into bars when still warm.
Source page...
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Diving Instructor seeking work in Hurghada
(English version)
work wanted


7 years experience in the field of scuba diving in the Red Sea & Mediterranean, first as a diving guide and then as diving instructor. I am certified by CMAS and the Red Sea association for Diving & Water Sports, I have more than 10,000 dives and have worked in the field of commercial dives as well, English speaking and good French. Mobile: + (2010) 477-3887


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Padi Instructor Materials for sale
(English version)
for sale

• PADI Instructor Manual
• The Law and the Diving Professional
• The Business of Diving
• The Best of The Undersea Journal
• PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
• Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
• Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
• Instructor Candidate Workbook

Total price: 1,000 l.e.

Items can be priced individually on request.
Open to offers.


• Mares Vector Origin BCD + SMB – 90 $ (Done around 200 dives – Very good condition)

Please contact: 010 502 8698

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Work for a magazine in Hurghada
Three positions available

A magazine in Hurghada needs a German lady for their sales department.
We are also recruiting 2 graphic designers graduated from fine arts.
Minimun 2 years experience is a must.

Please contact: 0102724837 / 01027248367

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