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Egypt looks to highlight unexplored territories
The Puffer fish
Going club class in Hurghada
Egyptian fake toe
Madinat Makadi golf resort - Red Sea /Egypt
Crocodile Island on Lake Nasser
whats on, whats new
Bullboy Magazine
Athena Greek Taverna
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amusement
Secret Wizard Book Box
Nutrition Facts : Olives
classifieds
Colona Divers Hurghada Instructor Vacancy
Real Estate Sales Executives
Dutch couple looking for Jobs in Hurghada
Villa for Sale

 

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Egypt looks to highlight unexplored territories

Unable to ignore the swelling number of incoming Indian travellers, the tourism ministry of the Arab Republic of Egypt is looking to promote the land's untapped tourism potential that it had so far not done.

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India

Terming India as "the market of the future", its minister of tourism, Zoheir Garranah, said that while it will continue to focus on the country's cultural aspect to attract Indian travellers, it will bring other aspects to the fore. "We want to highlight other types of tourism that Egypt can offer like MICE, along with golf tourism, honeymoon packages, beach tourism, yachting, shopping tourism and Bollywood," he said. In fact, the TAAI committee had considered Egypt as the venue for its conference this year. While beach tourism along the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea has been popular with international tourists, especially Germans, Egypt Tourism Authority (ETA) will now promote Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh in India as well.

Garranah added that ETA will add India to its section dedicated to the travel trade on its official website. However, the addition had not been made till the time of going to the press. The part-funding programme for tour operators to promote Egypt, a pilot project started last year by ETA, is also being continued this year and the minister quoted a sum of US$ 2,00,000 as earmarked for the same this year.

When asked about the potential of residential tourism in attracting foreign investment, particularly from India, Garranah said that although real estate and residential tourism are one of the strongest bases for developing tourism, "the developers know where the money is". He added, "We have offices in England that work on selling homes in Egypt." In any case, there are strict laws regarding this because of the history of the region. To facilitate the increase in Indian arrivals, EgyptAir has increased the frequency of its Mumbai-Cairo flight from twice to thrice a week, besides starting flights on the Mumbai-KL route with thrice-a-week frequency. According to Ahmed Wafsy, the airline's regional manager (India), it will also look at operations from Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad for its Cairo and KL flights soon. Garranah added that ETA had already recorded an average growth of 15 per cent this year from 51,000 in 2005 to 61,000 in 2006.

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Puffer fish
family of primarily marine and estuarine fish
Red Sea marine life
 
Puffer fish

Description & Behavior

The Pufferfish is also known as the blowfish, fugu, swellfish, and globefish. It is called the pufferfish because when it is threatened, it puffs up to about twice its normal size by gulping water. In this engorged state, the pufferfish can swim at only about half its normal speed.

There are about 100 species of pufferfish. Most pufferfish are found in sub-tropical and tropical marine waters (including coral reefs) in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Some puffers live in brackish and fresh water.

Poison: Many parts of the blowfish (including the liver, muscles, skin, and ovaries) contain an extremely strong, paralyzing poison called tetrodoxin. This poison is about a thousand times deadlier than cyanide. There is no known antidote for this poison. Fugu (torafugu or fugu rubripes, Japanese pufferfish) is eaten in Japan, but is only cooked by specially-trained chefs who can minimize the amount of poison. Even so, many Japanese diners have died from eating this poisonous delicacy.

Diet: Pufferfish are carnivores (meat-eaters). They eat corals, sponges, sea urchins, other echinoderms, and small crustaceans. Pufferfish crush and grind up their prey with their heavy, fused teeth.

Anatomy: Pufferfish have a small mouth, a tube-shaped body (when not engorged) and relatively small fins. When puffed up, they are almost spherical. Pufferfish range in size from just a few inches long to almost 2 feet long. A few species of pufferfish have spines on their body (modified scales), but many do not. The skin of puffers is very elastic (it can stretch very well).

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Going club class in Hurghada
With Hurghada playing host to several new international nightclubs, Egypt is in a prime position to take the existing global club scene to new heights as an up-and-coming beach party destination.
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Going club class in Hurghada

In the latest of many developments on Egypt’s nightclub front, world-renowned dance music label and club brand Hed Kandi launched its first club in the world in Hurghada earlier this year. The opening party hosted more than 1200 international visitors and Egyptians, with UK DJs spinning their sounds while British Kandi girls served champagne at the door.

Hed Kandi Beach Bar has an enviable location on the beautiful beachfront in downtown Hurghada. Patrons can get an amazing round-the-clock experience, by day chilling on the bar’s private beach and then by night dancing in the indoor lounge – or under the stars!

Hurghada’s party scene has been quickly assembling an international clubbing presence in recent years, with one landmark being the December 2005 opening of the Ministry of Sound The Beach club. Club franchise and dance music label Ministry of Sound, established in London in 1991, is one of the world’s most famous names in cutting-edge nightlife, with clubs as far flung as New Delhi and Singapore, in addition to its London mainstay.

Since opening at its seaside Hurghada location, The Beach has been catering to dance-oriented guests with world-class theme parties, weekly party schedules, and international DJs flying in to light up Hurghada’s nights.

While tourists from around the world have consistently been drawn to Hurghada’s year-round sunny climate, the flourishing party scene now ensures that Hurghada offer tourists additional fun and relaxation.

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Egyptian fake toe

Egyptian fake toe may be earliest prosthesis, researchers says.

Feature Article

 

Leather and wood fake toe

LONDON: An artificial big toe attached to the foot of an Egyptian mummy could be the world's oldest prosthetic body part, British researchers said Friday.

The fake toe, which is made of wood and leather and is currently on display at the Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Egypt, dates from between 1000 and 600 BC.

Researchers at Manchester University in north-west England hope to prove it was used to help someone who had lost their original big toe to walk.

If they do, it could mean that prosthetic body parts were in use up to 700 years earlier than was previously thought.

The oldest known prosthesis is a bronze Roman leg dating from about 300 BC which was kept at the Royal College of Surgeons in London but was destroyed during a German bombing raid in the Second World War.

A second false big toe, which is on display at the British Museum, will also be tested by scientists in Manchester.

"If either one is functional, it may be interesting to manufacture it with modern materials and trial it for use on people with missing toes," said Jacky Finch, a researcher working on the study.

She added that the Cairo toe is the most likely to have been a prosthesis, because it shows signs of wear and is attached to a "well-healed" amputation site.

The London toe, by contrast, does not bend and is therefore more likely to have been cosmetic, she said.

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Madinat Makadi golf resort - Red Sea /Egypt
 
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New golf resort

15 km south of Hurghada Airport and only 4 ½ hours flight timeaway from your European home will open …

from November 2007
• Spacious Driving Range with surrounding three practice holes (Par 3/4/5) & multiple tee-level-hole
• Golf Academy with teaching rooms, Pro-Shop & Bistro Bar with terrace
German & English speaking PGA Pros available
• 9 Hole Par 3 Executive Course (Par 27)

from March 2008
• 18 Hole Championship Course (Par 72) with six different sets of tees,
challenging for golfers Handicap categories 0- 36
• Golf Clubhouse with Pro-Shop, bag store Caddy House, 1st Class Restaurant and bar with view from terrace to the golf course
• Golfer shuttle bus service from hotels to the golf courses

Madinat Makadi Golf Resort & Makadi Hotels
• Open 365 days a year
• Dry and healthy climate with smooth winds. (Golf can be played even in summer months)
• Five & four stars Hotels & resorts with own beaches (Iberotel Hotels & Resorts – Sol Y Mar & Jaz Makadi Star Resort & Spa)
• Varied sporting - & leisure offers
• Village life with shops, coffee houses, restaurants bars,

Welcome to Golf complete….(english & german speaking management)
• Golfers of all categories
• Golfer Groups with and without Pros (train & play)
• Beginners – “touch golf, learn golf & play golf”
• Incentive events “lets talk business while playing golf”
• Sponsered tournaments “invite your friends & important customers”
• Yearly finalists tournaments “ invite your finalists once a year to Makadi”
• Ladies-, Seniors-, Men-, Juniors- Golf Week in Makadi “practice, play & relax”

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Crocodile Island on Lake Nasser
"Would you like to come with us to Crocodile Island? Its an island on Lake Nasser, and the beach looks like Hurghada ..."
Hurghada on Lake Nasser?
Featured Article

Boy with crocodile

Helmy had chartered a minibus with 9 friends of his, and there was still space for the child and me.

The child ...
"Isn’t it dangerous to go there? Aren’t there crocodiles?" "No, no, when there are people, the crocodiles stay away. There are deckchairs, sunshades, a bar, we will have lunch (fried fish, rice and salad), you can go for a swim, the water is beautiful ..."

And it is! Crocodile Island has the cleanest beach I have ever seen in my life! No wonder. Crocodile Island is not very known to "usual tourists", the water is clean enough to drink, these tourists which come are mostly interested in fishing safaris and used not to litter the environment.
We left Aswan at 10.30 a.m., drove past highdam, had a view on Kalabsha temple, we had to show our passports at the harbour, a motorboat was waiting for us. I think it took us a little more than half an hour to arrive there. The bar and the sunshades really look like the ones in Hurghada, but this is the only resemblance to this crowded place at Red Sea.

As promised, we didnt meet crocodiles or scorpions. Maybe because there was also a school outing there that day. Nabil, who is working on crocodile island, sais, usually you can watch the crocodiles come at sunset. Its a tourist attraction, there is no need to be afraid. Anyway, we saw small alligators there in terrariums, and dead crocodiles as decoration inside the bar, which was sufficient for me and the child.

Advice:
Please bring your passport!.

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whats on, whats new
 
 
Bull Boy Magazine
Bullboy Magazine
Community News

Bullboy

We are proud to announce the launching of the all new “Bullboy” magazine.

This is a magazine for all the friends of Egypt, business owners and managers.

Bullboy is inviting all of you to become apart of this undertaking and to introduce your own unique an personal concepts.

We would like to establish a solid foundation for this magazine right from the start, to enable its success and growth in the future.

If we all contribute our ideas and plan together the success of this magazine is unlimited and we can all profit from each others experiences.

I’d say it is a smart choice to work together in order to fulfil our goals and dreams.

I thank God for everything I have acomplished so far and for everything I am able to do.....

Contact Mohamed Abdallah Tel: 065 344 44 14 or 010 663 31 61

Email: bullsman7@gmail.com


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Athena Greek Taverna
May the Greek Gods inspire your taste buds to wander Down Town to the “Athena” for a mouth watering and a thirst quenching experience !
Community News

 

 

Athena Greek Taverna


A place where we offer

- A warm welcome with an ouzo on the house for every guest in an ambient, beautiful and comfortable environment.
- Friendly English, German, Russian & Arabic speaking staff to make every guest feel at home.
- Special Greek food like soups, starters and main dishes.
- Delicious seafood, pizza, pasta, sandwiches.
- Hot & soft drinks, fresh juices, milkshakes.
- Special Offer :- Buy 2 alcoholic cocktails and get 1 free.
- Authentic Greek dessert of honey and yogurt.
- Grilled Chicken, Roast lamb and other meats and vegetables.
- A selection of wines, beers, and spirits at very reasonable prices.
- Call to reserve in advance especially during the weekends to avoid disappointment, as it could get very busy.



Take away and home delivery available
We are in business everyday from 12:00 noon to 01:00 am.
Located at El Gouna – Down Town. (besides Ebaed Supermarket)
For more information and reservation call ext:- 2429Mobile :- 0106965102 / 0105283757 Please leave your comments: www.spotredsea.com

 


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amusement
 
Secret Wizard Book Box

Cast a spell with this Secret wizard book box. Cleverly enchanted to resemble a really thick book, this craft's main ingredient is an ordinary cardboard shoe box. Just the thing for magic pens and pencils.

parents & kids

This project is rated EASY to do.


What You Need

  • Cardboard pencil box
  • White cardstock or poster board
  • Black book cover paper or construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Gold "Painters" paint marker - wide
  • Gold Gel Pen
  • Double stick tape or tacky glue
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


What You Do


1. Using the black marker, color the edges of the lid of the box.
2. Measure around the 3 sides of the box. Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit.
3. Using the ruler, draw lines the length of the cardstock slightly spaced apart. These will be the "pages" of the book.
4. Tape or glue the cardstock around 3 sides of the box, leaving the "back/spine" of the book open.
5. Measure the black paper to fit the lid, spine, and back/bottom of the box. This creates the "cover" of the book
6.
Cut the black paper out and glue or tape it to fit the box. If using glue, let it dry completely.
7. Use your gold marker to create a title for your book. Let dry.
8. Fill your "wizard book" with your wand and broomstick (decorated pencils).


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Olives nutrition facts
Nutrition Facts
Article
 

Olives

Olives are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty addition to salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza.

Olives cannot be eaten right off of the tree; they require special processing to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. These processing methods vary with the olive variety, region where they are cultivated and the desired taste, texture and color. Some olives are picked green and unripe, while others are allowed to fully ripen on the tree to a black color. Yet, not all of the black olives available begin with a black color. Some processing methods expose unripe greens olives to the air, and the subsequent oxidation turns them a dark color. In addition to the original color of the olive, the color is affected by fermentation and/or curing in oil, water, brine or salt.

Health Benefits

Olives are concentrated in monounsaturated fats and a good source of vitamin E. Because monounsaturated fats are less easily damaged than polyunsaturated fats, it's good to have some in our cells' outer membranes and other cell structures that contain fats, such as the membranes that surround the cell's DNA and each of its energy-producing mitochondria. The stability of monounsaturated fats translates into a protective effect on the cell that, especially when combined with the antioxidant protection offered by vitamin E, can lower the risk of damage and inflammation. In addition to vitamin E, olives contain a variety of beneficial active phytonutrient compounds including polyphenols and flavonoids, which also appear to have significant anti-inflammatory properties.

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My girlfriend is a Dutch girl and speaks Dutch, English and German fluent. I was born in the Netherlands but have Tunisian parents. My languages are Dutch, English, German and Arabic fluent. My girlfriend is now in school to learn the Arabic language. We are looking for work in animations or a hotel health club.

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The villa consists of 396 sqm, situated on 1000 sqm land in the Magawish area.

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- No of bedrooms : 5 all with toilets and showers
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- No of bathrooms: 7
- Basement :2
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- Water tanks : 18000 L
- Swedge taks : 15000 L
- Water heating system : central 200 L
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- Other floors : Porcelin and ciramics
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