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New Egyptian Visa Regulation.
SpotRedSea.com launches the multimedia section.
Ramadan: Why Muslims Fast.
Overnight trains: getting more than you bargained for.
Egypt How Bazaar
Manta Ray
Keys in Egypt for inspiration.
whats on, whats new
Freds Swim Academy
amusement
Kool-Aid Art Bottles
Nutrition Facts : Banana
classifieds
HEPCA now hiring.
Real Estate sales staff required
Become a Fred Swim Academy Instructor
Instructor and divemaster needed
Diving instructor vacancies
Customer Service Representative needed
1 bedroom apartment for rent
2 bedroom apartment for rent
Geoby Baby Car for sale
Jeep Wrangler 1997 for sale

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New Egyptian Visa Regulation.
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visa
New visa

For those of you, that have already been to Egypt or Hurghada, you should be familiar with the two small orange and green visa stamps which have pasted and stamped into your passport in the past.

A lot of visitors to Egypt have had bad experiences with this process, which resulted in a multitude of complaints about this procedure, since, even though there has been an official price for theses stamps, it was not very transparent. This system left a big grey area, which local travel companies and tour guides exploited and cheated the just arrived guest out of their first money. Very sad indeed but luckily the Government has finally decided to change the visitors visa system which resulted in the beautiful new visa stamp (which you see here).

This new system is in effect since August 1st 2007, and as you can see is a standardised visa featuring an eagle impressed on silver paper, which, starting immediately, will be pasted into your passport and enables you to stay in Egypt for a maximum duration of 40 days. Furthermore, on the lower right corner of this new visa the official price of $15 US is printed in order to create more price transparency. When you pay in foreign currencies they will be converted to current day exchange rates. For example, if you pay this fee with €15 then you will receive about 25 Egyptian pounds (25 LE) in change.


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SpotRedSea.com launches the multimedia section
Now users can contribute images
News
 
Multimedia
Load your images

Just login, browse to the listing of your choice, click the multimedia tab, click browse, find and select up to 4 images at a time, then upload.

For best results select jpg images which are slightly larger than 500 pixels wide and not more than 1 mb. This will provide a fast upload of your images and the result will display perfectly within the frame.

If you went to either the Mahmya party or White Sensation at Papa's Ministry beach club, then go ahead and add them! Please, no rude photos - sorry but we will have to remove anything tasteless :-)

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Ramadan: Why Muslims Fast

As with other duties in Islam, fasting becomes obligatory (i.e. one becomes accountable) after the age of puberty.

Featured article

Ramadan is this year beginning on Thursday the 13th September.

 
Ramadan

For Muslims, fasting has a number of benefits:

1. It helps one to feel compassion for those who are less fortunate and underprivileged, since each day Muslims feel greater appreciation for what they have as a result of feeling hunger and thirst.

2. It allows one to build a sense of self-control and will power, which can be beneficial throughout life in dealing with temptations and peer-pressure. Through fasting, Muslims learn to control their natural urges such as hunger and thirst, and thus are able to better resist temptations for things that are not necessary, such as drugs or other unhealthy or harmful substances and behaviours.

3. It offers a time for Muslims to “purify” their bodies as well as their souls, by developing a greater sense of humility, spirituality and community. Ramadan is a very spiritual time for Muslims, and often they invite each other to one another’s homes to break the fast and pray together. A greater sense of generosity and forgiveness is also characteristic of this time.

Ramadan Vocabulary list:

Ramadan - The 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

Sawm -
Arabic word that means “fasting”.

Suhoor -
The pre-dawn breakfast meal eaten before beginning the daily fast.

Iftar -
The evening meal, taken after sunset to break the daily fast.

Tarawih -
Special prayers offered nightly during Ramadan, in which approximately 1/30th of the Qur’an is recited each night.

Eid al-Fitr -
Festival at the end of Ramadan, in celebration of completing the month of fasting. This takes place on the 1st day of the next month

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Egyptian British Real Estate
Overnight trains: getting more than you bargained for
Ramsis station in Cairo: the departure point for passengers going to Luxor and Aswan.
Featured article
 
ramsis station
Ramsis station in Cairo

Tip your chair back, relax and get a few hours sleep dreaming of the temples and history that lie ahead. That was what I was hoping to do last Friday when I boarded the night train from Cairo to Luxor.

Hopes of that soon faded as I was shown to my seat. Puzzled by the small cardboard ticket the size of a postage stamp which didn’t resemble any of the others I had previously purchased in Egypt, I soon understood the significance.

At 9.55pm, I was happily sitting on the platform chatting to a woman who had started talking to me. She was telling me of her adventure around Ramsis Station, being sent from one platform to another in an attempt to locate her train. She thought the train on the platform was, in fact, my train. Not the next one as the man selling cake had informed me. I bounded up with about a minute to spare and showed the man leaning on the train door my stub aka ticket.

He got the train worker to show me to my seat. Carriage number 2, seat 19. It seemed simple enough. But on arriving at the cabin we were greeted by a French man who proceeded to speak loudly in French to the Egyptian train worker saying that he had reserved all six seats in the cabin. This act is common everywhere: if you raise your voice when speaking in your own language abroad, the locals will understand you.

Bemused, the train employee led me to the next carriage, same seat number. To my surprise, it looked like a sleeper train, without the beds. Three seats adjacent to each other facing another set in a, erm, ‘cozy’ arrangement....

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Egypt: How bazaar

When visiting Egypt, there are ten things you absolutely must do.

Feature Article
Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque

Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque

Continued from last weeks issue. click here to read no 4 of "When visiting Egypt, there are ten things you absolutely must do."

5. Visit a mosque

Cairo is not called the city of 1000 minarets just for fun - there is an abundance of mosques in this city, dating from the earliest periods of Islam up to modern varieties, and their marvellous, intricate designs are well worth a look.

Most mosques that allow visitors are in Islamic Cairo, although the oldest of them all, the Amr Ibn El-Aas Mosque, is located in Coptic or Old Cairo (the Christian part of the city). When visiting a mosque, boys and girls, remember to cover up your knees, shoulders and arms - and take your shoes off before you enter.

No. 6 on the list of things you absolutely must do in Egypt will follow next week.


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Manta Ray
 
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Manta Ray
Manta Ray

Description & Behavior

Manta rays are the largest rays and are closely related to sharks. They are harmless and have no stinging tail. They are often seen with remoras and are very graceful and acrobatic. They can grow up to about 7 Metres across.

Mantas eat microscopic plankton, small fish, and tiny crustaceans. They funnel the food into their mouth while they swim, using two large, flap-like cephalic lobes which extend forward from the eyes.

 
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Keys in Egypt for inspiration
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Alicia Keys

ALICIA KEYS took off to Egypt in a bid to find inspiration after she struggled with "confusing music" as she set about recording her new album. The Fallin' singer admits she was struggling to find her past form that earned her Grammy Awards and acclaim and decided she needed to take a holiday.

She travelled alone through Egypt, floating down the Nile and visiting ancient sites, like the Great Pyramid of Giza, just outside Cairo. She says, "I'm thinking, `Here is this structure that's been standing for thousands of years, no magic tricks, no cranes, just mind, will and hands.

"I had a profound realisation that with my mind and my hands I could create something that could last forever." Fully inspired, Keys returned to the studio and completed work on her upcoming album As I Am, which she states is like "Aretha Franklin singing a Janis Joplin song."

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Freds Swim Academy
The safe and enjoyable lifetime sport with Swimming Frogs Club
Community News

 

 
Freds Swim Academy

Once the children have learned how to "swim like a frog" it is important to continue with a regular water contact. Even for children, that are older and already good swimmers before they get in touch with Freds Swim Academy our swim training has positive stimuli:

Positive and safe approach to water

1) Positive influence on physiological and
mental development

2) Positive influence on breathing, cardio- vascular system, metabolism, immune system

3) Optimize muscle development through movement in water encouragement of the sensesnsessesess
s


The aim of swim training with FREDS SWIM ACADEMY is absolute confidence in water with a perfect swim technique by having a lot of fun.
In our Swimming Frogs Club we train on breaststroke, backstroke and frontcrawl and backcrawl together with diving and snorkeling skills in pool and sea. For all our Swimming Frogs we offer different swim certifications according to age and abilities. We like all kids to learn with the safe and fun way!

Training is every Friday and Saturday at Marriott Hurghada Health Club Pool.
All Froggies (4 years+) starting 11am – Frogs (6 years+) starting 12.30 pm.

Apply for membership in Swimming Frogs Club now – SUN/TUE/THU from 10- 12 am at our desk in Marriott Hurghada Red Sea Resort or call info line:

011 303 17 24

info@swimtrainer-egypt.com
www.swimtrainer-egypt.com


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amusement
 
Kool-Aid Art Bottles

Children will love these artistic 'sand bottles' when they use kool-aid crystals to create this craft. Kool-Aid Art Bottles are attractive gifts for any holiday.

parents & kids

This project is rated AVERAGE to do.

What you'll need:
1. Inexpensive glass bottle with cork; found at craft stores or any bottle with lid
2. Several different and colorful flavors of Kool-Aid (8 quart presweetened) or other brands
3. Dry pudding mix or cocoa, if desired for brown color
4. Ice tea spoon
5. Small funnel or frosting decorating tips
6. Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to make it:

1. Using white craft glue, start in the center of the flip-flop strap and attach buttons, one after another.
2. Allow the glue to dry for an hour or two before wearing.

How to make it:

1. Open the top of each Kool-Aid container so you can see all of the different colors.
2. Place the funnel in the top of the bottle. If the funnel is too large, use a frosting decorating tip to work as a funnel.
3. Spoon the different kinds of Kool-Aid into the bottle through the funnel in the order that you desire.
4. Fill up the bottle with all of the different colors.
5. Put hot glue around the edge of the cork and place it in the top of the bottle.

Tips:

You can also do this craft in a baby food jar with a lid. You can poke a toothpick down the sides of the bottle to form designs in the sand.

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Banana
Nutrition Facts
Article
Banana

Banana

Wonderfully sweet with firm and creamy flesh, bananas come prepackaged in their own yellow jackets and are available for harvest throughout the year.

The banana plant grows 10 to 26 feet and belongs to the same family as the lily and the orchid.

The cluster of fruits contain anywhere from 50 to 150 bananas with individual fruits grouped in bunches, known as "hands," containing 10 to 25 bananas.

Health Benefits

Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-power delivered by this high energy fruit.

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HEPCA now hiring
Hurghada
job vacancies

 

HEPCA, Hurghada is now accepting applications for the following positions:


1) Administrative assistant
2) Market executive
3) Sales executive

For more information or to send your application please contact us at: info@hepca.com


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Real Estate Sales Staff
Hurghada
job vacancies

 

New and unique real-estate program in Hurghada. Are you fluent in English,
German or Russian and have passion for sales? Join our team!

Please send your CV to barbara@kamareiaresort.com or call 0127893985 or 0182797270


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Become a Fred Swim Academy Instructor
Next Seminar 10th March 2008
job vacancies


Join the growing team of Fred Swim Academy Instructors, must enjoy teaching children and adults of all ages.

For further details please contact Sandy on Tel: 012 345 9004

or email to: sandy@ProSeaTeam.com



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Instructor and divemaster needed
Ozone Diving center in Hurghada
job vacancies

 

Looking for Instructor and Divemaster German and English speaking.

For further details please contact Osama Gabr on : 0126370494
Or email to: osama_gabr@yahoo.com


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Diving instructor vacancies
Marsa Alam
job vacancies

 

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an individual or a couple to join our busy team in Marsa Alam. We're looking for Diving Instructors who are MSDT certified with Nitrox, who are passionate about both teaching and guiding, and can give our guests the best holiday bringing them back for more!

If you are a native or fluent English speaker with additional European languages (ideally including German), then we would like to hear from you.

Although these posts are being offered on a 3 month basis initially, there may well be the opportunity of an annual contract following this. You will receive a salary, generous commission and accommodation due to the remoteness of the location.

If you meet our criteria and are interested in this position, please send your CVs to human.resources@emperordivers.com quoting reference ED030.


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Customer Service Representative needed
Spot local, Hurghada now hiring
job vacancies

Provides the finest, the most effective and satisfactory & retaining service, which is vital to build the trust between customers.

REQUIREMENTS:


- Main duties include handling inbound calls and correspondence in native language, and providing excellent customer services and resolution to issues

- Provides customers with product and service information.

Ideal applicants will have excellent customer service skills, Computer & internet and English fluency is a must. Italian is a plus, preferably European.

Applicants must also have excellent correspondence skills, the ability to structure letters and e-mails professionally.

Notes:
The pay: is an hourly basis and a bonus option is valid.
The working hours are on a weekly schedule basis (5 days a week, average of 6 hours a day).
Work location: Hurghada, Red Sea.
Serious applicant must apply before September 20th.

To apply please send your CV to: hr@spotlocal.net


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1 bedroom apartment for rent
El Kawther, Hurghada
For rent

Flat for rent

 

New Flat for rent in El Kawther.

1st floor in 4 level house, 100 m to the sea. 450$ per month, long term.

- 1 bedroom
- Open kitchen
- Reception
- 2 a/c
- Telephone
- Internet

Please contact Valentina: 0121971073
flower-valya@yandex.ru


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2 bedroom apartment for rent
 
For rent

72 sqm. fully furnished apartment situated on the 2nd floor for rent. The apartment holds:

- 2 bedrooms,
- Large american kitchen open to the reception
- Spasious shower with bath
- Balcony
- Sat
- 2 a/c units
- Local tel. line
- Internet

The flat is preferably rented for family with children. Rental only long term, and available from 1st of October 2007.

For more information please contact Elena: 0161611571 or by email: elena_varlamova@hotmail.com


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Babycar Cosco "Geoby"
 
For sale

For sale

Only been used for 6 months, in very good condition. Comfortable to use and easy to transport.

Price 1200 LE

Please contact Elena on

mobile: 0161611571

email: elena_varlamova@hotmail.com

 


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Jeep Wrangler 1997 for sale
Sahara edition
For sale

Jeep for sale

Full service and repair in May 2007 at Ezz el Arab, cairo.

- 12 months warranty on repairs
- Further good maintenance work recently completed.
- Under 127,000 km,
- A/C
- New stereo etc.ce 1200 L.E.


The jeep is in good condition, and is being sold for the fixed amount of 70.000 EGP.

For more information or inquires please contact Jessica at: 016 470 3184


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