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articles
Male Belly Dancing Makes Comeback in Egypt

Coptic Christmas Recipe: Christmas Lebkuchen

Sports: Back and forth
An Orange revolution?
Kaf Mariam: a healing hand
Red Sea Beaches
whats on, whats new
Spot Local Corporate Blogging
Escape to Soma Bay
amusement
Crafts: Easy To Make Christmas Tree Decoration
Nutrition Facts: Almonds
classifieds
Accounts position available
Professional sales people wanted
Luxury apartments for rent in Al-Kawthar
Boat for sale

 
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Male Belly Dancing Makes Comeback in Egypt

Farid Mesbaah, male belly dancer, hopped on a car in Cairo's Shobra district and strutted his stuff

Article
 
male Bellydancer
Male Egyptian Belly dancer

He clanged metal castanets, magically converted his hips into pistons and twirled his head around like a centrifuge. The crowd at tables lining a dirt alley clapped rhythmically.

Mesbaah was performing at the opening of the Old-Time Moon Cafe, a gig that - along with weddings, birthdays, night clubs and circumcisions - is typical for belly dancers. Untypical, at least in recent years, are performances by men.

"I just like to dance'' says Mesbaah, who has seven children. "It's very sensual. I've been doing it since I was little.''

Mesbaah is shimmying in a society that has long struggled with ever-changing limits of social tolerance. A carved relief at a pharaonic-era tomb near Cairo shows today's dance prohibitions were yesterday's norm. It depicts a chorus line of men at a religious festival; each wears a sash knotted on his left hip, a fashion for dancing men and women that lingers today.

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Christmas Lebkuchen

Coptic Christmas Recipe
 
Lebkuchen
Christmas Lebkuchen

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 225g almonds
  • 10g cinnamoon
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 225g thinly sliced orange
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 450g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 175g butter
  • 700g flour

Directions

1. Melt butter over low heat.
2. Stir in sugar, spices, chopped almonds and well beaten eggs. Add flour and baking powder.
3. Roll dough out thinly and cut into shapes. Place half an almond in the centre of each biscuit, and brush the top of each biscuit with the white of an egg.
4. Bake at 180 degrees celcius until brown.

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Back and forth

Not a bad 2007 sports year for Egypt, and tough challenges lies ahead

Sport News
 
African Nation Cup
ANC 2008

It was by any standard a successful 2007 for Egyptian sports. Egypt won the All-Africa Games in Algeria, tore up the record books in winning the pan-Arab Games which Egypt hosted, and squash champion Amr Shabana took the World Championship for a third time. But not all was rosy. Ahli lost the opportunity for an unprecedented three consecutive African Champions League titles in what was certainly the biggest upset of the year

Egypt will be looking ahead to three major events that could impact the nation's sports history.

1. The national handball team will compete in the African Nations Handball Cup in Angola.

2. The African Nations Cup (ANC), the biggest football tournament on the continent. This year, the event will kick off in Ghana starting 20 January to 10 February.

3. The 2008 Olympic Games, the biggest and most prestigious sports event in the world. The Olympics will be held from 8 to 24 August in Beijing.

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An Orange revolution?

News
 
Orange
Orange

Spurred by Egypt’s growing population, France Telecom Orange Group is eyeing the country for its future expansion plans. On Thursday, it opened the18th Orange Lab in Egypt’s Smart Village, with a view to vie for the country's second fixed-line license.

“Egypt is a fast growing market with 75 million inhabitants. It is a leading cultural and scientific center for the Middle East Africa region,” explained Georges Penalver, the group’s senior executive vice president.

“Operations in Egypt will support all France Telecom Orange’s operations across the region.”

Worth around 8.9 million euros in investments, France Telecom Group inaugurated Thursday its technology innovation center, placing further confidence in Egypt’s evergreen telecommunications market.

“Mobile activity has grown very quickly in Egypt, especially during the last five years. A few years ago, there were no mobiles. Now, there are millions, and the market is not yet saturated. Penetration rate will continue to grow,” said Didier Lombard, the group’s chief executive officer.

ICT is a sector that can bring high growth to development of the country.

Presently, mobile market is very strong, but beyond that comes the Internet as well as the fixed-line network,” he added. “The market in a country like Egypt will grow very quickly. There are a lot of young people who have high demand for technology.”

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. France Telecom serves more than 167 million customers in five continents, two thirds of which are Orange customers. In 2006, Orange became the group’s single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in most of the countries in which it operates.

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Kaf Mariam: a healing hand
Article
 
Kaf Mariam
Kaf Mariam

Of the variety of spices and herbs available at herbalists in Hurghada, a grey, odd-looking plant seems to be particularly in high demand.

Rosa Maria is also known as Rose of Jericho, or among the locals, Kaf Mariam (literally “Mariam’s palm”). What distinguishes it from its herbal counterparts like saffron, cumin, thyme and coriander is its unique appearance. After the rainy season, the Rose of Jericho plant dies and dries up, curling its stems into a tight ball.

It is no surprise then that Kaf Mariam is traditionally consumed by pregnant women before they go into labor.
In alternative medicine, the plant is soaked in water and is used in cases of difficult delivery and in others where pregnancy is desired. Its wet leaves are used to reduce labor pains and increase ovulation.

So what is the secret behind its popularity in Hurghada?


“Apart from its use for delivery purposes and in treating several other diseases, Kaf Mariam remains a miracle plant,” said Rashed Abdou, a Hurghada spice dealer. “Once dipped in water and left overnight, it would soften and bloom to resemble any sea herb found underwater in the Red Sea.”

He explained that it can also be used for decorative purposes. “A lot of tourists buy it in large amounts to use in their aquariums back home. It is also so cheap and light so it can be shipped anywhere in big quantities,” he added.

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Red Sea Beaches
Sharm El Sheikh
Red Sea Beaches
 
Terrazzina Beach
Terrazzina Beach

For the growing number of those who choose to spend their Red Sea holidays in small downtown hotels or in rented flats or houses which most likely don't have direct access to a beach, there are a number of nice public beaches open all year round. Each week we will present u one of the most popular ones.

Terrazzina Beach
Terrazzina Beach is the local hot spot, and one of the best tourist attractions in Sharm El Sheikh. Here you are able to attend great events including: guest DJ's, beach barbecues, morning after parties and evening buffets by the fire.

It is also a great picnic spot for children. The water is shallow near this beach and is ideal for kids to play.

Terrazzina Beach, Sharm El Sheikh is located only five minutes away from Na'ama Bay.

 
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whats on, whats new
 
 
Spot Local Corporate Blogging
News
Corporate Blogging

Corporate Blogging

Spot Local have been updating their own corporate blog which can now be viewed by clicking on the link spotblog The aim is to add interesting topics for our subscribers and to keep this updated weekly.


Topics

Living in Hurghada - Happy New year... read more

10 New Year Resolutions to Boost your Business ... read more

We invite you the subscribers to leave your comments
.

This concept as yet is an untapped source of advertising on the internet which is now gaining momentum.

The idea of blogging has been around now for a couple of years the most popular sites being Myspace, Yahoo 360, Blogger and Facebook. Now corporate companies are building blogs aimed at attracting additional advertising for low revenue expenditure.

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Escape to Soma Bay
The Ultimate Resort Destination on the Red Sea.
Community News
Soma Bay
Soma Bay
  • Award winning 18 hole Championship golf course
  • 9 hole Challenge course and golf academy
  • State of the art thalasso-therapy centre and spa
  • Luxurious treatments at our Leading Spa of the World
  • Superior diving and snorkeling at our spectacular house reef
  • World class water sports including sailing, wind and kite surfing
  • Pristine sandy beaches with stunning panoramic view
  • A choice of 5 star hotel resorts and fine cuisine
  • Day, weekend and weekly special rates for residents

    Visit our oasis of tranquillity, just 45 minutes south of Hurghada


    Tel: +20 65 354 2333
    Email: info@somabay.com
    www.somabay.com


amusement
 
Easy To Make Christmas Tree Decorations

This is a great Christmas party craft

parents & kids
Lid Ornament

Lid Ornament

What you will need:

• A clean lid
• Construction paper
• Old Christmas cards.
• Ribbon
• Glue

How to make it:

Cut a favorite picture from a card. Using the juice can
lid, trace and cut a circle from the construction paper.
Glue the picture onto the paper and the paper onto the lid.
Here's a job for Mom or dad…
Use a glue gun to attach a paper clip to the lid for a hanger.

Tip: You can spray paint the lids in gold, green or red to add a bit more. If you have particularly creative kids, they can glue objects onto their lids!

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Almonds
Nutrition Facts
Article

Almond

Almonds

Fortunately, the delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Although packaged almonds are available year round, they are the freshest in mid-summer, which is when they are at the height of their season.

The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.

Health Benefits

high-fat food that's good for your health? That's not an oxymoron, its almonds. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Five large human epidemiological studies, including the Nurses Health Study, the Iowa Health Study, the Adventist Health Study and the Physicians Health Study, all found that nut consumption is linked to a lower risk for heart disease.

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An excellent opportunity has arisen for someone to join our Accounts Department based at our Head Office in Sharm, working as a Credit Controller.

We're preferably looking for someone with an accounts background who can work in an environment where a high degree of numeracy and accuracy is required. The role holder must also be pro-active and able to work on their own initiative.

The successful candidate will be responsible for issuing invoices and building relations with our Tour Operators, as well as following up payments, entering invoices and payments on to the accounting system and preparing month end statistics reports.

You will also need to be either native English or be able to speak and write this language to a high standard. Any other additional European languages would be advantageous.

If you are interested in this role, please send a copy of your CV, including your salary expectations to human.resources@emperordivers.com, quoting reference number ED040.


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Professional Sales People Wanted
Egypt
job vacancies


I am looking for professional, smart men and women to sell to the public, beauty salons, spas and hotels, an amazing Anti-Ageing Product from the US that uses 'state of the art' 'light' technology with no UV and can also be used for Acne treatment.

I have the sole rights in Egypt to market this product and at this time, I have no-one in Egypt selling this product so this is a really great opporutunity to build a good business from the start. Earnings are commission only and will be minimum £30 for each item sold. The product costs £189.

Contact Lynne on 00441666502984 (home) 00447832168485 (mobile) email: lynnecurtis_king@hotmail.com


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Luxury apartments for rent in Al-Kawthar
Al-Kawthar
For rent
 
Oasis Sea View
Oasis Sea View

The all new Oasis Sea View Building – under the same management as the Oasis and the Bashayer buildings in Hadaba- is now offering 2 bedroom, 1 bedroom, and studio apartments for rent.

Directly overlooking the Markaz Seyahy, the building enjoys a beautiful and uninterrupted view of the sea, as well as high standard of services and amenities :

- Swimming pool
- Intercom
- Brand new furniture
- Security camera
- 29” flat screen TVs with Astra & Hotbird sat reception
- Laundry room
- Roof garden
- ADSL internet connections ( coming soon)


For info please call Raouf on 012-215 4088
Email: husseiny@husseinyarchitects.com


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Boat for sale
For sale
 
Boat for sale
Boat for sale
  • 7.5m - Hull, wood and fibre (1 year old)
  • 2 x 100 hp Mariner outboards (10 years, very few hours, professionally serviced)
  • 1 x 115 hp outboard (Mariner) - Spare
  • Outboards have all accessories
  • Hydraulic steering
  • 2 spare propellers (new)
  • 2 x 100 litre inboard fuel tanks
  • Canopy
  • 4 wheel trailer (new)
  • Stainless steel ladders
  • All spare parts imported

    A bargain at only LE 90,000

    Contact: 0123812137


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