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Winter sun, anyone?

A new media war against Haifa Wahbi

Sports: No Mido for Egypt
Communicating in Egypt
Does Dahab offer much beyond diving?
SCUBA Travel Releases Top 10 Scuba Diving Books and DVDs of 2007
Sharm El Sheikh accommodation options boosted
Egypt's new golden age of television
Wet and wild in Egypt
Top Rated Egypt Attractions
whats on, whats new
Spot Local Corporate Blogging
Escape to Soma Bay
amusement
Crafts: Love-ly Valentines Day Notebook
Nutrition Facts: Sesame Seeds
classifieds
Sales Agents needed
Secretary required
Guest Relation needed
Customer Service position available
Russian/English interpreter needed
Key-person for Pre-school required
Headphones for sale
4-Way Audio/Video Selector Switch for sale
Nintendo Wii for sale

 
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Winter sun, anyone?

Spend an unforgettably sunny Winter vacation in Egypt

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Steigenberger Al Dau Beach
Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel, Hurghada

Who doesn’t long for an intense dose of heat and sunshine at this time of year? To satisfy those cravings, we have come up with this holiday spot, where the weather in February is near perfect and there is little likelihood of rain.

Nothing can compare with learning about the bewitching world of hieroglyphics and jackal-headed gods among the tombs and desert sands of Egypt itself.

Luxor, with winter temperatures in the mid-20s, is slightly warmer than Cairo and the best base for exploring the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the great temple at Karnak, or for joining a cruise down the Nile to Aswan and Abu Simbel.

Spend a few days on the beach at a Red Sea resort such as Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada, where there is superb snorkeling and diving - although it can be windy occasionally.

To book your sunny Winter Holidays in Egypt, please click here.

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A new media war against Haifa Wahbi

The sultry Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi is once again under attack by the media

News

 
Haifa Wahbi
Haifa Wahbi

The Egyptian variety channel managed by Shafki Al Mineri is facing criticism by Egyptian newspapers for choosing Haifa to host a live concert broadcast by the channel on New Years.

Several papers published articles asserting that an Egyptian singer should have been chosen instead of the “erotic" Lebanese star. Although before the New Year many of the same publications lauded the decision.

Tickets were sold out for Haifa’s concert at one of Cairo’s five stars hotels.

According to the London daily Elaph, Haifa appeared on the cover of a number of Egyptian magazines this holiday season.

The singer will play the leading role in an Egyptian film produced by Muhammad Al Sakbi, her first film.

Directors are expecting Haifa to be a success, already competing for her to take part in their films.

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No Mido for Egypt

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

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Mido
Mido

Egypt have named a balanced squad for the Africa Cup of Nations with the only absentee being Ahmed Hossam Hussein, commonly known as Mido.

The Middlesbrough striker was given until the last minute to recover from a recent injury, but failed to do so and missed out on appearing in the 23-man list that has more than half of their players coming from the local league.

The Pharaohs are the defending champions and chasing their sixth title after winning the tournament when they hosted it two years ago.

Egypt squad


Goalkeepers: Essam al-Hadary (Al-Ahly), Mohamed Moncef (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismailia)

Defenders: Mahmoud Fathallah and Tarek al-Sayed (Zamalek), Sayed Moawad and Hani Saied (Ismailia), Shady Mohamed and Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Wael Gomaa (Al-Siliya/QAT), Ibrahim Saied (Ankaragucu/TUR), Ahmed al-Muhammadi (ENPPI)

Midfielders: Omar Gamal and Hosni Abd Rabou (Ismailia), Mohamed Aboutraika (Ahly), Ahmed Hassan (Anderlecht/BEL), Hassan Mostafa (Al-Wehda/KSA), Mohamed Shawky (Middlesbrough/ENG), Ahmed Shaaban (Petrojet)

Strikers: Mohamed Fadl (Ismailia), Emad Moteab (Ahly), Amr Zaki (Zamalek), Mohamed Zidan (Hamburg/GER)

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Communicating in Egypt

Article
 
Pyramids
Pyramids

Ancient Egypt was the centre of gravity for five thousand years - and many scholars, writers and other admirers, still think it is today. Even in this post-9/11 world in which we live, Egypt’s deeply rooted instincts for harmony remain.

“Please... this is for you,” came the voice of a food vendor deep in the Islamic marketplace of Cairo as he offered me a piping hot wedge of sweet potato. Hesitating at the gesture, I touched my pocket to see if I had a little baksheesh (cash) for this unexpected snack, but “No, no,” he insisted. “Please...it’s for you... you are a guest in my country.”

Egyptology continues to fascinate enquiring minds. Scholars confirm that the extraordinary success of this ancient society was woven by this single thread: a curious, dedicated and naturally enterprising citizenry who worked together toward common goals. For 3,000 years, the pharaohs ruled this land along the Nile with progress and prosperity.

They commissioned the Pyramids, built elaborate underground tombs, and erected colossal temples to the gods-much of which can be seen and touched today.

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Does Dahab offer much beyond diving?

The Sunday Times opens its travel clinic on a daily basis to answer your holiday queries. Today: what to do on a Red Sea holiday

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Dahab
Dahab

We are going to chill out in Dahab on the Red Sea for two weeks. Whilst there, we are probably happy to do very little, but is there anything that you would recommend to do away from the beach, just in case? Dave Taylor, London

Sunday Times travel expert Richard Green responds: Dahab has a delightful ability to lure you into a terrifically enjoyable torpor, so don’t be too surprised if the beach and the bars are enough. That said; it would be a shame to go all that way and return without seeing something more of the local landscape, and in particular, experiencing some Bedouin culture.

You can’t miss the travel agencies that offer trips into the desert, as they are all over central Dahab. Most hotels and the dive centres can take bookings too. Expect to pay from about £5-10 for two of you sharing transport on a trip to the mountains or along the coast to the famous Blue Hole dive spot, or from £10-15pp for an evening trip to a Bedouin village and dinner.

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SCUBA Travel Releases Top 10 Scuba Diving Books and DVDs of 2007

SCUBA Travel today releases its list of the best selling books and DVDs bought by SCUBA divers in 2007

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Scuba diving
Scuba Diving

For the fourth consecutive year, The Dive Atlas of the World retains its top spot in the SCUBA Travel (scubatravel.co.uk) list of bestselling diving books and DVDs. A surprise entry at number three is a guide to the Italian island of Sardinia - a very popular diving destination last year. Another new entry is Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea, by Ned Middleton. Perhaps the best performer though is the Blue Planet DVD. This has not been out of the top ten since the list began in 2001.

Here are the top ten: figures in brackets show the previous year's position.

1. Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites by Jack Jackson - 300 pages detailing some of the world's best dive sites

2. Dive: The Ultimate Guide To 60 Of The Worlds Top Dive Locations by Monty Halls, Describes 60 of the world's best diving areas, and highlights specific dives not to be missed whilst you are there

3. Sardinia (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) by Paula Hardy - Complete, practical regional guide for independent travellers. Includes dedicated activities chapter including the best dive spots

4. Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World, by Tim Ecott - Tales of the characters and episodes in the history of diving: the sponge divers, the second world war saboteurs, the free divers, etc.

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Sharm El Sheikh accommodation options boosted
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Movenpick Sharm
Mövenpick

People on holidays in Sharm El Sheikh this year are set to have more accommodation options to choose from following an announcement from Movenpick Hotels and Resorts.

The Swiss company confirmed that it has signed an agreement with owning company Integrated Development and Tourism Investment to develop two new upscale hotel projects in Sharm El Sheikh.

Both new resorts are already under construction, with one scheduled to open this year and the other set to welcome visitors in 2009.

Josef Kufer, Movenpick's senior vice-president for Africa, said that a "long history of success" unites the company with the resort of Sharm El Sheikh.

He added: "We are delighted to be returning to this key Egyptian destination in 2008 thanks to Integrated Development and Tourism Investment, and to be able once again to offer our loyal clientele a high quality of service and products."

The hotel that will open this year will cover an area of 103,000 square metres and include 327 rooms and suites.

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Classifieds
Egypt's new golden age of television

Satellite TV has created something of a media revolution in Egypt. With some help from the blogosphere, the ordinary citizens and their concerns have suddenly become a market.

News
 
Al Mehwar
Al Mehwar

In 2007, the number of free Egyptian satellite channels reached a total of six: al-Mehwar, Dream1, Dream2, OTV, As-Saa, and Modern, all owned by private businessmen.

With the birth of so many private satellite channels, talk shows have returned with a vengeance, bringing back the golden age of television to Egypt. What's more, the talk shows have managed to grab the attention of the average Egyptian citizen, who is not interested in the independent press despite its recent success.

It all started with the regime establishing a free media zone, Media Production City, in January 2000, and the investors’ will to pour EGP250 million ($46 million) into the launch of Egypt's first private satellite channel, Al-Mehwar (The Axis), in 2001.

Among the initial investors was Ahmad Bahjat, who left the channel a year later to set up two new channels, Dream 1 and Dream 2, with a capital of EGP40 million ($7.3 million).

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Wet and wild in Egypt

We tend to think of Egypt as dry and dusty desert sands and pyramids. But you can get very wet in no time at all with a watersports holiday on the Red Sea coast, as ADAM ASPINALL discovered...

Article
 
Surfing
Surfing

Let me let you in on a little secret – I hate the ocean.

Especially being immersed in it. So what on earth was I doing, risking life and limb in open water? Not to mention sailing a catamaran, scuba-diving and wake-
boarding.

Watersports were never something I’d considered – I’m inactive for most of my working day, and technically dormant during winter.

But after a couple of days in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, I was hooked.

A Neilson Active Holiday weekend somehow turned me into Sinbad the sailor.

On a visit to the sun-kissed coastal town of Dahab, I was given the opportunity to try my hand on the water.

And I never looked back.

I was staying at the three-star Coralia Club resort, set in a 48-acre oasis of green gardens, with spectacular views of the blood-red Sinai mountains.

Overlooking a sheltered lagoon, and boasting 650 metres of private beach, the Coralia Club is the perfect place for a landlubber about to lose his land.

But the Neilson motto is ‘relax as hard as you like’ so there’s little pressure to jump in the Red Sea and sail over the horizon straight away.

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Top Rated Egypt Attractions
Egypt
Egypt's Attractions
 
Abu Mena
Abu Mena

The ruins of Abu Mena, the City of St Menas, the greatest Christian place of pilgrimage in the East during the early medieval period and the largest Coptic town so far known, lies in the Mareotic Desert some 50mi/80km southwest of Alexandria, half way to the Wadi Natrun.

This extensive site, known to the bedouin as Karm Abu Mina, the "Vineyard of St Menas", aroused wide international interest when it was discovered in 1905 by a German archeologist, Carl Maria Kaufmann, and since then has been extensively excavated and studied, with long interruptions, particularly during the two world wars. Most of the finds from the site are displayed in the Coptic Museum in Cairo.

whats on, whats new
 
 
Spot Local Corporate Blogging
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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 –let’s do the washing! ... 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.
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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
 
Love-ly Valentines Day Notebook

Whatever you use it for, you'll love its colorful and whimsical design

parents & kids
Valetines Day Notebook

Valentines Day Notebook

What you will need:

• Pink foam journal
• Heart shaped foam stamps
• Acrylic paint in white, pink, red, purple, and yellow
• Paint brush

How to make it:

1. Paint foam side of stamp with desired color.
2. Press down gently but firmly onto foam notebook cover.
3. Decorate with different stamps and colors.
4. Use paint brush to touch up any empty spots.
5. Use point on paint brush handle to make dots. Dip handle into paint and dot onto foam cover.
6. Let dry completely.

Tips:

• Foam stamps are inexpensive and can be washed and used over and over again. Most craft stores have an entire aisle dedicated to foam stamps!
• Use this cute notebook as a diary, doodle book, to tape Valentine cards in, write friend's phone numbers, or for just about anything

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Sesame Seeds
Nutrition Facts
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Sesame Seeds

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds add a nutty taste and a delicate, almost invisible, crunch to many Asian dishes. They are also the main ingredients in tahini (sesame seed paste) and the wonderful Middle Eastern sweet call halvah. They are available throughout the year.

Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man dating back to as early as 1600 BC. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. "Open sesame," the famous phrase from the Arabian Nights, reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity. The scientific name for sesame seeds is Sesamun indicum.

Health Benefits

Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.

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Sales Agents needed
Hurghada
job vacancies


Sales Agents wanted for well-known real estate marketing company.

The company represents selected real estate developments in Hurgada as well as the rest of Egypt.

Salary: 2,000LE basic + 2,000LE min. guaranteed commission + commission.

To apply please send your CV to cv@sps.com.eg or call +2 0100029776

CVs are accepted until Wednesday, January 16th.


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Secretary required
Hurghada
job vacancies


Secretary needed for Hurghada

Prerequisites:
Computer literate (Outlook or Thunderbird, Excel, Word),
Languages: at least Russian in speech & writing and English speaking/reading, Arabic speaking of advantage.
Experience in diving industry of advantage, but not mandatory.

Accommodation, transportation, work phone and salary offered.

If your are interested, please send your detailed application to
doro@seaqueens.com
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Guest Relation needed
Safaga
job vacancies


The Shams Imperial Abu soma hotel is looking for a Guest Relation

Min age: 30 years

Language : German / English / any aditional language is welcome

Please contact: safaga@shamshotels.com


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Customer Service position available
Sharm el Sheikh
job vacancies


We are urgently looking for 1 agent whose responsibilities will include:

- handling telephone calls and emails from customers
- providing customers with information on all the Red Sea and its activities
- selling online holiday packages, hotels, diving activities, etc.

He/She must have:
- Italian mother tongue, fluent in English - written and spoken
- 2 years residence in Egypt at least
- good communication and sales skills, ability to work in a team
- computer literacy

Previous experience in the tourism industry/call centres and know-how on
diving will be an advantage as well as basic geman language.

Full time position only - location Sharm el Sheikh
If you are interested please send your reply and CV to
call.centre@goredsea.com


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Russian/English interpreter needed
Hurghada
job vacancies


I am looking for a Russian/English interpreter for occasional work in Hurghada. To start with, it will probably only be for a few hours each month but, if all goes well, it could turn into a fulltime job after a few months.

Any sales experience you might have would be a definite advantage, but is not essential. Anyone with any real estate experience would definitely be at the top of the list though.

If you are interested, please send me some details as to why you think that you might be the right person for the job by email to nick@egypt-real.com.


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Key-person for Pre-school required
El Gouna
job vacancies
 
Les Petites
Les Petites


We are searching for a key-person for our pre-school section.

Are you looking for a job?
Is your mother tongue English and you like working with kids ages 3 – 5 years?

We can offer you a job 5 times per week.
Residents of El Gouna and Hurghada with suitable experience have priority.

Please contact us 012 393 4407 for further information or e-mail: Marika@lespetiteselgouna.com.


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Headphones for sale
Hurghada
for sale


Thomson Wired indoor headphones HED 441

Bought on 7 November 2007 from Radio Shake Hurghada
Great condition like brand new with the original box, used for couple of times only

For specifications and photo please click here.

Price: 160 EGP
Call: Ahmed (+2)010 504 5090 or contact me: ahmed@ahmedmetwally.com


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4-Way Audio/Video Selector Switch for sale
Hurghada
For sale
 
Switch
Switch

4-Way Audio/Video Selector Switch for sale

• 4-in, 1-out console with contemporary styling
• Gold-plated connectors for superior signal transfer, high dependability and better-
quality sound
• Converts composite video signal to S-Video for better video signal

Not used, still in original box including:

• AV Selector Switch
• Self Adhesive Labels
• Owner's Manual

Price: 200 LE


Please contact: tamermokhtar_@hotmail.com or call 0126792333


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Nintendo Wii for sale
Hurghada
For sale
 
Wii
Nintendo Wii

Brand New in Box Nintendo Wii Game System for sale

• The basic package (Euro Version)
• 1 extra Wii Remote
• extra 1 Nunchuk
• Wii sports

Final price: 3,000LE

Mobile: 0126792333


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