Red Sea Newsletter
12th January 2004
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In A Name?
Confusion : It is a bit of a mystery as
to how the Red Sea got its name. There
are several theories. Some say it is due
to the light of the setting sun reflecting
off the red mountains along its shores
and onto the surface of the water. Others
say it should have been called the "Reed
Sea" because of the abundant reed
beds near Suez before they built the canal.
Some claim the name refers to the "red
tide" of a plankton bloom (trichodesmium
erythraeum) that turns the water brownish
red when it dies. The Ancient Egyptians
knew the Red Sea as the Wadge Wir
(the Great Green) - not very red at all!
of The Earth: The Red Sea has salinity of more
than 4%. Apart from the Dead Sea, which is really
a lake, it is the saltiest of all seas. Divers
find they are more buoyant here than usual and
as a result need to use more weight.
Wadi Al-Zalaga Camel Race
15th January, 2004
a meeting, held once a year in mid-January,
the Bedouin tribes of South Sinai challenge
each other to a camel race of nearly 30kms.
annual race (this year between the Tarabeen
& the Muzeina Bedouin tribes) was
established 12 years ago and takes place
in Wadi Zalaga.
Bedouin men start training their camels for
this event about 3 months prior to the race.
training period involves long distance walking
and running, during which the camel is fed on
barley and corn.
races are an old tradition among the tribes,
but in this area race meetings had been dropped
and were in danger of disappearing altogether.
The revival is thanks to the efforts of the
Bedouins themselves who do not want to see their
culture vanishing. The race gives them the chance
to socialise, meet old friends and relatives,
and show off their camels of which they are
inordinately proud. It also helps them financially
in the form of contributions to sponsorship
and donations towards the winning prize. Tourists
also flock to watch this authentic camel race.
race starts early in the morning and lasts for
about an hour and a half. The night before the
race, camels and cars begin appearing in all
parts of the wadi (dry water course). This is
an evening of partying for the Bedouins. Tea
is served and the famous lebba bread is cooked
on the camp fires.
the sun rises, all the cars and camels meet
at the entrance of the wadi. Once all the camels
are assembled, which takes some time, the race
begins. It is always a chaotic start. No one
really knows when exactly the start sign is
given: usually the organisers attempt to line
up the camels, but there are always one or two
camels that do not follow the rules. Their instinct
is to run. Once this happens, the rest of the
camels take off, followed by hundreds of cars.
The scene looks like a war zone. Car drivers
race to keep up with the camels, creating a
huge cloud of dust and breaking the desert calm
with the roaring of engines.
the spectacle approaches the end of the wadi,
tension is high in the air. Shouting, screaming
cars blast their horns, more cars arrive in
a cloud of dust and dash to find a parking spot
with a good view. Finally, in the midst of the
pandemonium, two camels appear in the distance.
The first and second prize winners are about
to cross the finishing line. As they do, the
cheering gets louder and the pandemonium increases
with people running, more camels arriving and
a continuous flow of cars followed by clouds
people gather round the winner, the exhausted
camels are lead away to rest. They will not
be allowed to eat or drink until they have cooled
down. The winner is announced after long consultations
and discussions among the judges, and the celebrations
begin. People sit around in circles, drink tea
year's winner was Ahmed, a 16-year-old Bedouin
boy from the Muzeina tribe. The first prize
is a sum of money collected by the tribes, plus
donations collected from the audience and split
between the winner and the runner-up.
On ... in Cairo
A Photo Exhibition by Claudia Wiens
23rd - 31st January
Alsalamlek Art Gallery on the corner of Road 206
and Road 216, Degla Maadi.
photo exhibition of Egyptian houseboats in Cairo,
the temples in Bagan/Burma and the people who
do houseboats in Cairo and temples in Bagan have
in common? They are magical places that have a
longstanding history, fantastic stories have grown
up around them and wonderful and sometimes horrible
rumours developed around them. The exhibition
shows approximately 40 coloured and black &
A perfect salad for leftover BBQ, boiled,
broiled or baked chicken. A very crunchy salad
with a tasty sweet Asian-style dressing. The
kids love it too!
tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 (8 ounce) package dried rice noodles
1 head iceburg lettuce- rinsed, dried and chopped
4 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
1. Prepare the dressing 30 minutes ahead of time
by combining the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame
oil, salad oil, and rice vinegar in a salad dressing
2. To prepare the Chinese rice noodles, heat a
skillet with a few tablespoons of oil and break
off a little bit of the noodles and add them to
the skillet and fry them. They will puff up in
the skillet, so only add a few at a time. As they
begin to puff up, remove and drain them on paper
towels. Be sure to cook long enough as the under
noodles will be like eating needles. Once cooked,
add them to the salad mixture.
3. In a large bowl combine the iceberg lettuce,
cooked and shredded chicken, green onions and
toasted sesame seeds. Let chill about 10 minutes,
and just before serving add the cooked rice noodles.
Serve in salad bowls and offer the dressing in
a pourable container so you can add as much dressing
as you want. You can also pour the dressing over
the top of the salad, toss, and serve immediately.
Time: approx. 15 Minutes.
Cook Time: approx. 20 Minutes.
Ready in: approx. 35 Minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
Car for sale.
Dodge Crysler, 1982 model with A/C,
power steering, central locking, electric
windows. Excellent condition, contact
012 747 2899 (Hurghada)
Dive Centre for Rent.
The centre includes:
18 metre boat with Caterpillar engine
- 250 horse power
Compressor - Power K14
50 Aluminium Bottles
Complete Diving Equipment
Boat Permission for 25 tourists
Tourist Permission for Dive Centre Operation
for 12 Months
Accommodation - 2 Studio Apartments
Total Centre Size - 350 square metres
- including newly built equipment room
PER MONTH: 3800 EUROS. For further
details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sale, Dry Suit,
size XL, Trilaminat with Thinsulate
underwear. Please contact: 010 687 9961.
- Dawoo Lanos 2, white, 5.000 Km, 6
months old, Red Sea plates, for sale
immediately. Please contact: 010 687
for sale in Moubarak 2 area, Hurghada.
Fully furnished, 1st floor flat with
3 bedrooms. A/C, satellite TV, telephone
and automatic washing machine. Please
contact : 012 747 2899
- BMW 530i, 1988 (new model "1990"),
full option, tax free car, technical
and optical in a very good condition,
4500 Euro. Please contact : Chris 012
380 1551 email@example.com
for rent. Located
in Old Vic, Hurghada. Next to Marriott
Hotel with private beach. Three bedroom,
three bathroom, kitchen, balcony overlooking
the sea, living room and sattelite
television. Fully furnished with A/C.
Beach 20m away from terrace. Long
and short term rental. Please contact:
Tamim M. Kaddah 010 140 2878, e-mail:
- two bedrooms, two bathrooms, American-style
kitchen , livingroom, private roof terrace,
air-conditioning and a lot more. Location
- EL GOUNA, Abu Tig New Marina Town.
For long-term rent. Please contact:
Gamal Nassif firstname.lastname@example.org
with the following specifications :
Power : 80 to 115 HP
Size : 17 to 22 feet
Polyester or semi-rigid.
Please contact : Hervé Siegrist
in El Gouna - email@example.com
hand Jeep Wrangler
wanted as soon as possible. Please contact
Andy. 010 356 4925. Hurghada.
person required to look after 7 year
old girl. Please contact: Ahmed, Andreas
Hotel, Hurghada. Tel: 010 538 2869
lady required to work as Nursery
Assistant, to work with children
aged 3-4 years. Nursery experience preferred,
but not essential as full training will
be given. Salary dependent on experience.
Please contact: Marika 012 393 4407
Managerial Secretary/Project Assistant,
German & English speaking,
with experience as Guest Relation in
El Gouna, is currently looking for a
position, e.g. Secretary, Management
Assistant or Guest Relation.
for a FOOTBALL-TRAINER
!!! We are 10 international boys between
6 and 10 years of age who play football
once a week. Is there anybody in Hurghada
who loves to play football and would
like to coach us, show us some tricks,
tell us the rules and have fun with
us on the football court? We all speak
English and Arabic and we are very enthusiastic
about learning great football. Please
call 444925 or 012 224 4041
for a Music teacher.
Samir (7 years) and Junis
(almost 5 years) are looking for someone
nice who loves music and kids. We would
love to learn drums and/or guitar once
a week. Just call our mum Kiki: 444925
or 012 224 4041
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