Red Sea Newsletter
12th April 2004
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as tipping or service in western
cultures, tipping in Egypt is called baksheesh.
Baksheesh is a word you'll become very familiar
with while in Egypt and the rules will quickly become
evident. Baksheesh is a way of life in Egypt.
travelers who are not used to constant tipping,
demands for baksheesh for doing anything, to doing
what seems like virtually nothing, can be quite
irritating. However, you must remember that the
salaries and wages in Egypt are shockingly lower
than in western countries, so baksheesh is used
as an essential means of supplementing income.
are different categories of baksheesh. The first
is "alms giving". One of the 5 tenants
of Islam is giving alms to the poor. This makes
the giver more holy by the action.
second type is baksheesh "for services rendered."
This is the closest to the western tipping practices.
third category of baksheesh is "for the granting
of favors". This includes seeing anything off
the beaten track, like a closed tomb or being shown
a secret location to take a beautiful photo. Usually
the guards will come up to you and offer these services.
After getting over the initial adverse reaction
to the practice, it becomes expected and even enjoyable.
It is a good idea to carry
small bills and lots of change with you. Don't flash
your bigger bills as you might be asked for greater
baksheesh! However, do not offer tips to professionals,
businessmen, or others who would consider themselves
your equals. You may seriously offend them by your
services can iinclude:
Parking your car
Being shown to your seat at the cinema
Opening a door
Stowing your luggage under the bus
Bringing your bags to and from your room
Being shown anything off the beaten track
Being shown the location for a good photo opportunity
Anyone going out of their way for you, whether to
show you something or to make you more comfortable.
will make an easy time of receiving your mail in
the chaotic post office, getting fresher produce
at the souk, piping hot pizza delivery, prompt grocery
delivery and sometimes even skipping the queue.
Baksheesh is not necessary when asking for directions.
use your good judgment and don't be intimidated
into paying baksheesh when you don't think the service
deserves it. At the same time, keep in mind that
more things warrant baksheesh here than anywhere
else in the West. Baksheesh is not only a tradition
expected of foreigners as Egyptians have to "baksheesh"
group of Italian investors are approaching the
Government with a proposal for a massive development
plan on Giftun Island. Needless to say, such
a plan would have devastating effect on the
environment and would also establish an extremely
dangerous precedent of giving away National
Parks to developers.
The Governor of the Red Sea, General Saad Abou
Rida, has already taken a strong stand against
this scheme. If you are concerned with this
issue, please show your support by signing the
on-line petition. The petition can be found
Largest Electronics Distributor in the world
soon in Hurghada / Esplanada Mall next to Sindbad
Soon .... The Last Samurai
in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts
the beginnings of the modernization of Japan,
as the island nation evolved past a feudal
society, as symbolized by the eradication
of the samurai way of life. We see all this
happen from the point of view of an alcoholic
Civil War veteran turned Winchester guns
spokesman, Captain Woodrow Algren (Cruise),
who arrives in Japan to train the troops
of the emperor, Meiji, as part of a break
away from the long-held tradition of relying
on employed samurai warriors to protect
territories, as the emperor's new army prepares
to wipe out the remaining samurai warriors.
When Algren is injured in combat and captured
by the samurai, he learns about their warrior
honor code from their leader, which forces
him to decide which side of the conflict
he actually wants to be on.
usual reaction to mosquito bites is a local skin
inflammation that is red, raised and very itchy.
If your child scratches the bite, it may become
infected as well. Here's what you can do for your
children to help ease the itch and pain caused
by mosquito bites.
Apply anti-itch creams like calamine as needed
to help prevent scratching.
Use anti-inflammatory creams to help ease the inflammation
If there is severe itching and multiple
bug bites use antihistamines. As they tend to make
children drowsy, they work particularly well at
Keep your child's fingernails cut short to prevent
scratching and/or apply cotton gloves.
Apply cold wet compresses to the area to ease
Have your child wear long pants and long sleeves
(if the temperature is bearable).
Make sure window screens are used if you keep
windows open in your home.
Use insect repellant to help prevent bites from
repellants containing the active ingredient "Diethyl-m-toluamideis"
are the best insect repellants in terms of effectiveness
against mosquitos, flies, gnats, ticks and other
insects. The higher the concentration the better
it works. For children, however, a concentration
of 10 percent or less is recommended to prevent
side effects and toxicity.
repellants can be applied directly to the skin
or most clothing. Be careful not to put it near
your child's eyes, mouth, open wounds or the hands
of infants who may touch their eyes or mouth.
a plant-derived alternative, repels mosquitoes
but is less effective than insect repellants containing
can be bought in the form of oil and candles and
is readily available in Egypt.
(upper floor) in Kafr El Gouna, El Gouna
resort. Two bedrooms, 1 full bathroom,
1 guest bathroom, open kitchen, large
reception, balcony. Overlooks the sea
and Club House. Including A/Cs and possibly
almost new furniture. Please call :
010 500 0625.
your own business?
Salon America, excellent reputation,
great business - servicing foreign women
and men for 6 years - is offering complete
salon setup for rent (due to leaving
Egypt). 2 station salon, with shampoo
area , private bathroom and seperate
private back room. Located in Sekella,
Hurghada, beside El Souk Mall. For more
information or to view, please call
Wendy 012 243 9945.
sale - childrens
car seat, infant up to 2-3 years,
American Graco brand (new 800LE). Asking
250 LE. Please contact : 012 243 9945.
sale : GMC washing
washine, gas cooker,
30" Toshiba TV.
Please contact: 012 283 1020. Hurghada.
(large), arm chair with foot stool –
cream colour with teak wood (very comfy
for afternoon DVD viewing!) –
2000 LE. Please contact : Karim 010
TRV-50 Digital (NEW!),
plus Nimar housing with wide angle -
2,350 Euro. Light
System FA & MI - 330 Euro.
with lens 19-35. Plus lens 28-50. Plus
lense 100-300. Plus electronic strobe.
Package deal - 1000 Euro. For information
call: 065 444675. Hurghada.
New long-john, Dacor, Size 4
Monosuit with hood, Coltri Sub,
Monosuit, Easyjet, Green/Black,
Shorty, Size 3
2 piece suit, Cressi Sub, Size
Woolly Bear, Mares, Size XL
Long-John, Size 2, Pink
2 piece, Pink/Green, Size XS
Monosuit, Protype, Size 3
For information contact: 012 563 0130
Underwater Camera Systems for SALE:
Pro Set including:
Camera MM2ex (black), Strobe YS120TTL,
Viewfinder 16-35mm, 2 x Wide Angle Lense
16mm & 20mm, 2x Makro Lense 1:3
& 1:2, Color Filter 20mm, Lense
Holder, Multi Stay Set, Strobe Arm S&S
160cm, Lense holder and Camera Case
1x Limited Set including:
Camera MM2ex (yellow) , Strobe YS120TTL,
Viewfinder 16-35mm, Multi Stay Set,
Strobe Arm 6 and S&S Camera Bag.
For more info and price please call
: 010 546 8800. Hurghada.
GMC 95 as new, wheel drive, auto transmission,
ABS, heavy duty
suspension, elec driver seat, velour
miters, dark red metallic, central locking,
rear wiper. Please
contact Wessam El Sebai : 010 578 3697
or Dr Dia El Sebai : 012 733 3322.
Dodge Crysler, 1982 model with A/C,
power steering, central locking, electric
windows. Excellent condition, contact
012 747 2899 (Hurghada)
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
Club House, El Gouna, is looking for
If you are qualified for this position,
012 311 3434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
wanted for a half breed Rhodesian Ridgeback
Needs lots of space and needs to be
walked daily. If you are interested
call : 012 273 7859
Nawas Resort, Marsa Alam, Egypt is seeking
a House Keeping
Manager for immediate employment.
Good work environment and good employment
opportunity. Please contact us by fax
at (2) 012 249 3448 or email to email@example.com
Please include a current contact telephone
Middle East & Russia is looking
for an Administrative
Assistant for our Hurghada Office.
Would you like to apply? Forward your
c.v. to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at 010 546 7700 or 065-447520.
**** World Class Abo Nawas Resort
in Marsa Alam, Opening New Season
April 2004 - employment
opportunities in all departments.
For more info contact us by fax at
(2) 012 249 3448 or email us at email@example.com
Nawas Resort **** world class resort,
located in pristine Marsa Alam, Egypt,
is seeking foreign resident for public
relation & secretary position.
English a must and some Italian and
computer experience preferred. Good
work opportunity. Please contact us
by fax (2) 012 249 3448 or email us
wanted to rent
from June. Must have minimum 2 bedrooms
and balcony. Please contact : George
between 3 pm till 7 pm. 012 789 3992
wanted, in Hurghada, to rent from June
for long-term rental. Minimum 2 bedrooms
and must have garden. Please contact
: Julie 447 309 between 8-10pm. Hurghada.
wanted. Must have A/C. Preferably 1997
or younger. Any make considered. Price
range between 20,000 to around 30,000
LE. Please contact :
396 0819. Hurghada.
and responsible Hair
Designer and/or Beauty Professional.
Want your own business? Tired of working
for others? Great business opportunity,
for more information, please call :
Wendy 012 243 9945. Hurghada.
Looking for physioterapist/personal
trainer. Please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
: 2nd hand baby & children’s
in good condition. Please contact: Busy
Bees Nursery 447 314 or 010 308 3969.
is looking for a part-time
Secretary with a love for the
enviroment for the Hurghada office.
English language must be fluent, while
other languages are a bonus. Looking
for someone to start immediately. Salary
is to be discussed. Please email :
Amar or phone 012 398 8108.
for a Training
partner in sports, running, biking.
No competition. Just for fun. Running
distance from 5 km upwards. Biking to
Gouna or Safaga, maybe more. Please
call: 010 545 9991
property in El
Gouna in $35,000 to $45,000 price
range. Please contact : Mr.Thompson
required to work part-time as Nursery
speak fluent English. Nursery experience
preferred, but not essential as full
training will be given. Salary dependent
on experience. Please contact: Marika
012 393 4407. El Gouna.
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