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Issue 82
15th August 2004

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NEW this year: DIVEX will market MOBBY's Dry Suits exclusively in Egypt. Starting from September 2004, in time for the winter season, DIVEX will launch its amazing promotional offers to all Diving professionals

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Features & Articles

All About Henna

Historians argue that henna has been used for at least 5,000 years in both cosmetic and healing capacities. Henna has been used for centuries for body decoration. Ancient Egyptians used henna prior to mummification.

In Cairo, Egypt, for example, many working class citizens had their hands and feet dipped in henna to produce a solid covering, which differs from the common decorative design that is usually applied for weddings and other celebrations.

Throughout time henna has been associated with special celebrations. Betrothals, weddings, the eighth month of pregnancy, the birth, the 40th day after a woman gives birth, naming ceremonies, circumcisions, etc, are all events celebrated with henna. Eids, and other religious holidays are also occasions to be hennaed. There are also some healing ceremonies, like the Zar in North Africa, which include its use. A common practice seen in India and in the Islamic world is the pre-wedding tradition of 'Night of Henna' parties.

Hennaed skin is not tattooed as the practice does not require any piercing. Henna paste is a dye that leaves a more or less durable stain on the outer layer of the skin. When applied, the henna paste is always black, but the resulting pattern with natural henna varies from light orange to dark brown.

Heat makes the dye darker. Black stains are the result of additional dyes and compounds added to the paste. The henna stain will last until the top layer of the skin exfoliates. All skin on the body gradually exfoliates and is replaced by new skin in 1-12 weeks, depending on individual factors. The henna, then, will last as long as 8 weeks on the thick soles of your feet, or go away as quickly as 3-4 days on very thin parts of the skin.

Excerpt taken from crystalinks.com


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Japan to Aid Tourist Center in Valley of the Kings

The Foreign Ministry in Japan intends to extend about 300 million yen in grants-in-aid to Egypt for the purpose of building a tourist information center in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. The facility in the valley, which is the site of the tombs of many pharaohs, including Tutankhamen, is expected to be completed by the end of 2005.

Under the plan, the one-story reinforced concrete building, whose exterior will be constructed of sandstone - the material used in the surrounding ruins - will have a floor area of about 800 square meters and be constructed near the sightseeing bus' parking area in the valley.

A diorama of the entire valley, panels on individual ruins and relics will be displayed inside, and audiovisual facilities also will be installed. The ticket booth to the valley will also be located inside the facility.


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Parents & Kids

The Olympic Games

The Greeks held the first Olympic games in the year 776 BC (over 2700 years ago) and had only one event, a sprint (a short run that was called the "stade"). The race was run by men who competed in the nude. A wreath of olive branches was placed on the winner's head, as the olive tree was the sacred tree of Athens, Greece.

The ancient Greeks dedicated the Olympic Games to the god Zeus. Women were neither allowed to compete in the games nor to watch them, because the games were dedicated to Zeus and were therefore meant for men.

The flag of the Olympic Games has five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red) on a white background. The rings represent the five parts of the world that were joined together in the Olympic movement: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937), a French educator and sportsman, designed the flag of the Olympics in 1913-1914.

The Olympic flag was first used in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic flag is paraded during the opening ceremony of each Olympic Games. At the end of an Olympics, the mayor of the host-city presents the flag to the mayor of the next host-city. The flag will remain in the town hall of the next host-city until the next Olympic Games, four years later.

The tradition of the Olympic flame began during the ancient Olympic Games. A flame was lit for each Olympics and burned throughout the games. The flame symbolized the death and rebirth of Greek heroes. There was no torch relay in the ancient Olympics. The first torch relay occured at the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany.

For each Olympics, a new flame is started in the ancient Olympic stadium in Olympia, Elis, Greece, using a parabolic mirror to focus the rays of the Sun. This flame begins its Olympic Torch Relay by touring Greece. The flame is then carried around the country where the games are to be held, using a series of torches carried by people running, walking, riding horses and camels, scuba diving, and using other means of human conveyance. The last runner uses a torch to light the large Olympic torch which burns throughout the games. The flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony. A new Olympic torch is designed for each of the games.

The Olympic motto is, "Citius, Altius, Fortius", which means "Swifter, Higher, Stronger".



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FOR SALE - Camera: Canon Optura, Mini DV (very small and easy to handle), American NTSC system. Housing: Amphibico Explorer (one of the best brands in the world), Model MV 1 (exactly the same size of the camera), goes to 99 meters max depth. Accessories: 2 Power supply chargers, 2 remote controls for the camera, 3 batteries, extra O-ring for housing. Carrying Case: Pelican Case 1600, protective, shock proof, water and pressure proof, very robust. Carries all the above plus the digital still camera included in this offer. Digital Still Camera: FujiFilm FinePix A201, 2.0 Mega Pixels with small carrying case, included are 2 memory cards 16MB and 32 MB.
The total for the above package U.S.$2,500. They all have been used no more than 10 times and are less than 3 years old. Please contact Omar El-Naggar. Mobile:
010-105-0545 or Work: (202) 705-7044 10am-8pm Sun-Wed, Thur 10am-6pm and Fri & Sat closed. Cairo Resident.
Furniture clearance sale. Bed, matress, oven, 6hp air conditioner, play station 1, cd/stereo. Prices open for negotiation. Please call : Silke 012 321 5273. Hurghada.
Range Rover for sale. Beautiful black, 1986, Range Rover 3.5 V8 with leather interior, full option including AC, electric windows, power steering. For more information call: 012 311 3434 (El Gouna)
Apartment for sale (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.
Wanted
Russian speaking sales person wanted (male or female, any nationality) to work in a tourist gift shop. Telephone : 010 520 8368. Hurghada.
Speed boat or glass boat wanted to buy, around 7 meters in length, with or without engine. Please contact safaga@barakuda-diving.com (Safaga)
Apartment wanted urgently to rent in Sakala, Hurghada. Minimum 2 bedrooms, fully furnished & phone connection. Please email contact@dive-operation.com
Chef wanted - local or international - for The Club House, El Gouna. For more information, please call 012 311 3434 or email info@elgounaclubhouse.com
Camel Dive Club, Sharm El Sheikh, is looking for an Assistant Operations Manager to join our experienced management staff. The successful candidate must be:
• A native German speaker fluent in English. Other languages an advantage.
• An experienced & renewed PADI instructor with at least 300 certifications
• Highly motivated with a commitment to customer service
• A skilled communicator with exceptional organizational skills
• Available for a minimum of three years
Management experience preferred but not essential. Work experience in the Red Sea an advantage. Salary Package on application. Applications with C.V.& Photo to operations2@cameldive.com or by fax +20 69 600 601

Les Petites Nursery, El Gouna, is looking for a female from overseas who can speak & read English or an Egyptian English Teacher. For an appointment please call: 012 393 4407 or 065 549702/03 ext 2225.

Wanted - Home in El Gouna. Looking to purchase or rent a villa/house in El Gouna. Furnished or unfurnished. Please contact: Wendy 012 243 9945
 
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