The Red Sea Newsletter Issue XIII

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The Muslim Woman "Unveiled"
By Izdehar Albowyha

You look at me and call me oppressed,
Simply because of the way I am dressed,
You know me not for what's inside,
You judge the clothing I wear with pride,
My Body's not for your eyes to hold,
You must speak to my mind, not my feminine mold,
I'm an individual, I'm no man's slave,
It's Allah's pleasure that I only crave,
I have a voice so I will be heard,
For in my heart I carry his word,
"O ye women, wrap close your cloak,
So that you won't be bothered by ignorant folk",
Man doesn't tell me to dress this way,
It's a law from God that I obey,
Oppressed is something I'm truly NOT,
For liberation is what I've got,
It was given to me many years ago,
With the right to prosper, the right to grow,
I can climb mountains or cross seas,
Expand my mind in all degrees,
For God Himself gave us LIB-ER-TY,
When he sent Islam,
To You and Me!

Local News

April 28th Sham al Nessim

“sniffing the breeze,” is a spring holiday celebrated the Monday after Coptic Easter. Believed to date to the Paranoiac times, it is celebrated by all Egyptians regardless of religious affiliation.
True to Egyptian tradition, food is central to the day's events; Sham Al-Nessim fare must-haves at the open-air picnics include spring onions, coloured eggs and an assortment of smoked and dried fish, most prominently the uniquely Egyptian feseekh*.
Popular destinations are the Cairo Zoo, which receives in the region of 600,000 visitors, and the public parks, which cater for another half-million. Topping the chart of destinations, however, are expected to be the Qanater Gardens, accessible by Nile ferry, where an estimated one million day-trippers headed!

Feseekh: Either you love it or you hate it! Cairo life's family view.
If fiseekh should be consumed at all (and that’s certainly a point of debate) it should be acquired from a trusted specialist known as a fasakhani. They won’t be hard to find this weekend–just follow your nose.

Fiseekh starts out as an innocent bouri (grey mullet). From there, the preparation goes as follows according to Cairo Life’s aunt Nabila: "They bring the fish, they put it in the sun until it swells. Then they fill it with salt." Feeling hungry yet?

From there the fish is wrapped up and set aside for a couple of weeks to gain evil potency. On the blessed day, the dish is consumed with lemon, oil, fresh lettuce and lots of green onions. As for why Egyptians continue to consume fiseekh in mass quantities every year, aunt Nabila merely shrugs: "It’s a habit."

It’s worth noting however that most of Cairo Life’s family has long-since sworn off the demon-fish and now celebrates Shem Al Nessim by eating ringa–a more palatable and generally safer smoked herring sold in individual sealed packets. Maybe the rest of us should take the hint.
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Egyptian museum displays Iraqi items

Exhibition designed to show world the kinds of treasures stolen, destroyed by looting
By MAGGIE MICHAEL The Associated Press

Cairo, Egypt -- Horrified at the looting of Iraqi antiquities in Baghdad, an Egyptian museum has assembled a special show to give the world an idea of the treasures that have been plundered in the chaos of postwar Iraq.

The exhibition at the Islamic Art Museum in old Cairo offers Iraqi antiquities ranging from a holy warrior's sword to a 14th century dinner table inlaid with silver.

The aim is to "show the world" the glories of Iraqi civilization, museum director Raafat Abdel Azeem said at the show's opening last week.

He and his staff speedily mounted the exhibition from the museum's standing display, other collections and items that had been in storage for decades.

Many exhibits date to the Abbasid dynasty -- the Muslim caliphs who made Baghdad their capital and ruled the Islamic empire from A.D. 749 to 1258, when the Mongols sacked the city.

The early years of Abbasid rule were especially brilliant, with art and commerce flourishing.

The exhibition displays antique gold and silver coins on which "Allah" or God is the only word that can still be read. The coins were minted in Mosul, Kufa and other Iraqi cities.

A highlight of the show is a double-edged sword with a hilt made of horn. It was given to the museum many years ago by an Egyptian prince. The blade bears gilded inscriptions to Allah and the Prophet Muhammad.

4000-year-old tomb complex found south of Cairo

A team of French archaeologists has unearthed a complex of tombs south of Cairo which date back to between 2350 and 2180 BC, Egyptian officials said yesterday.

The discovery of the tombs hewn out of the rock in the Saqqara region, 20km south of the capital, was the fruit of a three-year dig, said antiquities chief Zahi Hawas.

One of the tombs is believed to be that of a priest of the Sixth Dynasty pharaoh Pepi I. Sculptures of the priest, his wife and 13 children, were found in the walls.

A dozen sculptures of another priest from the same period were unearthed nearby.

Last month Egypt announced the discovery of a 5,000-year-old mummy in the same region, which is known for one of the earliest pyramid tombs, the so-called step pyramid.

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What's On

Papas Bar No. 1 Nightlife in Hurghada

Divers Night
Papas Bar 2
Champions League Football
Papas Bar

Papas Bar
Papas Bar 2

Divers Night
Papas Bar 2

Play Station Tournament
Papas Bar 2

DVD Night
Papas Bar


Beach Party & Beach Games from 1pm

Thursday 24th
Saturday 26th

Cinema Moonlight
Simone"(AL Pacino) & " I Spy " (Eddie Murphy)
23/4/2003 to 29/4/2003

Earth Day Celebrations
El Gouna
21st April 2003
What's On
12:00 onwards
Kids Recycle Art Competition, Kids Environment Conservation Seminars, video projection on Red Sea, Recycle Art Exhibition & Educational Wildlife Photo Gallery & presentation on the Marine Eco-System of The Red Sea
El Gouna Cinema

22nd April 2003
Full day, underwater, Island and Beach Clean-Up, organised by all Diving & Watersports Centres in El Gouna. Limited space available on boats, please reserve!

23rd April 2003

What's On
Inauguration of the Green Gouna's Botanical Garden
Fish Farm
Live Band party
Down Town

For more information regarding any activity, contact the Info Centre in Tamr Hena, El Gouna.

Parents & Kids
Parents & Kids
easter The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever!

Nothing says Easter like a good old-fashioned egg hunt. To make yours the envy of the block, try these tips.
• Create kid-size baskets. Simply paint a small box and use string as a handle.
• Hide plastic eggs as well as real ones. For children over 3, fill the plastic eggs them with treasures such as stickers, plastic jewelry, and rubber balls.
• Make a treasure trail. Leave picture clues around the garden to direct kids to hiding spots. For added fun, attach the clues to "treats".
• Try teaming up. Pairing an older child with a younger sibling or friend - guarantees eggs for everybody!
• Don't forget the "golden egg." Kids will love hunting for this specially decorated egg that can later be redeemed for a prize.

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Norco VPS Buzz Mountain Bike (from Canada). Aluminum monocoque frame (yellow), 6" suspension front and rear (Marzocchi and Fox) 2.5" tires (Intense Comp60 with 2 heavy duty spare tubes), hydraulic disc brakes (Hayes), grip shift (SRam Attack), telescoping seatpost (Axiom). Asking $1,500 USD. Please contact: Steve [email protected] El Gouna.
Dive suit size 12 woman 150 LE ; Childs dive suit aged 4-6 100 LE ; Electric keyboard brand new with stand. 1600 LE ; Various videos for kids 20 LE each ; clothes size 12 for women, various ; Bike egyptian style 140 LE x2 ; Childrens toys various ; Boys bike as new 200 LE never been used. Please contact: Tuyet 010 510 1792. El Gouna.
Pajeo GLX, 3000cc, 1991, 220 K km, 7 seater, all options, well maintained and always reliable. USD 5,000 (Tax free status). Phone Chris, Cairo 02 758 5375, 02 292 0515 or 012 22 88 531.
PC Pentium III Celeron 1Gh, HD WD 60Gb 7200RPM, RAM 256Mb, 32Mb Video, CD-Rom ACER 52X, CD RW Philips 16X10X42X, Fax Modem Motorola 56000, Monitor ACER 15",
Speakers Zoltrix, with software, games & movies. Last price 400 EUR. VCR GoldStar, excellent condition, 100 EUR. Please contact: Sorin 012 431 4202.
Sharm, Naama Bay, Movenpick.
Limited Liability Company with broad list of activities covering most tourism related activities, sales, F&B distribution, trips.Full legal set up. Ready to go.
Please contact: Injy 012 371 4861.
2 Mountain Bikes - Peugeot. One almost new, Peugeot TC Origin - 250$. One 3 years old, Peugeot Explorer 110 - 100$. Please contact: Sorin 012 431 4202. Sharm, Naama Bay, Movenpick. DVD Player. Pioneer DVL-909 multiregion pal/ntsc, remote control and CD player function one year old. Price LE 1500. Please contact: Karim 010 122 0235. Hurghada
Small/medium Cressi frog fins, $25 o.n.o. Please contact: Paul or Lisa 012 718 1297. Hurghada. Large titanium, 5mm, one piece suit, $100 o.n.o. Please contact: Paul or Lisa 012 718 1297. Hurghada.
5 pocket padded Mares weightbelt, $25 o.n.o. Please contact: Paul or Lisa 012 718 1297. Hurghada. Small Technisub Stratus open heel fins, $25 o.n.o. Please contact: Paul or Lisa 012 718 1297. Hurghada.
Children's Swimming Lessons in Hurghada. If you are interested in your child taking swimming lessons with a qualified Swimming Teacher, once per week, at 6pm, please contact: Julie 065 447309.
Home Help wanted. Lady to look after baby girl during the day and 4 year old daughter after 3pm, and to help in the house with daily tasks. Accomodation provided - studio with telephone, fridge, cooking facilities, TV with satellite channels. One day off per week (Friday) and vacations according to family work schedule. Please contact: Liza El Shaer 012 238 5611 or [email protected] Sharm el Sheikh. 
I am seeking to find an Arabic class or private tutor for this summer (late June through to mid-August) in Sharm El-Sheikh. Please contact: Jenna at [email protected]
Wanted washing machine, TV and AC newish. Please contact: Tuyet 010 510 1792.
El Gouna
Baby's cot wanted. Second hand, good condition, sturdy and preferably wooden with sliding slide. Please contact: Julie
065 447309. Hurghada.
Second hand scooter wanted. Any make/model. Please contact: Susann 010 699 2513.
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