The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 56
16th February 2004

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Features & Articles

Al-Hijra (1 Muharram): New Year’s Day - 22nd February
Excert from BBC on-line

Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram. It marks the Hijra (or Hegira) in 622 CE when the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) moved from Mecca to Medina, and set up the first Islamic state.

The Muslim calendar counts dates from the Hijra, which is why Muslim dates have the suffix A.H. (After Hijra).

It's a low-key event in the Muslim world, celebrated less than the two major festivals of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.

There is no specific religious ritual required on this day, but Muslims will think about the general meaning of Hijra, and regard this as a good time for "New Year Resolutions". The Qur’an uses the word Hijra to mean moving from a bad place or state of affairs to a good one — and so Muslims may think about how their faith helps them leave behind bad ways of living and achieve a better life.

Local News

Villa Kunterbunt and El Gouna International School proudly presents:

The choir of the Rudolf Steiner Waldorfschule Hamburg Nienstedten Germany

The Magic Flute Die Zauberflöte
W.A. Mozart
Masterpieces / Die beliebtesten Stücke

March 8th at 6pm
Free of charge at Villa Kunterbunt Hurghada in front of Iberotel Arabella For information, please call 0101232354

What's On

Abu Simbel Festival - 22 February 2004

Ramses II, in a fit of precision and despotic architectural egotism, carefully angled his temple at Abu Simbel so that the inner sanctum would light up twice a year: once on the anniversary of his rise to the throne, and once on his birthday. The combination of human endeavour and natural phenomena provides what must be one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

Crowds pack in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows). Spectators can then join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations.

The Abu Simbel temple was built by Ramses II (1279-1213 BC) to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians. On each side of the temple, which was carved into a sandstone cliff overlooking the Second Cataract of the Nile, sit a pair of colossal statues of him, more than 65 feet tall. Though the statues have been damaged in earthquakes since their construction, they remain an awe-inspiring, tremendous sight. The temple is aligned to face the east, and above the entrance sits a niche with a representation of Re-Horakhty, an aspect of the sun-God.

In the early 1960s the entire temple was moved to higher ground, a task requiring considerable international engineering resources, when the Aswan Dam caused the Nasser lake to rise and inundate the area. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event itself is no less stunning.

What's On in Sharm...

El Hakeem Auto Spare Parts & Accessories

For all makes & models of cars. What we don't have, we can get for you.
Located in Sharm el Sheikh on the main Hadaba Road by the new gas station
opposite Shiekh Abdallah Supermarket
Contact: 012 763 6678

Parents & Kids

Swim Like a Fish

Fish are streamlined to slip easily through their watery habitats. Their heads are connected directly to their bodies without a neck, and their fins are close in to their bodies.

Most fish propel themselves through the water by moving their bodies in S-shaped waves. Below are examples of typical fish shapes (shown from above) and the way fish with these shapes swim.

Eels and lampreys slither, similar to snakes on land, pushing their heads forward and moving their slender bodies in a series of waves.
Catfishes and jacks have broad heads and bodies. They use less of the whole body to swim than eels do.
Salmons and minnows move with the powerful back half of the body and use their large tails to push themselves along.
Sharks and tunas use the rear third of the body and have strong muscles in their tails that make them very speedy.


Find out more at :
For Sale/Rent
SONY TRV-50 Digital (NEW!) Plus Nimar housing with wide angle - 2,350 Euro

Light System FA & MI - 330 Euro

CANNON EOS-50E with lens 19-35. Plus lens 28-50. Plus lense 100-300. Plus electronic strobe. Package deal - 1000 Euro.

For information call: 065-44 4675 Hurghada

Second hand wetsuits for sale:

Monosuit, Mares, Icelander, 7mm, Size 5
New long-john, Dacor, Size 4
Monosuit with hood, Coltri Sub, Size 3
Monosuit, Easyjet, Green/Black, Size 2
Shorty, Size 3
2 piece suit, Cressi Sub, Size 3
Woolly Bear, Mares, Size XL
Long-John, Size 2, Pink
2 piece, Pink/Green, Size XS
Monosuit, Protype, Size 3
150 Euro
85 Euro
50 Euro
50 Euro
30 Euro
35 Euro
85 Euro
20 Euro
40 Euro
50 Euro

For information contact: 012 563 0130 Hurghada.
Two Underwater Camera Systems for SALE:
1x 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 Pelican 1500.
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.
Car for sale, GMC 95 as new, wheel drive, auto transmission, ABS, heavy duty
suspension, elec driver seat, velour miters, dark red metallic, central locking, rear wiper. P
lease contact Wessam El Sebai : 010 578 3697 or Dr Dia El Sebai : 012 733 3322. E-mail : [email protected] or [email protected]

Car for sale. Dodge Crysler, 1982 model with A/C, power steering, central locking, electric windows. Excellent condition, contact 012 747 2899 (Hurghada)

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
& classroom
PRICE PER MONTH: 3800 EUROS. For further details, please email: [email protected] 
Apartment 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
H.E.P.C.A. is looking for a part-time secretary with a love for the enviroment for our Hurghada office. English language must be fluent, while other languages are a bonus. We are looking for someone to start immediately. Salary is to be discussed. Please email Amar or phone 012 398 8108
Searching 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: 0105459991 
A property in El Gouna in $35,000 to $45,000 price range. Please contact : Mr.Thompson at [email protected]
Second-hand outboard motorboat 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 protected]
Second hand Jeep Wrangler wanted as soon as possible. Please contact Andy. 010 356 4925. Hurghada.
English 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
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