The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 66
26th April 2004

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May 1st - Labour Day in Egypt

Many Egyptians will take a holiday on this day, so you may find that some shops are closed and the majority of government and official offices will be closed.

May 2nd - The Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad

In many Muslim countries, the Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad was and still is celebrated. The celebration probably started in Egypt in the 13th century, a time when Christian crusaders were trying to take over the Holy Land which came under the rule of King Saladin.

The prophet's birthday was one of the most important religious occasions where a lot of gifts were distributed. Food stuff and sweets distribution were practiced on different shapes such as animal, birds, trees and fruits. The sugar manufacture covered all Egypt. There were special markets for sweets, sugar statues called Mouled market. Some of these models hanged by threads on the shapes. Hundreds of laborers worked in special sweet factories. Models of sweets were provided, on 300 large tries made of cooper, to senior officials, men of religion and others.

Today the birthday is still celebrated in the month of Shahr al-Mawhid (the Month of Birth) of the Prophet Muhammad.

From Egypt the tradition of celebrating the Prophet's birthday was spread to Mecca the Holy City where Muslim peoples of different nationals assembled during the hajj season each year, the tradition was spread to the rest of the Muslim world.

Today on this day, special prayers are said in honor of Muhammad, his name is praised in public sermons, and in larger cities and towns lights and banners decorate the streets. People eat sweets, meet with friends and family, play games and just relax.

May 4th - President Hosni Mubarak's Birthday

Mubarak was born in 1928 in Kafr Al Meselha, a Nile Delta village in the Menoufiya governorate. On 6 October 1981, he became president of Egypt following the assassination of Anwar Sadat.

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Earth Day

22nd April was a celebration of the environment all over the world, reminding mankind to protect and preserve what is left of our natural environment.

The Red Sea Association for Diving & Water Sports and HEPCA (Hurghada Environmental Protection & Conservation Association) seized this opportunity as a befitting platform and organized an awesome portrait of unity of vision and opinion of all Red Sea stakeholders and visitors to put across their message "Save Our Giftun and Protect It's Natural Environment for Future Generations".

Over 100 diving and snorkeling boats with their load of almost 2000 divers, snorkelles and beach lovers, waving banners and wearing "SAVE OUR GIFTUN" T-shirts with a big "NOT FOR SALE" on the back, all voicing their strong opposition to the proposal to build thousands of hotel rooms, villas and a massive bridge to the main land currently being presented to the government by some questionable Italian investors.

It was a wonderful show of solidarity for a common cause and love for the environment.

New Mummies Found in Egypt

New mummies in wooden coffins dating back to the 7th Century B.C. have been unearthed at the Giza Pyramids near Cairo. An archeological team discovered a few ancient coffins with gold artifacts next to them, all believed to be of Pharaonic religious value. When one of the coffins was opened the team found a perfectly wrapped mummy. Another coffin is to opened soon which has a human face engraved on it.

The mummies were found in the ancient desert of Sakkara near the Great Pyramids of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo a few days ago, he said.

The new discovery would provide greater understanding of the old Egyptian religious beliefs during the 26th Dynasty of the Pharaohs, which ruled in the 7th Century BC.

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Parents & Kids

Here is a treat that is simple and can be fun to make with your child for the upcoming festival, especially nice to be given as gifts to Egyptian friends.

Rice Krispie Bars

6 cups Rice Krispies

1 bag of white marshmallows

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

Non-stick cooking spray
Melt the margarine in a non-stick pan and add the entire bag of marshmallows. Stir over medium heat until the marshmallows have completely melted. Add Rice Krispies and mix together well. Pour mixture into a 9" x 13" pan that has been greased or sprayed with no-stick cooking spray. Use a baggie that has been sprayed with no-stick spray to spread and flatten mixture. Cut into squares when cool.

Kids love making and eating these easy treats!


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For Sale/Rent
Flat for sale. 1st floor in El Opour City, Nacer City, beside Alfa Market, Cairo. 130 square metres. Super luxury with telephone & private entrance. Price 165,000 LE. Please contact Mr Gamal Elraay. 010 601 5514. [email protected]
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.
Want 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.
For sale - childrens car seat, infant up to 2-3 years, American Graco brand (new 800LE). Asking 250 LE. Please contact : 012 243 9945. Hurghada. For sale : GMC washing washine, gas cooker, fridge, 30" Toshiba TV. Please contact: 012 283 1020. Hurghada.
3 piece sofa (large), arm chair with foot stool – cream colour with teak wood (very comfy for afternoon DVD viewing!) – 2000 LE. Please contact : Karim 010 122 0235.
El Gouna.
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 444675. Hurghada.

Second hand wetsuits for sale:

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
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)

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
Wanted - Bridge players. We would like to form a Bridge Club. If you are interested, please email me on: [email protected]
Female, Belly Dancing teacher wanted for intermediate level student. Please contact Susann: 010 699 2513 or [email protected]
The Club House, El Gouna, is looking for a Chef. If you are qualified for this position, please call
012 311 3434 or email [email protected]
Home wanted for a half breed Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. Needs lots of space and needs to be walked daily. If you are interested please
call : 012 273 7859
Abo 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 protected] Please include a current contact telephone number.
TDI Middle East & Russia is looking for an Administrative Assistant for our Hurghada Office. Would you like to apply? Forward your c.v. to [email protected] or call us at 010 546 7700 or 065-447520.

Exclusive **** 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 protected]

Abo 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 at [email protected]

House wanted to rent from June. Must have minimum 2 bedrooms and balcony. Please contact : George between 3 pm till 7 pm. 012 789 3992 Hurghada.

House wanted, in Hurghada, to rent from June for long-term rental. Minimum 2 bedrooms and must have garden. Please contact:
Julie 447 309
Second hand car wanted. Must have A/C. Preferably 1997 or younger. Any make considered. Price range between 20,000 to around 30,000 LE. Please contact :
010 396 0819. Hurghada.
Wanted - professional 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 : [email protected]
Wanted : 2nd hand baby & children’s toys and baby equipment, in good condition. Please contact: Busy Bees Nursery 447 314 or 010 308 3969. Hurghada.
H.E.P.C.A. 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.
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: 010 545 9991 
A property in El Gouna in $35,000 to $45,000 price range. Please contact : Mr.Thompson at [email protected]
Person required to work part-time as Nursery Assistant. Must 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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