The Red Sea Newsletter

Issue 77
12th July 2004

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Mall 8 - Naama bay - Sharm El Sheikh - South Sinai - Egypt

phone/fax: 069 603103 - mobile: 012 3399334

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Features & Articles

Green Tea for Weight Loss?

Apparently, the new "craze" in Egypt is Green Tea and many have taken up the popular beverage to try to lose weight.

According to a new study green tea appears to accelerate calorie burning, including fat calories. Researchers suggest compounds in green tea called flavonoids may change how the body uses a hormone called norepinephrine, which then speeds the rate calories are burned.

Green tea, a staple in Asian diets, has rapidly gained popularity in the West, although many Chinese people have been drinking green tea for centuries for all the positive aspects that it brings to your health. This has spread to people worldwide and green tea is now the second most popular beverage in the world.

Green tea is said to have many health benefits, including helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and ulcers, lowering your cholesterol, boosting your immune system and helping to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Health Benefits :

• Lowers blood sugar
• Helps prevent cavities and tooth decay
• Slows the aging process
• Helps reduce the risk of cancer
• Lowers cholesterol
• Aids in weight loss by burning calories
• Reduces high blood pressure
• Prevents arthritis
• Reduces the risk of heart disease
• Reduces the risk of stroke
• Lowers the risk of blood clot

Some people may develop allergic reactions and should stop drinking it. Drinking large amounts of tea may cause nutritional and other problems because of the caffeine content. As caffeine acts as a stimulant, people with irregular heartbeats or who have anxiety attacks should not drink more than 2 cups a day. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not drink green tea in large amounts.

Green tea is a drink made from the steamed and dried leaves of the Camellia sinesis plant, a shrub native to Asia. Black tea is also made from this plant, but unlike green tea, it is made from leaves that have been dried and fermented.

Focus, Hurghada.

Local News

Fire Safety

A local family in Hurghada recently experienced an electrical fire which started in a portable kitchen unit (sink, mini-fridge, 2 ring burner). Although the unit was well maintained we do still experience power surges in Egypt, even though the electric company has upgraded the service, which can lead to electrial fires. When tryig to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher the family found that the unit was empty. Apparently, it had a leak. Luckily, no-one was hurt, but needless-to-say this family now has new extinguishers and plans on having them checked annually. Hopefully, we can all learn from this lesson.

The good news is the response from the emergency services in Hurghada was very efficient. By dialing 122 from any phone, local line or mobile, you will receive the emergency services - Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade. The operator will probably not speak English but will certainly try their best to help you.

The Big City
by Preeya Samrai

As a foreign resident of Hurghada, one of the things I love most about living in Egypt, and especially on the Red Sea, is the feeling of safety. I remember when I was young in my home town my parents used to leave the car running and unlocked when shopping in the supermarket. Or coming home from school to find the front door unlocked or the key under the door mat. As I grew up, so did our town and we could no longer live in this care free manner.

When I arrived in the Red Sea, I found a safe haven where I didn’t think about people stealing or the chance that someone would accost me. Unfortunately and fortunately, Hurghada is now becoming a little city, with all the benefits of a city, such as more things to do and see, choices and competitive rates, but also the down side, such as criminality.

Whether you are a local or a foreign resident we urge you to send us any reports of any incidents you have personality been involved with. For example, if someone tries to touch or bother you (if you are a woman) or there is a break in (to your home or car), please let us know, as the local Police want to gather this information together to see how these tyes of incidents can be prevented.

And remember ... call 122, explain you need the Police, they will come as fast as possible and we have a better chance of catching the offender.

Perhaps learning a few key emergency words in Arabic for us foreigners would be advisable, such as:

o HAA-DHI TAA-RI-AH! (This is an emergency!)
o EL-HAUUNI! (Help me!)
o MUSH-KA-LA (Problem)
o BULIIS (Police)
o HARIIA (Fire)
o MAYYA (water)
o MUSTASHFA (hospital)
o DOCTUR (Doctor)
o ANA AYYAAN (I am sick - said by a man)
o ANA AYYANA (I am sick - said by a woman)
o SIBNI LE WADI! (Don't touch me!)
o YALLA! (Buzz off!)
o IMSHI! (Go away!)
o HALAAS! (Enough! Finished!)
o EEB (Shame on you!)

Mall 8 - Sharm El Sheikh



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

For more details, please don't hesitate to contact the DIVEX staff
[email protected]

What's On ... in Sharm

Sinai X-treme Park, Na’ama Bay, Sharm El Sheik

Looking for something extreme to do this summer? Then head to the Sinai X-treme Park in Na'ama Bay. Activities offered at the park include include :

Sand Boarding - takes place in the desert close to Dahab using a very impressive sand dune.

Salto Trampolins. Anew recreational and sporting attraction for all age groups. It is a totally safe yet unique bouncing sensation, supported by adjustable bungie chords which are regulated according to the weight of the person. Clients are able to turn somersaults (saltos) easily anywhere between 6.5 to 32 feet high, after only a few minutes practice.

Paintball. A group of players divide into 2 teams. The object of the game is to go out and capture the other team's flag while protecting your own and trying to eliminate opposing players by tagging them with a paintball expelled from a special airgun called a "paintgun."

Bungee Rocket. Developed in Australia, the Bungee rocket uses the latest spring system to catapult you and a friend 60 meters into the sky. The acceleration is similar to a formula one car at full speed, 0-165 kph in 1.3 seconds creating a G-force of 6.5 g’s in this astounding ride!

Moby Dick

Parents & Kids

Bilingual Children

Recent studies have shown that bilingual children understand written languages sooner than monolingual children.

When learning to read, many preschool age children recognize letters in alphabets (or characters in no alphabet languages) long before they are able to read. Knowing a second language can really help a child comprehend written languages faster and possibly learn to read more easily.

Preschoolers who speak one language can usually recite the alphabet and spell their names but cannot read without the help of pictures. But bilingual preschoolers can read sooner because they are able to recognize symbolic relations between letters/characters and sounds without having visual objects.

There are definite advantages to being bilingual when you are learning to read, providing that children are exposed to stories and literacy in both languages. By four, bilingual children have progressed more than monolingual children in understanding general properties of the symbolic function of written language. By five, they are more advanced than monolinguals and bilinguals who have learned only one writing system in understanding specific representation properties, even in English.

Learning a foreign language at a very young age can clearly benefit children's reading abilities.

El Gouna


Find out more at :
For Sale/Rent
Range Rover for sale. Beautiful black, 1987, Range Rover 3.5 V8 with leather interior, full option including AC, electric windows, power steering. For more information call: 012 246 6047 (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.
Speed boat or glass boat wanted to buy, around 7 meters in length, with or without engine. Please contact [email protected] (Safaga)
Apartment wanted urgently to rent in Sakala, Hurghada. Minimum 2 bedrooms, fully furnished & phone connection. Please email [email protected]
Chief wanted - local or international - for The Club House, El Gouna. For more information, please call 012 311 3434 or email [email protected]
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 [email protected] 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
Camel Dive Club & Hotel is looking for 2 young, dynamic SALES PERSONS to join our busy Reservation Office in Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai. The applicants must have: Minimum 2 years travel sales experience /Ability to work within a team/Excellent communications skills/Basic computer skills – MS word, Excel, Outlook/Licensed to Scuba Dive/ Native English with a 2nd language preferred/ Native German with English requested. Please send applications by Email to: [email protected], or call 069/600 046.
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