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 MATAFY/SHURTAT EL-MATAFY (Fire Brigade)
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!)
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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!