The Red Sea Newsletter

Issue 78
19th July 2004

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Features & Articles

Report Names Best Countries To Live In

The Human Development Index, prepared by the U.N. Development Program, is issued annually and includes every country for which statistics are available. Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Liberia were among nations not included because of lack of data.

Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands ranked as the best five countries to live in. Norway has led the list for the past four years.

Aside from the overall index, the report produces indicators on women’s equality, income inequality and consumption, poverty and other categories that countries use to measure development.

Belgium was in sixth place, followed by Iceland, the US, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland, Britain, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, New Zealand, Germany and Spain. At the bottom of the list for the seventh year was Sierra Leone, emerging from a decade of civil war. Right above it were Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Burundi.

In Latin American and Caribbean nations, Barbados again headed the list, in 29th place. Argentina ranked 34th, Chile, 43; Costa Rica, 45; Uruguay, 46; Bahamas, 51; Cuba, 52; Mexico, 53; Venezuela, 68. Surprisingly, Brazil dropped to 72nd place, one above Colombia.

In Asia, Hong Kong was in 23rd place and Singapore in 25th, South Korea in 28th, Thailand 76; Philippines 83; China 94; India 127; Bangladesh 138 and Pakistan 142.

In the Middle East, Israel led the list in 22nd place, followed by Cyprus in 30th place, Bahrain 40; Kuwait 44; Qatar 47; United Arab Emirates 49; Libya 58; Oman 74; Saudi Arabia 77; Lebanon 80; Jordan 90; Tunisia 92; Palestinian territories 102; Syria 106; Algeria 108; Egypt 120; Morocco 125 and Yemen 149.

Excerpt from International Herald Tribune



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Local News

From Newcastle, UK to Sharm el Sheikh

For the first time ever, the tour operator Thomson, has added a new route to its Newcastle flying programme for the winter of 2004/2005 to Sharm el Sheikh. Starting November 2004, Thomson customers will be able to jet off to Sharm from their local airport without the hassle of getting to London.

Egypt Air Introducing New Flights to Uganda

Egypt Air is introducing two more flights between Entebbe, Uganda and Cairo in October this year, with one passenger flight and one cargo flight extra per week. Egypt Air started flying to Entebbe in 1961 and suspended its operations to Entebbe due to unstable political changes in Uganda in the 1970s. Since its return to the Uganda market in 1992, Egypt Air has been operating one weekly flight with a 145-seater Airbus 320 on Monday nights, arriving at Entebbe at 8.30am and departing for Cairo at 4.40am.

El Gouna

What's On ... in Sharm

Friday 23rd July

Mega MELT party at THE ECHO TEMPLE. Sound, light and laser show, and performers - fire spinning, acrobats and much much more! Groove to the house beats of FEDERICO SCAVO from HOT COFFEE / PINK COFFEE the latest remixed classics, alongside residents Ouzo & Mash.

Tickets can be purchased from Pacha, Sharm el Sheikh, Naama Bay.
25 Euro/185 LE


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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]

Parents & Kids

The following is a guide to some of the resorts and hotels on the Red Sea which provide facilities for children:

Four Seasons Resort, Sharm el Sheikh - provides kids staying at the resort with fun and supervised activities through the "Kids For All Seasons" programme, which is a complimentary programme for those aged between five and 12, and is open daily from 9am to 5pm. The programme emphasises educational activities as well as contemporary and traditional Egyptian arts, crafts, and games. Outdoor recreation for children includes kite flying, pool aerobics, introduction to snorkelling, swimming, beach games, walks and sand sculpting. In addition, kids are guided in a tour to the pastry kitchen where they learn to make their own little cookies. In addition, the resort features special room amenities for kids that include shampoo, hair conditioner, baby oil and powder. Little bathrobes and emergency diaper supplies are also available upon request. Other kids-friendly touches in the resort include a special kids' menu in all restaurants and room service.

Hilton, Dahab - here the kids cn enjoy the kids' buffets with various specialties cooked and baked for them. In the main restaurant there is a babysitter who can feed and entertain your kids, allowing you to enjoy your meal undisturbed. The resort also operates the "KIDZ Paradise Club", open from 9am to 5pm for children aged between four and 12. The club allows children to paint, sing, dance, play with toys and many other activities. There is also one hour a day dedicated to beach games.

Le Meridien, Makadi Bay Resort - offers the "Penguin Kids Club" which provides a daily programmes full of activities, such as, painting, funny games, swimming, ball games, special kids lunch at the main restaurant and mini-disco, where they can dance the night away. The resort has a special outdoor pool for the kids as well as a part of the indoor heated pool and there is also an outdoor playground.

Sheraton Soma Bay Resort - operates the "No Mummies Kids Club" which prepares a weekly programme with exciting daily activities and entertainment, such as, best sand shapes, kids handicraft, treasure hunt, a weekly party, videos, painting, mini-water gym, dancing, walking excursions, mini-water polo and a variety of other water games, and every night at 8.30pm, there is a mini-disco. The "No Mummies Kids Club" opens from 9am to 8pm for children aged between four and 12.

excerpt from Al-Ahram Weekly

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For Sale/Rent
Furniture clearance sale. Bed, matress, oven, 6hp air conditioner, play station 1, cd/stereo. Prices open for negotiation. Please call : Silke 012 321 5273. Hurghada.
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]
Chef 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
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