The Red Sea Newsletter

Issue 89
4th October 2004

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Aloha Surf Shop
We are moving to the Esplanada Mall .. .Grand Opening October 1st 2004
Check out our hot 2004 bikini & beachwear collection from
Quiksilver, Gecko and more ...
Esplanada Mall (Beside Sindbad Hotel)
The Surf Shop - 010 134 2423

Features & Articles


Bedouin populations in Southern Sinai are broken into 8 tribes. The Management Resource Protected Areas of Nabq and Abu Galum are inhabited by two of these tribes - Al Mezeina, one of the largest and most powerful tribes, inhabits the Southern Gulf from Nuwaiba to Sharm El Sheikh and the El

Ta rabin inhabits the area from Nuweiba to Taba. The total Bedouin population in these areas is approximately 3000 individuals.

Bedouins have traditionally occupied the Sinai Peninsula.  Within the limits of declared Protected Areas they retain their traditional rights and continue to occupy their settlements, women graze their sheep and goat herds and men fish.  Activities that are likely to damage habitats or reduce their biodiversity are now regulated by the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) staff in cooperation with concerned Bedouin.  Bedouin staff have been contracted by the EEAA as Park Rangers or to provide services to the Protectorates.

Bedouin culture has been founded on strict tribal laws and traditions.  Nature is respected, water is consumed sparingly, small water reservoirs are constructed on hillsides to assist wildlife, the relationship between coral reefs and fisheries is understood and damage to reef areas is limited.  Tribal law prohibits the cutting of "green trees", the penalty can be up to three 2 year old camels or their equivalent value.  Bedouins have said that "killing a tree is like killing a soul".  Much can be learned from that statement.

Zero Gravity
Esplanada Mall (behind McDonalds Restaurant)
We are stocking all major scuba equipment brands.
Zero Gravity Dive Shop - 0105468800
[email protected]


The Top 10 Endangered Species

The Napoleon wrasse has joined great white sharks and river dolphins as one of WWF's (World Wildlife Fund) top 10 species most at risk from international trade.

Many divers are unaware that the large, inquisitive, and often friendly Napoleon or humphead wrasse are under such threat. Restaurants in the Far East pay up to $180 per pound for the fish, making it a lucrative target for fishermen.

The WWF's Top Ten species most endangered by international trade:

  • Great white shark
  • Napoleon wrasse
  • Irrawaddy dolphin
  • Asian elephant
  • Tiger
  • Leaf-tailed gecko
  • Pig nosed turtle
  • Yellow crested cockatoo
  • Ramin (tropical hardwood)
  • Asian yew

World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund (UK)

CIESConservation on International Trade in Endangered Species
of Wild Fauna and Flora

Opposite the entrance
of Hurghada Airport
For more details 012 370 93 71
[email protected]
Thinking about Nitrox?
Nitrox Rotary Silent LP 280
LP 560 now in stock
LP 280 - 430 l/min for 32% O2
LP560 - 860 l/min for 32% O2
  or 280 l/min for 40% O2   or 560 l/min for 40% O2

Mall 8 - Sharm El Sheikh




Dry Suits Available NOW!!!

NEW this year: DIVEX will market MOBBY's Dry Suits exclusively in Egypt. Starting from NOW!! 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

Dive 2004
NEC (National Exhibition Centre), Birmingham, UK
Saturday 30th October 2004 9:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday 31st October 2004 9:30am - 5:00pm

With over 300 exhibitors, in-hall pools and dozens of top speakers, Dive 2004 is the showcase for the diving market. Whether you're looking for new gear, RIBs, the best in holidays or, for that matter, anything else to do with diving - you'll find it all at The NEC. And there are great deals to be had!

There are manufacturers and retailers of diving equipment, tourist boards, travel agents and dive holiday destinations, dive boats and chandlery, training courses, publishers, leisure clothing and other diving related merchandise.

Oktoberfest Celebrations

Cairo Marriott Hotel
Everyday starting from 5th October and running until 11th October
between 7:00 pm and 11:30 pm

Traditional live music, authentic cuisine and of course a "Stein" of beer.

Contact : (02) 735 8888, Ext: 8819




Mares exclusive distributor in Egypt

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

phone/fax: 069 3603103 - mobile: 012 3399334


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Parents & Kids

Teaching Children to Cycle

For most children, a tricycle is often the first step in learning to ride as it has only two things to teach a child, steering and pedaling. The steering usually comes first and once the basic concept of steering has been learned, the child can then start to use the pedals. As soon as the child has become proficient in pedaling and steering a trike, it is usually best to move them onto a small bike with training wheels.

Training wheels are potentially the least painful way to teach a child to cycle, but also the slowest. To make good use of training wheels, you need a safe, flat surface where a child can ride with a minimum of supervision. Adjust the training wheels so that the cycle has a little bit of tilt from one side to the other.

Once the child has become accustomed to pedaling, steering and braking, the training wheels should be raised slightly, a bit at a time.The cycle will become more wobbly and the child will learn to balance automatically with practice. As the child becomes more adept the cycle will spend more and more time with both training wheels off the ground. The day will come when it is obvious that the training wheels are no longer doing anything, and they can then be safely removed.

The "running-with-the-child" approach is the traditional way to teach cycling, and is also the fastest and most parent-involved way to teach basic balancing. The parent should hold the child by the shoulders and run along behind. It is important that the parent doesn't hold the handlebars, saddle or any other part of the cycles; the child cannot learn the feel of balancing if the parent is taking control of the cycle.

The ideal way to learn to ride a bike is by using an undersized cycle. The rider should be able to sit on the saddle with both feet flat on the ground and the knees slightly bent, with the feet always ready to stop a fall. It may even be useful to remove the pedals at first, so that the feet can swing freely. Ideally, a cycle for this approach should have at least one hand brake, so that the child can stop while using both feet for balance.

There is a very wide range of ages at which children master basic balancing, with the average being about 6 years, but normal variation running from 4 to 9. It is important not to push them too hard. This can be a real problem for children of active cyclists; excessive pressure can take all the fun out of the experience. Allow your child to learn at his or her natural pace, and it is more likely that cycling will become a fun family activity for all of you.

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