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your sharm lifestyle advisor Issue No. 87 Mid Jan ‘12 - Mid Feb ‘12 FREE COPY

Happy new year Sharm! Nuweiba... More than Beer and Bomfires? New Quiz and Advice Pages Know • Dive • Life • Eat • Out • take ten • list

Welcome to 2012’s first issue of Mix Magazine! Happy New Year readers... Managing Director Rebecca Holmes tel. +20 0122 1617 944 Editor In Chief Gamal Abdolah Sales Manager Sherif kamal tel. +2 0127 1668 822 Editing and Proof Reading: Ali Hill Special Thanks to: Sean Cooper, Naomi Houghton, Cagdas Cort, Sabs Elsabry, everyone who supplied party picture photographs Character Illustration: Victor Bailey Character Copywriter: Mostafa Farid


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4. 5. 8. 9.

WWW - What Where When Zane’s Visitors Guide to Sharm el Sheikh Luca’s What to do? What To See?

KNOW 10. Nuweiba... more than beer and bomfires!

DIVE 14. Dive Listings 15. Luca’s Top 5 Reef Dives

LIFE 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

La Strada Christmas Show Sharm Kids Christmas More Mix Magazine Fans New Years Resolutions... Ummmmmm Avoid Holiday Sickness

EAT 24. Eat Listings 31. Mix - Recipe - Smoothies With 24/7 Supermarket

OUT 32. Sharm DJ Chadash Corts HIT Single 42. Xmas and New Year 2012 - Sharm Style!

TAKE TEN 43. Chinese Lunar Calender - 2012 Dragon 44. Dear Jane, I left my brain on the plane! 45. Mix Quiz Page

LIST 46. List Mix - Useful Info

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What? Where? When?


Live Sports @ Union Jack Bar, Nabq - DAILY Quiz Night @ Tavern Bar 20.00 ALL YOU CAN DRINK PARTY NIGHT @ Little Buddha 23.00 Ladies Night, Buy one cocktail & get the next free @ Monty’s Bar from 22.00 Party Night @ Pangaea, Soho Square 23.00 Acrobatic CIRCUS DISCO @ El Fanar 23.00 MELT, Eastern European House @ Pacha 24.00

Chill Out Tunes @ Delta Sharm Beach - DAILY Twisted Tuesday Party @ Pataya Beach, Nabq 23.30 CHERRY DROPS, Juicy sassy House @ Pacha 24.00

Italian Karaoke @ Viva Bar, Nabq ladies Night, 50% off all drinks @ Tavern Bar 23.00 - 01.00 La Dolce Vita Party @ The Desert 23.00 XXL Party @ El Fanar 23.00 Wednesday Party @ Space Nightclub Sharm 23.00 GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN @ Little Buddha 23.00 Free Shot with every drink @ Monty’s Bar 22.00 Crazy Luca’s Karaoke @ Tavern Bar 22.00 Bus Stop Goes live with Singer Karen @ Bus Stop, Nabq 22.00 V.I.P. Night @ Little Buddha 23.00 HOUSE NATION, The Famous Foam Party @ Pacha 23.00 Friday Party @ Terrazzina Too 14.00 DJ Katia on the Roof @ Camel Bar 22.00 La Dolce Vita @ Taj Mahal, Alf Wa Leila 23.00 Space TERRACE @ Space Nightclub Sharm 23.00 Hedkandi @ Pacha 23.00 LADIES FREE COCKTAILS NIGHT @ Little Buddha 23.00 Family Day @ La Strada, Nabq 15.00 Beer Lovers Night, buy 2 beers & get 1 free @ Monty’s Bar 20.00 - 24.00 Exotic Tropical Starlight Party @ Terrazzina Too 23.00 Buddha Resident DJ OSCAR @ Little Buddha 23.00 Toda Joia Party Night @ Toda Joia Lounge Bar & Club, Hadaba 23.00 Traditional Carvery @ Tavern Bar, 19.00- 21.00 reservation required Karaoke with DJ Cat @ Camel Bar 22.00 SMOOVE from Ministry of Sound @ Pacha 23.00 Party @ Hard Rock Cafe 23.00

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Cars drive on the right hand side. Please put on your seatbelt at all times although it is only compulsory for the driver and the front seat passenger. The speed limit is 60 km around town. Don’t use a mobile phone whilst driving and stay fully focused as the behaviour of other drivers in Egypt can be rather erratic!


Zane’s Visitors Guide to Sharm el Sheikh Taxis – blue and white saloon cars holding a licence number are the official taxis licensed to carry foreign passengers. They are meant to have a working meter but I wouldn’t count on it! Thus, the best practise is to agree on a price before you get in. There is a minimum charge of 10 EGP. Going from Naama Bay to Old Market (approx. 5 km) costs a maximum of 15 EGP and never agree on an AC supplement. Once you agree on the price and reach your destination, leave the taxi first and then hand the money over through the window. Try to carry small notes such as 10 or 20 EGP to avoid waiting or negotiating for change. I don’t advise ladies to sit in the front passenger seat and if alone, always sit in the back and try not to answer any questions concerning your name, marriage status or nationality etc. Never accept a lift from a private car even if the driver offers you a taxi service. Hi Mix magazine readers, I’m Zane. I’ve been working here in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh as a tour guide for many years. My job means I am responsible for ensuring my guests take home the best possible memories of our beloved Sharm. I have been kindly asked by Mix magazine to share some of these insights with you. So here goes… Below is a quick and easy guide to make sure your holiday runs smoothly, trouble free and most importantly enjoyable!


Mini-bus – also blue and white. They go up and down the main Peace Road for as little as 1le. They must be hailed from the roadside as there are no designated “bus stops”. The Mini-buses go all the way to Old Town Sharm and then onwards to Hadaba. On the inward bound trip they go from Hadaba direct to Naama Bay and onwards towards Sharks Bay, the Airport and Nabq. The Mini-buses are generally used by the Egyptian staff but tourists can still use them. Expect each bus to be full by the end of the journey. Please dress appropriately as you will need to bend to get in and out. Simply shout ‘Henna Kwais’ (“here’s good”) when you need the Mini-bus driver to stop anywhere along the route.

The safest way to reach Naama Bay, Old Market or any other destination is to use your hotel’s shuttle bus. However, when shuttle buses are not available there are three alternative ways of travelling: Rent a Car – you can rent a car by day, week or month and with or without a driver. Rates start from 150 EGP per day depending on the rental company, the car’s kilometer limit, make/model of the car and the rental period. International companies are usually more expensive than the local ones, but please always ensure if using a local company, that the car is fully insured. This option is best for those who like to discover the area by themselves and are aware of the driving style in Egypt. MIX - January ‘12 - February ‘12



Street smart:If you don‘t want attention or stares... Bikinis and speedos are for the beach and the pool, not the street. Hot pants, minis, and barely there tops are for clubbing, not the Souq (shopping areas). Don’t walk along the street or go to the supermarket in swimwear – take a sarong with you and wrap up.

Simple rules:Just think before you drink when walking in the street. Egypt is not a drinking nation; however alcohol is acceptable in bars and clubs. Public displays of affection: Egyptian men often greet each other by giving a kiss on each cheek; this is usually for family and close friends and is culturally acceptable. However, it is unacceptable for couples to have an amorous kiss, grope or clinch on the street or the back of a taxi. Get a room!

Mobile and internet:The People:Take a look around you. You will notice more Egyptian men than women living in Sharm. This is because most of the men’s wives and families live in Cairo, Alexandria, or the country. Sinai is home to many Bedouins. These people are historically nomadic and have a rich culture different from Egyptians. The Egyptian and Bedouin societies are conservative when it comes to dress sense and public behaviour. Women will wear clothes to cover themselves, sometimes wearing a head scarf (hegab). Even the men are fairly covered, sometimes wearing a Galabeyia (an ankle length long cotton shirt).

Love and romance:Oh the bliss of a holiday romance – but here are just a couple of tips which might help. First, if you meet an Egyptian local and fall head over heels, you cannot simply head off into the sunset. Egyptian law states that an unmarried Egyptian cannot share a hotel room with you unless he/she can present your marriage papers.


There are three main telecommunication companies in Egypt which provide both telephone services and internet services. These are Vodafone (with the red logo), Mobinil (written in orange) and Etisalat (which is branded with a lime green sign). Whilst on holiday, instead of using your foreign sim card which may have extraordinary high rates, you can simply buy an Egyptian sim card and credit (this way you can easily manage your expenditure rather than receiving a large mobile phone bill when you arrive home). If you want to stay in touch online you can buy a prepaid USB modem from any of these companies for only 99 EGP. Simply plug it in your laptop, recharge using a top-up card and surf away. Credit costs around 30pst / MB and all three companies have competitive rates and good coverage in and around sharm. Please note you will need to take your passport with you when purchasing a sim card or USB in order for your number to be properly registered. This way, it will stay connected even if you only use it once a year whilst on holiday! If you are not asked for your ID, this means you are probably not getting the standard charges.

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All three companies have branches in Sharm, however they also have many franchises. In order to get the best service and standardised rates, it is best to go to the actual branches, all of which can be found at the shopping district of Il Mercato (Hadaba). Please note the franchise store will take a fee when you buy a top-up card. They can charge up to 50% more than the credit you will receive! Whereas at the companies’ own stores, a 10le credit costs 10le!

Money:Monetary unit: Egyptian Pound (LE or EGP) 1 pound (LE) is worth 100 piasters. Notes come in 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1, 5, 10 (two different versions), 20, 50 (two different versions), 100, and 200 denominations. Coins come in 0.25, 0.50 and 1 LE. The 0.50 piasters and 50 pounds notes can be mistaken and easily confused. To avoid handing over too much money, please memorise them. Currency Exchange Currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, exchange offices and some ATM’s. Major credit cards and well known brands of travellers cheques (preferably in US dollars, sterling or Euro) are honored almost everywhere. ATM machines are abundant and you can withdraw money using your credit card or international ATM cards.

Shopping:Sharm el Sheikh offers a wide choice of shopping districts where you can find bazaars and also branded shops. The most popular are Old Market and Naama Bay. In most bazaars and shops you must ask for the price. Egyptians are excellent in judging the value of your wallet and therefore the first price will be at least triple the value of the product. Offer 30% of this first price and if you hear “no” just leave the shop. The shop assistant will then probably follow you and eventually say “yes”. If not, simply try in another shop where you are highly likely to find identical items.

and a great dining experience. When going to the Old Market area, I highly recommend you avoid wearing provocative clothing such as miniskirts, shorts, transparent tops and uncovered arms as this will help you enjoy hassle free shopping! Pay attention to the quality of the souvenirs. For example, for the light papyrus to be an original, you should see a crisscross pattern when looking at it under the light; whereas the darker one with no crisscross pattern will not be an original. For grocery shoppers, I recommend local supermarket chains such as 247, Metro, Carrefour and Sheikh Abdullah. Prices are fixed and you can find plenty of imported products but also good quality locally sourced items. Here would be the best place to buy Egyptian delicacies such as tahina paste, sweets, dates etc. If you are a fruit lover you must visit Old Market and its “Veggie” stores to try the rare, fresh and chemical free fruits such as mango, guava, dates, caca, green melon, water melon and many more.

There are also shops with fixed prices where you can buy not only typical bazaar products but also local

artists’ small and large masterpieces. Fixed prices are found in all of the branded shops in Il Mercato (Hadaba) and also Soho Square (White Knight Bay). These locations are recommended for “no hassle” shopping where you can also enjoy a nice ambiance

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Luca’s “What to do? What to see?”

Yo yo yo, Luca here! Goodness what a month! I came to Sharm on a one week’s diving holiday and do you know what? Exactly 29 days later and I’m still here… oops! It’s been crazy; I have met so many great people and have done so many cool things. I thought Sharm was just sun, sea, sand and fish! But there are loads of activities for all ages in this city I call “Sharm el Fun”! Ok - I don’t actually say that but… it’s true!

Motor sports:Please stand up, turn your back to the sea, and what do you see? Desert and mountains. Experience the desert at its best while off-roading in or on the vehicle of your choice, be it a motor bike, quad bike or 4x4 jeep. I took a wicked day trip exploring the desert one late afternoon. We then chilled and enjoyed the sunset followed by a show and dinner. There are many different companies providing desert excursions as an alternative to your travel reps selection, but as my buddy Zane always says: check they have insurance or that your holiday insurance fully covers your trip. Oh, and make sure you get a receipt when booking any trips! Believe me… running around town trying to find “Mohamed” to get a refund for an excursion that he never picked you up for is not fun; been there, done that, never again ;-)


Here are a few useful numbers Riders Safari 012 2774 230 Sahara Express 010 1794 907 Sand Action Safari 010 8854 086 Sinai 4x4 Extreme 010 9334 144

Water sports:Apart from snorkelling and diving, I have discovered there are many new and exciting activities available for enjoying the sea here in Sharm. You can learn to wake board or kite surf, go parasailing, try a banana boat, or if you prefer to stay dry, how about a cruise or a glassbottom boat trip. Wake boarding and Cruises 012 2182 614 Bobos Water Sports Glass-boats and parasailing 069 3600 931 Sharmania Water Sports parasailing, water ski and water sports 010 1314 152 Sun ‘n’ Fun Hilton Fayrouz, all water sports and glass bottom boat trips 069 9601 623 United Submarines glass bottom boat trips 069 3662 252/0255

Ice skating:Escape from the Sharm sun in one of the two ice rinks located at Concorde El Salam Hotel or Soho Square. Skating lessons are available. Concorde El Salam Hotel 069 3601 460 Soho Square 069 3602 752

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Improve your game with a lesson from a golf pro, or enjoy a round of golf with friends on an 18 hole PGA Championship Golf Course at Jollie Ville Golf 069 3603 200

Wander the seafront shops, relax and watch the world go by in one of the cafés. Find cheap accommodation in one of the simple but comfortable camps.

Bowling:Enjoy family fun at one of two fully automated Bowling Alleys at Mas Bowling, Na’ama Bay and at Soho Square, White Knight Bay Mas Bowling 069 3602 220 Soho Square 069 3602 752

Horseback riding:Take a riding lesson if you are a beginner, or for the more experienced, enjoy a ride along the beach or through the desert on horseback. Concorde El Salam Hotel 010 5340 028 National Park 010 3050 052 Omar Riding Club 012 3493 830 Sofitel Equestrian Centre 069 3600 081

Aqua Parks:-

Mount Sinai:Inextricably linked to the biblical story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. It also has religious significance to Islam as the place where Mohamed’s horse, Boraq, ascended to heaven. The 7,497 foot mountain has 3,750 stone steps made by the monks of St Catherine’s Monastery.



St Catherines:Sits at the foot of Mount Sinai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, run by Eastern Orthodox monks and one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. It was built between 527 and 565. In one of the holiest parts of the building is the Chapel of the Burning Bush where a living bush, said to have come from the bush that Moses saw burning, still grows today.

Sharm is a great place to enjoy Aqua Parks, especially as the weather means you can jump in and out of the water all day. There are two main Aqua Parks in Sharm. Cleopark which is located in the heart of Naama Bay’s hotel strip, with a Pharonic theme offers a wide variety of attractions and slides from the Scorpio Attack ride, The Solar Boat, The Snake Terror, The Unfinished Temple, The Queens Trophy and last, but not least, the amazing Lost Pyramids with its three different type of slides. There is also the Aqua Park City located on the cliff of Ras Om El Seid, close to Alf Laila Wa Laila Entertainment Centre. Aqua Park City spreads out over 133905 m², and consists of an Aqua Park, two hotel buildings with 260 rooms, and a 450 m long promenade with cafés, restaurants, bazaars, a supermarket and a bakery. The huge water paradise offers 20 water slides and games, and wildly wet fabulous fun for you and your family. In addition, many hotels have their own mini parks with slides and games , two of the largest are the “Aquablast” which is located at the Park Inn hotel and also the Sunrise Tirana Aqua Park Resort and Hotel, both located in Nabq.

The Red Sea:Ranked at the top of the world’s most rich and varied aquatic environments; swim, snorkel, dive in it or view it from a boat. A definite must do!

Old Sharm:Meander the streets filled with towels, leather goods, fruit, Galabeyas, scarves, perfumes and restaurants. Eat freshly baked flat bread, or try koshari. Dress modestly and get ready to barter. MIX - January ‘12 - February ‘12



Nuweiba... More than beer and bonfires! “Turquoise waters edged by fine, sandy beaches and rimmed on both sides by barren, rugged mountain chains give Nuweiba one of the most attractive settings among Sinai’s resort towns” – Lonely Planet! And do you know what? The travel writers got it right! Nuweiba is situated on the eastern coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, 70 km south of Taba and 180 km north of Sharm el Sheikh and only 120 km from St. Catherine. Nuweiba, which means “Bubbling Springs” in Arabic, is a 7 km long stretched settlement developed from a barren isolated place with no infrastructure into a promising and attractive tourist destination. Nuweiba has been recently discovered by tourist investors establishing hotels along the coastline connecting it with Taba in the north and Dahab in the south. Thankfully its secluded natural beauty still lives on which acts as a perfect antidote to the sometimes commercial busyness of Sharm. The city is divided into three parts. Southwards you’ll find the port, the city, and Tarabin, the Bedouin camp and beach strip where most backpackers stay. Nuweiba city does lack a center, but has a small strip of cheap restaurants, an internet cafe, and some souvenir shops. Along the beach in the city some resorts and more upscale camps are located. To the north, between Tarabin and Taba, you’ll find even more rustic camps than you’ll get in Tarabin. All of these camps were struck hard by the lack of Is-


raeli tourism after the Taba/Ras Shaitan bombings in 2004. The places that used to rely on Israeli visitors can seem almost dead, but on the plus side you have a high chance of solitude by the beach in this area.

What to see? The sunrise in the east, rising over the hijaz mountainrange of Saudi Arabia and the Aqaba gulf is definitely the most spectacular breath taking sight in this area. Otherwise, the area is low on historic sites but offers plenty of interesting mountain landscapes. Trekking with camels can be organised from the beach in Tarabin, otherwise, an early morning walk northwards to Red Rock (small red mountain clips by the sea) is possible (about 1 hr). The city of Nuweiba is new and built in concrete. The Bedouin village in Tarabin holds little of interest except seeing how settled Bedouins live in modern Egypt. Apart from this, you might enjoy ship-spotting from the beach.

What to do? Apart from hanging out at the beach (the beach is the jewel in Nuweiba’s crown), Nuweiba offers diving and snorkeling from the camps and hotels. A small reef is located south of Tarabin, otherwise better snorkeling and diving is found at Ras Shaitan (Devils Head), a short car ride north of Tarabin. Other great scuba diving sites just a short drive from Nuweiba include South Cove a few kilometers to the north.

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Most of the camps and hotels also organise treks to the Colored Canyon and a smaller Canyon trek closer to Nuweiba. If you are in a group the price should be about 50-100 LE per person, maybe 400-500 LE for a 4WD to the Colored Canyon. This is considerably much cheaper than Dahab and Sharm.

Where to sleep? Travellers can choose from the resorts and upscale camps in Nuweiba city and Tarabin or the more basic camps at the “hippie beaches” north of Nuweiba. Be aware there are also some cheap hotels located by the port but these can often be dirty. Mix magazine recommends the places at the Tarabin beach strip, which all offer more or less the same

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concept: relaxed atmosphere, huts and beach access. Most camps are within a range of 500m of each other. If you’re tight on budget start comparing and bargaining, it’s worth the hassle.

A little bit of History! During the Israeli occupation, Nuweiba was the site of a large moshav (farming settlement), which has since been converted into a residence for Egyptian government officials. In the 1990s, Israelis formed the bulk of the tourist trade but the vagaries of the regional political situation over the past decade and the fallout from the Iraq war have forced many new tourism projects to a halt. Today, the outskirts of Nuweiba and the coastline north to Taba is littered with the shells of half-built resorts.



Castle Zaman! Mix magazine’s hot tip for Nuweiba is plan ahead and reserve at least a few days before you arrive if you want to spend a day at Castle Zaman! Castle Zaman is a must do for anyone in this area. On a hill just north of town, it serves as an oasis for trekkers and campers in the area. You can spend a relaxing day on a bean bag seeing an amazing view of the gulf and 4 countries. Some of the features are a sauna, a good bar with cocktails, lunch/dinner and a swimming pool that blends nicely in with the nature of the area. http://

Photographs taken by Sabs Elsabry – Sabs Photography a self taught photographer with a thriving passion for photography - she told Mix magazine that “holding a camera makes me see things differently; it’s like my 3rd eye”. For Sabs “Nuweiba especially Ras Shaitan is the only place on earth where I can feel the peace of heart and mind... I called it my paradise”.


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Sonesta Beach Resort & Casino Naama Bay tel: 010 – 11 74 400 tel: 010 – 11 75 500


Sheraton Sharm tel: 069 – 3602 070


Blue Lagoon

La Perla Hotel tel: 069 - 3663 180

C Fun Divers

Iberotel Palace Sharm el Maya tel: 069 - 366 3393

Camel Dive Club

Naama Bay tel: 069 - 3600 700 fax: 069 – 3600 601 Grand Rotana Resort & Spa Sharks Bay tel: 016 - 8830 344 Royal Grand Sharm Ras Umm Sid tel: 016 – 8830 341

Dive Africa Water Sp Sharm Holiday Hotel Peace Road Sharm el Sheikh tel: 012 - 4521 086

Diving & Discovery Fanara

Iberotel Fanara Ras Umm Sid tel: 069 – 3664 324

Divers United

Coral Hills tel: 012 - 7445 833

Diving World Red Sea The Rock Hotel tel: 069 – 3660 065



Emperor Divers Bay View Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3601 734 tel: 012 – 35 02 433

Extra Divers

Melia Sina tel: 010 - 5837 986

Sinai Divers

Sharm el Mayah tel: 012 - 7963 155

Ghazala Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 697/150 fax: 069 – 3600 158

Oonas Dive Club

Oonas Hotel Sonesta Beach Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 581 fax: 069 – 3600 582

Sinai Scuba Diving Centers

Pirates Dive Club

Naama jetty

Sol Verginia Hotel Motel Street Sharm el Sheikh tel: 012 - 2442 148

Hilton Dreams Sharm Resort Naama Bay tel: 012 – 22 49 828

Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 145 fax: 069 – 3600 144

Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3601 939 eg

Red Sea Waterworld Hyatt Regency Resort tel: 069-3600145 RED SEA WATERWORLD The Ritz Carlton Hotel tel: 069 – 3620 533

Free Style

Holiday Service Diving College

International Divers

MAgic Divers

Magic Life Hotel tel: 012-7334 500 ext. 8125

Millennium Divers

Red Sea Diving College

Sharks Bay Umbi Diving & Camp

Moon Divers


Domina Hotel tel: 069- 360 1713 tel: 069- 360 1713

Falcon Inn Hotel tel: 069- 366 3298 Polish Diving Center, Hotel Regency Hadaba Sharm el Sheikh tel: 012 – 48 88 298

ONly Six DC

Turquoise Hotel

Subex Red Sea Maritim Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 122

sunshine divers club

red sea Waterworld

P.O. Box 275 South Sinai tel: 069 – 3600 942 fax: 069 – 3600 944

Crowne Plaza Hotel tel: 069- 360 4266

Sun Set Hotel City council street.Hadaba tel: 012 - 2887 398

sharks bays tel: 012- 783 1388 email:

The WAVE DIVING CLUB El Kheima Sharm el Maya tel:012- 778 7004 hotline: 012- 3 428 409 Fax: 069-366 4161 thewavedivingclub@gmail. com

Werner Lau

Helnan Marina Hotel tel: 069-3600 456

Sheikh Coast

Sinai Blues

Four Season Hotel tel: 069-3621145 fax: 069 – 3603 550

Sinai Dive Club

Novotel Hotel, Hilton Sharks Bay tel: 012 – 28 15 210 tel: 012 – 24 63 754 fax: 069 – 3601 040

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Luca’s Top 5 Reef Dives! by Sean Cooper

Hi Luca here and I have some hot diving tips for you… I have dived all over the world and nothing compares to the Red Sea. As you guys know I’ve been in Sharm a while now and to be honest I have spent most of my time underwater. So to save you the leg work, or the flipper work, here are my top 5 reef dives for you to try!

SHARK & YOLANDA REEFS, RAS MOHAMMED NATIONAL PARK Shark Reef is the Red Sea’s most famous and most popular dive site. It is easy to understand why, especially if you have dived there in the summer, with its rich and varied corals, and abundance of reef & pelagic fish. Due to its geographic location, the Sinai Peninsula enjoys a rich source of plankton and other food stuffs that are transported to the area by the strong currents of the Red Sea. Due to their geographic location, the Shark & Yolanda reefs being at the very tip of the peninsula, it is advisable that only experienced drift divers dive here as the currents can be very strong. You can also have large surface swells, especially in the winter, that make exiting the water rather tricky. Having said that, on a bad day Shark Reef is a great dive, on a good day Shark Reef can blow your mind. MIX - January ‘12 - February ‘12

The eastern side of Shark Reef is a vertical wall that descends to a depth of over 700 meters (2300 feet). Keeping the wall on your right shoulder, you skirt around a coral outcropping with small caves, and an amazing array of, mostly soft, corals. If you keep an eye on the blue you have the chance, especially in the summer, of seeing large shoals of twin-spot snappers (lutjanus bohar), longfin spadefish (platax teira), orbicular spadefish (platax orbicularis), various trevallies (caranx lugubris, caranx melampygus, carangoides bajad and caranx ignobilis) and bluespine unicornfish (naso unicornis). You can also sometimes find large schools of blackfin barracudas (sphyraena qenie), forming large circles and, if you are really lucky, sharks hunting the barracudas. After you have finished at Shark Reef, still keeping the reef on your right shoulder, you come to a saddle that connects Shark Reef to Yolanda Reef. At the top of the saddle you find a sandy plateau of about 8m which extends behind both Shark & Yolanda, separating the reefs from the fringe plate. There are a lot of soft corals on this plateau, and it is common to find turtles, especially hawksbill turtles (eretmochelys imbricate), dining in this area. There is also a resident female juvenile green turtle (chelonian mydas) whom has been gracing the area with her presence for the last three or four years. Crossing the saddle can be difficult especially when the currents are moving from the back of the reef to the outside of the reef causing strong down currents in this area. 15


Once you have crossed the saddle, you come to Yolanda Reef. Yolanda reef is a beautiful and rich coral garden. Once you have crossed the coral garden, at a depth of approximately 20m you find the remains of a loading derrick from the Cypriot cargo vessel, the Yolanda, which ran aground on the western side of the reef in 1980. The ship was carrying, amongst other items, a large consignment of bathtubs and water closets (toilets). In 1987 during a violent storm the ship sunk into the blue and now rests between 160m – 200m (approx.) leaving behind large portions of her cargo scattered on the reef and in particular on a second saddle, this one connecting Yolanda with the Satellite Reef, or Turtle Rock. In this area you can usually find numerous morays (esp. gymnothorax javanicus), blue-spotted sting rays (taeniura lymma), scorpionfish (scorpaenopsis oxycephala), stonefish (synaneia verrucosa) and crocodilefish (papilloculiceps longiceps). Continuing across the saddle of Yolanda you come to yet another reef, admittedly much smaller than the first two, often called Satellite Reef, occasionally Turtle Rock. Here you find another beautiful coral garden which, at the back, has a very friendly depth of 5m enabling you to complete your safety stop in a very pretty spot. You have here the chance to see just about everything and anything the Red Sea has to offer. It is a truly amazing dive site.

Type of dive: Drift Difficulty: Advanced to Experienced Pros: One of the world’s best reef dives, with a beautiful reef wall and a large variety of marine life, both reef and pelagic Cons: Often very strong currents with strong surface swells

JACKSON REEF, STRAIT OF TIRAN Jackson Reef is the most northern reef in the Strait of Tiran, and has two of the most beautiful coral gardens out of all the reefs around Sharm. On the northern side (“outside Jackson”) you also have, if you’re lucky and the weather conditions allow it, the chance to see scalloped hammerheads (sphyma lewini). The two coral gardens, one on the west corner and the other on the eastern corner, boast nearly every type of coral that you can find in the waters around Sharm. There is also a beautiful red anemone at a depth of 28m on the west side coral garden. Dives can be made as mooring or drift dives, but care must be taken when encountering the strong currents that are typical around the Tiran dive sites otherwise you can find yourself pushed out in to the shipping channels. Type of dive: Drift, semi-drift, mooring Difficulty: Beginner to Experienced Pros: Amazing corals and marine life Cons: Strong currents that can catch the unwary. The site can get very crowded.

RAS UMM SID, LOCAL Umm Sid is a very popular place for divers and snorkelers alike. The site, with a lighthouse that marks the beginning of the western side of the Strait of Tiran, has a small wooden jetty that allows easy access for divers, snorkelers and bathers. While there are, sometimes, moorings allowing boats to make both drift and mooring dives, Umm Sid is famous for a large collection of sea fans that start from a depth of 12m and descend to a depth of 35m (approx.).


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Type of dive: Shore, Drift, Semi-drift and mooring Difficulty: Beginner to Experienced Pros: Beautiful corals and marine life. A good place for night diving. Cons: Local current can make returning to entry point tricky. Can get overcrowded, often in the afternoon.

SHARKS BAY, LOCAL Okay, with such famous dive sites as Shark Reef, Jackson Reef or Ras Umm Sid to choose from, why would anyone in their right mind say “One of my favorite dive sites is Shark’s Bay”? You’ll probably never see hundreds of snappers there, or a shiver of sharks, and no wrecks (except for sunwisened dive guides), so why would anyone cite Shark’s Bay as one of their favorite dive sites? For a start, it’s an excellent spot for a night dive, teeming with crustaceans, echinoderms and cephalopods. Shark’s Bay is predominately made up of hard corals (and sand) so can look ... without wishing to sound too harsh ... dreary in the daytime but at night all these corals (or at least the polyps) come out to feed. It’s also an excellent place for photography. Secondly, admittedly you have to look a little harder in the daytime, but Shark’s Bay has a very healthy population of stonefish and scorpionfish (devil, bearded, and smallscale). Yeah, I know, these are the ‘ugly ducklings’ of the fish world and not to everyone’s taste but there are plenty of ‘pretty fish’ such as butterflyfish, angelfish, gobies, blennies, anthias and anemones (including at least two pink anemones). There have also been seen ornate & robust ghostpipefish, juvenile starry puffers (which look like swimming olives), juvenile yellow-mouthed morays and juvenile coral hinds. And there are not just the small things there either. Admittedly not on a regular basis, but people have seen here whale sharks, leopard sharks, eagle rays, mantas, fantail rays, honeycomb rays (or leopard rays), guitarfish and even oceanic white tips. MIX - January ‘12 - February ‘12

One of the best spots in the area is a glassfish pinnacle (28m) but don’t look for it on the dive site maps as it seems, amazingly, to have been overlooked. Here you will find a very healthy pinnacle with a large pygmy sweeper colony protected by several red-mouthed groupers. On the pinnacle itself you can find numerous types of shrimps and a very active cleaning station, while usually somewhere at the base of the pinnacle you can find a couple of resident scorpionfish. Often you’ll also come across a large malabar grouper that likes to stop at the aforementioned cleaning station and, while it is being cleaned, is quite happy for you to ‘float’ next to it (usually at all other times the fish won’t have anything to do with you).


The site also boasts a beautiful reef wall, and a plateau with a forest of coral pinnacles. Often, especially in the summer, people can spot sharks and rays on the corner of Umm Sid. There are also often shoals of barracudas and spadefish. The reef wall offers splits, ledges and small caves. Umm Sid is also a great place for night diving. A word of caution though, the local current can be very strong and can make it very difficult for snorkelers and divers (those entering from the shore) to return to the entry point. Above Umm Sid on the shore you’ll find El Fanar beach (“fanar” is Arabic for “lighthouse”) that offers a great place to enjoy the weather and scenery, as well as grand food and drinks; if you have family members who don’t dive and don’t enjoy boat travel, then a day at Umm Sid is a great place to spend the day.

Type of dive: Shore Difficulty: Beginner to Experienced Pros: Very easy access to water. Good place for night dive. Very good for photography. Cons: Beach can get crowded. Often visibility is poor. Lots of rubbish in several places (especially close to the jetty).

CAMPSITES 1, 2 & 3, MARSA BAREIKA, RAS MOHAMMED NATIONAL PARK For those of you who fancy getting away from it all, why not try some shore diving and camping in the Ras Mohammed National Park? The campsites are positioned on the northern shore line of Marsa Bareika and, as such, are off-limit to all dive and snorkel boat activity. This unique condition means that not only is the area above the water very calm and peaceful (it is the desert accommodation) but so is the dive site and fish like quiet. It is possible to find here large marine life such as rays, turtles and sharks, small critters such as ghostpipefish, frogfish and often unusual nudibranchs. The accommodation is army-style tents (alas without a/c) and there is also a shower and toilet block nearby. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are provided by the Bedouins who manage the site, as well as much tea (Egyptian and European style), coffee, soft drinks and water you could care for. 17


A typical trip would involve arriving at the campsite around midday, taking lunch before an early afternoon dive and then later a sunset dive (imagine surfacing and finding nothing but the Milky Way above your head!) before your evening meal. Afterwards you can laze by the camp fire and chat or just listen to the Red Sea lapping at the shoreline. The following morning you would typically rise about an hour after sunrise for an early morning dive. And then, after taking your breakfast, journey back to Sharm. If you expect 5 Star room service on your holiday then this excursion is probably not for you but if you’re looking for something a little bit different, wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Naama Bay and a chance to experience something quite unique then this is for you! Type of dive: Shore Difficulty: Beginner to Experienced Pros: Pristine corals. Unusual marine life. Lack of boats and other divers. Diving in Sharm as it use to be. Cons: Not for adrenaline junkies. Amenities basic. Can be very windy.


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La Strada Christmas Show by Naomi Houghton

For the community of Sharm, another wonderful, well attended event took place at La Strada, Nabq, Sharm el sheikh on December 16th. There was a massive turn out for the Christmas market stalls which were bustling with residents selling and buying bits and bobs... there was a lovely warm atmosphere of Christmas and soft background music played as the sun set. The stalls included homemade food, clothes, face painting demonstrations along with the human size zorb balls, bouncy castle, bungee rope and trampolines. Fun was had by all!


As night drew in the crowds moved over to the stage area for the evening entertainment.... The entertainment kicked off with Joleene Evans Glee Club from the Sharm community center; the club sang a wonderful arrangement of Christmas songs in cute Santa costumes. Up next was Joleene’s private singers - Sarah and Gabriella. Moving on from the angelic sounds of Glee Club, was Flash Forward Dance Academy’s performance from hip hop to cheerleading, gymnastics and rounded off with a very competitive breakdance competition in which winners Malak Sallam and Samia Daher were given the biggest cheers ever heard. The support really was amazing from all the residents and a happy Christmas vibe felt throughout the event. To top it off, Break Away, Sharms first pro breakdance group performed a special Christmas set showing the kids what they can achieve with hard work in their classes. Santa provided each child performer with an individual Christmas present to thank them for their dedication and hard work put into their singing and dancing over the last 3 months. The children were ecstatic! What a great end to the evening! La Strada and Sharm Community Center run family days and community events every week and at festival times. If you would like to get involved in future events such as valentines or Easter or get your child involved in one of the great clubs – Glee Club or dance academy classes or simply want more information, please contact Sarah Fahmy .

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Sharm Kids this Christmas When Mix magazine opened up its office email the other day, we could not contain our excitement, the Luxor family had done a photo shoot for Mix and as you can see it is genius!!! The magazine aims to celebrate and report the achievements of Sharm’s children and was so happy to receive a thank you along with the Luxor’s photographs “Thank you MIX MAG for all your stories, Sharm news and advice..... once you start reading you simply must finish”!


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LIFE Mix Magazine wishes a very Happy New Year to from top picture - eleven months old, blue eyed Youssif Kamal, Samira and Samia Daher, Chloe Ashleigh Burt and little Dorra and her mummy photographer Nahla Amor!!

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New Years Resolutions… Ummmmmm! You know what? It’s not just us humans that have trouble keeping their New Year Resolutions.


New Year Resolutions for Pets!

What would happen if Mix magazine were to follow you with a camera crew 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the first 100 days of 2012, while you went for your New Year’s Resolutions? We bet 3 things would happen… 1. You would START doing the things you say you need to do. 2. You would START doing the things you know you shouldn’t be doing. 3. Life would continue pretty much unchanged, except for the fact you would keep writing last year’s date! The same New Year resolutions crop up every year. Why? It’s obvious. Because they’re just so hard to keep! The Mix magazine team reckons a general positive attitude to life and the theory of “balance” - whether that’s, work vs. play, family vs. friends or cooking vs. takeaways, is a good resolution to apply all year long!


1. I will not eat other animals’ poop. 2. I will not lick my human’s face after eating animal poop. 3. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m lying under the coffee table. 4. My head does not belong in the refrigerator. 5. I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener. 6. Cats: Circulate a petition that sleeping become a judged competition in major animal shows. 7. Come to understand that dogs are from Venus; cats are from Mars. 8. Take time from busy schedule to stop and smell the behinds. 9. Hamster: Don’t let them figure out I’m just a rat on steroids or they’ll flush me! 10. Get a bite out of that freak who gives me that shot every year. 11. Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is *too* much. 12. Cats: Use new living room sofa as scratching post. 13. January 1st: Kill the sock! Must kill the sock! January 2nd - December 31: Re-live victory over the sock. 14. The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff. AND the final top New Year’s Resolutions Made by Pets... 15. I will NOT chase the stick until I see it LEAVE THE IDIOT’S HAND.

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Avoid holiday sickness! While you’ve thought through everything from flight reservations to beach reads, you probably haven’t planned how to prevent the one thing that could suddenly and easily ruin your holiday here in Sharm—getting sick. Experts estimate that traveller’s diarrhoea alone affects up to 50 percent of all international tourists for some period of time. Enjoying your time in sunny Sharm without taking some precautions can be like driving without wearing a seatbelt – you just don’t do it! Mix magazine want to ensure you enjoy your holiday here in Sharm to the max! Thus here are our top tips to help prevent illness or injury spoiling your holiday.

1. Be safe in the sun

2. Water Avoid tap water. In Egypt the tap water has not been treated as in European countries. In your hotel, local bars, restaurants and beaches, the ice will have been made with bottled water - however if in doubt ask! and please remember to stick to bottled water even when brushing your teeth. Finally: Drink plenty of it! Most upset stomachs/illnesses are actually caused by dehydration alone, so drink, drink, drink!

3. Beware of mosquitoes Being bitten by a mosquito is always unpleasant and over the last few years due to the increase in greenery and plants here in Sharm, which require manual watering, the amount of mosquitoes have risen. So keep

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5. Traffic safety Be extra vigilant; the rules of the road may be different to what you are used to! Look both ways more than once before crossing the road and where possible find a place where there are no parked cars blocking your view of oncoming traffic. Remember, that in Egypt we drive on the left so the cars may be coming from the opposite direction to what you are expecting! Please also be aware that unfortunately some drivers do not use their headlights at night…

6. Red Sea sickness One of Sharm’s must dos is to take a diving or snorkelling boat trip, however being on board a boat can cause an ailment that can happen to anyone: Seasickness. Seasickness is caused by a conflict in sensory input from the eyes and inner ear to a person’s balance centre. When your ear says you’re bouncing around but your eyes say you’re standing still, the result is nausea. Mix magazine recommends you eat foods that are low in fat to minimise nausea, experiment with treatments such as ginger root capsules or simply take a seasickness table before going on board.


Build up time in the sun gradually. Wear a hat and light clothing to help prevent sunstroke. Ensure that your sunglasses provide UV protection and apply sun lotion with an SPF rating of 15 or above. Check the expiry date of your sunscreen, they don’t last forever. We are in the middle of winter believe it or not, but in the coming month’s post magazine release, from March through to October, we recommend you stay out of the sun between midday and 3pm. A great excuse for a long lunch or a siesta!

your arms and legs covered in the morning and evening when mosquitoes are common and wear plenty of repellent; the local brand “Off” (bright orange tin) is readily available in most shops in Sharm. Some skin types can be sensitive to the DEET which is in repellents so if this is you, then why not just spray your clothes?!

7. Upset stomach If, after these precautions you still unfortunately get traveller’s diarrhoea, you’ve got to rehydrate. But just guzzling water isn’t enough, particularly for small children. Be sure to drink some oral rehydration solution, a powder mix containing sugar and sodium that’s formulated to maximise the body’s absorption of water. Sachets of these powders can be easily and cheaply bought from local pharmacies. Also a local brand of diarrhoea tablet – “Antinal” - has been formulated to fight the local germs and works much better than European brands.



EAT mix El Masrien Old Market tel: 069 – 3662 904 Traditional oriental grill, with all the Egyptian barbecue classics. Fayrouz Ritz Carlton tel: 069 – 3661 919 Authentic Egyptian and Lebanese cuisine in an exotic ambience. Try El Khan terrace area for a true feel of 16th century Cairo. Saffron Middle Eastern restaurant Soho Square White Knight Beach Open from 6.30pm – midnight Dress code: Smart (no shorts or slippers) tel: 069 – 3602 752 Grill House Horus Mall Il Mercato Tel: 010 001 6143 All kinds of freshly BBQ grill meats, plus traditional Egyptian dishes. Tam Tam Oriental Café Ghazala Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 Lebanese & Middle Eastern cuisine, freshly baked bread. Dine under the stars while enjoying live music & Egyptian folkloric shows.

Blue Ginger Ritz Carlton tel: 069 – 3661 919 Authentic Japanese cuisine with an open Sushi kitchen and authentic Makimono rolls. Dragon Group Restaurants China House Na’ama Center (Na’ama Bay) Tel. : 012 2250586 Tiran Center (old Market) Tel. : 010 39 99 416 Indoor-Outdoor Restaurant w/View (15% Discount For Delivery


& Take Away) Tiran Branches ThaiHouse Na’ama Center (Na’ama Bay) Tel. : 010 54 60 195 Tiran Center (old Market) Tel. : 010 3997526 Indoor-Outdoor Restaurant w/View India House Na’ama Center (Na’ama Bay) Tel. : 010 54 60 195 Tiran Center (old Market) Tel. : 010 3997526 Indoor-Outdoor Restaurant w/View Sushi House Namma Center Tel.: 010 54 60 195 Indoor-Outdoor Restaurant w/View Eest Savoy Hotel tel: 069 – 3602 500 ext. 8604 Open: 19.00 – 23.00 A rich mix of Asian cuisine with a breathtaking sea view and outdoor seating. Kokai Asian Ghazala Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 Chinese Specialities & Japanese Teppanyaki show cooking. Kona Kai Marriott Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 190 Set in a modern environment, Kona Kai offers great sushi at very good prices. Tepenyaki show cooking nightly. Little buddha Naama Bay Hotel tel: 069 – 3601 030 The Sharm branch of the world famous Buddha Bar. Offering Sushi and a unique fusion cuisine in an elegent atmosphere. MAI THAI Soho Square tel:069 – 3602 752 Authentic Thai cuisine. Open: 18:30 – midnight Dress code: smart casual

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Super Market

069 360 3504



012 7880 224



012 69 73 727

El Masrien

Oriental BBQ

069 3662 904


Fast Food

069 3663 330


Fast Food

069 3603 036


Il Mercato

069 3661 179

La Favola


069 3665 146

Gino’s Pizza


010 361 1056

Makani (Hadaba)

Fast Food

069 3664 422

Makani (Roza Mall)

Fast Food

069 3604 421/2

Manchow Wok


069 3661 720

McDonald’s (Il Mercato)

Fast Food

069 3665 462

McDonald’s (Rosa Mall)

Fast Food

069 3602 111

McDonald’s (Naama)

Fast Food

069 3602 110



069 3664 044



069 3600 050


Fish and seafood

012 11 37 000



069 3603 306

Pizza Caliente


010 56 55 313

Pizza Hut (Il Mercato)


069 3663 350

Pizza Hut (Naama)


069 3603 035

Red Sea Fish

Sea Food

069 3664 250

Thai House


010 546 0195

Sadiki Cafe


012 11 98 780


Sea Food

069 3660 474


Super Market

069 3661 193

Grill House

Oriental BBQ

014 400 4552

Sharm Sports Cafe


014 400 4553

your sharm lifestyle advisor MIX - January ‘12 - February ‘12 Mandarin Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open for dinner. Chinese Buffet every Saturday indoor and outdoor, overlooking the main swimming pool. MIKADO Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open for dinner. Teppanyaki Restaurant & Sushi Lounge (soon with Sushi-Belt). Siam Maritim Jolie Ville Royal Peninsula Hotel & Resort tel: 069 – 3604 200 Open daily for dinner Authentic Thai restaurant with our award-winning Thai Chefs preparing your favorite dishes. Sala Thai Hyatt Hotel Tel: 069 - 3601 234

Quite arguably the most elegant restaurant in Sharm, with a majestic sea view, excellent cuisine, and good service. Silk Road Grand Rotana Resort & Spa tel: 069 – 3602 700 Where eastern cooking meets western cuisine, Silk Road is the signature restaurant of the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa sushi lounge Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open for dinner. Sushi Belt Conveyor Zen Chinese Restaurant Soho Square White Knight Beach Open from 6.30pm – midnight Dress code: Smart (no shorts or slippers)

tel: 069 – 3602 752 Bier Wagen Ghazala Beach Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 Authentic Bavarian cuisine & Swiss Fondue. Bar with large screens presenting all sporting events. BOMBay Soho Square Savoy Hotel, White Knight tel: 069 – 3602 752/3 Open: 6:30 – midnight Mughal Mahal Rosa mall, above 24-7 peace road Hotline +20 014754 5590 E-mail: sharmeg mughalmahal. com tamarind Sheraton tel: 069 – 3602 070 ext: 53 Open: 18.30 – 24.00

Enjoy the flavoaurs and spices of authentic Indian dishes especially prepared by our Indian Chef Iswara from Bombay. Tandoori Camel Dive Club and Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 700 Open: 18.00 - 23.30 Tandoori is a favourite with locals and guests alike. This atmospheric award winning restaurant in the heart of Naama offers delicious Indian specialties

19th hole Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open until sunset. At the golf club house, overlooking the 18th hole golf course.


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CAL fresco Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open until sunset. Fresh, healthy & light meals with calorie counts. At the beach overlooking the Tiran island. Ghazala Beach Bar & Grill Ghazala Beach Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 A la Carte grilled items & sandwiches. Fresh Seafood daily “Sold by weight” Best Seafood in Na’ama Bay with a large selection, Charcoal grilled fish right on the beach (as if the name didn’t say it all) Hard Rock Café Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3602 665 Apart from the waiter dancing sessions, the

place has good service and decent food. Hard rock café is one of Sharm’s hottest nightspots, especially on weekdays. JOLIE BISTRO Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open for lunch and dinner. International a la carte restaurant with live entertainment. In the lobby. La Fleur Maritim Jolie Ville Resort Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 100 Fine French cuisine in a cozy elegant setting by the beach promenade. Onions Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 050 Il Mercato, Hadaba tel: 069 – 3665 525 Open until 3.00 Extensive menu with items from the grill, pasta,

burgers, pizza, and big sandwiches. Eat-in or home delivery. L’Entrecote STEAK HOUSE White Knight Beach Soho Square tel: 069 – 3602 752 Prime cuts of Australian and Irish beef grilled to perfection, plus seafood dishes. Open: 18:30 – midnight star cafe in front of Vodaphone, iil Mercato, Hadaba tel: 0100 007 3289 Terrazzina Sharm el Maya tel: 012 – 27 35 119 tel: 010 – 50 06 621 Beach bar restaurant with new international menu including exclusive Russian Kitchen, Italian menu, Egyptian traditional dishes, as well as seafood Al Forno Maritim Jolie Ville Royal Peninsula Hotel & Resort tel: 069 – 3604 200 Open daily for dinner. Fine Italian restaurant with open kitchen, live cooking station and original woodfire pizza oven. CHARLESTON Il Mercato, Shopping Mall tel: 069 – 3666 318 www.charleston-sharm. com Fresh home-style italian food with all of the classic italian dishes. Great menu,

great venue and BYO option for drinks. Da Franco Ghazala Beach Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 Italian cuisine specialties & pasta. Genuine Italian food with pizza fresh from the real wood heated clay-brick oven. El Fanar El Hadaba by the lighthouse tel: 069 – 3662 218 With Italian management, El Fanar seduces you with good food, a chill out beach and a wonderful spot to watch the sunset. Fernando Tuquoise Hotel Sharm El Maya tel: 010 – 50 64 964 The signature restaurant of one of Sharm’s most famous restaurateurs. With fine Italian cuisine and the freshest home made pastas and bakes. IL PALIO Renaissance Golden view Beach Resort tel: 069 – 3664 694 Pool view, a la carte restaurant. Indulge your self with dishes from Italy’s most celebrated regions. Reservation is recommended La Favola Delta Sharm tel: 069 – 3665 146 Open 7.00am – 2.00am Genuine Italian food in a traditional atmosphere with both air-conditioned and terrace area

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La Luna Ritz Carlton tel: 069 – 3661 919 Casual refined Italian dining in a Mediterranean villa atmosphere. Mezzaluna Grand Rotana Resort & Spa tel: 069 – 3602 700 A refined version of the typical Italian trattoria, Mezzaluna offering a casual yet chic selection of Italian cooking. The terrace dining area overlooks the swimming pool and stunning Red Sea. Melodies Old Sharm by the market entrance tel: 069 – 3662 240 ext. 315 For anyone who appreciates standard Italian food the way they make it in Italy, this is definitely the place to go, with super thin pizzas and hard to find menu items like rice Suppli. Great value for money.

ORANGE restaurant delta Sharm Shop no. 1033 tel: 2496 01930 - 78102, 0106681279, 01066-81283 Fast food take-away Parmizzano’s Marriot Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 190 Open: 12.00 noon to midnight Experience the Italian mood at Parmizzano’s Restaurant at the promenade of Marriott Sharm serving a la carte Italian menu. Pomodoro Camel Dive Club and Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 700 Open: Lunch 12.00 - 15.30 Open: Dinner 18.00 - 24.00 Stylish Italian indoor and outdoor restaurant with Italian specialties and a perfect view of the lively promenade. Romantica Delta Sharm, shop 119\

tel: 016-969 6975 Fresh Italian food, great variety of pizza and pasta. Rosmarino Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel tel: 069 – 3602 500 Elegant atmosphere, with unique specialties including Zuppa di Pesce and Lasagna with veal and mushrooms. Zigolini Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 100 Fine dining with great views over the Naama Bay promenade. Extensive menu with traditional italian cuisine.

Dar El Qamar Sheraton Sharm tel: 069 – 3602 070 Open: 13.00 – 15.00 / 19.00 – 23.00 Lebanese cuisine, with

a nice Arabic Decor and a beautiful terrace. Fairuz & Sidi Wadie Restaurant Naama Center 2nd floor, sharm el sheikh , Egypt 018802 1418 018 914 88 13 069 360 4358 Zahle Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort tel: 069 – 3663 232 Open: 19.00 – 22.30 Deluxe Lebanese restaurant and terrace serving authentic mezzeh and traditional delicacies. ZAMAN Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort Tel: (069) 3603 200 - 214 Daily open for dinner, Lebanese Buffet every Wednesday At the Royal Club, overlooking the golf course.

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Acapulco Joe’s Renaissance Golden View Beach Resort tel: 069 – 3664 694 Acapulco Joe’s offers surprisingly great Mexican snacks and salads. Mexican Bar Naama Bay Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 570 Very creative Mexican cantina decor, with a commanding view of Naama bay’s main two streets. Tex Mex Restaurant and Grill Hilton Sharm Dreams tel: 069 – 3603 040/53 Indoor and poolside Tex Mex (dah!) food with a la carte menu.

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food. Open: 13.00 – 24.30 Laguna Beach Laguna Vista Resort. Nabq Bay Tel: 010 907 8752 Open from 11:00am everyday until late. Unique Seafood Restaurant located directly on the beach. Hilton Fish Restaurant Hilton Fayrouz Resort, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 137/8 Open air restaurant serving seafood specialities. On Deck Iberotel Lido Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3602 603 Open: 19.00 – 1.00 Fresh Seafood in the middle of the water on a jetty right in the heart of naama bay. Red Sea Fish old market city center beside exit gate tel: 069 366 4250 Mobile: 016 53 88833

www.redseafish-sharm. com Safsafa Naama Center tel: 069 – 3603 418 ext. 313 Old Sharm Market tel: 069 – 3660 474The standard fare sea food place, with two key locations in the old market and Naama bay. Average prices. Sea Food Island Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Tel: 069 – 3602 500 Open: lunch: 12.00 – 17.00 dinner: 19.30 – 23.00 With unique dishes like Madagascar lobster tail, and jumbo shrimps. Also offering oriental meat grills and fresh baked bread. Shark’s Bay Coral Beach Rotana, Tiran tel: 069 – 3603 444 Open: 12.00 – 16.00 / 19.00 – 20.00 Signature dining with fresh


Abou Hamada Old Sharm Market tel: 069 – 3663 016/7

Traditional Egyptian seafood and grilled meat. Soup only 2 LE! Dananeer Restaurant Shamandora Mall King of Bahraen Street Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 321 Open: 12.00 – 24.00 One of the old time favourites for Sharm locals, with good sea food in the heart of Naama Bay. dolphin Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort tel: 069 – 3603 200/214 Daily open until sunset. International seafood restaurant with hot-stone cooking. At the main pool, overlooking the Red Sea coast. Fares Old Sharm Market next to the bakery tel: 069 – 3663 076 Hadaba Horus mall tel: 010 - 929 0090 Take away: 069 - 663 076 Excellent quality fresh sea



seafood and spectacular Shark Bay views. Sinai Star Old Sharm Market tel: 069 – 3660 323 For a long time, the number one spot for die hard sea food lovers, this transformed old market hangar is still popular, with good food at reasonable prices. Terrazzina Sharm El Maya tel: 012 – 27 35 119 tel: 010 – 50 06 621 More known for its laid back private beach, Terrazzina offers good sea food meditteranean style, with daily imports from Alexandria. The Beach Ghazala Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 Charcoal grilled fish right on the beach (as if the name didn’t say it all!).

crepeaway Rosa Mall tel: 0114 1999 171 Crepes, Sushi, Bakery, Cafe Don Panino Camel Dive Club & Hotel, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 700 Open: 12.00 – 4.00 Serves hot and cold wraps and sandwiches, paninis, gourmet burgers, pizzas, salads. Draught beer available. Makani Bakery Gazia Mall, Hadaba Peace Road, Rosa Mall


tel: 069 – 3604 421/22 Inspired sandwiches, delicious donuts, and great coffee, and now offering great sushi and home delivery. Panino restaurant 161 Delta Sharm Delta internal tel: 8207 tel: 0100 6731 758 Pizza, Pies, Sandwiches, Pasta. eat in or take away. Free delivery to all Sharm. Picasso Café Go Kart Centre Majlis Al Madina St Hadaba tel: 010 – 92 66 913 tel: 012 – 14 66 873

Maritim Jolie Ville Bakery Maritim Jolie Ville Resort, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 100 Open: 11.00 – 23.00 Pastry, breads, rolls and delicious almond muffins. Take away and café area. Marriott Bakery Marriott Hotel (Mountain View Area) tel: 069 – 3600 190 The Sharm El Sheikh branch of this highly successful bakery chain. Nice sandwiches in fresh bread. Their cheese salad is particularly noteworthy. Vanilla Camel Dive Club & Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 700 Open: 14.00 - 01:00 Serves delicious homemade ice cream, cakes and pastries, bread, and freshly squeezed juices. CILANTRO Naama Bay Promenade, Hilton Fayrouz Naama, and Il Mercato, Hadaba tel: 069 – 3661 733 Open: 9.00 am- 02:00am Delightful frappes, flavored tea, fruit juices, cakes, sandwiches and pastries. Plus free wi-fi.

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247 Supermarket wishing you a Happy New Year!

MIX - Recipe - Smoothies!

The powerful detox foods that go into each smoothie help your liver to detox naturally (which is imperative given the festivities of the past month) and they can help you boost your immune system to help fight any nasty bout of flu bugs Sharm has flying around!

Peanut Butter Energy Booster This protein-rich and minerals-filled smoothie will give you long-lasting energy. Cinnamon will help to control your blood sugar so your energy levels won’t crash too quickly. Ingredients - 1 big banana, 2 tsp of natural peanut butter, 1 handful of fresh baby spinach, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, water to thin.


Smoothies are a great way to boost your fruit and veggie daily intake. It makes a delicious quick breakfast, a nice refreshing snack, a wonderful healthy dessert or a super post-training drink. Not only are the flavour combinations infinite, but you can prepare different recipes to benefit from specific health components from its ingredients. One other great thing about smoothies is that to the opposite of simple juices, it keeps all the natural fibre which helps cleanse the digestive tract.

Immune System Booster Rich in vitamin A, C and zinc, this smoothie can increase the production of white blood cells and antibodies to get your body ready to resist this season’s infections. Ingredients - 1 mango, 1/2 cantaloupe melon, 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple cubes, 1/4 cup of chopped pumpkin seeds, water to thin.

Natural Skin Tanner

Flat Tummy Rich in digestion supporting ingredients, this smoothie will help prevent bloating and digestive stress that can sabotage your tummy flattening efforts. Ingredients - 1 papaya, 2 peaches, 1/2 pear, sliced 1 tsp fresh ginger, 2 mint leaves, water to thin.

Skin Saver Antioxidants in berries are known to help fight wrinkles and other skin ageing signs. Berries are also a great way to control blood sugar that can sabotage your complexion. This smoothie also contains Omega 3, to fight inflammation, as well as vitamins E and C, both renown to help the skin. Ingredients - 3/4 cup of blueberries, 3/4 cup of pitted cherries, 5 strawberries, 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted water to thin.

Studies have proven that a beta-carotene rich diet can make your complexion glow. This smoothie can help you get that healthy glow without risking your skin lying under the sun. Ingredients - 1/2 cantaloupe melon, 1 papaya, Juice of 1 orange, 1/2 cup of carrot juice (or water), 1 small knob of fresh ginger.

Antioxidant Power Feel the power of this detox foods-rich smoothie. Very rich in antioxidants, this smoothie will help to support your liver to detox naturally and help your body stay healthy and younger. Ingredients - 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of raspberries, 1/3 cup of pomegranate kernels, 1/4 cup of beet juice (optional), 1 banana, water to thin.

All Ingredients can be found in your local 247 Supermarket!

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Bars & Clubs Bar One

Horizon Hotel, Nabq, infront of CIB Grand Azure tel: 017671 78 78 New international restaurant and lounge bar


La Strada mall, facing Oriental Resort Hotel, Nabq Tel (02) 01516005908 Opening from 1:00 PM till 3:00 AM


Aqua Park Hadaba Bar serving local drinks and food. Pool table, and flat screen TV for sport.

Camel Bar, Terrace & Roof

Camel Dive Club & Hotel, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 700 Open: Open 15:00-late, Sat/ Sun 13:00-late Karaoke, resident DJs, divers nights, full dinner menu, cocktails and more.

El Fanar

Hadaba tel: 010 134 8226 Open: 21.00 – 24.00 (Except Party Nights)


Ghazala Beach Bar & Grill

Ghazala Beach Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 150 Happy hour for three hours every day on all alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages at the bar from 5.30pm – 8.30pm Live music with Zaki starts at 8.30pm


Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh tel: 069 – 3602 665 This famous international chain is one of Sharm’s hottest nightspots. Great music, great selection of beverages, food and cocktails.rock tunes.


Soho Square White Night Beach tel: 069 – 3602 752 Truly unique in the Middle East. It is the coolest place to have a drink. Its walls, seats, tables and even glasses are made of real Ice. Open: 19:00 - 02:00

Little buddha

Naama Bay Hotel tel: 016 350 6077 The Sharm branch of the world famous Buddha Bar. Early chillout music with late night dancing in a classy atmosphere.


Naama Bay Restaurant and Bar tel: 016 9688 766 tel: 016 0493 192

Oxygen Bar

Soho Square White Night Beach tel: 069 – 3602 752 Sited on the ground floor below the Pangaea nightclub, this bar creates that exciting feeling of anticipation for a good night ahead.Open: 19:00 – 04:00

tel: 069 – 3602 752 Open: midday - 01:00a.m

Sports Café

Horus Mall – Il Mercato (Dolphin Show Side) Tel. 010-001-61-43


Il Mercato Um Sid Hill Open from 12.00 to late. Creative Stella design with quirky chandeliers made from bottles. Great place to relax while the wife goes shopping.

Sugar Huts

Alf Leila wa Leila, Promenade No. 15 tel: 069 3660 554 tel: 010 6031 331 Great drinks and very friendly staff!



Alf Leila, Hadaba Open air venue with a unique castle style. “Dolce Vita” Friday & “Desert Part” Wednesday parties are not to be missed.


Naama Bay tel: 012 7785 509 tel: 012 7652 800 Traditional British Pub and sports bar featuring Big Screen footie and rugby. Sunday Carvery. Karaoke and DJ nights.

Sanafir Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 197 The Sharm branch of one of the hottest Ibiza clubs. The premier place to party. Pacha lounge all week long and Weekend outdoor mega parties. Soho Square White Knight Beach tel: 069 – 3602 752 Luxury African themed club.

Pirates Bar

Hilton Sharm El Sheikh Fayrouz Resort tel: 069 – 3600 137/8 Pirate’s is Sharm’s very own version of the popular TV series “cheers.” With a regular local clientelle and a laid back atmosphere.


Soho Square White Knight Beach

sharm DJ Chadash cort’s hit single! Chadash Cort, Resident DJ/Producer and Remixer at Sharm El-Sheikh hottest night club La Dolce Vita, is Ranked No: 1 DJ in Turkey and has been for the last 2 years running. Together with Martin M. singer, songwriter, producer, they have recently released a single - I Feel So High. The single is already a huge success worldwide hitting the charts and being played by DJs around the world. The track video is playing on international music channels and has been written about by many international newspapers.

The Tavern

Tavern 2 (T2)

Rock Hotel, Hadaba Great place to chill out and enjoy good pub grub. Outdoor terrace and on site parking.

Toda Joia

Lounge bar and Nightclub Alf Leila-Hadaba lounge bar and club tel: +20 19 321 9735 tel: +20 19 620 5833

Union jack bar and restaurant

Next to the Sharm Bride Hotel, Nabq tel: 019 670 9302 tel: 010 461 1426 Open All day till late. Live sports, fully aircon, great british food, ice cold beer! Daily happy hours.


Naama Bay Promenade, in front of the Red Sea Diving College tel:010 456 9483 Viva “La Vita”Lounge: Roof Top Lounge and Night Club 50 Bar: Karaoke and Disco. British bar that serves food as well.

Casinos Casino Royale

Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino tel:069 - 3600 100 Open 24hours. Black Jack, Roulette, Poker.

Naama Bay Casino

Naama Bay seafront opposite Naama Bay Hotel tel: 069 – 3600 704/5 Open: 14.00 – 6.00 150 reel slots and video slots machines. American Roulette, French Roulette, Black Jack, Oasis Poker, Daily Texas Hold’em.

Sharm Casino

Hilton Dreams Resort, Naama Bay All classic casino games. Open: 17.00 – 5.00

Sinai Grand Casino Sonesta Beach Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3601 050/55 Open: 20.00 – 4.00 Las Vegas style casino offering Blackjack, Roulette, Stud Poker and Loose Slot machines. Dining with a live show and entertainment each evening

in Egypt – Samozaen; the track will be on Samozaen’s upcoming album…Whooooop GO BOYS! Download: Chadash Cort Ft. Martin M. I Feel So High - available at iTunes

The duo have just finished shooting their second clip for their newest single “Martina” and are still in the studio working on new hits to come… Chadash Cort has also been working on a remix for one of the biggest singers 32

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Whats on @ camel bar! -All major Sports LIVE -Karaoke with DJ Cat every Friday and Sunday Starts@10PM


-DJ Katia playing on the Roof every Thursday , Friday and Saturday Starts @ 10PM -Tropical Night on every first Thursday of the month - Happy Hour Monday till Friday from 5 till 8 PM - Weekend Drinks Specials, every Saturday and Sunday ALL DAY TILL 7PM


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Whats on @ little buddha! Thursday - VIP Night! Clubbing in Style with Little Buddha – Contact us to book a VIP table for a very special, unforgettable night out! Friday - LADIES FREE COCKTAILS NIGHT! Ladies get free entrance and a selection of mind blowing cocktails for free from midnight until 2am and guys get a club full of very happy ladies – a great night out Saturday - Buddha Resident DJ Oscar spinning some great mixes! Perfect for an all nighter… Sunday - Buddha House Party! The only place to be seen in Sharm! Monday - ALL YOU CAN DRINK PARTY NIGHT! Little Buddha Sharm offers their famous ALL YOU CAN DRINK tickets – Call us for the prices and package or contact your Holiday Rep Tuesday - Let Buddha tempt you on Temptation Tuesdays! With our awesome Resident DJ Oscar Wednesday - GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN! Ladies Night – Free entrance to ladies + 1 free drink DAILY – ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI ROLLS for 150LE only inclusive of tax and service charge - from 4pm – 9pm WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY – Little Buddha INDIAN SET MENU! 150LE inclusive of tax and service charge from 5pm – 9pm

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VALENTINES DINNER – Little Buddha is offering an Sensual Set Menu ! If you want to treat the one you love then look no further than Little Buddha – Book your table for 2 on Tuesday 14th February and let Buddha do the rest…We promise it will be a night you will never forget…





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Chinese Lunar Calendar 2012 Year of the Dragon! The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born, has a profound influence on personality saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.” On January 23rd the Chinese Lunar Calendar celebrates its New Year and this year’s animal is The Dragon. Which animal are you? Dragon – 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Snake – 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 Horse - 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 Sheep – 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Monkey – 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 Rooster - 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 Dog - 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 Pig - 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 Rat – 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2007 Ox - 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Tiger - 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Rabbit - 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Dragon Personality The Dragon is magnificent, flamboyant, attractive and full of vitality and strength. In China, the Dragon is the imperial symbol, the sign of the emperor, or the male element Yang. The Dragon is the symbol of power and wealth.

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Ideal Jobs for the Dragon Include: Managing director, Salesperson, Advertising executive, Barrister, Film producer, Prime minister or President, Photojournalist, Architect, Astronaut, Artist, Film star, War correspondent. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 21, 34, 35, 36, 45 Equivalent Western Sign: ARIES Element: EARTH Colour: YELLOW Yin/Yang: YIN Direction: EAST-SOUTH-EAST Compatible with: Rat, Monkey, Snake, Rooster, Tiger Less Compatible with: Dragon, Ox, Rabbit, Pig, Ram, Horse Least Compatible with: Dog Positive and Negative Capability Positive: The Dragon can be vibrant, magnanimous, charismatic, principled, self-sufficient, discriminating, compelling, sentimental, accomplished, noble-hearted, healthy and prodigiously shrewd. Negative: The Dragon can also be bombastic, dissatisfied, ruthless, demanding, opinionated, mawkish, egocentric, defensive, power-mad, foolhardy, wilful and pompous.


It would be right to say that people born in the year of the dragon have a natural charisma and are certainly gifted with power and luck. It is unlikely for them to escape unnoticed from a party or to take a second place in a competition. The dragon person has an active mind and shows an unfeigned interest in the world around him/her. This person is also self-confident enough to know how to create a necessary impression. Because they are larger than life themselves, dragon people like to do everything on a grand scale. They are egotistical and ambitious, almost to the point of megalomania, and will stop at nothing to get what they want. A Person born in this year wears the crown of destiny, and is capable of great achievements if he/ she knows how to harness his/her tremendous energy, intelligence and talent.

While these people enjoy being the centre of attention, they also have a brave and charitable side to their personality. If a dragon’s friend faces a problem or dilemma he/she will be there to offer help, and when others leave the field of battle the dragon person makes a step forward to solve the problem with authority and dignity. These people set the high standard of actions for themselves as well as for other people and are surprised when others cannot cope with a task; they are so carried away by the process that they fail to see other people’s weaknesses.

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Dear Jane, I left my brain on the plane... Over the past few months we have received a number of letters via email requesting advice and information. As the most well known magazine in town, it’s not surprising people look to us for guidance. With the launch of our new “Take Ten” section we have invited resident Sharmer Jane to our team. Jane has kindly offered to answer your questions and to share her advice… Take it away Jane! “Dear Mix Magazine, I have fallen in love with Sharm and am thinking of investing in a property here but do not know where to start my property search or the legal requirements involved. Any help you can give will be appreciated” - Susan Price, Herts., UK Hi Susan, Firstly start by finding a reputable real-estate agent and get yourself a reputable fully qualified Lawyer. Due to the current market conditions there is an amazing selection of property available for you here in Sharm. Take your time looking around all the different areas and property styles. For instance an off plan new build may seem a good long term investment but there are also many fantastic re-sale properties available. Please remember that all prices are currently negotiable.


In terms of legal requirements, there are no purchase property taxes (the equivalent to UK stamp duty) but be prepared for re-sale agent costs to be the responsibility of the purchaser and not the seller. There are some other important differences, eg. if you are planning to buy the property to use for private/holiday use or with the intention of renting it out.


In addition, make sure that the person selling the apartment is indeed the lawful owner and all of the paper work is available for inspection, planning permissions etc. and make sure you obtain proper translations of everything! Happy house hunting Susan, Sharm really is a fantastic place to buy a “bolt hole” in the sun. “My Husband works long hours and I am home most of my time with my 7 year old son. What advice can you give me, to get us out of the house and the opportunity to meet new people?” Anon, Sharm Dear Reader, There are many mums here in Sharm who feel the same as you; your situation is familiar to many. My advice would be to approach the other mums at school, invite them over for play dates which provides both company for you and your son. You can also offer to help on the PTA or with any extracurricular activities at the school. I am sure they would welcome an extra pair of hands. Fit and Fun at Viva Mall and also La Strada run weekly classes and clubs, for all ages and for a wide variety of interests. There are family days each Saturday at La strada and many places hold weekend markets. Both are great places to get chatting to other residents. Don’t be afraid to approach people and engage in conversation as Sharm is a very warm and welcoming place. Good luck and Enjoy! “Dear Mix, I am planning on moving to Sharm in March and have a medical concern. I take regular prescriptive medication and am worried I will not be able to find what I need later in the year when I run out… What is your advice? “ - Anke, Germany Hi Anke, There are an enormous amount of pharmacies here in Sharm, be aware that not all are staffed by qualified pharmacists but there are many that are and in my experience they are incredibly helpful. Before leaving for Sharm, ask your current doctor to explain to you the ingredients of your medication, so you understand exactly what elements of the medication you require. This way, when you are here in Sharm, even if a local pharmacist cannot get the identical brand, he will be able to find you medication that will work exactly the same. The good news is that prescriptive medicine is much cheaper here than in Europe and easily available. I wish you luck with your new adventure to Sharm. Jane

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Mix Quiz! Sudoku - Medium A logic-based, combination numberplacement puzzle. The object is to fill the grid with digits, so that each column, each row and each of the nine sub-grids contain all of the digits 1-9. Research has shown that Sudoku, like many puzzles, which require logic and concentration are good for the brain. Mental activity keeps you sharp. As for whether it makes you smarter has yet to be proven! But given you chose to pick up Mix magazine in the first place, we in the magazine office reckon you are smart enough!

Spot the Difference between the two pictures below.

There are EIGHT differences to find, some are easy to spot and others are a little tricky!


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LIST mix Air Conditioning Electro House

Old Market tel/fax: 069 – 3664 800 mob: 012 – 31 58 883 Sales and service center.

Sharm Air

Mall El Farana Lot n.27 - Office #2 Hadaba beside Travco Company Open: 10.00 – 15.00 and Fridays: 13.00 – 22.00

Alcohol Karma

Old Market facing City Center tel: 069 – 3661 969 Home delivery available.

Appliances BTEC

Ritz Carlton Mall downstairs in the Kian Shop All major appliances from washing machines to flat screen TVs.

Radio Shack

Mall 8, Naama Bay Hadaba Center tel/fax: 069 – 3601 152 Popular international chain with a big choice of electric accessories, phones, TV & Audio equipment and connections.

Rapido Group

121 Delta Sharm tel:069-366-5040 - 016-554 0667 27 Aqua Park, Hadaba, 069366-5717 - 016-552-3585 Computer Hardware & Software Repair

Sama Mega

Shop No. 113 Delta Sharm tel:002 0100 970 628 Computer Hardware & Software Repair

Banks & Money Transfer al rawda exchange

Foreign Currency Exchange, Infront of al Mawardi Coffee Shop, Old Market tel: 0117 588 488

Arab African IntERNATIONAL Bank tel: 069 – 3600 125/7

(ABC) – Egypt

tel: 069 – 3603 742/3 fax: 069 – 3603 741

Banque Misr

tel: 069 – 3660 508

Barclays Bank Peace Road Criss Compound tel: 010 – 01 21 216

Commercial International (CIB) tel: 069 – 3601 571/602

Credit Agricole Egypt

mob: 012 – 39 66 926 mob: 012 – 45 84 122 Open: 12.00 – 23.00

tel: 069 – 3601 424

HSBC Egypt

Home Solution

tel: 069 – 3600 614/5

National Bank

tel: 069 – 3660 667/337

BNP Paribas Egypt

Il Mercato, Hadaba tel: 012 – 77 03 131 fax: 069 – 3660 804 Peace Road, Criss Village Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3603 872/3 fax: 069 – 3603 874

Thomas Cook

tel: 069 – 3601 808

Western Union

Graphic Design

tel: 069 – 3640 466

Solo Graphic Design

Car & Motorbike Rent Avis Car Rental

Morgana Mall, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3602 400, 069 – 3600 979 Open: 8.00 – 13.00 / 17.00 – 22.00


Bank st, Hadaba tel: 069 – 3662 299 mob: 010 – 18 08 490

Thomas Cook

El Gafy Land, Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3601 808/9 Thrifty Car Rental.

Car Sales & Service Bridgestone

Peace Road near Mobil Gas Station tel: 069 – 3662 273 Sales and service outlet for tires


Rowaysat tel: 069 – 3664 900/901 Full service and Toyota authorised center and dealership.


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Sharm Automotive

Peace Road next to Mobil Gas Station tel: 069 – 3663 900 Open: 9.00 – 21.00 Sat/Thur Authorized service center for Opal, Chevrolet, and General Motors.

Digital Printing


46 Media Partners

in front of aqua park-hadaba tel: 012 – 74 32 106 High quality digital printing for flyers, business cards and menus. Same day delivery for most orders.

Flowers Sinai Flowers

Um El Sid tel: 069 - 366 07 52


56 Hey El Nour tel: 010 – 66 92 571

Sharmer Artist

tel: 069 – 3663 458 mob: 010 - 0490 990

Health & Beauty Credo

In Deja Mall, IL Mercato Nail Care Beauty Salon + 2012 212 79 78 + 2012 214 71 34 Swiss original products

Fish cure

Old market, Tiran Mall, In front of Ibrotel Palace Tel: 069 3666 085, 0152 3882 323

Hyatt Regency Resort

tel: 069 – 3601 234 Open: 8.00 – 21.00 Club Olympus: a complete indoor gym and aerobics studio with five massage and aroma therapy rooms plus a spa with sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, and plunge pool. Thai Massage.

Oasis Health Club

Aida Street, Hadaba tel: 069 – 3660 796 tel: 069 – 3665 837 hotline: 19095

imagine PRINT

Royal Gate Mall Beside South Sinai Hospital Peace Road - Office Number 10,11 Tel.: 0122 186 1153 - 0122 163 3873

Il Mercato, Hadaba Shop no.13 Horus Mall tel: +2 010 715 3121- +2 019 998 9079 Home decoration and furniture Imported and handmade furniture. tel: 018 – 38 38 003 tel: 018 – 38 38 009

La Strada, Nabq Kitchen and home furniture

Renaissance Goldenview Hotel tel: 069 – 3664 694 Fully equipped Gym offering Cardio vascular, resistance and Free weight equipment. Massage, Aroma therapy, Reflexology, Sport Massage, Sauna and swimming pools.

Oriental Spa

Oriental Resort Hotel Peace Road, Naama Bay tel: +20 693 604 530 -31 - 32 016 89 21 881

SKE Savoy Beauty Salon

tel: 069 – 3602 500 Open: 10.00am – 9.00pm Wellness Center and Spa: facilities including Sauna, Jacuzzi and Steam Bath in addition to a wide range of body massages: Classic Swedish, Anti Stress, Thai (Acupressure), Aroma therapy (Lymphatic Drainage), Vacuum (Banking), Facial and Foot Reflexology as well as a

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variety of facial treatments.

Sheraton Thalassotherapy Spa

tel: 069 – 3602 070 Open: 8.00 – 20.00 every day Spa Facility/Services, Spa Treatment, Fitness (Gym), Mind, Health and Fitness assessments.

Venera Beauty Center & Spa

Horus mall, Sharm Elysee St. Hadaba tel: 017 - 13 33 111 Neat and elegant interior, providing highly professional hair and cosmetics brands to meet the top requirements for products and service quality.

Hospitals & Doctors Nabq Dental Clinic

Dr. Ahmed Sherif

Amwaj Hotel Mall, In Front of Arab Sat, Nabq. tel: 0100 546 900 tel: 0100 547 900 dentist.ahmed.sherif@gmail. com

1st Care medical service

Conny Lammers

Montazah Osteopathy A unique set of very focused manual techniques that address pain, dysfunction, disease and disability. call 016 7959016 for appointment.

Dentoart clinic

Hadaba, Banks Street, In front of South Siani Protectorates Dr. Amr youssef Dental Clinic For reservation Call: 012 115 7559 - 010 460 6508

Dura Lab

Fully automatic lab tel/fax: 069 – 3666 161 mob: 010 – 95 02 295

Hadaba Dental Clinic

Dr. Karim El Baz A brighter whiter smile in about an hour with “Zoom!” professional whitening system mob: 012 – 16 86 603

HYPERBARIC MEDICAL CENTRE (Recompression Chamber) tel: 069-3660 922/3 Hotline: 012 212 42 92 012 333 13 25

Sharm lab

Delta Sharm resort villa 22

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Medical centers. Specialised Clinics. Dental Clinics. Hot Line tel: +20125 628202 Delta Sharm Resort Medical Clinic: Delta Sharm Resort Building 1 tel: +2069 3665916 Domina Coral Bay Medical Center: tel: +2069 3601610 Ext.18 Sharm Lab: Delta Sharm resort Villa 22

tel: +2069 3660216 Ext. 2242 Royal Rojana: Montazah area tel: +2069 3660216 Ext. 8226 The Three Corners Palmyra: Nabq Bay tel: +20123 999257 Ext. 880


Open: 8.00am – 10.00pm 7 days a week Professional care for three age groups.

tel: 069 Real – 3660Estate 400

Sharm British School –Early Years Department

Domina Coral Bay Resort tel: 069 – 3601 237 mob: 010 – 04 64 175 Open: 2.30 – 4.00pm Monday – Friday

Pharmacies El-Ezaby

Il Mercato tel: 069 – 3665 256 mob: 012 – 16 16 130 Al Khan Nabq mob: 012 – 16 16 190 Home delivery service available Wide range of pharmaceuticals, fragrances, cosmetics and accessories. Cairo prices.

Omar & Omar

King of Bahrain Street in front of Falcon Hotel Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3600 960 Open: 9.00 – 1.00 7 days per week. Medecine plus a wide variety of cosmetics. Local and imported brands (i.e. Avon, Oriflame).

Towa Pharmacy City Center Old Market tel: 069 – 3660 686 Open 24 hours.

Towa Pharmacy Naama Bay in front of Bus Stop tel: 069 – 3600 779 Open: 10.00 – 2.00 Tel: +2069 3660216 ext: 2242

St. Peter Medical Services

Dr.: Ashraf Samy Hot line: 012 27 71 770 Emergency, Trauma, Specialized Clinics, Highly equipped 24/7 ICU Ambulance car * Delta Sharm Medical Center Tel: 0182018045 – Ext. 70 * Tropitel Naama bay clinic The only 24 Hours clinic in Naama bay area Tel: 0100395951 * Laguna Medical Center Laguna vista hotel- Nabq bay Non hotel guests are welcome Tel: 0100289194


South Sinai hospital


Kennedy Mall, Peace Road Open 24 Hours 7 Days Tel 069 920 57 90 / 4 012 000 35 33 / 44 Our Patient and Inpatient Clinics, A&E, Operating

Theatres Investigational Facilities and ICU.

Sharm Dental Clinic

Mall 8, Naama Bay La Strada Mall, 3rd floor, Nabq Dr. Hassan El Sharkawy tel: 069 – 3602 302 mob: 012 – 12 06 078

Sharm Local Hospital

tel: 069 – 3660 425

Sharm Int. Hospital tel: 069 – 3660 894

Sharm Medical Centre tel: 069 – 3661 744

Sharm Pediatric Neanates clinic Dr. Essam Ahmed 24 hours available tel: 012 – 23 82 127 makers needs.

Nurseries Delta Nursery Delta Sharm tel: 069 – 3623 200

French School tel: 069 – 3665 892 fax: 018 – 88 70 757

St. Joseph’s International School

Bank Street, Hadaba tel: 01003111220102103173

Agenzia Immobiliare 214-A, Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh tel: 0106 2190 051 To make an appointment and for more information please call or email us.

Pioneer Property

Head Office: Viva Mall, Peace Road Open: 10.00am – 9.00pm Naama Bay Shop: Al Zehoor Mall,

Sports & Safari

Sinai Safari

Golden Star Hotel, Dahab, South Sinai. tel: (+2) 010 657 9899 / 010 284 7015 salesmsafari@ FACEBOOK: Sinai Bedouin Sahari

44 Tiran Center, Old Market. tel: 012 7385 881 Open from 12.00 - 12.00 Sells a vast selection of Dog and Pet food, at affordable prices. Full aquatic store and pet accessorises.

pet home clinic

Dr. Mamdouh Magdy Vet. Surgeon tel: 0100 - 624 15 81 address: 127 Sea Street apartment 7, Hadaba, Sharm el Sheikh

Flight Info

Halomy St. Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3601237 mob: 010 – 04 64 175 Open: 2.30 – 4.00pm Monday - Friday. Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3603 780 mob: 010 – 17 53 226

realty sea view

Vets & Pet Care

L’Ecole Francaise de Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh College

Sales office next door to chili’s restaurant Naama Bay For property inquiries call: 010 0378 7787

Miro’s pet shop

Private Schools

Sharm British School

ST Property Services


Sharm Old Market tel: 069 – 3661 056/8/9 Call Center: 1717 from Mobiles Open: 9.00 – 21.00


Office: 069 366 1653

thomas cook OVERSEAS LTD.

Inside Gafy Mall Naama Bay tel: 069 – 3601 809

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