Cairo.co.uk http://www.cairo.co.uk Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Jul 2012 08:18:46 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9 en hourly 1 A holiday for the whole family to Sharm El Sheikh. http://www.cairo.co.uk/120/a-holiday-for-the-whole-family-to-sharm-el-sheikh/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/120/a-holiday-for-the-whole-family-to-sharm-el-sheikh/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 10:05:14 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=120 Sharm El Sheikh offers some of the amazing historical sites that Egypt is famous for, however, in addition to this, there are some truly beautiful modern buildings, hotels and facilities to be enjoyed here. This town has been brought forward in to the 21st century very well and has become a fantastic tourist destination being one of the most popular resorts in Egypt. Sharm El Sheikh is located on the edge of the Red Sea and therefore offers some of the most amazing diving spots in the world. There is plenty to see and do here, for the whole family, and a truly wonderful holiday will be had if it is spent here.

When you want to arrive at your holiday resort it is probable that you will want to relax and the perfect place for this is the Oriental Spa and Hammam. Here you will be treated like a goddess with lots of different treatments on offer, whether you want a facial or a massage you will find that the staff here are friendly, polite and always offer a brilliant service. This is a fantastic place to relax, particularly for parents, as you can have a nice break from the norm and unwind, ideal if you’ve had a long travel to arrive or just want to return back home rested and relaxed.

For fantastic diving visit the Ocean College Dive Centre that offers some of the best diving train in the whole of Sharm El Sheikh. Here you will be able to gain the necessary licences to enjoy some of the best dives that this country has to offer. They will train you in many different activities here ensuring that you are confident before you head out in to the sea. This centre is in Naama Bay and is a short journey from Sharm El Sheikh, one that is worth every minute.

If you want to explore the depths of the desert then you will find quad biking a fantastic way to do this. Always ensure that you have the necessary travel insurance before partaking in this activity. This is a particular favourite activity with the males in the family and men, young and old, will love getting to grips with these machines. Head out in the late afternoon for the best temperatures and the chance to watch the sun set over the desert.

While enjoying your holiday in Sharm el Sheikh be sure to spend at least one evening relaxing and gazing at the stars. The landscape here is amazing and this makes it the ideal place for some star gazing. You can even find some companies that offer you access to the best locations to do this and will provide you with a guide and all the equipment that you could ever want for an amazing experience out in the open.

You will find plenty for the whole family to do here and whether you want something exciting, filled with adrenaline or even just a week or two filled with pure relaxation then Sharm El Sheikh is the perfect destination for you.

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Khan El-Khalili http://www.cairo.co.uk/98/khan-el-khalili/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/98/khan-el-khalili/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 17:09:11 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=98 What visit to a large foreign city would be complete without a visit to their eccentric shopping centers or ancient craft shops to receive something of antiquity or tradition? Or maybe you seek something modern to bring back as a tourist from a foreign land to show off to everyone. Old and new, artistic and bulk materials, cloth and stone, you can find all of those things in Egyptian souks. Khan el-Khalili is one of these areas, and a major one of the city and the region itself. Here you can find many of those lost and unknown objects you may have been looking for.

Back in the late 14th century, towards the end of it, the reigning Emir built a facility called a caravanserai, basically a place of rest, relaxation, and entertainment. Essentially a wayfarers in, for rest upon long journeys or just a place to get away from things for a while. At the time in 1382, much of the area had been destroyed by the black death, and as such when the city was being repaired by the ruler, the Khan was built and formed into use.

As given by its name and being a major district for shopping there exists an innumerable amount of personal small shops and large facilities throughout the center. Coffee is a major beverage of enjoyment so you will not lack for that when there are many varieties of coffee houses present here as well. Many of these are small and traditional, offering Turkish coffee blends and brews, as well as offering the Shisha, the famed 3 stemmed hookahs, for smoking your smoke of choice; typically a blended tobacco purchased from another vendor.

As is with many of the largest shopping districts, everything is typically accessible with as little travel as possible. You cannot only get everything you want here, but get TO everywhere you need. After recreation and other festivities, a journey over to the local Mosque, Al-Hussein. It is inside Khan itself, and there is a university and its Mosque as well very close by. As can be seen, everything is literally at your fingertips in Khan el-Khalili.

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Cairo Opera Houses http://www.cairo.co.uk/94/cairo-opera-houses/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/94/cairo-opera-houses/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:43:00 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=94 You might not think Opera, when you conjure up images of Egyptian culture and massive deserts, but you may be surprised when you really look at what you can find in this culture rich metropolis. It might be a fairly new, expanding as of late facility, but Egypt does attract its fair share of entertainment and performers.

Originally erected in 1869, the original attractor and bastion of Egyptian opera and entertainment was the Khedivial opera facility. It was a celebratory erection, heralding the finish of the Suez canal and a great one it was. Opening with its first presentation of Rigoletto and later Aida. It stood as a beacon of fresh entertainment for over a hundred years until its demise due to a fire in 1971. Though it would still be nigh on two decades before a new facility was born.

Built in 1988, taking the place of the burnt down Khedivial facility, the Cairo opera house soon rose to the position of premier facility in Egypt. It is home to nearly every major and minor act who seeks to present themselves to the public. It was such an appealing structure and pleasing concert hall that London’s Philharmonic had made its decision to perform a concert there, their first ever middle eastern showing.

The facility boasts a rather impressive structure in and of itself, most likely leading many acts not only out of necessity, but desire to perform and be housed there. Main hall seating sits around 1300 persons with spacious placement of seats designed to maximize the acoustic properties of the facility. The smaller hall off to the side can take 500 people as well. There is for larger performances an open air space. This theater is also acoustically designed to utilize outdoor properties for those desiring such a performance.

All together an impressive facility in its history, as well as its construction. There may not be a large number of concert halls and opera facilities, but Cairo House exists to exhibit the best of the best, and that is something they do quite well, with the amazing architecture and diverse selection of artists performing.

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The Egyptian Museum http://www.cairo.co.uk/91/the-egyptian-museum/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/91/the-egyptian-museum/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2009 17:25:54 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=91 Once known by its proper full name of “museum of antiquities”, it is now known simply as the Egyptian Museum. Here is one of the most famed museums world wide, nestled into the ancient city of Cairo, amidst the ruins of dynasties and the times of kings. Any museum in such an area would by default have a reputation to live up to and need to impress those who entered. The Egyptian museum rises to the occasion and flies right past it.

Being at the center point of thousands of years of dynastic change and structures being built, Egypt has such a large wealth of archaeological discoveries and finds that continue to be discovered now and will be far into the future. The Egyptian museum of course has become the largest possessor of pharaonic pieces, larger than any other in the world. This is to be expected but what they also have in the same vein as the rest of the treasures, but a little more known, are the remnants of Tutankhamen’s tomb. It is because of such a sordid history and mystery surrounding those particular pieces, that tourists have their attention diverted to it from all corners.

The current location of the museum has been its resting spot for over 100 years now. Prior to that many of the structures relics had to be moved from its prior facility in 1878, in Boulaq, to a facility in Giza because of some unexpected flooding that destroyed much of the property. Originally situated near the Ezbekeyah Gardens, it started out small until their benefactors deemed it too small to house further exploratory finds, and went on with building a larger facility.

Divided into two floors, the antiquities are arranged in such a fashion, that one would progressively go back in time and lineage of dynasties the further down the line they went. Level 1, the first floor, has many pieces of currency from all corners of Egypt and its many areas, as well as some from around the world at the time. New kingdom artifacts and tablets are housed here as well, items which typically are much larger than the coins and many pieces of papyrus lining the walls and display areas.

Start out in the beginning and enter, travel through to the beginning of an empire. The Egyptian museum is indeed a journey back in time.

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The Nile River http://www.cairo.co.uk/38/the-nile-river/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/38/the-nile-river/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:57:20 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=38 The Nile river stretches thousands of miles fromm Northern Africa on south, across deserts and through Cairo Egypt, providing a life giving source of sustenance to a plethora of ecosystems. It is listed as the single longest river in the world, with two main tributaries adding to its beauty and size, the White and Blue Nile. The Blue Nile provides most of the river its water and mass, with its life giving soil, while the white tributary is the longer of the two. The majority of the populated areas, minus a few coastal cities are built upon the banks of the northern section of this river. The entire country of Egypt itself has depended on the Nile river for its existence since ancient times. Flowing northward, it ends in a delta that empties out into the Mediterranean sea.

The Nile currently in Africa is one of 5 rivers that has flowed north out of Sudan since ancient times. Many an era has seen the source of the waters become obscured, or the pathway it takes totally obstructed or changed, creating a completely new river system. People throughout ancient times as well were perpetually trying to find the source of the Nile and its life giving qualities, but even the Greeks and Romans were unable to penetrate that far to discover the course of the flowing water.

It had mystique, it was a seemingly never ending flow of water that expanded beyond the horizon. It solely kept thousands of years of the Egyptian civilizations alive and strong, being considered one of the greatest empires known to man. And, still, to this day explorers are constantly desiring to find more and more about the source of the river itself. Documentaries and films by explorers and companies are periodically filmed still, all in the quest to discover every last bit of knowledge about this ancient giver of life, known as the Nile river. Maybe someday, we will know it all. But, that’s also what humanity has been saying about this rivers mysteries since the dawn of time.

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Visit The Giza Pyramid Complex http://www.cairo.co.uk/35/visit-the-giza-pyramid-complex/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/35/visit-the-giza-pyramid-complex/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:45:55 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=35 When many of us picture in our minds ancient Egypt, we conjure up images of great pyramids, sand dines, and desert landscapes. Sometimes, a specific pyramid comes to mind, even though many of the burial complexes were in Valleys and other areas across the Egyptian landscape. We often picture the Great Pyramid, and the surrounding facilities and structures. This, is what is known as the Giza Necropolis.

Consisting of a few structures, the complex covers an ample space of land. The Great Pyramid, known by some as the pyramid of Cheops, is the central focal point of the complex when remembered by many. There exists a smaller pyramid of Khafre South West of the Great pyramid; While the Sphinx, the great massive animal and human combined. A few hundred meters beyond Khafres tomb, exists the pyramid of Menkaure. Amongst these mainstays and very visible structures exists a scattered grouping of smaller pyramids, queens pyramids, Valley types, and causeways.

Existing as the only structure showing any of its original casing of polished limestone, Menkaures Pyramid is the most intact. Khafres facility has a grouping of the stones at its Apex, still retaining some of that renowned limestone casting. The great pyramid became, in Hellenistic times, a popular location, gaining it status as one of the 7 wonders of the world.

People also think that the pyramids are off in this remote portion of desert, unable to be traveled to without extensive travel; but they would be wrong. That was something happening with their popularization during the Nineteenth century and many of the photographs that came out of that era. They didn’t show anything of the surrounding area, and only showcased the complex itself. It is actually in, and part of the largest city in Egypt, Cairo.

All of the pyramids at the Great Pyramid location, Memphis, Dashur, and a few others were declared a World Heritage Site. That means, it is a precious complex, of value to the entire world, declared so by the UN. The Giza Necropolis holds some of the most ancient civilizations secrets, and as such should be revered and protected.

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Cairo’s Urban Glory http://www.cairo.co.uk/33/cairos-urban-glory/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/33/cairos-urban-glory/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:38:07 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=33 Cairo, Egypt is the largest city in the whole of Egypt. Not only that, but it is also the largest population city in both Northern Africa, the whole of Africa, and the entire Arab world. It is the most populace Egyptian city, and as such also has it up on the list of most populated cities world wide at almost seven million. Up until the early part of the last millennium, Cairo itself wasn’t the seat of Egyptian government, until the Fatimid Caliphate built the city to house their leader. Cairo is also the heart of the nation, and a epicenter for much Arabic lifestyle and culture. It possesses the largest music scene and movie production life out of anywhere in the region, and as such is sometimes called “Hollywood” for the Middle Eastern citizens.

Located just before the Nile delta, upon the banks of the Nile itself, Cairo spreads its urban glory. It is divided into many small Governorate ares, ruled by different political and economic classes. The famed Cairo university known world wide, resides in the Giza Governorate area while Cairo is home to the Ain Shams university. East of the river lies the oldest part of the city, and when referring to Cairo itself, many people are often speaking of Greater Cairo, the multi-sectioned set of small governments. The actual urban population if the are itself reaches up to 17 million or so.

Climate wise, the vicinity of the city and surrounding areas is a cross between a Mediterranean styled climate, and that of a desert climate. Making sense, due to its sea side influence on the water, and its submersion into the desert lands upon the northern section of the great Nile River. Wind storms are more that frequent, and clouds of dust from the surrounding Sahara desert can be seen blowing their way through the city at varying times. The effects of the Valley on the city give it its unique crossbreed of weather systems and climates.

Along with Giza, Cairo is the regions center for medical care and holds the most advanced and best facilities for treating ones health needs. Minus a few practices, its superiority is held as the top provider region wide.

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Ras Mohamed National Park http://www.cairo.co.uk/31/ras-mohamed-national-park/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/31/ras-mohamed-national-park/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:25:01 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=31 Located in the Gulf of Aqaba in Egypt, the Ras Mohamed National Park is one of the few parks around to still protect and preserve marine habitats and life. It’s filled with lush habitats and wildlife along with hundred of different species that are both thriving and on the verge of extinction. Backed by the EEAA or the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, the Ras Mohamed National Park helps to secure not only rich environments for these species to thrive, but reproduce and live healthy life’s.

Habitats of salt marshes, inter-tidal flats, coral reefs, mangrove communities and desert habitats marine and terrestrial wild life are given the best care an animal can have. Many small secrets lay hidden in Ras Mohamed, just one being the wondrous amounts of marine and coral life.

Waters rich with nutrients are swept across from the Sinai Peninsula from the deepest waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. Because of the overwhelmingly large amounts of water going through Ras Mohamed, and the amounts of nutrients the waters carry, this makes for naturally created, rich and fruitful food environment for the habitats to flourish from.

But not only are the waters exceptional for the marine and coral life, but for those who love to scuba dive. Numerous dive sites can be found in and around Ras Mohamed, many of them exceptional and almost fantastical. If one wanted to scuba dive, visiting dive sites such as Jackfish Alley and Yolanda Reef would be enough to leave divers with a feeling of excitement. Divers could marvel at the sites of over 1,000 species of fish like; tuna, barracuda, grouper and even a wide variety of shark life.

One can be left astounded by the rich environments Ras Mohamed has to offer by both land and sea. With part of the land area having once been apart of the peninsula, the southern most tip offers visitors the chance to find fossils of former marine and coral life. The most amazing part of Ras Mohamed lies in the water though and by taking a dive it’s easy to understand why. Aside from the diving, a visit to the sand dunes or a walk along the waters edge will bring you closer to nature just by watching the birds overhead and sun bathing along the coast.

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The Valley Of The Kings http://www.cairo.co.uk/27/the-valley-of-the-kings/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/27/the-valley-of-the-kings/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:16:49 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=27 The valley of the kings exists in Egypt as one, if not the largest, burial places of Egyptian royalty and nobility. It lasted for about 500 years, when every king was buried within the Theban Necropolis at the site. It stands opposite of Luxor, on the banks of the Nile in what used to be ancient Thebes. The site complex itself is continuously being excavated, and at last total the area encased a sum total of 63 tombs, with sizes ranging from a small, few feet in diameter pit area, to massive complexes by themselves containing hundreds of rooms. It is to be expected, in some way though, having been the burial spot of the nobility of the New Kingdom. Opulence is still shown in the tombs, though the majority of them have been robbed and pillaged.

The entire area has existed for quite sometime as a large scale excavation and archaeological expedition by multiple countries. The knowledge that can be gained, and the mysteries unlocked keep explores going, and governments and private contractors spending money on the digs. Multiple countries finance digs here, and some work together; yet there are those in competition as any other field to find the biggest and best discovery. That is most likely to continue with further discoveries being made on a regular basis.

The most popular and known find in the Valley was most likely King Tutankhamun, who most label as “King Tut”. Around the turn of the century, after having gone through many excavations and been declared barren, the famed expedition team led by Howard Carter, financed by Lord Carnavon, continued onward in the previously discovered tombs. Not long after the century shifted, they broke through a set of final walls, and came into the presence of the Sarcophagus and its famed and familiar gold covering. That is one of the moments sealing the Valley of the Kings into memory of the common populace.

The years ahead will most likely find more and more secrets, and tombs of lost kings and their families. Who knows, maybe we will find some long lost knowledge beneficial to our modern time? The Valley of the Kings; remaining a source of secrets for ages to come.

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The Ramadan Observance http://www.cairo.co.uk/25/what-is-ramadan/ http://www.cairo.co.uk/25/what-is-ramadan/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:09:41 +0000 admin http://www.cairo.co.uk/?p=25 Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; and is also the name given to the religious observance exhibited throughout the month long observance. This observance is the most holy of all the Muslim holidays, and is one that all of the Islamic face revere, respect, and practice. Even if some of the other holidays or observances are unable to be participated in, the most effort is given to properly immerse oneself in the true meaning and the practices of Ramadan.

The most evident and visual event of the month is the institution and practice of fasting. Every day the Muslim would wake, and take their predawn meal, known as the Sahur. The fajr prayer is then performed, the first prayer of the day before the sun rises. They must do this before the first call to prayer for the day. The entire day is spent fasting until teh 4th call for prayer in the evening, known as Maghrib. Each evening the Muslim is allowed to eat and drink as they please, until the next morning starts over with the fajir. The act of sacrifice with fasting during the day brings ones mind into a purified state, and is meant to draw one closer to Allah, and direct ones path in the appropriate manner. Properly observing the stated fast is meant to deliver ones heart and soul a level of peaceful calm.

Prayer, and Reading of the Holy Quran are a mainstay of Ramadan as well. While urged to read the entire holy book, some go with the Tarawih, the daily reading of portions of the Quran at the Mosque one would go to. If one does not have a mosque they attend, self done readings of a section a day are also appropriate and allowed. Many countries, states, and municipalities with large Muslim populations or in the countries themselves will shutdown and close the markets during part of the days fast, during Ramadan. The markets also often stay open later in the evening on those days as well.

Prayer, and fasting. Reading the Quran; These things are integral to the Muslim. If you are in an area where many of them are, its a sight to behold. If you yourself are Muslim, Ramadan is the time to reconnect and further dedicate yourself to Allah.

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