Saturday, May 19, 2012

Giza Pyramids Epic 3 planet alignment!!! 3rd December

Planetary alignment that will take place Dec 3 2012 one hour before sunrise is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Beautiful Aswan Nubia Egypt!

                          Anna Kato Hotel in Aswan Nubia Upper Egypt

                                     Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan

                                   The Unfinished Obelisk Aswan-Egypt

 All photographs courtesy of Mr Ashraf Abdel Mohsen - Egypt

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Egyptian Revolution

Sinai Kidnapping ALERT!!!!!!

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Helen Kirker's number is 01222304041.

Please call her if you can help out in any way.

Confirmed news from Sharm Elsheikh, Egypt: Ezzat Milad Ibrahim from Shobra Misr. ID # 25212300101714 date of birth 30-12-1952. was kidnapped on Saturday 12th May 2012 at about 5pm till now. 

20 armed bearded with Bedouin traditional clothes, the reason reported for the abduction as a result of a Land dispute between Farag Saad (Bedouin) and Emad Mina (Cairo Businessman ad owner of real estate in Sharm). 

Mr. Ezzat is Mr. Mina's employee. The police have refused until now to give the case a number or make official reports for unclear reasons till now.

Monday, May 14, 2012

'2400 km Cross Egypt Challenge 2012' book now!

                                        October 19th - 27th 2012


Thursday, October 18, 2012
Pre Event: All Day: Pick up participants from the airport
PM: Team meetingsPM: Welcome dinner
Friday, October 19, 2012
Day 1: Early AM: morning brief
Early AM: official launch ceremony in Abdeen Square in Cairo
Early AM: start from Cairo
Ride for 275 km (Estimated time: 6 hours)
PM: arrive to Alexandria and quick city tour
PM: team dinner in Alexandria and overnight
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Day 2: Early AM: morning brief
Early AM: start from Alexandria
Ride for 325 km (Estimated time: 6 hours)
PM: arrive to Marsa Matrouh, city tour and overnight
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Day 3: Early AM: morning brief
Early AM: start from Marsa Matrouh
Ride for 325 km (Estimated time: 6 hours)
PM: arrive to Siwa Oasis and overnight
PM: scooter Maintenance
Monday, October 22, 2012
Day 4: Early AM: morning brief
Early AM: start from Siwa Oasis
Ride for 300 km (Estimated time: 8 hours)
PM: Arrive to camp sitePM: Egyptian folklore night and desert BBQ
PM: camping and overnight in the desert
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Day 5: Early AM: morning briefEarly AM: start from camp site
Ride for 325 km (Estimated time: 7 hours)
Noon: visit the white desert
PM: arrive to Farafra Oasis and overnight
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Day 6: Early AM: morning briefEarly AM: start from Farafra Oasis
Ride for 300 km (Estimated time: 6 hours)
PM: arrive to Dakhla Oasis and overnight
PM: scooter Maintenance
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Day 7: Early AM: morning briefEarly AM: start from Dakhla Oasis
Ride for 200 km (Estimated time: 3.5 hours)
PM: arrive to Kharga Oasis and overnight
Friday, October 26, 2012
Day 8: Early AM: morning briefEarly AM: start from Kharga Oasis
Ride for 350 km (Estimated time: 7 hours)
PM: arrive to Luxor
PM: final press conference and overnight in Luxor
PM: farewell dinner
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Day 9: AM: transfer to Luxor airportAM: Flights back to Cairo

Cross Egypt Challenge is not a commercial event, therefore the following rates / fees cover the actual cost of participating in such a unique event.

Registrations fees for the 2012 season of Cross Egypt Challenge are: LE 9,600 or USD 1,600

All fees are to be paid at the time we confirm your participation spot f the Cross Egypt Challenge 2012 season. All banking details will be forwarded to you at the time of notification.

- Securing a scooter for the participant during the challenge
- Securing a brand new helmet for the participant's use during the challenge
- Securing a brand new gloves for the participant's use during the challenge
- 2 branded polo shirts + 4 branded long sleeve t-shirts for each participant to wear during the challenge
- Refueling during the entire challenge
- Oil changes during the challenge
- Scooter maintenance during the challenge
- Road tolls (where applicable)
- Cost of army/military and special permits for the entire route
- Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels
- Camping in the desert for 1 night (with all camp gear provided)
- Desert camping activities
- All meals during the challenge including welcome and farewell dinners.
- Return flight from Luxor to Cairo

- Flights from/to Egypt (for international participants)
- Visa charges
- Extra accommodation prior or after the above schedule
- Extra food and beverage beyond 3 meals a day
- Any personal extras or any expense not mentioned above

Last years 2011 blog

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The riders had another early start. They made their way through the desert road leading to Toshka then to Abu Simbel. The weather was hot and the ride was long. Mid-day, the team stopped for some off-road activities and to have a taste of the desert. They took their scooters off-road and challenged the little engines in the sand.

After playtime, they continued onwards until they have reached Toshka, where they saw the Sheikh Zayed Canal that brings water into the heart of the Eastern Egyptian desert for land reclamation.

As they were back on the road, and after a while, the team members could suddenly see the “Welcome to Abu Simbel” sign, and were extremely happy to reach the end. They halted their scooters and had a moment of celebration. They had done it!

The team reached the Abu Simbel Temples. There they were greeted by the mayor of the city, Mr. Asaad Abd El Mageed and were given a tour of the complex.

It was explained to them how these huge structures were saved and moved in the sixties from their original location to make room for Lake Nasser. After finishing their tour of the temples, the adventurers took a historical photograph in front of Abu Simbel, marking the end of their Cross Egypt Challenge’s journey.

The riders covered a total of 2000 km. They started from the very north of Egypt; the city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. They travelled all the way to the eastern border of Egypt to the resort city of Taba. They moved through Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada to make it to Abu Simbel which is only 50 km from the southern border of Egypt with the Sudan.

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The team set out early in the morning for Aswan. They took another agricultural road which was described by one of the team members as the best road they were on. He said “This road samples all of Egypt; you can see the Nile River, agricultural lands, deserts and mountains along the way. You can see villages along the Nile and others under large mountains. You can see temples, railroads and new construction; you can simply see Egypt as you pass through this road”.

On this road, the scooter-riders had several stops. They visited the Kom Ombo Temple which is dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek, God of fertility. They also had a stop for Friday prayers at a small Nubian village called Daboud. After prayers the riders met with the Nubian villagers and took photographs with them. Along their journey they stopped at some date and sugar cane fields and enjoyed the villagers’ hospitality, who offered them all kinds of dates.

The team finally reached Aswan and headed straight to the High Dam and Lake Nasser that extends for 500 km, were they stopped for a quick tour.

At night the team members gathered at the hotel to plan the logistics of their 9th and final day, as they had a 280 km journey to the temple of Abu Simbel and on the road from Aswan to Abu Simbel was only one gas station that has only diesel fuel and not petrol used to run their scooters. The scooters as well as the reserve tanks that the team carries can only run the scooters for 220 km, and so they had to look for extra tanks to carry the extra fuel needed. An extra reserve tank was found and so they were ready to go.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Day seven has arrived, and the adventurers set out just after sunrise for a very long day ahead. They had to cross about 280 km from Hurghada to Luxor, and the journey proved to be a difficult one due to road construction.

As the team passed through the city of Qena, they took the agricultural road from Qena to Luxor and enjoyed a much needed change in scenery. They feasted their eyes on the fertile green fields to their left and right.

The team was given a tour of the vast temple where they visited the Great Hypostyle Hall, the Sacred Lake, and made their seven turns around the Sacred Scarab for good luck. The Cross Egypt Challenge team was also given a special permission for a photo-shoot on their scooters in front of the Karnak Temple. The riders then rode to Luxor’s west bank where they visited the beautiful temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The riders mingled and took photographs with tourists and locals who had heard about the Cross Egypt Challenge from newspapers and television.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The team had planned a free day for day six. They did some sight-seeing in the city of Hurghada and went to the Governorate building, where they were met by the Red Sea Governor Major General Mahmoud Assem and another press conference was held. They were then awarded the Shield of the Red Sea Governorate as a token of appreciation for their efforts. There was time for some interviews with local and national radio and some television stations.

The team continued with their tour of Hurghada, stopping for some photographs and for souvenir shopping. They even made a stop at a local coffee shop, or “Qahwa” in local Egyptian language, to get a real taste of Egyptian tradition and Egyptian tea.

Later that night the riders chilled at the famous Little Buddha to enjoy Hurghada’s night life.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The scheduled ferry ride from Sharm El Sheikh to Hurghada has been cancelled due to the ferries being non-operational at that time, so instead the team took a flight to Hurghada while a truck was hired to transport the scooters to their destination by land. The scooters have been loaded on the truck the night before and were properly fastened for the road.

The team took their plane in the morning of the 18th and arrived at Hurghada shortly after. They enjoyed a relaxing day at the beach, soaked up the Egyptian sun and played some water sports. By evening, their scooters had already arrived safely.

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Due to the long route taken the previous day, day four included a short journey from Dahab to Sharm El Sheikh. The team took it easy and went sight-seeing in the city of Dahab, took a stroll on the Dahab boardwalk and did some souvenir shopping, then got on the road nearing midday.

Unfortunately, during the ride from Dahab to Sharm Elsheikh, one of the riders, Mona Elmadany, encountered some rocks on a sharp curve on the road and had an accident. The ambulance arrived almost immediately (in about 7 minutes) and transported her to a hospital in Dahab. She suffered several cuts and bruises and so was transferred to Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital. She was held back due to her injuries, and wouldn’t be able to complete the challenge. For this reason her fellow team members decided to dedicate the rest of the journey in her honor.

After making sure Mona was ok, the rest of the team continued their journey to Sharm Elsheikh where they were greeted by Major General Khaled Fouda, the Governor of South Sinai, who held an official celebration for the team. The governor has been notified that one of the team members had suffered an accident and was in hospital in Sharm El Sheikh, so later that evening the governor paid Mona a visit at the hospital and gave her roses and some words of encouragement.

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

With over 430 km, the third day was originally supposed to be the longest of the journey. The team got up early in the morning for breakfast and at 8 a.m. they were set for their eight hour ride from Suez to Dahab passing through Taba. They have been surrounded by beautiful scenery along the way, and so have made several stops to take photos, enjoy Egypt’s magnificent natural wonders and have some rest.

From Suez the riders took the 1.63 km long Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, which is an automobile tunnel that connects Africa to the Sinai Peninsula from under the Suez Canal. The team reached Taba by sunset where they took some photographs at the Egyptian-Israeli border. At this point, the team had been running behind schedule. And their journey from Taba to Dahab was dark and dangerous. For this reason they stopped several times on the way. Their planned eight hour journey took them about fourteen hours to complete. By the time they reached Dahab, everyone was pleased that they have made it safely and they can finally rest.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Early Saturday morning the team returned to the Pyramids of Giza for their photo shoots at the Giza Plateau.

After spending two hours, the riders were back on the road. They rode through Cairo’s traffic visiting famous landmarks as Kasr el Nile bridge, where the team stood for a moment of silence in remembrance of the martyrs of January 25th revolution, then the world’s famous Tahrir Square, which was the heart of the recent Egyptian revolution, and finally Abdeen Square, where Cairo Governor welcomed them and held an official reception and a press conference to the team.

The team then rode through through the historical parts of Islamic Cairo where they passed by Saladin’s Citadel of Cairo and its surrounding ancient aqua duct “Magra-Al Oyoun” before heading on their way to the last stop of the second day, Suez city on the way to the eastern Egyptian borders at Taba.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The long awaited Cross Egypt Challenge has finally taken off from Alexandria on Friday, October 14th. The Cross Egypt Challenge team gathered Friday morning in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina to bid farewell to their families, friends, and fans. There was a huge gathering on the Corniche where cameras flashed and people cheered as the riders hit the open road.

The team started their 1700 km journey right on schedule. Their first stop was at the Pyramids of Giza where a press conference was hold with the scenic back-drop of the sun setting on the Pyramids and Sphinx.


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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Rd Sea coral spawning

A group of Egyptian scientists have witnessed and filmed the first account of mass coral spawning in the Red Sea. The event last weekend is considered a scientific breakthrough, as mass coral spawning was previously believed to only occur in tropical locations.

Mass spawning is an event of synchronized reproduction, where coral colonies release their gametes – eggs and sperm – simultaneously in large quantities over a short period of time, in order to maximize chances of fertilization.
The mass release is connected to the moon’s cycles, as it occurs around midnight, once a year, two or three days before or after a full moon. It is believed a combination of the moonlight and gravitational pull stimulates the event.
This event involved the Acropora species, a group of common hard corals. It occurred overnight between the 3 and 4 May, before the full moon on 6 May.
Mahmoud Hanafy, a marine biologist for the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), who was part of the team that filmed the event, said that he has been trying to prove the occurrence of mass spawning in the Red Sea for nine years, despite disbelief from scientists around the world.

“Once a year, overnight, we’d find all the corals in spent [post gamete release] condition, but could never pinpoint the exact moment beforehand,” he said. “This time, we set up a film crew, and went diving every night from 10pm – 2am and we caught it, and have now sent the video it to scientific journals around the world.”

The release caused the sea to become clouded by an unidentified reddish substance, and apparently startled unknowing observers the next morning.
The occurrence of mass coral spawning in the Red Sea has magnificent implications with regards to the restoration and rehabilitation of the sea’s deteriorating coral reefs, as now once a year, scientists can collect large quantities of gametes and use them to breed restorative coral in labs.
It is also expected to encourage dive tourism, as the witnessing of mass coral spawning is, in HEPCA managing director Amr Ali’s words, “a diver’s Disneyland.”