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Birthday Places: Places in Egypt for birthday celebrations

February 24, 2022

Birthdays are happy occasions that should be celebrated to be a lasting memory, but the decision of where to stay for a birthday has become confusing. As a result, here is a list of the best birthday places where you can have a fantastic birthday party. Every birthday, you're looking for a new place to celebrate away from home. If you want to celebrate the birthdays of your loved ones, here is a list of birthday places that will suit and satisfy all tastes. Birthday places on the Nile Stage This place is perfect for unforgettable birthday celebrations. It makes you feel at home but without the routine. This location is distinguished by privacy, as it has large air-conditioned rooms equipped with a stage and a microphone to enjoy the most beautiful karaoke performances, in addition to a movie night, as well as reasonable prices. The birthday system in “Stage” is two hours and the price is determined by the number of people. Address: 15 Ahmed Heshmat, Mohamed Mazhar - Zamalek Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street - Manial Le Mix Located on the Nile, this place is a favorite for those who want to celebrate the birthday of someone special, it is also a suitable place to celebrate romantic birthdays. The place is romantic, relaxing and offers the most stunning panoramic view at sunset. Le Mix has several birthday packages which you can choose from according to your preferences and budget. In addition, it has distinctive party decorations and a sound system for listening to your favorite music. Birthday parties are organized by booking the place for 3 hours and paying 75 pounds per person. Do not miss the chance to celebrate the birthday of your loved one in this wonderful place. Address: Abdulaziz Al Saud Street - Manial Al Markeb Al Markeb is one of the best birthday places in Cairo to celebrate your partner’s birthday in a private, romantic, and quiet place overlooking the Nile. The place offers Nile cruises every two hours, including breakfast, lunch or dinner, a drink, and desserts. It contains four different boats, each boat has its own atmosphere and suits different parties: Classic Show, is suitable for Couples, because of its wonderful decorations, flower, candles, and music, providing a romantic atmosphere. Castle, which gives the feeling that you are inside a palace floating in the Nile. Oriental, is an oriental-style boat that you will be seated as if you are in an ancient archaeological place in Cairo, such as Al-Moez Street. Modern Show, is more suitable for young people, as it contains games such as PlayStation, chess, and other entertaining games. Prices are varied but generally reasonable compared to what is offered for Birthday supplies, cake, balloons, and flowers. Address: Corniche El Nile - Maadi Latino for a romantic birthday You can organize a birthday party in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere, and enjoy a special and unforgettable party at Latino Restaurant, which is one of the best birthday places for engaged and married couples, due to its privileged location overlooking the Nile directly. It also has an indoor place to sit with your loved one in a romantic and calm atmosphere. Address: Dokki Nile Lyly boat This place is very unique, as it has a diverse selection of restaurants. Nile Lyly boat includes Galleria restaurants, which are ideal for romantic birthdays or a romantic dinner, as well as the distinctive Sky Lounge restaurant. Address: 70 Abdel Aziz Al Saud St. - Manial Heaven 47n This wonderful location includes beautiful trees and landscapes overlooking the Nile, which makes celebrating birthdays in this place unique. It also offers places for photo sessions and all kinds of parties, whether marriage or engagement. Address: Corniche El Nile - Maadi Restaurants and cafes for birthdays Bardora The ideal choice for your friend’s birthdays. This restaurant combines excellent service, wonderful decor, bright colors, delicious food, and a great location. Prices are low cost and there are no taxes to pay. Address: 5 Jaafar Al-Sadiq Street, from Abdullah Al-Arabi, in front of Al-Burj Restaurant, Nasr City - Seventh District Pizza Club It is considered one of the cheapest birthday places in Cairo. The place is spacious and well decorated allowing you to spend quality time with your friends. Its prices are suitable for everyone and there are no service fees or taxes. Address: 8 El-Sayed El-Marghini Street - Heliopolis Talla Restaurants  This restaurant is considered one of the best birthday places in Heliopolis. The restaurant provides free service and a DJ on birthdays, and there is no minimum number of people required. They have offers to suit all budgets, and it is recommended to book at least one day before the occasion.  Address: Korba - Heliopolis Birthday Places for Children Celebrating your child's birthday in a restaurant has become an old concept. Children’s desires and dreams in 2022 are more than just a meal at a restaurant. So these are some places for birthday parties for kids to enjoy their day. KidZania It is considered one of the most enjoyable experiences in Egypt, as the place helps the child define his identity and personality through the practical life that they lead during their visit to KidZania. KidZania offers a variety of programs with new ideas for birthday parties. Address: Cairo Festival City - Fifth Settlement Fagnoon It is a cultural entertainment place for children for more than 10 years. It is a unique experience for the child on his birthday where he can participate in activities such as horse riding, pottery making, drawing, designing on T-shirts, in addition to games such as balloon battle. Address: Mariouteya - Saqqara Road Adrenaline Park Adrenaline Park offers various activities such as laser tag, trampoline, and paintball. It is considered one of the most famous entertainment things to do in Cairo. For birthdays, Adrenaline Park provides cake, food, and drinks, in addition to children's enjoyment of games. Address: Green Belt - 6th of October Sugar Spell SugarSpell is an excellent choice to enjoy an outdoor birthday party for your child with family and friends. The place has recreational activities, including painting and baking, in one of the restaurant’s halls that prepares birthday celebrations. In addition, there is a food menu at reasonable prices. Address: Degla Street - Maadi Read More Where to go in Cairo: More than 15 places to go out in Cairo to enjoy your time  

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Where to go in Cairo: More than 15 places to go out in Cairo to enjoy your time

February 17, 2022

After a day full of work pressure and stress, you need something to relieve this tension to enjoy your life. Thus, we offer you some of the places to go out in Cairo, whether alone or with your family, that can help you forget about your worries for the day. Besides the popular tourist attractions in Cairo, food, or sitting in cafes, where to go in Cairo? Are there other places to go out in Cairo? Read this article. When it comes to the best places to go out in Cairo, the options are endless. As the city that never sleeps is considered one of the most popular cities in the world with many attractions and places to visit. Wherever you go in Cairo, you will find someone who welcomes you. These are some of the best places to visit in Cairo, pick your favorite Where to go in Cairo with kids If you want to spend quality time with your children, do not miss the opportunity and plan something fun for you and your family. These are the top spots to go out with kids in Cairo. National Circus - Nile Street The National Circus is regarded as one of the best places in Cairo, as it offers many shows and entertaining activities for visitors. It also contains many shows such as the magician's show and the lion's taming show. Family Park - Suez Road, near the entrance to Al Rehab 2 Family Park is one of the most significant places to enjoy your time, green spaces, and landscapes, as well as restaurants and cafes that enable your children to have enjoyment and spend a day full of fun. Africa Park - Alexandria Desert Rd This place is like a nature reserve, with spacious places, green spaces, and pets. This place is kid-friendly as well as reasonably priced. KidZania - Fifth Settlement If you are looking for a kid-friendly place, KidZania is the perfect place for it. This place is an entertainment center, and your child can spend a fun and safe day in it. KidZania is located inside Cairo Festival Mall in the Fifth Settlement. Gero Land - Obour City If you live in El-Obour City, Gero land is one of the recreational sites that is known for its spacious areas and include a wide range of games and safe swimming pools for children. Gero Land is open from 10 A.M until 10 P.M. Magic Planet This is the perfect place to spend a fun day with your kids, as there are a lot of fun games that are suitable for all ages. Magic Planet is located in several shopping malls, including Cairo Festival City Mall and City Center Maadi. Ski Egypt - Wahat Road, 6th October There is Ski Egypt in the Mall of Egypt, and although it is a shopping mall, it has the best entertainment place, which is skiing with your family, children, and friends. Aqua Park - Cairo-Ismailia Desert Road Aqua Park ranks among the best water parks in Cairo. It is located in a convenient location for the residents of Cairo, as it is located 6 km after the transit market on the Cairo-Ismailia Road. Aqua Park is a wonderful water park that will give your child a special time. If you want to spend a fun day, go to the wonderful Aqua Park. Best places to go out in Cairo at night There are many places in Cairo that you can go to at night, and here are the 9 best things to do in Cairo at night: The Opera - Downtown You can go to the opera at night, enjoy different kinds of arts, attend parties and concerts. Cairo Tower - Zamalek The Cairo Tower is located close to the Egyptian Opera, and through the tower, you can enjoy an enchanting view of the whole of Cairo. You can also do a variety of activities and enjoy food and drinks in the various restaurants inside the Cairo Tower. El Sawy Culturewheel - Zamalek El-Sawy Culturewheel is one of the most popular places to visit in Cairo, where you can attend a variety of concerts, exhibitions, in addition to theatrical performances, and cultural seminars that are presented in the halls of El-Sawy Culture Wheel. Al-Moez Street - Al-Ghouriya Al-Moez Street is considered one of the best and most popular places to go out in Cairo, especially at night. It includes many historical and religious landmarks, the most prominent of which are the Al-Hakim Mosque, Al-Hussein Mosque, Al-Aqmar Mosque, Bab Al-Futuh, Al-Suhaimi House, the Dome of Karkamas, and other wonderful monuments. You can also buy souvenirs from there. Jabal al Muqattam - Mokattam You can spend the most beautiful moments of your life with your partner or friends in Mokattam, where you can see Cairo differently and have fresh air. Al-Azhar Park - Salah Salem Road The park offers a clean and pleasant environment and beautiful scenery, where you can spend a beautiful night with your friends and take great pictures for unforgettable memories. Nile boats Imagine yourself on a boat in the middle of the Nile, listening to your favorite music. All these fantasies can become a reality when you take a Nile cruise on a boat in the Nile River, especially at night. Maadi Island It is considered one of the best places in Cairo, as it is small islands with artificial lakes, you can ride a boat or eat in one of the restaurants on the lakes, in addition to parks and places for photography, walking, and cycling. Zed Park - Sheikh Zayed Zed Park is one of the newest places if you ask yourself where to go in Cairo. The amusement park is located in Sheikh Zayed City and includes a lot of entertainment activities, restaurants, an ice rink, and venues for parties. In addition to green spaces and walking paths. Where to go in Cairo - Restaurants and Cafes There are many restaurants in Cairo, including Koshary Abu Tarek Restaurant, El Dawar Restaurant, Bataw Restaurant, Sobhi Kaber Restaurant, Abou El Sid Restaurant, Kaddoura Fish, Sea Gel, Abu Shakra, Farhat. It is also filled with many different cafes, including Cafe Blue Blue, Cilantro, Coffee Khan, Nile Lounge, Heaven47n Al Fishawy Cafe, Coffee Corner, Sophie, Antique Khana. Where to go in Cairo in winter Many people consider winter to be the season of inactivity, and therefore it is an obstacle for them to go outside because of the cold. These are the indoor places you can go to in the winter. You can go to the cinema and watch your favorite movies. These are the most famous cinemas in Cairo; Cairo Festival City Cinema, Point 90 Cinema, Zawya Cinema, City Stars Cinema, Al-Massa Cinema, Rehab Cinema, Madinaty Cinema. You can also watch various theatrical performances offered by state theaters at reasonable prices, including the large floating theater, Al Salam Theater, the National Theater, and the Balloon Theater.   Read More Abdeen Palace: Get to know palaces that tell Egypt's history

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Abdeen Palace: Get to know palaces that tell Egypt's history

December 16, 2021

A palace is a large residence, especially for the royal and presidential residences, or the elite of society, as the palace is called for luxurious buildings. When you think of Egypt's palaces, you might only think of Abdeen Palace as the most famous, but Egypt is home to beautiful palaces. It has a large number of magnificent palaces that tell the story of Egypt's great history dating back to the pharaohs, through the Roman, Fatimid, Mamluk, and current eras. Egypt has a great architectural history, which is shown in its lavish palaces. If you enjoy architecture, art, and the history of palaces and want to visit them, this article is for you, as we will tell you about the most important, famous archaeological, and historical palaces in Egypt. 7 Beautiful Palaces you need to visit in Egypt Abdeen Palace Location: Abdeen, Old Cairo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhSlR9dh1hE&t=39s Abdeen Palace is one of the most famous and best tourist attractions in Cairo. It is considered one of the most famous historical buildings, as it is a wonderful historical architectural masterpiece that was built during the period of the Muhammad Ali Pasha Family in Egypt, as it was the place of government at that time. This palace is considered one of the most famous monuments in Egypt, not only for its historical significance but also for its architectural and artistic value. Abdeen Palace was built by Khedive Ismail in 1863 and it was named for Abdeen Bey, one of  Egypt's military leaders. Abdeen Palace has more than 500 rooms in addition to suites and halls, including the Belgian suite, which was designated to host the important guests, and was named for the King of Belgium who was the first to be hosted. The palace includes many halls, including the Muhammad Ali Hall, which is the largest, in addition to a museum for the Muhammad Ali Pasha family’s holdings, several treasures and art holdings, and a library with over 55 thousand books. The palace has been converted into a museum visited by thousands of tourists while touring Cairo. Opening hours: 9 AM - 5 PM Ticket price for Egyptians: 20 pounds, and for Egyptian students 10 pounds. Ticket price for foreigners: 100 pounds.   Baron Empain Palace Location: El-Orouba, Heliopolis, Cairo  The Baron Palace is one of the tourist attractions in Cairo. It is a unique architectural masterpiece in Cairo, built by the Belgian millionaire Baron Edouard, who came to Egypt from India at the end of the 19th century, after the opening of the Suez Canal. The palace is located in the heart of the Heliopolis area in Cairo, specifically on Orouba Street on the main road leading to Cairo International Airport. Opening hours: 9 am - 4 pm Ticket price for Egyptians: 20 EGP Ticket price for foreigners: 100 EGP Manial Palace Location: EL-Manial Muhammad Ali Palace in Manial is considered one of the most important ancient Egyptian palaces after Abdeen Palace. This palace overlooks Al-Rawda Island in Manial and is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Cairo. It was designed in an Islamic architectural style adapted from the Fatimid and Mamluk architecture. The palace was built by Prince Muhammad Ali Tawfik in 1875 and completed in 1929. The palace includes a collection of art, furniture, and clothing for the prince. It consists of several floors and halls to host guests, in addition to a small mosque. Despite the small size of the palace, it is an unparalleled architectural masterpiece. Today, this historic palace has become a public museum that opens its doors to visitors, in which exhibitions are held to tell the story of Prince Muhammad Ali Tawfik and display images and heritage that you will not find anywhere else. Opening hours: 9 am - 4 pm Ticket price for Egyptians: 20 EGP Ticket price for foreigners: 100 EGP Aisha Fahmy Palace Location: Zamalek Aisha Fahmy Palace overlooking the Nile is located in Zamalek. It was built in 1907 by Fahmy Ali Pasha, the army commander during the reign of King Fouad, and his daughter Aisha Fahmy inherited it from him. After her death, the palace was going to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, and it became an antique building and an arts center where amazing art exhibitions are held. The palace contains many rooms of an archaeological nature, and some rooms have been transformed into galleries for displaying paintings by the most famous artists. The palace is also characterized by murals made of silk and linen. The palace is open to the public only during the exhibition period after it was opened after a restoration process that lasted for many years. Ticket price: Free when there’s an exhibition   Manasterly Palace Location: Manial On an area of ​​1000 square meters, on the shore of the river, you will find the Manasterly Palace, which attracts people with its scenic charm. The design of this architectural gem is unparalleled. The Manasterly Palace, which is also called Kiosk Palace, dates back to the Abbasid Era and was built by Hassan Fouad Pasha Al-Manasterly.   The palace consists of a covered hall, in addition to a suite on the western side, which includes a living room, two bedrooms, a toilet, and another room on the eastern side. The palace, which is still famous for its beautiful decorations, is now a center for the arts where concerts are held. Opening hours: 9 am - 4 pm Ticket price for Egyptians: 20 EGP Ticket price for foreigners: 100 EGP Qubba Palace Location: North Central Cairo In the past, Abdeen Palace was the place of government. Now, Qubba Palace is one of Egypt’s palaces that serves as a guest house for dignitaries in various countries. It is considered the largest of the presidential palaces, with an area of ​​80 acres, in addition to the park that surrounds it, which has an area of ​​125 acres. The palace was constructed in the classical Italian style and contains 425 beautiful rooms, the most important of which is the Quran room, which is filled with wonderful inscriptions designed in the Islamic style, as well as the rare Qur’an. One of the most beautiful rooms in the Qubba Palace is the White Salon, which contains an impressive collection of statues by great artists, such as Mahmoud Mokhtar. Ticket price: only 20 pounds, while 5 pounds are paid for photography.   Ras El-Tin Palace Location: Alexandria https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL7hblkCw2o On the Mediterranean coast of Alexandria, you will find the oldest Egyptian royal palace, Ras El-Tin Palace. It is located in the Ras El-Tin district of Alexandria, overlooking the city's western port. Its construction began in 1834 and took about 11 years to complete after which additional suites were built for two years until it was officially opened in 1847  It was built on an area of ​​17,000 square meters and surrounded by magnificent gardens covering approximately 12 acres in addition to a swimming pool with a large glass lounge attached to it. Many changes have happened in the palace, where King Fouad I re-decorated, making it similar to Abdeen Palace, to see a mix of Renaissance, Byzantine, French, and modern. The ticket price is only 5 pounds per person. You may also like Museums in Egypt: Discover a history full of treasures, culture and art Luxor and Aswan: Best places to visit in ancient Egypt's capital cities There are also many things to do in Egypt

Nature

Caves in Saudi Arabia: Explore the Stunning Caves within the Kingdom

November 02, 2021

Caves across the world draw in lots of visitors and millions in revenue once a year, and no one knows about activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The dominion is renowned for its stunning caves, many of which are sites of historical and non-secular importance. Here are the most beautiful caves in Saudi Arabia. What are Caves? Caves are air-filled underground voids, developed by the previous action of water on a rock that over a protracted period of your time was dissolved and detached holes and tunnels within the ground. The holes and tunnels in cave systems are normally interconnected, reckoning on how the water seeped through the rock along joints and cracks, working its way right down to the geological formation below the surface of the bottom. The caves illustrated here are within the limestones, the foremost common form of rock to possess caves, which during this part of Saudi Arabia consists of carbonate and little amounts of magnesium carbonate. The rocks formed 50 million years ago from the calcareous shells and skeletons of countless organisms that flourished in shallow warm seas that covered the peninsula. Over time, the shelly deposits were cemented by additional carbonate, became hard, and changed into limestone, forming a geologic unit, remarked because of the Umm er Radhuma and also the Rus formations. Starting 25 million years ago, these formations were raised above water level by Earth movements, affecting the entire center East, and were exposed to the wind and rain at the surface. Saudi Caves They are among the region’s most striking natural wonders, formed over uncountable years by ancient rivers and still home to mysterious secrets. Now Saudi Arabia’s caves, sinkholes, and caverns are getting hidden gems for the adventurous or merely curious to hunt out and explore. More than 230 caves deep and shallow, and formed of limestone, gypsum, and other minerals are discovered within the Kingdom’s deserts. As the mysteries of Saudi Arabia gain wider recognition, these natural treasures are the topic of growing interest. The earliest explorers of Saudi Arabia’s desert caves were the local people, whose daily lives represented a struggle for survival in a very very harsh environment. For them, the caves promised a possible respite from the warmth, cold, and wind-blown sand. Oftentimes, a brackish pool, hidden at the underside of a deep pit, was their only source of water. Modern cave explorers crawl into the dark voids beneath the sands for other reasons. Some are attracted by the strange and infrequently breathtaking environment, totally unlike the stark desert above. Others are taken by the sheer challenge of risking limb and life on a skinny nylon rope to penetrate an inky-black world, where one small mistake may end up in death. All of those explorers relish the likelihood of reaching large caverns, where no creature has been before. The Importance of Caves Caves are important, not only because they're beautiful and awe-inspiring, but because they supply an in-depth record of past climates, surface processes, fauna, and flora. Careful analysis of the cave deposits reveals information about the abundances of the various isotopes of carbon, sulfur, and other trace elements that were present within the atmosphere when the deposits formed and offers the age of the deposits. These two sorts of information, chemical and chronologic, provide a record of global climate change. Examination of the bones, pollens, and spores that will be trapped within the dust and silts within the caves, gives information about the kinds of animals and plants that existed within the recent past within the areas that are now desert. Surveying the caves and mapping the kinds and distributions of cave deposits provides information about the increase and fall of the geological formation, which, in turn, maybe a key to understanding the changing rates of discharge and recharge of the water volume and also the increases and reduces of rainfall. Best Caves in Saudi Arabia Jabal Qarah Known in English as Mount Qarah, this cave system lies some kilometers from Hufuf within the Al Hasa Oasis of Saudi Arabia’s eastern region. Jabal Qarah, which is sort of fashionable locals, offers a definite labyrinth of natural caves made of sandstone, clay, marl, and sedimentary rocks. Shuwaimis Cave One of the longest caves in Saudi Arabia, stretching a spectacular length of 530 meters, is Shuwaimis, a cave located southwest of the Kingdom’s Hail region. Shuwaimis Cave comes in third long after Habashi crumple Taif (581 meters) and Um Jarsan dips Khaibar (about 1,500 meters) and has recently been visited by a team from the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), which is studying the chance of developing Shuwaimis into a tourist destination. Heet Cave Also referred to as Dahl Heet, this cave, which is truly more sort of a sinkhole, is by Mount Al Jubayl within the small village of Heet in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city. With its underground lake and stunning interior chambers, Heet offers a number of the clearest, bluest waters within the Kingdom, making it a perfect location not only for regular visitors but cave diving enthusiasts still. Dharb Al Najem Roughly translating to “the Cave of the Fallen Star,” Dharb Al Najem is rumored by some to be the positioning of a fallen meteor. Located within the desert east of Majma'ah in the Asian nation, the cave incorporates a single chamber measuring around 100 meters thorough and 100 meters in diameter. the sole thanks to getting in and luxuriating in the magnificence of the cave are to descend. Once at the underside, sharp rays of sunshine surround you, lighting up the cave and adding to its beauty. Also Read: Riyadh Season: The pleasure of entertainment in the Saudi capital Places to visit in Riyadh: Wonderful attractions and activities to do in the capital! Places to visit in Saudi Arabia: Discover the beauty of Saudi Arabia

Culture

Sharqiah Season Festival: A cultural celebration

November 02, 2021

Sharqiah Season Festival is a cultural festival in the Eastern Region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it features a mixture of traditional events, sporting events, and film screenings. Hosting a variety of entertainment options suited for each city, the festival endeavors to promote opportunities for Saudi talent in the film industry while also featuring various films from the GCC region. In addition to introducing new talents and movies, This festival is also an exceptional way to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Kingdom. attending Sharqiah Season is definitely one of the top things to do in the Eastern Province. How Sharqiah Season Festival came to life Sharqiah Season is a collaborative effort by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the General Entertainment Authority, the General Culture Authority, and the General Sports Authority. It focuses on eastern province cities such as Dammam, Dhahran, Alkhobar, Al-Ahsa, and Jubail, while future seasons will focus on other regions in the Kingdom. It was a part of an initiative called Saudi Seasons, aiming to increase tourism in Saudi Arabia and provide jobs for young Saudis. When did the season start? The first season was held in 2019, it included a large number of events that attracted people from both inside and outside of Saudi. Sharqiah Season was the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment planned for 2019, it included more than 83 different events that took place across nine cities in the region.   The highlights of that festival were: The Fifth Annual Saudi Film Festival Taking place from March 21 to 26, 2019 at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran, this festival was organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in Dammam, in partnership with Ithra. It aimed to honor Saudi and Gulf cinema figures and included 10 training workshops and 10 seminars. It was a fantastic chance to promote opportunities for Saudi talent in the film industry and flicks from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman were also included among screenings.   Red Bull Air Race Taking place in Dammam from March 21 to 23, 2019, the demo was organized along with the General Sports Authority. Called “the most advanced aerial challenge in existence.”, the air-racing competition, was developed in 2003 and accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).    In this race, pilots fly just meters from the ground and against the clock to complete an obstacle course full of twists and turns, using fast, agile, high-performance race planes. Color Run  Taking place at South Alkhobar Corniche,  participants in the 5-km dash were doused with colored powder at the end of every kilometer. Runners started dressed all in white and emerged at the end of the run covered in the colors of the General Entertainment Authority’s logo. Concerts Concert fans rejoiced at the Asharqiah Music Festival, as it featured performances by major names at Dammam’s Life Park. US rapper Pitbull and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 were among the participants, as well as Egyptian vocalist Amr Diab, US-Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Akon. Lovers of regional music were not left out, with appearances by Assala Nasri and Mutrif Al-Mutrif, and Nabil Shuail and Hatem Al-Iraqi, all at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Center in Al-Qatif. Other noteworthy festivals in Saudi Arabia Before coronavirus the Saudi calendar used to feature several amazing festivals, hopefully, most of them will be back soon. Janadriyah National Festival Held in Janadriyah, just outside Riyadh, this is the most renowned cultural festival in Saudi Arabia. Al-Janadriyah lasts for two weeks each year, and people attend it from everywhere in the Kingdom, citizens, and expats both enjoy this incredible chance to celebrate the local culture and heritage. It offers a glimpse into all aspects of life in the GCC.  If you are interested in local crafts, traditional dancing, camel races, horse races, or any aspect of the old way of life, Janadriyah is the perfect event for you. Riyadh Season Spanning over 2 months, Riyadh Season is a city-wide celebration of modern culture. Just like Sharqiah season, it is one of the initiatives taken by the Kingdom to boost economic and tourist activity. The first season was held in 2019. In that season, 12 zones were set up for the festivities, and multiple events were held, one of the most memorable was the performance by Cirque du Soleil. Buraidah Date Festival Buraidah Date Festival centers around date manufacturing, processing, and products such as molasses, dough, sugar, jam, and chocolate.  The is the biggest date market in the world. Offering more than 30 varieties of dates. The annual three-month festival starts in August of every year. For more activities in Saudi Arabia see also: Things to do in Saudi Arabia

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Riyadh Season: The pleasure of entertainment in the Saudi capital

November 02, 2021

The General Authority for Entertainment (GAE), which was founded under the aegis of the Public Investment Fund, has played a key role in promoting the growth of the entertainment sector in Saudi Arabia (PIF). This sector is likely to grow even further with the introduction of new tourism permits. The Saudi Arabia entertainment market includes theme parks/amusement parks, festivals, and concerts, as well as earnings from other sorts of entertainment, such as Riyadh Season. The Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) exposition is a new show that aims to help the industry grow faster in the run-up to the Kingdom's Vision 2030. SEA will be the Kingdom's first-ever entertainment and amusement trade show. Theme parks and amusement parks are in high demand in Saudi Arabia. Vision 2030 aims to raise household leisure spending from 2.9% to 6.0% by 2030. The market for amusement and entertainment in Saudi Arabia was established. Riyadh Season The Riyadh Season will feature 70 performances by Arab singers and musicians, as well as 6 performances by international artists, a free wrestling bout, and an international match. The Riyadh Season 2 will take place over 5.4 million square meters across 14 locations of the capital, with 7,500 activities planned. In addition, there will be at least 200 new restaurants and 70 new cafés, as well as 350 theatrical events and productions, including 18 Arab plays and six international plays. There will also be over 100 interactive events and ten international exhibitions. The first “Riyadh Season” took place in 2019, from October 11, 2019, to January 18, 2020. During the initial season, more than 10 million people visited the venues. What is the Riyadh Season? The Riyadh Season, which lasts for two months, is primarily a city-wide celebration of Riyadh and, in a broader sense, Saudi Arabia and its people. It is one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's many projects aimed at boosting economic and tourist activities, with a focus on non-religious tourism. As Saudi Arabia strives toward a more progressive future, the program is in accordance with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Vision 2030. International visitors can now enter Saudi Arabia with ease, as the country has intended to encourage tourism by making obtaining an e-visa a quick and painless process. Over a hundred activities, concerts, and experiences are being held throughout Riyadh to commemorate the nation as a whole. In the inaugural season, which took place in 2019, 12 zones were set up for the festivities, and a variety of events were held, including a BTS K-Pop concert, WWE Crown Jewel, Cirque du Soleil, and Comic-Con, in order to appeal to a vast and diversified global audience. Logo of the Festival Counselor Turki Al-Sheikh coined the phrase "imagine more," which became the Riyadh season's new slogan. The new season's tagline, "Imagine," is a strong sign that the new season will have more activities and entertainment than the previous season's phrase. When is it going to be held? You're probably one of those who wonder, "When does the Riyadh season start?". Fortunately, it will start on the 11 of October and will be held for 2 months to be ended on 15 of December 2021. The festival will feature a wide range of fascinating and diverse events, festivities, and large exhibitions to attract tourists and travelers. It should be noted that due to the effects of the Coronavirus epidemic, this date may be impacted. What can we look forward to in Riyadh Season 2? This year's Riyadh Season, also known as Riyadh Season 2, is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, and in order to make up for last year's events being canceled due to COVID-19, the Saudi government has decided to make it bigger than ever; around 20 million people are expected to attend the festival. Riyadh Season 2 is set to take place in an area of 5 million and 400,000 square meters, in 14 zones, according to announcements made by Counselor Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of the General Authority for Entertainment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The season will include the establishment of an incredible 7,500 events. This year's apparent highlight is the establishment of a free wrestling match and an international match, in addition to 70 Arab concerts and 6 international concerts. A total of 200 restaurants and 70 cafés have signed up to participate, with 350 theatre performances planned, including 18 Arab plays and 6 international plays that will appeal to a wide audience. It's also worth noting that there will be 100 interactive experiences and 10 international exhibitions. How to buy tickets? The "Tawakkalna" application is one of the most visible digital solutions assisting the Kingdom's efforts to manage the Corona pandemic, as it is currently a pioneering experiment in enabling digital transformation to contribute to the Kingdom's Vision 2030 goals. The Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and the General Entertainment Authority recently reached an agreement to provide the service of attaching tickets for entertainment events to the "Tawakkalna" app and adopting it as an official way to access entertainment events. Under the terms of the agreement, ticket service providers approved by the General Entertainment Authority will be linked to the Tawakkalna application, allowing the final beneficiary's tickets to appear on the app and benefit from digital services such as providing tickets for entertainment activities electronically. The agreement contributes to enhancing guests' experiences at events and entertainment venues in a timely and efficient manner, as well as achieving the reliability and security that distinguishes the "Tawakkalna" application. Also, See: Activities in Riyadh Places to visit in Riyadh: Wonderful attractions and activities to do in the capital! Restaurants in Riyadh: Top nice and affordable restaurants for expats

Europe

Albania Holidays: Best Places to visit for a short trip in the country!

November 02, 2021

Since Albania has announced that foreign citizens from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Qatar, Oman, Russia and Thailand, can enter Albania without a visa, for short term stay, with the passport document, from 01 April 2021 until 31 December 2021, Albania Holidays now are indeed a great chance for you to have easy access to a beautiful European land. Also, it is a golden chance to obtain a Schengen later if you wanted to. With stunning mountain scenery, crumbling castles, boisterous capital and dreamy beaches, Albania is one of the most interesting countries in Europe, and one of the friendliest – perhaps in part because it’s so small, with a population of just 2.8 million. Albania is also a top destination for foodies, with affordable fine dining and delicious local dishes to try. In this blog article, we bring you a guide to the top places you should visit during your trip for the best Albania holidays! Also Read: Honeymoon in Egypt: Top 10 Honeymoon Places in Egypt for Unforgettable Memories Tirana Albania Tirana is the capital city and it’s the political, cultural and entertainment center of Albania. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Albania since the city has a buzz where you will not find anywhere else in the country. Tirana’s people, like the vast majority of Albanian locals, are exceptionally friendly and the city is supremely affordable, with surprisingly excellent food and drinks both very cheap. The city is home to few must-see tourist locations, but the 18th-century Et’hem Bey mosque is well worth a visit. Skanderbeg Square is one of Tirana’s most important places and this is where the National Historical Museum can be found too. Riviera Along with the capital city of Tirana, Riviera is the most popular place in the country among visitors in their Albania holidays. The reason is that it has long sandy and pebble beaches lapped by turquoise water and lovely coastal hamlets with small Orthodox churches, cobblestoned streets and flowers everywhere. The seaside town of Himara is one of the Riviera’s best places to visit, while Porto Palermo Beach, Llamani Beach and Filikuri Beach are some of the area’s finest sandy stretches, while the liveliest spot there is Drymades Beach. Riviera is named Top Value Destination of 2012, for its rolling hills and clear sands, rustic accommodation, and delicious food. Gjirokastër Gjirokastër is one of the most stunning destinations in Albania and the Balkans. It is a small Ottoman town that turned out to be Albania's Most Beautiful UNESCO Town. Gjirokastër is located in the south of the country and, for its unique Ottoman architecture, has been included in the heritage sites by UNESCO. Gjirokastër is home to one of the most beautiful castles in the country, which offers spectacular views over the city. Gjirokaster is very different from the other regular towns in Albania for its unique stone houses, cobbled streets and small like a fortress. The town is located near the bazaar and dates back its history to the 17th and 18th centuries. Berat Widely regarded as one of the prettiest cities in Albania, Berat is known as ‘the Town of a Thousand Windows,’ and it has this title because of the numerous beautiful houses with big windows pile on top of each other making one of a kind view. Located on a hillside, there are a number of Ottoman-era mosques and Byzantine churches scattered about town. One of the best views of Berat is from across the banks of the Osumi River which runs through it. It’s especially beautiful from the promenade (where locals hang out) or from across the river. It’s also worth climbing all the way to the castle as the views of Berat and the surroundings are really spectacular and this area itself is pretty charming too! Shkodra Shkodra is the cultural center of Albania and it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe. Locals often consider Shkodra the cultural capital of the country because of its several events, photography museum, theatre, historic castle, and lifestyle. Shkodra is the largest town in the north of Albania and usually is used as a base to visit the surrounding mountains. It has a pleasant temperature with an amazing infrastructure as some buildings in the Old Town went through rebuilding and revamping leaving the facades still fresh, yet elegant and colorful. Some of the highly recommended attractions to visit are Ebu Beker Mosque and Orthodox Cathedral. Also, The Historical Museum showcases just some of the region’s rich history and heritage. Vlore The coastal resort of Vlore is situated in the southwest of Albania. The area of Cold Water in Vlore is popular with younger tourists due to its choice of hip bars and restaurants. Vlore is the third most populous city of Albania, and it’s an ancient city founded in the 6th century B.C. The town enjoys a beautiful position in front of Sazani Island and Karaburuni peninsular. Thus, it’s very close to scenic mountains and rocky beaches which makes it the second-largest port in the country. For too long, Vlore is best known for its olive production; it is believed to house some 280,000 olive trees. Mount Dajti and Cable Car While it can be slightly chaotic in the traffic-filled center of town, the scenic Mount Dajti is just a short cable car ride away. With fantastic views of the city below and breathtaking nature all around, it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon and a pretty nice experience to have in your Albania holidays travel. If you want to get to the Mountain of Dajti, you can take the cable car which takes only 13 minutes. You can see everything from up there, the streets, the run-down village houses and a brief summary of life in Albania and its history. BunkArt BunkArt is a majestic coveted bunker built in the outskirts of the town in the 70s by the former dictator Enver Hoxha. Underneath Tirane, there is a five-story bunker of spidery hallways and over 100 rooms. Known as BunkArt, 24 rooms of the sprawling shelter have been converted into a history museum and contemporary art gallery, the result of the combined efforts of the Albanian government and a nonprofit art collective called Qendra Ura or “Center Bridge.” It is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn more about the Communist history of Albania.

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From Cairo to Abu Dabbab: A road trip to Samadai Dolphin House

November 02, 2021

One of the most magical places in Egypt, people mostly dream about visiting Marsa Alam, seeing the dolphins in Samadai Dolphin House, and snorkeling in Abu Dabbab. Why don’t they realize this dream you ask? Because Marsa Alam used to be a 12- hour drive from Cairo and, even though Marsa Aalam international airport was opened in 2003, not everyone can afford the plane ticket.  However, all this changed with the opening of the new highways all over Egypt, now you can be in Abu Dabbab Beach just after eight hours of leaving your house or hotel in Cairo! We tried this marvelous trip ourselves to give you a road map for a vacation of a lifetime, a vacation that you will definitely want to experience again and again, as Marsa Alam can be addictive. Kindly note though that the sole purpose of this trip was swimming with the dolphins in Samadai Dolphin House, there are a lot more things to do in Marsa Alam but this short trip was all about the dolphins in Samadai and the sea turtles in Abu Dabbab. The road to paradise Google maps said the road should take 8 hours, so I started the trip at 6 am, planning to be at the hotel by check-in time. A lot of people prefer to start these trips earlier, and I might do that in the future, but as it was my first time driving this path I wanted the drive to be in the daylight. A road trip from Cairo to  Marsa Alam means driving through Sokhna, Zaafarana, Hurghada, Safaga, and Al Qusiar, to reach your destination. You should take a look at a map of Egypt to check the distance and the roads before leaving. First of all the road is safe, Egypt is safe in general, but this was extra safe, a woman can drive along this road all alone and the worst that could happen to her is get a speeding ticket (guilty as charged) so that was definitely a good start to the trip. As safe as the road is for people it is still a very long drive with some parts surrounded by just the desert and the sea, so make sure to check your car before leaving. Pros of the road other than safety:  The mountain views are breathtaking, and you travel by sea for two-thirds of the trip, which means beautiful relaxing views all the way. The first leg of the trip, from Cairo to Hurghada, is a piece of cake. Four to five hours of driving peacefully on a newly paved mountainous highway (Galala Road) with gas stations, side road cafes, and services. This should give you a decent start so try not to stop at this part except for gas. With the stops for gas and coffee, three gas stops, and one coffee break, the road took just the promised eight hours. Cons of the road other than the length: Galala road goes through a mountain, this provides a marvelous view but the altitude might be upsetting for some, especially if they suffer from middle or inner ear problems. The second leg of the road, from Safaga to Marsa Alam is a narrow two-way highway, some might find this scary especially with the twists and turns of driving through mountains. The fact is though you scarcely encounter other cars so it’s not that scary, just don’t drive too fast and stick to the speed limit. After Safaga there are no gas stations until you reach Al Qusair, so make sure to fuel before that stretch of the road. Is Marsa Alam really there? After eight hours of driving you might start thinking that Marsa Alam is just an illusion or a mirage, the city starts to feel more like a dream than a reality, more so when you start encountering hotels that promise they are in Marsa Alam while all they are surrounded by are the desert and the sea. This is because the populated city occupies around a third of its total area, the rest comprises beaches, mountains, and vast desert, with resorts dotting this expanded space. Beach Resorts start more than 50 kilometers north of Marsa Alam and continue all the way to Mount Hamata in the south. They are spaced apart in some areas and stacked together in others, but the whole city is quiet and serene, no place feels crowded there. In addition to being quiet, Marsa Alam is an impressively clean city, everything seems spotless from the pristine beaches to the azure water to the small streets. Everyone you interact with there will probably remind you to keep the beach clean and beware of plastic flying with the wind and tarnishing the sea. You don’t do that of course dear reader so just do as I did “smile and wave!” Finally, Samadai Dolphine house Before leaving Cairo I checked the trips to Samadai Dolphine House, how often in your life can you swim with a pod of dolphins in their natural habitat! Most trips are one and the same, it’s all about finding a good boat with the best professional crew, advanced divers, and experienced snorkeling guides. The trip starts at the marina, and here I have to admit that the rural looking small marina gave me an uneasy feeling, where are the throngs of tourists? I asked myself! This is part of the charm of Marsa Alam, it’s famous for being tranquil, so no one wants to disturb this serenity by building modernly crowded places. Albeit the small marina, the boat I chose was nice, modern, and spotless, and the 40 minute trip to Samadai Dolphin House was fairly easy. We were warned though the trip back won’t be as smooth, as we will be traveling countercurrent. When the boat finally docked at Samadai natural reserve we were instructed on how to proceed. Boats are not allowed to go further, so snorkelers will be taken by zodiac boats while divers should get ready to dive from the ship with the instructor. The zodiac trip was exhilarating, just a few minutes ahead we started to spot dolphins jumping in the water beside us, a lot of dolphins! Zodiacs stopped outside the Dolphin house as they cannot go further, this is the part you have to swim on your own. It is very safe though, even if you can’t swim, as wearing a life jacket is mandatory and every group must have a licensed guide. This is a surreal experience that should not be missed, swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat, these are not trained dolphins, they are real, everything is so real that it feels more like a dream your first time, just like Marsa Alam! Back to the boat to take a break, then another round of snorkeling, this time around the coral reefs where the ships dock, at the gate to the Dolphin House. The water is so clear and so blue that you can see all the way to the bottom, with all the fascinating marine life below. Facts about Samadai Dolphine House Marsa Alam The reef is actually called Sha’ab Samadai, the name Dolphin House was first commonly used by the locals for the presence of a permanent family of dolphins. The nickname became as famous as the real name that they have merged into one: Samadai Dolphin House National Park since 2004, the reserve is governed by very restrictive rules, as previously mentioned floating vests are mandatory, and licensed guides. The rare horseshoe-shaped coral reef is 500 meters wide and 900 meters long, making it a very fertile environment for the dolphins that live and move there in very large pods. The site is divided into three areas: Zone A is exclusive for dolphins, Zone B is for snorkeling, and Zone C is where the boats dock, it is also the only zone where diving is allowed. The reserve is only open to visitors from 9 am to 3 pm, that’s why all boats plan their trips accordingly Abu Dabbab Beach: sea turtles dugongs, and crystal clear waters One of the best beaches in Egypt, and one of the best places to spot dugongs and giant sea turtles, a trip to Marsa Alam is not complete without paying a visit to Abu Dabbab. You can find Some hotels along this beach that lies 30 kilometers north of Marsa Alam, but if you are staying someplace else you can enter the public beach for a fee (130 EGP for Egyptians). It is fair to say that Abu Dabbab is one of the most tended public beaches in Egypt, or dare I say the world. The public beach is no different than a five-star hotel private beach, clean with elegant chaise longues and stationed umbrellas. All services and facilities can be found on the beach, whether you are looking for a place to have lunch, have a drink, or take a shower after swimming. Abu Dabbab is considered one of the top diving and snorkeling spots in the world, the water is so clear that you can see all the way to the bottom, for 30 or 40 meters, while snorkeling. Also, the two well-preserved vast coral reefs are rich with diverse marine life, a whole world is going underneath you while you swim. In addition to all that, the sun is nice, the weather is balmy and the water is so warm in the summer, which makes for a perfect swim. If you don’t want to get lost (like I did) I highly advise that you stick to the coastal road while traveling from one point to another in Marsa Alam, the mountainous road doesn’t get good cellular coverage so Google maps can’t offer much guidance all the time. Facts about the sea turtles and dugongs in Abu Dabbab Bay Marsa Alam turtles like leatherbacks and hawksbills feed on jellyfish. That’s why they die from consuming plastic floating in the water, it looks like jellyfish.  Large in size with impressive longevity, baby leatherback, and flatback turtles are larger than other adult sea turtle species. They can also live for a hundred years. A mammal that lives on seagrass, The dugong has been on the red list of threatened species and has been considered vulnerable to extinction Since 1990. Dugongs have shorter lives by half compared to sea turtles, they only live for 50 years. Dugongs and sea turtles alike live in Abu Dabbab because of the abundance of seagrass around this reef. Strict measures have been taken to preserve the marine life in Abu Dabbab, boats are not allowed inside the bay now and moorings have been removed. Also, some local seagrass areas are now off-limits to divers and snorkellers, and stepping on or touching the seagrass beds or reefs is prohibited. When to go to Marsa Alam Most tourists think of Egypt as a winter destination, especially the red sea and upper Egypt, and while this may be true when it comes to cities like Luxor and Aaswa, when it comes to the red sea I beg to differ. The weather is perfect during winter of course, and the water is largely warmer than most other countries, but it is still a bit cold and it gets chilly in the desert night. Besides, dolphins get a bit shy from December to March. In summer the weather is perfect, but it can be deceptively balmy. Unlike really hot destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, Marsa Aalam weather feels nice with a light breeze, so if you fry easily take good measures and use lots of sunscreen. The warm water though is worth it, it nearly feels like bathwater, only better. If you want to play it safe though then spring and fall are your ideal time, nice weather, nice water, nice everything. The road back With a sad face and happy memories, I left Marsa Alam, positive that I will visit again. I still need to check Sharm El Luli and Wadi El Gimal, which I had no time to visit on this trip. The road back took me through Al Qusair city and took only 7 hours rather than 8. Allowing for a stop for lunch and another stop for coffee it should take 8 hours to Cairo if you are staying in one of the resorts north of Marsa Alam, add another hour if you are staying at a more southern resort. The road might be long, but Marsa Alam is definitely worth it, so is swimming Samadai Dolphin House, and snorkeling in Abu Dabbab.! To learn more about Marsa Alam see also: Marsa Alam: Explore the Beauty of the Red Sea

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A Himalayan Adventure: the ultimate guide for Trekking in Nepal

November 02, 2021

One of the most unique and the most beautiful countries in the world, Nepal is a magical destination. Nepal is divided into elevation zones. This is due to the mountainous nature of the country, some parts of Nepal lie at 100 meters elevation and others stand at 8000 meters. This diverse nature makes trekking in Nepal one of the most sought-after adventures in history. Numerous trekkers and adventurers have attempted climbing the Himalayas, specifically mount Everest. However, that’s not the only trekking you can enjoy in Nepal. And while climbing the highest peak in the world is definitely tempting, there is a lot more trekking that even amateur travelers can do. So no matter what your climbing skills may be, you will most probably enjoy your trip to Nepal, you just need to learn about the dos and don’ts and you will be fine. So before you go trekking in Nepal, here are the trekking guidelines, as well as the best places to go trekking.   What you will need for the trip Before you go trekking in a mountainous region, you need some important equipment, as well as some necessities, so here is a list that you need to prepare. Head: Sun hat warm fleece hat Sunglasses Head torch Body: Cotton t-shirt Light thermal Leggings Fleece jacket down jacket Lightweight walking pants Hiking Shorts  Feet: Inner Socks Thick warm wool hiking socks Comfortable Hiking boots  Hands: Fleece Gloves waterproof wind fleece gloves Accessories: Sleeping bag liner Poncho rain cover Trekking poles Headlamps watch with light alarm Water bottle Money belt Dry packs Toiletries and Personal Hygiene: Sunscreen with high UV Protection Personal care products in small packs Medical Kits: See your doctor for complete travel medicine including High altitude medicine   When to go trekking in Nepal Trekking and hiking in Nepal can be done year-round, as they are the most common attractions there. However, there are two peak seasons: fall and spring. Whether you prefer going in the peak seasons to take advantage of the nice weather and the multitude of services or going another time to avoid the large numbers of trekkers is totally up to you and your personal preference. Fall season (October & November) The most popular trekking season in Nepal for a reason, sunny balmy weather, clear views, and nice temperatures. The only con for this time is that because it is the most popular it is the most crowded season, trails will be packed.   Spring season (March & April) The second most popular time of the year. The time when giant trees bloom and when temperatures are at their best. The cons to this time are busy trails and the probability of hazy skies, less clear mountain views than fall. However, hazy skies tend to clear as you climb in elevation.     Winter season (December to February) Some sparse sunny days can be found during the wintertime and a brilliant mountain view. Nonetheless, temperatures can be extremely cold, and the higher you go the colder it gets, daylight hours are shorter, and unpredictable storms can ruin all your plans in a blink of an eye. In addition to that, many popular trails might be closed due to snowfall. All that said, prices are good during that time, and the solitude in the quiet trails can be addictive.   Monsoon season (May to September) Traveling during the monsoon season is not a good idea. In addition to the hot humid weather, the mountain views are obscured by clouds. Also, monsoon rains bring landslides, which make trekking difficult and dangerous, and leeches, which make life unbearable.  Where to stay while trekking in Nepal By nature, a trekking trip takes a lot of planning, one of the most important questions while planning is where will I stay? Solo trekking: Teahouse Trekking The normal way for accommodation while trekking in Nepal is stopping at a teahouse when you are ready to take a break or and drink something or eat a hot meal or even go to sleep and call it a day. That is why teahouses, which are small mountain lodges, are frequently spaced along trekking trails. On most popular trails you can pass a teahouse every hour or two. Teahouses are usually simple, comfortable, and affordable. They also sell snacks and showers, if you just want to take a shower and go back to your trek you can do that in a teahouse. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way, you can arrange a camping trek with a local trekking agency. This may end up costing you more than teahouse trekking because you will also need a guide and some equipment. Also, camp trekking is often done in remote less trodden routes, as popular routes feature a lot of teahouses which make camping unnecessary.  Camp trekking: Guided trekking If you decide on camping you will definitely need a guide and porter. A guide is a person responsible for arranging logistics and safety on your trek, and a porter is a person responsible for carrying heavy gear.   Not only will the guide manage transportation, lodging, food, hiking schedule, routes, and safety on the trail, they can also be a good source of information on local culture, customs, festivals, and norms. Some people even choose to hire a guide when they go teahouse trekking.   Porters carry heavy gear, so you trekkers don’t have to. This comes in especially handy for older trekkers, inexperienced trekkers, or people trekking with children. You still need to keep your load at a minimum though, you might not be carrying it but another person is. Important safety tips Hiking in Nepal is an adventure, and like any adventure, it has some dangers that you need to keep an eye for. Here are some safety tips that will help you avoid those dangers.   Check the weather conditions before you plan, and again every day. Mountain Storms can develop quickly. Trekking travel insurance is really important, getting aid atop mountains is pricy Carrying a lightweight first aid kit is a must. Trekking alone may not be the safest way to do it, if you’re traveling alone maybe hiring a guide is a good idea. Keep a paper with an emergency contact number with you at all times. Leave a detailed itinerary with someone and call them when you get to checkpoints. Let yak or donkey caravans pass to the side of the cliff while you walk to the inside (away from any cliff). Keep an eye for landslide and avalanche areas and don't take unnecessary risks. If moving forward seems dangerous go back and find another way. Stay hydrated to avoid acute mountain sickness, and beware of its symptoms.   What you need to know about mountain sickness Mountain Altitude Sickness can affect anyone above 3000 meters. Altitude Sickness affects people regardless of gender, age, and fitness.  That is why it is highly advisable to get a check-up and ensure you are in good health prior to trekking. It is also recommended to start walking training prior to departing so you have the most enjoyable time whilst trekking.  ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS! Many people suffer from mild symptoms of AMS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS) A light headache, loss of appetite, and disturbed sleep may occur when suffering from AMS. If you experience any of these symptoms do not continue to ascend. Instead, stay where you are or go down to acclimatize.   SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: Persistent severe headache, difficulty breathing, confused thinking, loss of appetite, rapid breathing or breathlessness at rest, vomiting, coughing up pink, brown or white sputum, the sound of liquid in the lungs, blueness of face and lips, severe lethargy (not wanting to do anything), persistent bubbling cough, or persistently increased heart rate.   Prevention Drink plenty of water and eat fruit, especially when crossing high passes. Where to go trekking in Nepal Now to the important question, what trail should I hike? Should I attempt to climb Everest? Everest Base Camp Disclaimer: This route does not in fact climb to the top of Everest! The most popular trail in Nepal, and the good thing is that anyone can trek it. While climbing to the top may need experience, the base camp trail is a fairly moderate one. It usually takes 14 to 16 days to complete the trail. Everest Three Passes Loop This spectacular route is one of the difficult trails, it takes 18 to 20 days to finish it, and requires physical ability. You get to hit the highlights of the Everest Base Camp route and the stunning Gokyo Lakes in an epic trip. Annapurna Circuit It takes 12 to 16 days to complete this trail. Annapurna Circuit trail is very popular because it combines stunning mountain scenery with Tibetan culture and culminates at one of the highest trekking passes in the world, the Thorong La. Annapurna Base Camp This moderate trail only takes 7 to 10 days to finish. However, this does not make it less astonishing than the others, just shorter, easier, and at a lower elevation. That is why it is suitable for novice trekkers. To learn more about Nepal see also: The land of mountains and magic: Top things to do in Nepal

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Honeymoon in Egypt: Top 10 Honeymoon Places in Egypt for Unforgettable Memories

November 04, 2021

From Aswan to Matrouh... There's a place for a honeymoon in Egypt. As the summer season approaches, the marriage season is starting, and thus the pressures increase when planning the wedding, then the search for honeymoon trips for couples to spend unforgettable honeymoon increases. Brides and grooms prefer to spend a magical and romantic time during their honeymoon, and Egypt is one of the best honeymoon destinations because of its many tourist locations suitable for a romantic honeymoon. Honeymoon trips in Egypt Egypt has so much beauty to offer which makes it a great travel place and one of the best honeymoon destinations. This is due to its fantastic weather, amazing landscapes, golden sandy beaches, and clear waters, making it one of the best ideal honeymoon destinations.  For thousands of years, Egypt has inspired travelers worldwide, as it is home to the world's oldest and most ancient civilizations. If you love new cities, fascinated by the serenity of the desert and mountains, adore historical temples and ancient ruins, want to sail in the arms of rivers and seas, want to relax on the best beaches in the world, Egypt is full of amazing honeymoon trips and romantic places that make you express your love. It has everything that any couple can dream of, and the most essential thing is that it suits different tastes and levels. We list for you the top 10 tourist places for the newlyweds in Egypt.   The best 10 Honeymoon places in Egypt Dahab… Adventure Trips Dahab, located in the south of Sinai, is one of the most romantic and calm honeymoon trips inside Egypt, due to its white beaches, natural beauty, and reasonable prices. Things to do in Dahab Hiking, Safari, and Diving, as Dahab city offers many recreational activities, the most important of which is diving, as it is an international center for diving. If you want to experience a diving adventure, you can go to the Blue Hole, the Three Balls, Abu Galum, the Blue Lagoon, and the Canyon. Resorts and hotels in Dahab Jaz Dahabeya, Blue Beach Club, Le Meridien Dahab, Swiss Inn Resort Dahab, and Acacia Dahab. The best time to visit Dahab  Between March and April, and October and November.  Sahl Hasheesh… Luxurious Relaxation Located 18 kilometers from Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh is a resort known for its gorgeous beaches and pure white sand. It is considered one of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt, where there are many water activities that couples can enjoy and spend an unforgettable romantic time. Things to do in Sahl Hasheesh Horseback riding - Quad biking - Windsurfing - Relaxing in a luxury spa - Banana boat ride. Hotels suitable for a honeymoon in Sahl Hasheesh The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, and Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh. The best time to visit Sahl Hasheesh  The period from June to September.   Marsa Alam… Divers Paradise You can not miss a visit to Marsa Alam if you are looking for a private honeymoon place. It is one of the most wonderful tourist destinations in Egypt, where it has charming beaches filled with coral reefs, luxury, and private resorts. The most famous tourist attractions in it: Wadi El-Gamal, Abu Hassan El-Shazly tomb, and Mount Hamata, which is characterized by a rare mangrove tree and marine animals. Things to do in Marsa Alam Safari trips, boat rentals, diving, swimming with dolphins. Resorts and hotels in Marsa Alam The Three Corners Equinox Resort, Laguna Beach Resort, Magic Tulip Beach, Blue Reef Resort, Rehana Guest House, Shams Alam Beach, and Aurora Bay Resort. The best time to visit Marsa Alam October, November, and December.   Alexandria… Beautiful Beaches If you want to spend your honeymoon in a lively place full of recreational activities, green spaces, multiple services, and vibrant nightlife, then you should choose Alexandria. Alexandria is one of the best honeymoon trips in Egypt because it is the second-largest city in Egypt, and it is also called the “Bride of the Mediterranean” because of its beauty and picturesque beaches that make you refresh. Things to do in Alexandria Swimming, visiting the Alexandria Library, Montazah Palace, Maamoura, Royal Jewelry Museum, Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria National Museum, Roman Theater, Greek Museum, and Stanley Bridge. Hotels and resorts in Alexandria Helnan Palestine Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria, Sheraton Montazah Hotel, and Paradise Inn Maamoura. The best time to visit Alexandria From March to June. Siwa Oasis… Positive Vibes Have you ever thought about spending your honeymoon in an oasis? Think a little, and you will do as many couples love to have a unique experience. Head to Siwa Oasis, located between the Great Sand Sea on the Western Desert, which is considered one of the most untouched and beautiful destinations in Egypt, as it is nicknamed "God's Paradise on Earth". Although it is a desert, you will find everything that attracts you from greenery, hot springs, lakes, palm trees, and fruit trees scattered all over Siwa Oasis. Things to do in Siwa Oasis Safari trips, sandboarding, cycling, climbing Mount Dakrour, swimming in Cleopatra’s Hammam, enjoying simple Bedouin sessions, visiting the most important landmarks in Siwa such as Gebel al-Mawta, Amun Temple, and Shali Fortress. You can also head to a restaurant and enjoy a romantic dinner. Resorts and hotels in Siwa Siwa Safari Paradise Tourist, Siwa Safari Gardens, Siwa Paradise, Siwa Chali Resort., and Adrere Amellal, which is a different experience as there is no electricity and the place is candlelit making it more romantic. The best time to visit Siwa Oasis From January to March. Sharm El Sheikh… Desert Safari It is one of the first options available to those who want to spend a romantic honeymoon trip and at the same time full of recreational activities. Sharm El Sheikh overlooks the Red Sea and combines beautiful nature with distinctive amenities. Sharm El Sheikh has the best coral reefs, wonderful sandy beaches, and luxurious resorts. Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh Diving underwater. Safari trips. Bike riding. Sandboarding. Staying up at night. Shopping in the traditional markets. Naama Bay tour. Watching the sunrise in Jabal Musa. Hotels and resorts in Sharm El Sheikh Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, Iberotel Palace, Al Fayrouz Resort, Domina Coral Bay, Hilton Sharks Bay Resort, and Jaz Mirabel Beach. The best time to visit Sharm El Sheikh April and mid-October to mid-November.  Hurghada… Explore Fun Activities This attractive tourist city, which many couples visit, is one of the most romantic destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt. This is due to the picturesque natural attractions, wonderful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, rare coral reefs, and high-end resorts. Things to do in Hurghada Safari - diving - windsurfing - playing with dolphins - horse riding - hiking. Hotels and resorts in Hurghada Hurghada Marriott Resort, Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort, Desert Rose Hurghada, Soma Bay Hurghada Hotel, Coral beach resort, and El Gouna Resort. The best time to visit Hurghada From April, June, September, and November. Nuweiba… Camps by the sea What about sleeping under the stars during your honeymoon? Does it sound truly romantic? If this is convenient for you, you can spend your honeymoon in Nuweiba and stay in many camps. Nuweiba is a coastal city located on the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai Peninsula and is characterized by countless camps on the sea, with its natural landscapes, its clear blue sea, and its majestic mountains. Therefore, it is one of the most romantic and suitable destinations for a honeymoon in Egypt. Things to do in Nuweiba Walk on the sandy beaches, have a romantic dinner, and watch the sunset. Hotels in Nuweiba There are many camps you can choose from Basata, Nuweiba Lodge, and Habiba Beach Lodge to name a few. The best time to visit Nuweiba From November to April.   El Gouna… The luxury city During your visit to El Gouna, expect a mixture of romance, fun, and excitement, where you will find a range of water activities, lakes, luxurious spas, and wonderful sandy beaches. El Gouna has many high-end romantic resorts where you can spend a romantic honeymoon. Things to do in El Gouna Sailing, boat tours, beach walks, snorkeling, windsurfing, watching the sunset, attending concerts, and having a romantic dinner. Accomidtaion in El Gouna Abe Tig Marina, Panorama Bungalows El Gouna Resort, Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna The best time to visit El Gouna From April to June and from September to November.   Aswan… Cruising Through The Historical Sites If you are looking for a different place for your honeymoon in Egypt, many couples who visit Aswan should be on your list. This city has the best archaeological and tourist attractions in Egypt. Aswan is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, and it is one of the honeymoon places in winter in Egypt and one of the most romantic destinations for honeymooning in Egypt for newlyweds, as it combines beauty and simplicity, and is characterized by warm weather in winter, as well as its historical monuments, and its distinctive location on the Nile River. Things to do in Aswan Take a private tour of the High Dam of Aswan, ride a camel to one of the monasteries, visit the Elephant Temple and the Island of Plants, dine at a restaurant on the river, and ride a felucca on the Nile. Accommodations in Aswan Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, Movenpick Resort Aswan, Helnan, Orchida St. George. The best time to visit Aswan From September to April.

Adventure

Egypt Day Tours: Explore the Best Places to Visit in One Day

March 10, 2022

Do you live in Egypt and feel bored sometimes? How do you feel bored when you are in the most diverse country in tourism!! Let's discover the best modern places to visit on one-day tours. Tourism in Egypt is very diverse between religious, therapeutic, sports, artistic, and others, you and your friends can wander and discover new places to visit on one-day trips. Top Tours in Cairo to Spend in One Day  In the recent period, Egypt has developed in tourism, museums and various places have been opened for tourism, and Egypt has relied heavily on domestic tourism, as awareness among citizens has increased on the importance of promoting domestic tourism. It has been proven that there are really places in Egypt that will be worth visiting. We will mention some of them that you will try as day trips in this article. The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization You will be surprised by the beauty of the tour in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization because it contains rare pieces dedicated to the entire Egyptian civilization and links more than 50,000 artifacts linking antiquity to modern times. The museum includes the most important archaeological holdings that will be displayed in the exhibition, in addition to six other exhibits dealing with the topics: Civilization The Nile River Writing State and society Civilization Beliefs and ideas The permanent royal mummies exhibition Z discusses the most important achievements of Egyptian civilization. Illusion Museum The Museum of Illusions in Sheikh Zayed Cairo, is one of the most popular places these days if you want a new experience with your friends or family to laugh and have fun in it. You will enter a world of illusions that makes you suspicious of your senses and amazes you at the same time. Get ready for the most exciting adventures of a difference. You will experience an interesting visual, sensory and educational experience with a collection of new, unexplored fantasies at the Museum of Illusions. Do not expect that the delusions museum is suitable for children only, as it targets all ages, children, adults, spouses, and grandparents, everyone who enters the delusions museum will be amazed, in addition to that it provides a large arena for social and recreational activities across the world of illusions. Ootlah tips for you to prepare your camera to take the strangest photos that will become a different and enjoyable memory. When you enter the Museum of Illusions, we will ensure that the signs of astonishment and laughter do not leave your face. Enjoy one of the best one-day trips in Egypt.  One-Day Trips in Other Provinces in Egypt Egypt is rich in its governorate, it enjoys about 27 governorates, each governorate has its own characteristics and it can be tried in one day, so let's get to know the day trips that exist in other governorates of Egypt. Take a Round in Wadi El Hitan, Fayoum  Valley of the Whales is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, get ready to spend a day with nature to explore and hear the fun valley stories, you can book a trip to the valley you and your friends or family or alone if you like, you will get to know about the fossils dating back millions of years and stages of development The valley until it became the valley of the whales that we visit now. In the valley, there are a lot of activities that you can do such as safari, sand boarding and camel riding. On Ootlah, we recommend that you try to spend an entire day to spend the night in the Valley of the Whales and see the beauty of the stars in the sky, and at a certain time in the year you can see how many terrible meteors are, you will be amazed at the beauty of the scene and make sure that Egypt really has many different places. You can browse through the excursions that Ootlah provides to Wadi El Hitan, and we will be very happy to join you and share with us the special trip. Day trips in Fayoum. Tours to Alexandria  Alexandria is considered one of the large governorates that are characterized by the diversity of its effects. People usually go to it on weekends to spend a fun day and come home again. There are some basic places that you must visit if you are going to travel to Alexandria on a one-day trip, which we will get to know now. As we mentioned earlier, the tourist places are different and varied. You can choose what we visit according to your interests, you may like swimming, art, jewelry, Roman history, and others. You can visit the Column of Pompeii and the Catacombs, as they are close to each other. You can also visit the Citadel of Qaitbay and then have lunch on the sea. If you like to eat fish, you will eat the most delicious fish in Alexandria. After that, head to the Alexandria National Museum and Alexandria Library, where they are located 20 minutes from the castle and then continue walking until you reach the Stanley Bridge and Capture the most beautiful pictures on it. If you feel excited you can schedule a day tour to Alexandria.  Safari Day Trips in Egypt  If you are a fan of safari and you have one day to spend a fun time with the safari, we will determine for you the most important places in Egypt that are famous for safari trips, follow us to find out where you do a safari trip and choose the closest to you. One of the most famous places that you can take a safari trip and spend a nice time on one of the best day tours in Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada so you can enjoy a large desert that allows you to spend quality time with the crazy speed in four-wheel-drive vehicles, and if you are a resident of Cairo or Alexandria or close to the pyramids, it will be better to go to the pyramids and imagine Next to it and contemplate it, that is, it is one of the signs of the seventh world, then go on a safari and camp in the desert. And in Bahariya Oasis, distinctive safari trips besides the main attractions, of course. Also read: Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience

Destinations

Marsa Alam: Explore the Beauty of the Red Sea

July 13, 2021

Marsa Alam has become a popular Red Sea diving destination since the opening of its international airport in 2001. The city, which is nestled between the sea and the desert, offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury comfort hotels with full Western amenities to Bedouin-inspired eco-lodges. For experienced divers, the dive sites accessible from Marsa Alam are among the best in the Red Sea. It is known for its healthy coral reefs and diverse marine wildlife such as dugongs and dolphins. In-shore coral reefs are suitable for novice divers who want to spend hours observing marine life. With its luxury hotels, resorts, and berthing space for around 1000 yachts, the new Port Ghalib Marina in the city has elevated the place to a very exclusive status. The newly constructed marina features gourmet restaurants and tantalizing Spas, as well as some of the finest relaxation and entertainment opportunities on the Red Sea coast. In addition, the resort is home to the International Convention Centre, the Red Sea's only multipurpose state-of-the-art center of its size. The center has 1,950 square meters of meeting space that can accommodate anything from large conferences with 2,000 members to small informal meetings. The city is also a well-known kitesurfing destination and a great place to launch safaris and wilderness explorations. The surrounding mountains were once used to mine gold and emeralds, and some of these ancient mines can still be visited today. It's about 274 kilometers south of Hurghada. Gebel Elba and Wadi al Gimal National Parks, both nearby, are home to a diverse range of birds and desert animals. Marsal Alam is also well-known for its medicinal properties. So if you want to visit the beach, the desert, the reefs, or a mix of sightseeing and activities, Marsa Alam is the place to go. Tourism in Marsa Alam Marsa Alam weather The warm climate makes it a perfect holiday spot; winter temperatures have been known to hit 19 degrees Celsius, while summer temperatures range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. In the spring, the temperature rises to around 25 degrees Celsius, and in the fall, it rises to around 27 degrees Celsius. Top Attractions and things to do Satayh Dolphin Reef National Park Take a boat ride to the Satayh Dolphin Reef, a protected area where you can swim with dolphins and snorkel. When you take in the underwater marine environment, keep an eye out for 60-80 dolphins that will put on a display for you when you interact with them. You'll be mesmerized by the different varieties of corals and fish in this area, which is home to many dolphins and sea mammals. The journey begins at Hamata Harbour, 120 kilometers south of the city. Marsa Mubarak National Park Take a boat ride to Marsa Mubarak, one of Marsa Alam's most scenic snorkeling and diving spots. During this trip, you'll have the opportunity to explore Marsa Mubarak's protected bay, which features some of the Red Sea's most spectacular coral reefs and breathtaking underwater scenery. This site's crystal clear warm water supports a diverse flora and fauna. If you're fortunate, you could even see an endangered Dugong "sea cow" grazing on the seagrass in this sheltered bay. Beginning in Port Ghalib, the journey begins. Abu Dabab Bay Beach In the region, Abo Dabab Bay is a beautiful snorkeling and diving spot. It has coral sides with plenty of colorful fish for snorkeling. The bay has a sand beach with seagrass and crystal clear, warm water that is home to a wide range of colorful fish, Green Turtles, and the endangered Dugong, which visits the sheltered bay to feed on the seagrass on occasion. You have the option to participate in a special excursion ( look for the dugong with a speed boat from the beach). When it comes to seeing the Dugong, you have a better chance. This journey begins at 14:00 and lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Wadi El Gemal  National Park Wadi El Gemal National Park, also known as the "Valley of the Camels," is a large region of desert and coastal water 45 kilometers south of the city. It is about a 2-hour drive from the city’s International Airport. Prehistoric rock art, as well as Ptolemaic and Roman ruins, can be found in the park, and small mining villages dating back to ancient Egypt can be found on the mountain "Mons Smaragdus." The park contains a remarkable amount of wildlife and plants, as well as historic sites dating back to the pre-Roman period. In Wadi El Gemal National Park, you can ride in a camel-drawn wagon through the wadis and sand dunes, stopping to see wildlife and sample local cuisines such as sand-baked bread and camel cheese. Hamata Island Enjoy a fantastic snorkeling experience on Hamata Island. Enjoy a trip to three Virgin Islands. You'll explore the untouched nature of Hamata National Park and see corals and colorful fish that you won't see anywhere else in the islands. Porto Ghalib  Porto Ghalib, only 5 kilometers from the city’s International Airport, is a premier integrated resort city with a rare mix of bazaars and gift shops selling both Egyptian and imported goods. Egyptian cotton and various types of sculptures, as well as water pipes and jewelry, are the most common items seen there. On the other side, you'll find a variety of cafes and food and beverage outlets, including Costa Coffee, Fusion, Baskin Robbins, and others, where you can unwind with a traditional shisha water pipe and a soft drink at the beach café. Desert Safari  Enjoy a desert adventure safari trip by jeep 4*4 and learn about Bedouin life and customs while tasting Bedouin tea and smoking a water pipe. You will also have the opportunity to ride a quad bike through the mountains while enjoying a BBQ dinner and a Bedouin show. Marsa Alam Hotels Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort This luxurious resort offers a private beach and an indoor pool and is only a short walk from Abu Dabbab North. It also has a children's club, a beauty salon, and a children's pool. The Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort has recently been renovated and now provides babysitting/child facilities, bicycle rentals, and a 24-hour front desk. Additionally, the multilingual workers may provide local information. There is also a well-equipped gym at the resort. Fantazia Resort Marsa Alam This hotel is located on the beach, 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) from Marsa Alam Beach and 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) from Marsa Alam Mosque. Within 9 miles, you'll find Abu Dabab Beach and Garden Bay Beach (15 km). The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort The Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort is located by the sea, a 4-minute drive from Turtle Bay Beach and a 7-minute drive from Port Ghalib International Marina. A 24-hour front desk, multilingual employees, and luggage storage are among the hotel's amenities. For a fee, a roundtrip airport shuttle is available (24 hours), and free self parking is available on site. Also, Read: Holidays in Egypt: 7 amazing places to spend the best holiday Sharm el Sheikh Activities: Explore the beauty of the Sinai Peninsula Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience