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Photo of the Week: Abu Simbel Temple, Luxor and Aswan, Egypt

  • Alfred Molon (Photo) Hossam Mostafa (Text)
  • 18 September 2011

The mighty temples in this Photo of the Week have made the name of Abu Simbel internationally famous since their rediscovery in the early 19th century. Originally constructed during the reign of Ramesses II in the mid 13th century BCE, the temples were lost in the shifting sands of the Nubian desert for many centuries.

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Top Five Natural Baths Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 2 May 2011

For ages, people have travelled far and wide in search of a good bath. Journeying to natural pools and hot springs with healing properties has been ‘medical tourism’ in its simplest form. Nowadays, though, a healthy soak in the mineral-rich waters of thermal springs is more than just doctor’s orders; finding the natural hot spots for a relaxing steep is a way to appreciate the unique geographical qualities of a place while simultaneously indulging in some healing.

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Volunteer Tourism in Egypt

  • Travel Off The Radar/Christina Heyniger
  • 28 April 2011

I traveled to Egypt to examine the potential for volunteer tourism in Cairo and Aswan. We participated in a series of volunteer tourism workshops, consultations and media-outreach events across the country. The goal of the program was to energize people in government, the non-profit and private sector about how they might directly implement the concept of volunteer tourism in Egypt. A few of the organizations we visited, which offer some potential for volunteer tourism, are profiled here.

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Is Egypt Safe for Travel? Well, the Future Looks Bright

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 15 February 2011

On February 11, 2011, after 18 days of protests, the people of Egypt received word of the resignation of Mr. Mubarak, their embattled president for 30 years. Since then, travel warnings and advisories have been issued by countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, cautioning with different degrees of alarm against non-essential travel. The view from the inside, however, supports a growing sense of calm, reinforcing it with a solid dose of optimism.

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“For the Love of My Queen”: the Temples of Abu Simbel in Southern Egypt

  • Dr Benedict G. Davies
  • 5 January 2011

Through mighty works in stone – the supreme tools of royal propaganda – Ramesses II hoped to ensure that word of his supreme authority would extend throughout the Nubian lands, striking fear into the disparate, lawless tribes that inhabited these desert territories. In all, he would construct seven rock-cut temples in Nubia, the most impressive of which were the twin temples at Abu Simbel, one of which was devoted to his favourite queen, Nefertari.

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The Red Sea Resort of Safaga, Egypt, Joins whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 17 December 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC. The Egyptian port city of Safaga, built on the black sands of the Red Sea shore, offers a welcoming, friendly retreat from the hectic pace of life in the country’s major tourist hot spots. Two lengthy coral reefs skirt the coastline and promise plenty of great dive sites, while the engulfing waters are internationally renowned for both their perfect windsurfing conditions and their healing properties.

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whl.travel Offers Travel to Aswan and Luxor of Southern Egypt

  • whl.travel
  • 17 July 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC. Aswan and Luxor have been attracting visitors for centuries. These two southern Egyptian cities and their environs boast some of the world’s most fascinating and best-preserved ancient monuments, like the Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, St. Simon Monastery, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and the temples of Karnak and Luxor.

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Egypt’s Ancient and Sacred Sharm El-Sheikh Is Now a whl.travel Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 16 June 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC. Jagged mountains, expansive desert, white-sand beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea comprise the dramatic scenery of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, located in the far south of the Sinai Peninsula, in close proximity to vibrant coral reefs and with services developed around first-rate water sports, particularly scuba diving.

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Cairo Opens the Doors to whl.travel in Egypt

  • whl.travel
  • 20 May 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC. Cairo is a city of contrasts, simultaneously modern and deeply connected to its golden past. Full of life, this capital of Egypt is a bustling sleepless metropolis that boasts monuments and architecture spanning thousands of years. Cairo is the largest city on the African continent, as well as in the Middle East.

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The Tour d’Afrique – A Trans-African Adventure on Two Wheels

  • Brian Hoeniger
  • 13 May 2010

The Tour d’Afrique is an annual transcontinental bicycling odyssey that starts at the pyramids near Cairo, Egypt, in January, and then traverses 10 countries and every kind of road surface imaginable before spinning into Cape Town, South Africa, some four months and 11,800 kilometres later. It attracts nomadic souls and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, from triathletes to retirees.

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