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Runners on their marks for the International Egyptian Marathon

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The thousands of assembled hopefuls will be glad of the relatively cool seasonal temperatures at the International Egyptian Marathon on February 13th.

Taking place in the ancient and fascinating city of Luxor, this race promises to attract competitors and spectators on Egypt tours from around the world.

This year will see the 16th running of this prestigious event, which is widely regarded as one of the best long-distance races on the African continent. It is the only one of its kind in Egypt that is officially recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races.

As is fitting for a locale with such history, the course takes in many famous sights, not least the start/finish point in the shadow of Hatshepsut’s Temple.

For runners who aren’t keen to attempt the full distance there are a number of shorter events, such as the Ramses Run and Walk over 12 kilometres, as well as other races for wheelchair racers and in-line skaters.

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One week holiday in Egypt – land of pharaohs and ancient pyramids

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2 weeks into my new job at Isango, I jumped at the opportunity to try out the experiences offered by my company as I had booked to go for a one week holiday in Egypt prior to taking up my role. Been a solo traveller most of the time, I usually plan my activities at the very last minute where possible, and most of the time, just packing my backpack and going on the plane with an address to the hostel and a lonely planet guide in hand. As a few family members were joining me for the trip, I had to suppress my procrastination and did some pre-trip planning on the sights to visit and things to do in Egypt. Browsing our website for the Egyptian experiences was fairly straight forward using the quick search and filtering out the various type of tours which did not interest me. One of the things that irritated me slightly was the lack of a price sorting option to view the cheapest options available – that’s me, I am a typical backpacker, costs counts for everything!!! On the other hand, I was able to make use of some very clever slider filters to display only experiences within my budget – nifty!

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Peddlers barred from Giza pyramids

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The pyramids are now protected by a 13-foot high wallEgyptian authorities have erected a 12-mile fence around the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx in order to keep out hawkers and peddlers.

Hawkers hanging around the site have grown notorious for hassling tourists to buy their goods, sometimes aggressively.

They sell everything from souvenirs to trinkets to T-shirts.

"It was a zoo," said Zahi Hawass, Egypt”s chief archaeologist.

"Now we are protecting both the tourists and the ancient monuments."

While previously just a low stone wall protected the only surviving member of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the new 13 foot-high barrier is complete with alarms, sensors and CCTV cameras.

Visitors enter the fence through a brick entrance building, with half a dozen gates equipped with metal detectors and X-ray machines.

Once inside, they are closely watched by nearly 200 cameras whose footage goes back to the control room, where guards monitor a bank of 24 screens around the clock.

Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.

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Diving breaks near Sharm al Sheikh

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The diving spots in Sharm al Sheikh are said to be some of the best in the world If you”re going on holiday to Sharm al Sheikh, you must try diving in the beautiful Ras Mahommed National Park which is just 30km away.

Located at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez, the diving sites at Ras Mohammed are said to be some of the best in the world.

So it”s definitely worth having a try no matter whether you are a seasoned veteran or a complete novice.

If you prefer to keep your feet dry, however, then there is no doubt that you will be amazed by the wild beauty of the beaches, the surrounding desert, the wildlife inhabiting it, as well as the different types of plants that grow here, including the ancient mangrove trees.

Due to its position, strong currents prevail throughout the year here which makes the waters around it very rich in nutrients.

This attracts huge numbers of schools of pelagic and reef fish, somewhere in the range of 1,000 different species.

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Go to Mount Sinai from Sharm al-Sheikh

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Walk up the mountain to watch an incredible sunriseMount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, is just a three-hour drive from Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt.

Moses is mentioned to have been here once in the Qu”ran, while the Bible says he has been here twice (the first time meeting his wife Zippora and receiving his mission, the second time leading the Israelites to the Promised Land and receiving the Ten Commandments).

Mount Sinai is also the location of the Burning Bush, the Monks” Garden and the Ossuary (Monastery of St. Catherine), a Greek Orthodox monastery founded in the 6th century, and one of the longest-running monasteries in the world.

Walking up this mountain is an unforgettable experience – visitors can decide whether to do so early in the morning, around midday, or late at night.

The last option is the most recommended – and the most popular amongst tourists – because the sun rising over Sinai is a fantastic view that will never be forgotten.

Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.
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