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11 Best Beaches In Sahel To Rock Your Summer 2018

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Haven’t been to Sahel yet this summer? Don’t worry, The What’s Up Cairo’s Team has got your back with a list of the awesomest beaches out there in Sahel, read more.

1- Hacienda Bay:

Hacienda bay

We can’t get enough from Hacienda Bay’s private beaches, how the taupe colored sand feels on the feet while walking along the paths is indescribable. The roaring sound of the blue-green Mediterranean sea is what makes you want to grab a book and read peacefully on any private beach of Hacienda Bays’.

2- Hacienda White:

Hacienda White

It’s all about Hacienda White’s Private Beaches that we can’t get enough from. Just watching from afar the waves hitting the shore slowly and the waves of the music hitting your body which makes you instantly into the dancing mode is why we love Hacienda White’s beaches.

3- Marassi:

Marassi

If you haven’t heard of the most intoxicating yet beautifully panoramic scenery of the sea waves crashing the shore in Marassi’s amazing private beaches, then you have been living under a rock. We just can’t get enough how Marassi’s beaches, they are the awesomest!

4- Stella, Sidi Abdelrahman:

Stella, Sidi Abdelrahman

How could we get enough of Stella’s private Beach? It’s pretty amazing. How the sky and the sea touch in a picturesque scenery which makes you feel relaxed. The sunshine yellow sand is warm and feels amazing. Want a great beach to chill out with your friends or family? Go to Stella beach!

5- Ghazala Bay:

Ghazala Bay

We cannot get over how Ghazala Bay’s Private beautiful beach is! The waves of the sea hitting the shore beautifully which makes us feel relaxed and tranquil. Children playing volleyball or football while them being safe and also, having fun! Definitely, recommending this!

6- La Vista:

La Vista

How can we say no to La Vista Sahel? La Vista is becoming even better this summer and we love it so much! Children having fun, adults having a tan or reading a good book and music filling the air. How can anyone compete with that?! Want to have fun? Head to La Vista Sahel!

7- Telal:

Telal

Who hasn’t heard about Telal’s famous, outstandingly gorgeous private beaches? Seriously, want to go for a swim and tanning in the morning, then going to malls and cool places at night? Then, definitely recommending Telal!

8- Diplo:

Diplo

Diplo’s Private Beaches are definitely tranquil, quiet and relaxing. Having a tan, walking beside the shore, doing yoga, building a sandcastle or even reading a good positive book is going to put you into the meditation mood. Who wouldn’t even love Diplo? Want to ease your mind a bit? Go to Diplo’s Private beach!

9- Kiki’s Beach Bar, Hacienda White:

 

Kiki’s beach is the best beach in Sahel, it’s  known chill out music is what makes it even more amazing that it already is! They sunshine yellow umbrellas, the sea crashing into the shore, the taupe colored sand and the best chill out music is what makes everybody love this place even more! Located on the coast of beautiful Hacienda white, KiKi’s offers an authentic Mediterranean experience leaving our guests feeling all kinds of  good! It’s mostly available for people on the guest list only, you pay for what you order. You’ll regret not going to this awesome beach!

Reservations: through Facebook

10- Almaza Bay:

We can’t get enough of the Almaza Bay’s private beaches, they’re insanely beautiful. Very tranquil, peaceful and quietness! Want to relax? Get a book, lie down on those bunk beds and bring a plate of some delicious fries to keep you fully satisfied and entertained! Go for a swim there too, it is like paradise on earth!

11- Martin’s Beach, Marassi:

Martin’s Beach, Marassi

What’s a better way to truly enjoy Sahel than in the sumptuous and spontaneous Martin’s Beach Club, which has been rocking our Sahel summers with unforgettable vibes and parties that have become synonymous with everything that Sahel stands for; beach, cocktails, music, and funsies! It’s entrance fee is around 400LE. It is located in Marassi, Bo Island, Sidi Abdelrahman and it is opened from 12 a.m to 12 a.m so all day everyday rocking at The Martin’s Beach Club! The popular beach club is going to be accessible only to registered members beginning this year, in an effort to create an even more exclusive summer experience where the atmosphere and the crowd are more in sync than ever! We definitely recommend this as a nightlife party or a morning beach party!

Reservations: 01009607786

We really hope you have fun in those spectacular beaches in Sahel, what’s better than beach parties with friends and family?!

Nadia Haitham, who is a sixteen year old teenager, fantasizes and creates images in people’s minds using written words. She has always admired the idea of writing ever since she was a little girl with piggy tails and somehow, she’s chasing her dream! Nadia is currently an IGCSE student in The Continental School Of Cairo and she’s in the eleventh grade. They say Nadia is too young but she asks repeatedly, “if I don’t start now, then when?!” She blows her candles on the fifteenth of July, her zodiac sign is Cancer and she’s Egyptian. In 2015, she has written her first completed book that’s called, “Love Of A Teenage Girl” which is published on a writing website called, Wattpad. She has won several awards for the book which she’s planning to publish in the future. Nadia has also written a few other books and created quotes of her own but she hasn’t completed them yet but she’s planning to. She’s into music and learning something new every single day using the help of the social media world. She believes that writing is an underestimated art, it’s exactly like painting colorful images in people’s minds by using words of black and white.

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New app reconstructs the ancient glory of Baalbak’s Roman ruins in Lebanon

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DUBAI: In 1898, an unlikely royal visit was made to the 10,000-year-old city of Baalbek, a jewel in the crown of Lebanon’s archeological history. As part of his grand tour of the Orient — an expedition that involved 100 coaches, 230 tents and 10 guides — the last emperor of Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and his wife Augusta Victoria were awestruck by Baalbek’s famed Roman ruins. Although the Emperor spent just a few waking hours in the ‘City of the Sun’ — his last stop before heading back to Potsdam via the Port of Beirut – he was so captivated by what he witnessed that he decided to commission German expeditions to excavate the site.

Commemorating the centenary of the Kaiser’s consequential stay in Baalbek, a local museum was inaugurated in 1998 by the Lebanese General Department of Antiquities (DGA) and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) to display a collection of pre-Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine artifacts. The Lebanese-German cultural relationship continues to grow to this day. In fact, thanks to a collaboration between the DGA, the DAI and the US-based virtual-tourism company Flyover Zone, a new smartphone and tablet app has now been developed that lets users view Baalbek virtually.

“Baalbek Reborn: Temples” allows you to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site — known as Heliopolis in Roman times — as it was in the past and as it is now. It provides a 38-minute guided tour with an audio track available in English, Arabic, French and German. It includes a map with 38 individual stops — some of which are inaccessible in reality — that can be ‘visited’ in panoramic, up-close, and satellite views. Highlights include the iconic six columns of the Temple of Jupiter and the Temple of Baachus, considered by experts as one of the world’s best-preserved examples of Roman-era temples.

The app, released in late March, is another example of how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed tourism and travel. Since global lockdowns began a year ago, there has been increasing interest in the use of advanced technology and virtual reality to allow people to explore the world.

Advanced and impressive as such ‘travel’ may be, however, the app’s project manager Henning Burwitz is aware that it is a very different experience to actually going somewhere.

“This was never intended to replace an actual visit,” Burwitz told Arab News. “To learn about a World Heritage Site in a book, in an app, is great. But to be there is a different thing. We (see) this as a way to encourage people to learn about it, to get people to go there, or to maybe even hear about it for the first time.”

Burwitz recalled the first time he laid eyes on Baalbek back in 2002: “When you go there once, you want come back a lot of times. The size and the impression it leaves on you… It is anything but modest.”

In modern times, Baalbek has been a major artistic hotspot in the Arab region, hosting high-profile performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Fayrouz and Umm Kulthum at the open-air Baalbeck International Festival. During the 1950s and 1960s, Baalbek’s temples were prominently featured in tourism and aviation posters. So aside from its historical importance, what is it about Baalbek that creates such a lasting impression on people?

“The fact that Baalbek and its sites are still preserved as they are today, after the civil war, after a lot of bad (times) this beautiful country has seen, is due to the people,” Burwitz said. “They love their site and they do this because it’s their life, it’s their wellbeing.”

Time-traveling has always been the passion of American digital archaeologist and professor Bernard Frischer, who was involved in the development of the app. Through his company, Flyover Zone, his team has virtually recreated the entire city of Ancient Rome and upcoming plans include sites in Egypt and Mexico. “The cultural mission of what we’re doing — of bridging time and space — is to help bridge people and show people each other’s cultures, starting from when they’re children,” Frischer said. “We have to show young people that there are many great monuments around the world and we have to make them easily accessible.”

The graphics of “Baalbek Reborn” were originally based on 20th-century German archaeologist Theodore Wiegand’s book documenting his findings at Baalbek. A 3D-model was developed and minor details that make the research more scientifically viable and accurate were later added, along with touches that gave the images of Baalbek, captured via drone, a richer look and feel.

According to Burwitz and Frischer, the app has been positively received in the region and abroad, with around 9,000 downloads within a few days of its launch.

The project also supports a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the Lebanese non-governmental organization, Arc en Ciel. This initiative will offer restoration training for 100 artisans and workmen in Lebanon, in an effort to rehabilitate Beirut’s heritage homes damaged in the August port explosion.

With the situation in Lebanon so desperate — with political turmoil, an economic meltdown, increased migration and the collective trauma caused by last year’s Beirut blast all exacerbating the issues caused by the ongoing pandemic — Burwitz and his team hope that this project, reconstructing a beloved architectural gem in remarkable detail, might provide the Lebanese people with something to smile about.

“We are all hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel and this might be the little torch trying to guide the people,” said Burwitz.

“We want them to feel that this is good news, which will make them happy and give them some hope,” added Frischer. “It should also give them a special sense of pride that they live in a country that was able to achieve the monumentality of a site like Baalbek.”

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‘Winter is Around You’ Campaign Sheds the Light on the Kingdom’s Desert Life

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The ‘Winter is Around You’ campaign, which has been recently launched by the Saudi Tourism Authority, will highlight the stunning desert destinations and position it as the ultimate choice for winter break.

Most of the Kingdom is desert and it’s divided to three part: Al-Dahna, Al-Nafud and the Empty Quarter. In these parts, visitors can find beautiful natural oases and parks, and also those interested in hiking can get to enjoy several activities at some of the desert’s cliffs.

The campaign is also highlighting the desert camps, known as Kashtas, and shedding the light on it as a popular destination during this time of the year, it offers the perfect escape for tourists who are looking to get away from the hustle of urban life.

enjoy the safari desert experience in riyadh

Other activities that suit adventure seekers are and skiing, motorbike riding and “dune bashing.” If you’re the explorer type, then you can take the time to explore and look into the history and heritage of these desert areas or try some chill activities such as camel and horse riding or camping.

Things to Do in Saudi Arabia | Top Desert Camps & Where to Ride Camels

The Saudi desert truly is the ideal destination for individuals, groups and family, it’s a place worth promoting for and a place deserves to have people flood to from all over the world.

 

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See AlUla Through the Lens of Young Photographers in CaptureAlUla Photo Competition

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A photography competition kicked off earlier on World Photography day and five Saudi photographers were able through their lens to showcase the beauty of AlUla.

The winner of the #CaptureAlUla Photo Competition really did a wonderful job highlighting the beauty of the area that extends to 22,561km² and include a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and historical sites.

The competition, which the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) held in co-operation with Sony Alpha, aimed to support the local talents of the Kingdom. The winners were awarded with a compact Sony Alpha 6600M camera, which has the world’s fastest Auto-focus, and a commission of 10,000 SAR from RCU.

The winners will also get to cooperate with RCU on upcoming projects, which is considered as a great opportunity for them.

Ziad Alarfaj, Sony Alpha Ambassador in KSA and another #CaptureAlUla judge commented: “The participants are all very creative, we chose those winners based on who we believe will have a brilliant future in photography. Each winner has a valuable opportunity to share their artistry with to the world, each picture was chosen not only for showcasing the beauty of its subject, but in telling the story behind it.”

Aisha Alhjairi who loves cinematography, photography and listening to classical music, earned the Design grouping. “By using pottery and dry branches, using earthy colours, and through the harmony between the elements of this artwork and the harmony of lighting in it, I wanted to show and prove that from the drought we can create an artistic picture, as beauty is created from severity, and luxury is created from simplicity,” she said while commenting on her winning image. “I made this idea specifically to show the sensual heritage (the pottery) in a different way from what is customary to touch the feelings of the recipient and bring them back to the memory.”

Check out the incredible photos and see AlUla in a different perspective through the eyes of young talents!

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