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					                                               Health Tourism            .... page 02




                                               Special packages of       .... page 07
                                               Eid El Adha & Christmas



                                               Breaking news             .... page 08
                                Breaking
                                News . . .
      Thomas Cook
               Editor:
                                               Enjoy Every Moment
          Manal Helaly
                          Enjoy Every Moment
                                               Eid packages              .... page 10

Designed & Printed by:

 Linea Art & Production                        Helwa Baladna             .... page 12



                                               Quiz                      .... page 16
Medical Tourism Overview
                                                         Egypt is an ideal host country choice as it often
Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health      offers the medical treatment at a lesser cost than
tourism or global healthcare) is a term created          most and has something of interest for everyone
for travel across international borders to obtain        – favourable climate, fascinating history,
health care. Medical tourism is perceived to be          impressive landscapes (including beaches,
one of the most rapidly growing industries in the        deserts, lakes and mountains) and friendly people.
world, aided by ease of travel and globalization.
                                                         Medical Tourism Management
As per the WHO (World Health Organization),
the expected spend on health tourism in the year
2010 will be in the range of 100 billion dollars.
The regional (Middle East, G.C.C. and Africa)
market share is estimated to be more than 8%
of this total expenditure. As a result, this sector
of tourism is proving to be an immense business
opportunity, not only for hospitals and medical
practitioners but also for airlines, hotels and travel
agents in the countries that have correctly
positioned to operate in this field.

Medical Tourism – Egypt and the Region

The governmental and private hospitals in Egypt
are constantly striving to enhance and upgrade
their medical technology. These hospitals value          Thomas Cook Egypt and K&M International
excellence and work hard to achieve the highest          Health Tourism Lebanon have developed a
possible standards. The provision of medical             comprehensive medical tourism management
care to a wide range of people in the region will        programme to coordinate a variety of medical
contribute positively to the development of the          tourism services from basic medical consultations
health industry in Egypt as a whole.                     to full service treatments.

People are looking into surgical opportunities           Thomas Cook Egypt’s respected name in travel
abroad either for availability, quality or less cost,    since 1869, coupled with K&M’s medical tourism
especially when the total cost including                 experience since 2002, is a trusted source for
transportation, recovery and treatment is                medical options - connecting patients to
substantially less than that of their own country.       healthcare facilities, as their primary concern is
  In many circumstances, customers take                  quality of care. Carefully screened hospitals are
advantage of being abroad and spend time                 selected based on their quality of care, procedural
sightseeing before or after the medical procedure.       availability and pricing.

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Administrative assistance concerning all the           Travel and tourism counselling and reservation
details related to medical tourism is provided         processing
from arranging the consultations/surgery and
financing options to travel, accommodation,            As part of one of the world’s leading travel
tourism and visas.                                     organisations with over 165 years of experience,
                                                       Thomas Cook Egypt is in the position to ensure
                                                       travel and tourism costs are effectively reduced
                                                       through strong supplier relationships and efficient
                                                       booking processes.

                                                       Thomas Cook Egypt’s specially trained travel
                                                       counsellors can provide a variety of
                                                       accommodation and transportation options
                                                       (including air ambulance) with specially negotiated
                                                       rates and services.

                                                       Meet & assist services (e.g. airport) are available
                                                       in most host hospital countries, 24 hours a day,
Medical Tourism Services                               365 days a year. This service includes assistance
                                                       with visa/immigration procedures (Egypt),
Medical application, registration and payment          baggage claim and customs clearance. This
processing                                             service can also include an escorted transfer and
                                                       hotel/hospital check-in assistance.
Upon receiving the patient’s medical
file/application, the appointed medical
professionals will select the appropriate medical
facility. The preferred hospital’s medical committee
will study the medical file and provide a summary
report and financial quotation, within 24 hours,
depending upon the complexity of the case.
Translation services will be provided if required.

Following approval of the treatment plan,
assistance will be provided to coordinate the
hospital registration by obtaining patient
information in advance of arrival.

As part of a comprehensive cost management
programme, a thorough audit of the patient’s
invoices and statements will be performed
including verification of payment information.

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Health Tourism development agreement




Thomas Cook Egypt, together with the Egyptian Ministry of Health & Population
and the Specialized Medical Centers in Egypt have signed an exclusive
agreement to develop the Health Tourism in Egypt.


On 30 October 2008 Mr. Mounir Kamal, Managing Director Thomas Cook Egypt
& Middle East, Dr. Hamdy El Sayed, Chief of Doctors Syndicate and Dr.
Mohamed Mostafa, Head of Specialized Medical Centers signed the agreement
to develop the Health Tourism in Egypt at a press conference at the J.W Marriott
hotel organized by Thomas Cook Egypt. The press conference was followed
a cocktail reception to celebrate the event.


The agreement aims to establish Egypt as one of the most important countries
in providing Health Tourism in Africa and the Middle East. The foreign currency
earned through Health Tourism assist the Egyptian Ministry of Health & Population
in enhancing the hospitals and specialized Medical Centers in Egypt.


The press conference was covered by local and international press and television
channels like O.T.V and T.V 5.




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On 15th October 2008, Thomas Cook Egypt was very proud to host a flying visit by Mr Manny
Fontenla-Novoa, Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Thomas Doering, Chief Executive Officer of
East/West Europe.

Mr Fontenla-Novoa said he was confident in the growth of Thomas Cook Egypt and expressed his
admiration for the company’s financial performance, investment in HR, including the training,
motivation and support provided to employees.




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                                                                                Buy
                                                                                Textiles, handmade jewellery, spices, wooden carvings, knick-knacks,


ZANZIBAR
Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of the islands of Zanzibar and
Pemba and several islets. It is part of the East African Republic of
                                                                                etc, are all good buys. Do take care if buying saffron as many of the
                                                                                vendors sell a fake variety. You can tell if its not the real thing if it has
                                                                                a waxy, shredded, sticky red look about it.

                                                                                Food and Drink
Tanzania and lies some 40 kms off the mainland coast. It is characterized       There are many places to eat serving a variety of food for all prices and
by beautiful sandy beaches, with fringing coral reefs, and the old historical   for all tastes. As for drink, although prdominently a Moslem community,
city known as Stone Town, probably one of the only functioning ancient          small bars can be found everywhere in Zanzibar. Their ginger beer,
towns in East Africa.                                                           tangawizi, sugar cane juice and coconut milk are all good.

Getting Around                                                                  Landmarks to Visit
Getting around is quite easy. It is possible to walk through Stone Town         Beit el-Ajaib, the House of Wonders, is home to the Zanzibar National
as most of the alleys are barely wide enough for a bicycle to negotiate.        Museum of History and Culture and one of the largest buildings on the
Taxis are available for journeys further a field and a network of small         island. It was built as a ceremonial palace for the sultans and later
vans, called dalla-dalls, can take visitors to all the small villages and       used as the headquarters for Tanzania’s ruling party before becoming
beaches on the island. Taxis can be booked through hotels, but these            a museum.
will be more expensive than those hailed on the street as is the case
in Egypt.                                                                       Beit el-Sahel, the Palace Museum, is located just north of the House
                                                                                of Wonders. This palace served as the sultan’s residence up until 1964
Things to Do                                                                    when the dynasty was overthrown. Now it’s a museum devoted to the
Take a Spice Tour which will take you round the island, showing you             era of the Zanzibar sultanate.
how some of the spices are produced and giving you a chance to sample
some of the items.

Jozani Forest has excellent nature trails featuring some very large and
exotic trees. Also on view are some of the Red Colobus Monkeys.
Although nearly extinct, these playful and curious animals will pose for
a picture and keep you entertained.

The House of Wonders and the Arab Fort in Stone Town are worth
visiting on a walking tour with a local guide who will give you a history
lesson as you tour the town.

The market in Stone Town is definitely worth a visit. A vibrant, open-
air market selling all sorts of produce. Even if you don’t want to buy
anything, the spectacle is worth it.

Visit the Save Market. Quite a salutary experience. You’ll be able to
view the holding chambers where the slaves were kept in small, dungeon-
like cells.                                                                     The Mangapwani Caves are located about 20 kms north of the town
                                                                                along the coast. The first cave is large, with a freshwater pool, originally
Forodhani Gardens is a must to visit. Food stalls and the curio market          supposedly used for the slave trade. The second cave is a dank and
all tempt you to buy. This is where you can purchase souvenirs and              dark cell once used as a holding pen to hide slaves after the legal trade
gifts to take home, but don’t forget to haggle and bargain.                     was abolished in the late 1880s.

For those who want to spend time by the sea, the East Beaches are               Top 10 Attractions
popular, with brilliant, white sand and warm, deep blue water. Go scuba         1. Jozani Forest
diving and snorkeling here.                                                     2. Prison Island – Changuu Private Island
Swim with the dolphins, take a ride on a dhow (a local boat) or simply          3. Palace Museum (Beit el-Sahel)
enjoy the water and the beach on the north west coast of the island             4. Marahubi Palace
whether the tide is in or out. There are many beach bars and restaurants        5. Zanzibar Land Animal Park
serving everything from pizzas to hot, local curries.                           6. Mangapwani Coral Cave
                                                                                7. Mbweni Ruins
Money                                                                           8. Shakti Temple
The currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH). On the beaches, Euros             9. Peace Memorial Museum (Beit el Amani)
and US$ are accepted. Buy food with TSH but use Euros and/or US$                10. House of Wonders (Beit el-Ajaib
to buy souvenirs and other goods. There are ATM machines on the
island but currently all located in Stone Town. Stores do not generally         Zanzibar is a fascinating, mysterious and exotic place to visit, off the
accept credit cards so take cash and/or travelers cheques and don’t             beaten track and definitely a must for those people dedicated to sensitive
rely on bank cards.                                                             tourism looking for something different. You will not be disappointed!




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Join our Special Departure to Kenya                              Tanzania
05 December 08 - 11 December 08                                  Zanzibar
                                                                 6 days/ 5 nights
Kenya Safari                                                     Rate EGP 8,555
                                                                 (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,460)
6 days/ 5 nights
Rate EGP 8,650                                                   Special Promotional with Ethiopian Airlines
(Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 850)                 Pay 1 person & get the second person with 50%
Departure date 05 December 08 (Arrival to Nairobi                discount on the total package rate excluding airline
next day 06 December 08)                                         taxes.

Package Includes:                                                Package Includes:
                                                                 • 5 nights accommodation at Breezes Beach Club
• Meet and assist upon arrival and buffet breakfast                5* on half board basis.
  at Panafric hotel 4* in Nairobi, then transfer to Masai        • Round trip economy class airline ticket on Ethiopian
  Mara.                                                            Airlines, daily departure.
• 2 nights in Masai Mara at Mara Sopa Lodge 4*.                  • Round trip transfers airport /hotel /airport by private
• 1 night in Lake Nakuru at Nakuru Lodge 4*.                       transfer.
• 1 night in Aberdares at The Fairmont Ark hotel 4*.             • Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
• 1 night in Mount Kenya region at Fairmont Mount                Valid: 01 November 08 - 20 December 08.
  Kenya Safari Club 4*.                                          Special discount EGP 170 per person for travelling
                                                                 from 06 January 09 till 31 March 09.
• Accommodation is on full board basis.
• 3 game drives.                                                 Notes:
• Lunch at the Carnivore restaurant on departure day.            • Rates are not valid form 20 December 08 -
• Round trip transfers Nairobi airport/hotel/Nairobi               06 January 09.
  airport.                                                       • This promotion is valid for 6 reservations, on first
• All meet and greet services.                                     come first serve basis.
• Transportation and safaris are conducted in minivan.           • Yellow fever vaccine and Malaria pills are required.
• English speaking driver guide.                                 Austria
• Park entrance fees.                                            Vienna on Business Class
• Complementary 500ml mineral water per person                   6 days/ 5 nights
  per game drive in the safari vehicle.                          Rate EGP 7,900
• Round trip economy class airline ticket on Kenya               (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,065)
  Airways.
• Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.            Package Includes:
                                                                 • 5 nights accommodation at Astoria hotel 4* on bed
                                                                   and breakfast basis.
Notes:                                                           • Round trip business class airline ticket on Austrian
• Last date for booking is 20 November 08.                         Airlines, daily departure.
• Minimum number to apply above rate is 5                        • Round trip transfers airport/hotel/airport by private
  passengers (adult/child); otherwise an extra                     transfer.
  supplement will be applied.                                    Valid: 01 November 08 - 28 November 08.
• Yellow fever vaccine and Malaria pills are required.           Supplement EGP 590 per person for travelling from
                                                                 28 November 08 till 29 December 08 (Rates are not
                                                                 valid from 05 - 08 December 08).
 General Notes:
 • All rates exclude visa cost.
 • Rates are subject to availability of the hotels and the airline booking class.


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                         Alitalia
                         • Rome                                 EGP 1880
                         • Milan                                EGP 1440
                         Rates are valid till 31 Dec. 08
                         • Athens                               EGP 1350
                         • Madrid – Barcelona                   EGP 1400
                         • London – Paris- Zurich               EGP 1550
                         • Amsterdam                            EGP 1590
                         • Prague                               EGP 1650
                         • Vienna                               EGP 1900
                         Rates are Valid till 15 Dec. 08


                         British Airways
                         • London                               EGP 816 valid till 09DEC
                         • London                               EGP 1366 starting 16 Dec.
                         • New York                             EGP 1646 valid till 15DEC


Breaking                 • New York
                         • Toronto
                                                                EGP 3146 valid from 15DEC
                                                                EGP 2432 till 15DEC



News . . .               • Toronto


                         Emirates Airlines
                                                                EGP 3232 from 15DEC




                         The Offer: Emirates F & J Atlantis Offer
                         • Passengers flying First Class via Dubai with Emirates will enjoy a two-night
                         complimentary stay at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel
                         • Passengers flying Business Class via Dubai with Emirates will enjoy a one-
                         night complimentary stay at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel
                         • This offer also includes unlimited access to Aquaventure, the revolutionary
                         waterscape, and The Lost Chambers, a maze of underwater halls and tunnels.
                         • Offered on a bed and breakfast basis, this extraordinary package, based
                         on single or double room occupancy, is valid for journeys made in First and
                         Business Class between 4th October and 24th December 2008.


                         KLM Victory Fares to Europe
                                                                Economy Class
                         • London                               EGP 1535
                         • Manchester                           EGP 1535
                         • Aberdeen                             EGP 1638
                         • Amsterdam                            EGP 1638
                         • Munich                               EGP 1638
                         • Barcelona                            EGP 1638
                         • Brussels                             EGP 1638
                         • Geneva                               EGP 1638
                         • Vienna                               EGP 1638
                         • Stockholm                            EGP 1638


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Lufthansa Airlines
Lufthansa has decided to re-operate of the airbus 340-300 on the route
Frankfurt-Cairo-Frankfurt as of 26Oct,2008. Enjoy the genuine delight of a
truly advanced product in every aspect.


• Europe                             EGP 2,199 on Economy Class
• Europe                             EGP7100 on Business Class
                                                                             Notes:
• Germany                            EGP 2099 Economy Class
• Germany                            EGP 7,000 Business Class                • All above fares are return tickets and exclude
• USA destinations                   EGP 3,700 on Economy class               taxes, unless otherwise mentioned.
• USA                                EGP 13,400 on business Class
                                                                             • All above rates are based on economy class

                                                                              fare unless otherwise mentioned.
Swiss Air Lines
                                                                             • Rates are subject to change without prior notice
• Europe                             EGP 2,199 on Economy Class
• Europe                             EGP7100 on Business Class                and may vary according to different classes of
• Germany                            EGP 2099 Economy Class                   booking and dates.
• Germany                            EGP 7,000 Business Class
                                                                             • Rates are valid till further notice unless
• USA destinations                   EGP 3,700 on Economy class
• USA                                EGP 13,400 on business Class             mentioned otherwise



Kenya Airways
• ANTANANARIVO                       EGP4162
• Johannesburg                       EGP3162


Royal Jordanian
                                     One Way             Round trip
From CAIRO
• Amman                              EGP 755             EGP 1184
• Delhi                              EGP 1775            EGP 2073
• Mumbai                             EGP 1775            EGP 2073
• Colombo                            EGP 1775            EGP 2073
• Hong Kong                          EGP 2343            EGP 3607
• Melbourne                          EGP 3439            EGP 6187
• Sydney                             EGP 3439            EGP 6187


From ALEXANDRIA
• Amman                              EGP 469
• Kuwait                             EGP 541
• Dubai                              EGP 744


Czech Airlines

• Berlin - Munich - Frankfurt        EGP 4780 on Business class
• Paris - Copenhagen                 EGP 4885 on Business class
• Dü'fcsseldorf - Hanover            EGP 5200 on Business class
• Paris - Amsterdam - London         EGP 1350 on Economy class
• Berlin - Frankfurt - Munich        EGP 1550 on Economy class

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               Enjoy Every Moment
During Adha                                                                                               Syria
                                                                                                          Damascus
                                                                                                          5 days/ 4 nights
  & Christmas                                                                                             Rate EGP 3,520
                                                                                                          (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 935)

                                                                                                          Package Includes:
                                                                                                          • 4 nights accommodation at Blue Tower hotel 4* on bed and breakfast
                                                                                                            basis.
                                                                                                          • Round trip economy class airline ticket on EgyptAir, daily departure.
                                                                                                          • Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
Lebanon                                                                                                   Valid: 01 November 08 - 31 December 08.
Beirut
5 days/ 4 nights                                                                                          UK
Rate EGP 2,265                                                                                            London
(Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,285)                                                        6 days/ 5 nights
                                                                                                          Rate EGP 4,150
                                                                                                          (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,580)
Package Includes:
• 4 nights accommodation at Casa D'Or hotel 4* on bed and breakfast                                       Package Includes:
  basis.                                                                                                  • 5 nights accommodation at Tavistock hotel 3* on bed and breakfast
• Round trip economy class airline ticket on Middle East or EgyptAir,                                       basis.
  daily departure.                                                                                        • Round trip economy class airline ticket on EgyptAir, daily departure.
• Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport by private transfer.                                       • Round trip transfers Heathrow airport/ hotel/ Heathrow airport by
                                                                                                            shuttle transfer.
• Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
                                                                                                          • Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
Valid: 01 November 08 - 31 December 08.                                                                   Valid: 08 December 08 – 13 February 09. (Rates are not valid from
                                                                                                          19 -21 December 08 & 29 December 08 till 02 January 09).
Jordan, Amman & Petra
5 days/ 4 nights                                                                                          France
Rate EGP 4,335                                                                                            Paris
                                                                                                          6 days/ 5 nights
(Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,175)
                                                                                                          Rate EGP 3,165
                                                                                                          (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,305)
Package Includes:
• 2 nights accommodation in Amman at Dana Plaza hotel 4* on half                                          Package Includes:
  board basis.                                                                                            • 5 nights accommodation at De Dieppe hotel 2* on bed and breakfast
                                                                                                            basis.
• 2 nights accommodation in Petra at Golden Tulip hotel 4* on half
                                                                                                          • Round trip economy class airline ticket on EgyptAir, daily departure.
  board basis.
                                                                                                          Valid: 20 November 08 - 22 December 08.
• Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport by private transfer.                                       Supplement EGP 380 per person for travelling from 22 - 30 December 08.
• Round trip transfers Amman/ Petra/ Amman.                                                               Special discount EGP 200 per person for travelling from
• Transfers and tours in air-conditioned modern Mini Vans or Cars.                                        01 November 08 till 20 November 08.
• Meet and assist on arrival and departure.
• Portage at hotels and airports.                                                                         Czech Republic
                                                                                                          Prague
• English speaking local guide available at site of 2 Hrs. in Petra only.
                                                                                                          Rate EGP 2,190
• Entrance fees, horse ride in Petra & 4X4 W/D jeep Wadi Rum desert.
                                                                                                          5 days/ 4 nights
• Round trip airline ticket on Royal Jordanian, daily departure                                           (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 1,115)
• Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
Valid: 01 November 08 - 31 December 08.                                                                   Package Includes:
Special discount EGP 130 per person for travelling from                                                   • 4 nights accommodation at Atos hotel 3* on bed and breakfast basis.
                                                                                                          • Round trip economy class airline ticket on Czech Airlines, not daily
16 November 08 till 19 December 08.
                                                                                                            departure.
                                                                                                          Valid: 01 November 08 – 29 December 08.


   General Notes:
  • All rates are per person sharing double room.                                                         • All taxes have been assessed at the time of creating the package. (Please request the updated rates).
  • Optional tours and transfers are available in all destinations upon request.                          • All rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuation at time of actual booking and payment.
  • Rates are only indicative, exact rates are to be advised upon actual reservation.                     • All rates are subject to availability of the hotels and the airline booking class.
  • All rates exclude airline ticket taxes, which are subject to change at time of issuing the tickets.   • Other hotels, airlines, and extra nights are available upon request.
  • All rates exclude visa cost.                                                                          • Thomas Cook reserves the right to change rates without prior notice at the time of actual booking.




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            Honeymoon
Maldives                                                                 Malaysia
7 days/ 6 nights                                                         Kuala Lumpur & Langkawi
Rate per couple EGP 18,660                                               8 days/ 7 nights
(Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 2,605 per couple)            Rate per couple EGP 12,840
                                                                         (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 3,400 per couple)
Package Includes:
• 6 nights accommodation at Paradise Island Resort & Spa 5* on half      Package Includes:
  board basis.                                                           • 4 nights accommodation in Kuala Lumpur at Melia hotel 4* on bed
• Round trip economy class airline ticket on Qatar Airways, not daily      and breakfast basis.
  departure.                                                             • 3 nights accommodation in Langkawi at Holiday Villa Beach Resort
                                                                           & Spa 4* on bed and breakfast basis.
• Round trip transfers airport/hotel / airport by speedboat.
                                                                         • Round trip economy class airline ticket on EgyptAir, not daily departure.
• Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
                                                                         • Internal flight Kuala Lumpur/ Langkawi/ Kuala Lumpur.
Valid: 01 November 08 – 22 December 08.
                                                                         • Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport in each city by private
                                                                           transfer.
                                                                         • Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
USA & Caribbean                                                          Valid: 01 November 08 - 14 December 08.
Miami & Eastern Caribbean Cruise                                         *Supplement EGP 670 per couple for travelling from 14 December 08
11 days/ 10 nights                                                        till 03 January 09.
Rate per couple EGP 20,650                                               *Compulsory dinner at Melia hotel 4* on 24 & 31 December 08, rate
(Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 4,010 per couple)              per couple EGP 785.
                                                                         • Extra night is recommended due to return flight late departure.
Package Includes:
• 3 nights accommodation in Miami at Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland
  Beach & Spa 3* on bed only basis.
• 7 nights accommodation at Freedom of the Seas cruise 5* in an          Malaysia & Thailand
  interior room on full board basis.                                     Kuala Lumpur & Phuket
  The cruise is sailing from Miami and stopping at Samana, St. Thomas,   9 days/ 8 nights
  Tortola, Great Stirrup Cay.                                            Rate per couple EGP 15,805
• Round trip economy class airline ticket on Delta Airlines, not daily   (Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 3,070 per couple)
  departure.
  Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.                    Package Includes:
Valid: 01 November 08 – 22 December 08.                                  • 4 nights accommodation in Kuala Lumpur at Melia hotel 4* on bed
                                                                           and breakfast basis.
                                                                         • 4 nights accommodation in Phuket at Banthai Beach Resort 3* superior
                                                                           on bed and breakfast basis.
Singapore & SuperStar Virgo Cruise
                                                                         • Round trip economy class airline ticket on EgyptAir, not daily departure.
9 days / 8 nights
                                                                         • Internal flight Kuala Lumpur/ Phuket/ Kuala Lumpur.
Rate per couple EGP 23,890
                                                                         • Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport in each city by shuttle
(Excluding airline taxes, approximately EGP 3,325 per couple)              transfer.
                                                                         • Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.
Package Includes:                                                        Valid: 01 November 08 - 19 December 08.
• 3 nights accommodation in Singapore at Pan Pacific Orchard hotel
  4* on bed and breakfast basis.
• 5 nights accommodation at SuperStar Virgo cruise 6* in an ocean
  view stateroom with window (deck 6), including 6 meals per day.
  The cruise starts from Singapore to Penang, Phuket, Malacca, Kuala     General Notes:
  Lumpur (Port Klang) and ends in Singapore.
                                                                         • All rates are per couple.
• Cruise passenger handling charges and fuel surcharge.
                                                                         • Optional tours and transfers are available in all destinations upon request.
• Round trip economy class airline ticket on Singapore Airlines, not
                                                                         • Rates are only indicative, exact rates are to be advised upon actual reservation.
  daily departure.
                                                                         • All rates exclude airline ticket taxes, which are subject to change at time of
• Round trip transfers airport/ hotel/ airport by shuttle transfer.
• Transfers hotel/ cruise centre/ hotel by shuttle transfer.              issuing the tickets.
• Travel insurance coverage for the package duration.                    • All rates exclude visa cost.
Valid: 01 November 08 – 31 March 09.                                     • All taxes have been assessed at the time of creating the package. (Please
Supplement EGP 170 per room per night for travelling from                 request the updated rates).
22 December 08 till 02 January 09.                                       • All rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuation at time of actual
                                                                          booking and payment.
Notes:                                                                   • All rates are subject to availability of the hotels and the airline booking class.
• Cruise departs every Sunday staring from 02 November 08 till           • All rates are not valid during trade shows, conferences and peak periods.
  29 March 09 (excluding departure of 28 December 08).                   • Other hotels, airlines and extra nights are available upon request.
• Extra night in Singapore is recommended due to return flight late      • Thomas Cook reserves the right to change rates without prior notice at the
  departure.                                                              time of actual booking.
• Rates are valid for Egyptians and foreign residents.



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Gouna                                            Soma Bay                                         4* Horizon El Wadi Hotel
                                                                                                  2 nights/ 3 days (Standard rooms)
                                                                                                  H/B
4* Dawar El Omda Hotel                           5* La Residence Des Cascades Golf Resort         Per person in single EGP 475
3 nights/ 4 days                                 (Soma Bay)                                       Per person in double EGP 292
B/B                                              3 nights/ 4 days (Partial sea view rooms)        Rates are valid for week days only & till
Per person in single EGP 945                     H/B                                              31 Dec.2008 excluding any peak or public
Per person in double EGP 545                     Per person in single EGP 2330                    holidays.
Per person in triple EGP 500                     Per person in double EGP 1455
Rates are valid during (01Nov.2008 –             Per person in triple EGP 1310
05 Dec.2008) & (14 – 27 Dec.2008)                Rates are valid during (01 Nov. – 04 Dec.2008)   Aswan
Per person in single EGP 1800                    & (14 - 24 Dec.2008)
Per person in double EGP 972                     Per person in single EGP 3210                    5* Movenpick Aswan
Per person in triple EGP 930                     Per person in double EGP 2040                    3 nights/ 4 days
Rates are valid during (06 – 13 Dec.2008) &      Per person in triple EGP 1895                    B/B
(28 Dec.2008 – 03 Jan.2009)                      Rates are valid during (05 – 13 Dec.2008) &      Per person in single EGP 1030
                                                 (25 Dec.2008 – 10 Jan.2009)                      Per person in double EGP 645
3* Arena Inn Hotel                                                                                Per person in triple EGP 550
3 nights/ 4 days                                 Sharm El Sheikh                                  Rates are valid from 01 Nov.2008 – 29 Feb.2009
B/B                                                                                               excluding any peak or public holidays.
Per person in single EGP 775                                                                      Per person in single EGP 1330
Per person in double EGP 460                     5* Novotel Beach Resort (Naama Bay)              Per person in double EGP 795
Rates are valid during (01Nov.2008 –             3 nights/ 4 days                                 Per person in triple EGP 650
05 Dec.2008) & (14 – 27 Dec.2008)                B/B                                              Rates are valid during Eid Al Adha, (24 Dec.2008
Per person in single EGP 1630                    Per person in single EGP 1600                    – 07 Jan.2009) & Midyear vacation.
Per person in double EGP 945                     Per person in double EGP 876
Rates are valid during (06 – 13 Dec.2008) &      Per person in triple EGP 816
(28 Dec.2008 – 03 Jan.2009)                      Rates are valid during (22 Nov. – 05 Dec.2008)   Luxor
                                                 & (15 - 26 Dec.2008)
                                                 Per person in single EGP 3935                    5* Sofitel Old Winter Palace Hotel
Hurghada                                         Per person in double EGP 2040                    3 nights/ 4 days
                                                 Per person in triple EGP 1985                    B/B
4* Steigenberger Al Dau Club Resort              Rates are valid during (06 – 14 Dec.2008) &      Per person in single EGP 1310
3 nights/ 4 days                                 (27 Dec.2008 – 03 Jan.2009)                      Per person in double EGP 800
F/B (Including soft drink)                                                                        Rates are valid from 01 Nov.2008 – 30 Apr.2009
Per person in single EGP 1095                    5* Novotel Palm Resort (Naama Bay, 2nd           excluding any peak or public holidays.
Per person in double EGP 730                     row)                                             Per person in single EGP 1895
Per person in triple EGP 655                     3 nights/ 4 days                                 Per person in double EGP 1095
Rates are valid from 16 Nov.2008                 B/B                                              Rates are valid during (24 Dec.2008 –
29 Feb.2009 excluding peak periods               Per person in single EGP 1310                    06 Jan.2009) & (10 – 16 Apr.2009)
Per person in single EGP 1395                    Per person in double EGP 730
Per person in double EGP 1030                    Per person in triple EGP 672                     5* Sofitel Pavillon Winter Palace Hotel
Per person in triple EGP 955                     Rates are valid during (22 Nov. – 05 Dec.2008)   3 nights/ 4 days
Rates are valid during (07 – 11 Dec.2008),       & (15 - 26 Dec.2008)                             B/B
(28 Dec.2008 – 02 Jan.2009) & Midyear            Per person in single EGP 2770                    Per person in single EGP 935
vacation.                                        Per person in double EGP 1460                    Per person in double EGP 510
                                                 Per person in triple EGP 1400                    Per person in triple EGP 420
5* Marriott Hurghada                             Rates are valid during (06 – 14 Dec.2008) &      Rates are valid from 01 Nov.2008 – 30 Apr.2009
3 nights/ 4 days (Sea Front deluxe rooms)        (27 Dec.2008 – 03 Jan.2009)                      excluding any peak or public holidays.
B/B                                                                                               Per person in single EGP 1225
Per person in single EGP 2100                    5* Melia Sinai ( Ras Nosrani Bay)                Per person in double EGP 800
Per person in double EGP 1125                    3 nights/ 4 days                                 Per person in triple EGP 635
Per person in triple EGP 800                     B/B                                              Rates are valid during (24 Dec.2008 –
Rates are valid from 01 Nov.2008 – 04 Dec.2008   Per person in single EGP 861                     06 Jan.2009) & (10 – 16 Apr.2009)
Per person in single EGP 3150                    Per person in double EGP 585
Per person in double EGP 1650                    Per person in triple EGP 545
Per person in triple EGP 1150                    Rates are valid from 12 Nov. – 05 Dec.2008
Rates are valid during (05 – 13 Dec.2008) &      Per person in single EGP 1185
(23 Dec.2008 – 13 Jan.2009)                      Per person in double EGP 795                       NOTES:
                                                 Per person in triple EGP 750
Marsa Alam                                       Rates are valid from 06 – 31 Dec.2008              - All above prices are valid for Egyptians & foreign residents unless
                                                                                                     other wise mentioned.
5* Vime Gorgonia Beach Resort                    Ain Sokhna                                         - Christmas Eve Gala dinner on 24th Dec.2008 & New Year Gala dinner
3 nights/ 4 days                                                                                     on 31st Dec.2008 are compulsory supplements & Should be added
All Inclusive                                    4* Stella Sea Club Hotel                            to the above rates( rates are available upon reservation )
Per person in single EGP 1035                    2 nights/ 3 days (Standard garden view)            - All rates are in standard rooms unless otherwise mentioned
Per person in double EGP 726                      H/B
                                                                                                    - Children rates are available upon request and on our website
Per person in triple EGP 678                     Per person in single EGP 980
Rates are valid from 01 Nov. – 23 Dec.2008       Per person in double EGP 630                       - Prices do not include airline or bus ticket rates
Per person in single EGP 1815                    Per person in triple EGP 520                       - Thomas Cook reserves the right to change rates at any time without
Per person in double EGP 1310                    Rates are valid for week days only & till           prior notice.
Per person in triple EGP 1220                    31 Dec.2008 excluding any peak or public           - Should any increase in hotel arises it will be added to above rates.
Rates are valid from 24 Dec.2008 – 06 Jan.2009   holidays.                                          - All above prices are subject to change according to departure dates.
                                                                                                    - All Rates are subject to hotel availability.


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                            S O M A                                                            B A Y
Soma Bay, one of the most beautiful peninsulas
in Egypt, is located about 45 kms from
Hurghada Airport on the Red Sea. The resort
boasts some of the most attractive beaches
along the Red Sea with panoramic views of
the dramatic desert mountains and the azure
colour of the tranquil water.

Visitors to the area often ask where the name
comes from. There is no definitive answer,
only theories. Admiralty charts refer to the
place as Ras Abou Soma, the Arabic name,
whereas developers recently coined the name
Soma Bay. The translation of “Ras” is cape,
headland or bay, and “abou” means father.
This all makes sense – but what about “Soma”?

Soma is a plant, grown in the Indian sub-
continent, which is reputed to have
hallucinogenic properties. The plant gained
wider recognition in the 1930s with the
publishing of a novel entitled “Brave New
World”. The book describes a futuristic society
whose members are kept in a state of controlled
well-being through the administration of “Soma”,
from cradle to death.

So what is the connection between this plant
and Ras Abou Soma? One theory is that there
is another bay not far from Ras Abou Soma
which, curiously enough, is called “Sahl              lived on the peninsula and that he was so taken     away by road, and same day excursions to the
Hashish” – literally the coast, or bay, of Hashish.   with its beauty that he was buried at the very      Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut’s
 So the theory goes that many decades ago             tip of the peninsula which then took his name.      Temple and the Colossi of Memnon on the
this general coastline was the gateway by which       So, an interesting question and one can choose      West Bank and Karnak and Luxor Temples on
drugs entered into Egypt from abroad.                 the version one prefers.                            the East Bank can be arranged.

Another theory is that the natural beauty of          Today, Soma Bay is a perfect destination for        The Cascades is Soma Bay’s Golf and Country
Soma Bay instills in the visitor a sense of peace     a golf holiday featuring one of Egypt’s most        Club providing a sporting and social venue for
and tranquility akin to the effects of the Soma       spectacular golf courses – an 18 hole               everybody. The Gary Player course is one of
plant. A “Brave New World” derived from               championship course names The Cascades              the first major courses in Egypt, certainly on
nature, not the artificial consumption of a           and designed by golfing legend Gary Player.         the western Red Sea coast, and is also the
hallucinogenic drug!                                  To complement one’s stay, there is also one         first Championship Course in the Middle East
                                                      of the Leading Spas of the World, Les Thermes       to be designed by one of the “big three” – Gary
Thirdly, the fact that the “black sand of Safaga”     Marins des Cascades, to aid total rejuvenation      Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
found on the shores of Soma Bay originates            after a hard day’s game of golf.                    Referred to by Gary Player as “the Red Sea
from sea grass and algae and is known to have                                                             treasure”, The Cascades was recently ranked
beneficial effects on both body and mind is yet       The Bay is also ideal for a variety of watersport   among the top five golf courses in the world by
another theory. It’s a marine version of the          activities to please both amateur and veteran       the readers of “Golf Journal”.
Soma plant in a more benign form.                     adventurers alike. Some of the most superb
                                                      scuba diving and snorkelling can be found at        There is also a 9-hole, Par 3 Challenge Course
Lastly, legend tells us that many, many years         Somas Bay. Famous coral reefs are easily            offering both the beginner and the more
ago, a person named “Sheikh Abou Soma”                accessible from a 420m jetty which juts out         advanced golfer the opportunity to practice a
                                                      from the Dive Centre directly to the house reef.    variety of shots with emphasis on the short
                                                       Also, boat trips are available to a number of      game. Here there is individual tuition by a PGA
                                                      dive sites and are professionally supervised.       Professional and there is also a 60 bay driving
                                                                                                          range and several putting and pitching practice
                                                      If its speed on the water that appeals, Soma        greens.
                                                      Bay boasts world famous windsurfing and
                                                      kitesurfing where strong winds make ideal           The Club House, located at the golf resort, La
                                                      conditions in the sheltered bay. Easy access        Residence des Cascades, sits at the centre of
                                                      to the open sea makes catamaran (sailing boat)      the Championship Course with all the amenities
                                                      and laser yacht sailing popular and lessons         one would expect from a world class facility
                                                      are available to first-timers.
                                                                                                          All in all, Soma Bay is truly a destination not to
                                                      At the marina, called Marsa Tubya, yachts can       be missed – whether you are a golfer, scuba
                                                      be chartered for diving trips or for cruising.      diver or simply a person wishing to have a
                                                                                                          wonderful time in a beautiful part of Egypt, this
                                                      If one wishes to get away from the sea and          corner of the Red Sea coastline is the place to
                                                      take in some culture, Luxor is only 240 kms         experience.
CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Samy Omar as he was the winner of the MasterCard Scratch & Win first quarter draw.

                                              He will enjoy
                                       Two FLIGHT TICKETS &
                                        One DOUBLE CABIN
                                          in a Nile Cruise
                                        for 3 nights/ 4 days.
CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
Every year, many millions of people celebrate Christmas around the world, and Egypt is no exception. There are lots of
ways in which kids can become part of the preparations and some of these are outlined here.

Tree Decoration
Buy a small tree for the kids to dress in their own style. They can make their own decorations using all sorts of household
items such as cardboard and string which can be painted or covered in material.

Christmas Cooking
Most children love to potter about in the kitchen. Get them to help with making the mince pies, Christmas cake and the
plum pudding, all of which can be made well in advance.

Cards and Presents
The tradition of sending Christmas cards began in 1843. Since then, we have been exchanging greeting cards every
year. If you have kept last year’s cards, kids can make new ones and, if really adventurous, can even make the envelopes.
 Many gifts can be made by children. A great place to get ideas is usually from the kids’ school teacher and, of course,
their parents. They can make handicrafts, cookies, etc, and the fact that the children have made an effort is always
appreciated.

The Great Outdoors
There are many ways to enjoy the holidays around Christmas time. The Alhazar Park has lots to offer – check on the
website to see what activities there are for kids. Ice-skating is a great activity, as is ten pin bowling. These are fun things
to do and can help to burn off that out of school energy. Kids could get their parents to take them on a desert trip, either
just for the day or overnight. This is a terrific way to show children the Egyptian landscape and give them a chance to
get out of the city and into nature.

Whatever your kids enjoy, there is definitely something for everyone and, with imagination and a bit of thought, the days
leading up to and around Christmas can be a magical and special time for all children.



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