Showing posts with label Local Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Local Life. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Rain in Luxor


This morning in Luxor everything is vibrant, shiny and green. The last two days have seen thunderstorms, hail and rain. More rain is forecast today. Coming from the UK where rain is part of daily life to see the reactions of the Luxorians to rain is so funny. They get all excited, don’t take in stuff out of it and the electrics go as many are outside. However those in the know would have been out on the hillside search to see what had been washed down or revealed. 

One hopes that all the monuments are safe but even more that nobody has been hurt or even died.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

2nd meeting with the Governor

Just got back from a great meeting with the governor. He went over what he had achieved in his first three months and his plans for the future.

Getting the travel warnings raised, the one year tourist visa and lots of high power meetings and conferences.

He definitely wants a better Luxor, investment in light/eco friendly manufacturing to take away the dependency on tourism. He is trying to get Emirate investment for that. High quality cultural evening events, it was most encouraging. Well done his Excellency

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Luxor Committee | Helping Luxor and the people that live there

The Luxor Governor General Tarek Saadeldin recently held a meeting asking for foreigners to help him. He wanted to :-
  1. to promote tourism in Egypt and Luxor and improve the image in the outside world
  2. to make the life of foreign Luxor residents and visitors more comfortable, especially those that,
    1. invest here
    2. work here
    3. visit here
  3. to encourage charity works
    1. give them support
    2.  publishing their activities

I am helping out with IT and Social Media, for some reason they thought I was rather good at that :) Now thanks to Mohammed Fathy El Kady, the wonderful team at TeData and Luxor Digital Bridges and volunteers on the committee the draft website is now online. This is very much at beta level, lots more to come but it is a great start. Committee members are now working on translating pages into French, German etc

Luxor Committee | Helping Luxor and the people that live there

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Digital Bridges in Luxor

I got taken round the facility of the NGO Digital Bridges in Luxor yesterday. Mr Mahmoud Fathy el Kady the the Chairman of the Board of Trustees took me round.You can find their website at and I used Google to translate the website which made for pretty impressive reading. There are two Facebook pages  but this is the main one

This is quote from a sister organisation


Empower Milledgeville/Baldwin County to utilize technology as a means of developing innovative leadership models and a sound local economy for the 21st


Digital Bridges seeks to empower Milledgeville/Baldwin County citizens by providing resources necessary to increase digital literacy and promote innovative uses of technology to solve problems in the information age. We provide trainings, seminars and one-on-one consultations in an effort to address the “Digital Divide” in Milledgeville/Baldwin County. The level of technology integration needed to remain competitive in tomorrow’s market is increasing exponentially, and Digital Bridges strives to provide the resources and knowledge base necessary for businesses and individuals alike to keep themselves abreast of the latest innovations and best practices in a technology driven economy.

So replace Milledgeville/Baldwin County with Luxor and that is what they are doing. They are also working with The British Council whose remit is "to build mutually beneficial cultural and educational relationships between the United Kingdom and other countries, and increase appreciation of the United Kingdom’s creative ideas and achievements."

When I went round there were well equipped computer labs, a lecture hall, meeting rooms and lots and lots of young professional people, both male and female, working there. In fact I met Salah Elmasekh, who readers of this blog will know well. He is the archaeologist responsible for the excavations in front of Karnak temple and took me round the Roman baths. It was so encouraging to see this facility in Luxor and to see it being so well used.

Monday, 21 October 2013

First women’s cooperatives changing lives and lands in Upper Egypt | UN Women - Headquarters

First women’s cooperatives changing lives and lands in Upper Egypt | UN Women - Headquarters: First women’s cooperatives changing lives and lands in Upper Egypt

A cattle-raising cooperative in Luxor has secured decent jobs and working conditions where 26 women earn an income and are the primary decision-makers on land and the division of labour.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Update from the Luxor Committee

Great meeting tonight, loads of agenda items, hope to shortly publish the minutes, once written, through the new website (if everything comes together, fingers crossed.)

Monday, 14 October 2013

Luxor Sports Event

The sports event was held in partnership with the German University of Cairo and there was a football match between the team from the university and the Luxor Football team.
There were also displays from young members of the Luxor Karate Club, the boys' football team, who gave a display of their training and gymnastic techniques and the girls' football team who performed dance and gymnastic training exercises. During the half-time period of the football match we were entertained by the Luxor Stick Dancing Troupe and some young Dervish Dancers. 

There are a lot of photos on Facebook but I like this one best!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Luxor Committee

The Governor has decided to set up a new initiative in Luxor harnessing the skills and experience of local Egyptians and ex-pats. There was a big meeting at the Sofitel last week and last night the committee had their first meeting.
The members were chosen by Mr Ahmed Nouby
The purpose is 1) promoting tourism 2) helping ex-pats and all residents of Luxor 3) supporting charities.

Ex-pat members are representatives between the community and the governor plus two extras who have special skills.
First email from the committee
Good morning !
On the behalf of the LUXOR COMMITTEE, I am informing you about the meeting 12.10 2013.
Official name is now Luxor Committee, and we are getting a web page for it as soon as possible. There are lots of other things coming so please be patient with us.
Official email for the committee is , please contact to that one in the future.
In the committee for the next year are
Mr Ahmed Nouby
General Hazef
Mrs Nagwa
Linda De Wolf                         Belgium
Sara Villermet                         France
Katrin Aleff /Volkher Kirchhoff    Germany (they will share the job)
Theresa Clarke                                  UK
Kirsi Voutilainen                               Finland
Amira Gilani                                      Legal will be working with General Hafaz
Jane Akshar                                        IT & Social Media will be working with Mr Ahmed
More details will be in the coming web site.

The committee is very happy from all the emails and answers you have sent. There will be in the near future many other possibilities to attend different meetings and give you help for the Luxor. All your help is more than welcome, and we will inform you about these possibilities as soon as possible.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Learn Arabic in Luxor

Do you want to learn Arabic in Luxor. Just had a guest who did some Arabic classes during her stay and reports VERY highly of this school and her teacher Affaf.


AHLAN-EGYPT is a non-profit association operating in the developing countries. It is creating innovative types of courses which help to understand other customs and cultures through a new concept of tourism. The concept is that of visiting a country with one's eyes wide open, of learning the reality through seminars and of being close to the real life of the country. The students won't find everything spic and span, the ways of the country and the idea of time are different and must be respected.

All services and accommodation chosen are pure Egyptian and this injects real money into Egypt (when you travel with the big tour operators often the money goes back to the rich countries as the accommodation is within the structures whose capital is European)

Friday, 11 October 2013



I have just received information that there is a Festival of Sports at 3.00 pm tomorrow at Luxor Sports Club, just off Medina Street.

This is an open invitation from the Governor to ALL residents of Luxor to join him in supporting this event and supporting the young people of Luxor in their sporting activities.
If you are interested in attending, the Governorate is laying on a bus to ferry people to the sports club.

The bus will start from Karnak and will be waiting outside the Aladdin Coffee Shop, next to Karnak Temple, from 2.15 pm and will leave at 2.30. The next stop will be the entrance to the Public Ferry at 2.40 pm and then the bus will make a final pick up at the Iberotel Hotel/HSBC Bank at 2.50 pm.
posted by Theresa Clark on Facebook,  many thanks

Thursday, 10 October 2013

One year visa issued today at Luxor passport office

At the recent meeting with the governor one of the issues raised was the withdrawal of one year tourist visas, with long term residents only able to renew 6 months at a time. No explanation was given and it was very frustrating especially if you had to reigster your car.

The governor explained it was response to illegal working, but this was mainly in Cairo and the Red Sea, not an issue in Luxor. He promised to look into it and to try and sort it out.

Tonight I just read on Facebook one of the British wardens for Luxor has announced a year visa was issued today. This is wonderful news, of course it is at the rumour stage at the moment and we definitely need to hear of more instances but fingers crossed and a following wind the governor has kept his promise.

Great news for Luxor

Thank you Mr Governor

Monday, 30 September 2013

Invitation from the Governor of Luxor

The Governor of Luxor cordially invites

All foreign nationals residing in Luxor

to attend a meeting at the Sofitel Hotel, Karnak

on Saturday 5th October at 7.00 pm

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Weather and Caleches

Summer seems to have finished, no day time temperatures over 40 this week!

Spotted on Facebook
As we mentioned earlier today on Luxor Times magazine page. Minister of Tourism hand two checks for 1.5 million Egyptian pounds support for a year for the Calesh drivers to support their family with food supplies and their horses too. After handing the funds to the Calesh drivers boss, the minister said "This find on one condition which is to treat the guests in good manners and to make sure the drivers and their carriages are licensed."

Friday, 15 March 2013

Vegetarian Food in Egypt

Meat is quite rare in an Egyptian home so there are many delicious dishes cooked locally that are perfect for vegetarians. The chef at Flats in Luxor cooked this delicious meal for me to demonstrate what he would cook for a vegetarian. The soup was potato with garlic and cumin. The main course was stuffed vegetables tomato, potato, aubergine, courgette and peppers stuffed with rice, accompanied by Egyptian mousaka tomato, aubergine and onion baked in a tagen. Finally a tomato salad with onions. So this would be suitable for a vegan as well.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

British School in Luxor

You are cordially invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the possibility of a new British School serving the Luxor area.
The meeting will be held at The Gaddis Hotel,
Khaled Ebn Whaled Street on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm

If the proposal moves forward the new school would serve 2 – 10 year olds during the first year.
A Secondary School will be considered depending on the response.
The meeting is intended to evaluate community response and cover the issues that are important to parents such as renovations, transportation, technology and curriculum.
The British School Luxor hopes to unveil a new school logo at the meeting.

Our goal is to build an accredited school that offers a quality English education with special focus on the language and culture of our host country, Egypt.

Dr. Marina Hitchen, who will work with us, has developed and worked in various international schools and has extensive knowledge on how to create and implement the programme we are planning.

We believe that each child learns differently and needs to be challenged at her/his own level. We believe that the ideal classroom is one in which each student has a variety of ways to learn new things and has the opportunity to practise and extend new knowledge. Our belief is that children, with guidance, can learn to identify their own strengths and weaknesses so that they make optimal progress.

If you are interested in a place for your child at The British School Luxor, please attend the meeting and fill in an application form or contact us on (002) 01065222307 or by email

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

This Sundays Lecture

Dr Laurent Bavay entitled “Amenhotep is back on the hill. An update on the work of the Belgian Mission in the Theban Necropolis

7pm Mummification Museum FREE

Monday, 11 February 2013

Mummification Museum Lectures Under Threat

Mansour Boriak just informed me that the lectures might be cancelled because people are taking photographs and publishing them on the net. Can I make a plea to everyone who attends not to take photos

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Cairo Lectures

Two new Egypt Exploration Society Cairo Lectures just announced:

11 February - Edwin Brock
"Pharaoh's Jigsaw Puzzles, Reconstructing New Kingdom Royal Sarcophagi in the Valley of the Kings"

4 March - Aidan Dodson
"Howard Carter:
the Egypt Exploration Fund & Beyond"

Both at 1800 hrs at the British Council, Agouza.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Future Mummification Museum Lectures

3rd Feb    Suzanne Onstine    TT16 Panehsy     Ongoing work

10th Feb    Diana Craig Patch    Malqata North Village and Palace

17th Feb    Jose Galan    Djhuti new season

Free to everyone 7pm Sundays approx 45 minutes - 1 hour

Thanks to Barry Budd for sending me the list