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Travel Guide: 6 of the Best Winter Destinations

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Travel Guide: 6 of the Best Winter Destinations

Some travelers seek winter’s snowfall, while others are looking to escape it to a warmer place, and so to help you choose the best winter destination that will suit your vacation needs, we have listed the following destination that will make your winter vacation completely worth the trip!

Hawaii

Hawaii is for the travelers looking to escape the chilly weather, the island’s warm weather makes ideal for hiking and wandering the stalls at the Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair. You can also enjoy surfing in one of the island’s many prime surfing spots including Honolii Beach Park and Kahaluu Beach Park.

Dubai

Dubai’s weather is always warm and perfect for those of you who despise winter and are beach lovers, you can spend your vacation tanning on Jumeirah Beach or maybe explore the gold and spice souks or sandboarding at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. If you’re looking to enjoy a bit of winter, you can hit the slopes at the Mall of the Emirates’ massive indoor Ski Dubai complex.

Phuket

A winter vacation in this Thai island is just perfect and comes with many pluses, for starters, the weather there during wintertime is just outstanding and you can enjoy a 90-degree beach weather. The island is the ideal destination for those looking for a reasonable getaway and those looking to enjoy their pineapples laying on the beach.

You can cross outdoor sights like Big Buddha and Wat Chalong off your bucket list. Another bonus is that you can get out on the water to explore by boat.

Seville

Seville is a stunning city located in Spain and the weather in winter is mild, rooms there are quite affordable and not very crowded with tourists. You’ll get to admire the Gothic architecture at Catedral de Sevilla and the Real Alcázar palace. Also, winter is when the city hosts holiday markets (in December) and Three Kings Day festivities which are certainly a plus.

Turkey

Turkey has always been viewed as a summer holiday destination, but it actually holds so much potential as a winter destination! For starters, it’s much quieter in winter and way cheaper, so you will get to save the expenses of accommodation and shopping. It’s also pretty stunning when it’s covered with snow, almost feels like a fairy tale.

Cartagena

The city is nestled along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the weather there is warm and overflowing with several historic sites including the Walled City of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with colonial architecture and Caribbean Sea views. We advice you to head to Playa Blanca or take a boat to the nearby Rosario Islands.

The city is a popular winter destination so you might need to book earlier!

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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence

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Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).

File: The three ISO certificates received by GEM.

Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.

This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.

It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!

These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.

 

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Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai

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As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.

The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.

The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.

According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.

 

 

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43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates

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So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates. 

These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA). 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.

The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.

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