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Semiramis Pavilion opens at Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou recently inaugurated Semiramis Pavilion meeting centre that he toured while announcing plans to promote tourism in the coming months as well as the initiative of the green energy in tourism and hotels sector. The cutting ribbon inauguration ceremony was attended by Ahmed El Gindi, managing director, Semiramis Hotels Company, Raymond Khalife, board member, Semiramis Hotels Co. Amr Fouad, board member, Semiramis Hotels Co. and Sameh Sobhy, general manager Semiramis InterContinental Cairo.

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Photo shows from right to left: Ahmed El Gindi, managing director, Semiramis Hotels Company; Raymond Khalife, board member, Semiramis Hotels Co.; Egypt’s Minister for Tourism Hisham Zaazou; Amr Fouad, board member; Semiramis Hotels Co. and Sameh Sobhy, general manager Semiramis InterContinental Cairo.

“We are delighted to see the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo welcoming local residents and travellers from further afield,” Zaazou said.  “With its central position in the heart of Cairo the hotel is an important contributor to tourism in Egypt. We look forward to seeing the hotel continue to thrive this year.”

Designed by Tony Chi, the Semiramis Pavilion combines efficiency and luxury for business clients in an uncluttered and modern environment. The Semiramis Pavilion features smart interactive whiteboards, high-speed 30MB Wi-Fi and seven multi-functional and flexible meeting rooms as well as four private offices.

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Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

“We are looking forward to a busy summer period ahead. We just received the ‘Global Partners in Safety Award’ and we are being recognized among other hotels as being a safe place for our employees to work and our guests to stay. With such an amazing team we are sure the hotel will continue to thrive,” said Sobhy.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) has been present in Egypt for more than 25 years. IHG operates hotels across four of its brands – InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites – and remains absolutely committed to this market.

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InterContinental Cairo Citystars Hosted Harlem Globetrotters

InterContinental Cairo Citystars hosted Harlem Globetrotters basketball team during their recent visit to Cairo.

Upon arrival to InterContinental Cairo Citystars, the team was welcomed by Ibrahim Nasha’at the Hotel Manager, Paul Schenk and Ahmed Azmy, the hotel Executive Assistant Managers.

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Ibrahim Nasha’at, hotel manager, Paul Schenk and Ahmed Azmy, hotel executive assistant managers with the team

Harlem Globetrotters is an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theatre and comedy. The team was in Cairo to give three performances.

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Despite a busy weekend, the team insisted on seeing the city on with a trip to the pyramids in the morning followed by a visit to the Children’s Cancer Hospital 57357. Hospital visits are a big part of what the team does, taking the show to children who are unable to attend the actual event.

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The team has been touring the world, entertaining families with their unique blend of comedy and basketball for 87 years, but this was their first time in Cairo since 1989.

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Think about Oman

I admit I was surprised when I read in The Sunday Times travel supplement a year ago that the Sultanate of Oman was recommended by the newspaper as one of the top 10 places in the world to spend a holiday. I had not heard of Oman being a promising tourist destination before I read the article. I thought that Dubai of the United Arab Emirates was the only Arab Gulf city witnessing a tourist boom with its vast stretch beaches, skyscrapers, shopping malls, deluxe hotels, conference rooms and sophisticated ballrooms besides its well paved roads, enormous airport and the quality service it offers to tourists. However, the moment I set foot in Oman’s airport, Al-Seeb International, I felt an exclusive travel experience coming up in a country that doesn’t look like any other.

A mini-van was waiting outside the airport to transport us to the hotel, Muscat Crown Plaza, about 25 minutes from the airport. On the way I saw a country with a distinctive character with its wide roads, its three- and four-storey white buildings with their Islamic architecture, its mighty mountains embracing the buildings, roads and gardens, its greenery — where in an arid country there shouldn’t be — which covers everything around, as well as hundreds of birds flying here and there relaxing on trees or on the ground or at a home window sill.

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A view of the Crown Plaza Muscat Hotel overlooking the Gulf of Oman

So what can Oman offer travellers? Its deluxe hotels and the high standard of service they offer; its vast virgin beaches overlooking the Arab Gulf and the Indian Ocean; its old souqs that sell traditional craft, old silver, spices, embroidery and incense; plus modern malls that offer the latest international brands of clothes, watches, sunglasses, jewellery; and above all its clean air, its slow pace, its quiet and its warm people.

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Souk Mutrah, where you can buy traditional products

Besides hotels, souqs and beaches, Oman is privileged to have a unique environment. The shimmering blue ocean holds a wealth of marine life — exotic fish, dolphins, turtles and some of the best coral formations in the world. If you drive a few hours from the city centre you’ll find yourself transported into a different world, from rose gardens perched atop mountains, ancient ruins, blowholes, one of the largest subterranean chambers in the world, to misty mountains and the undulating splendour of the desert. Wadis and lagoons in Oman are home to hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds.

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A picturesque view of the ocean

When Muscat gets hot and humid in the summer, it is the other way round in Salalah, 1,000kms to the south. Towards the end of June each year, as the khareef season begins, the southern city of Salalah is almost magically transformed. The dull browns are replaced by rolling green hills, misty woods and sparkling mountain springs. Temperatures drop to a comfortable 30 degrees Celsius making Salalah a perfect place to escape the summer heat. Every year, Salalah hold the khareef festival in July and August where visitors enjoy the picturesque landscape and are entertained by folklore dancing.

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Salalah Khareef, when all mountains are covered in green

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Part of the celebration of Salalah festival

History also lies all around you in Oman. This is not surprising as Oman, which lies in the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, is the oldest independent state in the Arab world. At one time it had its own empire, which at its peak in the 19th century stretched down the east African coast and vied with Portugal and Britain for influence in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean. The ancient ramparts of Bahla Fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the most important historical sites in Oman in addition to the carefully preserved Jabrin Castle dating from 1670 and the site of Bat, with neighbouring sites forming a most complete collection of settlements and necropolises from the third millennium BC.

Museums in Oman are also a big attraction. Bait Al-Baranda and Bait Al-Zubair in Muscat are two examples of how Omanis are trying to preserve their culture and heritage. The former is a visitor’s centre detailing the history of Muscat over a hundred million years ago to the present. It has sections dealing with geology in Oman (plate tectonics and scenic diversity in Muscat); ancient life in Muscat; earliest human settlements in Muscat from 10,000 BC to the early Islamic era; Muscat from the first century to 1744 AD; and Al-Bu Said Dynasty. Besides being a visitors’ attraction, Bait Al-Baranda also hosts local and international exhibitions, lectures and other cultural activities.

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Facade of Bait Al Baranda

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Inside Bait Al Baranda

Bait Al-Zubair is also an integral part of Oman’s heritage. Built first as a home in 1914 by Sheikh Al-Zubair Bin Ali, it was opened as a museum in 1998 by his son Mohamed to display aspects of Omani heritage either inherited or collected. Its displays include traditional Omani weaponry, jewellery, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments.

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Displays at Bait Al Zubair showing traditional customes

Omani officials say their tourism is still a new industry. It started in the early 1990s but is developing quickly. In 2006, Oman received over one million tourists who contributed to one per cent of the total national income of the country.

“Quantity was never our target. We care more about quality. We don’t target mass tourism, only the upmarket,” is how Al-Tobi of the Omani Ministry of Tourism encapsulates their strategy. “Through a well examined marketing process, we target a certain caliber of tourists who respect our culture, our customs and traditions and are able to preserve our environment, our natural surroundings, our flora and fauna. One tourist with these specifications and with high spending potential is better than 10,” Al-Tobi said, adding that they also have a policy of limited building construction. “We never allow skyscrapers or gigantic projects. We have to preserve our identity.”

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The corniche at Muscat at night

Cultural tourism is the number one way of attracting visitors to Oman, especially the kind it is targeting. “We have 14 UNESCO World Heritage sites that date before Christ. We have more than 500 fortresses and we are turning some of them into museums, each with a different theme. We are also thinking of turning some of them into hotels following the old Roman style. Some are already being used as open air theatres,” Al-Tobi said.

Besides culture and history, Oman has nature, geology and adventure such as mountain climbing, bird watching, watching dolphins, whales and turtles, old caves and curative tourism.

Muscat has only six five-star hotels that target the middle and upmarket business and leisure tourists. Since 1999, Oman has been attracting big chains such as the InterContinental, Hyatt and Radisson. In the next few years it will attract small brands as well as budget hotels.

*This article was published in Al Ahram Weekly newspaper in 2006

 

 

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Easter and Sham El Nessim deals at InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Holiday Inn Cairo and Staybridge suites

Have you booked your Easter holiday yet? If not, InterContinental chain is offering lucrative packages in Cairo to celebrate the season

InterContinental Cairo Citystars offers Easter room packages including buffet breakfast and parking at EGP 1100 for a single room, EGP 1200 for double and EGP 1300 for triple room including taxes with an extra EGP 100 supplement for Pool Side rooms.

Facade of InterContinental Citystars Cairo Hotel

Facade of InterContinental Citystars Cairo Hotel

Lobby of InterContinental Citystar Cairo Hotel

Lobby of InterContinental Citystars Cairo Hotel

 

One of the luxurious room at InterContinental Citystars Hotel Cairo

One of the luxurious room at InterContinental Citystars Hotel Cairo

InterContinental Residence Suites offer a fabulous choice for families, with a variety of cozy studios and 1 to 3 bedroom apartments. You can book a studio at EGP 1150 for single occupancy, EGP 1250 for double and 1350 for triple. Also, you can book a one bedroom suite at EGP 1350 for single occupancy, EGP1550 for double and EGP1650 for triple; two bedroom suite at EGP 2200 for double occupancy and EGP 2350 for triple or a three bedroom suite at EGP 3100, including breakfast and free parking for one car. Minimum stay is two nights

If you want to celebrate Easter at cheaper rate, then you can stay at Holiday Inn Citystars, where you can book a single room at EGP 699 or a double room at EGP 749 including buffet breakfast, parking for one car and taxes.

Holiday Inn Citystars facade

Holiday Inn Citystars facade

A room at Holiday Inn Citystars Cairo

A room at Holiday Inn Citystars Cairo

 

Staybridge Suites offer 140 suites including studios, two and three bedroom suites

Staybridge suites facade

Staybridge suites facade

Staybridge suites pool

Staybridge suites pool

Staybridge suites room

 

Each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals, state-of-the-art entertainment and communications, including complimentary WiFi throughout. You can book a studio at EGP 799 for single occupancy, EGP 849 for double and EGP 899 for triple. You can also book a one bedroom suite at EGP 1050 for single occupancy, EGP 1150 for double and EGP 1200 for triple; a two bedroom suite at EGP 1750 for double occupancy and EGP 1850 for triple or a three bedroom suite at EGP 2300. All prices include taxes, breakfast, free parking and a complimentary upgrade subject to availability. All rates above are for Egyptians and residents only

For booking call 24800100

InterContinental Cairo CityStars arabic-food blogspot

On Sham El Nessim Day, InterContinental Cairo Citystars hotel, will offer a sumptuous Easter buffet by the pool, accompanied by live entertainment and DJ from 12pm till 5pm, in addition to kids buffet corner and kids activities all at EGP 280 plus service charge and taxes

For booking call 2800009

 

 

 

 

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Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel launches its Spring Festival

Semiramis InterContinental Cairo launched recently its Spring Festival, 99 Spring Festival, where local guests and foreign travellers can enjoy a variety of offers, ranging from weekend stays to engagement party packages – all for prices ending in 99.

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Throughout the Spring Festival, food-lovers are invited to indulge in all-you-can-eat offers at the hotel’s various food outlets, including the Italian restaurant, Pane Vino; the Thai restaurant, Birdcage; and the Lebanese restaurant Sabaya, all for just LE 99. Those looking for light bite in a relaxed atmosphere can take advantage of the Tea Garden’s Time Out Tea for two and enjoy tea, mini sandwiches and sweets, all for just LE 99.  Seafood lovers can also enjoy a Sushiramis Platter with 12 pieces of sushi for LE 99.

Thai Cuisine at Semiramis InterContinental Cairo HotelPhoto: Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

Thai Cuisine at Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel
Photo: Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel

Enjoy Lebanese cuisine at Semiramis InterContinental Photo: Semiramis InterContinental

Enjoy Lebanese cuisine at Semiramis InterContinental
Photo: Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel

 

Eat sushi as much as you can for LE99Photo: Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

Eat sushi as much as you can for LE99
Photo: Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel

For those who want to relax at the weekend, the hotel is offering two weekend getaway packages, one for families and the other for couples and individuals. The Family Weekend Getaway provides the perfect opportunity to take a city-break with the family – guests can take advantage of two rooms for just LE 999, including breakfast, a set menu dinner for two at Pane Vino and free parking. Couples or individual travellers can book one room for just LE 699 and enjoy breakfast, dinner for two and free parking.

Couples looking for the perfect venue for their special day are in for a treat with the hotel’s unique Wedding Offer. For bookings of more than 500 guests, the hotel will gift the lucky couple a two-night stay in one of the hotel’s Royal suites, as well as breakfast and dinner for two in one of the hotel’s restaurants.  For weddings of more than 140 guests, the hotel will offer the couple a two-night stay at the luxurious Presidential Suite, including an indulgent morning breakfast and romantic heart shaped cake.

Lucrative wedding packages at Semiramis InterContinental at SpringPhoto: Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

Lucrative wedding packages at Semiramis InterContinental at Spring
Photo: Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel

For engagement parties, couples can get a two-hour party, including drinks, photographer, videographer, flowers for a maximum of 99 guests for just LE 9999.

Other offers at the hotel include a Meeting Delegate package with a daily delegate rate of LE 99 for all meetings or events with a minimum of nine people.

Meeting packages during the Spring Festival at the hotelPhoto: Semiramis InterContinental Hotel Cairo

Meeting packages during the Spring Festival at the hotel
Photo: Semiramis InterContinental Hotel Cairo

Those who want to keep their body fit, the Spring Fitness package offers a monthly membership at the hotel’s state of the art health club for just LE 999.

“We are excited to be welcoming guests to Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, and we are looking forward to the busy spring period ahead.  The Spring Festival will add extra value to our guest experience, and offers local residents and travellers from around the globe alike more reasons to visit the hotel,” said Sameh Sobhy, general manager, Semiramis InterContinental.

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All For Love

Despite political turbulence in Egypt, Egyptian hotels are preparing for an unforgettable Valentine’s night activities for Egyptian and foreign travellers.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At The First Residence in Giza offers a Bed and Breakfast package, dinners for two and sweet Spa treatments.

You can choose between several dining options at The Four Seasons Cairo Photo: Four Seasons Cairo At First Residence

You can choose between several dining options at The Four Seasons Cairo
Photo: Four Seasons Cairo At First Residence

For LE1200 per night, a guest can enjoy a luxurious accommodation in a superior room, breakfast for two, surprise Valentine’s amenities and 50 percent off parking fees.

Dinner options are various on that special night. For LE500 per person, inclusive of service charge and taxes, guests can choose from the menu of Seasons Restaurant or that of Lai Thai Restaurant. At Seasons, a guest will enjoy the four- course menu of executive chef Erwan Laurenceau, which begins with a lobster amuse – lobster ravioli with a lemongrass infusion sauce – followed by mouthwatering roasted sea bass, herb potato crust and young vegetable fricassee. The third course is lamb cannon and smoked potato calisson with an olive and tomato crumble. For dessert, Seasons presents a chocolate tulip flower, chocolate and ginger dome topped with a silky strawberry sauce.

Those who prefer a taste of Asia can head to La Thai restaurant, whose Valentine’s menu includes mouthwatering items such as prawn satay, grilled beef salad with roasted rice, sweet and sour soup and a variety of delectable main courses such as grilled jumbo prawn, chicken roll with lemongrass and penang curry sauce, and stir-fried mussels with chili and Thai ginger. For dessert, you can get a delicious pink water chestnut-ball in coconut milk.

For an intimate Valentine’s pampering session, guests can book Hot Coco Romance at the Spa.  This special two hour experience includes a chocolate covered massage – a natural aphrodisiac designed to leave skin soft and smooth, followed by a facial cleansing. Alternatively, the Sugar Rush treatment featuring a brown sugar body polish followed by a deep full body Balinese massage is another sweet treatment perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Don't miss the spa experiencePhoto: Four Seasons At The First Residence Hotel

Don’t miss the spa experience
Photo: Four Seasons At The First Residence Hotel

To conclude the Spa experience, guests can indulge in some romantic time together with lavish chocolate treats, delicious strawberries and a glass of bubbly in the private Nile-view couple’s suite.

The Hot Coco and Sugar Rush Spa treatments are each priced at LE 1250.00 per person or LE 2500.00 per couple and include a romantic setting, strawberries, chocolate and red roses.

For reservations call Hotel directly at 02-3567 1600.

InterContinental Cairo Citystars and Holiday Inn Cairo in Heliopolis are two other venues for a perfect Valentine’s Day. In InterContinental Cairo Citystars, you can enjoy a set menu at Al Bustan Grill accompanied by love songs from 6pm until midnight or you can sip special Valentine’s cocktails on the hotel’s ‘couples only night’ at Bellini Cocktail Lounge with a beautiful rose provided for the occasion from 7pm to midnight.

Enjoy the variety of food and activities at InterContinental Citystars HotelPhoto: InterContinenal Citystars Hotel

Enjoy the variety of food and activities at InterContinental Citystars Hotel
Photo: InterContinenal Citystars Hotel

Guests can also head to the buffet dinner at Esplanade Café Restaurant from 6:30pm to 11pm, or enjoy a Lebanese Valentine’s at Fayruz, where a welcoming cocktail, candles, roses and belly dancer create a unique glowing atmosphere

If you are for fine dining, then Maestro is the place. On the Valentine’s, in a special setting of heart shaped balloons, red napkins, candles and roses, guests will enjoy a sumptuous six-course set Italian menu, and a heart-shaped cake accompanied by piano tunes.

Photo: InterContinental Citystars Hotel

Photo: InterContinental Citystars Hotel

If you want an untraditional celebration, Windows at Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars provides a ‘live cooking’ buffet from 2pm to 11pm, while the Indian restaurant Indira sets the scene beautifully amid candles and red flowers for a memorable set menu occasion.

Valentine’s will not only be celebrated in Cairo, Alexandria hotels also have their own way to celebrate the occasion. For only LE300 per person, Sheraton Montazah Hotel offers guests a luxurious accommodation in a brightly decorated room overlooking the Mediterranean and the historical Montazah parks.

In addition, guests can also enjoy sauna and body treats and live night entertainment. Guests can indulge in the Valentine’s gala party and dinner at Caesar Bar where romance begins with the love songs of the duo Sameh and Soha, followed by a mouthwatering menu.

Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

If you want to spend a calm Valentine’s, you can pamper yourself with an energizing experience at the Fitness Center enjoying a rejuvenating sauna or a relaxing massage using premium oils.

Special discounted rates in Sheraton Montazah Hotel for the readers of The Road to Kemet blog. 

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