Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
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Camel wins worldwide Dive Centre of the Year 2013

Camel wins worldwide Dive Centre of the Year 2013Camel Dive Club & Hotel has won the diving industry’s most prestigious award, worldwide “Dive Center of the Year 2013”. This is the second time in the last three years that Camel Dive Club & Hotel has won the top accolade, and delighted members of the Camel Dive Club team were present at the London International Dive show on 15-16 February to collect the coveted bronze diver statuette. Egypt was awarded worldwide diving “Destination of the Year 2013” at the same ceremony, demonstrating British divers’ continued love for Egypt’s unbeatable Red Sea diving. The Awards recognise the diving industry’s top brands as voted for by UK divers. They are organised by DIVER magazine, an institution on the British diving scene for over fifty years and the most widely-read scuba magazine in the UK. Competition every year for the top Awards in each category is intense, and this year was no exception, with the top three placed dive centres all coming from Egypt’s Red Sea. We would have never made it without your votes: BUBBLING THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

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21.02.14

Camel Hotel is among top diving hotels worldwide

Camel Hotel is among top diving hotels worldwideWe are utterly delighted to have been rated among THE TOP DIVING HOTELS IN THE WORLD by the prestigious Gayot.com! Gayot’s travel guides were founded in the United States and have been directing sophisticated travelers to the world's best restaurants, hotels, shops, sightseeing and cultural attractions for more than 45 years. We are flattered to have received such a fantastic acknowledgment and happy to witness that after 27 years our philosophy still matches our guests’ idea of a dream diving holiday. What’s special about the Camel experience? We provide all you need to enjoy world class dive sites at their best. We also pride ourselves on the friendly and relaxed atmosphere on land at our dive centres, the Camel Hotel, award winning Pomodoro and Tandoori restaurants, Vanilla (the best ice cream in Sharm El Sheikh) and in the historical Camel Bar, probably the most famous bar in town –all in one place! Gayot’s reviews serves as a leading worldwide authority on the good life. Millions of readers turn to Gayot's savvy, professional reviews on dining, travel and lifestyle. Check them out!

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15.11.13

Exciting sightings: manta matching

Exciting sightings: manta matchingThis July our divers and instructor Rod encountered Ariel, a four metre Giant manta ray, at our beautiful local dive site Ras Umm Sid. But this was not a one-time lucky sighting: our instructors Cath and Beth had already spotted Ariel at the same dive site in May 2012. But how can we be sure? Fortunately we had photos of both sightings, and by matching them our Eco Tribe leader Cath was able to positively identify Ariel. Cath said "Each manta ray has their own individual markings on their belly that act like a fingerprint. If we get a photograph we can look through our archive to check if we have had a previous encounter." Because manually matching manta photos would be very time-consuming, Cambridge Professor Christopher Town has teamed up with Marine Megafauna Foundation to develop a computer algorithm which identifies manta rays by their markings. The algorithm has been integrated into first global online database for manta rays, Manta Matcher. This groundbreaking system “will allow researchers to track sightings data to establish important life-history parameters as well as determine other ecological data such as abundance, range, movement patterns, and structure of manta ray populations across the world.” Camel’s friend and eco partner Andrea Marshall of Marine Megafauna was so excited about our photo match of Ariel that she described it at the National Geographic Explorer Week in Washington DC. We love citizen science!

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27.08.13

Sharm El Sheikh calm, dive trips depart normally

Sharm El Sheikh calm, dive trips depart normallySharm El Sheikh and surrounding areas remain completely calm. There is no curfew in Sharm El Sheikh; a nationwide curfew implemented across Egypt on 14 August was lifted in Sharm El Sheikh the next day. All Camel Dive Club diving and snorkeling trips continue to run as normal. Today we have approximately 35 guests diving with us, with boats departing for daily diving at Ras Mohamed and Thistlegorm wreck. We have plenty of new divers taking PADI courses diving from our beach and diver training pool. Now is the best season for diving and, with uncrowded dive sites, our divers are spotting on a daily basis manta rays, hammerheads and other sharks! See our Facebook page for news of our latest sightings. Guests from six European countries, including Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Finland, UK and Spain, are staying and diving with us at Camel Hotel at present. Our own restaurants, bars and beach are operating as normal, as are other venues in Naama Bay. There are no restrictions on the consumption of alcohol. Internet and mobile phone networks are fully working. Sharm El Sheikh International airport is fully open; scheduled and charter flight services from different European countries including the UK are operating without interruption. Airport transfers are running as normal 24 hours per day.

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20.08.13

Successful PADI Instructor sponsorship at Camel

Successful PADI Instructor sponsorship at CamelSince its creation in 1986, Camel has always been a place where great things happen! This is what we thought when Ian Edge, from Middlesbrough, UK, approached us last year with the idea of sponsoring one of our Egyptian team members to become a PADI Instructor. Ian has dived at Camel many times: “I wanted to give something back to Egypt as a thank you for all the great diving and life experiences I’ve had here over the years.” –Ian told us. For everyone at Camel it was natural to think of our snorkel guide Samir Ahmed Salem (Said), as the ideal candidate for sponsorship. Said is a Bedouin from South Sinai and has been working with us since 2002, first as a member of our logistics support team and then as a Snorkel guide. Said was overwhelmed by the offer and embraced with enthusiasm this once-in-a- lifetime opportunity. Ian’s sponsorship covered all the costs of Said’s training, including his professional courses, PADI fees, materials, salary expenses, insurance and English language courses. Said has been studying very hard for the past four months and passed his Instructor Examination, after successfully completing our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Bianca. As an added bonus Ian, who is a PADI Instructor himself, was able to attend the same IDC and gain his PADI Staff Instructor certification. Congratulations to Said and Ian, and a big THANK YOU to Ian on behalf of all our team!

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22.06.13

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Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
Telephone: +20-69-3600700
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