Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
Telephone: +20-69-3600700
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News in December 2004

News archive October - December 04

Redesigned Roof Bar

Ask for directions almost anywhere in Na'ama Bay and the reply will usually be something like "go to Camel Bar, turn left and." You could say that Sharm el Sheikh's most popular bar has become something of a local landmark.

This summer we re-launched the new-look Roof Bar as a chilled-out extension of the main Camel Bar. The Roof Bar's atmosphere is seriously relaxed. There are comfortable seating areas with big white sofas, low tables and floor cushions. It's the perfect place for a peaceful early evening drink as the sun sets against the backdrop of Na'ama Bay. As things hot up after dark, the Roof Bar is subtly illuminated by Moroccan lamps and in-house DJ Sascha plays funky background music, which adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

The Roof Bar serves a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and is renowned for its smooth-smoking sheesha pipes (very relaxing). Most items from Camel Bar's new bar snacks menu are also available on the Roof, including its famous burgers and traditional specials like fish and chips. Another bonus is the Roof's table service, so you don't have to get up to order your food and drinks.

The Camel Bar management team Mike, Pete and Jo, who many Camel regulars will know, are delighted by the Roof Bar's transformation. "The Roof Bar adds a whole new dimension to Camel", says Mike, in between checking that everyone is having a good time. "But I only wish I had time to enjoy it myself!". And there is more on its way to keep them busy. According to Mike, plans are afoot for sessions by guest DJs from Europe, and comedy slots on the Roof. "It's a case of watch this space".

Right, see you upstairs!

More places to eat and drink

Arriving back in Sharm el Sheikh and seeing the same faces in the Camel Bar, it sometimes feels like you've never been away. Well, on your next visit you'll probably notice a few changes at Camel Dive Club & Hotel. One of the areas we've been redesigning, revamping and generally reorganizing is our food outlets. There is now an even better choice of places to eat and drink on the premises, without having to go out and search Na'ama Bay for a bite to eat.

The latest addition to our restaurants is Pomodoro, serving Italian specialities. It is fast gaining a reputation for its freshly-cooked pizza - try the House Special, with fresh tomato, mozzarella and rocket. Pomodoro is located on the terrace in front of Camel Hotel, on the main Na'ama Bay promenade, so it's also a great place for people-watching in the evening.

Our famous Indian Tandoori restaurant has undergone a face lift. We've expanded the cooking area where you can watch resident Chef Tilak and his team preparing Indian specialties. We've also installed ceiling fans to cool things down in the courtyard during the hot season, and introduced more comfortable seating and Eastern-inspired d├ęcor. The Indian Tandoori is open from 7pm to 12 midnight. We recommend that you reserve your table in advance.

Finally, the ever-popular Camel Bar above the Dive Club has introduced a new range of bar snacks. The new menu offers the most popular dishes from Camel's main restaurants, including its famous burgers, Indian specialties, and Pomodoro pizzas, as well as dishes such as fish and chips, which are available exclusively in the Bar. All are made-to-order and are brought to your table in the Bar.

Further new developments in our cafes and restaurants are on their way. Watch this space. And.bon appetit!

Sharm's new PADI Instructors make history

Sharm achieved the distinction of putting forward the largest ever number of candidates for PADI Instructor Examinations, in the entire history of PADI International. Over 80 would-be instructors assembled to take the exams held in Na'ama Bay on 27-29 September.

Camel Dive Club staff watched with particular anticipation since it was the first time Camel has run its own Instructor Development Course. Ten days of intensive preparation paid off, with Camel candidates gaining top scores in their theory and skills presentations.

Congratulations to Camel candidates Hany, Ahmed, Catherine, Ray, Luke, and Giovanni. And best of luck to all Sharm's new instructors!

New PADI Instructor Course

Since Camel Dive Club & Hotel was established in 1986, we have certified an incredible 9,000 divers, from Open Water right up to Divemaster. Maybe you are one of them! As we decided to become a PADI 5* Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre earlier this year, we are now able to train our own PADI Instructors as well.

Camel's first Instructor Development Course (IDC) took place from 18th to 27th September 2004. The six candidates Catherine Bates, Luke Delahunty, Ahmed El Halinagi, Hany Shenouda, Ray Sheppard and Giovanni Voglioso were joined by Camel Staff Instructors Silke Beckmann, Marco Giovannini and Charlotte Lord.

Renowned Course Director Paul Toomer flew over from the UK specially to run the course. Although the IDC is intensive, since there is a lot of knowledge and skills to develop in a short time, Paul managed to make the course almost stress-free. This may have had something to do with the number of classroom sessions that ended up in the Camel Bar at the end of the day!

According to Paul, "The facilities at Camel are magnificent, and make learning complex instructor skills easy!" All classroom sessions are held on-site, and confined water training takes place in our specially designed diver training pool. For the Open Water section of the course, candidates do their training from the dive boat. They are diving at the same sites they will use with their student divers, if they go on to work in Sharm, which makes the course that bit more realistic.

Another factor distinguishing Camel's IDC from that offered by other Sharm el Sheikh dive centres is the free Enriched Air (Nitrox) Specialty Instructor course we offer. This gave candidates the chance to swop their studies for a day boat diving in the Straits of Tiran.

The IDC is available in English, German, and Italian. Camel Hotel has rooms at special rates for candidates doing their IDCs with us. For more information contact Marco Giovannini on .

New chill out zone

Camel Dive Club & Hotel's main centre in Na'ama Bay has always been a place for divers to meet when they get back from the boat, and share the day's big fish stories. So next time you hear that rumour about the 5m Whale Shark in Middle Garden, this is probably where it started!

In response to feedback from you, we have reorganised the area outside the diving centre into a 'chill out' zone. The seating area now has more comfortable sofas and large cushions, perfect for lounging about. Refreshing drinks are available, including beer (of course!), fresh juices and iced tea, as well as sheesha (water) pipes.

According to our instructors, the chill out area is so relaxing you may find yourself still sitting there, hours after the dive centre has closed for the night. Be warned!


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

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