No show - occupancy rates have dropped below 20 per cent in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Departing the Red Sea

Despite the civil unrest and the ousting of the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, hoteliers in Egypt's Red Sea resorts say they are open for business.

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Egypt, Cairo, Khan el Khalili souk.

Hot to shop: Cairo

Haggle in the souks and on the streets or splurge on fixed-price designs found in boutiques, writes Belinda Jackson.

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Age of contrasts ...  a cruise ship passes the ruins of Kom Ombo.

Treasures of the Nile

The adults yearn for ancient sites but the children want the beach. Jeremy Seal finds a way to keep everyone happy.

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Today, the greenback, tomorrow the world

How's your Egyptian? Your Cantonese? Hungarian? The strong Aussie dollar makes many destinations more affordable, beyond the usual haunts in America and Europe.

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Dynasty days ... royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings.

Sand and sorcery

The Book of the Dead can be found on tiny ancient temple walls, in sarcophagi and on precious rolls of papyrus, if you knew where to look, writes Sophie Campbell.

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Page-turner ... Egypt is a setting worthy of spy Alex Rider (played by Alex Pettyfer in Stormbreaker); the Sphinx and ...

Pyramid schemes

Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz is sending his teenage spy, Alex Rider, to Cairo. So he had to go himself.

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