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To: Minamar Hotels and Travel
Subject: Compliments on our driver to Baharriaya this weekend

Good Morning Raed,

Just wanted to let you know that our driver to the Bharriaya was really

professional, on time, drove safely, very accommodating, the vehicle was


My colleagues and freinds Eyad El Khashab, Jean Francois Perrier and

myself  all three work in the  travel and tourism industry for over 18

years working with motorcoach companies and drivers, tour operators,

world wide  so we know what to look for in good service.  He was

excellent!  Please let him know we said this and we would like to use

your vehicles and the driver again for future trips both for ourselves

and groups that we might have in the future for our respective clients.

Thank you again for all of your assistance and have a great day


Ruby Roy

International Corporate Event and Meeting Planner

Media Relations Specialist

Montreal Professional Tourist Guide

Dear Raed july 2009
We thank you for your help arranging all these transfers, excursions and guides. We can tell you, that this trip has been the best one we ever had and this is also a compliment for you as without your help we would not have had such a marvelous, extraordinary holiday in your fantastic country.

Please let all involved persons know about that:
Cairo: Esam the driver, Ahmed the guide

as well as all the people who helped to have smooth transfers in Aswan (2x) and in Cairo on the way home.

We will certainly inform people we know and would like to travel to Egypt about your capabilities/ office as well we hand over your address to a friend of ours (has an own travel agency).

We hope to come to Egypt once again soon and would be happy to arrange as much as possible with you.
Thank you again from all of us and from Switzerland (at the moment we it is snowing !!).
Best regards
Heinrich Marti
Roger & Leanne Gee
Portland, Victoria. Australia

Minamar Hotels and Travel
28, 269 Str., Maadi � Cairo, Egypt

Att: Mr Raed.

Re: Egypt Tour � GEE Family.

Hi Raed,

I must start this letter by saying we all enjoyed the tour, loved seeing your country, and hearing its amazing history. But there are a few issues/things we would like to pass on to you.

Starting from when we arrived in Cairo, the gentleman you sent to the airport to meet us, lovely man, very helpful and he made entering Egypt so easy for us. Please pass on our thanks to him.

The Hotel President was not quite what we expected, but it was comfortable, the staff were friendly and we had a room with a view etc. for the first two nights. Its location was charming too.

Our last two nights there were less than satisfactory, the room was of a lower standard not very comfortable at all, which was disappointing way to end the tour.

Our tour guide for the first day, Ahmed Mahmoud Hassan is a great guide, friendly and very knowledgeable of Egyptian history, we all enjoy his company. The man who drove us around this day was a good, careful driver, in a pretty good vehicle too. Please pass on our thanks.

The over-night train to Aswan was ok, only Leanne and the boys got sick from the food eaten on the train. Its was very late leaving and I guess the food had been sitting around to long...

Our guide for the Lower Egypt tour Khaled Mostafa El Howary warmed to us all as the days passed, he made time for us to look at almost every tomb and temple in Lower Egypt, and we have about 3,500 to 4,000 photos to prove it. His knowledge and connection to this part of Egypt flowed through to us and we did enjoy this part of the tour very much. Khaled�s assistance with additions to our quite days were great, and this helped round off the tour. Again, the drivers who drove us around were polite and careful drivers, in good vehicles, thanks to them.

The cruise on the Monaco was great, the kids loved it, Leanne loved it, and I loved it, but it should have been longer, next time may be!!! The crew were friendly and helpful, a good time had by all.

The return trip on the train from Luxor to Cairo was better, the person who met us at the station was a little difficult to understand, but he did get us to the vehicle taking us to Bahriya Oasis. The driver taking us was ok, but we would have preferred some commentary along the way, as it was a long drive.

I have to say at this point, this vehicle was not up to standard for a trip of this length. I was quite unwell and nauseous on the trip going out and the return in this vehicle, it was not comfortable at all.

The trip into the desert was great, and is easily one of the highlights of our tour. Mahmoud was a good driver and the other man (his name escapes me) was friendly and informative. Their hospitality in the desert was a lovely touch to a great experience, please thanks these young men again for us.

The return as mentioned above was not good for me, and there was probably to much vehicle travel for one day. As I also mentioned the room at the Hotel President was not up to the standard of the room we had on our earlier stay.

I would strongly suggest if you offer similar day trips for people to Alexandria then the train would be a better option. We spent 4 � 4.5 hours traveling up to Alexandria, and 4.5 � 5 hours traveling back which only left 3 � 4 hours looking around Alexandria. All the reports I have read, suggest the express train trip is not too bad; this was why I had requested the train to Alexandria.

Apart from the travel is was a great day, thanks again to Ahmed, he is a lovely guide and very passionate about his Egypt, our boys hung of his every word. It would have been even better to have had more time in Alexandria, as there were many other interesting sites to see.

Over all we had a good tour of your lovely country, there are a few things we would do differently next time, like less vehicle travel, be more selective with hotels etc. but I have no complaint or issue with your company or the great tour guides we had.

Thanks Raed, I am sure my family will remember this trip for a long time, and even though we did not meet, the tour ran smoothly enough for us all.

I/we would be happy to recommend your company and this tour to anyone traveling to Egypt, as the service offered to a small group (family) was great, as I said at the beginning, from the gentleman who met us at the airport, to all the guides, they all made our trip very memorable, thanks.

Sincerely yours,

Roger, Leanne, Wayde, Toley & Kalian.
June 2009
Italian department
volevo ringraziare tutti voi per il bellissimo tour nel deserto che abbiamo effettuato.

In particolare per averci inviato Yasser come guida, una persona gentile e disponibile che ci ha accompagnato in modo straordinario in questa escursione.

Un grosso saluto

Davide Palumbo.
June 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009 9:13 PM

Just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for a wonderful trip to the white desert -- everything was great, and helpful. we had a good drive back, please thank them for changing drivers for us, it was much more enjoyable...
take care,
Megan and Nicky
February 05, 2009
dear Raed
I would like to thank you for the nice time we spent
I was well arranged
all the people were cooperative and want to make us happy
thank you
pls notify me if you can arrange a trip to turkey this summer for a group between 4-7 adults
thank you in advance
dr haney
Minamar Hostel Cairo March 2009
In the beginning of March I went to Cairo with my mother. We booked the Minamar hotel and a trip to the dessert, organised by Minamar. The holiday was great; one we will never forget!!
The people working at the hotel we very friendly and they have done everything to make us feel home. Everything was good organised by Abdallah and every morning a good breakfast and helping hand by Addy and Mustafa. The last evening we had a diner on the Nile, organised by the hotel. This was very nice and entertaining! The rooms are good, but basic. With a view of the Egyptian museum the location of the hotel is great!!
The trip to de desert was very well organised and an incredible nice experience. The guides and the driver did a great job!

Manuela & Jessica

Italian Department
Caro Raed, finalmente riesco a scriverti, il viaggio di ritorno � andato bene, a Betty la valigia � arrivata solo ieri.... ma Alitalia ormai funziona così.

Come eravamo d'accordo ti invio le ns impressioni di viaggio, come sai il mio lavoro mi porta ad essere abbastanza severa, considerato che la materia che insegno �: Reception e pratica di Agenzia di viaggio.
Ovviamente dal punto di vista archeologico e naturalistico la parte di Egitto visitata � molto bella, ci sono piaciute molto pi� le oasi nel deserto che le citt�, ma penso sia così un pò per tutti!!
L'organizzazione � stata ottima, siamo stati seguiti da Voi sempre e di questo Vi ringraziamo, posso solo darti qualche consiglio??
Hotel Happy City al Cairo molto sporco e non adeguato forse ai turisti italiani
Le guide che ci hanno seguito :
Monir abbastanza buono, poteva evitare la "fregatura" che ci ha rifilato l'ultimo giorno, abbiamo fatto finta di niente, quando si viaggia succede anche questo, fa parte del gioco.. ma farci pagare 2 pacchetti di tabacco che costano L.E. 32 a 15 euro l'una mi � sembrato un pò eccessivo......
La guida di Alessandria . Ahmed - stesso discorso pranzo in ristorante ha pagato lui il conto e si � fatto dare � 12,50 a persona da noi,per 1 pranzo che sar� costato forse 4 � a persona, ok fa parte del gioco facciamo i finti tonti...però peccato perch� guastano l'impegno di tutti gli altri che sono stati eccezionali:
ABDULLAH la guida nel deserto bianco, non lo dimenticheremo mai per la simpatia, la preparazione e l'impegno che ha profuso per farci stare al meglio
SALE l'autista del deserto bianco, simpatico, gentile, disponibile!!!!
ATIF che ci seguito da Mersa Matruh ad Alexandria fino al Cairo, un ragazzo eccezionale, ottimo guidatore, riservato gentile e disponibile.. tutti i nostri complimenti!!!!
E infine Raed che ci ha organizzato questo viaggio, in modo impeccabile, a parte il mare dove faceva freddo, ha però fatto di tutto per farci stare nel miglior modo possibile poi,ci fanno ricordare questo ns soggiorno in Egitto come un  periodo nel quale abbiamo vissuto grandi emozioni.. la notte nel Deserto, la bellezza di Siwa, le Piramidi del Cairo, le tombe di Alessandria, le piramidi di Saqqara, la cena in battello sul Nilo, la commozione del Sacrario di El Alamein
GRAZIE DI CUORE A TUTTI VOI per tutto questo....
e spero di sentirci presto per l'organizzazione del viaggio per le Oasi che non abbiamo visitato, e per la crociera sul Nilo ....
Ciao un abbraccio grande e porta i ns cari saluti in particolare ad Abdullah, Sale e Atif speriamo che restino così e non si guastino con lo stare a contatto con i turisti!!!!!
Italian department
Siamo rientrati ieri 14.12.2008 dopo una settimana intensa e molto interessante. Ti ringraziamo per il pacchetto e inoltre dobbiamo informarti che la guida Ahmed � stato molto disponibile a fornirci tutte le informazioni dettagliate dei luoghi che andavamo a visitare. Ci auguriamo di ritornare in futuro con altre destinazioni in Egitto.

Per tua informazione,  noi ogni anno andiamo a trascorrere 2 settimane  (luglio/Agosto) a Naama Bay e prenotiamo  allo Sherathon Main Principale - mezza pensione.

Se vuoi gi� interessarti per noi per avere prezzi buoni e  siamo certi  che con la tua bravura ci riuscirari.

In attesa di un tuo riscontro ti salutiamo cordialmente.


Viviana Guidobaldi

Alfonso Ingenito


Treza- thought you might like to get some feedback @ our recent trip to the western desert with Minamar:

- Our Guide "Mido" was terrific! Very personable, professional, patient, and knowledgeable - loved him!

- Our cook Islam was great too!

- Our desert driver was a little nuts driving in town, but very friendly and didn't tip us over in the desert!

- The hotels were all very good (except some of the pillows are hard as bricks, like everywhere else we stayed)

(We appreciated the changeover from the El Gnoom to the Bedouin Village Oasis - what a great place!)

- The desert camping was fabulous!
(A couple of suggestions: more padding under the sleeping bags, better sleeping bags (mine had a broken zipper, so very difficult to open & close), and my friend's blanket smelled really bad!)
- It might be a good idea to let women know that the hot springs are completely exposed (no privacy) so to be prepared for that (I wasn't)
- The itinerary was excellent, and Mido was very accommodating: when one site was closed, to offer another to see instead.

- We only wish he could have been our guide in Luxor too!!

- We would recommend Minamar to anyone interested in traveling thru the Western Desert Oases. Please feel free to use these comments on your website.

Sincerely, Anna & Manjit
Dear Treza,


I want to thank you so very much for arranging my visit to Egypt.

Thanks to you, this holiday was one of the most memorable trips of my life. Egyptian hospitality must be the best in the entire world! If reincarnation could be real, I feel as if perhaps in a former life, I must have been lucky enough to have been Egyptian.

Please thank Mr. Hendy Taha for the lovely pastries and tell him that I have shared them with my fellow teachers who are very interested in travelling to Cairo next year. I hope they will take advantage of Minamar's excellent services and enjoy the same kind of fantastic holiday that I was so fortunate to have.

Many thanks again to everyone with Minamar who helped to make my trip so wonderful!


Felicie Dillard
Hi Hendy


can not tell you what an amazing time we had. The hospitality of the staff at your company is amazing. Mostafa our guide had more energy than any of us and put out so much information... he was unbelievable. Somehow we were able to add in even more tours and events which she happily assisted us in.

All accommodations were far more than expected we were treated incredibly well. I was surprised to be remembered by several your staff and even several crew members of the cruise ship.. All of the transportation, transfers and tours were flawless. I was treated to some VERY nice upgrades allowing for some great in room cocktail parties for our group.

I believe that now that I have some references I can and will look forward to putting together another group. I will send a request for dates and itinerary soon and see what we can do. I will soon send you an evaluation of our tour with any suggestions from my group to assist you in continuing to provide an incredible vacation.
Kimberly Yeager

oasis tour from 25/02/07 to 3/03/07

Dear minamar hotel,

I travelled with you in White desert and it was wonderful trip.

I was in the jeep and the driver was Mohamed. This driver is wonderful, he always was nice and he's really good cooker. Thanks a lot.
Ken Tsai

Hello Hendy.
My wife and I came home 2 days ago. We enjoyed our time in Egypt very much, especially the White Desert. We are very grateful for your dependable and reliable services that offered us a great deal of freedom and flexibility for our touring. You run a great business, with fair pricing and no hidden costs. Thank you also for being so responsible.

We have told all of our friends and family about you and your staff. Some of them will be coming to Egypt next year and they will contact you for their travel arrangement. Also, the owner (Nabil) of Hotel Osiris in Cairo said he will be referring his guests to you for the White Desert and other travel arrangements because he saw how happy and satsfied we were dealing with you.

Thank you again.
Ken & Rose
Dear Hendy, December 2006
Luc, Sabine, Gilles and Yannick BELGIUM
Finally our internet is fixed, so that we can inform you about our trip in the white desert.
We all enjoyed the trip very much. Also the kids had a lot of fun. Everyday in the jeep Yannick slept in the arms of Abdalla. Gilles was amazed how Sucri could find his way through the sand.
Everything was well arranged and booked.
We will recommend you. Maybe we'll come back to see Siwa oases.
Thank you very much!

Luc, Sabine, Gilles and Yannick BELGIUM
November 25, 2006

Penny Heggie Canada


I would like to thank you again for the wonderful experience I had while traveling in the Oasis. Egypt is a fantastic country. Every area unique.

I have brought home many memorable memories which I have shared with many people since returning.

I appreciate the work you did and the attention you gave towards my travel needs. The guide Mostafa was a very energetic person and Osam a very competent driver I would not have wanted it any other way.

Joanne, Cathy, Kylie and Mick USA

Hi whomever I'm writing this to. I just want to say that we have just spent 4 fabulous nights in the desert as part of a desert tour with Hassam as tour leader. Out drivers Salah (wolf), Trevor (cheeky) and Frank were the best and Cookie managed to surprise us every night. The only thing that would have improved the tour would have been if we had been able to stay longer. Hope you forward this message onto the crew who came with us.
Cheers from,
Joanne, Cathy, Kylie and Mick
Hello Mohamed,

Farzana USA

I hope this email finds you well. If you recall, you were our guide during the desert safari on 17 to 19 September 2006. We camped out in the desert with a Brazilian couple.

As promised, here are some pictures of you which I took. I hope you like them.

Lastly, Khaled and I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful time you gave us when in the desert. It was truly a unique experience, something that we will remember for a long time to come. You are indeed a talented guide!

Warm regards,

Farzana & Khaled
Comment on tour provided for Anna and Chris Sullivan

15/01/06 -23-06-06 New Zealand

Tour : Cairo/Siwa/Bahariya/White Desert/Farafra/Dakhla/kharga/Luxor

pick up service well organized at bus station

previous e mail conversation were prompt, clear and informative


Itinerary as requested

Mustafa (tour guide) knowledgeable about subject matter in all locations

Sufficient time at all sites but a slightly slower peace at Egyptian Museum would have been good. Pleasing that the various shops (papyrus, perfumes etc) were not pushed.I find this very off putting so was pleased Mustafa respected this. Hotel New Windsor fine.

Siwa Kharga Desert safari

Excellent Organization at all stages. Hotels Siwa inn, Minamar hotel, Hamadalla new camp (resort) of good standard through out-Mobarez not so great but others had good services and room quality.

Our driver was very good ,safe, skilled ,prompt and good cook.

It was great that we make an unplanned stop at the commonweth war cemetery in Alamein .We thank him and the company for a thoroughly memorable and enjoyable trip

Anna and Chris Sullivan 23/01/06
Jacqueline & Jean Pierre Castagnet.11 November 2005 France

Dear friend, we are sorry to be so late to give some news from us, and to thank you for the very nice welcome we had in your hotel. We have very much enjoyed our trip around Egypt, we have seen so wonderful archeological sites, but our heart bends for the deserts and the oasis, and your kindness too. Thank you, Mohamed, for your welcome; you and all our staff too. We remember the drinks and the cakes before leaving the oasis, the had a nice road to Cairo. Now, we are fighting against snow...We send you some photos taken in Egypt and some others from France where we live now. We hope so much to come aging to the oasis and visit you. Of course, if you need something, you can ask for. It would be a real pleasure for us.We hope you have good days now and maybe , we have some news, too? With all our best friendship, Jacqueline & Jean Pierre Castagnet.

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