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Take Time Out at Algeria’s Beaches

When travelers arrive in Algeria, they come to enjoy the lure and mystery of the desert, learn of different cultures and embrace the historical traditions that make this beautiful country so unique. But once they have seen the picturesque beaches and endless stretches of coastline, it becomes difficult for them to drag themselves away form the warm sun, fascinating coastal wildlife and the salty smell that drifts off the lapping waves. Algeria has a great variety of beaches to explore, each with their own distinctive features and attractions.

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Yasmina Khadra – Outstanding Algerian Author

In 1984 Mohammed Moulessehoul wrote the book ‘Houria’. Following the success of this novel, others followed, such as ‘La Fille du Pont’ in 1985, ‘El Kahira’ in 1986 and ‘De L’autre Côte de la Ville’ in 1988. Moulessehoul disappeared, and Yasmina Khadra arrived on the scene releasing ‘Le Privilege du Phenix’ in 1989 and ‘Le Dingue au Bistour’i in 1990.

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Ashura – Honoring a Martyr

Ashura cannot really be described as a festival, as it is not celebrated with joy and elation. It is a rather somber religious event which is observed by the Muslim community and in Algeria. As with Muslims across the world it is an event that is attended every year without fail. The day of Ashura is held by both Sunni Muslims and Shi’a Muslims, and even though there might be minor differences in their ceremonies, its concept and basic beliefs remain the same.

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Jijel – A Secluded Getaway

The small settlement of Jijel is located in the northeastern region of Algeria and is the administrative centre and capital of the Jijel Province. It is not a bustling city or town, filled with nightlife and noteworthy tourist attractions. Jijel is more a resort settlement that does have a few important industries, but is a peaceful destination in Algeria where tourists spend most of their time relaxing on the breathtaking beaches or challenging Lady Lucky in the Jijel Casino.

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The Deeply Meaningful Art of Affif Cherfaoui

On 31 October 2007, Algerian artist Affif Cherfaoui was in attendance at the event marking the opening of his retrospective at the Musée National Zabana in Oran, Algeria. The following day, 1 November, is a national holiday in remembrance of the 1954 declaration of armed resistance against the colonial government of France which resulted in the Algerian war. The timing for the opening was coincidental, but nevertheless appropriate, because this tumultuous period of Algeria’s history has had a profound effect on Affif Cherfaoui, which is reflected in his artistic works.

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Escape to the Intriguing Town of El Golea

El Golea is exactly what you would expect an oasis to look like. Located in the Sahara Desert, in Algeria, the town is near to Ouargla and Ghardaia. It is also known as the southern gateway to the Sahara Desert and has an estimated population of 15 thousand residents. Most of the inhabitants of El Golea and the surrounding area are Zenete Berbers and depend on agriculture for an income. The town has become a popular tourist attraction in Algeria because of its historical sites, magnificent views and the traditional people of the town.

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Taghit d’Or Short Film Festival

In recent years the film industry in Algeria has been the focus of great concern. Even though the public is still hungry for great films and to lose themselves in a magical story, it seems that the film industry in Algeria has been in swift decline. Cinemas have been closing rapidly all over the country, and those that have remained have been marred by deterioration and the lack of preservation. But, authorities have been trying to restore the industry and rebuild interest, and one of their latest projects is the Taghid d’or Short Film Festival.

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The Oran Tramway Project

The city of Oran is located in the northwestern region of Algeria and has grown into a significant commercial port. It has a large industrial sector and in the last few years, transportation in the city has become a major concern. Even though buses were added to alleviate the transportation problems, it still was not sufficient to cope with the high numbers of students and local residents traveling to work and back. At the end of 2005, authorities starting working on the Oran Tramway project; getting designs and opening the project for construction tenders.

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