Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Transfer & Hotel Reservation

Transfers


We operate effecient, comfortable, easy transfer to and from Ras Jedir (Libyan/Tunisian border) to Tripoli. Our vehicles are Mercedes Benz, Chevrolet and Hyundai products; luxury cars/minivans well equipped with full time air-conditioned, non-smoking; technically and mechanically up to date. We ensure safety and comfortability of every client and our drivers have years of experience on road transportation of persons.

Hotel Reservation
We are able to offer an excellent choice of accommodation in Tripoli to suit your requirements and budgets.

We offer journalists and businessmen transfers from Ras Jedir and Djerba to Tripoli.

Friday, 3 May 2013

BUSINESS VISAS TO LIBYA


BUSINESS VISAS ON ARRIVAL

We accept applications for business visas. Visa fee is 595 euro and valid for 30 days. Quick visa processing, maximum 10 days

REQUIREMENTS:

- A scanned copy of your passport to be sent to info@sherwestravel.com

- Your passport should not contain any entry stamp to Israel.

- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

- Your passport must contain 2 empty pages.

If you need further information about Libyan visa please call or send email to Mr. Ibrahim Usta
- Overseas Customer Service: +46-708454361
- Email: ibrahimusta@sherwestravel.com

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

TOURIST VISAS TO LIBYA


TOURIST VISAS ON ARRIVAL

Tourist visa for Libya is officially suspended.


NOTE: Strictly issued for tourism purposes.

You will be required to be hosted by a local Libyan tour operator. Your tour operator will need a scanned copy of your passport and dates of travel to present to the immigration department at the tourism ministry. Your host company will also provide them with your itinerary which will prove that you are visiting Libya for tourism purposes.

REQUIREMENTS:

- A scanned copy of your passport to be sent to info@sherwestravel.com

- Your passport should not contain any entry stamp to Israel.

- Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.

- Your passport must contain 2 empty pages.

If you need further information about Libyan visa please call or send email to Mr. Ibrahim Usta:

- Overseas Customer Service: +46-708454361

- Email: ibrahimusta@sherwestravel.com

Monday, 9 March 2009

Libyans and the Culture of Baryush - by Aboubakar Famau


Libyans call it baryush, local slang for ‘croissant’. For most Libyans, the day won’t be a complete without a bite of baryush bread that will keep the mouth busy. Baryush is a kind of bread but much softer than the normal one. It can be bought from any nearby café or restaurant in Libya. However, for the past thirty-eight years in Tripoli there’s place that has set a legacy of baryush. The taste of the baryush bought from this cafe one can never find it anywhere else. “I always take my baryush from this joint, because here it is not like any other," said one customer to The Tripoli Post. The name of the café is not inscribed anywhere; so don’t even bother to look for it. However, many people are aware of it and refer to it as Hajj Fathi’s place. For people with a sweet tooth, this place would be a frequent stop. It is the most loved baryush cafe in all Tripoli, located along the Mizran/Haiti Street in the heart of Libya’s capital. It does not matter what time of the day or night you choose to visit this café; you will always find it thronged like no other. Everyone wants a bite of the honey-smeared baryush. Oh yes, it is smeared with pure honey. It is so delicious that the sight of it will make your mouth water. The good old croissant, popularly known in Libya as bayrush, over baked and less fluffy, could be filled with many things inside but not with the ingredients one normally tastes in this place “The place opens in the crack of dawn at exactly 4 a.m., breaks at 2 p.m. for an hour’s break then resumes at 3 p.m. stretching its services until 11 p.m.,” Hajj Fathi's café manager, Mohammad Al Khumsi, who has been a loyal worker of the café for the last seventeen years.As old as the hills of the desert, Hajj Fathi’s café dates far way back to the early seventies, when it was established.Just give it a try at the Mizran joint and you will never regret the day you were born because you will find the experience almost unforgettable. And believe you me; don’t be surprised if you find yourself becoming a regular visitor to the place. “We fill in our baryush with pure honey mixed with some crashed pieces of almond,” Mohammad explained. In other places, the filling of the baryush is also made up of chocolate or honey, but the honey is not as pure as the one used at Hajj Fathi’s place where the tenderness of the baryush is quite unique. “In a day we sell between two thousand two hundred and two thousand six hundred baryush. Prior to the filling we warm them in an oven,” the expert at this café told The Tripoli Post. The baryush is also served with three types of shakes blended with milk and ice that are also available at the café. They serve them with nuts, milk and banana, strawberries, banana and milk, and banana shake. The combination of these quality shakes with the baryush has been called “an energy power-house”. It is what helps make this joint stand out from the crowd. Hajj Fathi’s cafe currently employs twenty-five people

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

A New Fish Market Opens in Tripoli


The Libyan capital, Tripoli, is famous among many Mediterranean cities for the high quality of various species of fish and the low price to buy it. For those who are always seeking the right fish dish and enjoy buying a just-out-of-the Mediterranean water fish a new market, right at the edge of the water near the Old City, has just been opened. It is just across the road from the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, a great tourist site.On September 6, the sixth day of the holy month of Ramadan a number of Libyan top officials and a large crowd of people gathered on the site for the official opening of the building housing the new fish market. As it turns out, the building is very modern, equipped with equipped with new facilities that make it very attractive for the customers and visitors. The place is also air-conditioned and represents a treat to all those who buy and sell fish.The market has a total of 48 vendors behind neatly arranged stalls lined up and divided into two halls to serve the public. A number of vendors line the place leaving enough space for fish buyers to easily move around and to pick the fresh fish from any one of the stalls or just to enjoy walking around breathing in the smell of fresh Mediterranean fish. During the early hours of the morning, fishermen pour in with their catch of the day. Then the fish is neatly displayed and a bargain can always be had, not just at a reasonable, but even better, at a rather cheap price, particularly as each and every vendor tries his best to sell his stock before the end of the day.Having bought your favourite fish, you can step forward to the fishing cleaning area where a number of young Libyans will be waiting to professionally clean and cut them out for you at just one dinar per kilo. If one is interested in the fish wholesale market, this is only a few metres away. The wholesale market, also part of the newly established fish market complex. It opens its doors as early as 4.30 a.m. and if stock is still available, it won’t close until 9.00 p.m. The new fish market is equipped with three huge icemakers that provide ice to vendors on demand and free of charge. It also has eight large cooling containers that are used as storage along with a water desalination station especially built for the fish market.The fish market also has a medical observation unit with a laboratory so tests could be run to run on fish being sold in the market at different times of the day. According to the manager of the market Mr. Ali Embarak, the Tripoli fish market is the first of its kind in Libya. It is also the first in serious that are to be established in major Libyan costal cities in the near future.The setting up of the Tripoli fish market is part of a public policy that pays attention to the maritime economic sector and its development in a way it can attract thousands of Libyan workers.Mr. Sadiq Azzouz, Director of Projects at the General Authority of Maritime Wealth, said his institution is focusing on establishing a modern infrastructure for the fishing sector. He said that a number of projects are soon to commence in a number of cities on the Libyan coast.He mentioned the rather big project for fishing industry which is being constructed in Tajoura area in the suburbs of Tripoli. The project includes a marina large enough for 400 small-sized fishing boats, 50 large fishing trawlers and 15 overseas fishing boats. He said that the objective would be able to produce 10,000 tones of fish every year and provide 4000 job opportunities for Libyan citizens.The project also includes a training centre for potential fishermen, shopping areas, fish restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment facilities.The founding stone for this new project to cost approximately 90 million Libyan dinars is to be laid in the next few days.A similar project is located in Zawia, 40 km west of Tripoli. It is a part of the maritime wealth projects set up at a cost of 39 million dinars (over $30m). This project is estimated to provide more than 1000 job opportunities. It will also provide berthing places for 200 fishing units and 15 cranes. This in addition to new fishing harbours to be constructed in Susa and Darna in the eastern part of Libya.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Dry Land But for the Winter Months


At this stage the impression must not be given that it never rains in Libya. Although rainfall is not frequent, the highest level takes place in the hills of Cyrenaica and Tripolitania.However, there is no real rain season, and the rain that falls follows no seasonal patter. It is more or less sporadic and reliable.Statistic demonstrates that an average of 38 cm to 50cm of rain per year is the expected amount in the coastal regions. In the interior, at best, a meagre 20cm or so of rainfall can be hoped for.The greater part of the rainfall occurs during the period that is known as the Libyan winter, a period between the months of October and March.For the rest of the year, the country is to all intents and purposes dry. In fact, Libya is regularly subjected to long rainless periods. One idiosyncrasy of the Libyan climate had always been, until the recent past, an apparently cyclic period of drought that used to occur every five or six years.However, today the situation is a different one, and even during those years when the rain is particularly scarce, and during which the droughts of the past used to take place, modern technology has taken over to provide an uninterrupted and adequate source of water for agriculture.Until a few decades ago the people looked upon the periods of drought with both alarm and dread. At times this period lingered on for two en-tire seasons and when that used to take place the cultivation of crops used to come to a virtual standstill, leaving it its wake the hardship and the consequences that the Libyan people had to suffer.Strange as it may seem, winter in the northern parts of the land could be extremely cold.Sleet and even snow have been known to fall in the hilly regions of the costal belt. This takes place, although not regularly, in the higher grounds of both Tripolitania and Cyrenaica.As opposed to this, summer in such places as the Jafara plain can be uncomfortably hot. Hence the immense differences that exist in the temperatures which are recorded during the day and during the night.For instance, to the south, where the land is exposed to a relentless and scorching sun, temperatures soar during the day, only to plunge rapidly during the night, at times to below freezing point.There is no mystery about this. It is a typical feature of the desert terrain.It is these differences, in climate and in the terrain itself, which makes Libya one of the more interesting countries of North Africa, where only about 1.2% of the country is cultivated, and where, as of 1998, irrigation covered about 470,000 ha (1,161,000 acres) of the cultivated land.Weather in LibyaThe coastal region in Libya has a Mediterranean climate, with average temperatures in Tripoli ranging from 30°C (86°F) in summer to 8°C (46°F).Rainfall is mostly during the winter months and averages 380mm annually. Coastal towns can be humid, with levels as high as 80% in Tripolitania.The mountain regions experience more rainfall, particularly during the winter and early spring. Summers here are cooler than on the coastal plain.Southern Libya has a desert climate with daytime winter temperatures ranging between 15 and 20°C, falling below zero at night. During the summer months there is virtually no rainfall and temperatures soar to over 50°C.In the northwest a scorching wind, known as the ghibli, blows from the Sahara along the coast at the time of the spring solstice. This causes a sharp drop in humidity and a dramatic rise in temperature.


JOSEPH CUTAJAR

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Size of Country Made it Hard to Explore Further


Since the earliest known civilisations that had settled in North Africa, particularly in Libya, the coastal belt that stretches from Tunisia in the west, to Egypt in the east, was the region more readily developed, from the days of the Phoenicians to almost contemporary times.During the ancient era the immensity of the physical size of the land was perhaps one of the factors that prevented those early settlers from exploring further inland.And as the centuries rolled by, the hinterland was gradually opened up to the caravan routes which criss-crossed the central desert of Africa to reach deep into the heart of the continent itself.Those were long and arduous journeys, a challenge to the elements themselves, and a mirror of the determination of the nomadic tribes who were able to travel from destination to destination using only the most primitive means of navigation.The inhospitable wilderness of the Sahara discouraged not only the earliest settlers, but also the latter-day powers that over the centuries had occupied Libya.In fact, up to the period of the Italian occupation, no serious effort was made to explore the interior of the country and the Italians themselves preferred to restrict their activities to the coastal belt.In complete contrast to the desert, only a few hundred kilometres inland, the Cyrenaica littoral is itself a region that is immensely fertile.It is in this area that the highest rainfall is recorded in Libya, and the agricultural wealth of northern Cyrenaica is manifest in the fertility of the Green Mountain range, and the wealth of flora that its slopes and valleys inevitably support.However, not all of Cyrenaica is as fertile as the northern region of this eastern part of Libya.The region itself stretches southwards towards the range of the Tibesti Mountains where the inhospitability and barrenness of the desert is manifest in all its forbidding emptiness.It is in this region that the Great Sand and the Qattara Depression are to be found. That immense stretch of lifeless wilderness is only interrupted by a magnificent oasis that is fed by the waters of the distant Nile River.Nonetheless, in this very region there is an abundance of subterranean water.In several parts this water seeps slowly to the surface and wherever this takes place a few scattered oases have come to life.In these infrequent and scattered regions, animal and vegetable life clings precariously to the scarce quantities of water that lies beneath the sand.The Sahara Desert stretches across Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan. The most arid part of the Sahara is the Libyan Desert which is in the east. Moisture is almost totally absent and few oases exist. Sandy wastes and large sand dunes, many which reach the height of 122 m or more are a characteristic of the region. This area at one time was fertile. Evidence of the cultivation of millet over 8,000 years ago exists. Desertification set in as conditions gradually became drier causing the farmers to abandon their land.The region is almost totally without rainfall or surface water, but a number of underground rivers flow from the Atlas mountains and other sources. In a few places the water finds its way to the surface forming oases where the fertile soil permits the cultivation of crops using irrigation techniques suited to the area. Date palms and some types of acacia grow in the desert. Outside of the oases the region is almost devoid of vegetation except for a few stunted, thorny shrubs.But it is beneath this inhospitable exterior, where beyond the boundaries of the few scattered oases nothing survives, that most of Libya’s mineral water lies.Deep in the ancient rock formations vast quantities of oil are to be found, and it was only relatively recently that this immense source of mineral wealth was discovered and exploited.The first oil discoveries were made during that unenviable period in the history of Libya when the country was still a so-called constitutional monarchy.During those early years of oil exploration Libya was opened up to the international monopoly companies and although it is largely accepted that the monarchy received its due royalties from this profitable industry, there is nothing to suggest that that revenue was spent to develop the country and to improve the life of the people themselves.On the contrary, there is documented evidence to prove that oil revenue was largely channelled into the pockets of the privileged few. Thus, the gap between those who did not have and the more privileged elite continued to grow, to reach such proportions that whereas a rich minority was living a life of unbounded luxury, the large majority of the people was abandoned without adequate social services, housing, medical care, education and so on.Thus, the shanty towns that started to abound along the suburban area of Tripoli and the other major coastal cities, overpopulated by a local population that had been deluded to believe in the petroleum dream.The situation was to drastically change after the monarchy was overthrown on September 1, 1960, and the Revolution embarked upon a process of political and economic change intended to make the people masters of their own wealth in a society in which authority was to be decentralised, and also transferred into the hands of the masses.In fact, soon after the Al Fateh Revolution the foreign oil companies were nationalised. So were the foreign banks and other foreign financial institutions. As a result, for the first time in modern history, the wealth of the country started to be spent on the needs of the people.Thus, over a relatively short period of time Libya was to be transformed from what the United Nations had once described as one of the poorest and more backward nations, into a modern state.It is only in recent years that the foreign oil companies were welcomed back, this time however, under new conditions that greatly benefit the country.