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  • Cairo

    Cairo

    Cairo

    The captial of Egypt and the largest city in Africa, the name means "the victorious city". As the region's principal commercial, administrative, and tourist centre.
  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    Egypt's second largest city (3.5 million people), its largest seaport and the country's window onto the Mediterranean Sea. No city in Egypt has history as rich as that of Alexandria which witnessed so many historic events and legends!
  • Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor

    Luxor hosts one third of the whole monuments and antiquities of the world. Therefore, it is considered one of the most important tourism spots in Egypt and maybe in the whole world.
  • Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan

    Aswan is the 3rd largest city in Egypt and the biggest in Upper Egypt. Aswan was the ancient Egyptians' gateway to Africa. Today Aswan is major stop for may Nile cruise ships depart from Luxor to Aswan everyday.
  • Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm Elsheikh

    Sharm El Sheikh

    Sharm is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism industry now. The city offer some of the finest places for diving and snorkeling in the world, it offers great value for money if compared with many diving spots in the world.
  • Hurhgada

    Hurhgada

    Hurghada

    Hurghada today is a world centre for sea sports such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers

The city of Taba - Sinai

Taba is a paradise of deluxe holiday resorts, Taba overlooks the legendary beautyof the Red Sea on Egypt's famed "Riviera," the Gulf of Aqaba.
There is not much to do outside the resort hotels just a few shops, restaurants plus a championship golf course and a free shuttle bus that runs between the hotels... But slowly and surely more shops and restaurants are opening up each year. So if you enjoy lazing by the pool or on the beach with your family and friends, and a quiet drink of an evening this is the ideal place for you. If you have visited Egypt before, but were put off by the constant hassle of touts and beggars. Taba will seem like a breath of fresh air.

The small town of Taba is located at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba between the mountains and plateau of Eastern Taba from one side and the water of the Gulf of Aqaba from the other side. Taba is located 240 kilometers to the North of the famous resort of Sharm El Sheikh. The town has a very strategic position near the borders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israeli which borders are located on the edge of the City of Taba.

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The city of Taba has a rich modern history and the city’s history started in 1892 when Khedive Tawfiq died and the Ottoman rulers in Istanbul had to assign Abbas Helmy ll to rule Egypt. The Sultan Abdel Al Hamid ll wanted to lessen the British presence in Egypt so he gave orders, or a Faraman, to prevent Egypt from having shores on the Gulf of Al Aqaba. This issue was called the “Farman”. This issue was over when Topkapı Palace gave its orders to give Egypt exact Eastern borders with Rafah at the North and Taba at the South.

The Ottoman rulers wanted to put a number of soldiers and two canons in the location of the modern city of Taba nowadays. However, the Ottomans had to go back on this. Afterwards, the British authorities decided to draw exact borders of Egypt and off course it included Taba and its shores.


In 1922 after England declared Egypt as an independent state in the declaration of the 28th of February, the borders of Egypt that included Taba took its international legality.

After the Tripartite Aggression, England, France, and Israel, was out of Egypt in 1956, a peace treaty was signed between Egypt and Israel with the supervision of the United Nations. This treaty noted that the Israeli borders end at the city of Taba which was included in the Egyptian borders.

When the war of 1967 broke down and the Israelis took control of Sinai they took control of Taba as well. When the Egyptians took back the control over Sinai, they were able only to take certain parts of the Sinai that didn’t include Taba.

In 1979, the former Egyptian president, Anwar Al Sadat, singed the Camp David treaty that asked Israel to get out of Taba. In 1982, Egypt took control over all Sinai, except Taba which was the last city that Egypt took from Israel in 1989 after a lot of political negotiations that the Egyptian president, Hosny Mubarak, had with Israeli authorities and the United Nations as well.

Nowadays, Taba has growing touristic attention because of its nature that contains two small inner gulfs, a number of lakes, and an island. This enabled the Egyptian government and foreign and local businessmen to build a lot of resorts there.

The investment of the Egyptian government in Taba exceeded 900 million Egyptian pounds in infrastructure projects that included establishing roads building houses. It also included a full sanitation line and a telephone landline. The foreign investment in Taba exceeded 3 billion pounds with a lot of resorts, diving centers, and hotels. The Egyptian government also built the Naqb Airport near Taba that gave the chance to tourists to come to Taba and the nearby cities easily.

One of the main features of Taba is the Hilton Taba resort with all its facilities which was built by the Israelis and then sold to the Egyptians after they took control of the city in 1989.

In 1988, Taba and the area around it were included in the protected area of Sinai to safeguard this amazing beautiful spot in Egypt. This area also includes the colored valley that was the result of an ancient river that passed through it in ancient times. One of the valleys around the colored valley has historical inscriptions that go back to the Nabatean times and the Roman times as well.

The Taba Museum

This small museum contains three halls that display around 700 pieces of antiquities that demonstrates the story of the people South Sinai from the Pheronic era until today. The museum opens from 9 in the morning till 4 at noon.

The castle of Saladin

It is located 10 kilometers away from the city of Al Aqaba, 250 meters away from the Egyptian borders. This castle has a significant strategic and historical importance as it is located near the borders of four countries: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, and Israel, or Palestine. Furthermore, the castle was built by Saladin Al Ayoby in 1171 AD to protect Egypt against the attacks of the crusaders coming from Europe.

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The citadel contained a lot of defense means like a huge wall that surrounds all over and a number of monitoring towers. There is also an oven to manufacture weapons, a conference hall for the rulers to plan how to defend Egypt against any attacks, housing for soldiers, an oven to bake bread, storage rooms, water reservoir, and a mosque that was built by Amir Hossam El Dine Bagel. The citadel was built with granite rocks that were taken from the Pharos Island where the citadel was built.

Saladin was successful in choosing the location of his citadel on a top of two high hills with a narrow valley between them which made very difficult to attack it, especially with two defense lines: the outer wall that the surround the castle and an the inner walls of the citadel itself.

Tourists who visit this page also visit the following pages:

The City of Nuweiba
It is suited in a special position between the two cities of Dahab and Taba.
The City of Taba
Taba is a paradise of deluxe holiday resorts, that overlooks the he Red Sea
Sharm El-sheik
The city of Sharm El-sheik is the the jewel of Egyptian tourism
The city of Dahab
the second most famous city in Sinai, after the world wide popular city of Sharm El Sheikh