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Sharm El-Sheikh Travel Guide

About Sharm El Sheikh, the City of Peace ‎


With its unparalleled success compared to any other city in Egypt and maybe the whole ‎North Africa region, Sharm El Sheikh recently received the top award for the finest city in the world for peace and ‎beauty by the United Nations Educational, Science, ‎and Cultural Organization, the UNESCO.


It won for a reason! 


Sharm El Sheikh was granted this international recognition because of the role ‎the city has played in establishing the principles of justice and comprehensive peace in ‎this area of the Middle East. ‎


Sharm El Sheikh has hosted many international peace conferences with the ‎participation of many parties with the presence of the former Egyptian president, ‎Hosni Mubarak, who made Sharm El Sheikh his favorite resort where he spent the ‎last days of his ruling period, besides many other well-known world leaders. ‎




The city has also witnessed many conferences and meetings between the ‎Israelis, the Palestinians, and the United States leaders as they work to settle the problems ‎between the two sides. ‎


Moreover, after the signing of the Camp David Peace Agreement between Anwar El ‎Sadat, the former President of Egypt, and the Israeli authorities in 1978, Sharm El ‎Sheikh has guided all its political, economic, and touristic goals towards supporting peace in the region. ‎


Additionally, after Egypt regained control over the city of Sharm El Sheikh in ‎‎1982, the Egyptian authorities have given special attention to the city to make it one ‎of the most wonderful resort that has become famous all around the world with ‎tourists coming from Europe, the United States, and all the regions of the globe to ‎spend their holiday in the city of peace. ‎


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Sharm El Sheikh should be your number one choice if you want to have the best holiday ever. Numerous ‎travelers (especially from Europe because of the short distance) fly directly to the ‎Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to enjoy a wonderful time in some of the finest resorts on earth,


Sharm El Sheikh is considered to be among the most charming picturesque ‎destinations in the world, with its majestic mountains, luxurious beaches and beautiful clear water.


That's not to mention the wonderful distinctive fauna and flora of Sharm El Sheikh that are ‎difficult to be find anywhere else in the world, the finest underwater coral reefs, ‎fish, and colorful sea creatures, the fine weather of the city have all qualified Sharm ‎to be one of the most popular resort destinations in the world. ‎


According to the latest governmental statistics, Sharm El Sheikh has been ranked as ‎number one among all the cities and regions in Egypt according to the number of ‎tourists' arrivals and the number of nights they spend in the city. ‎


‎Moreover, in the year 2000, the UNESCO chose Sharm El Sheikh, among ‎‎14,000 cities from all over the world, to be the most charming and peaceful tourist destination on the planet. 


Sharm El Sheikh has a significant location situated at the southernmost section of ‎Sinai, around 500 kilometers away from Cairo, the Egyptian capital, and positioned ‎in the place where the Suez Gulf and the Aqaba Gulf meet together with the Red Sea ‎to the South. ‎


Less than twenty years ago, traveling to Sharm El Sheikh to have a dive in the ‎wonderful spots the city offers was a true adventure. The tourists had to camp in the ‎desert and walk for long distances to reach the sea. ‎


Today, Sharm El Sheikh has the best world class hotels, resorts, facilities, and ‎services making a holiday in the city quite a marvelous experience without as much walking to get there. There are ‎numerous diving center and travel agents in the city offering all sorts of tours and ‎diving lessons for experts, beginners, and all ages. ‎


Surrounded by a circle of desert mountains and hills, Sharm El Sheikh is protected ‎from the strong winds that come from the northern section of Sinai. The city rises as ‎a star on a rocky spur that is divided into the bay of Sharm El Sheikh and the bay of ‎Sharm El Maya.‎


Among the most amazing characteristics in Sharm El Sheikh that are better than any other city in coast Egypt is that in the afternoon guests will find plenty of ‎activities to do as there are a large number of restaurants, internationally popular ‎bars, discos, shops, cafes, and all sorts of entertainment facilities making it a ‎wonderful spot for the youngsters and the whole family.


However, most definitely, the most charming feature of the city of Sharm El Sheikh ‎is its wonderful beaches. The water of the sea is transparent and full of underwater ‎treasures and the sandy beaches are relaxing and exquisite. There are numerous activities to do ‎during the day like snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, riding a boat, riding a jet ski, or ‎even just chilling on the beach and enjoying some sun.


The City of Sharm El Sheikh


Naama Bay ‎


Among the best places to swim, do some shopping, and go for a wonderful outing at ‎night in Sharm El Sheikh is the famous Naama Bay, the first section of Sharm El ‎Sheikh to be established and the most popular area of Sharm El Sheikh city. ‎


The main touristic attractions in Sharm El Sheikh are located in Naama Bay. The "Naama" means "pleasant" in Hebrew, and this is the best ‎description to give for Naama Bay, because it is a wonderfully pleasant place to be! ‎


A large number of the finest hotels, shops, discos, restaurants, cafes, diving centers, ‎and resorts are located in and around Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh city proper. ‎


There are also a number of travel agents that organize trips to destinations located ‎near Sharm El Sheikh like the Monastery of Saint Catharine, the Blue Hall diving ‎spot near Dahab, the Ras Abu Galum Protected Area, the Colored Canyons, and the ‎Protected Area of Ras Mohamed.




Moreover, many new wonderful resorts have been established in the past few years along the coastline from the Sharm El Sheikh Airport to the city. The airport offers daily ‎flights in many destinations in Egypt and other countries around the world, to Nabq ‎and Ras Nasrani.‎


Hadaba of Om El Seed


On the top of a high plateau, the Hadaba of Om El Seed provides a new and ‎enjoyable experience fo the visitors and residentsof Sharm El Sheikh. Many hotels, different ‎sorts of accommodations, offices, and entertainment facilities are located in the ‎Hadaba of Om El Seed today.‎




Hadaba Om El ‎Seed has many hotels today while others are still under construction. ‎It is also the location of Sharm El Sheikh's post office and the telecommunication center of the city. This section of the city is also where you can find Alf Leila We Leila, the famous restaurant and nightclub that offers a wonderful oriental show every day which includes a belly dancer, a ‎Tanoora dance show, and wonderful live oriental music.‎


Sharm El Maya ‎


The Bay of Sharm El Maya is under the authority of the Egyptian army and the ‎Multinational Forces and Observers which have resided in Sharm El Sheikh after the ‎signing of the Camp David Peace Agreement between Egypt and Israel in 1978 to ‎make sure both sides are abiding by the items mentioned in the agreement. ‎


Nonetheless, many private yachts and boat anchor here. Tourists can hire a boat for ‎a wonderful trip to view the magnificent coral reefs or to visit the National Protected ‎Area of Ras Mohamed which is among the most fabulous places to explore, located ‎only 7 kilometers to the South of the city and offering wonderful snorkeling and ‎diving opportunities. ‎


The old market of Sharm El Sheikh is located in Sharm El Maya and it has a ‎number of hotels and numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops. The Old Market is the ‎best place for shopping for souvenirs and gifts to take back home. ‎


The Coral Reefs of Sharm El Sheikh ‎


Coral reefs are ‎fragile highly productive ecosystems providing space, shelter, and food to thousands ‎of plants, animals, and fish. ‎They are also absolutely beautiful.


These coral reefs are actually the result of the remarkable interaction between the ‎coral animals that are called the polyps and the microscopic algae living in their ‎tissues. The polyps are able to feed themselves using its stinging cells and producing ‎plankton which forms the coral reefs together with carbon dioxide and their wastes ‎of oxygen and carbohydrates.‎


The coral reefs of Sharm El Sheikh with their stunning colors and shapes are ‎unparalleled all anywhere else in the world. This is why divers from all regions visit Sharm El ‎Sheikh to enjoy admiring the magnificent undersea scenes that Sharm El Sheikh ‎offers. ‎You too can organize a snorkeling trip and explore the beautiful coral reefs.


star The protectorate of Ras Mohamed

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