|Sharm El Sheikh which gave the Red Sea an international reputation as one of the world's most extraordinary diving destinations in the Red Sea, Egypt.
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. There are numerous diving center and travel agents in the city offering all sorts of tours and diving lessons for experts, beginners, and for 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 is matchless any other coastal cities in Egypt is that in the afternoon the 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 all the family members.
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 with numerous activities to be done during the day like snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, riding a boat, riding a jet ski, or even just chilling around on the beach and enjoying the sun rays.
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The City of Peace :
In an unparalleled success compared to any other city in Egypt and maybe the whole region, Sharm El Sheikh was awarded by the United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization, the UNESCO, as the finest city in the world for peace and beauty.
Sharm El Sheikh was granted with this international recognition because of the role the city played in establishing the principals of justice and comprehensive peace in the 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, beside many of the well known world leaders.
Moreover, the city has witnessed many conferences and meetings between the Israelis, the Palestinians, and the United States leaders to s
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, economical, and touristic capabilities to support peace in the whole region.
On the other hand, 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.ettle the problems between the two sides.
Let your eyes be tantalized by the white sandy beaches and endless desert landscape, which contrast with the crystal clear blue water of the Sinai peninsula. Sharm El Sheikh has been heralded as "The City of Peace" It is also noted for its sulphur springs, which are considered cures for those suffering from rheumatic and skin diseases.
The morphology of Sharm El Sheikh's coastline is unique.
It is the cosmopolitan capital of the peninsula of Sinai for its small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains.
Plus about all the amenities one could expect of a tourist center, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities. In fact, with diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions, it is almost impossible for a visitor to ever suffer from boredom.
Sharm El Sheikh is basically divided into three main regions:
The Naama Bay:
This long sandy bay was where the first hotel appeared in the early eighties. The development of the shore-line on this bay is now complete and the seafront boasts a beautiful paved walkway, lined with bougainvillaea and oleander, following the full sweep of the bay. Na'ama Bay is the target for tourists in the evenings. This is where you will find many shops, restaurants, bars and 'Sheesha' cafes.
Ras Om Sid Cliff:
This is the cliff top area that links Na'ama Bay and the bay of Sharm El Maya. Ras Om Sid is centrally situated about 5 minutes drive from Sharm in one direction and Na'ama in the other. Ras Om El Seed also is famous for its coral reefs, has a very high cliff where many hotels are situated.
Sharm El Maya:
This is the name given to the bay area old town of Sharm El Sheikh. The picturesque bay is a natural harbour and home to many small boats. The beautiful sandy beach has a profusion of palm trees providing natural shade for the sun loungers. This beach area of Sharm El Maya has only recently been developed with 5* hotels, and the old town is only a short walk away.
The Coral Reefs of Sharm El Sheikh:
The coral reefs are the largest natural structures in the world and they are also fragile highly productive ecosystems providing space, shelter, and food to thousands of plants, animals, and fish.
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 around 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.
As you might expect in such a prime diving location, there is a large selection of private companies offering diving courses at all levels and it is one of the cheapest places in the world to pick up a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualification.
Sharm El Sheikh has turned out to be one of the finest places for people to enjoy the best sun, sea, sand, and hospitality of its residents.
ld town is only a short walk away.
It is surrounded by Three Protected Areas:
- Ras Mohammed Natural Protected Park
- St. Katherine National Park
- Nabq Protected Area