Sun, Sea and Sand – this is Sharm el-Sheik. City of luxury five-star hotels, shopping, water sports and at the same time small hotels with original design, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes. All in one and everything with the sense of Sun. It is of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula.
Before 1967 Sharm el-Sheikh was occasional base of operations for local fishermen. Commercial development began after the Israeli presence in the area from the building of the town of Ofira and opening of the first tourist-oriented establishments in the area 6 km north at Naama Bay. After Sinai was restored to Egypt in 1982 foreign investors – some of whom had discovered the potential of the locality during the Israeli occupation – contributed to a spate of building projects.
Sharm el-Sheikh has also become a favourite spot for scuba divers from around the world. Being situated near the Red Sea, it provides some of the most stunning underwater scenery and warm water making this an ideal place to dive. Visitors to Sharm el-Sheikh can experience a variety of water and activities. Beach seekers find many activities such as diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, para-sailing, boating, and canoeing.
was formed about 25 million years ago when the African and Asian continental plates started to move apart. It continues to widen at a rate of about 1-2 cm per year.
The Red Sea contains more than 1,000 species of fish and has over 2,000 kilometres of fringing reef, making it one of the most bio-diverse seas in the world. Extreme heat in this region results in a very rapid rate of evaporation which results in a high concentration of salt. This makes the Red Sea among the saltiest bodies of water on Earth.
The Egyptian Red Sea has always been known as one of the most coloured sea of the world. The geological movements of the past created a unique condition that permitted marine life to grow in a fantastic variety of corals and reef fishes resulting in the widest possible range of colours.