Sharm el-Sheikh is situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, with a coastal strip running alongside the Red Sea. Formerly a port city, the area has now become a major industry in foreign and domestic tourism.
Sharm El Sheik enjoys a year-round dry climate, with an average temperature of 33°c during July and August, long stretches of natural beaches and clear water all combine to provide ample places for various water sports.
Na’ama bay, the centre of the area, is a tourist hub, possessing a number of beaches, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as markets and shops. There is a 2km stretch of beach.
Shopping in the area is also popular and include the sale of jewellery, semi-precious stones, perfumes, leather, spices and, of course, Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels.
Those interested in science and in particular marine biology, have the chance to look at a very diverse area of marine species; there are around 250 different coral reefs and 1000 species of fish.
The nightlife of Sharm El-Sheikh has recently gone under a modernisation. Pacha, the dance club franchise, opened one of its three African clubs in the Sharm region, providing an established nightclub arena in the centre. The longest continuous bar in the Middle East is also part of the Sharm nightlife; the Little Buddha is a sushi bar nightclub and bar all under one roof.
One of the most famous national parks and famous diving sites in the world, The Ras Mohammad National Park, is located on the southern peninsula. Spanning a total area of 480 km², the park boasts a small bay inlet called Marsa Bareika, as well as Marsa Ghozlani.
At the park visitors can observe two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, as well as underwater caves formed by earthquakes. Also as a result of earthquakes, large cracks can be seen, some of which are filled with water. There is a diverse area of desert habitats, such as mountains, gravel and coastal mud plains and the park plays a key role in bird migration.
For those interested in ecology and diving, the Ras Mohammad National Park is home to more than 220 species of coral, 125 of which are soft coral. Similarly, the area is home to more than 1000 species of fish, including star fish and sea urchins; it is also common for certain sea turtles to be sighted off the coast. Located off the coast, divers are able to explore the wreckage of the SS Thistlegor.
Another of the protected areas in the south is Abu Gallum, with its high coastal mountains as well as numerous coral reefs.
For golf fanatics, Sharm possesses a number of different golf courses, a number of which are located in hotels in the area.
For water fans, Cleo Park is a fabulous place to visit. Built n 2006,
this was the area’s first water park and boasts a pharaoh theme, offering something for everyone, such as slides, rides, pools and an animation team. The slides maintain the Egyptian feel with names such as the Lost Pyramids and the Scorpion Attack.
Those wishing to explore the cultural side of the areas can find a number of important historic landmarks.
The Chapel of the Burning Bush dates back to the 6th century and is home to St Catherine’s relics. The chapel can be found on the top of St Catherine’s monastery, which is not only well known in the area, but also deemed to be one of the world’s most historical Christian monasteries.
The Burning Bush is also located in the area and is one of the most famous species of plants in the world; it is thought by many to be the plant that burned when God spoke to Moses.
Only one museum is located in the peninsula; The Sinai Heritage Museum. This museum offers an in depth look into the Bedouin culture. The museum is full of Bedouin handicrafts, clothing and artefacts amongst other items of interest.
Dating Symbol’s guest writer today is from travelsupermarket.com.