Sharm El-Sheikh


A land of dramatic contrasts, this particular triangle of land, palm-fringed beaches, silent, moody hills hold secrets of Biblical times, and the Red Sea’s spectacular coral reefs undulating dunes.

The present town of Sharm El-Sheikh (in Arabic means “Sheik’s Bay”) was built in 1968 on a high coral spur that dominates two large and well-sheltered bays: veritable natural harbors: Sharm El-Mays and Sharm El-Sheikh.

Subsequently, hotels and other tourist facilities sprang up both around Sharm El-Maya’s beaches and some kilometers to the north, around a beautiful bay located where a large Wadi joins the sea.

This bay, named Marsa El-Art by the Bedouins living there and known today as Naama Bay, soon become a significant seaside resort, situated at a distance of a few kilometers from the international Airport of Ras Nasrani, Naama Bay is now one of the most popular tourist resorts owing to its beauty, climate, and geographical position.

It is both the ideal starting point for several trips to the mountains and the southern Sinai desert and – because of its several diving centers – the most important center for underwater sports in the whole region.

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