Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Sharm El Sheikh is an Egyptian city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 73,000 as of 2015. Sharm El Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate, which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, St Catherine and Mount Sinai. The city and holiday resort is a significant centre for tourism in Egypt, while also attracting a number of international conferences and diplomatic meetings.
Sharm El Sheikh (meaning "Bay of the Sheikh") is also known as the "City of Peace; Egyptian Arabic: Madinet El Salam", referring to the large number of international peace conferences that have been held there. It was known as Şarm-üş Şeyh during Ottoman rule, and as Ofira during Israeli occupation of the Egyptian territory between 1967 and 1982. Among Egyptians and many visitors, the name of the city is commonly shortened to "Sharm". The name is also sometimes written as Sharm el-Cheikh, Sharm el-Sheik in English.
Sharm El Sheikh is on a promontory overlooking the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Agaba. Its strategic importance led to its transformation from a fishing village into a major port and naval base for the Egyptian Navy. It was occupied by Israel during the Suez Crisis of 1956 and restored to Egypt in 1957. A United Nations peacekeeping force was subsequently stationed there until the 1967 Six-Day War when it was recaptured by Israel. Sharm El Sheikh remained under Israeli control until the Sinai peninsula was restored again to Egypt in 1982 after the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty of 1979.
A hierarchical planning approach was adopted for the Gulf of Agaba, whereby their components were evaluated and subdivided into zones, cities and centers. In accordance with this approach, the Gulf of Aqaba zone was subdivided into four cities: Taba, Nuweiba, Dahab and Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm El Sheikh city has been subdivided into five homogeneous centers, namely Nabq, Ras Nusrani, Naama Bay, Umm Sid and Sharm El Maya.
Sharm El Sheikh city, together with Naama Bay, Hay el Nour, Hadaba, Rowaysat, Montazah and Shark's Bay, form a Metropolitan area.
Before 1967, Sharm El Sheikh was little more than an occasional base of operations for local fishermen; the nearest permanent settlement was in Nabk, north of Ras El Nasrani ("The Tiran Straits"). Commercial development of the area began when the Israelis built the town of Ofira, overlooking Sharm El Maya Bay and the Nesima area, and opened the first tourist-oriented establishments in the area 6 km north at Naama Bay. These included a marina hotel on the southern side of the bay, a nature field school on the northern side, diving clubs, a now well-known promenade, and the Naama Bay Hotel. The site off the shore gun emplacements at Ras Nasrani opposite Tiran Island is now a diving area.
After Sinai was restored to Egypt in 1982, the Egyptian government embarked on an initiative to encourage continued development of the city which is now an international tourist destination. Foreign investors – some of whom had discovered the potential of the locality during the Israeli occupation – contributed to a spate of building projects. Environmental zoning laws currently limit the height of buildings in Sharm El Sheikh so as to avoid obscuring the natural beauty of the surroundings.
In 2005, the resort was hit by the Sharm El Sheikh terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated by an extremist Islamist organisation and aimed at Egypt's tourist industry. Eighty-eight people were killed, the majority of them Egyptians, and over 200 were wounded by the attack, making it the deadliest terrorist action in the country's history (exceeding the Luxor massacre of 1997).
The city has played host to a number of important Middle Eastern peace conferences, including the 4 September 1999 agreement to restore Palestinian self-rule over the Gaza Strip. A second summit was held at Sharm on 17 October 2000 following the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada, but it failed to end the violence. A summit was held in the city on 3 August 2005 on developments in the Arab world, such as the situation in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Again in 2007, an important ministerial meeting took place in Sharm, where dignitaries discussed Iraqi reconstruction. The World Economic Forum on the Middle East was also hosted by Sharm el-Sheikh in 2006 and 2008.
The city experiences a subtropical arid climate, classified by the Koppen-Geiger system as hot desert (BWh). Temperatures are just short of a tropical climate. Typical temperatures range from 18 to 23 °C (64 to 73 °F) in January and 33 to 37 °C (91 to 99 °F) in August. The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 °C (70 to 82 °F) over the course of the year.
Our Resort is situated in Ras Nasrani, an area which is extremely popular for scuba diving and water sports. Relax in spacious and well-appointed rooms with private balconies. Enjoy a great start to the day with a tasty buffet breakfast.
For a refreshing swim at the Resort, choose from 5 swimming pools. Children can enjoy swimming in their own pool. Our mini club also provides children’s entertainment every morning and afternoon.
Relax on the beach and enjoy views of the stunning Red Sea and Tiran Island. Spend some time at our health club. Relax in the sauna or steam room. Pamper yourself with a professional massage.
If you have plenty of energy, join in with beach volleyball competitions or visit our Resort's international diving centre. The teeming coral reef in front of the Resort is teeming with exotic sea life. Enjoy scuba diving and exploring Ras Nasrani’s hidden treasures.
After working up an appetite, savour the delicious Mediterranean and international cuisine on offer at the restaurant. Socialise with friends and relax with a drink at one of the 3 pool bars or the Resort's popular beach bar. Take the hotel’s shuttle bus to Naama Bay and Old Sharm.
|Accessibility||Bathroom emergency cord, Lowered sink, Raised toilet, Toilet with grab rails, Wheelchair accessible|
|Entertainment & Family Services||Kids' TV channels, Baby safety gates, Outdoor play equipment for kids, Indoor play area, Books, DVDs & music for kids|
|Outdoors||Beachfront, Private beach area, Terrace, Garden|
|Pool and Spa||Swimming pool, Kids' pool, Locker rooms, Fitness classes, Yoga classes, Fitness, Massage chair, Spa/Wellness packages, Spa lounge/Relaxation area, Steam room, Spa facilities, Beauty services, Beach umbrellas, Beach chairs/Loungers, Pool/Beach towels, Waterslide, Indoor pool (year-round), Outdoor pool, Turkish/Steam Bath, Hot tub/Jacuzzi (additional charge), Massage (additional charge), Spa (additional charge), Solarium, Fitness center, Sauna (additional charge)|
|Pets||Pets are not allowed.|
|Activities||Beach, Water park Off-site, Evening entertainment, Kids' club, Water sports facilities (on site), Entertainment staff, Diving (additional charge), Library, Darts, Karaoke, Ping-pong (additional charge), Pool table (additional charge), Playground, Skiing|
|Food & Drink||Fruit, Snack bar, Breakfast in the room, Bar, Restaurant|
|Internet||WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and charges apply., WiFi is available in public areas and charges apply.|
|Parking||Free! Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed)., Accessible parking, Street parking, Secure parking|
|Front Desk Services||Lockers, Private check-in/out, Concierge, ATM on site, Baggage storage, Ticket service, Tour desk, Currency exchange, Express check-in/out, 24-hour front desk|
|Cleaning Services||Daily housekeeping, Ironing service (additional charge), Dry cleaning, Laundry (additional charge)|
|Business Facilities||Fax/Photocopying, Business center (additional charge), Meeting/Banquet facilities (additional charge)|
|General||Shuttle service, Paid WiFi, Convenience store (on site), Shuttle service (additional charge), Shuttle service (free), Designated smoking area, Air conditioning, Shops (on site), Heating, Car rental, Packed lunches, Gift shop, Safe, Honeymoon suite, VIP room facilities, Family rooms, Hair/Beauty salon, Facilities for disabled guests, Non-smoking rooms, Newspapers, Room service|
|Languages Spoken||Russian, Italian, English, Arabic|