Sharm El Sheikh, 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 settle the problems ‎between the two sides. ‎

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.

About Sharm

The best holiday ever can be organized in Sharm El Sheikh. This is why numerous ‎travelers especially from Europe, because of the short distance, fly directly to the ‎Sharm El Sheikh International Airport to enjoy the most fascinating time in one of ‎the finest resorts all over the globe. ‎

Sharm El Sheikh is considered to be among the most charming picturesque ‎destinations in the world with its great mountains that take the color of iron and ‎manganese forming breathtaking scenes.‎

This is besides the wonderful distinctive fauna and flora of Sharm El Sheikh that are ‎difficult to be found anywhere else in the world, the finest underwater coral reefs, ‎fish, and colorful sea creatures, the fine weather of the city have all qualified Sharm ‎to be one of the most favorite resorts in the world. ‎

Sharm El Sheikh, according to the latest governmental statistics, has been ranked as ‎number one among all the cities and regions in Egypt according to the number of ‎tourists' arrivals and the number of nights they spend in the city. ‎

Moreover, in the year 2000, the UNESCO has chosen Sharm El Sheikh, among ‎‎14,000 cities from all over the world, to be the best city of peace and charm. ‎

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.

The Naama Bay

Among the best places to swim, do some shopping, and go for a wonderful outing at ‎night in Sharm El Sheikh is the famous Naama Bay, the first section of Sharm El ‎Sheikh to be established and the most popular area of the city. ‎

The main touristic attractions in Sharm El Sheikh are located in the Naama Bay. The ‎word "Naama" in the Hebrew Language means the pleasant and this is the best ‎description to give to Naama Bay as it is a wonderfully pleasant place to be. ‎

A large number of the finest hotels, shops, discos, restaurants, cafes, diving centers, ‎and resorts are located in and around the Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh. ‎

This is besides a number of travel agents that organizes trips to destinations located ‎near Sharm El Sheikh like the Monastery of Saint Catharine, the Blue Hall diving ‎spot near Dahab, the Ras Abu Galum Protected Area, the Colored Canyons, and the ‎Protected Area of Ras Mohamed.

Moreover, many new wonderful resorts were established in Sharm El Sheikh ‎situated on the coastline from the Sharm El Sheikh Airport, which offers daily ‎flights in many destinations in Egypt and other countries around the world, to Nabq ‎and Ras Nasrani.‎

On the top of a high plateau, the Hadaba of Om El Seed provides a new section of ‎enjoyment to the visitors and residences of Sharm El Sheikh. Many hotels, different ‎sorts of accommodations, offices, and entertainment facilities are located in the ‎Hadaba of Om El Seed today.‎

Sharm El Maya

The Bay of Sharm El Maya is under the authority of the Egyptian army and the ‎Multinational Forces and Observers which have resided in Sharm El Sheikh after the ‎signing of the Camp David Peace Agreement between Egypt and Israel in 1978 to ‎make sure both sides are abiding by the items mentioned in the agreement. ‎

However, many private yachts and boats anchor here. The tourist can hire a boat for ‎a wonderful trip to view the magnificent coral reefs or to visit the National Protected ‎Area of Ras Mohamed which is among the most fabulous places to explore, located ‎only 7 kilometers to the South of the city and offering wonderful snorkeling and ‎diving opportunities. ‎

The old market of Sharm El Sheikh is located in Sharm El Maya and it hosts a ‎number of hotels and numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops. The Old Market is the ‎best place for Shopping for souvenirs and gifts to take back home. ‎

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.