Classic Egypt back on map as FCO relaxes advice for tourists visiting Luxor and Aswan

British tourists wishing to visit the Valley of the Kings, home to Tutankhamun’s famous tomb, can once again do so safe in the knowledge that they will be covered by travel insurance after the British government relaxed long-standing advisories.

The FCO is still warning against all but essential travel to a large part of the country including Cairo and the North Sinai but destinations such as Luxor, Aswan and the Abu Simbel temples in Nubia are back on the map.

A spokesperson for the FCO said: ‘We continue to urge British nationals already in Egypt to follow the instructions of the local authorities and obey curfews where they are in place. There remains a high threat from terrorism throughout Egypt. This has not changed.’

They continued: ‘As always, the safety of British nationals is a priority. We continue to follow developments carefully, and keep our travel advice under continuous review.

‘British nationals should continue to monitor FCO travel advice closely for any updates and stay away from any demonstrations or protests.’

Speaking at a holiday industry conference in London last week, Egypt’s minister of tourism Hisham Zaazou told journalists: ‘More than 18 countries have lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan. As soon as the FCO revises its travel advice for the UK, we will work tirelessly with our valued media, travel agent and tour operator partners to communicate that the whole of Egypt is open.’

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A message From the Minister of tourism in Egypt

The official message of H.E. HISHAM ZAAZOU, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism. The Message is addressed to the tour operators (Egypt’s professional partners).
on the official YouTube Channel hisham Zaazou

Hurghada Again & Again

One of Egypt’s very first tourist hot spots, Hurghada, still retains the charm of the good old days, yet with a brand new look.
For long, Hurghada has been regarded as a divers’ haven. By all means it is. Whether you are looking for colorful corals, or for wreck diving, there is something to keep you busy underwater.
Windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, swimming, snorkeling and diving are all activities you can do there.
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Beaches
All the beaches in Hurghada are privately owned by hotels and clubs and are accessible only to their guests or for a fee for outsiders. Some of the recommended beaches are:
Elysees Dream Beach, located at the entrance of the boule-vard. It is a private beach open 9 am to 7 pm. There is a restaurant and a bar on the beach and the cost is reasonable for non-resort staying guests.
Old Vic Beachis one of the most well-known and populated beaches as it is protected
from the waves and winds of the sea. There is a good water sports center, a bar and restaurant and sun beds with umbrellas. Also located at the Boulevard.
Aladdin Beach Resort has a nice amphitheater, beach disco, an open air animation studio,coffee shop and more. Sports and beach activities are available, as well as, sun beds.
Aside from these beaches, outsiders can also use hotel beaches by paying for day use such as the Steigenberger Al Dau, the Marriott Beach Resort, Coral Beach Rotana Resort and others.
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Other Egyptian restaurants with good ratings are:

Hefny’s seafood, if you can overlook the décor, you will not be sorry, especially if you order the calamari dish.
It is located on Mina Street and El Minathat is said to have fresh fish always. Order grilled or fried along with a variety of side dishes. Also located on Mina Street.
Also don’t miss on Felfela located on the sea shore with a great panoramic view. Dishes offered include mixed grills and lentil soup.
An Evening Out
Have a walk after dinner on the Marina Boulevard before you head to one of the many bars dotting Hurghada Marina Boulevard. The town’s most famous Papas Bar is a great place to watch the game or shoot some darts, while Shade Barwith its funky coloured and comfy beanbags is a great place for a casual get-together.

As a finale to your night out at the boulevard, there is no better place to be than the hip and trendy Hed Kandi, to dance the night away at Hurghada’s ultimate clubbing venue.
Papas Bar Tel: +2-016/8833554, Shade Bar Tel: +2-010/3441813
Hed Kandi: Tel: +2-016/8833556

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Other evening venues
Hurghada is never without evening outings including Little Buddha with its trendy cocktails and chic ambiance and excellent Sushi. Located at Sindbad Resort on Village Road.
The Ministry of Sound has the DJ from the London Ministry of Sound flying in regularly to play great tunes and there are several theme nights. Located on the beach near Sakkala.
The Hard Rock Cafe comes complete with a guitar, old photographs adorning the walls and an incredible collection of rock memorabilia. There is an open-air seating, a pool bar
and great music. Located at Alkora Road. The Dutch bar
is one of the oldest in town and known for its kitsch appeal
and interiors. Located inside the Princess Hotel.
Hotels
There are over 270 hotels in Hurghada alone. You can make your choice from 2-star hotels to 5-star international chain hotels. Some have their own beaches and others
are located inside the city.
Other Options
Over and above, if you opt for an apartment hotel there are the Resort Apartments. The apartments have a mix of 1 and 2 bedrooms, fully equipped with linen and towels and
kitchen utensils. The main feature is the two large swimming pools and is a 15-minute walk from the Old Vic Village beach.
Address: Mohamed Said St. Al Kowthar.

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Spas in or nearby Hurghada
The Oberoi Spa, managed by Banyan Tree, offers a safe haven from busy schedules and the rush of daily life.
The Oberoi Massage uses the palms and fingertips to apply pressure to stimulate blood circulation and induce a state of total relaxation. For those who prefer a firm massage,
the Pharaoh’s Massage uses a technique of deep pressure that helps to relax worn out tissues and muscles in the body.
Tel: +2-065-3440777

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Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel features a full-service spa that includes massage and treatment rooms, facial treatments, body treatments, and beauty services.
Tel: +2-065-3465400
The Desert Rose Resort offers a full-service spa that features massage and treatment rooms and beauty services. In addition to an outdoor pool and a children’s pool,
The Desert Rose Resort provides a private beach, a health
club, and a spa tub.
Tel: +2-065-3460600
Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Resort features spa services, massage and treatment rooms, beauty services, and a hair salon. In addition to an outdoor pool and a children’s pool and a private beach.
Tel: +2-065-3446950
Swiss Wellness Spa Resort 30 comfortably furnished en-suite rooms. The steam room
and sauna are available as well as recognized treatments and therapies including professional massages and a fitness room. A menu for vegetarians and diabetics is available.
Sheraton Road, Riviera Village. Telephone: +2-065 344 94 78 &
+2-065 344 94 79
Getting around Hurghada
Local taxis from the hotels are the best transportation. The only public transport available is the Jals Jalls, Toyota minivans and have no fixed routes, if you find one, just wave. It would do well, if you hire a car or bike, from agencies around the airport or town center.

Soma Soma-bayBay:

An all-in-one Red Sea experience Did you ever dream of experiencing the whole of the Red Sea without having to travel from one spot to another? Well, no need to dream anymore, just head to Soma Bay.Located about 45 km south of Hurghada International Airport, the fast-growing tourist complex of Soma Bay offers a reminiscent experience flavoured by its over-the-top accommodation facilities and wide array of activities, sports, and excursions on offer.The latest addition to Soma Bay’s hotelier scene is the exquisite Kempinski Soma Bay. Service exceeds your expectation of a five-star hotel with the individualized experiences the place offers. Having your lunch table set in the sea and enjoying your meal while the water tingles your feet is not a wishful thinking; all you need to do is voice your wish and Kempinski Soma Bay will manage the rest. Another mind-blowing accommodation facility in Soma Bay is the elegant and classy La Résidence des Cascades. A golfer’s dream-land, the place is designed and equipped to give you a dream golfing vacation. It comes with a stunning 18-hole par-72 golf course designed by the South African golf leg-end Gary Player. Enjoy golfing with the open sea in sight and the surreal Red Sea mountain peaks in the backdrop. La Résidence des Cascades is not all about hole-in-ones or perfect swings, there is more into it that just golfing. The hotel’s spa, Les Thermes Marins, offers a rare opportunity to revitalize your well-being with the much appreciated Thalasso treatment. Its wide range of therapies includes underwater massages, jet showers, and seaweed wraps. Les Thermes Marins trademark is actually its Aquatonic Pool; a 750 square meter body-toning pool that leaves you floating on clouds of relaxation.Soma Bay offers a wide range of activities that keep out-door addicts coming back for more. Diving is still the Red Sea prime sport and Soma Bay has its good share of diving spots. Right on its doorstep there are sites like the amazing Seven Pillars. It is a 10- to 12-meter dive into a surreal world of underwater colors. Look for the giant Napoleon fish – it is quite friendly with humans.

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If you are looking for other underwater adventures, the dive clubs in Soma Bay offers a long list of diving spots including sites like Panorama Reef, Tobia, Abu Kafan,
Claude Reef, Ras Abu Soma, Hamdallah Reef, and the Salem Express wreck.Soma Bay is the perfect place for the thrilling water sport Kite Surfing. The place is blessed with an amazing reef-less lagoon and a constantly blowing wind; together they make
the perfect conditions for kite surfing. If you are not that much into kite surfing and prefer a more classical water sport, you can always head to Kempinski’s water sport center. There you can have some good old windsurfing or go for a propitious catamaran sail enjoying the cinematic sunset views of the glamorous Red Sea.
Kempinski Soma Bay
Tel: +2-065 3561500
http://www.kempinski-somabay.com
La Résidence des Cascades
Tel: +2-065 3542333
http://www.residencedescascades.com
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Resignation of the Minister of Tourism

Mr. Hisham Zazoua the Minister of Tourism  request of the Prime Minister to accept his resignation on objection to the assigning of Luxor New Governor who has a terrorist background and has been accused in  participating in  Luxor massacre in 1997, and all  the tourism sector Supporting the position of the Tourism ministerhisham Zaazou

Do You Really Know Any Thing About The Nile River ?

The Nile River is considered as the longest river in the world measuring 4160 miles long. The so-called “Father of African rivers” rises south of flows northward from its principal source (Lake Victoria, East-Central Africa) through North-Eastern Africa to drain into the Mediterranean Sea. Its remotest source is in Burundi (River Luvironza). The Nile River drains an area estimated at 1,293,000 square miles (3,349,000 square kilometres).
Its basin includes parts of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda,Congo (Kinshasa), Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopa, most of the Sudan and the cultivated part of Egypt.
The Nile River is a home of about 300 million people and a source of food, fish, energy and transportation.

View of the River Nile, from a cruiseboat, bet...

It nourishes livelihood, an array of ecosystems and a rich diversity of cultures spreading over an area of 3 million square kilometres The nilometer is a well set next to the Nile River. The device served as a way to measure water levels thanks to some
marked intervals, thus allowing the keeping of comparative historic records. These also helped to predict the beginning and the volume of the coming inundation (based on the beginning of the Egyptian year).

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The quality of the year’s flood was used to determine the levels of tax to be paid, in kind, by the peasantry to their rulers. The better the year’s flood was, the higher the tax was to anticipate the coming crops. Today, the best example of nilo meters can be seen on the Philae and Elephantine islands.

English: The Nile River in Egypt.

Philae coffer in Lake Nasser

English: Conical structure over the Nilometer ...

Nilometer on Elephantine Island

Cairo, Nilometer

Cairo, Nilometer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Important 18 protectorates In Egypt

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The unique geographical location of Egypt, at the northeast corner of the African continent, where it joins with Asia, coupled with the fact that it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east, endows it with a rich natural heritage.In a bid to take action to conserve and preserve its biodiversity, flora and fauna, Egypt passed law 102/1983, which empowered the Prime Minister of the country to designate certain areas to be declared as protectorates. To date, 28 protectorates have been declared, ranging from coastal, wetlands, geological and coastal protectorates.

Ras Muhammad National Park

Ras Mohamed was the first declared protected area in Egypt in 1983. It lies at the southern-most tip of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking a panoramic view of the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba. A diversity of shoreline configurations and coral reef ecosystems that are internationally recog-nized as some of the world’s best make up a small part of the park’s beauty, which also features mountains, valleys, gravel plains and sand dunes. In addition, more than 1,500 marine creatures can be found, which is why the park is a famous snorkeling and diving site. Ras Muhammad is located about 20 km from Sharm, and 446 km from Cairo. There is only one place in Ras Mohamed where camping is admitted but visitors must get a permit from the Park Management located at the entrance.

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Zaranik

Zaranik Protected Area is located at the eastern end of Lake Bardawil on the Mediterranean coast of Sinai and was declared a protected area in 1985.It is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean, on the south by Qantara – El Arish road, and on the east by a huge compound of tourist development areas where one can find comfortable accommodation.The area is characterized by amazing flora and fauna, which includes rare species (up to 270), as well as migra-tory birds. It is located around 30 kms east of the town of El Arish and 300 km from Cairo, and can be reached by road. There are several budget campsites and some double rooms. Binoculars and telescopes are available for rent at the site.

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Al Ahrash

Al Ahrash Reserve lies in the northeast corner of Egypt, bordering the huge expanded area of sand dunes that reach 60 meters in height above sea level.The reserve is famous for its trees and plants, which densely cover the reserve, making it a natural and serene haven. Numerous acacia trees, various camphor trees, bushes and pastoral plants can be found there.Located between El Arish and Rafah cities in Northern Sinai, it can be reached by road from these cities.

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El Omayed

This relatively small area of the Mediterranean coastal desert is characterized by the richest and most diverse flora in Egypt. Dunes of white sand by the sea are followed further inland by limestone ridges separated by depressions, some of which contain salt marshes. It is the only protected area that has this type of habitat.Many birds migrate through in spring and autumn, provid-ing excellent bird watching opportunities. El Omayed is easily accessible from Alexandria, as well as the governorate of Matrouh.

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Elba Protectorate

The Elba Protected area is an extensive and complex area comprised of a number of mangroves of the Red Sea, islands, coral reefs, coastal sand dunes, salt marshes, desert plains and a cluster of coastal mountains (Gabel Elba, Gabel Ebruq and Al Daeeb).
Gabel Elba is the only igneous mountain rising up to 1,437 meter. Its summit is a “mist oasis” where a considerable portion of the precipitation is contributed in the form of dew and clouds, creating a unique and rare ecosystem not found anywhere else in Egypt.
Some 458 species are known in the reserve. Gabel Elba also supports a rich faunal diversity unparalleled in any other desert environment in Egypt. Forty species of birds and twenty-three species of mammals including the endangered sea cow Dugong – and thirty species of reptiles are found here.It is located in the south-eastern part of the eastern desert. The distance from Cairo is around 1300km and there are many resorts around the area where visitors can stay.

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Salouga and Ghazal

The two islands of Salouga and Ghazal in the River Nile are located north of the High Dam. You can also visit the islands of Asbournati and Amoun and the plantation garden at Aswan, which are all located north of the reserve vicinity.
The reserve area is characterized by predominantly expanding bushes and 94 various kinds of plants. The favorable natural conditions in the area provides wildlife spotting opportunities, with 60 kinds of rare birds, as well as migrating birds. The two islands are about 3 kms north of the Aswan Dam. You can reach the islands from Aswan or from Cairo (a 7-8 hour drive; there is a bus that leaves Cairo daily).

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St. Catherine’s National Park

The Park occupies much of the central part of South Sinai, mountainous region, which includes Egypt’s highest peaks St. Catherine’s Mountain – a favorite of many climbers Moses, Serbal, Umm Shomer and Tarbush mountains.Around 1,000 plant species, representing almost 40% of Egypt’s total flora are found in this region. Half of the 33 known Sinai endemics are also found in St. Catherine area. The white-crowned Black wheatear is very characteristic of the area. There are 46 reptile species,15 of which are found nowhere else in Egypt such as the Endemic Sinai Banded Snake and the Innes Cobra, which is considered to be very vulnerable to extinction. The Saint Catherine National Park abuts the coastal reserves of Ras Mohammed National Park, the Nabq and Ras Abu Galum Managed Resource Areas that lie along the Gulf of Aqaba. The coastal resorts, a mainstay of the Egyptian economy, are among the fastest growing tourism developments in the world.Many hotels are available for accommodation in the South of Sinai, as well as, around St. Catherine’s

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Lake Qarun

Lake Qarun lies in the Fayoum Province, an easy drive from Cairo. A gently sloping sand-plain extends from the lake shore northwards and upwards to reach sea level at
7 km north of the shoreline. The lake is an important archeological site because of the presence of the numerous marine life with a unique collection of fossil fauna and flora that goes back to some 40 million years.It is well known for wetland of international importance for water birds. The 376-feddan-islet serves as the most convenient spot for bird reproduction, specifically the flamingo. It is also the incubator and the happy nest that embraces infant birds on the lake islets during reproduction time. The reserve contains several monuments including As-Sagha (goldsmiths) palace that lies at the northern part, dating back to the Pharaonic Middle Kingdom. Three km away from As-Sagha palace, lies Abu Lifa Monastery that was built in the monastic era on an elevated spot in the bosom of a mountain to keep monks secure from Roman aggression. Greek monuments include relics of the old town of Skitnopius, once the departure point for the south desert-bound trade caravans.Several eco lodges, as well as two 5 star hotels are avail-able in Fayoum for accommodation.

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Wadi El Rayan

The Wadi El Rayan depression is located in the western desert of Egypt, about 65 km southwest of the town of El Fayoum and 80 km west of the Nile River. The vegetation is confined to inter-dune areas around springs and at the base of large dunes, and covers 13 species of plants. It is especially important, as it is home to the world’s only known population of the endangered Slender horned Gazella leptoceros. The Dorcas Gazelle is still found in the area in small numbers, as well as, the Fennec Vulpes zerda and Sand Fox.

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Wadi El Allaqi

Wadi El Allaqi is a valley formed by the drying up of a large river, 275 km in length with an average width of 1 km. Home to more than 90 species of annual and perennial plants, it also includes fifteen species of mammals, 16 species of birds, a few venomous reptiles, and a large number of invertebrates. The valley is easily accessible from Aswan.

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Wadi El Assiuti

The Assuiti Valley starts in the form of tributaries, mostimportant of them are the areas south of Qena Valley and up north. The Valley reserve differs from other Egyptian reserves as it is the sole station for breeding wild animals and wild plants endangered by extinction.

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El Hassana Dome
The reserve is situated at Abu Rawash on Cairo-Alexandria desert road, about 8 km from Giza pyramids.El Hassana Dome, with its topographical merits and geological make-up, reflects a distinguished history. It is the sole location near Cairo that features remnants from the Higher Crestaeceous age, that dates back to about one million years. Its surroundings of rocks are from the Stone Age that were formed about 60 million years ago and the Rocky Age dating back to 40 million years ago.

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The Petrified Forest

In 1989, the area outside of Maadi (30 kms from Cairo’s downtown), known as the Petrified Forest, was declared a protectorate by Prime Ministerial decree. Roughly 35 mil-lion years old, the Petrified Forest is an astounding piece of the earth’s physical history. The six-kilometer expanse is strewn with the remains of trees from an early forest, which were washed to their current location by flooding from the Red Sea hills. The period in which this flooding and move-ment occurred is known as the Oligocene, when the Earth’s overall temperature experienced a great deal of cooling. What makes this period particularly unique is that the global cooling that occurred in it created an atmosphere that brought about the appearance of many new species, such as horses and elephants.

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Sannur Valley cave 

Sannur valley cave reserve is located in Beni-Suef, 10 km southeast of the city.
Due to the ongoing alabaster drilling operations, 54 big cavities leading to the caves in the bottom of the earth were discovered. They contain geological formations known as ups and downs. The most important feature is the quality of its natural formations that are the most rare in the world. They also represent an importance to researchers for conducting detailed comparative studies with regard to variations of ancient environmental conditions.

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Nabq

The largest coastal protected area on the Gulf of Aqaba, Nabq contains a variety of ecosystems in the Sinai Peninsula. With an area of over 600 kilometers square, Nabq contains 134 plant species, 6 of which are found only in Nabq, and the largest single stands of Arak bushes in the Middle East. Gazelles, Nubian Ibex, Hyrax and small mammal populations inhabit the adjacent desert. Herons, Spoonbills and Ospreys have sustainable breeding populations in and around the mangroves. Nabq (which is near Sharm El Sheikh resort), is an amazing site for diving and snorkeling as the coral reefs are extremely rich there. Reef profiles and therefore community structure are different from reefs in the Ras Mohammed National Park.

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Abu Gallum

Abu Gallum is one of south Sinai’s best-kept secrets and is considered among the most picturesque protected areas in Egypt. Its spectacular granite mountains ending abruptly
on a narrow coastal plain, fronted by rich coral reefs makes it a worthwhile visit. Abu Gallum reserve houses 167 plant species, 44 of which are seen only in this area.You can trek to Abu Gallum from the Blue Hole camp in Dahab, which should take you about an hour. You can also enjoy a camel ride to Abu Gallum, which can be rented, along with a guide from the Blue Hole. If you opt to drive to Abu Gallum, the ride will take you two hours from Dahab.

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Lake Burullus

Situated northeast of the Rosetta branch of the River Nile, Lake Burullus stretches over 460 square kilometers, and is considered the second largest natural lake in Egypt.The lake has many environmental treasures, most impor-tant being the salt swamps and sand plains, while high sand dunes cover the lake’s coasts. The area features over 135 types of land and water plants. Moreover, the site is a great bird watching location as it is convenient for receiving migrating wild birds.

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The White Desert

The White Desert is considered the main attraction of Farafra, and is the second biggest depression by size located in Western Egypt, between Dakhla and Bahariya Oases. Located 45 km north of the town of Farafra, the White Desert has a white, cream color and has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area. You can also visit the hot springs at Bir Sitta and the El-Mufid Lake, also located near Farafra.

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Why I fell in love with Egypt…

Click Me On my first trip to Egypt, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect.  I knew that I was in for the classics: towering pyramids, ancient relics, rolling dunes, and a sun rising over the desert. But what I found was that and so much more.

Located just five hours from London by air, Cairo International Airport was easily accessible and located just a short cab-ride from downtown Cairo.  Upon arrival in the city center, I realized that Egypt was a mixture of the ancient and modern, the spiritual and the commercial.

Cairo itself is a city that has been built  and re-built hundreds of times over throughout the millennia and the site of sky-scrapers located adjacent to Victorian-era mosques was a sight that I was not expecting by utterly delighted by.  Bedouin run stalls selling amazing food, handmade clothing and carpets, jewelry and antiques sat beside modern high-street shops.  From the latest fashions to ancient relics, the shopping in Egypt was without doubt as varied as any I had ever seen.

Outside of the city, I was expecting rolling deserts and caravans of Bedouin travelers.  I was not disappointed.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the variety of landscapes and activities available throughout Egypt.  From Africa’s largest man made lake – Lake Nasser – to the beaches of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt offered so many activities I was kept busy for a week.  Scuba diving at Sharm el Sheikh offered me the chance to see the variety of sea-life on display in the crystal clear waters while – if I had had a bit more time – windsurfing, parasailing, and canoeing were available to help scratch the action sport fix.

Further south, along the Nile River, lake Nasser offered a chance to angle for the Africa’s biggest fresh water fish: the Vundu Catfish.  Some areas of the lake are preserved for wildlife and sight-seeing tours provide a chance to see massive alligators, delicate birds, and beautiful sunsets while other shore-lines provided me a safe and exciting fishing experience – wading out into clear, cool waters to cast a line in my hunt for a fish that can reach up to 55 kilograms.

It seems that Egypt provided more memories in a short time than I could hope to catalog easily in this blog: tasting authentic Bedouin cuisine, camping under the stars in the desert, and dancing the night away in some of Africa’s most famous night clubs, Egypt provided an experience unlike any other in the world.  I fell in love with Egypt during my time there and I am ready to go back as soon as I can.

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Nabq Protectorate: It will certainly leave you breathless !!

Click Me Sharm El Sheikh is the capital of the Red Sea Riviera, a quintessential resort town that caters to about everything you might think of. It will certainly leave you breathless. But what if you want to gasp some fresh air, away from the crowded beaches and the hip night life?

Nabq is your long pursued quest.Located just 25km north of Sharm ElSheikh, it doesn’t take more than ten minutes to reach the natural protectorate of Nabq. The 600 km² marine
reserve offers a unique opportunity to experience Mother Nature at its best. With varying terrain, Nabq interiors are dotted with high chain mountains while its coast plays host to a five kilometre stretch of mangrove; the most northerly in the Red Sea. Mangrove is not just an atypical tree that grows out of the sea!
It plays a pivotal role for the surrounding ecology; acting as a natural nursery for small fish and crustaceans, providing nestling locations for birds and forming natural tsunami wave breakers. Put on your sneakers and go mangrove wading, it is spectacular. In one particular location, El Gharqanah The Drowned, you can have a peaceful stroll, or rather a wade, midst the mangrove trees, and all the way to a nearby shipwreck. No need to bring your diving gear, the walk is waist-deep and the shipwreck is visible from the shore. If you are a nature lover but not that into trees, Nabq is an ideal place for bird watching. Located right on several species migration route, some stop for a break, while others call the place home. Grab your binoculars and look out for herons, plovers, gulls, terns and the Red Sea endemic White-Eyed Gull with its vibrant yellow legs, blood red bill and a crescent-like white ring around the eyes. Tired of staring through your binoculars? Get in your diving suit and take a plunge; the reefs are mind-boggling to say the least, especially those at Ras Tantur and Nakhlet el-Tal. And if your still waiting for your PADI open water certificate, put on your snorkelling gear; there are a plethora of underwater life to behold without getting too deep. And after all said and done, if you still feel the urge for some good adrenaline pumping activity, no need to worry; certain areas are designated for quad biking and four-wheel off-roading. Enjoy the thrill as you bash through the roving dunes.

 

Tiran Island seen from Nabq area, Sharm el She...

Tiran Island seen from Nabq area, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (Photo credit: Jacob Wodzyński)

 

Thinking out of the box, Nabq Natural Protectorate is not all about enjoying nature and the great outdoors, it can also make up for a good team building activity playground; especially if you are having your company’s year-end meeting held in one of Sharm El Sheikh copious hotels. A Summer Camp at Nabq sounds enticing as well. Without a doubt Nabq Natural Protectorate is great place to have fun; lest we forget that it is a fragile ecosystem that we have decided to safeguard and protect. Such a notion has to be carefully regarded when we pay the place a visit. Take as much as you want of photographs, but please leave only footprints behind. Haphazard littering and trashing can have a devastating impact on the ecology. Equally destroying can be your own four-wheel drive; driving outside the designated areas and tracks can squash plants and blossoms. Locals are part of the grand ecosystem as well, and in Nabq there are two main permanent Bedouin settlements; the villages of Khereiza and El Gharqanah. Please be respectful to their conservative culture and don’t flash your camera before asking for permission first. Reaching Nabq from Sharm El Sheikh is straightforward; just follow the airport road heading north. The tarmac ends right before the protectorate main entrance gate. From there it is dirt track all the way; hence, it is much advisable to have your 4X4 in mint condition before you venture. Inside the protectorate there is a rather small rest house that offers soft drinks and a limited variety of sandwiches. Grab a light lunch with you; after all it is a picnic into the wilderness at your footsteps.

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Sharm El Sheikh The City that never sleeps

Sharm El Sheikh – the City of Peace – is where tourists from all around the world come to spend an unforgettable vacation of their dreams.

Sharm El Sheikh is strategically located at the southern edge of the Sinai Peninsula, where the two gulfs of Aqaba and Suez meet with the Red Sea; thus considered a meeting point between both Asia and Africa. A recreation, residential and business resort.
Sharm, the City
The city is endowed with a moderate sunny weather, almost all year long, charming turquoise water, coral reefs and distinctive types of fish. Besides a variety of land and water sports, visitors can just lie down and enjoy the warm sun on the fine white sand beaches or hotel swimming pools. From Sharm, you can embark on sea excursions to any of the nearby protectorates, or on a desert safari excursion. Sharm boasts of a large number of hotels and restaurants that cater nearly to all kinds of budgets; it is a fascinating, recreational and night life city that never sleeps, offering a lot to its visitors, and there is basically everything for each and every taste.

Hotels

Sharm has wide a range of hotels that are lined up along Sharm Peace Road and different bays; most of them are at a walking distance from the main Ne’ama bay. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle, then you should opt for a hotel there, or for those at a walking distance from the bay, like Marriott, Hilton and Sofitel. However, if you are searching for a peaceful holiday, where you can enjoy the beach, the hotel’s facilities and sports such as golf and tennis – Maritim Jolie Ville Golf and Resort is around 10 minutes by taxi from Ne’ama bay. It is one of many recom -mended hotels. Most other hotels are located not far from the bay by taxi. Excursions & Aqua SportsSharm El Sheikh is home to many water sports and marine related activities. Many diving centers offer boat trips to explore the wonders of the sea.

The National Park in Ras Mohammed

located on the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula probably represents some of the most famous diving sites in the Red Sea with 800-metre (2,600 ft) deep reef walls and pounding current and coral gardens. Other great div-ing sites include, Ras Om El Sid, Tiran Island, the Straits of Tiran and wrecks like the Thistlegorm and Dunraven. An interesting place is El Fanar, an ecological diving site all surrounded by the sea, located in Ras Um El Sid. Any kind of aquatic sports is available in Sharm, from Snorkeling and Scuba Diving, wakeboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing, para-sailing and canoeing, to glass bottom boats to explore the marine life of the red sea with out getting wet. Diving centers are located everywhere, at Naama Bay, El Hadaba, Nab’q Bay It is advisable to check various excursions and reserve with your tour operator prior to your arrival, or the concierge at your hotel can assist you to find a reliable tour agency, or you can check with the tour agency at your hotel, if any. You can also enjoy an exciting camel ride in the desert, or a dining experience with a Bedouin family, where you can get introduced to their different customs and traditions. A desert safari in a 4WD Jeep, and hike up the colorful rocky mountains in the colored canyon, which is located at a distance of around 240 kilometers from Sharm, nearby Noweiba, is another exciting and unique activity.

Diving Centers

Sharm is a hub for divers and diving centers. In every corner, all around the city or even in your hotel, you will find one. Centers usually provide training for beginners or amateurs as well as training certificates. Ask your hotel concierge for the best and well-known centers in the vicinity.

Recreation and Entertainment

Aqua Park- El Hadaba Cleo Park is the first pharoanic-themed water park to open in Sharm. It is located in the heart of Ne’ama Bay.You can purchase your tickets at the door. Opening hours: daily from 10:00 am until sunset.

3D Cinema

The only 3D movie experience in Sharm that will introduce you to the Red Sea life, without having to go through a real diving experience. The show is for around 45 minutes. You can make your reservations at the Jolie Ville Golf and Resort desk or from the main office. Operating hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm- 10:00 pm

United Submarine

Explore the Red Sea life with United Submarines. You can reserve from the Savoy Hotel, Soho Square or from their address at Hadabet Um El Sid. The trip lasts for around an hour and a half.

Soho Square

This area is an entertainment of its own. Visitors will love the ice skating rink, where professionals are there to help you. Open daily from 7 pm to midnight. The Bowling Alley is the first of its kind, with its disco style phosphoric lanes, bowling pins and lanes. Open from 7 pm to midnight. The Culturama is an interesting and fun way to know more about the whole of Egypt’s history through a 180 degree, nine panoramic screens, then you have an entire mile of fun shopping, and for the kids, there is a special arcade reserved for them.

Shopping

There are shopping malls galore in Sharm. Visitors will find all sorts, from Egyptian crafts such as hand woven rugs, kilims, hand-blown glass, desert style jewellery and accessories, to clothes and beach wear.The three main shopping areas are in Ne’ama Bay Promenade, the Old Market and El Mercato, next to Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sharm Elysee Road.As you are strolling on Ne’ama Bay,take a look at Aladin art gallery. You will marvel at its exquisite and uniquely displayed collection offered at mod-erate prices. Aladin displays a large collection of distinctive Egyptian arts and crafts, from 100% hand-woven Egyptian items, leather bags, to fused glass items and hand made desert style jewelry and accessories. Kenooz Antique Shop is for antique collectors. Although the shop is very small and packed with items in a disorganized and chaotic manner, yet it is worth the stop. Baraka Carpets has seventeen years experience in carpet-making and it is clearly demonstrated in this shop. Even those who are not even considering one, will probably end up buying one of those little Bedouin style pillow covers or small wool Bedouin kil -ims. If you go to El Mercato, keep an eye on the man who has an open dis -play of all kinds of trinkets that you can pack in your suitcase such as old wine jugs, old doorknockers, and other flea market types of items.At the Old Market, you will love the col-orful display of souvenirs, beachwear, Egyptian crafts and brics and bracs, that you will want to take back home with you. Of course, a belly dancers’ outfit displayed in many shops, should be on your list too.

 Nightlife

There are lots of venues where you can hang out. If you only stroll the Ne’ama Bay promenade, you will find all types of authentic restaurants, ice cream shops, nightclubs, and fast food out -lets. It is a bustling place that almost never sleeps. Hard Rock Café and Sanafir are among the popular places there. Little Buddha restaurant , sushi bar and lounge, is the sister venue of the Buddha Bar – Paris. The restaurant opens from 3:00 pm- 2:30 am, offering an assortment of Asian dishes. The bar opens from 1:00 am- 4:00 am, while the lounge opens daily from 11:30 pm with an entrance fee of around US$25. Girls shouldn’t miss the girls’ night out every Wednesday (for the moment), which includes free entrance and one free.drink. Also, don’t miss Little Buddha gift shop located next door. Reservations are highly recommended. El Fishaway Café is another popular place to visit, for a Shisha and their famous hot

Drinks.

At Soho Square, located next to the Savoy hotel and not far from the air -port, you will find anything your heart desires, among which are Pangaea or Caligula Night Clubs , and the Ice Bar, where you will literally be seated on ice stools, surrounded by ice everywhere. If you haven’t packed your snow jacket, don’t worry, you will be provided with one by the staff.Terrazzina Beach Party is on every Friday. Displaying the best beach music from 1 pm until late at night.

Casinos

Several casinos are located all over Sharm, one of the most famous and attracting is Sinai Sharm Grand Casino, located on the main road- Peace Road.

Dining Experience

Fish lovers shouldn’t miss Fares – a local restaurant at the old market (souk). It is around 10- 15 minutes away by taxi from Ne’ama bay. The restaurant is on the go, day and night. Choose your fish and shrimps fresh from the net and enjoy dining in their modest and inexpensive restaurant. No reservation is required. El Masreen is also in old souk and serves Kebab and Kofta, the aroma of the grilled lamb meat will make you pay a second visit. Dananeeris a first category restaurant in Sharm as per www. traveladvisor.com web-site. A reasonably priced seafood and steak house restaurant. The restaurant has a unique arabesque setting, with wooden chairs and tables inlaid with mother of pearl, as well as Mashrabeya style windows enabling the guest to look over the Ne’ama promenade. It is recommended to reserve if the num -ber is 10 or more. Abou El Sid is known for its assortment of appetizers, such as tahini, hummus, cold vine leaves stuffed with rice, kobeba (lamb meatballs) besides typical Egyptian dishes. Zaman, the Lebanese restaurant, serves an authen-tic cuisine. Open buffet is only on Wednesdays. It is located at the Jolie Ville Royal Club/ Jolie Ville Golf and Resort. Dine whilst enjoying a remark -able view of the hotel’s golf course. Reservation is highly recommended. Soho Square’s Indian restaurant, Bombay and Savoy’s Rosmarino are a little on the expensive side, but are highly recommended. A new Steak House opened called La Parrila Steak house is under Italian management and offers pasta specialties, grilled dishes, hamburgers and a variety of sandwiches. Take-away and catering service is available. Another Italian restaurant that opens from noon to midnight is Da Maria is unique as it is perched on a terrace on a reef over-looking the Red Sea. Method of payment at most of the restaurants is in Egyptian and foreign currency, as well as, credit cards

Conventional Tourism

Sharm is equipped with different con -ference centers, and most hotels are specially equipped with ballrooms and meeting places for conference settings. Among the many are the Savoy Conference Center, Egypt Hall and The Maritim Jolie Ville International Congress Center on Peace Road next to Jolie Ville Hotel.

Real Estate

Sharm’s real estate is booming, as many tousists find the city a resort to return to, more than once. Home val -ues are excellent for investment, also renting an apartment or family chalets can be as little as LE 1,000 or US$500 – 600 a month. There are many repu -table real estate agencies that can show you the home of your dreams,perched around the city.

Transportation

Taxis (white and blue) are your best transport. You will have to negotiate the price first, but it is approximately 10 dollars more or less from one site to another, and drivers accept any kind of currency.Free Shuttle Buses: Usually hotels provide a free shuttle bus service from the hotel to Ne’ama Bay and back as well as airport pickups and transfer. Rent a Car: The concierge at your hotel can connect you with nearby car rental service agencies, or you can check the car rental service desk at your hotel. How to get there By land from Cairo is around a five to six hours drive, or by air, since Sharm has an international airport attracting both internal and international charter flights.

The booming Nabq Bay City

Nabq bay stands out; it is a tranquil bay 20 minutes away from the bustling Ne’ama bay. It is highly recommended for families and seekers of a peaceful and relaxing vacation. At Nabq, you can enjoy a nice stroll at La Strada and the nearby El Khan promenade .You can also enjoy a relaxing morning coffee at Starbucks (El Khan, infront of Beach Resort Laguna Vista Squash and Tennis). El Khan has its unique style of hut-shaped buildings denoting acharming ambience on the site.Nabq is equipped with different facilities such as supermarkets, one of which is METRO next to Oriental Resort and in front of La Strada shopping arcade.For any emergencies, El Ezzaby phara  macy operates 24/7 and is located at El Khan entrance promenade, infrontof Laguna Vista Hotel. Do not miss La Strada free bus service, a good way to get an overview of the whole area. Check its pick up and drop points with your hotel. If you opt to purchase some spices to take back home, you will find what you are looking for at the Nubian Beauty shopat La Strada. The shop has a nice collection of spices, herbs, olive oil and natural products. You should try and take back home at least 250 grams of the Sinai green tea, mixed with desert herbs of habuck and marmaraya.

Sharm El shaikh Directory

Aladin Art Gallery •

The shop opens daily from 7:00 am – 2:00 am, which is one of the few shops to open that early. Location: In front of the Pacha Club, Ne’ama Bay. Sharm El Sheikh. Shop Cellular: +20-10-094-6454. E-mail: botros@aladinsinai.com.

Baraka Carpets •

Sharm Mall, Opposite Pacha • Club, Ne’ ama Bay, just next door to Sharm El Sheikh Real Estate. Tel:+20-12-218-1597 or +20-12-372-2540

Little Buddha Bar •

Contact Information Sharm El Sheikh Naama Bay Hotel

Tel: +20-69- 360-1030

Fax: +20-69- 360-1588

E-mail: reservation@littlebuddha-sharm.com

Website: http://www.littlebuddha-sharm.com

Dananeer Restaurant: •

Shamandura Mall, King of Bahrin St, Ne’ama Bay. Sharm El Sheikh

Tel: +20-69- 360-0321

Shamandura Mall, King of Bahrin St,Ne’ama Bay. Sharm El Sheikh

Tel: +20-69- 360-0321

Abou El Seid: • right behind hardrock café on the upper floor. Sharm El Sheikh.Operates daily from 12:00 pm- • 2:00 am. Reservation is highly recommended Tel:+20-12-406-1260 or +20-69-360-3910

Sharm El Sheikh Real Estate •

5 El Guindy Mall, Opposite Pacha Club President: Mr. Tarek El Saadi

Tel:+20-12-767-6650

Fax: +20-69-360-0926

Mobile:+20-12-216-6101

E-mail: tarek@ sharmelsheikhrealestate.com

Website: http://www.sharmelsheikhrealestate.com

3D Cinema Tickets •

214 A El Salam Road (Sunny Lakes), Sharm El Sheikh Ticket prices: $15 for adults, $10 for children Operating hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 4:00 pm- 10:00 pm Tel: +20-69-360-4500 Fax: +20-69-360-4499 +20-11-666-6167 +20-11-666-6168 E-mail: reservation@3dplanet-eg.com or at the Jolie Ville Golf and Resort

United Submarine •

Ticket prices: US$35. There are different prices for European Unio and British citizens

For reservation contact: reservation@unitedsubmarines.com

Website: http://www.unitedsubmarines.com

Address: Villa #220, Ard El Mazad Hadabet Um El Sid. Sharm El Sheik Tel:+20-10-005-9512;+20-12-778- 4638; +20-69-366-2252

La Parilla Steak House •

Dahab Mall 35, Hadaba. Sharm El Sheikh Tel: 019 489 8288 Terrazzina Beach • , Sharm El May beside Iberotel Palace, Sharm El Sheikh For information

call: +20-10-500 6621

Da Maria Hadaba Sharm El sheikh.

Salah Taher St left of Anphoras Hotel. Call: +20-10-008 9496 or • +20-10-259 8108

Metro Supermarket •

at Nabq Bay Sharm El Sheikh Call: +20-19619 or +20-69-371-0597 El Ezaby Pharmacy • . Sharm ElSheikh Call: +20-19600 or +20-12-161 6190

Amanda Beach Garden Hotel. •

Sharm El Sheikh Tel: +20-10-426 3088

Andreasdunker62@yahoo.de

Cleo Aqua Park •

Peace Road Sharm El Sheikh Ticket prices: Adults US$35, Childre US$20, Children 0-4 years old are free. Prices for entrance and park usag only +20-69-360-4400, http://www.cleopark.net

Soho Square

for reservations at all outlets, call: Royal Savoy Hotel White Knight Beach, Sharm El Sheikh.

Tel: +20-69- 360 2777

Jolie Ville Golf Resort • , Sharm ElSheikh

Tel: +20-69-3600 630/1/2

Kan Zaman Restaurant •

Na’ama Bay. Sharm El Sheikh

Tel: +20-69- 360 4488 & • +20-10-131 9021 •

Why we Recommend you to Visit Taba Heights?

  Because its a Breathtaking  Escape, and Located in one of the most beautiful sites in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Taba Heights Resort brings you a natural and magnificent setting where the beautiful mountain ranges meet one of the world’s richest coral seas: the Red Sea. The resort’s village and luxury hotels
offer you a unique experience of leisure  and activities with their numerous
facilities. Taba Heights is home to a full service of wide-ranging activities.  From five-star water sports and diving centers offering sports like windsurfing, diving  and  sailing,  to  a  range  of  spas, swimming pools, full-service beaches and  the  18-hole  championship  golf course.  Located only a short distance from Sinai’s cultural treasures and religious
sites Taba Heights will enable you to explore the wonders of the whole area by taking desert hikes and Safaris at the  Canyon  Safari,  discovering  the Colored Canyon, the medieval facility Castle Zaman and Mount Sinai. Day trips to other sites in Egypt are easily arranged.The Taba Heights experience is made special by nightly programming featuring local performance talent, as well as the thrill of gaming at the 24-hour casino. Each hotel offers a range of entertainment  options,  including: nightly  programs,  Casino,  Nubian Troupes, Bedouin experience, camel rides and animation programs.

The weekly El Wekala street festival on Uptown causes guests and residents  gather in the village centre for an evening of local entertainment, music, and good food.In addition to the breathtaking setting and ideal location, Taba Heights provides luxurious five-star hotels that will meet each and every one of your needs. Taba Heights Marriott Beach Resort
Situated in over 44 acres of lush gardens, 2800 square meters of pools and waterfalls with over 500 square meters of private beaches. The resort’s Spa offers every amenity to relax and rejuvenate; different types of massage vary from Thai and Swedish to aromatherapy and reflexology. Sofitel Taba Heights is inspired by traditional Oriental architecture. There are six restaurants and bars to sample a mouth-watering range of cuisines.Hyatt Regency Taba Heights is set on five kilometers of a secluded beach and private bay. The resort features a 3105 square meter seawater lagoon.

Dining Experience:

With its variety of luxurious hotels,Taba Heights offers an ultimate dining experience with more than 14 restaurants and bars with delightful cuisine. Breeze Restaurant located in the Hyatt Regency, offers à la carte seafood menu. For an Oriental evening Flying Carpet located uptown will bring you the harmony of Egyptian hospitality and warm European welcome in a cozy restaurant and pub with the option of an outdoor terrace. Grotto Bar & Grill in the Marriott will bring traditional Middle Eastern fare. Whether you dine outside and listen to the waterfalls flowing from the roof of the cave or sit like a Bedouin on cushions, there is something for everyone.For a nice evening, Pub Tandoori located uptown is a Traditional English Pub serving Indian specialties indoors or outdoors with spectacular views of the resort, golf course, sea, and the mountains. The pub is a friendly place to watch your favorite sport on giant screens. For a special night, the Hyatt Regency offers a Bedouin campsite in the nearby mountains for dining under the stars.

Fact Sheet :
• Located 450 kilometers from Cairo, Taba Heights is accessed by the Sinai Peninsula overland route, a six-hour trip either by private car or public bus.
• International marina, officially recognized as a legal port of entry to Egypt,accommodating up to 50 yachts and organizing day trip excursions.
• Access from Taba International Airport is 40 minutes by car and three hours by car from Sharm El Sheikh Airport. A Day trip to St. Catherine’s A short trip from Taba Heights can
take you to St. Catherine’s Monastery. This is located in a valley at the foot of Moses Mountain. It was founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian between A.D. 527 and 547. The Monastery was enlarged in a number of different phases of construction over the subsequent periods. It is one of the great destinations for Christian pilgrimages. The gallery of Icons, the fountain of Moses, the well of Jethro, which is the main source of fresh water for the convent as well as the abundance of wealth and furnishings, are only examples of sites that cannot help but surprise the visitors.

Directory Taba Heights
• Information Centre Tel: +20 (18) 1039965
HOTELS
Hyatt Regency
Tel: +20 (69) 358 0234
Fax: +20 (69) 358 0235
Website: http://www.taba.regency.hyatt.com
Marriott Taba Heights
Tel: +20 (69) 358 0100
Fax: +20 (69) 358 0109
Website: http://www.abamarriottredsearesort.com
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts
Tel: +20 (69) 358 0800
Fax: +20(69) 358 0808
Website: http://www.tabaheights.com
ACTIVITIES
Water World
Tel: +20 (69) 358 0099
Fax: +20 (69) 358 0089
Email:info@redseawaterworld.com

Website: http://www.redseawaterworld.com
Taba Heights Golf Resort
Tel: +20 (69) 358 0073
Email:golf@tabaheights.com
RESTAURANTS
• Casino Taba Heights (Open daily)
Tel/Fax: +20 (69) 358 0090 Ext: 6271
• Flying Carpet
Tel: +20 (12) 002 6837
• Bedouin Tent
Tel: +20 (18) 300 9300