Sharm El Sheikh Overview
Sharm El Sheikh was established in 1968 by the Israelis when they used this area, during their occupation of Sinai, to be the residence of their soldiers and army officers. After the Egyptians won the war of the 6th of October 1973, they took control of this small town.
Afterwards, especially during the last 25 years, Sharm El Sheikh developed to be one of the most popular resorts in the world. Sharm was even named the city of peace by the UNESCO. This is because of the many peace negotiations that took place at the city.
Featured with its special location at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula at the Southernmost point, Sharm El Sheikh is located between the Aqaba Gulf to the East and the Suez Gulf to the West. Sharm El Sheikh is located around 500 kilometers to North West of Cairo, 780 kilometers to the South West of Hurghada, and more than 1400 kilometers away from Aswan.
Sharm El Sheikh now hosts more than 200 hotels and resorts from various levels and scales. The city also enjoys the best wonderful nightlife in Sinai and the Red Sea in Egypt due to numerous nightclubs, discoes, restaurants, shops, cafes, and many other attractions. Sharm is also quite popular for its wonderful diving and snorkeling centers.
The highlights of Sharm El Sheikh include Nema Bay, Sharks Bay, Ras Mohamed Natural Protected Area, Nabq Protected Area, and many other wonderful attractions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Egypt is safe country to visit with notable low crime rate, tourist attractions are well secured and there is no common negative attitude towards foreigners, with some sensible precautions and preparations you will feel at home and as safe as you'll ever be.
There is no special dress code when visiting Egypt tourist sites, modest dress is recommended in less tourist sites and there is no special concern for women traveling alone.
Egyptian Arabic is the most commonly spoken language in Egypt, it is also the national language in the country but Egyptians speak and understand English as they study it in school. Fewer Egyptians can speak other languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Egyptians working in tourism sector are accustomed to speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.
Egypt is very connected to the world, it has many direct flights with Africa, Asia, European Union and United States. Visit Cairo Airport website for a full list of Airlines that fly to Egypt.
Duty free allowances on arrival to Egypt are 1L alcohol, 1L perfume, and either 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200g tobacco. Duty free shops are available in Egypt airports and major tourist cities (Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh).
Giza Pyramids and most monuments and Museums in Egypt open between 8 Am to 5 Pm. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.
Shops and stores in Egypt are usually opened from 10 Am to 10 Pm however in major cities it opens much later and some are open 24 hours.
Visitors are welcome in most mosques throughout the year. Modest dress is recommended, women should cover their hair, arms and legs. Both Women and men will remove their shoes before entering.
Taking pictures for people and streets is fine after people permission While Taking pictures for official type or army structures is not permitted. In most historical sites and museums in Egypt it is allowed to use camera, some of them may charge you for camera but at the Egyptian Museum and some similar historical sites it is prohibited and you will be asked to leave camera at reception before entering.
Egypt enjoys big hotel variety from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations; Check in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM.
There in no health concerns or vaccinations required to visit Egypt but we recommend to check with your own doctor, he knows you and your medical history best.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE), it is about ,06 to USD. Money exchange is widely available, Credit cards are largely used in Egypt major cities and tourist spots.
We do not recommend the public buses in big cities. Taxi and limousine service are fine every where but price is negotiable. Trains go to all big cities in Egypt except Sinai and the Red Sea. Flights from / to tourist cities are always available.
Tipping in Egypt is an appreciated habitual attitude but is Not obligatory. Generally 5 to 10 EGP for small favors is fine for carrying luggage, parking a car or to guys who clean bathrooms. 10 % is fine in restaurant and spa. Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver should be considered if you're provided with good to great service, feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.