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Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh

The ultimate paradise for sun-worshippers, Sharm El Sheikh is the perfect place to bask in the guaranteed Egyptian rays, or use as a base to explore the ancient and captivating Egyptian culture. As a highly popular tourist destination everything on offer is provided to the highest standard, with an amazing variety of options available for eating and shopping. It also doesn’t get much more luxurious than some of the many beach-side hotels available, several including their own private beaches.

If there’s one thing Sharm el Sheikh does well it’s providing beachside accommodation for tourists, so there’s plenty of choice. The top dog is still generally considered to be the Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh (1 Four Seasons Boulevard), drawing celebrities and dignitaries with its polished levels of service and luxurious facilities. Close by is the impressive Royal Savoy Sharm el Sheikh (Soho Square), which has a private beach and a location on the restaurant hub of Soho Square, while the three-star Kahramana Hotel Sharm el Sheikh (Naama Bay) is a solid option in the more mainstream surrounds of Naama Bay.

Egypt doesn’t get much more tourist-centric than Sharm el Sheikh, meaning you won’t struggle to locate places to pick up a souvenir of your stay. The most obvious concentration of gift shops is in the area known as The Old Market, where streets of dedicated stores sell everything from spices and toy camels to leatherwork and hookah pipes. You may have to haggle. Elsewhere, the Il Mercato Shopping Promenade describes itself as the ‘Champs Elysées of the Sinai’ and houses Adidas and Timberland stores, among various others, while many of the top-end resorts offer their own retail boutiques.

Egypt doesn’t get much more tourist-centric than Sharm el Sheikh, meaning you won’t struggle to locate places to pick up a souvenir of your stay. The most obvious concentration of gift shops is in the area known as The Old Market, where streets of dedicated stores sell everything from spices and toy camels to leatherwork and hookah pipes. You may have to haggle. Elsewhere, the Il Mercato Shopping Promenade describes itself as the ‘Champs Elysées of the Sinai’ and houses Adidas and Timberland stores, among various others, while many of the top-end resorts offer their own retail boutiques.

Coptic Christmas
January
Celebrated by Sharm el Sheikh’s community of Coptic Christians, this early January event is marked by small but colourful parades, live musical concerts and other happenings. It’s estimated that some 10% of Egypt’s population are Coptic Christians.


Sharm el Sheikh Triathlon
March
Tapping into the global enthusiasm for multi-discipline racing, Sharm el Sheikh now holds an annual sprint triathlon. Open to all, it involves a swim in the sea before returning to land for the bike and running stages. There are different categories of race, including a youth event. 


International Camel Competition
April
Camels have been integral to the culture of the Sinai Peninsula since time immemorial. This annual event, which centres on organised racing, draws large numbers of the beasts from around the region. At full speed, they work up quite a pace.


International Shopping & Tourism Festival
July
Aimed at drawing more visitors to the resort, the shopping and tourism festival sees discounts at various retail outlets – and some hotels. Dates vary, but if you’re in town at the right time it can be possible to seek out a bargain.


Eid al-Fitr
July/August
Although it doesn’t generally impact on non-Muslim tourists, Ramadan is an important religious rite for a large number of Sharm el Sheikh’s residents, making Eid al-Fitr – the three-day celebration that marks its ending – a memorable occasion to witness.



 

ESSENTIALS

Language
Arabic
Currency
Egyptian Pound
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
5 Hours
Holiday type
Beach , Summer Sun , Winter Sun

WEATHER

01/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
23°C
min
33°C
max
02/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
25°C
min
34°C
max
03/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
25°C
min
33°C
max
04/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
24°C
min
33°C
max
05/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
25°C
min
34°C
max
06/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
25°C
min
34°C
max
07/10/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
26°C
min
36°C
max
Jan
21°C max
14°C min
Feb
23°C max
15°C min
Mar
26°C max
17°C min
Apr
30°C max
21°C min
May
34°C max
24°C min
Jun
37°C max
27°C min
Jul
38°C max
28°C min
Aug
38°C max
29°C min
Sep
35°C max
27°C min
Oct
31°C max
24°C min
Nov
27°C max
20°C min
Dec
23°C max
16°C min

AIRLINES

TODAY'S WEATHER

Sunny skies 36°C
23°C
min
33°C
max
53%
huimidity

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