Sharm El-Sheikh is one of the most important tourist destinations in Egypt and even the world. The city is visited by tourists from all over the world to enjoy the charming beaches, warm blue waters, sunny weather, soft sand, and other recreational activities. Sharm El-Sheikh features luxurious tourist villages and resorts and has investments from all around the world. So, if this coastal city is your next tourist destination, you are going to have an unparalleled adventure. In the following lines, we will tell you everything you need to know about the most important landmarks of the City and suggest the best villages and resorts to you.
Sharm El-Sheikh is the city of peace and is one of the Egyptian tourist cities. It is located in the south of the Sinai Peninsula on the coast of the Red Sea and at the meeting point of the two gulfs of Aqaba and Suez. Area of Sharm El-Sheikh is about 480 km, and the number of its population is about 35,000 Egyptians and foreigners. Sharm, as many call it, is the largest city in South Sinai.
Sharm El-Sheikh was built in the 1960s and witnessed a conflict between Egypt and the Israeli occupation during the two wars of 1967 and 1973. It is famous for the city of peace and is a high-class tourist place. The city has witnessed many recreational, cultural, and even political activities, as many meetings, international conferences, peace talks, and presidential summits were held on its land.
Sharm El-Sheikh was chosen as one of the most beautiful cities in the world in 2005 according to BBC. The city was included on the UNESCO list, included more than 400 cities, as one of the five best cities for peace in the world.
Sharm El Sheikh is located within South Sinai Governorate and is divided into the following regions:
Ra's Um Sayyed
Nakhlit Al Tabl
Ra's Muhammad and Nabq reserves
Sharm El Sheikh has more than 200 hotels and tourist resorts, in addition to malls, popular markets, restaurants and cafes. The City is well-known as a hub for diving, water sports, safaris, and nightlife.
Last year in 2020, the new Sharm El Sheikh road was opened, which passes through the cities of Ras Sidr, Abu Zenimah, Abu Rudeis, Al-Tor and even Sharm El Sheikh itself. The road extends to 342 km plus 110 km as the length of the Cairo-Suez Desert Road. Thus, going from Cairo to Sharm El Sheikh becomes faster and saves much time.
The new road has been developed to be a dual carriageway, where each direction has 3 lanes with about 25 meters width each. There are also lighting poles, rest stops, 14 fuel stations, checkpoints, ambulances, and rapid intervention units (RIUs) on the road.
Despite being a tourist city in the first place, Sharm El Sheikh also contains all the services needed by residents for stability. The City also includes a variety of facilities, activities and services so that residents and visitors do not need anything. In the following lines, we will talk about those services in detail.
Health Services in Sharm El-Sheikh
There are many governmental and private hospitals, medical units and pharmacies in Sharm El Sheikh, including:
Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital, Al-Nour neighborhood, on Al-Salam Road
South Sinai Hospital, Ras Kennedy Street, on Al- Salam Road
Sinai Clinic Hospital, Al-Banks Street, Hadabet Um Al-Sayyed area
Mount Sinai Hospital, Al-Nour neighborhood, on Al-Salam Street
El-Ezaby pharmacies, Sharm El-Lyse Street, within Mercato Mall, in El Gharqana in Nabq Bay, and within Sharm El Sheikh Marriott in Naama Bay
Omar and Omar pharmacies, Sultan Qaboos Street in Al-Mashaya and within Movenpick Mall, Naama Bay
Educational Services in Sharm El-Sheikh
There is a special interest in providing public, private and language schools in Sharm El-Sheikh so that Egyptians and foreigners can avail themselves of them. Those schools are for example:
The French School in Sharm El-Sheikh, Al-Khazan Street, Hadabet Um El-Sayyed area
El-Fayrouz Experimental Language Schools, Hadabet Um El-Sayyed area
St. Joseph's Private Language School, Banks Street
Sharm El Sheikh Language School, El Gharqana, Nabq Bay
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued an order to establish the University of Sharm El Sheikh, to include colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, engineering, management, economics, tourism and hotels, physiotherapy, nursing, and postgraduate studies.
Entertainment and Shopping Services
Sharm El Sheikh is characterized by being one of the best places for shopping and entertainment, as it includes many famous markets and malls about which we will talk in detail. But now we will talk about the most important markets, entertainment and games areas, as follows:
It is located within Sharm El Sheikh Airport and just 10 minutes from Naama Bay. It is characterized by a variety of products, no customs and prices offered at often much lower.
The old market is one of the most important tourist attractions in Sharm El Sheikh, as it carries a historical and cultural character similar to the markets of Al-Ghouryya and Khan Al-Khalili in Cairo. The old market includes everything visitors need, including clothes, souvenirs, gifts, spices, products of oriental spice business, and leather and hand-made accessories.
If you look for fun and quality time with your kids and family, do not hesitate to visit the Aqua Blue Water Park. It has waterfalls and various games that will raise the level of fun and adrenaline inside you to the highest level. Also, there is The Water Games City in Hadabet Um El sayed area. It is one of the best leisure tourism destinations in Sharm El Sheikh as well.
Sharm El Sheikh is famous for rich marine life and unparalleled colorful coral reefs, so you should not miss the opportunity to closely see seabed. If you do not prefer diving, the glass boat provides you with a safe voyage among the marine creatures.
The Red Sea is a home to many types of dolphins. The dolphin show in Sharm El-Sheikh provides you with the chance to see these beautiful creatures as they offer sports and activity shows. You can also swim and take pictures with them.
The charming Arabian nights are one of the tourist attractions, so the One Thousand and One Nights Complex was built in the Hadabet Um El Sayyed. It is an entertainment complex that offers dancing performances, artistic and singing evenings, and popular concerts with traditional music.
In fact, every inch in Sharm El Sheikh has a tourist attraction. This is not an exaggeration, as the city is full of entertainment places, and conference rooms. The city also has more than 400 international hotels, tourist villages, resorts, nature reserves and places for safari. The most important of which are as follows:
Ras Mohammed is about 12 kilometers away from Sharm El Sheikh and is located at the meeting point of the two Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez. Ras Mohammed enjoys white sands, pure water, and rare land and marine animals. It is an archaeological site that includes treasures of sunken ships, unique coral reefs, mangroves and medicinal plants.
The Peace Icon Memorial is one of the most important landmarks of Sharm El Sheikh, which is located on the Airport Road. The Peace Icon Memorial is a statue of black granite clusters holding a lotus flower, with 8 wings, embraces a globe and above it pigeons fly carrying olive branches. The Icon was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest metal artwork in the world.
In 2006, the memorial was established to commemorate the victims of the Boeing 737 plane crash in the waters of the Gulf of Aqaba. The memorial includes the names of the 148 victims, and was designed in a way that expresses life and death and rhythmically moves with the wind.
The Peace Park extends over an area of about 33 acres. It contains more than 37 different types of rare plants, and some types of medicinal plants that only grow in South Sinai.
It is a museum that includes the Camp David documents and the Taba recapture agreement after years of Israeli occupation, which mainly resulted in the establishment of Sharm El Sheikh.
It is a distinguished international airport that receives flights from all over the world. Sharm El Sheikh Airport includes 3 terminals, and is one of the most important engineering edifices in the Sinai Peninsula. The airport has a duty free market and another market dedicated to buying souvenirs and gifts. Also, there are restaurants and cafes to keep passengers entertained while waiting for their flights to or from Egypt.
Sharm El Sheikh is a commercial center and includes many distinguished malls, including:
1. Soho Square Mall
Soho Square Mall is located in the heart of a square with the same name. The mall is located in the White Knight Bay, in front of the Savoy Hotel, and 20 minutes away from Naama Bay. The Mall features a strategic location that is easily accessible from everywhere in Sharm El Sheikh. The Mall also provides a large number of various stores, where you can buy clothes, watches, perfumes, gifts, and accessories at reasonable prices.
2. Mercato Mall
Mercato Mall Sharm El Sheikh is one of the best shopping places in the city. It has a large area and outdoor spaces to spend time in the open air. The Mall also has a large number of international stores, such as Adidas, Timberland, many restaurants, cafes and entertainment places of kids and elders. The Mall is located in Hadabet Um El Sayed area.
3. Genena Mall
It is one of the largest malls in Sharm El Sheikh and located in Naama Bay. The Mall includes more than 300 shops selling clothes, shoes, perfumes and accessories. Also, there are restaurants, cafes, a bowling alley, an ice skating area, a children's amusement park and a movie theater to watch the latest movies. Besides, there is an outdoor plaza for sitting and holding singing events.
4. Naama Center
The Naama Center is distinguished by its location in the Naama Bay area. The Center has various shops, restaurants, cafes and shops selling handicrafts produced by the residents of the area, in addition to souvenirs and gifts.
5. Hollywood Mall
It is one of the most important entertainment areas in Sharm El Sheikh. The Mall is only about 5 minutes away from Naama Bay and includes many entertainment activities and performances. There are statues of the most famous Hollywood movies, shops selling souvenirs and clothes and restaurants and cafes to meet all tastes.
6. Plaza Mall
It is one of the famous malls in Sharm El Sheikh. It is located in the Sultan Qaboos area and includes many international stores, pharmacies, food stores, supermarkets, and shops for clothes, perfumes, and other commodities.
Sharm El Sheikh is known for the high quality of hotels and resorts, and for being the destination of the elite of all social classes. Hotels and tourist villages in the City provide all services that visitors need. Many hotels are located on the picturesque beach of the Red Sea and here are the most prominent places where you can spend an enjoyable time and the best stay:
The resort is located in a very privileged area in Sharm El-Sheikh, as it is about 11 kilometers away from Naama Bay, 8 kilometers from Soho Square, and only 9 kilometers from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport.
The Sunrise Arabian Beach Resort enjoys distinct views over a private beach that overlooks the charming island of Tiran. The resort is surrounded by extensive gardens and has international restaurants, gyms, spa, sauna, and free internet connection.
It is one of the distinguished resorts in Sharm El-Sheikh. The resort has integrated services, including sports halls, health clubs, an aqua park, tennis courts, beaches, billiard halls, a wonderful sandy beach, 11 swimming pools, 7 luxurious restaurants, and 5 bars that provide excellent service for visitors.
The Rixos Premium Seagate Resort is about 8 kilometers away from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, and about 22 kilometers away from Naama Bay. All rooms feature views over the sea and include a TV, wardrobe and phone. Also, there are more complete suites.
Hyatt Regency Resort has 3 private beaches and stunning gardens and landscapes surrounding it. All rooms have wonderful views over the unique Red Sea coast and there are shops, international restaurants, gyms and free internet services within the Resort. The resort is located only about 3 minutes away from Naama Bay, 10 minutes away from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, and about 11 minutes away from the old market.
The Hyatt Regency provides its guests with an open car park without any additional fees and includes a shopping center with a mini-market to buy all types of food and snacks. Moreover, there are a jewelry store, a store for gifts, a beauty salon, a bank, a 24-hour medical clinic, as well as housekeeping, cleaning service, and a tourist office.
The Savoy Resort is located in the heart of Soho Square, which is the most popular square in Sharm El Sheikh. The resort is owned by the Savoy Company (the owner of the 5-star resort and hotels), and extends over an area of about 200,000 square meters. The resort enjoys views over the Red Sea, and includes spacious gardens and 5 swimming pools for elders and kids. Additionally, there is a water park and water sports, such as snorkeling and diving. The resort also has private squash and tennis courts, 6 international restaurants that offer meals from all the wonderful kitchens with different international flavors and tastes and various bars that offer visitors a distinct nightlife. The resort is 8 kilometers from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.
It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts in the Sharm El Sheikh, especially as it provides an affordable price for one night stay for many people. The resort includes integrated services, including shops, ATMs, parking lots, various restaurants, airport shuttle service, swimming pools, and the beach dedicated to exercising Scuba diving and snorkeling. Rooms at Porto Sharm El Sheikh have air conditioning, TV, kitchen and enjoy views over the swimming pool.
The Resort is 10 kilometers away from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, 21 kilometers from Naama Bay, and 12 kilometers from Soho Square.
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