Sharm El Sheikh
General Information About Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh, the city of peace, is your ticket to a world of unlimited rewards. It has what satisfies all tastes and inclinations. If you are a nature lover, relaxation seeker, or an adventure enthusiast, then Sharm El Sheikh is your ideal holiday destination.
Sharm El Sheikh is a memorable retreat at the Red Sea, standing as one of the world’s premier destinations. It enjoys year around sunshine and boasts an array of attractions catering to different travelers.
The area consists of downtown Sharm El Maya, the busy Naama Bay and Sharks Bay further up the coast. Sharm El Sheikh, the holiday destination that will leave you with breathtaking memories is the most popular destination in South Sinai. It is also a perfect base from which to explore the region’s stunning coastline and rugged interior. You can dive, snorkel or simply paddle in the waters of the Red Sea at Ras Um El Sid , Turtle Bay and the Strait of Tiran . You can also visit the amazing national park of Ras Mohamed.
The city is renowned for housing one of the world’s best diving sites . The dazzling diversity of corals and aquatic species offer a picturesque adventure over the surface and through the depths of the Red Sea. For those who enjoy watching the splendid marine life of the Red Sea without being involved in any diving or snorkeling activities, there are scheduled submarine or glass boat trips that could be arranged. For the more adventurous travelers, mountain climbing is an intriguing experience in Sharm El Sheikh, given its mountain landscape.
Apart from aquatic activities, you can take a camel trek into the desert to visit Bedouin villages, mystical oases, or the mangrove forests of Nabq . Or you can stay in town, and enjoy the most exotic culinary experience at one of its world class international restaurants.
If you are looking for a luxurious lifestyle, then Sharm El Sheikh is the place to be as the city boasts an extensive collection of the world’s high-end hotels & resorts. At night, the city thrives on the variety of nightlife and entertainment choices; there are plenty of bars, discotheques, and clubs.
After your trip to Sharm El Sheikh comes to an end, stop at its various shopping outlets to bring a souvenir for your loved ones. Shops offer beautiful handicrafts and other magnificent options to choose form.
For those who love to shop, Sharm El-Sheikh provides ample opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. Sharm El Sheikh is famous for producing jewellery, leather goods and rugs. Expect to haggle when shopping in Sharm El Sheikh! It is all part of the experience and the shop owners will be shocked if you don’t try to negotiate! The majority of shops and shopping centres are based in Naama Bay but Sharm Old Market is great for hunting out bargains. If you want real value for money you should go south-west to Dahab which is less busy and less commercialised than Sharm.
There is more to Sharm El-Sheikh than beaches, sea and shopping of course. It’s a well developed area that feels “European” with refined hotels, facilities and amenities. Sharm el Sheikh has a fantastic range of restaurants, bars and cafes to visit as well as the hotels own all inclusive menus. The market area in Old Sharm is popular for its abundance of seafood restaurants and cheap prices.
The Il Mercato promenade, often called “Les Champs Elysee” of Sinai close to the Iberotel IL Mercato Hotel offers a varied selection of excellent cafes and restaurants.
There’s even an 18-hole Championship golf course in Jolie Ville Golf Resort, located only five kilometres from the main hotels in Sharm el Sheikh which is open to non guests. It includes a driving range and artificial lakes and is a perfect escape for those who love the game.
Pacha is situated in the of Naama bay , and is the premier party place in Sharm El Sheikh that embodies the essence of the Pacha spirit with a twist of mystical Arabia added for pure indulgence.
Little Buddha is located in the heart of Naama Bay , and being one of the hottest venues in Sharm El Sheikh, it provides its clientele with the finest dining experience, an eclectic atmosphere, sublime surroundings, and the latest sounds from around the globe.
Hard Rock Cafe
When in Egypt, knock the Sinai sand from your sandals and settle into the Hard Rock Cafe Sharm El Sheikh for a tall cool drink to quench your parched throat. The restaurant’s huge guitar and sky dome act as an oasis beckoning every desert denizen to a good time. It provides a fascinating atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes.
It is a two-storey restaurant/bar that offers both indoor and outdoor areas. The lower floor is an ideal venue for those willing to indulge in a drink along with lively music, while the top floor overlooks Naama Bay and offers a more relaxing atmosphere with number of sumptuous international dishes and shisha.
The award-winning entertainment centre of Sharm El Sheikh is situated in the heart of the Savoy Resort on White Knight Beach and is a magnet for all visitors to Sharm to come and enjoy not only our stylish restaurants, bars and cafés with live entertainers and singers, but also the tennis, squash, ice skating, bowling and much, much more
POPULAR EXCURSIONS IN Sharm El Sheikh
HALF-DAY AND FULL-DAY EXCURSIONS
The following excursions are just a few of the many available at your resort, please check with your resorts travel desk for complete details including rates as prices vary per excursion.
DO'S AND DON'TS WHEN TRAVELING TO egypt
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Egyptians are known for their great sense of humour, kindness and hospitality. It is always a fruitful cultural exchange so don’t miss out on that.
This will not only help you get around more easily, but locals will also appreciate your effort. Here are some common colloquial Arabic phrases that will come in handy during your time in Egypt:
Good morning / evening
Sabah el foll / masaa el foll
What’s your name?
(Male) Ismak aih? (Female) Esmik aih?
My name is…
Have a nice day
Atmana lak youm saeed
Where is the bathroom?
Fain el hammam?
(Male) Enta, (Female) Enti
Me / Him / Her
Ana / Howa / Heyya
(Male) Men fudluk, (Female) Men fudlik
How much is this?
I’m hungry / thirsty
Ana awez akol, ana awez ashrab
My Arabic is poor
Ana mesh bafham Arabi kwayyes
If you’re not sure what something means, just ask. Most Egyptians will be happy to assist you.
There are delicious dishes to throughout Egypt, and you should try it all! No matter if it is from a street stall or at a formal restaurant, you’ll find scrumptious food cooked fresh and served with plenty of the renowned Egyptian hospitality.
- Mahshi: stuffed vine leaves, cabbage, aubergine, sweet peppers and zucchini
- Fiteer Baladi: Egyptian filo pastry with sweet and savoury dips
- Hawawshi: baked minced beef sandwich
- Shawerma: shaved meat with garlic sauce
- Koshary: a rice and pasta mix with spicy red sauce (popular with vegans)
- Falafel: Egyptian ones are very green and crunchy (best falafel you’ll ever taste!)
- Foule: Fava beans with vegetables, cumin and oil
- Roz bel Laban: Cream Egyptian rice pudding (try it with ice-cream or fresh cream)
- Om Ali: Egyptian bread pudding with nuts and raisins
Most first time visitors to Cairo usually pick hotels near the Pyramids. That is fine if you don’t plan to visit any other district in Cairo, but the area around the Pyramids is pretty far from everything. Ideally, you should pick a more central location like Tahrir or Zamalek for better access to the rest of the city.
Egypt is mostly an Islamic country, and even though they are quite tolerant, you will get looked at, etc. which is not very pleasant. When entering religious sites, you may be required to cover your knees and shoulders. It’s a good idea for women to keep a scarf with them when visiting such places. If you are going out at night to one of the posh places you can wear whatever you feel like without a worry.
That is looked down upon. Couples kissing on the street, even a kiss on the cheek might be unacceptable in some areas in Egypt. Handholding and shaking hands is ok in general, but strict Muslims don’t shake hands with people of the opposite sex to avoid any physical contact.
(to be sure you have the right information). Sometimes people will give you directions even if they don’t know the place.
Unless you’re very confident, in such situations wait for someone to cross with you, or ask someone to help you. Most Egyptians will be happy to oblige. This doesn’t apply for all streets, of course, but in cities like Cairo and Alexandria where traffic is congested and traffic signs may be hard to locate, cars won’t stop to let you cross, and you have to find a way between them. To foreigners, Egyptian drivers are suicidal. To Egyptians, leaving more than a few centimetres between cars is wasted space.
Especially for women, if you have to travel by public transit, always try to sit next to other women. You can avoid unwanted attention if you, for example, take the first car on the underground train.
Agree with the taxi driver on the fare before getting in. In Cairo they have the metered (“white taxi”), but always check the meter is working. Otherwise leave the taxi and take another. You can leave a three-pound tip at the end of your ride. It is preferable to use Uber or Careem and they are available in most cities in Egypt.
Unless you are travelling with a guide or someone who knows the area, you should not be there.
Many places you’ll visit or want to buy something from don’t take credit cards. It is advisable to have exact change, especially when you’re in a market or buying street food but don’t carry a lot of money.
Keep in mind that the Egyptian culture revolves around tipping. People will request a tip for simple tasks like holding a door or giving directions. This is expected for both visitors, and locals as well. Sometimes people won’t take tips, but usually, they will, as they have small salaries.
Within reasonable limits, bargaining in souvenir markets is expected and is a good way of starting a conversation.
When both signs and personnel indicate that photos are not allowed PLEASE just follow the rules and don’t take photos in such places. Paintings on the walls of temples, tombs, and statues of Egypt are delicate and taking photos of them, especially using a flashbulb dulls the colours on the paintings, damaging artefacts that are over 5,000 years old.
Egypt is unlike any other country, in Arabic, it is called “Om el Donia” which means “the Mother of the World”
You will need an international driving license and nerves of steel! Taking a bus or a taxi will give you the luxury of enjoying the chaos from the safety of your passenger seat.
People in Egypt are quite laid back, so sometimes people will be late or delayed because of traffic and you will have to get used to it during your stay.
For men it’s ok, but its preferable to wear tshirts instead. Egypt is a predominately Muslim country and even non-Muslims there are quite conservative. Therefore generally revealing clothing are not recommended. This does not apply if you are visiting Red Sea towns like Sharm-El-Sheikh, Dahab, Marsa Alam and Hurghada. In these coastal resorts, wearing this type of clothing is acceptable.
offering services like city tours, special visits to tombs, sites or shops…etc. It’s always safer to use registered tour operators and agents.
Egyptians are kind people and most of them are truly helpful. However, at some tourist areas, some people might tell you they’re going to show you or bring you into select areas of the attraction. These people tend to allow tourists into areas that are off-limits to get tips and sometimes to rob them.
This is good advice where you’re travelling. Go out and buy bottled water or carry your own reusable bottle, which is better for the environment.
Make sure you are at a designated bar, disco or at a private residence. Unless you are in a tourist place where this is common it’s not socially acceptable, and in some areas, it’s forbidden by law but in some eateries, drinking is allowed. If you do drink, you should not do so in excess and avoid drinking brands of hard liquor you are not familiar with. While you may just trying to be friendly, it is considered rude to offer alcohol to someone who is Muslim.
When strolling through markets and tourist attractions you will meet vendors everywhere. It can get a bit overwhelming as they will all be trying to sell you something. However, there is no need to feel intimidated. If you are not interested in what they’re peddling, firmly tell them no thank you, and continue walking. In Arabic, no thank you is: “la, shukrun.”
That is a big no-no wherever you’re travelling. While people in certain parts of Egypt may dress differently than Westerners that doesn’t mean it is ok to take their photos without permission. Keep in mind you may have to give a tip for taking a photo. Even more importantly, taking photos of military or police personnel, buildings and vehicles is strictly forbidden in Egypt.
Unless you are a Muslim and are going to pray, wait until the prayer is over before venturing inside. Men and women pray in separate quarters in mosques and when entering, women must cover their heads, arms and legs and make sure you take off your shoes.
Women, too, can hold hands or link arms. It doesn’t mean they are gay, it’s just part of the culture.
This behaviour is not acceptable and might offend the people around you.
(unless you have all your vaccines and you’re not afraid of being bitten or scratched).
Flying drones is not allowed anywhere in the country of Egypt. According to the Egyptian Aviation Act under Article 46, sentence 8: “No unmanned aircraft is allowed to fly or to work in the territory of the State unless by permission of the Civil Aviation Authority. In all cases, using unmanned aircrafts is prohibited as per the rules of the Air and Air Traffic outlined in this respect.”