Sharm el Sheikh is an Egyptian city located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. The city is nicknamed the City of Peace because it has hosted numerous peace conferences over the years. Situated so that it overlooks the Straits of Tiran, a smaller body of water connected to the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh is an expansive coastal city with clear water and beautiful beaches. The climate is dry and temperate and suitable for many outdoor activities year-round. Many international visitors come to Sharm el Sheikh for the world class scuba diving and snorkeling that the variety of wonderful marine life has brought to this region.
For serious divers, nearby Ras Muhammad National Park offers the opportunity to explore underwater reefs and the shipwreck of the SS Thistlegorm, a British ship that sank off the coast nearly seventy years ago. The park also includes two islands and a series of underwater caves. Nature lovers may also take time to explore the Nabq Managed Resource Protected Area where they may view mangroves, coral reefs, and sandy dunes along with local flora and fauna.
With more than five million visitors annually, tourism is the Sharm el Sheikh’s most important industry. Because of this, Sharm el Sheikh is the home of many hotels and resorts, including those familiar to Western travelers, such as Hyatt Regency, Marriott, and Four Seasons. The city also boasts the longest continuously operated nightclub in the Middle East the Little Buddha.
Sharm el Sheikh has a vibrant and culturally diverse nightlife with many African clubs in addition to those representing both local and more international cultures. Well-known American businesses, including Starbucks and the Hard Rock Cafe, have found a home in Sharm el Sheikh too. For those interested in local culture, visitors can purchase authentic Bedouin crafts, sold by conveniently located vendors from their stands.
Further afield, some 50 miles75 kilometers northwest of the city proper, history buffs can visit The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery, at least 1600 years old, is the oldest still used for its original purpose. With appropriate travel documents, visitors can also expand their Sharm el Sheikh holidays to take in the Pyramids at Giza, located on the African side of Egypt.
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