Media outlets love dramatic stories and the Arab Spring of 2011 certainly provided plenty of those. Egypt has always been one of the more advanced Middle East countries when it comes to tourism with stunning history, wonder beach resorts and superb scuba diving opportunities. Egyptair offer direct flights from New York to Cairo so getting to Egypt from the US is relatively easy. Cairo has plenty to offer the tourist so it is definitely worth spending a couple of days here before exploring other parts of Egypt.
Internal flights are available to popular tourist destinations of Aswan (for Lake Nasser Cruises), Luxor (for Nile Cruises) as well as the beach resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Cairo is also an excellent hub to get to other parts of the Middle East and Europe with connections to Amman (Jordan), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania for safaris).
One of the great things about visiting Egypt are the excellent hotel rates available for tourists. A quick search on the internet and you can find a 2* hotel in Cairo, not far from Tahir Square for 15GBP (23USD) per night. This is for a private room with en-suite and free wifi. This is a cheaper price than you will pay in some New York hostels.
Many people are concerned about the political situation in Egypt. There is no denying things have changed. The new government is certainly more pro-Islam than Mubarak but this doesn’t mean they are so extreme they want to prevent Westerns visiting their country. Unlike many of their neighbours, Egypt doesn’t have the luxury of huge natural resource reserves and tourism provides vital income.
Our advice is start planning your trip to Egypt sooner rather than later. It is still an amazing place to visit.
The resort of Sharm el Sheikh remains as popular as ever and to help out holiday makers looking for a late deal, Avro have added extra capacity from both Gatwick and Manchester for the February half term.
There will be extra capacity from Gatwick departing Friday 10th and 17th February while the extra capacity from Manchester will depart on Sunday 12th and 19th February.
There are a wide range of hotels available in Sharm to suit all budgets so if you are looking for a bit of winter sun then get booking now to avoid missing out.
If you fancy scuba diving, why not check out Emperor Divers who are handily based in Na’ama Bay and can offer a full range of course and daily diving. Full details of their prices and special offers can be found on their website – http://www.emperordivers.com
For more information about Sharm el Sheikh, check out our Sharm page
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The Chamber of Diving and Water Sports in Hurghada has reported the theft of 49 scuba tanks from Aquarius Diving Club.
The tank numbers are:
Anyone with information should contact CDWS or Aquarius Diving Club.
Easyjet Holidays have launched a new campaign ‘There’s more to Egypt‘. It is showcasing how much there is do on a holiday to Egypt, from scuba-diving in the Red Sea, quad-biking in the desert, soaking up the culture on a day trip to the pyramids in Luxor or just relaxing on the beautiful white sandy beaches.
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Dahab translates to ‘Gold’ in Arabic and this relaxed resort around sixty minutes north of Sharm el Sheikh and less than sixty minutes from the international airport is a treasure in the Sinai peninsula. Sharm el Sheikh is tailored considerably more for tourists while Dahab was normally a more laid back surroundings historically where backbackers would travel to looking for a less busy getaway. Even though the interest in the destination is growing, it is still a superb place to go to for anyone looking for a more low key destination.
A large number of first time visitors to Egypt will opt for the large destinations of Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada but Dahab features a appeal of its own that people returning to Egypt discovered. All along the main bay are several small cafes and restaurants, a number have their own little bit of beach. People go to Dahab to sit back with a drink and look out over the clear, blue waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.
Dahab is also a renowned location for scuba divers who travel here to dive the legendary ‘Blue Hole’. The dive centres in Sharm el Sheikh and Nuweiba regularly bring divers here for a day trip and this gives an indication of the attraction of the dive site. Of all the fantastic dive sites in Egypt, the Blue Hole in Dahab is considered one site that every diver must experience. It isn’t the only dive site in the Dahab region and the water is teeming with vibrant fish and gorgeous coral reefs.
For those searching for a little retail therapy, you’ll find the regular mementos available coupled with places to get jewellery, perfumes and other fragrances. It is usually possible to bargain with the market stall owners to try to obtain a good deal and haggling is also a part of the shopping experience in most of the normal shops regardless of what they are selling.
Dahab is also a great starting point to head out and explore the Sinai. Snorkelling tours are common as are quad bikes out in the desert. Day trips to St Catherine’s Monastery high in the Sinai mountains are recommended, even if you pick the very early start time to see the sun rise from Mount Sinai. For everyone wanting a stress-free destination which has a bit of character, Dahab is probably worth thinking about.