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Port Ghalib is just ten minutes away from Marsa Alam airport and it is a holiday resort with massive aspirations. Proudly located on the Red Sea in Southern Egypt, the blueprint is build a world class incorporated resort community. The centre piece of Port Ghalib will be the marina that’ll be capable of handling more than 1,000 boats.
It is also well known to scuba divers who fly here to catch their liveaboards that leave from Port Ghalib and Emperor Divers function from the Marina Lodge at one of the very best hotel/diving setups you can hope to find anywhere on the planet. The unspoilt reefs provide some fantastic scuba diving along the coast with the famous Elphinestone Reef towards the south being a very popular diving destination.
Port Ghalib is also making its mark within the entertainment world. In 2009, Beyonce performed here as part of her “I am…” tour. It had been the first time the super star had performed in The Red Sea or the Middle East and her appearance was very successful. Appealing to world megastars like Beyonce underlines the aspirations of Port Ghalib to make their name identified around the planet. Yet, it’s not likely that personalities such as Beyonce are going to be at Port Ghalib each week although there are still other things for people to do if they prefer a bit of adventure to soaking in the sun’s rays.
Mentioned previously, Port Ghalib is a departure point for the majority of of the southern Red Sea liveaboard cruise trips. Day boats also work from Port Ghalib with Emperor Divers who are based in the Marina Lodge hotel. There are quite a few great dive sites up and down the coastline from Marsa Alam and in contrast to the more popular resorts of Hurghada and Sharm, there are hardly any dive boats in the area which means normally your group may be the only ones at the dive site. Abu Dabab is a well-liked shore dive destination at the Sol Y Mar hotel to the south. People come in to watch the turtles feeding on the sea grass and if they are lucky, the resident Dugong may also turn up. Abu Dabab is rather shallow consequently snorkellers can also come along too.
For non-divers, an array of water sports can be found or you are able to merely spend the days sun bathing. Excursions are also available to Luxor, Cairo, the historical town of Quseir or even a camel trading market.
Port Ghalib, the new luxury resort by the Red Sea, has confirmed that ‘R’n'B’ superstar, Beyonce Knowles, will headline the resort’s official launch party on November 6th. It is the first time Beyonce has performed in Egypt and will form part of her “I AM… Sasha Fierce” global tour.Eng. Ibrahim Saleh, Vice President of AL-Kharafi Group, the owner of Port Ghalib Resort Company said of the plans: “Beyonce’s decision to perform here at Port Ghalib is great news and will only add to the resort’s growing reputation as one of the most exciting new luxury holiday destinations in the Middle East. She will have a fantastic time here – we’re looking forward to giving her a five star welcome.”
Also planned for the launch is a national record-setting fireworks display. Details of the concert tickets can be found here. (Opening concert holiday packages will also be available and will include flights, hotel accommodation and special brunch and beach party activities.
Port Ghalib is serviced by Marsa Alam International Airport, which is situated five minutes from the hotel. The airport, one of the fastest growing in the MENA region, is preparing to deliver fans flying from destinations across the Middle East and Europe.
“Beyonce and her visiting fans will be spoilt for choice during their stay. By day they can relax on the beach or in the Six Senses Spa, or take part in one of the many outdoor activities that Port Ghalib is gaining a strong reputation for providing, from scuba diving to desert safaris. By night they can browse the traditional Egyptian souk or eat and drink in the several bars and restaurants the resort has to offer,” said Mr Saleh.
The resort has already hosted a number of high profile VIPs including a number of pop stars and the Philippine President.