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The City of Peace

Aug 18, 2007
Sharm el-Sheikh often known simply as Sharm, is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in Janub Sina, Egypt, on the coastal strip between Mount Sinai and the Red Sea. It has been heralded as The City of Peace.

Sharm el Sheikh is part of a thriving tourist industry in this part of Egypt. It has given the Red Sea an international reputation as one of the world's most extraordinary diving destinations in the Red Sea.

It has a particularly stunning coastal resort and lies along the southerly coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba. Located close to both the Ras Mohammed National Park and also Tiran Island,

This area is certainly not known for its local art galleries and museums and has little to offer tourists expecting these cultural attractions.

Dahab has lots of little shops along a seaside promenade, and plenty of small beachfront cafes where you can relax. You will find all the usual souvenirs woven rugs, shish as, silver jewellery, leather stuff, camels in all sizes, papyrus prints, incense, spices, perfume, embroidered shirts and bags

Naama Bay is the main area of Sharm El Sheikh, and the centre for shopping, dining, drinking and entertainment here you will find a huge number of souvenir shops and bazaars, restaurants, cafes, bars, dive shops, tour operators, casinos, internet cafes and lots of hotels. Naama Bay is most definitely very touristy. Know that the prices here are pretty high, you can get your desired souvenirs quite a bit cheaper elsewhere. There are several pedestrian streets in Naama Bay all pretty much deserted during the day, but very lively at night.

Na'ama Bay is a long sandy bay and was where the first hotel appeared in the early eighties. The development of the shore-line on this bay is now complete and the sea front boasts a beautiful paved walk way, lined with bougainvillaea and oleander, following the full sweep of the bay. Na'ama Bay is the target for tourists in the evenings. This is where you will find many restaurants shops, bars and Sheesha cafes.

St Catherines is a the monastery that sits on the peak of Mount Sinai, arguably the biblical place where God spoke to Moses. It is a climb for the fit worth while starting in the wee hours and reaching the summit for the sunrise. Be sensitive to the fact that it still operates as a monastery, do not miss the room with the skulls of former residents.
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Douglas Scott works for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Sharm el Sheikh Villa Rental Site
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