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Flights to Sharm el Sheikh are operating normally and it retains its holiday appeal despite the soft coup in Cairo to the north. According to Al-Jazeera, the new President Mohamed Morsi pledges to bring unity to the country.
Seeking to stabilise all aspects of Egyptian tourism and culture, his recently elected tourism minister Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou is held to be a thoughtful and internationally well-connected man by the International Council of Tourism Partners. The Council’s president, Geoffrey Lipman, is quoted in Travel Weekly as saying that Zaazou has a massive commitment to well-being in the sector. This is encouraging for those thinking of flying to Sharm, still in the top ten destinations for British travellers.
From diving to horse riding:
Sun, sea, sand and an abundance of resort hotels in all price ranges will attract the traveller looking for diving, snorkelling, desert scenery and Bedouin culture.
The Blue Hole in the Red Sea at Dahab is a magnet for divers, as are the coral reefs at The Ras Mohammed National Park, and the dolphins of Tiran Island. If you just fancy a swim, the water is warm and clear all year round.
For those who like to keep their feet dry, try sand boarding in the dunes near Dahab, or riding horses on the beach before heading to Na’ama Bay for the restaurants and nightlife.
See the ships of the desert under full sail
For a day at the races like no other, check out the South Sinai Camel Festival in May. Seventeen rival tribes compete, and if you want to learn more about Bedouin culture, then book a tour to a traditional village. End the evening with stargazing beneath the unpolluted skies of the desert.
Travel back in time
Book a trip to St Catherine’s Monastery where the oldest complete copy of the Bible was discovered, and walk in Moses' footsteps, as you survey Mount Sinai.
Making the dream a reality
A visa is not required if you intend to stay in Sharm-el-Sheik and the surrounding area. Mark your landing card ‘Sinai only’, but at £10 it offers freedom to visit Ras Mohammed or dive further out at sea. Log onto the Egyptian Consulate website for details. Arabic is the main language but English is widely understood. Flight prices peak in September and October but good deals can be found online all year.
The Sinai Peninsula never ceases to amaze and you will find a five hour flight is a ticket to a lifetime of memories.
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