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SHARM EL SHEIKH (Arabic : شرم الشيخ‎, IPA: ) is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula
Sinai Peninsula
, in South Sinai Governorate , Egypt
Egypt
, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea
Red Sea
. Its population is approximately 73,000 as of 2015. Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate, which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab
Dahab
and Nuweiba
Nuweiba
as well as the mountainous interior, St. Catherine and Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai
. Today the city is a holiday resort and significant centre for tourism in Egypt.

CONTENTS

* 1 Name * 2 Geography and history * 3 Climate * 4 Economy and tourism * 5 Transport * 6 Scuba diving and water sports * 7 Education * 8 Twin Towns * 9 Gallery * 10 See also * 11 References * 12 External links

NAME

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Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
("Bay of the Sheikh" in Arabic) is sometimes called the "City of Peace", referring to the large number of international peace conferences that have been held there. It was known as Şarm-üş Şeyh during Ottoman rule, and as Ofira during Israeli occupation between 1967 and 1982. Among Egyptians
Egyptians
and Israelis
Israelis
, the name of the city is commonly shortened to "Sharm" (Egyptian Arabic: ; Hebrew: ). The name is also sometimes written as Sharm al-Sheikh, Sharm el-Sheik or Sharm al-Sheik in English.

GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY

Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
is located on the Egyptian Red Sea
Red Sea
coast, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula
Sinai Peninsula
.

Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
is on a promontory overlooking the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Aqaba
. Its strategic importance led to its transformation from a fishing village into a major port and naval base for the Egyptian Navy
Egyptian Navy
. It was captured by Israel
Israel
during the Suez Crisis of 1956 and restored to Egypt
Egypt
in 1957. A United Nations peacekeeping force was subsequently stationed there until the 1967 Six-Day War
Six-Day War
when it was recaptured by Israel. Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
remained under Israeli control until the Sinai peninsula was restored again to Egypt
Egypt
in 1982 after the Egypt– Israel
Israel
Peace Treaty of 1979.

A hierarchical planning approach was adopted for the Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Aqaba
, whereby their components were evaluated and subdivided into zones, cities and centers. In accordance with this approach, the Gulf of Aqaba
Aqaba
zone was subdivided into four cities: Taba , Nuweiba
Nuweiba
, Dahab
Dahab
and Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
city has been subdivided into five homogeneous centers, namely Nabq, Ras Nusrani, Naama Bay , Umm Sid and Sharm El Maya.

Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
city, together with Naama Bay , Hay el Nour, Hadaba, Rowaysat, Montazah and Shark\'s Bay form a metropolitan area .

Before 1967, Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
was little more than an occasional base of operations for local fishermen; the nearest permanent settlement was in Nabk, north of Ras El Nasrani ("The Tiran Straits"). Commercial development of the area began during the Israeli presence in the area. The Israelis
Israelis
built the town of Ofira , overlooking Sharm El Maya Bay and the Nesima area, and opened the first tourist-oriented establishments in the area 6 km north at Naama Bay. These included a marina hotel on the southern side of the bay, a nature field school on the northern side, diving clubs , a now well-known promenade, and the Naama Bay Hotel. The site off the shore gun emplacements at Ras Nasrani opposite Tiran Island is now a diving area.

After Sinai was restored to Egypt
Egypt
in 1982, the Egyptian government embarked on an initiative to encourage continued development of the city. Foreign investors – some of whom had discovered the potential of the locality during the Israeli occupation – contributed to a spate of building projects. Environmental zoning laws currently limit the height of buildings in Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
so as to avoid obscuring the natural beauty of the surroundings.

In 2005, the resort was hit by the Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
terrorist attacks , which were perpetrated by an extremist Islamist organisation and aimed at Egypt's tourist industry. Eighty-eight people were killed, the majority of them Egyptians, and over 200 were wounded by the attack, making it the deadliest terrorist action in the country's history (exceeding the Luxor massacre of 1997). The city has hosted a number of important Middle Eastern peace conferences, including 2010 Israeli-Palestinian direct talks .

The city has played host to a number of important Middle Eastern peace conferences, including the 4 September 1999 agreement to restore Palestinian self-rule over the Gaza Strip
Gaza Strip
. A second summit was held at Sharm on 17 October 2000 following the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada , but it failed to end the violence. A summit was held in the city on 3 August 2005 on developments in the Arab
Arab
world, such as the situation in the Arab–Israeli conflict . Again in 2007, an important ministerial meeting took place in Sharm, where dignitaries discussed Iraqi reconstruction. The World Economic Forum on the Middle East was also hosted by Sharm el-Sheikh in 2006 and 2008.

Amidst the 2011 Egyptian protests , President Hosni Mubarak reportedly went to Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
and resigned there on 11 February 2011.

CLIMATE

The city experiences a subtropical arid climate, classified by the Köppen-Geiger system as hot desert (BWh). Typical temperatures range from 18 to 23 °C (64 to 73 °F) in January and 33 to 37 °C (91 to 99 °F) in August. The temperature of the Red Sea
Red Sea
in this region ranges from 21 to 28 °C (70 to 82 °F) over the course of the year.

Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam
, Kosseir and Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
have the warmest winter night temperatures of cities and resorts in Egypt
Egypt
.

The highest recorded temperature was 46 °C (115 °F) on June 2, 2013, and the lowest recorded temperature was 5 °C (41 °F) on February 23, 2000.

CLIMATE DATA FOR SHARM EL SHEIKH

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 28.9 (84) 30.6 (87.1) 32.2 (90) 38.8 (101.8) 42.8 (109) 46.0 (114.8) 42.6 (108.7) 43.6 (110.5) 43.2 (109.8) 39.8 (103.6) 35.2 (95.4) 30.7 (87.3) 46 (114.8)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 21.7 (71.1) 22.4 (72.3) 25.1 (77.2) 29.8 (85.6) 33.9 (93) 37.0 (98.6) 37.5 (99.5) 37.5 (99.5) 35.4 (95.7) 31.5 (88.7) 27.0 (80.6) 23.2 (73.8) 30.17 (86.3)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 13.3 (55.9) 13.7 (56.7) 16.1 (61) 20.1 (68.2) 23.8 (74.8) 26.5 (79.7) 26.7 (80.1) 28.0 (82.4) 26.5 (79.7) 23.4 (74.1) 18.9 (66) 15.0 (59) 21 (69.8)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) 8.2 (46.8) 5.0 (41) 7.4 (45.3) 11.0 (51.8) 18.0 (64.4) 20.5 (68.9) 17.6 (63.7) 24.2 (75.6) 21.2 (70.2) 17.8 (64) 13.8 (56.8) 15.0 (59) 5 (41)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 0.5 (0.02) 0.2 (0.008) 1.2 (0.047) 0.2 (0.008) 0.5 (0.02) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.0 (0) 0.04 (0.0016) 0.8 (0.031) 3.3 (0.13) 0.5 (0.02) 7.24 (0.2856)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION DAYS (≥ 0.01 MM) 0.3 0.1 0.5 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.4 0.4 0.3 2.2

AVERAGE RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%) 43 40 42 39 34 32 35 36 40 45 46 46 39.8

MEAN DAILY SUNSHINE HOURS 8.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 12.0 11.0 10.0 9.0 8.0 10.3

PERCENT POSSIBLE SUNSHINE 73 82 83 77 79 93 93 92 92 91 82 80 84.8

Source #1: World Meteorological Organization , NOAA (humidity and records)

Source #2: Voodoo Skies for record temperatures, Weather Atlas (sunshine data)

CLIMATE DATA FOR SHARM EL-SHEIKH

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE SEA TEMPERATURE °C (°F) 23.3 (74.0) 22.4 (72.4) 22.6 (72.7) 23.1 (73.6) 24.6 (76.3) 26.3 (79.4) 28.3 (83.0) 28.8 (83.9) 27.9 (82.1) 27.5 (81.5) 25.6 (78.2) 24.4 (75.9) 25.4 (77.8)

MEAN DAILY DAYLIGHT HOURS 11.0 11.0 12.0 13.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 13.0 12.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 12.2

AVERAGE ULTRAVIOLET INDEX 5 6 8 11 11 11+ 11+ 11 10 8 5 4 8.4

SOURCE #1: SEATEMPERATURE.ORG (SEA TEMPERATURE)

SOURCE #2: WEATHER ATLAS

ECONOMY AND TOURISM

SOHO Square Sharm El Sheikh. Naama Bay Casino. Naama Bay centre.

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Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
was formerly a port , but commercial shipping has been greatly reduced as the result of strict environmental laws introduced in the 1990s. Until 1982, there was only a military port in Sharm El Sheikh, on the northern part of Marsa Bareka. The civilian port development started in the mid-1980s, when the Sharem-al-Maya Bay became the city's main yacht and service port.

Sharm El Sheikh's major industry is foreign and domestic tourism , owing to its dramatic landscape, year-round dry climate with long hot summers and warm winters as well as long stretches of natural beaches. Its waters are clear and calm for most of the year and have become popular for various watersports, particularly recreational scuba diving and snorkeling . There is great scope for scientific tourism with diversity in marine life species; 250 different coral reefs and 1000 species of fish.

These natural resources, together with its proximity to European tourism markets, have stimulated the rapid growth of tourism that the region is currently experiencing. The total number of resorts increased from three in 1982 to ninety-one in 2000. Guest nights also increased in that period of time from sixteen thousand to 5.1 million. Companies that have been attracted to invest in this city include Hyatt
Hyatt
Regency , Accor , Marriott , Le Méridien , Four Seasons , and Ritz-Carlton
Ritz-Carlton
, with categories of three to five stars . In 2007, the area saw the opening of its first aqua park hotel resort. The four-star Aqua Blu Sharm Resort was built on the Ras Om El Seid, with an area of 133,905 square metres (1,441,340 sq ft).

Sharm is also the home of a congress center, located along Peace Road, where many international political and economic meetings have been held, including peace conferences, ministerial meetings, world bank meetings, and Arab
Arab
League meetings. The Maritim Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Centre can host events and congresses for up to 4,700 participants.

The nightlife of Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
is modern and developed. The colorful handicraft stands of the local Bedouin culture are a popular attraction. Ras Mohammed , at the southernmost tip of the peninsula, has been designated a national park, serving to protect the area's wildlife as well as its natural landscape, shoreline and coral reef . A number of international hotels and noted restaurants are clustered around the centre of Sharm, known as Naama Bay, with golf courses and other leisure facilities further up the coast.

The Nabq Managed Resource Protected Area is a 600-square-kilometre (230 sq mi) area of mangroves, coral reefs, fertile dunes, birds and wildlife.

Nationals from the EU and the US do not require a visa for travel to Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
if the visit is for fourteen days or less, although those travelling outside the Sinai area may still require a visa, which is purchasable for a small fee on arrival. Visitors must be aware that upon first entering the airport after landing, they will most likely be ushered into a queue to buy a visa.

Flight Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed on October 31 due to a terrorist incident, 2015 while flying from Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
to Saint Petersburg. This caused the repatriation of British and Russian tourists from November 5, 2015.

In November 2015, hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
including the Savoy and Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort were still known to be using fake bomb detectors such as the ADE 651 to protect guests.

TRANSPORT

Lampposts on El Salaam Street use solar power. Taxis and buses are numbered for safety.

Sharm's marina has been redeveloped for private yachts and sailing boats, with a passenger terminal for cruise ships.

The city is served by Sharm El Sheikh International Airport , the third largest airport in Egypt.

Sharm has frequent coach services to Cairo
Cairo
leaving from the Delta Sharm bus station.

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Sharm El Sheikh International Airport *

Departure Hall

SCUBA DIVING AND WATER SPORTS

Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
has also become a favourite spot for scuba divers from around the world. Being situated near the Red Sea, it provides some of the most stunning underwater scenery and warm water, making this an ideal place to dive. Visitors to Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
can experience a variety of water activities. Beach seekers find many activities such as diving, snorkelling, windsurfing , kitesurfing , para-sailing, boating, and canoeing.

Ras Mohammed is the national park of South Sinai, located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Along with Nabq, it has famous dive sites in the Red Sea, with 800-metre-deep (2,600 ft) reef walls, pounding current and coral gardens. The Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
Hyperbaric Medical Center was founded in 1993 (with a grant from USAID
USAID
) by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism
Tourism
, represented by Dr. Adel Taher, to assist with diving-related illnesses and complete the area's reputation as a full-service dive destination. Main article: 2010 Sharm el-Sheikh shark attacks

On 1 December 2010, four tourists − three Russians and a Ukrainian − were attacked and injured by an oceanic whitetip shark or sharks in three separate incidents off Sharm El Sheikh. One victim lost a leg, and another an arm. The Egyptian authorities subsequently claimed that the shark responsible for the attacks had been captured alive, but the identification was disputed by the diving industry, based on eyewitness and photographic evidence. Four days later, on 5 December, an elderly German woman was attacked and killed by a shark while snorkelling at the resort.

EDUCATION

International schools:

* Sharm International British School * St. Joseph Schools * El Fayrouz School * Geel October school * sharm college

TWIN TOWNS

* Aqaba
Aqaba
, Jordan
Jordan
(since December 2015) * Arzachena
Arzachena
, Italy
Italy
* Héviz , Hungary
Hungary
(since 2013) * Swakopmund
Swakopmund
, Namibia
Namibia
(since June 2008) * Yalta
Yalta
, Ukraine
Ukraine
(since 2009)

GALLERY

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Naama beach *

Naama beach *

Ras Mohamed *

Naama Bay Promenade *

Aerial view *

Red sea-reef *

Red sea-reef * *

*

Nabq protected area

SEE ALSO

* 2005 Sharm El Sheikh bombings
2005 Sharm El Sheikh bombings
* Flash Airlines Flight 604 * Metrojet Flight 9268 * Ofira * Red Sea
Red Sea
Riviera * Sharm El Sheikh Memorandum * Sharm El Sheikh Summit of 2005 * South Sinai Hospital

REFERENCES

* ^ The Jewish Agency's Digest of Press and Events Jewish Agency for Israel
Israel
- 1956 Egyptian Blockade The point on the south-eastern coast of Sinai directly facing Tiran is known as Ras Nasrani." * ^ Kenes Ha-shenati - Page 50 Ḥevrah ha-geʼologit ha-Yiśreʼelit. Kenes - 1982 "Between Eilat and Ras Nasrani, only about 55-60 such baylets are distributed along some 200 km of coast (1 per 3-31/2 km). Between Ras Nasrani and Ras Muhanmad, some 35 baylets line 40 km of coast (1 per 1 km), with even greater .." * ^ Al J. Venter, Darrell Hattingh Where to dive in southern Africa and off the islands Page 249 1874800170 - 1990 "It is impossible for me to forget my first dive at Ras Nasrani. After diving off the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Aqaba
for two weeks once before, I eventually worked my way to this area located directly across from Tiran Island, where coral reefs border o * ^ Shock in Sharm Archived 2013-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. 23 July, Serene Assir, Al-Ahram Weekly * ^ "Sharm el-Sheikh Conference on Iraq Offers US Interaction with Countries in the Region". Voice of America. May 11, 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2011. * ^ " World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum
opens in Egypt". China Daily. 2006-05-22.

* ^ World Economic Forum
World Economic Forum
Archived 2009-04-30 at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved 2010-03-21 * ^ "Mubarak REALLY does step down after 18 days of protests and hands power to the military". The Daily Mail. London. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-11. * ^ "Climate: Sharm el-Sheikh - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 17 August 2013. * ^ "Sharm el-Sheikh Climate and Weather Averages". Weather2Travel. Retrieved 13 August 2013. * ^ A B "Sharm el-Shekh". Voodoo Skies. Retrieved 9 July 2013. * ^ "World Weather Information Service - Sharm El-Sheikh". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 17 August 2012. * ^ "Ras Nsrany (Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport) Climate Normals 1961–1990" . National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . Retrieved January 17, 2016. * ^ A B "Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Egypt
- Climate data". Weather Atlas. Retrieved 15 March 2017. * ^ "Monthly Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh
water temperature chart". Seatemperature.org. Retrieved 2014-01-20. * ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-06-06. * ^ "Sinai - Nabq Managed Resource". geographia.com. * ^ "Egyptian Consulate visa requirements". Retrieved 2012-02-07. * ^ "The insider threat to airport security is becoming a global problem". 24 May 2016. * ^ "Stranded Brits in Sharm to fly home". 6 November 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk. * ^ "Fake bomb detectors used to protect Sharm Britons". * ^ "World Diving Review: Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheikh". * ^ "Ras mohamed park". s. * ^ "Shark attacks three tourists in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt". BBC News. * ^ " Egypt
Egypt
shark attack: Conflicting capture claims". BBC News. * ^ "Shark attack kills German tourist at resort in Egypt". BBC News. * ^ "Sharm, Aqaba
Aqaba
sign twin-town agreement, 16. Dezember 2015". * ^ Arzachena
Arzachena
* ^ Globetrotter19 (7 October 2017). "English:" – via Wikimedia Commons. * ^ Swakopmunder Lightbeams, Newsletter of the Municipality of Swakopmund: SISTER CITIES 940 kB) * ^ List of twin towns and sister cities in Ukraine
Ukraine

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