Sharm El Sheikh, situated on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, is a world famous city that offers a unique integration of global importance and local entertainment. Located roughly 500 kilometres from Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the finest city in world for peace and beauty.
As an accessible business hub, Sharm El Sheikh consists of world class facilities such as hotels, resorts, conference halls and services. These amenities make Sharm El Sheikh a highly attractive multipurpose destination for business people and tourists alike.
Surrounded by a beautiful mountain range, Sharm El Sheikh boasts some of the world’s best beaches and exotic coral reefs which allow tourists to experience memorable activities such as diving, snorkelling, surfboarding, windsurfing and more. Some of the main attractions in Sharm El Sheikh include the Naama Bay, the Old Market and Hadaba of Om El Seed; all of which are famous for their trendy restaurants, shops and markets, cafes and lively nightlife.
February is usually one of the coldest months of the year in Sharm el-Sheikh, with an average temperature of 22°C during the day and 14°C at night, ideal for golf fans. Sea temperatures are as well at their lowest but still average a warm 21°C throughout the month of February. Temperatures rarely fluctuate by more than a few degrees either side, and the daily weather is reliably dry and sunny.
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In Sharm el Sheikh, while most dress codes are accepted in touristic areas, it is recommended to dress more conservatively in residential areas or the old town.
Proof of vaccination is required if coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.
Sharm el Sheikh is ranked among the most important touristic resort cities and vacation destinations in the world. With an incredibly large array of leisurely activities to choose from, including beaches, restaurants, spas, desert safaris, national parks, diving, snorkeling, kite-surfing, sailing, shopping, bars, clubs, and more, visitors are sure not get bored.
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1. Over-day Saint Catherine:
St. Catherine’s monastery stands on the site where tradition has it, Moses saw the burning bush, and dates back to the 6th century AD. Till today, it is still occupied by monks following the Greek Orthodox church liturgy and monastic existence. Early in the morning you will start on your 3-hour journey through the Sinai desert and mountains to the heart of the peninsula. There, nestled at the foot of Mount Moses, where Moses received the Ten Commandments, is the monastery of St. Catherine’s. The monastery was named after a young Christian from Alexandria, who died as a martyr in the 4th century.
Legend has it that her body was miraculously discovered on a peak of a mountain near Mount Moses. That mountain, now commonly known as Mount Katherina is the highest point in Sinai at 2,637 metres. At the monastery, you will have a chance to visit Moses’ Well, the ornately decorated basilica, the Chapel of the Burning Bush, and the museum, which houses an impressive collection of icons and manuscripts.
2. Snorkeling at Ras Mohamed by road:
The peninsula of Ras Mohamed is located at the southernmost tip of Sinai, about 20 kilometers from Sharm El Sheikh. In 1983, this whole area was declared a National Park, as part of the government’s programme to preserve the coral reef structure off Sinai’s coastline. The protected area’s boundaries grew over the years and now extend over an area of 480 square kilometers embracing the islands of Tiran and Sanafir as well as the coral reef around Sharm El Sheikh. The park also comprises and protects the inland areas characterized by unusual ecosystems such as the coastal dunes and the mangrove swamps.
You will drive through the Ras Mohamed National Park enjoying some super viewpoints, and see some of its wondrous natural phenomena. Finally, you will have a chance to settle on one of its many beaches for the remainder of the day, where you can enjoy swimming and off-shore snorkeling. The marine fauna here is available in great variety.
3. Mount Moses & St. Catherine:
Mount Moses stands at a height of 2285 meters and it is believed this is where Moses spent his 40 days in the wilderness and where he received the 10 Commandments. At the foot of Mount Moses is St. Catherine’s monastery, standing on the site where tradition has it, Moses saw the burning bush, and dates back to the 6th century AD. Till today, it is still occupied by monks following the Greek Orthodox Church liturgy and monastic existence. Around 10.00 PM you will start on your 3-hour journey through the Sinai desert and mountains to the heart of the peninsula. You will start the ascent of Mount Moses either on foot or on a camel for part of the way. The ascent takes between en 2-3 hours. As you reach the summit, you can enjoy the incomparable sight of dawn over the Sinai Mountains.
At the summit stands the Holy Trinity Chapel, built in 1934 on the remains of a little church dating back to the 5th century. You will then descend the mountain and there nestled at the foot of Mount Moses, is the monastery of St. Catherine’s. The monastery was named after a young Christian from Alexandria, who died as a martyr in the 4th century. Legend has it that her body was miraculously discovered on a peak of a mountain near Mount Moses. That mountain, now commonly known as Mount Katherina is the highest point in Sinai at 2,637 metres. After a little rest, you will visit the monastery where you will see Moses’ Well, the ornately decorated basilica, the Chapel of the Burning Bush, and the museum, which houses an impressive collection of icons and manuscripts.
The monastery closes at 12.00 noon to allow for prayers and for the monks to resume their monastic lifestyle, at which time you will depart back for the drive back to Sharm El Sheikh.