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Sharm el-Sheikh

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'''Sharm el-Sheikh''' (شرم الشيخ, also transliterated as ''Sharm ash Shaykh'' and popularly known simply as "Sharm") is a well-known port and resort town at the southern tip of the [[Sinai]] Peninsula in [[Egypt]], popular with package holiday makers and divers. About 9,000 British tourists are in Sharm on any given day. Numbers have doubled in the last 3 years and seem set to continue to rise despite the worldwide economic situation.
==Tourist information==* [http://wwwSharm el-Sheikh is sometimes called the "City of Peace", referring to the large number of international peace conferences that have been held was known as ''Şarm-el-sheikh/ üş Şeyh''during Ottoman rule and was known as 'Sharm el-Sheikh - Travel Guide'Ofira'']during Israeli occupation between 1967 and 1982.
Sharm el-Sheikh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Arab world. But there are also some very good reasons to visit it if you are not the common tourist, who likes to lie on the beach all day. It is one of the '''finest diving spots''' in the world and a trip into the desert is an unforgettable adventure.
About 40 years ago, Sharm el-Sheikh was nothing but a small fishing village with about 100 Bedouin citizens. When Sinai was occupied by Israel in 1967 Sharm el-Sheikh started to develop as a tourist destination (like the rest of the peninsula). Israelis evacuated Sinai between 1979 and 1982, following the signing of a peace agreement between the two countries. Since the 1980's the Egyptians have been continuing the development of Sharm where the Israelis left. Sharm's 100 grew into a bustling 10,000 population. There is now a nice promenade, a Hard Rock Cafe, one of the most modern hospitals in Egypt and so on.
Sharm El-Sheikh has an arid climate, generally warm and dry, although summer months can be humid. The water temperature is always warm, although cold snaps may affect the region occasionally each winter.
==Get around==
=== By taxi ===
In Sharm the taxis are generally modern models, either Hyundai or Chevrolet. Don't bother with the meter in the taxi,it probably does not work anymore,they soon break due to the dust,and would work out more than the "fixed" prices anyway. Always note the drivers ID number. Don't assume they have meters. Locals tell you they don't. Make sure you have transportation waiting for you as , or better yet take an airport Limo which has a fixed advertised rate inside the arrival hall at the airport. Sharm el Sheikh airport is the worst part of Egypt for getting a reasonably priced taxi. They will ask for 150-400 LE for the 10 minute ride to Nabq. You will walk away from So, make sure you negotiate a rate lower than the limo advertised rate inside the experience feeling violatedarrival hall. Make sure you have small notes and coins Egyptian currency to pay the fare and never pay before you reach your destination making sure you only pay the pre-arranged price.Make sure that the driver knows that you are paying in Egyptian pounds and not English pounds.
=== By bus ===
There are also a fleet of blue and white tuk-tuk's, which are basically small micro buses which are used to ferry the locals around the region. These are a most economical method of transport compared to taxis, which are very expensive. To hail a tuk-tuk one of these, simply wait next to the side of the main street and raise your hand to flag one down as it approaches. When you take the bus, go inside and find a seat and simply pass your money forward to the driver (with the help of other passengers if you sit in the back). The fare should never be more than 15LE. If you start asking for the price the driver may very well try to make you pay much more than needed.
Make sure you have a stash of small coins and notes to pay your fare.

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