Hurghada الغردقة

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Hurghada plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight during the early day of the red sea’s tourism drive, the tiny fishing village of Hurghada has long since morphed into today’ dense band of concrete which marches relentlessly along the coastline for over 20 km.

The village, which later evolved into what is now the city of Hurghada, was settled in 1905. It acquired its name from a plant which has grown naturally since ancient times. By then it was only a fishing village. Oil was discovered in the area in 1913, but actual production and export only began in 1921 under British oil magnates. During the reign of King Farouk. Recreational center was built in the city, but after President Nasser’s nationalization of Egypt’s industries it was turned over to the armed forces.

During the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, Shadwan island east of the city in the Red Sea, was fortified and held by Egyptian troops and used as a radar post. On 22 January 1970, it was the site of Operations Rhodes, an assault by Israeli troops which occupied the island for 36 hours.

During the October War of 1973, Hurghada harbor was target for four Israeli operations. Israeli forces also attemptedto occupy Shadwan Island, but the Egyptian armed forces confronted them, and were able to defeat them and expel them from the island.

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Activities

Snorkeling – Diving – Submarine Rides – Horse Riding – Safari – Wind & Kite Surfing – Hiking – Camping

Climate

Hurghada has a subtropical-desert climate, with mild-warm winters and hot to very hot summers. Temperatures in the period December–January–February are warm, while November, March and April are comfortably warm. May and October are hot and the period from June to September is very hot. The average annual temperature of the sea is 24 °C (75 °F), ranging from 21 °C (70 °F) in February and March to 28 °C (82 °F) in August.

Dahab Mean sea tempreture

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Geography

Hurghada stretches for about 36 kilometres (22 mi) along the seashore, and it does not reach far into the surrounding desert. The resort is a destination for Egyptian tourists from Cairo, the Delta and Upper Egypt, as well as package holiday tourists from Europe, notably Italians and Germans. Today Hurghada counts 248,000 inhabitants and is divided into three parts:

  • Downtown (El Dahar) is the old part;
  • Sekalla is the city center;
  • El Memsha (Village road) is the modern part.

Sakalla is the relatively modest hotel quarter. Dahar is where the town’s largest bazaar, the post office and the long-distance bus station are situated.

Hurghada is the administrative capital of the province of the Red Sea, and occupies an area of 40 km from the coastline of the western shore of the Red Sea. It is bordered to the north and south of Ras Gharib – Safaga City and east of the Red Sea coast and west of the Red Sea Mountains.

Important Info

For Emergencies, following telephone numbers would be very useful:

    • Local Police: 3546303″Sharia Shedwan, Sigala”
    • Tourism Police:  3444773 “Ad-Dahar”
    • Ambulance: 3549982

 

For Medical Services, following telephone numbers would be very useful:

    • Al-Salam Hospital: 3548785/6/7 (Corniche)
    • Naval Hyperbaric & Emergency Medical Center: 3449150, 3548450 (Corniche)
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