Sharm el Sheikh & Dahab Excursions – More Information
1. Sharm el Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh is one if the most extraordinary cities on earth, it’s location in the north of Sinai in Egypt make it a unique place to visit and enjoy it’s amazing weather, landscapes and even deep down the Red Sea when fish are glowing in the dark and the endless reef colours are reflecting the sunlight across the pure blue water.
Sharm El Sheikh also known as the “City of peace” (“Madenat Al-Salam” in Arabic) due to the large international peace conferences held here, also Sharm El Sheikh means ([Şarm-üşŞeyh]) – Sharm ush-Sheikh – “Bay of Sheikh” in Arabic, and it’s locally known among Egyptians by “Sharm” ([ʃɑɾˤm]).Sharm El Sheik’ssmall districts or areas are Naama Bay, Al Hadaba, Hay Al Noor and Sharks Bay and form a metropolitan area.
The weather of Sharm El Sheikh is known by its warm atmosphere along the year as the average temperature during the winter months (November – March) range from (15 – 35°C) degrees Celsius, and during the summer months (April to October) from (20 – 45°C) degrees Celsius. The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 degrees Celsiusover the course of the year.
Sharm El Sheikh also has become one of the most important and favourite spot for divers around the world due to its magical Red Sea, which provides some of the most stunning scenery along with its warm water around the year.Ras Mohammed is the national park of the South of Sinai and it is located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, along with Nabq. Tt has famous dive sites in the Red Sea, with 800-metre deep reef walls, pounding current and coral gardens.
Visitorsto Sharm El Sheikh can enjoy a wide variety of activities and water entertainments, also beach seekers can find many different activity like: Diving, Snorkelling, Para-Sailing, Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing, Boating and Canoeing.
2. Alf Leila Wa Leila Show
King Shahriyar had become disgruntled with the unfaithfulness of women, and vowed to have a new wife each night. Each was to be executed the following morning. Shahrazad, when her turn came, enacted a clever plan. Each night she told Shahriyar a story without an end. The King became so entranced by Shahrazad's stories that he would long to hear the conclusion of each one; and night after night Shahrazad would leave him in suspense, thus earning herself a further stay of execution. This went on for a thousand and one nights, in Arabic: Alf Leila Wa Leila…
Night entertainment at Alf Leila Wa Leila, just to name a few, ranges from informal outlets to stylish trendy dinners and rocking party places, offering virtually all the scenes and ambiences you can dream of.
The fantastic show takes you on a mesmerizing journey back in time to ancient Egypt, when the Pharaohs ruled the land. The dance recalls images made famous from ancient archaeological paintings and hieroglyphs, and it might have been performed for the Pharaoh and the Queen, as a tribute to Aten, god of the sun. The wide variety of folk dance performances reflects the unique characteristics of each Egyptian region.
Come and enjoy the magic with a great variety of restaurants, bars, shops, sound- and lightshows about Egypt's glorious history, fantastic folklore shows with belly dancers and whirling dervishes…
3. The Coloured Canyons
Sinai holds many historic and natural assets making it unique and distinct from the rest of Egyptian deserts. Its varied and beautiful mountain forms and stretches of sand, its importance as a land of miracles and holy places and its location, standing between two continents, are all elements that have dominated its history and often made it the scene of bitter fighting.
Sinai’s first settlers, who predated the Nile civilization, were nomads from the east. They worshiped a moon goddess called Sin, from where comes the name, the Land of Sin.Historically, Sinai is one of the most unusual places on Earth where the origins of most of the world's moral codes originate. Regardless of the controversy over whether Gebel Musa Ras es-Safsafeh is the true Mount Sinai from which the Ten Commandments were given to Moses, it surely happened in the Sinai.
The canyon is like U letter. The car drops you off at the start of the canyon and waits for you at the end of the canyon. The place is amazing and you can see the mixture of the colours in the sand! The Bedouin guide will be telling the secrets of the place and how they can use this sand as make up.
4. Saint Catherine in the Sinai
Mostly Sinai is known to the world through religion. The Muslims, Christians and the Jewish are all bound to the history of the Old Testament. Here lies the book of Exodus, where Moses found the Burning bush, where he cast wood into a bitter spring on God's instructions to make the spring sweet and where he was provided with the Ten Commandments.To the Christians, it was the route that the Holy Family took on their journey into Egypt, and to the Muslims, it is an ancient route to and from Mecca.
Located at the foot of Mount Moses, St. Catherine's Monastery, was constructed by order of the Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565. It is built around what is thought to be Moses' Burning Bush, which has a chapel built atop it. It is a spectacular natural setting for priceless works of art, including Arab mosaics, Greek and Russian icons, Western oil paintings, paintings on wax, fine sacerdotal ornaments, marbles, enamels, chalices, reliquaries, including one donated by Czar Alexander II in the 19th century, and another by Empress Catherine of Russia in the 17th century. Of perhaps even greater significance is that it is one of the largest and most important collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world (The Vatican has the largest). The collection consists of some 4,500 volumes in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Syriac, Georgian and other languages.
St. Catherine's has a rich history indeed. So rich that it is a sparkling example of an undiscovered jewel of travel. It has been called the oldest working Christian monastery and the smallest diocese in the world. The Chapel of the Burning Bush was originally ordered built by Empress Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great, but the monastery itself was actually built by Emperor Justinian to protect the monks in the region and to honor the site of the Burning Bush. St. Catherine, whose body was reportedly carried away by angels, was discovered five hundred years later at the top of the peak that now bears her name. Her relics are stored in a marble reliquary in the Basilica. We have additional pictures of this church, and of its interior.
St. Catherine's is also a formidable fortification, with granite walls measuring 8 to 35 meters tall, surrounded by gardens and cypresses. Prior to probably the twentieth century, the only entrance to St. Catherine's was a small door 30 feet high, where provisions and people were lifted with a system of pulleys, and where food was often lowered to nomads. It has withstood numerous attacks over its 14 hundred year existence, thus protecting a rich store of art. Today, while it is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, its original, preserved state is unmatched.