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Travel Guide to Hurghada

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General Information About Hurghada

Hurghada (in Arabic: الغردقة‎ al-Ġurdaqa) is a city in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt. It is one of the country's main tourist centres located on the Red Sea coast. The city was founded in the early 20th century, and until recently it was a small fishing village. But since the 1980s, it has been continually enlarged by Egyptian and foreign investors to become the leading coastal resort on the Red Sea. Holiday resorts and hotels provide aquatic sport facilities for windsurfers, kitesurfers, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorkelers. Hurghada is known for its watersports activities, nightlife and warm weather.Daily temperature hovers round 30 °C (86 °F) most of the year, during July and August temperatures reach over 40 °C (104 °F). Many Europeans head to Hurghada for their regular Holidays, especially during the Winter season and spend their Christmas and New Year holidays in the city. Hurghada stretches for about 36 kilometres (22 mi) along the seashore, and it does not reach far into the surrounding desert. Along the El Mamsha you find many of Hurghada's new hotels, restaurants, and shops. Most of the newest and biggest hotel resorts located in the area between Mamsha to Sahl Hasheesh (Village road). After Sahl Hasheesh you find Makadi Bay with its hotels. Dahar is the oldest part of the town, where the town's traditional bazaar, the post office and the long-distance bus stations, Go Bus and Upper Egypt Bus are situated. The busiest area is its "city center" Sakala, which is spread along Sheraton Road. There are some hotels, shops and restaurants along Sheraton Road

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History

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 a 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 Operation Rhodes, a heliborne 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 occupied Shadwan Island with over 32 casualties to the Egyptian army, and only 7 to the Israeli army.

Hurghada Nightlife

Hurghada offers a diverse nightlife scene for its visitors. Hotels organize Arabic dance nights to its visitors on a weekly basis. There are also many great bars and venues in the city. Most of them are located around the Sheraton Road to the north and Sahl Hashish Road to the south. Caribbean Bar on Al Fondok Street is next to the Red Sea and offers amazing scenery with delicious menus. Tip: Make sure you have your passport with you if you want to gamble.
 

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Albatros Jungle Aqua Park
Hurghada Egypt

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**ALL INCLUSIVE** Jungle Aqua Park Hurghada is an amazing resort of endless choices on the road to Safaga, Red Sea coast. Being an Aqua Park, it is popular for its water slides and varied swimming pools, besides an extensive range of sports and social activities for people of all ages.

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Albatros White Beach
Hurghada Egypt

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**ALL INCLUSIVE** All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area and a terrace or balcony. The bathroom is fitted with a shower and offers free toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests have free access to the gym, 2 adult pools and multi sports court.

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**ALL INCLUSIVE** King Tut Resort features free Wi-Fi, a large pool and direct access to the beach. Rooms have private balconies, which overlook the coral reef. The bright rooms at the King Tut are air conditioned and offer satellite TV. Each one is fitted with dark wood furnishings and white linens on the beds.

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