July 2013 Issue

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El Gouna

The Red Sea’s Premier Leisure Destination

[pull_quote_center]El Gouna has been officially recognized as Egypt’s most environmentally-friendly holiday destination, and El Gouna management has worked hard in cooperation with local hotels, businesses, residents and visitors to maintain, protect, and preserve its unique environment. [/pull_quote_center]

El Gouna is an integrated town built over 36.9 million m2 stretching over 10km of the Red Sea coastline in Egypt and spreading across 36 islands and lagoons.

El Gouna had its beginnings in one man’s search to find the most beautiful spot on the seaside to build a house and small boat jetty. Around two decades ago, Samih Sawiris, Chairman of Orascom Hotels & Development a subsidiary of Orascom Development, El Gouna’s parent company, found that beautiful spot, conveniently located just north of Hurghada on the west coast of the Red Sea. It wasn’t long before Sawiris’ friends, struck by the splendor of the azure waters and dramatic backdrop of mountains, asked to join him. In this way the town slowly blossomed into the vibrant community it is today, fulfilling Sawiris’ and OHD’s vision of “carving paradise out of the desert.”

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