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El Gouna

Post  Admin on Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:18 pm

El Gouna

El Gouna (Arabic: الجونة, the lagoon) is a tourist resort, developed and owned by Orascom Hotels and Development, dating from about 1990, It is located on the Red Sea in Egypt, 22 km north of Hurghada International Airport.

El Gouna specialises in watersports, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and snorkelling. There are two main beaches, Zeytuna Beach located on its own island and Mangroovy Beach. A network of canals allow many houses to have their own strip of beach, even hundreds of metres inland. Most of theses canals are crossed by small stone bridges.
There are three centrilized areas in El Gouna, that houses shops, bars and restaurants; - Downtown, Tamr Henna square and the Abu Tig Marina.

It boost 14 hotels from 3* to 5*. A 6* hotel is currently under development next to the Abu Tig Marina Extension.

El Gouna also hosts a Golf course designed by Gene Bates and Fred Couples.

El Gouna has a fully equipped hospital for any medical treatment including dentistry, plastic surgery, pediatrics, ophthalmology, general surgery, ICU and a decompression chamber. It also has a school, EGIS and a small private airport for charter aircraft. It also boosts 2 marinas; - Abydos marina and the Abu Tig Marina. The Abu Tig Marina is currently undergoing an extension, in order to receive super yachts.

There is a small museum with some 90 exhibits (including statue replicas) which was opened in 1996. It also has an exhibition hall of contemporary Egyptian paintings by Hussein Bikar.

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