Articles - September 2020

Destinations The North Coast: Family resort or elite-only getaway? July 13, 2021

The debate has been on forever, what exactly are we building in the North Coast with its secluded gated communities? And the speculations are various and sometimes scary, from Ahmed Khalde Tawfik’s ‘Utopia’, a dystopian novel that features the elite living in their Northern secluded compounds while the poor struggle to eat, to the simple and basic theory of the late housing minister who had an idea to populate the area so he had the government build three resorts there, each almost a hundred kilometers far from the next. The North Coast of Egypt has succeeded over the past couple of decades in cultivating an image as a world-class beach resort, by catering to an upscale, or dare we say, exclusive lifestyle through high-end communities. The question is: how exclusive is it?   The Northern Coast of Egypt The northern coast of Egypt extends for almost 1,050 km along the Mediterranean Sea. One of the longest Mediterranean coastlines in North Africa, It technically starts from the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula to the western village of Sallum.  However, what people usually refer to by The North Coast, shortened in Arabic as El Sahel, or just The Coast is the shoreline that extends from Borg El Arab west of Alexandria to just Before Marsa Matrouh. This is still considered a very long coast to cater to less than 15% of the population, so why isn’t the shore more accommodating to the middle and lower classes?   Supply and demand The North Coast is very popular, among both Egyptians and tourists. This popularity has led to an increase in property prices that have neared a real estate bubble in some resorts. But we are not talking about real estate investment here, are we? Do some wonder why there aren't some cheap value-for-money hotels along the Northern shore? Why wouldn’t investors build camps for youth, like the ones in Dahab for example? It seems to be a good idea, doesn’t it? I mean, even if the land is expensive, a project like that would most probably bring handsome revenue, wouldn’t it?   Should I be an innovator? Nah! Most investors though think in a different way. This coast has gained a reputation because it is an elite getaway, why would someone risk building a different type of business that may or may not succeed! They rather build another gated compound, sell some units, rent some, and maybe build another hotel that looks exactly like the others, even if the plot is smallish in size, and even if it lies on the other side of the road.   So what did we end up with? Except for some areas, The Coast is mostly constructed now, with elegant communities and a few resorts and hotels. Nonetheless, the further you go west, the fancier the gated communities get. So at the moment, half the shore is not so elite, mostly middle-class Egyptians vacate and rent there, and the other half is so expensive that most people only go there to frequent the premium restaurants and razzy cafes. This situation might be good for the people, as everyone can find a place they like, but the communities are all still the same, albeit built with more or less luxurious facilities.   What would we love to see? Something different for sure! I would love to see a camp built on one of the vacant land plots along the shore, and maybe some rustic cheap restaurants and cafes. I wish an imaginative investor would see this as an opportunity to create something different and unique.   The best upscale resorts on the North Coast Regardless of my own wish to see something different and creative, the shore does house a large number of elegant resorts, these are the best of them.   Marrassi When luxury is mentioned Marrassi comes to mind. If you are looking for a fancy resort to spend your vacation so why not go for the creme de la creme! Marrassi is located 125 km from Alexandria and 25 km from Marina, and the project is located on one of the most famous beaches of Egypt, which is Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, adjacent to the El Alamein area, in which a modern city and airport are now being built. Marassi includes various units for sale and rent as well as a luxury hotel, it features all the facilities, services, amenities, and luxury possible.   Hacienda Bay Located 200 kilometers away from Alexandria, most people who frequent the North Coast are familiar with Hacienda, if not for the luxurious accommodation and the crystal blue water then for the myriad of fancy restaurants and cafes in the resort. The restaurant area is called The Lakeyard, and people travel a considerable distance to spend the evening there as it is one of the most hip and happening areas along the North Coast. Also on Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, Hacienda features an amazing beach. It also features greenery, swimming pools, and a large number of facilities and amenities.   La Vista A bit quieter than the previous two, but not by any means less fancy and luxurious. La Vista was built to be a quiet resort, not a lively tourist destination, and that is where the difference comes from. 170 kilometers away from Alexandria, La Vista houses luxury properties for sale and for rent, and no hotel or dining area, just a large number of facilities, amenities, swimming pools, and gardens.   Telal Also a quiet destination, Telal is situated 129 kilometers away from Alexandria. The fancy resort is famous for its elegant villas and houses, even the images of the place exude serenity. But just because it is quiet doesn’t mean that it lacks luxury by any means. All amenities, facilities, and services can be found in the upscale compound. To learn more about tourism in Egypt see also: Siwa Oasis: The pure Beauty of Egypt Tourism in Luxor: Things to do in Luxor

Adventure Places to visit in Riyadh: Wonderful attractions and activities to do in the capital! October 05, 2021

Riyadh is the capital city and seat of government of the Riyadh Province and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It's the largest city on the Arabian Peninsula and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. There are several places to visit in Riyadh and enjoy to the fullest. Riyadh had a population of 7.6 million people in 2019, making it the most populous city in Saudi Arabia, the second-most populous city in the Arab world after Cairo in Egypt. Riyadh is home to Saudi Arabia's best museum, a World Heritage Site that relates the Kingdom's genesis story, and some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the country. Riyadh is situated in the central portions of both the country and the larger Arabian Peninsula. Few of the world’s cities have transformed as rapidly as Riyadh, which grew from a small, fortified desert village in the 17th century into a modern metropolis of several million inhabitants in the 20th century. Riyadh feels more conservative than other Saudi cities like Jeddah. But the winds of change sweeping the nation are also affecting the capital. A long overdue metro system is on its way, as is a public bus service, and the atmosphere is far more liberal than it has ever felt before. Riyadh recently hosted the country's very first music festival, where a female singer performed live for the first time in Saudi history. In this article, we will walk you through the best places to visit in Riyadh, exciting things to do in Riyadh, and much more!   Riyadh tourist places Saudi Arabia continues to work on becoming more attractive to tourism. Many entertainment and leisure ventures have been opening in the Kingdom’s capital that will attract tourists from both other parts of the country and abroad. Here are some of the best places to visit in Riyadh:   Edge of the world Riyadh The Edge of the World (Jebel Fihrayn) is an unexpected and dramatic geological wonder in the rocky desert northwest of Riyadh. Located only 90 kilometers outside of Riyadh, the place is perfect for a day trip or an overnight camping trip from the city. Definitely one of the best places to visit in Riyadh, and the top place for Hiking in Riyadh.    World sights park Riyadh This small and strange spectacle offers you a magical tour of the world. It holds miniature replicas of world landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. There are also Saudi landmarks, including the two Holy Mosques, Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina. A tour in Riyadh can include a world tour if you visit this place!   Masmak Fort Masmak Fort is vast clay and mud-brick citadel that witnessed the birth of a kingdom, Al Masmak — the word means a high, strong, and thick building — serves as a proud reminder of Saudi Arabia’s storied history. Built in 1865, the fortress has served many purposes. Although originally used to house the garrisons who protected the city, it later was an ammunition warehouse after the raid by King Abdulaziz and, later still, a prison.   King Abdulaziz Historical Centre Located near the National Museum, King Abdulaziz Historical Centre is considered one of the most distinctive tourist places in Riyadh. It extends over a large area and includes many exhibitions that cover different topics, such as the history of Saudi Arabia, the ancient and modern Arabian Peninsula, the relationship of man with the universe, and the history of Islam and other Arab civilizations.   Kingdom Center Kingdom Centre clinches a vision of the future with the sky bridge which commands a remarkable view of Riyadh city unrivaled by any other. Kingdom Centre SkyBridge is a steel structure extending 65 meters in length and weighing about 300 tons sits on top of the 300-meter height tower and overlooking the whole of Riyadh. Its unique position gave it the advantage of being one of the most important attraction points for tourism in Riyadh.   Diriyah Diriyah was once the home of the Saudi Royal family and the first Saudi capital. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was one of the largest cities on the Arabian Peninsula until it was destroyed in the early 19th-century. The city is now a tourist destination where visitors can enjoy up-close the ancient mud architecture, numerous parks, and its interesting spaces – including the Saad bin Saud Palace, which is famous for its courtyard.   Things to do in Riyadh What to do in Riyadh? From shopping malls and parks to desert trekking and museums, Riyadh has a range of different activities to try and enjoy whether alone or with a group of friends or family.   Riyadh Water Park Riyadh has some water parks and theme parks where you and your children can enjoy such as: Water Splash Riyadh: This place is great for kids. It has a big Pool with few slides of different styles and a few other splash things for kids' entertainment. There is an ice-cream shop, a small tea shop and lots of open areas for parents to keep an eye on kids and relax. It also has a small garden, a toy store and small bits that you can rent. Al Yamama Pools and Resorts: Enjoy a fun-filled day by taking part in amazing water activities and fascinating water rides at Al Yamamah Resorts which boasts of having the largest wave pool in Riyadh.   Paintball Riyadh Paintball games are stress busters while you thoroughly enjoy the combats against your opponents. One of the best places to go for paintball is ( 1st Paintball Riyadh ). The place is one of its kind and is the largest facility in the Middle East. It has huge outdoor as well as indoor arenas to let you enjoy paintball to the fullest. They provide all the necessary equipment required to play the game.   Riyadh National Zoo Riyadh National Zoo is stretched across a beautiful landscape of 55 acres, this park contains over 150 exotic animals and includes 40 species such as reptiles, birds, amphibians, and endangered animals as well. Animal lovers will definitely find this visit worthwhile!   Al Faisaliyah Tower Al Faisaliah Tower is another iconic tower in the Riyadh skyline. With 44 floors, this is the fourth tallest tower in the city and it towers over Riyadh at 267-metres high. Just like with Kingdom Tower, you can go up to its viewpoint at the top and find a mall at its base (Al Faisaliyah Center). Also Read: Places to visit in Saudi Arabia: Discover the beauty of Saudi Arabia

Adventure Bahrain water park: Experience a unique adventure in the best water parks September 23, 2020

Love wet and wild vacations? We searched for the best Bahrain water park. The weather is undoubtedly one of the best things about visiting or living in Bahrain. During the winter months, all you want to do is spend the entire day outside, and there is no outdoor activity better than heading to a water park. Fun games, long slow rivers, and tall tree houses with swing bridges make summer a favorite season for many. A weekend road trip would be enough for a fun family vacation even if you don't live near the ocean. You'll still feel like you're at the beach while relaxing in a lounge chair listening to the rolling waves. A water park is a park that consists of many water play areas such as swimming pools, waterslides, lazy rivers, sprinkler platforms, water playgrounds, as well as bathing, floating, swimming, and other environments barefoot. Modern water parks may also be equipped with some type of artificial surfing or skateboarding environment, such as a wave pool or FlowRider.   WAHOOO! Wahooo! It is the most amazing Bahrain water park and the perfect day out for the whole family! It is located in City Center Mall, Manama, Bahrain. Wahooo! The name says it all. Slide and set off in the first indoor and outdoor water park in the Middle East with an area of 15,000 square meters. It is meant to be the best water festival that provides a new world of exciting rides and water attractions that includes Master Blaster, Sidewinder, Wave pool, Toddler pool, Matt Racer, Multi-Level Rain Fortress, and Lazy River. The water park is intended for families and youth with a variety of rides for all ages. Wahoo waterpark is a good choice for a weekend getaway, where you can have fun with your family and friends. The park is large enough and contains facilities for all ages for children and adults (such as a surf simulator). This water park is located within the CityCenter which makes it one of the best sites for families to visit. Kids can have fun playing while parents have fun shopping! Water games are very fun to play with. A friendly and suitable environment for all ages. If you love adventure and want many hours of fun, carry your swimsuit and join us for the world's best rides, slides, and other water attractions. There is something for everyone, big and small, with indoor and outdoor pools making it one of the area's top attractions all year round. Are you ready for some serious fun? Come to Wahooo! Lazy River to The Master Blaster, Experience all kinds of fun and excitement in Wahooo!   The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park The largest Bahrain water park. Set on 77,000 square meters of oasis desert, Lost Paradise features 18 state-of-the-art slides, swimming pools, and fountains. The Lost Dilmun Water Park is located in Al Areen, a few minutes away from the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and the University of Bahrain near Zallaq. Go and enjoy some family time at the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Bahrain water park. This sprawling water park on the east coast of Bahrain has something for travelers of all ages; It's a great way to enjoy a day out with the family or spend time soaking up the beautiful sunshine and warm climate that Bahrain has to offer. Based on the rich history of Bahrain, which is linked to the Dilmun civilization, this fun theme park is educational and fun. From a lazy river to a sandy beach, and from a wave pool to a family cruise, Lost Paradise of Dilmun offers a range of relaxing and exciting water rides on an area of 77,000 square meters. The park is divided into six distinct sections: Dilmun Beach, Enki Palace, Telusblach, Children's House Mesopania, Falconry, and the Oasis Pool. Visitors can experience everything from speed slides to therapeutic waters in the spa pool, providing the right mix of fast and relaxing entertainment. The lost paradise of Dilmun restores the beauty of Dilmun ruins, highlighting the ancient history of Bahrain in the theme of the park. Aside from water parks, swimming pools, and spas, there are also many amenities on site. At the entrance to the park, there are restrooms and locker room facilities, perfect for parents. There is also a massage station if you want to enjoy some relaxation. The large dining area in the water park serves fast food favorites like burgers, salads, hot dogs, and more, with plenty of seating available. There are several types of food and drink stalls around the park if you just want to pick something up on the go. Before leaving, head to the "market", the store in the park, to buy souvenirs, gifts, and useful gadgets for summer such as sunscreen and summer hats. The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park is located 25 minutes from Manama by car and only five minutes from the Bahrain International Circuit.   Waha Splashclub The latest Bahrain water park! Escape anytime with the magic of water, and enjoy a respite from the crowded urban landscapes; Nestled in the stunning landscapes of Lagoon Park, Amwaj Island, this exciting oasis features a variety of magical sprays, jet streams, fountains, and exciting spots, inviting families to play, laugh and relax! Oasis Splash Club is all about interactive and social water games, making your kids inspire intuitive discovery while engaging in a fun and safe environment. With over 30 different features, Waha Splash Club is a great place for families to have a great time. The Oasis Splash Club has designated areas for people of all ages and abilities so you can rest assured that everyone from ages 1 to 100 will have fun! The stunning lighting will make Splashclub an experience both day and night. 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This is Egypt: a new trend spreading on social media September 03, 2020

A large number of people and newspapers circulated on social media a new hashtag "This is Egypt", in which some people publish photos of tourist places, resorts, hotels, museums, and historical monuments of Egypt to stimulate and promote tourism again.   In addition to the role of the actors who posted photos of them in attractive tourist places in Egypt, these photos are also circulated through various social media sites (Instagram - Facebook - Twitter) bearing the hashtag This is Egypt.   Egyptian citizens did not stop at this stage, but rather published photos of many world-famous people who had previously visited Egypt, as a kind of promotion for Egyptian tourism such as the Argentine player Lionel Messi and American star Will Smith, in addition to the wife of US President Melania Trump. And the American Danny Glover.   Solidarity with this initiative, let us get to know the most beautiful tourist places in Egypt that contain the treasure of tourism in terms of the rarest natural reserves and unique monuments that attract tourists from everywhere.   This is Egypt: The Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Egypt  Tourism in Egypt varies between religious, historical, pharaonic, and therapeutic, among others. Through this article, we will learn about one of the most important tourist places in Egypt by determining the top of each government.    Cairo and Giza The tourist attractions of the governorates of Cairo and Giza are close in terms of distance, so you can visit them together in one day. The main places that tourists come to are in Cairo and Giza are (The Pyramids, The Egyptian Museum, Salah El Din El Ayoubi Citadel, Khan El Khalili Market). So let’s clarify each of them.   The Pyramids: The pyramids of Giza are classified among the Seven Wonders of the World, and they are among the trips that cannot be ignored in any visit to Egypt. The great pyramids were built in the era of the pharaohs and are tombs of the great, mighty pharaohs guarded by the Sphinx.   The Egyptian Museum: The Egyptian Museum houses the treasure of the ancient Egyptians, as it is one of the largest museums in the world, and contains an impressive amount of valuable exhibits. As for the upper floor, it is the golden glory of King Tutankhamun and the wonderful mummy exhibits. In fact, every corner of the museum highlights a different part of ancient history.   Salah El Din El Ayoubi Citadel: One of the historical monuments that you can not miss on your visit to Cairo is the Citadel of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi, one of the most famous tourist attractions that has nothing to do with the Pharaohs, in it is a history of the medieval wars as it is designed with terrible defensive walls and towers, and huge gates. The castle includes the most important archaeological landmarks such as the impressive Muhammad Ali Mosque, a museum of vehicles, a military museum, and the Garden Museum, in addition to that the castle includes the Jawhara Palace, named after the Jawhara of Hanim, Muhammad Ali's last wife.   Khan El Khalili Market: No trip to Cairo would be complete without a visit to Khan Al Khalili. The bazaar is noisy, crowded, colorful, and exciting - filled with all kinds of shiny goods and trinkets. You can find typical tourist trinkets there.    Red Sea Reef  The Red Sea coast is considered one of the most wonderful coasts in the world for diving, it contains thousands of different coral reefs and unique fish, and cities are also distinguished by its wonderful water and rare beaches, among the most famous cities of Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Hurghada.   Luxor and Aswan  Aswan is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Egypt that attracts many tourists from everywhere and is famous for its Nubian houses and their simple, charming designs. Aswan is located near Luxor, so you can visit it after returning from the antiquities and museums in Luxor which contains a third of the world's monuments. You can read this article to learn about the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan.   Top Attractions to visit in Aswan 1- Philae Temple (Temple of Isis) 2- Aswan High Dam 3- Unfinished Obelisk  4- Nubian Villages (Siou and Koti) 5- Temple of Kalabsha 6- Aswan Botanical Garden 7- Elephantine Island  8- Nubian Museum  9- St. Simeon Monastery  10- Aga Khan Mausoleum (Tomb of Muhammad Shah Aga Khan)   Top Attractions to do in Luxor 1- Temple of Karnak 2- Valley of Kings 3- Luxor Temple 4- Temple of Deir al-Bahri (Queen Hatshepsut's Temple) 5- Luxor Museum  6- Mediant Habu  7- Tombs of the Nobles 8- Colossi of Memnon 9- Ramesseum 10- Valley of Queens    Siwa Oasis  Siwa is charming, located far near Morocco and Libya in the far west of Egypt on the Great Sea of ​​Sands. You will spend a long time on the road but it is worth it because of its attractive and rare scenery. If this is your first visit to the Siwa Oasis, there are some famous places that you should visit, such as a historical tour of the main city in Siwa, Shali, which contains strange and interesting relics, and Lake Cleopatra, in which it is said that the legend Cleopatra used to swim, which was also classified from medical trips For bones and skin because it is sulfur water, and you can visit the Oracle Museum, which Alexander the Great visited himself and the Siwa Museum, the Great Wizard’s House.   Certainly, these are not all tourist places in Egypt, there are many more than those mentioned in Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, Ain Sokhna, and others. But let me now introduce you to the most luxurious hotels in Egypt.   This is Egypt: Top Resorts and Hotels in Egypt Hotels in Cairo and Giza   1- Sofitel Cairo Nile Al Gezerah  2- Sonesta Hotel  3- Novotel Cairo El Borg   Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh    1- Sultan Gardens Resorts 2- Sunrise Arabian Beach Resort   3- Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach    Hotels in Hurghada    1- Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort - Grand Select  2- Desert Rose Resort  3- Sheraton Miramar Resort - El Gouna    Hotels in Aswan    1- Sofitel Legend Old Cataract - Aswan  2- Kato Dool Nubian Resort  3- Citymax Hotel - Aswan    Hotels in Luxor   1- Pavillon Winter Luxor 2- Al Hambra Hotel 3- Cleopatra Hotel    Hotels in Siwa   1- Adrere Amellal  2- Palm Trees Hotel 3- Dream Lodge   For more about Egypt Check these: Ancient Egyptian Sports: Best sports in the Pharaonic civilization Tourism in Luxor: Things to do in Luxor