Port Ghalib Ready To Improve Southern Red Sea Tourism

By Rob Atherton

Port Ghalib is only ten minutes from Marsa Alam airport and it is a destination with massive aspirations. Situated on the Red Sea in Southern Egypt, the master plan is build a world class integrated resort community. The centre piece will be the marina that'll be capable of handling more than 1,000 boats.

It is also well known to scuba divers who fly here to catch their liveaboards that depart from Port Ghalib. The unspoilt reefs will offer you some fantastic scuba diving up and down the coast with the celebrated Elphinestone Reef to the south being a very popular scuba diving site.

It is also making its mark in the entertainment world. In 2009, Beyonce played here as part of her "I am..." tour. It was the 1st time the superstar had performed in Egypt or the Middle East and her appearance was very successful. Getting world stars like Beyonce underlines the ambition of Port Ghalib to make their name known around the world. All the same, it's improbable that stars like Beyonce are going to be there every week although there are still other activities for visitors to do if they prefer a touch of adventure to soaking in the sunshine.

As stated, Port Ghalib is a starting point for a good number of of the southern Red Sea liveaboard cruise trips. Day boats also operate from there. There are various superb dive sites along the coast from Marsa Alam and in contrast to the more popular resorts of Hurghada and Sharm, there are hardly any dive boats in the area consequently normally your party will be the only people at the dive site. Abu Dabab is a well known shore dive destination towards the south. People come in to witness the turtles feeding on the sea grass and if they are lucky, the resident Dugong may also show up. Abu Dabab is reasonably shallow so snorkellers can also come along too.

For non-divers, many different water sports is available or you can merely spend the days sun bathing. Trips are also available to Luxor, Cairo, the historical town of Quseir or even a camel trading market.

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