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Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, on the coastal strip between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai. It is an approximate four hour drive to Ismailia and a three hour drive to Taba.
Sharm el-Sheikh's major industry is foreign tourism. The calm and clear waters of the Red Sea provide an ideal location for various watersports, and particularly for recreational diving and snorkeling (which many consider to be among the best in the world). Major luxury hotels, such as The Ritz-Carlton and The Four Seasons, as well as franchises like Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe, and Buddha Bar, can be found in Sharm el-Sheikh. Ras Mohammed is the southern most tip and a national park which serves to protect this great area of wildlife. A number of large international hotels and noted restaurants have been constructed some 40 kilometers further northeast, as have a number of golf courses and other leisure facilities.
Sharm el-Sheikh serves hub the southern Sinai, including the smaller Dahab and Mount Sinai. The airport sees almost no scheduled flights, but many tour operators fly regularly to and from it, particularly to Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.
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