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51 Hill Villas, El Gouna, Red Sea Egypt View Location

About El Gouna

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El Gouna is a tourist resort, developed and owned by Sawiris’s Family, Eng. Samih Sawiris and Orascom Hotels and Development, dating from about 1990. It is located on the Red Sea in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt, 22 kilometres (14 miles) north of Hurghada International Airport.

El Gouna specializes in watersports, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and snorkelling. A network of canals allow many houses to have their own strip of beach, even hundreds of metres inland.

There are 18 hotels with 2,895 rooms rated from one star to five stars; a six-star hotel is currently under development.

El Gouna hosts a golf course designed by Gene Bates and Fred Couples. A second golf course real estate project, Ancient Sands Golf Resort, designed by acclaimed golf course architect Karl Litten, is due to open in 2012.

It has a fully equipped hospital that can handle many medical treatments including dentistry, plastic surgery, pediatrics, ophthalmology and general surgery. It also features an intensive care unit and a decompression chamber in case of diving accidents. The town hosts the El Gouna International School, an Environmental Geographic Information System and a small private airport for charter aircraft. There are also three marinas: Abydos marina, the Abu Tig Marina and the Abu Tig Marina Extension, currently in its last phase of construction, which can receive super yachts.

The town also houses a small museum with some 90 exhibits (including statue replicas and an exhibition hall of contemporary Egyptian paintings by Hussein Bikar) which opened in 1996.

Other attractions/activities around town include a small aquarium, a go-kart track, a paintball arena, tennis courts, horse stables and a football stadium. The local football team El Gouna FC currently (as of 2010) plays in the Egyptian Premier League. It also has a Coptic Church, the Church of St. Mary and the Archangels.