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Night owls:

Enjoy an Egyptian feast under the stars whilst being entertained by belly dancers and the whirling dervish.


Snorkelling at Tiran Island: discover the wonders of the Red Sea with its dazzling array of colourful fish and corals.

Nature lovers:

Spot sharks, barracudas and dolphins from the observation point at Ras Mohammed National Park.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Sharm El Sheikh is Arabic.

Currency: The currency used in Sharm El Sheikh is Egyptian pounds (E£).

Local time: Sharm El Sheikh is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport lies approximately 12km northeast of Sharm El Sheikh.

Flight time from UK: 5-5.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Sharm El Sheikh tourist information can be found here.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Sharm El Sheikh.

Weather & Climate

Temperature: Up to 38°C in August.

Best time to visit Sharm El Sheikh: Even the winters are comfortable, reaching up to 25°C with warm waters and cool evenings and around 8 hours of sunshine every day.

Warm and sunny sums up the year-round weather in Sharm el Sheikh. It’s a typical Mediterranean climate here. There’s very little rainfall, and even in summer, humidity levels are low.

Getting Around

By microbus: Blue-and-white microbuses ply the route between Sharm El Sheikh town and Naama Bay with a cheap, regular service. Buses have fixed routes but not fixed stops, so call out when you want to stop.

By taxi: If you’re taking a taxi, ensure you negotiate a price in advance (the meter is rarely used) and ensure the driver knows it’s Egyptian pounds. Pay only when you reach your destination – especially if you’re travelling from the airport into town – and try and have exact change.

 By shuttle bus: Many hotels have their own shuttle buses to the main centres during the day and evening.


Camel festival: Look out in May when the ‘ships of the desert’ come to town! The South Sinai Camel Festival sees a tribal gathering from around Egypt, with humped-back beasts taking part in spectacular 10-mile-long camel races.

For shopaholics: In July, buying souvenirs is even more important during the International Shopping and Tourism Festival, when local businesses are promoted.

Religious festivals: Be aware of the religious festivals which may affect the area; Ramadan is the month-long period of dawn-to-dusk fasting – the date of which moves back 10 days each year. At the end of that, the Eid ul-Fitr celebrations are a time when families travel on holiday, and Sharm El Sheikh gets busy.

Holidays in Sharm El Sheikh

Dubbed the ‘Egyptian Riviera’ and famed for its dazzling coral reefs and miles of golden sands, Naama is the main bay in this world-class resort, its Red Sea beachfront filled with diving centres and resorts. Dive the wrecks submerged in the bay among techni-colour aquatic life or simply snorkel. Party until 4am at Sharm El Sheikh’s clubs and casinos, take the kids to swim in Shark Bay’s warm shallow waters, or relax and spot dolphins at Ras Mohammed National Park. Our great range of Sharm El Sheikh holidays make this diverse destination suitable for almost anyone.

Prices start from £469



Family Holidays in Sharm El Sheikh

Create memories that will last a lifetime with one of Thomas Cook’s fun-packed family holidays to Sharm El Sheikh. Whether the children enjoy splashing around in the pool or meeting new friends at our kids’ club, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to our great selection of family holidays.

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All Inclusive in Sharm El Sheikh

Save a bundle and go for one of Thomas Cook’s all inclusive packages to Sharm el Sheikh. Let us take the stress out of your holiday so you can spend your time away doing the things that you love. Whether you want watersports or hotel entertainment, you’ll find the right all-inclusive hotel here.

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