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Wadi El-Aat - Sinai Desert

Sinai Desert

Naama Bay’s real name is “Marsa El-Aat” (marsa means bay) and is located at the mouth of Wadi El-Aat.


Although a dangerous area to build such a conglomeration of hotels and resorts, as it’s the mouth of the valley, and could very easily be submerged in case of excessive rain and flood, the local authorities have built a dam north of Naama Bay, sealing off the wadi to protect the bay. The most remarkable part of the Wadi lies at about 7-8 km (5 miles) from northernmost section, at the magnificent reddish basalt ridges, where a considerable canyon is chiseled into the grey granite that leads to “Aed El-Aat”; spread pink granite boulders and basalt barrier shaping the Wadi el-Aat water reservoir.

A reservoir that fills up with water during the winter rains, and result in the developing of small waterfalls, filling the small low niches with water, where the creatures residing in the area come to drink.

And during the summer and dry seasons, Wadi El-Aat remains cool thanks to the rocks and acacias there which shed massive shadows and help maintain the coolness of the breeze in the area, and if you dig into the sand, enough water will rise for the camels to drink.
Wadi Al Aat - Sinai Desert Safari
Last but not least, one famous location at Wadi El-Aat is the “split rock”, a gigantic split stone where people of all nationalities living in Sharm el Sheikh meet for get-togethers and night parties in the desert.

Na'ama Bay, located just a few kilometers north of Sharm el-Sheikh, has in the past few years become the epicenter of tourism activity in the southern Sinai. Its resort hotels and shops, dive and tour operators, and energetic nightlife--to say nothing of the stunning beauty of the bay itself--make this recently developed area a magnet for visitors to Sinai. Geographically, Na'ama Bay is a natural outgrowth of Sharm el-Sheikh. It is situated along a lovely stretch of coastline at the mouth of the Wadi el-Aat, itself an attraction of considerable beauty. All of the outstanding dive sites of the south Sinai, as one would expect, are within easy reach.

Last Updated on Wednesday 22nd December 2010