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Essential information for Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab Travellers

Essential information for Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab Travellers

Every country has its own peculiarities, and knowing them is essential for every traveler. This is why we decided to provide you with the most frequently asked questions in an attempt to solve those issues you are concerned with. Essential information that will help you to better plan your trip to Sham El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba or Taba. What do you need to prepare? bring over with you? things that you will need, things that you dont need. Once you arrive in sunny Sinai, then here is a list of things that you might find useful while enjoying your vacation. Once you arrive in sunny Sinai, then here is a list of things that you might find useful while enjoying your vacation. Once you arrive in sunny Sinai, then here is a list of things that you might find useful while enjoying your vacation.


Is Sharm a safe place?
Yes, it is a very safe place. There is nothing to worry about here in terms of safety. In fact it is on the second place in terms of safety after Dubai in the Emirates.

What is the best way to move around in Sharm?
Taxis are the easiest and the most efficient way to get around in Sharm, as they are available on almost every corner. They are very easy to spot. At the same time taxis are quite expensive. Be prepared to pay a fee starting from 15 Egyptian Pounds, depending on the destination you are choosing. Another means of transport available in Sharm is 'service buses'. They are cheap (prices start from 1 Egyptian pounds till 3), and at the same time convenient for groups of 10-15 people.

Is eating outside my hotel safe?
It is absolutely safe, though you have to examine the ingredients of the dish, as some of them may appear too spicy to your palate.

Can I drink tap-water?
It is not recommended to drink tap-water. You can purchase mineral water brands such as 'Siwa', 'Pure Life' in every supermarket in town.

What do I do if I get sick?
Every hotel has a doctor who will be there for you if need be, but in order to avoid such unpleasant circumstances it is extremely recommended to take some medicine you got used to with you. The famous pain-killer 'Nurofen' does not exist here. Instead, you can purchase an analogical product called 'Brufen' in every pharmacy.

What is the best way to buy excursions and tickets in Sharm?
'Sharm Tickets' is a company specializing in providing tourists and local residents with tickets to the hottest and the most popular venues at affordable prices. The tickets are delivered directly to the door of the client, with cash payment upon delivery. You can order the tickets by one of the following ways: Online via www.sharmtickets.com, or by calling or sending sms to our operators on 010 345 12 90

What do I wear in public areas?
Visiting the Old Market or any other public areas it is recommended to dress appropriately, exclude everything too provoking such as minis and bikinis. Respect the traditions and the views of the locals.
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Who do I contact if I lose my personal belongings?
Talk to the hotel reception first, maybe they can help you find the lost items. If it doesn't help, file a police report. In case you lost your passport it is recommended to contact your embassy or council in Cairo.

  • Telephone number of the American Embassy in Cairo: +02 279 73300
  • Telephone number of the French Embassy in Cairo: +02 356 73200
  • Telephone number of the Russian Embassy in Cairo: +02 374 89353
  • Telephone number of the Spanish Embassy in Cairo: +02 273 55813
  • Telephone number of the British Embassy in Cairo: +02 2791 6000
  • Telephone number of the German Embassy in Cairo: +2 2341 0015
  • Telephone number of the Dutch Embassy in Cairo: +20 2739 5500
  • Telephone number of the Italian Embassy in Cairo: +20 2794 3194

How can I make phone calls?
Land lines are dialed directly from mobiles, e.g. 123 456. If you are calling from a land-line though, use the code of the city at the beginning. E.g. (069) 123 456; Local mobile phones are dialed directly, as in 010 123 456.
If you are calling abroad, dial +(the code of the country), (the code of the city), the number. Sometimes instead of using +, you can use 00, and then the code of the country.

What currencies can I use?

USD, English and Egyptian Pounds, as well as Euro.

  • BANKS AND MONEY TRANSFER IN SHARM EL SHEIKH

    • AHLY UNITED BANK
      Oriental Resort Hotel - Nabq Bay
      Tel. 069 3710 571/572
      Fax. 069 3710564
    • ARAB AFRICAN INT. BANK
      Tel. 069 360 01 25/7
    • ALEXANDRIA BANK
      Tel. 069 366 03 55/6/8
      ARAB BANK CORPORATION (ABC)
      Tel. 069 360 37 42/3
    • BARCLAYS BANK
      Peace Road - Criss Compound
      Mob. 0100121216
    • BANQUE MISR
      Tel. 069 366 05 08
    • BANQUE DU CAIRE
      Banks Area - Um El Sid Hill
      Tel. 069 366 24 79
    • BNP PARIBAS EGYPT
      Peace Road, Criss Village, Naama Bay
      Tel. 069 360 38 72/3 / Fax. 069 360 38 74

      Il Mercato - El Fanar St., El Hadaba
      Mob. 012 7703 131 / Fax. 069 366 08 04
      essa...@africa.bnpparibas.com

    • CREDIT AGRICOLE EGYPT
      Tel. 069 360 14 24
    • EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BANK
      Tel. 069 360 07 04
    • HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT BANK
      Naama Bay
      Tel. 069 360 12 05
    • HSBC EGYPT
      Tel. 069 360 06 14/5
    • NATIONAL BANK OF EGYPT
      Tel. 069 360 03 37
    • NATIONAL BANK OF ABU DHABI
      Naama Bay
      Tel. 069 360 26 94
    • NSGB
      Naama Bay Mall
      Tel. 069 360 16 68
    • PIRAEUS BANK EGYPT
      Salah el Din St. - Um el Sid Hill
      Tel. 069 366 53 25
    • SUEZ CANAL BANK
      Tel. 069 360 07 25
    • THOMAS COOK
      Tel. 069 360 18 08
    • WESTERN UNION
      Rosetta Hotel
      Tel. 069 360 22 22

Are credit cards accepted everywhere?
Credit cards are mainly accepted in big malls, such as Il Mercato in Hadabah, or La Strada in Nabq. At the same time many night clubs do not accept credit cards, therefore, it is recommended to take some cash with you. Some restaurants (especially those located in malls and in Naama Bay) do accept credit cards.

Where can I find ATM machines?
In front of the Old Market in Tiran Center, near the supermarket Sheikh Abdallah in Hadabah, in various banks in Naama Bay, as well as in shopping malls of the city.

Where can I buy alcohol?
There are numerous bottle shops available: the largest two are being 'Drinkies' and 'Bacchus', both available in Naama Bay, Hadabah and Nabq.

Sharm El Shiekh Transportation

  • How to get there & back

    There are two modes of transport in Sharm:

    • TAXI
      • Standard tariffs
        • Naama Bay to Old Market 15LE
        • Naama Bay to Hadaba 20LE
        • Naama Bay to Airport 30LE
        • Naama Bay to Nabq 50LE
        • Old Market to Hadaba 10LE
        • Old Market to Airport 50LE
        • Old Market to Nabq 60LE
        • Dahab Taxi & Airport Transfer
          Compared to Sharm Sharm el Sheik, Taxi in Dahab is cheap. There's no Taxameter, always check the price IN ADVANCE. For transfers within town (Laguna, Masbat, Assala), you pay between 5 and 15 LE (1-2 Euro):
          • Bus station to town (bridge): 10 LE
          • Dahab-Center to Assala: 5-10 LE
          • Dahab-Center to Dahab-City/Laguna: 10-15 LE
        • MICRO BUS
          • Maximum fare 3LE
          • Old Market to Naama Bay 1LE
          • Old Market to Airport 3LE
          • Old Market to Nabq 3LE
        • BUS TIMETABLE
          • Dahab - Nuweiba - Taba: 9:00, 14:30, 17:00
          • Dahab - St. Catherine: 9:30
          • St. Catherine - Dahab: 13:00
          • Dahab - Cairo: 8:30, 12:30, 14:30, 22:00
          • Dahab - Sharm el Sheikh: 8:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, 20:30, 21:30, 22:30
          • Sharm el Sheikh - Dahab: 9:00, 14:30, 17:00
        • OTHER TRANSPORTS
          • EL GOUNA TRANSPORT CO. Watanya Mall Zoo Street. Mob. 010 8887 885
          • EAST DELTA BUS CO Tel. 069 366 06 00/66
          • SUPER JET BUSES (Al Itihad Al Araby) Tel. 069 366 16 22
          • BUS STATION Tel. 069 366 06 60
          • UNITED COMPANY(for Marine Lines) Tel. 002 065 3449481, 002 065 3449482, 002 012 6360094. www.unitedmarinelines.com
          • GLITE LOGISTIC SERVICES Sunshine resort, Tel.: 010 344 5858
        • CAR RENTAL
          • BUDGET
            Sheikh Coast, Coral Bay
            Tel: +2069 - 3601 610
          • CRC
            Naama Bay
            Tel: +2069 - 3601 297
            Mobile: +2010 - 181 1035
            Open: 9.00 - 14.00 / 17.00 - 22.00
          • EXCELLENT SERVICE
            (Long & Short Term)
            Mob. 012 101 6122 - El Hadaba
          • EURO SCOOTER RENTAL
            Hadaba, Petrol Station
            Mob. 012 249 8010
            Workshop: 9am-2pm & 5pm-10pm
          • YES BUSINESS CENTER
            Rent Cars – Services For V.I.P
            Yess...@Yahoo.com
            Mob. 010 601 1316 –
            019 88 55 677 - 018 723 7881
            Mall 6 Naama Bay
          • MASSER
            Naam Bay, Helnan Marina
          • LIMO 1.
            Full range of cars.
            Self drive or limo service.
            Travco Office Hadaba
            Tel. 069 366 0764 ext 406
            24hrs. 0125205333
          • PYRAMIDS CAR HIRE
            Cars for locals or tourist.
            Smaller salon cars
            Mall 9 Kennedy Area nr. Metro
            Tel. 012 2435191
          • PRESTIGE CARS
            For limousine service
            24 hours a day Car with
            Chauffeur
            Hotline +20100036616
          • REGAL CAR & BUS RENTAL
            Self drive and driver service.
            Pharaohs Mall, Hadaba.
            Tel. 069 366 5354
            24hrs. - Mob. 010 020 9400
          • SAIF TRANSPORT & RENT A CAR
            Mob. 0105522268 / 0143131012
            Delta Sharm, office no. 213
          • SHAHAD LIMOUSINE
            Naama Bay - Tel: +2069 - 3603 066
            Open: 9.00 to 14.00 / 18.00 - 22.00
          • SMG LIMO
            Maritim Jolie Ville-Naama Bay
            Tel: +2069 - 3600 100
            Maritim Jolie Ville-Golf Resort
            Tel: +2012 - 328 0978
            Intercontinental Hotel
            Tel: +2012 - 328 0978
          • TAYYAR CAR HIRE
            Domina Coral Bay Hotel
            Tel: 069 3601 610 ext: 20 / Mob:
            0128828187
        • CAR SALES
          • EL MASAUD
            Naama Bay - Tel. 010 1717 765
          • EL MASRIA
            Hadaba, Aida St.
            Tel. 069 3660796 / 069 366 58 37
          • RAMA MOTORS
            Ras Kennedy mall, Gamik Mall (3).
            Mob. 010 8656 779
          • SHARM AUTO
            Peace Road - Tel. 069 3663900
            9am to 9pm closed Friday
        • CAR SERVICE
          • NASSAR Center
            A petrol / Service station
            Tel: 012 166 1660 /010 600 600 3
            012 350 7918
          • BRIDGESTONE
            Peace Road, Near Mobil Gas Station
            Tel: +2069 – 366 2273
            Sales and service outlet for tires
          • EIGCO TOYOTA
            Rowaysat - Tel. 069 366 49 00/01
          • IMEX
            Jeep Services - Rowaysat
            Mob. 010 566 8080
    • Handy tips:
      • Carry small notes and coins.
      • Secure a taxi price in Egyptian pounds before starting the ride.
      • Better still, ask the taxi driver to put on the meter.
      • Flag down a micro bus anywhere & ask to be dropped off!
    • Other Essentials:

      • MOBILE OPERATORS
        • ETISALAT
          Sunny Lakes - Naama Bay - Tel 011 250 6102
        • MOBINIL
          Naama Bay - Tel 012 322 382
        • VODAFONE
          Il Mercato, Naama Bay, Radio Schack Mall 8
          Tel: 069 360 1152
          COURIER SERVICES
      • COURIER SERVICES
        • AL ZAFER
          Old Market - Tel. 069 366 1135
        • ARAMEX
          Mall 8, 2nd floor
          Tel: +2069 - 3665 305, Mob: +2010 - 3422 154
        • DHL
          Tel. 016 5501412
          EMS COURIERS
          Tel. 069 366 05 18
        • FEDERAL EXPRESS
          Tel. 069 360 02 00
        • MIDDLE EAST COURIERS
          Tel. 069 366 30 75
    • HOME SERVICES
      • MAINTANENCE SERVICES
        Old Sharm - Tiran Mall, Mob. 012 7168872
      • SHARM HOLIDAY HOMES
        Tel. +2 018 8208615 / +2 016 6091910
    • TRAVEL AGENCY
      • CANYON ESTATE REAL ESTATE AND TRAVEL
        Delta Sharm, nr. 112
        Tel. 012 1195165, sha...@canyonestate.biz
      • EASTMAR TRAVEL
        Villa 21 – El Nour District
        Tel. 069 366 1271
      • EXPLORERS TOURS
        Inside Ocean Bay Hotel, Naama Bay
        Tel. 069 360 1408
      • GIRO TOURS
        Hay El Nour
        Tel. 069 366 5761/60, Cairo - Tel. 02 241 81662
      • LONGWOOD HOLIDAYS
        Mall 8 – Naama Bay
        Tel. 069 360 2236
      • LUNA ROSSA
        Naama Inn - Naama Bay
        Tel. 012 7386023
      • MARHABA TOURS
        Sharm Trade Center, Naama Bay
        Tel. 010 191 0513
      • MENA TOURS
        Travel Agency
        Tel. 069 3600190
      • SAM TOURS
        Mina Mall - Naama Bay
        Tel. 012 1633819
      • SPRING TOURS
        Inside Mall 8 – Naama Bay
        Tel. 069 360 0131
      • SUN’N FUN SHARM EL SHEIKH
        Between Hilton Fayrouz and Novotel, Naama Bay
        Tel. 069 360 1623
      • THOMAS COOK OVERSEAS LTD.
        Inside Gafy Mall, Naama Bay
        Tel. 069 360 1808
      • TRAVCO
        Off Sharm Elysse St., Umm El Sid Hill
        Tel. 069 366 0764
      • UNCLE SAM TOURS
        Mina Mall - Naama Bay
        Mob. 012 163 3819
      • ZEKRY TOURS
        Sharm el Sheikh
        Mob. +2 010 1414671
    • SUPERMARKETS
      • 247
        For Deliveries in your area:
        - El-Hadaba: 069 366 3339
        - El-Hadaba 2 : 069 366 3784
        - Naama Bay: 069 360 3504
        - Nabq Bay: 069 920 5261
        - Coral Bay: 069 360 16 10
        - Hay El Nour: 069 366 52 40
        Tel. 069. 366 33 39, Fax. 069 366 50 48, i...@247supermarket.com , www.247supermarket.com
      • 7-11
        Old Market - Sharm el Sheikh
        Tel. 069 366 0457
      • APPLE MARKET PLACE
        Naama bay - Diar Naama mall
        Mob. 012 9122771
      • EXPRESS SUPERMARKET
        Old Market
        Tel. 069 366 09 24
      • FAMILY SUPERMARKET
        Hadaba
        Mob. 012 7883 559
      • METRO
        - Old Market Delivery Tel. 069 366 11 93
        - Nabq Delivery Tel. 19619 / 069 3710597 /0168812089
      • ON THE BEACH MARKET
        by Jolie Ville Movenpick Resort
        Mob. 012 1666 900
      • SHAMANDOURA SUPERMARKET
        Naama Bay King
        of Bahrain Street below McDonalds
        Tel. 069 – 3600 890/126
      • SHEIKH ABDULLAH
        Hadaba / Delivery Tel. 069 366 44 05
        Naama Bay - Sharm Trade Centre
        King of Bahrain Street -opp. Sanafir Hotel
        White Knight area– opp. Concorde Hotel
        Tel. 012 229 90 30

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Last Updated on Saturday 15th January 2011