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Sports tourism: a growing trend in Egypt

Adventures Abound in Egypt….and not just underwater!

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Mount Catherine makes for an exhilarating and interesting challenge (photo from Destination 31)

Mount Catherine makes for an exhilarating and interesting challenge
(photo from Destination 31)

Egypt is known for its Red Sea beaches, awesome Alexandrian seaside for long nightly promenades and most importantly, the Pyramids. We are not exactly known for a land of modern adventures, but this is quickly changing. The young people of Egypt are hip, modern and fit (well, at least most of them) and they are demanding a change in the usual vacation time traditions. The idea of sitting by the beach and reading a novel seems too mundane for those who seek the thrill of excitement. That is why sports tourism is growing.

We consulted one of the hip and happening Egyptian eco-tourism travel companies, Destination 31, about their take on the trend. A relatively new company, founded in 2009 by three friends, they have specialised in adventure tourism and extreme sports. “Adventure travel and sports…

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Dahab Does Ras Mohammed

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Dahab and his woobie

My name is Dahab Hassan.  My title is Head of Security and Customer Relations at OTA Diving & Travel.  Today we are taking one of our guests to Ras Mohamed National Park.  What’s unusual about this trip is that usually we go by boat, but today we are going by car.  A new adventure awaits!

So we get into the car and I find a spot on the towel and I go to sleep….the car ride is smooth and comforting and all my people are around me.

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The stone arches are a gateway to Ras Mohamed Park

Ras Mohamed is only about 15 kilometers from Sharm el Sheikh and when we get to the gate we get our tickets and pass right through.

We drive on a bit and come to the Arches which mark the Gateway to the Ras Mo beaches.

We pass a rock on the way and stop for directions.

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We stopped here to find our way to the beach!

The car stops and I jump out and immediately survey the area.  No bad guys here, now off to find a suitable place to set up camp.

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I am scouting out a good spot for the day

I find a nice shady spot and I call over to the humans and tell them to set up camp here.

My humans lay out a blanket and bring out all their dive and snorkel gear while I continue to explore the area.

While my people are working, I take a walk by the water….lick lick, yucky…too salty! Then some big hands pick me up

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Look! I found a seahorse!

and set me in the water…..whoa! This feels strange and I paddle like crazy to get back to shore!  There is lots of laughter from the humans.

Look! I found a seahorse!

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Nice lady congratulates me on saving the seahorse

I find a seahorse on the shore and help get him back into the water.  Then this nice lady comes by and congratulates me!

The humans take a lot of photos and start to pose like this……then the girls take off on the trail and I stay behind with my daddy.  But I want to follow the girls…so I start off on the trail.  Daddy is following me!

We start to climb the rock up to Shark Observatory, but there is a lot of stopping and posing for photos on the way!  Soon Daddy is following me, seems like four legs are better than two!

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Here is my mom on the left and our guest, Susan on the right. Posing!
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Dahab climbs the rocks!
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Daddy helps me get up some of the hard parts

I can run and climb the rocks here

much faster than the people

not only because they keep stopping to take photos of themselves or me in the spectacular scenery here.

Up near the top of Shark Observatory there are some high stairs that my little legs cannot climb.

I get carried up the last stairs to the top and then I’m set free to run!

I run to join my family at the summit of the Observatory!

This has been a great day out and I can’t wait to come back to Ras Mohammed National Park!

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Here I am with my family at the top of Shark Observatory