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Flights with SAUDIA to Sharm El-Sheikh, bordered by coral reefs
This city on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula is a famous holiday resort city and with good reason. Its natural beauty is such that zoning laws limit the height of the buildings to highlight the surrounding land and not the cityscape. The town, originally a small fishing village, was once a port but due to recent environmental laws, more people are currently snorkeling and scuba diving through its clear waters than operating merchant vessels. Ras Muhammad National Park is a popular and protected diving spot to see the coral reef and its entire associated finned fauna. The Thomas Reef is one of the most famous dives for its coral and flitting schools of colorful fish.
Travel from Riyadh to Sharm El-Sheikh
Sharm El-Sheikh is designed with sun-and-surf in mind and is perfect for families looking for rest and relaxation or adventurous travelers who want to explore the world beneath the surface of the water. Visitors to the city can try their hand at any number of water sports like kitesurfing or windsurfing and scuba diving is a city favorite. Dahab, around 50 km northeast along the coast of Sharm El-Sheikh, is a world-class diving site. If you’re drawn to manmade objects beneath the surface, Sharm El-Sheikh delivers. Thistlegorm is one of the top wreck dives in the world. A cargo ship that sunk in World War II and much of what it was carrying, straight out of the 1940s, viewed in its salty resting place on this 17 m dive. For an older wreck, Dunraven, sunk in 1876, is a top choice. Mount Sinai or Jebel Musa, possibly the mountain with the same name mentioned in Abrahamic religions, is close to Sharm El-Sheikh. It is located within the UNESCO world heritage area of Saint Catherine. The city’s own Al Sahaba Mosque borrows from Ottoman-style architecture and its gold hues blend in with the desert backdrop.