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Sharm El-Sheikh the city of Peace & conferences

Friday 22/February/2019 - 10:14 AM
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Sharm El-Sheikh is known as “the city of peace”، not only because of the inner peace people can find from its mountainous backdrop and golden beaches but also because of the international peace conferences and summits the city has hosted over the years.

Located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula، where the Gulf of Aqaba and Gulf of Suez meet with the Red Sea، Sharm El-Sheikh is the biggest and most important city in Sinai and one of the most renowned tourist resorts in Egypt.

The city’s beautiful landscape، warm sun and long stretches of natural beaches have made it one of the main attractions in Egypt for tourists and travellers from across the globe.

Russia and the UK send the largest number of tourists to Egypt، and in 2014 Egypt received around three million Russian tourists.

With greater political stability now in place، tourism had started to recover and saw a remarkable recovery in the second half of last year. Tourist arrivals increased by nearly 70 per cent in the third quarter of 2014، compared with the same period the preceding year.

This year، around 6.6 million tourists had visited Egypt by the end of September، producing revenues of $4.6 billion، compared with 6.3 million in the same period last year when $4.5 billion was generated.

In an unparalleled success compared to any other city in Egypt and maybe the whole ‎region، Sharm El Sheikh was awarded by the United Nations Educational، Science، ‎and Cultural Organization، the UNESCO، as the finest city in the world for peace and ‎beauty. ‎

Moreover، in the year 2000، the UNESCO has chosen Sharm El Sheikh، among ‎‎14،000 cities from all over the world، to be the best city of peace and charm. ‎

Sharm El Sheikh was granted with this international recognition because of the role ‎the city played in establishing the principals of justice and comprehensive peace in ‎the area of the Middle East. ‎

Sharm El Sheikh has hosted many international peace conferences with the ‎participation of many parties with the presence of the former Egyptian president، ‎Hosni Mubarak، ‎

Moreover، the city has witnessed many conferences and meetings between the ‎Israelis، the Palestinians، and the United States leaders to settle the problems ‎between the two sides. ‎

Moreover، after the signing of the Camp David Peace Agreement between Anwar El ‎Sadat، the former President of Egypt، and the Israeli authorities in 1978، Sharm El ‎Sheikh has guided all its political، economical، and touristic capabilities to support ‎peace in the whole region. ‎

On the other hand، after Egypt regained control over the city of Sharm El Sheikh in ‎‎1982، the Egyptian authorities have given special attention to the city to make it one ‎of the most wonderful resort that has become famous all around the world with ‎tourists coming from Europe، the United States، and all the regions of the globe to ‎spend their holiday in the city of peace.

The city also hosted a number of peace conferences during the rule of former president Hosni Mubarak.

These included the 1996 Peace Summit، attended by many Arab and foreign heads of state، and the G-15 Summit، held for the first time in Egypt in 1998، which saw the conclusion of the Wye River Agreement between Palestinians، represented by leader Yasser Arafat، and Israel، represented by then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak in September 1999.

Sharm، as it known by Egyptians، also hosted the Trilateral Summit، attended by then-President Mubarak، Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. to discuss the ongoing peace process in the Middle East.

Today، Sharm El Sheikh has the best world class hotels، resorts، facilities، and ‎services making a holiday in the city quite a marvelous experience. There are ‎numerous diving center and travel agents in the city offering all sorts of tours and ‎diving lessons for experts، beginners، and for all ages. ‎

Next Sunday، Sharm al-sheikh will host the first ever EU-Arab League Summit on February 24-25.

The summit will bring together for the first time heads of state or government from both sides. According to ambassador of the European Union to Egypt Ivan Surkos ،24 heads of state of the EU will come to Sharm el-Sheikh this week to attend the first EU-Arab League Summit scheduled on Feb. 24-25.

"European leaders are strongly interested in enhancing cooperation with our Arab neighbors،" Surkos said on his Twitter account.

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades، British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel all announced they will attend the summit.

President Donald Tusk will co-chair the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He will represent the EU along with President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The summit will discuss various aspects، including migration، climate change، counter-terrorism، some regional issues، and the cooperation between the EU and the Arab world.

During the summit، the British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold bilateral talks with EU leaders following the summit، a senior British government official said on Wednesday، February 20، 2019.

These bilateral talks come within the framework of continued discussions between May and European leaders regarding Brexit، the official noted، adding that the meeting will not be related to European Union matters nor will it be a place for any decision related to it.

In preparation for the event، Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries، who are participating in the upcoming Arab-European summit.

Minister of Civil Aviation directed the airport officials to coordinate with all concerned security and media bodies.

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