Welcome

Dear Readers,

 

One of the first things a visitor might notice about El Gouna is how peaceful and relaxing it is. But this is also a place where people are serious about fitness, about competition, about athleticism, and about speed. This issue of El Gouna Magazine features some of the many active pastimes dear to the hearts of residents and visitors.

 

We cover two major tournaments—a friendly tennis competition between Cairo and El Gouna residents (p. 16), and an international squash tournament that saw Ramy Ashour achieve a second victory (p. 26). We also provide a rundown of the Spring Jamboree Kite Festival that took place in April (p. 38). Racing has grown in popularity here in recent years, and 2015 saw motorcycle categories added to the El Gouna Rally Special (p. 30). World famous racers aren’t strangers to our town, and we interview homeowner Marco Werner, who has made a name for himself by winning some of the highest endurance racing honors in the world (p. 12).

 

El Gouna residents are also active in the spheres of art, education, and business. Since the first of this year, the whole town has been involved in an ambitious and inspiring photography exhibit (p. 20), and forward-thinking business leaders and students and professors at the TUB campus in El Gouna continue to forge the path toward a carbon neutral town (p. 42). Recent business activities include the opening and flourishing of a new pizzeria (p.8) and two gelato shops (p. 48), which have increased the authentic Italian dining options in town.

 

Get out there and get moving,

 

The El Gouna Magazine Team