Dear Readers,


Over the first half of 2014, our town has been the scene of many exciting events. The United Nations held its seventh annual Youth Conference for the Environment and Biodiversity in El Gouna March 7-11, and our magazine checked in on the 400 enthusiastic young delegates. The Top Model of the World competition final came to town for a second time the same month, bringing 42 beautiful women to vie for the trophy.


The El Gouna Rally Race was also held in March, featuring seven teams and a total of ten cars that roared through the tough terrain of the Eastern Desert. World-class squash returned to town in April, when Ramy Ashour took the title at the El Gouna International Squash Open for the second time running.


Easter and Sham El Nessim brought huge crowds to town to relax and party, and we take a look at of some of the many events that took place over the holidays.


In addition to hosting conferences, festivities, and competitions, El Gouna continues to offer opportunities to enjoy the world and celebrate life with friends and family. Writer Georgina Cole provides a run-down of the options for exploring the Eastern Desert, while Jenny Cooper continues her series on wedding venues in town. We also speak with Jeroen Van Gent, a young wakeboarder and kiteboarder from Holland who has lived his whole life on the shores of the Red Sea.


Enjoy your summer,


The El Gouna Magazine Team