Dear Readers,


Our town, region, and country have experienced many changes in the new millennium, and we welcome opportunities to celebrate achievements big and small. In August, El Gouna joined the rest of the country in celebrating the inauguration of the new Suez Canal extension, which greatly expands the capacity of the existing canal and is hoped to boost the economy of the region (see article on p. 24).


Residents and visitors in El Gouna also celebrated Eid El Fitr in style, taking advantage of the many activities and events on offer for all age (p. 12). The month of Ramadan saw the revival of a beloved El Gouna tradition—an all-comers volleyball tournament enjoyed by everyone (p. 16). Two camps also helped bring summer to a close in El Gouna: a Youth Sustainability Camp was organized by You Think Green Egypt and hosted by TUB Campus El Gouna (p. 32), and a three week CISV Seminar camp brought together youth from around the world (p. 40).


El Gouna’s retail outlets and restaurants are one of the town’s greatest strengths, and we provide a review of the shops in the Marina Piazza (p. 28) and review Cedars Lebanese House restaurant (p. 6). Foodies are never in short supply in El Gouna, and we cover the latest event by La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (p. 36) and interview Charlotte Wynants, whose cakes inspire and amaze (p. 20). Last but not least, one of El Gouna’s most talented gardeners shares tips on how to create a lovely landscape around your home (p. 44).


Enjoy life as it should be,


The El Gouna Magazine Team