As we say good bye to the heat of the El Gouna summer, we look ahead to what the cooler seasons have to offer. For children it’s time to head back to school after holidays spent outdoors in the sun and surf. Time spent in the water isn’t all idle play, as some lucky El Gouna International School students learned when they went on a HEPCA-sponsored trip to Marsa Alam to learn about the Red Sea ecosystem (see page 30). And the sea isn’t the only place teeming with life—the skies above El Gouna are filled with native and migratory birds of all kinds. Recently a local resident had a remarkable encounter with a bird of prey here in El Gouna, and she shares her experience on page 16.
Business operators in El Gouna continue to meet the challenges of the economic climate with dedication and ingenuity. We speak to husband and wife team Nicolas and Ragnhild Tabet, who make sure that there’s always something new and special at the three El Gouna hotels they manage (p. 12). We also highlight how Dive Connection has made popular new rebreathing equipment available so that divers can explore the treasures of some of the Red Sea’s deepest wrecks (p. 26).
As you shift back into the post-summer, post-Eid daily grind, don’t forget to take a break now and then. You may not be able to take a long holiday, but there are plenty of things to do close at hand. If you’re interested in Pharaonic sights, check out our article on the exquisite temples at Dendera, which is accessible as a day trip by car (p. 22).
The El Gouna Magazine Team