Dear Readers,


As 2015 comes to a close, we look back on the many changes that have occurred in El Gouna during the year. Mahmoud El Baroudi celebrates a year of service as general manager of El Gouna by giving our magazine an inside look at what the town has accomplished during his tenure (p. 12).


New businesses and events have come to town, including the Bellevue hotel, which we cover in our article on page 38. A youth exchange was hosted by the Rotary Club (see p. 42) and an international conference on higher education was hosted by TUB (p. 30).


Established events continued to flourish, and the town was once again the site of the Top Model of the World final competition in late August (p. 14). This year’s installment of Kite Jamboree coincided with the 10-year anniversary of aquasport center Red Sea Zone, and kiters and visitors celebrated this milestone together (p. 18). El Gouna continues to be a popular destination for holidays, as our coverage of Eid El Adha events demonstrates (p. 22).


As El Gouna has matured and grown as a destination, community members have continued to stress the town’s connection to the natural environment. The El Gouna Fish Farm is now home to the House of Up-Cycling, an impressive recycling project completed by devoted volunteers (p. 46).


Enjoy life as it should be,


The El Gouna Magazine Team