Is Sharm El Sheikh Safe!, Should i Cancel my reservation and book another destination?
As the founder & CEO of one of the most popular tour operators in Sharm El Sheikh, I would like to shed some light on the story of Sinai’s security from the very beginning.
It all started a year ago when the former regime assumed power in Egypt (The Muslim Brotherhood) they made big promises about the new egyptian era and how wonderful their vision for the upcoming transition phase will be.
Unfortunately the lack of too many aspects to their strategy led people to quickly realize that these leaders are just in for the money and power and couldn’t care less about Egypt or their promises to its people.
What really happened!
So the Egyptian people, along with the Ministry of Defense drew a road map to remove the Muslim Brotherhood and their associates from power, unfortunately the Brotherhood were very close to many extremist organizations and we have been warned by our Ministry of Defense that it is not going to be easy to gain stability any time soon, and that the Sinai region will take lots of efforts to be fully secured.
Our Minister of Defense dispatched military forces 5 months ago and took it upon himself to clean Sinai, they discovered all kinds of extremist cells but sooner than we thought we gained control of the region making it difficult for them to operate the way they desire, we cut their gas pipelines (which were illegitimate), we scattered many military forces around the red zones in Sinai and eventually it was a success.
However the remnants of these extremist cells find themselves so helpless and outcast so every once in a while they launch a mindless attack. Not In the big cities like Sharm El Sheikh, Cairo, Luxor or Alexandria but rather on the roads connecting the cities specifically in Sinai, like the roads to St. Catherine, Moses Mountain, Jerusalem, Petra and Taba.
here is what the British Foreign Office Travel Advice has to say!
Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the Sharm el Sheikh resort areas. Egyptian military are situated in Sharm el Sheikh international airport, at check points around the perimeter of Sharm el Sheikh and throughout the South Sinai Governorate. Routine security checks are being performed on entry into the airport and the police are carrying out vehicle checks in Sharm el Sheikh. There were no violent protests in the South Sinai resorts during recent disturbances in Egypt.
Why some excursions got canceled & which are they?
As a tour operator in Sharm we only cancelled all the excursions that involve ventures outside the city, excursions like Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine, Jerusalem, and so on.
But the security in Sharm El Sheikh is even better than before and 90 percent of the excursions like Quad-bikes, water activities, camel rides, Bedouin dinner parties, Star Gazing, swimming with dolphins, and aqua-park excursions are operational and very safe to book.
It really is sad to see how some people would perceive the general situation, but the threats that were posted online about further attacks are not legitimate and the Egyptian government immediately dealt with them.
Excursions that Sharmers and most of the tour operators canceled are:
– Mt. Sinai by Coach
– St. Catherine by Coach
– Jerusalem by Coach
– Petra by Coach
The Situation in May 2016
– Mt. Sinai by Coach Operational & Active
– St. Catherine by Coach Operational & Active
– Jerusalem by Coach Postponed for further notice
– Petra by Ferry Operational & Active
– Cairo by Coach Postponed for further notice
Just enjoy your holiday in Sharm El Sheikh
If you’re coming to Sharm El Sheikh please don’t be scared and you don’t have to actually be confined to your resort, just stay in Sharm or Cairo and you will be more than safe.