About EL Gouna
THE PARADISE OUT OF DESERT
Conveniently located 25 kilometers north of Hurghada, El Gouna is only a four hour flight from Europe’s major capitals.
The town is easily accessed from Europe via the nearby Hurghada International Airport and boasts a superb infrastructure and excellent services as well as natural beaches and year-round sunshine.
The town’s location offers good access to many of Egypt’s natural wonders, historical sites, and archaeological treasures. The ancient temples of Luxor and Aswan are only a ride away. Day and overnight trips to Luxor, Aswan, Cairo, and Sinai are also easily arranged from El Gouna.
About Orascom Development
Orascom Development Holding (ODH) is a leading developer of fully integrated destinations, including hotels, residential units and leisure facilities such as golf courses, marinas and supporting infrastructure. ODH offers a diverse portfolio of world-class destinations covering Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Morocco, Montenegro, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK). The group operates a total of 33 hotels with 7,198 rooms and controls approximately 101.4 million sqm of land.
ODE is the largest subsidiary of Orascom Development Holding (ODH). ODE currently owns a land bank of 50.25 million square meters and 24 hotels with a total of 4,945 rooms, the whole being allocated among four operating destinations: El Gouna and Makadi Heights on the Red Sea near Hurghada; Taba Heights on the Sinai Peninsula; Byoum in Fayoum; and, soon, O West, the last addition to our portfolio in the 6th of October district of Cairo.
GREEN El GOUNA
GREEN GLOBE AWARDS
These prestigious awards are bestowed around the world by Green Globe International, a non-profit organization, that promotes environmentally and socially responsible tourism.
GREEN STAR HOTEL INITIATIVE
The Green Star Hotel Initiative aims to improve environmental standards in the Egyptian hotel industry. El Gouna has served as the pilot location, and the progress that has been made has illustrated that a national ecolabel can serve as a valuable tool in combating the environmental risks posed by the country’s rapidly expanding tourist sector.
GLOBAL GREEN TOWN AWARD
El Gouna is honored to be the first destination in Africa and the Arab Region to receive the Global Green Award in August 2014. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, this award is handed to cities displaying substantial measures and efforts in progress within the field of environmental sustainability.
The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP or LE). The banks have ATMs, and stand-alone ATMs are also available in some hotels as well as the Downtown and Marina areas. All El Gouna banks offer official currency exchange services, but it is advisable to arrive with either US$, UK£ or Euros.
Stay connected while in El Gouna. All hotels are equipped with wireless internet in the guestrooms or hotel grounds. Throughout the town, the Abu Tig Marina and several favored spots in Downtown are also equipped with WiFi.