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Life's a beach and golf and... an underwater city?

23rd April 2008 Print
Life's a beach and golf and... an underwater city? Where do you get all three? And what is a city doing underwater anyway? Answer : The Sahl Hasheesh (meaning Green Valley) megaresort - A mystical and timeless spectacular new resort on Egypt's Red sea coast just half an hour South of Hurghada. Sahl Hasheesh will compare with just about any world class resort when completed.

Here, one of the world's most remarkable holiday property projects is rising from the desert. Spread over an area of 32 million square metres bordered by 12.5km of sandy beach, it combines all the facilities of a top resort with the bustling atmosphere of a lively port. The town will have not only premium resort facilities, but also essential community infrastructure like retail areas and hospitals. At its centre will be an arcaded piazza with an avenue leading to the Red sea, lined with over 100,000 fully grown palm trees specially brought in from the Nile.

The "sunken city" will be one of the main attractions. It is a feature which doesn't exist elsewhere in the Middle East or Africa.

The planners of the resort are building an entire historic city underwater along similar lines to the" lost city of Atlantis." The ruins of the city will be seen underwater, and the concept is a pharonic city that was part of Sahl Hasheesh area, which sank millions of years ago. While walking along the boardwalk, which connects to the pier that extends into the water 250m, one will be able to see the "sunken city" whilst standing on dry land. The main attraction though will be for divers who will want to see the cities' features at close quarters.

The surrounding "old town" will house luxury villas and apartments, some even with a private beach. Leisure facilities will include cinemas, bars, restaurants, 300 shops and a casino. Further afield - but closer to home than the real thing - will be miniature versions of the pyramids at Giza and the temples of Karnak.

The diving facilities at Sahl Hasheesh are of the very highest class, with coral reefs right on the doorstep. This is the ideal base for diving the famous shipwrecks of Sha'ab Abu Nuhas and the crystal-clear waters round the islands of Giftun and Abu Ramada. For golfers, work begins this year on an exotic 27 hole golf course - the first of 8 planned courses.

This is a great opportunity for buyers to experience lucrative returns on this exclusive resort investment. The infrastructure in the resort has already been entirely completed, with 180 million euros having been invested for roads, water, electricity and the opening of luxury hotels such as the Oberoi is now becoming commonplace.

The resort is conveniently only 20km away from Hurghada airport; flight time from the UK only being approximately 5 hours!

Short flight times from all European capitals, a warm climate throughout the year and the ongoing effective development of the tourist market provide for a constant, dynamic progression of the real estate prices in Egypt, especially at the Red Sea.

The essence of the resort is captured nowhere better than in the Paradise Gardens Golf & Beach resort. Barely 100m form the largest beach in Sahl Hasheesh and adjacent to a golf course the Resort offers studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments . Also 3 and 4 bedroom semi detached villas. Prices range from around £42,000 for a studio and go up to over £200,000 for the Villas. The prices at launch started at 975 euro per sq m which is the lowest entry level in the resort.

Tahir Ali MD of Egypt Revealed who are overseeing the worldwide marketing of Paradise Gardens is delighted at the interest being shown in Sahl Hasheesh by investors. "We are aiming to set new standards in the he resort in terms of quality of build and facilities onsite. There is a fantastic opportunity for investors and holiday home seekers to enjoy excellent growth on their investment."

Ali also cites the increase in and the greater numbers of tourists from around Europe as reasons why the future looks very bright for the Red Sea coast in general and especially for Sahl Hasheesh.

All in all the grass really could be greener in this particular "Valley"

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Life's a beach and golf and... an underwater city?