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Top prize for Port Ghalib Red Sea International Marina

14th October 2010 Print

Port Ghalib Red Sea International Marina has won the award for the best tourist port in Egypt for the fifth consecutive year.

The award was presented to Eng. Ibraham Saleh, Group Vice President of Al Kharafi Group by Admiral Tawfik Abu Genedah, President of the Maritime Transport Sector on World Maritime Day (23 September 2010).

Also in attendance were Admiral Mohamed Essam El din, Chairman of Alexandria Port, Admiral Khairy Hamaad, Representative of the Govenor of Alexandria and Admiral Osama Rabee, Deputy Commander of the Egyptian Navy.

The compliance of the Marina with operating instructions and performance standards, respect of the law, preservation of the surrounding environment and the high quality of services available were cited as key factors which led to the winning of the award.

Eng.Ibrahim Saleh, spokesman for Port Ghalib Red Sea and Group Vice President of Al Kharafi Group comments: “Port Ghalib Red Sea is set to become one of the biggest stories of the next decade. Marsa Alam is a new destination with competitive property prices and a young tourist market which is set to explode in the coming years. We are delighted that our International Marina, the cornerstone of our development has won this acclaimed award for the fifth consecutive year, once again reaffirming our position as a leader in resort and property development.”

Designed by Sogreah a leading French international port design company, Camper and Nicolson provide the operation and development consultancy services for the Marina, which is fully equipped with tourist yacht services, including tanks, fuel, water and electricity lines, telephone and telecommunications, and an international training centre.

The Marina boasts a variety of hotels, including a diving hotel that provides divers a fully equipped slipway for their boats.

The hotel location allows easy access to the most famous diving spots in the Red Sea, such as Zabargad (Aquamarine) Islands, famous for their rare marine creatures.

The Marina operates 24/7 to receive tourist yachts, excursion and diving yachts and has a natural navigation canal, extending 700m in length, and 70m in width. A service boat guides yachts across the navigation canal, and provides docking service on tie floats, or on port and customs berths.

The port has hosted several world marine events, including a yacht rally in 2007 and 2008. For the first time in Egypt, the Marina held an international speedboat race (Formula 2000), in April 2008 and November 2009. The marina also received the royal yacht "Samar", one of the world’s top 100 yachts.

Port Ghalib Red Sea International Marina also serves as an official inlet to access the Egyptian territories, and represents the first access gate to Egypt. It provides unlimited options to yacht owners sailing in the Red Sea towards the north or south, offering access to Marsa Alam International Airport, which is four km away from the Marina, and the nearby archaeological sites in south Egypt.

Port Ghalib Red Sea is a ground-breaking US$2 billion resort on Egypt’s fashionable Red Sea Riviera. Set on over eight million m2 of shoreline, the first phase is now complete and incorporates world-class conference facilities, a wide range of homes, hotels, plus additional facilities and amenities, all benefiting from stunning sea views. The centre-point of the resort is the 150,000 m2 International Marina, equipped to serve 1,000 yachts, at any one time, and receiving over 2,000 yachts annually from across the globe.

The Marina Residences at Port Ghalib Red Sea are a collection of 600 luxurious apartments and villas, with views of the Marina. Each home comes fully furnished and air-conditioned, with kitchens that are equipped with appliances, cutlery, and crockery. Residents enjoy 24 hour security and the use of full community services such as maintenance, parking and garbage collection. Additional benefits include access to landscaped courtyards, and Port Ghalib Red Sea’s onsite amenities, as well as an optics ring that covers the whole resort and provides state-of-the-art broadband, TV and telephone services.

Port Ghalib Red Sea is located just a five minute drive from Marsa Alam International Airport which, after opening in 2001, is already handling an average of 40,000 passengers from across the globe every month. Approximate flight times to the airport are: one hour from Cairo; two and a half hours from the Gulf; and five hours from Europe. Flights from a number of European countries including the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia and France, fly direct to the airport. Port Ghalib is also easily accessible by sea, via the Port Ghalib International Marina, and by road, with the Valley of the Kings just two and a half hours away.

There are currently a wide range of studio, one, two, three bedroom apartments and four bedroom villas available at Port Ghalib Red Sea, with prices starting from £ 68,000.

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