Ras Um Sid (Ras Um Sid) is a peninsula in the south of Sharm el-Sheikh with one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the city, and in Sinai in general, which stretches from its northeastern part, surrounds it and ends in Sharm al-Maya Bay, near the port of Sharm A-Sheikh. A significant part of this beach strip, as in all of Sharm, is private and belongs to the hotels located along it, but in the southern parts there are beaches that are open to the public and from which you can also go to various attractions in the Red Sea.
The most beautiful sunsets in Sharm can be seen from the Ras Um Sid area, and it is mainly suitable for those looking for large resorts with a huge area, some of which have water parks with plenty of facilities, and also want to enjoy the many attractions in the area. The hotels in Ras Umm Sid that do not have a private stretch of beach, take out shuttles to the beaches along the bay with which they have entry arrangements so there is nothing to fear about spending time in the area without seeing the sea up close.
In the southern part of Ras Umm Sid is the neighborhood of El Hadaba (El Hadaba | الحدبة) which is mostly a residential neighborhood but in its vicinity are some of the more worthwhile attractions that the area has to offer. North of El Hadaba is the neighborhood that used to be the Israeli city of “Ofira”, on the cliff overlooking the Sharm el-Maya Bay, and below it is an amazing stretch of beach known as the “Golden Beach”.
The hotels in the Ras Umm Sid area are diverse and can be divided into two categories:
These hotels are mainly characterized by a beautiful private beach, as well as a wide variety of different facilities and attractions. These are usually resorts with wide accommodation options, from regular rooms to suites or private villas, which also allows for a wide spectrum of prices. This is also a very popular area for diving and snorkeling, and if you are staying at these hotels you should take advantage of this and go on a cruise with a visit to the nearby diving sites. This can be done through the hotels themselves.
These are also broadly divided into two: huge resorts with water parks that are intended for families and offer perfect recreation from end to end without having to leave them at all, and smaller 3 or 4 star hotels that are suitable for those looking for more standard accommodation of bed and breakfast at an affordable price, and less indulgences in the hotel itself .
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In the attractions sector, you will find in Ras Umm Sid the Il Mercato shopping and entertainment center – a type of shopping street designed as an arcade in a style that is more reminiscent of classical Europe than the Middle East. A variety of shops, restaurants and cafes await you there (including another branch of the wonderful “Raihin” patisserie), both in front of the complex and on its inner street, which is closed to pedestrians only and even has pleasant background music. Everything is lit up with colored lights but not too loud, and on weekends there are events in the central square with columns in the style of the Roman Forum. In front of the complex, on the street you will find a variety of shops – from restaurants to a store for mobile equipment and a pharmacy.
Another place that is a must-visit is Sharm’s old market – a huge complex that is all one big bazaar, with lots of shops in most of which you will find the same thing at varying prices – souvenirs, bags, clothes, jewelry, spices and more. It is possible and desirable to haggle over the prices (the vendors expect and are used to this), but do so with respect and politeness. There is also a huge display of a rock-hewn city called Old Egypt that is very interesting to visit, and everything is watched from above by one of the most beautiful mosques you will ever see. The place is illuminated at night with colored lights, and in general it is more pleasant to visit it in the evening and at night because then the heat is much more tolerable (if you come in the summer). There are also many good restaurants, cafes, bakeries and excellent pastry shops. Definitely worth a long evening’s visit.