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Statement from the Egyptian State Tourist Office in London 25 July
It is with deep sadness and anger that we have heard the news of the terrible terrorist attacks in Sharm El Sheikh last Saturday. Innocent people were killed and injured and our heartfelt sympathy goes to all victims, their families and friends. Our colleagues in Egypt are working day and night side by side with officials and representatives of the trade to help the victims. It goes without saying that this is our top priority right now.On the other hand, security in Egypt in general and in Sharm El Sheikh in particular have been further stepped up. Egyptian and non Egyptian workers, hotel staff diving instructors and tourists in Sharm el Sheikh were united yesterday and today in demonstrations of solidarity and in defiance to terrorism.The message is clear: we should not let the terrorists succeed in preventing us from leading a normal life and travelling to places we love.Terrorism is a global issue. Terrorist attacks can happen everywhere and at any time. We are all in the same boat. In this difficult time Egypt is counting on your support. And I am sure that the British tourism trade will not let us down.Thousands of tourists are right now in Sharm El Sheikh continuing their holidays, and many more are arriving every day.Let us do our best to keep holidaymakers flocking into Sharm El Sheikh.

Statement from ABTA
ABTA … 25 July 2007SHARM AL SHEIKH.  Following the explosions in Sharm al Sheikh, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is not advising against travel to the area and as such tour operators' normal terms and conditions apply unless the tour operator is unable to provide the contracted services.  Holidays to all other destinations in

Egypt remain unaffected.  If anyone is concerned about relatives in the affected area the FCO has set up a helpline on 020 7008 0000.  Tour operators in the region may also want to know that the FCO has set up a consular case work team in addition to their call centre for any messages or concerns about individual clients.  This number is not for use by the general public, but can be accessed via ABTA's Members' Information line on 0845 177 2282.  A temporary FCO office in Sharm al Sheikh has moved and is now located at Marriott Red Sea Resort Hotel, for which the ABTA Members' Information line also has contact details.ABTA CODE OF CONDUCT CLARIFICATION FOR FCO ADVICE. To clarify ABTA's Code of Conduct about Foreign Office Advice: Clause 1.6 iii says: "Before a contract is made members shall advise their clients of the availability of any advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office." This advice can be found on www.fco.gov.uk or by calling 0870 606 0290.
Egypt - FCO Website

This advice has been reviewed and the Summary and Safety and Security (Terrorism) sections have been re-issued. The overall level of the advice has not changed.

  • There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt. On 23 July a number of bombs exploded in Sharm el-sheik and nearby Naama Bay. Early reports indicate a large number of casualties, including some British nationals. In April 2007 there were three separate incidents in Cairo in which tourists were targeted. A total of seven people, including four terrorists and three tourists, were killed and 26 injured in these attacks.
  • In October 2004, three explosions in the Sinai peninsula killed 34 and injured 159, including tourists.
  • Approximately 547,000 British nationals visited Egypt in 2004, mainly as tourists. Most visits are trouble-free.
  • Crime rate is low but you should safeguard valuables including passports and money.
  • There are likely to be political demonstrations and rallies in Egypt during 2007, which is an election year.
  • Egyptian society is conservative and women should dress modestly.
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.

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Brand new liveaboard in Sudan...

In the early 1980’s when border restrictions between Egypt and the Sudan were more relaxed, Diving World Red Sea would embark divers on board sailing yachts from Hamata and travel down to Port Sudan.When politics caught up as is always the case, operations subsequently were confined to departures from Port Sudan on 1 and 2 week trips. The experience which was acquired from their long standing and unwavering presence in diving the Sudan has now evolved in the design and construction of a state of the art steel hulled vessel built to International ocean going specifications (Bureau Veritas), offering state of the art navigation and comfort never before available in the Sudan. The Motor Sailor M.S. Sherazade will be manned by veteran team of crew and Captain, who made the Sudan their home for over 20 years.At long last we will be able to offer one and two week trips diving the remote and spectacular dive sites of the deep south Sudanese Waters, such as shab Ambar, Masamarit, Kazam Mazamarit and Dahret Gharb in the Suakin Archipelago, along with the extended Northern itinerary which takes the better known but no less unique sites such as Wingate Reef (home of the Umbria), Shaab Rumi and Sanganeb, and up to Angarosh including manta point Ma Suadi and more. This is as a result of the vessel design able to withstand ocean going conditions and licensed to International marine safety standards, such as the all important twin exit points from cabins to decks.

The diving will be conducted on board by a team of Sudan diving veterans who have made the Sudan their home and participated on many underwater photographic projects. Renato and Christina Marchesan have unparalleled knowledge of the dive sites, marine species and their seasonality and divers satisfaction.M.S. Sherazade will sail on her maiden voyage from Hurghada to Port Sudan on 8th October 2007 and commence full operations from Port Sudan on Saturday 29th October.

The Red Sea is rated as one of the top ten diving destinations in the world. Egypt, Sudan and Jordan offer fantastic diving, but how many of you have dived the Saudi Arabian Red Sea? How many of you know anyone who has? Without question, many if not most of the outer reefs in that region have never been dived. The diversity of marine life and fauna along the reefs really are quite exquisite and offer the diver a high quality and extremely memorable diving experience. Saudi Arabia has just been launched as a destination. READ MORE HERE
We are now offering special interest escorted trips to Tanzania and Mozambique in the Indian Ocean. Unique chance to swim and study whale sharks....understand more about the south equatorial current and marine life.....and explore untouched dive sites off Tanzania. See our escorted trips section for more details
A new vessel...
This has only recenlty been launched in the Red Sea: MY Blue Waves. This boat sleeps 16, has just been built and looks absolutely fantastic
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