Is a town in Suez Governorate, Egypt, lying on the western shore of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez. It is situated 55 km south of Suez and approximately 120 km east of Cairo.
The town’s name is from the Arabic word for “hot eye”-“hot spring”, referring to the sulfur spring in the nearby Gabal Ataka, the highest peak in the Eastern Desert. Ain Sokhna plays host to economically significant reserves of petroleum and natural gas, which are extracted in the area. The region additionally has sugar refineries and other heavy industry. As early as the Old Kingdom, seafaring expeditions on the Red Sea were organized from this port. Similar material was also found at the Wadi Maghareh, where many Old Kingdom inscriptions are found. Recent archaeological excavations have shown that there was an ancient Egyptian port and settlement in this area .
Ain Sokhna’s location fairly near to Cairo has made it a major destination for Cairene holidaymakers desiring to get out of the capital’s notorious summer heat. With a motorway constructed in the late 2000s, Ain Sokhna is little more than an hour outside of Cairo and is thus chiefly a weekend destination, with longer holidays frequently taken on the Alexandria or the western part of the Northern Coast instead. It is one of the few resorts on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera chiefly occupied by Egyptians; most other resorts are occupied by European tourists.
The St Anthony and St Paul Monasteries in the Eastern Desert nearby are also interesting cultural sites to behold, and the historically significant Suez Canal is approximately an hour away. There are many hotels to choose from, which offer activities such as snorkeling, jet-skiing and paddle boating. You can also enjoy a nice round on the golf courses, or a relaxing afternoon of spa indulgence at the state-of-the-art Stella Di Mare Resort Ain Sukhna .
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A short distance from Cairo, one and a half hour drive on the new highway, Ain Sukhna is fast becoming one of the top getaway vacation spots on the Red Sea Coast, making it finally possible to combine a short stay in Cairo with some sun & sea fun. In recent years, international hotel chains have populated this stretch of coastal paradise, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a genuine piece of heaven on the Red Sea coast.Luxury, lovely beaches, fun water activities, and a proximity to the wonderful Eastern Desert make Ain Sukhna a great spot for your vacation. Moreover, a mere 20 km south of Ain Sukhna, rising 270 metres above sea level, you’ll find the upscale resort of Porto Sokhna, an ambitious real estate development, Egypt’s first mountain-top resort and golf course. Spanning over a total area of 2.5 million sq. m, it includes gigantic malls, charming residential areas and villas, infinite shopping options, restaurants, and a cinema complex.
Ain Sukhna in Arabic translates to Hot Spring and the area gets its name from the bubbling springs in the close by Ataka Mountain. Located within the Suez governorate, Ataka Mountain soars 800m above sea level. The St Anthony and St Paul Monasteries in the Eastern Desert nearby are also interesting cultural sites to behold, and the historically significant Suez Canal is approximately an hour away. There are many hotels to choose from, which offer activities such as snorkeling, jet-skiing and paddle boating. You can also enjoy a nice round on the golf courses, or a relaxing afternoon of spa indulgence at the state-of-the-art Stella Di Mare Resort.