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Situated in close proximity to many Sharm el Sheikh Hotels, the Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Center features state-of-the-art facilities, including air conditioning that provides a welcome respite from the city's heat. Most conferences take place at Rixos, where there is a spa, dining areas, and villas. Events outside the convention centre include the annual triathlon, which takes place in March.
Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh serve halal food that respects Muslim traditions. Beef sausages are a common feature at breakfast in hotels catering to Western crowds. Cuisine to suit all budgets is available across the city, with special emphasis on seafood from the Red Sea in mid-range restaurants.
Shopping in Sharm el Sheikh involves plenty of haggling and multiple opportunities to buy budget goods. Most Sharm el Sheikh Hotels are within easy reach of markets and European stores alike. Try the Marina for tantalising local goods, but prepare yourself for a hard sell as you walk along the waterfront.
Escape the crowds and take a diving safari in one of Sharm el Sheikh's less touristy areas. During this experience, you can meander through coral reefs without bumping into too many people. The SS Thistlegorm is one of the world's finest wreck dives. Aside from diving, there is the option of visiting the surrounding desert for a driving safari, but prepare for a bumpy ride.
Sharm el Sheikh sports centralise around the water. Visitors to the area can gain their PADI scuba diving certification easily, or join the Camel Diving Club. Yachting is also an activity locals enjoy frequently, and if you take part, you get to see more of Egypt's ancient landscape. Another major sporting event in Sharm el-Sheikh is the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tour.
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