Port Ghalib - a gift of the sun
A story as old as time
At the turn of the first millennium a young man named Ghalib, the son of a poor tailor, had become a well to-do spice merchant. As fate would have it, he fell in love with a girl named Budour, the most beautiful maiden in Kathima. Budour's father agreed to the marriage of Ghalib and his daughter on one condition: Ghalib must pay double the dowry another suitor had promised. Ghalib agreed, and in doing so he made a mortal enemy of Salim who had previously been promised to Budour.
Later that year, Ghalib steered his three ships into Aidhab on the coast of Egypt. The town was the country's main Red Sea port. However, the vengeful Salim arrived before him and bribed the governor to bar Ghalib's entry. Not to be outdone Ghalib sailed North to a small hamlet. It was an unused natural bay said to be haunted by a fleet of ancient Pharonic ghost ships.
Undeterred, Ghalib arrived safely in the bay and in doing so cut almost a week off the established spice route to the Mediterranean. After his daring success other merchants began to use the bay. It was then that Ghalib decided to found a new port at this little known village. Soon, Port Ghalib had a bustling harbour and Ghalib had enough money to pay the dowry and build his bride, Budour, a beautiful palace. Furious, the jealous Salim again mislead the governor of Aidhab and convinced him to attack Port Ghalib with armed ships. The situation was grim for the outnumbered merchants of Port Ghalib as the Aidhab fleet descended on them.
Suddenly, out of the mist, there appeared a ghost ship. A second ghost ship appeared a few moments later, then another, then ten more. All the while the oarsmen of the ancient ships chanted in a tongue no one had heard before. Terrified, the Aidhab sailors hoisted their tall sails and sped away, never to return. And for the next 500 hundred years Port Ghalib thrived and the Legend of Ghalib was woven into the tapestry of time, never to be forgotten.
Today Port Ghalib is a beautiful resort and home to IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) four hotels all with their own unique style.
The Palace 5 star deluxe – 309 premier rooms including family rooms, suites and disabled rooms overlooking the Red Sea, the saltwater lagoon or the exquisite gardens. All rooms offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort including plasma televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobe and slippers.
Crowne Plaza Sahara Sands 5 star – 347 rooms
Crowne Plaza Sahara Oasis 5 star – 292 rooms
Marina Lodge 4 star – 203 Nubian styled rooms. This is relaxation in a very traditional setting.
All hotels have swimming pools for both adults and children. In addition a lagoon and a Lazy River running through the resort with water slides also available are tennis courts, jogging trails, water sports including diving and snorkeling.
The resort also has Egypt’s first (as at July 2009) Six Senses Spa occupies 1,700 square metres and comprises sixteen treatment areas including three couple’s rooms.
Put on the sun cream, wear a hat if you’re looking for fun for the kids, Port Ghalib is where it’s at!
International Convention Centre (ICC)
The Port Ghalib International Convention Centre is the only multi-purpose state-of-the-art centre of its size on the Red Sea. Situated just minutes from Marsa Alam International Airport and world -class Palace, Desert Oasis and Desert Sands hotels at Port Ghalib, it is truly the ideal venue for meetings, incentives, conventions and events. Spanning 6000 square meters and able to seat from 10 up to 1500 in an extra-ordinary ballroom, it is also flexible enough, through innovative design, sound and proofing and division, to accommodate a diversity of events simultaneously.
In addition the Port Ghalib International Convention Centre has 17 break-away rooms and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and a Presidential area for VIPs.
165 shops, boutiques, and galleries and 22 cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and bistros can be found in Port Ghalib's Old Port 'Souk' and 'Corniche' Complex - Port Ghalib.
The Corniche peninsula looks out over the marina. In its expansive arm, a half mile stretch of retail outlets, delectable restaurants, bars and cafes to welcome you. Behind the sea-facing residences is a traditional Egyptian bazaar, the Khan. Lose yourself in its character and charm.
Find semi-precious gems, ceramics and perfumes in amongst the bustle and buzz which delights the whole peninsula. Along the Corniche and in the Khan there are 165 retail outlets. Many of these are already occupied.
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