El Gouna Resort town boasts a self sufficient environment which is responsible not only for providing and maintaining top quality hotels and residences but also for the day to day maintenance and upkeep of the towns power generation grid, water desalination & purification plant, road networks, international school, private hospital, golf course and marinas. The result is the inclusion of a holistic range of social amenities, economic components and management guidelines.
EL GOUNA is a fully equipped Resort created from the desert by a man with a vision. Mr Samih Sawiris president of the Orascom Company and sole owner of the 25 millions sqm of desert, which has been developed first with infrastructures and then with Hotels ( 17 at present), detached houses and apartments to create a town with residents from several different nationalities. In fact the whole Resort is primarily a residential area rather than a Tourist Resort with its own industrial area ( winery, brewery, fish-farm, coffee factory, furniture workshops ect ). All amenities ideal for a place to live permanently, temporarily or just as a holiday retreat. It has the “wow factor” for whoever enters El Gouna for the first time; fairytale atmosphere, colors, clean and tidy corners, an eye for details, harmony , trends. El Gouna has it all.
From a simple idea 20 years ago, El Gouna is now a luxury resort boasting an infrastructure that has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world and hundreds that have now made it their permanent home.
With only 4-5 hours flying time from most of Europe and all year round sunshine, El Gouna, on the exquisitely virgin Red Sea coast is now a town with luxury hotels, intimate bars and restaurants, a busy, well established marinas, all created with the maximum respect for the environment.
The result is a self sufficient environment, with very careful architectural & planning controls using innovative, state of the art construction techniques covering 15 miles of coastline and a over 25 million sqm of land. The town spreads itself around a massive network of interlinked, turquoise, seawater lagoons. Along with hectares of green areas & extensive tropical landscaping, all construction has been painted in the colours of the desert, to create a fairytale vision.
This Resort town boasts a self sufficient environment which is responsible not only for providing and maintaining top quality hotels and residences but also for the day to day maintenance and upkeep of the towns power generation grid, water desalination & purification plant, road networks, international school, private hospital, golf course and marinas. The result is the inclusion of a holistic range of social amenities, economic components and management guidelines.
This luxury destination caters to three distinct groups of people, permanent & semi permanent residents, business entrepreneurs and visiting tourists. Accomplishing the right balance to meet the varying needs and demands of these different groups while including provisions for economic growth and environmental preservation requires management, vision and integrity.
The 50 bed hospital with a modern operating structure has highly qualified doctors on call 24hrs per day and has the biggest deco chamber in the Middle East as well as high quality dentistry, a new wing for dialysis and extensive pharmacy.
The first purpose built yacht marinas in the Red Sea with over 100 Mediterranean style berths and successfully run from completion by a British Harbor Master. The harbors have been built to minimize environmental pollution whilst providing a full range of facilities and first class services. The second marina has been completed to blend in alongside with the first marina to create one of the biggest marinas in the world.
International hotels, 17 at present including worldwide prestigious names welcome tourists wishing to spend their holidays in a first class Resort, far from the usual tourist tracks.
The 18-hole US PGA golf course has been specially designed to be accessible to every level of golfer from the tourist who wants to learn the game to the advanced golfer playing a pro-am tournament. By having five different tees, and a careful placement of bunkers, lagoons & desert rough, the course plays well to every level of golfer.
The winds, predominantly from the North, make certain holes that look relatively straightforward, a challenge for every golfer. The course is planted with a special grass that thrives on saline water, unusable for any other purpose. The course has also become home to dozens of bird species and has won awards within the Middle East. A second 18 holes is currently under construction. Designed by Mr Karl Litten it will officially open in 2014.
Travelling through El Gouna, takes you from one beautiful architectural style to another, pastel colored villas and apartments, domes & vaulted roofs, archways as well as state of the art design & simple Mediterranean styles which contrast the sea water color and the ever changing desert colors.
Thanks to all of this, the resort is now a very attractive tourist reality as well as attracting buyers and investors from all over the world who are also attracted by the semi tax-free and freehold property options.
El Gouna has been officially recognized as Egypt’s most environmentally-friendly holiday destination, and El Gouna management has worked hard in cooperation with local hotels, businesses, residents and visitors to maintain, protect, and preserve its unique environment. The town’s environmental programs and grassroots environmental organization paved the way for several awards, including the Green Globe and Travelife, and led to El Gouna’s selection as the pilot location for the Green Star Hotel initiative.El Gouna’s grassroots environmental organization was founded in 2002 by a group of concerned and caring residents. The goals of Green Gouna are to help develop the resort as an ecotourism destination. Green Gouna pursues this goal by involving the entire community in protection and preservation through education, recycling, clean-up campaigns, festivals and the establishment and the enforcement of environmental standards and guidelines.
- Earth Day is celebrated bi-annually to increase public awareness of and support for important conservation issues.
- There is an ongoing push in El Gouna to eradicate the use of plastic bags, replacing them with recyclable paper bags or other re-usable materials.
- Installation of recycling bins for glass, paper, plastic and cans in El Gouna.
Conservation awareness campaigns directed to staff, residents and visitors.
- Establishment of an educational photo gallery on El Gouna wildlife.
- Installation and maintenance of mooring systems for diving boats in cooperation with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA).
Water Management: El Gouna produces its own water by desalinating sea and well water and utilizing treated waste water for irrigation of the golf course and greenery throughout the resort.
Recycling and Waste Management: El Gouna practices garbage separation and recycles materials locally and in collaboration with other cities in Egypt. The administration also upholds existing national legislation regarding the dumping of construction materials.
Recycling: El Gouna practices garbage separation and recycles materials locally, a zero-waste management system has been implemented and over 85% of El Gouna waste is recycled.