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Ain Sukhna, (Arabic: العين السخنة‎ el-ʿĒn el-Soḵna, "the Hot Spring") 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.

Economy

Ain Sohkna's economy is chiefly dependent on tourism, with hydrocarbon extraction and refining and industry also playing a role.

Tourism

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... Read more

Sokhna, Egypt

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Ain Sukhna, (Arabic: العين السخنة‎ el-ʿĒn el-Soḵna, "the Hot Spring") 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.

Economy

Ain Sohkna's economy is chiefly dependent on tourism, with hydrocarbon extraction and refining and industry also playing a role.

Tourism

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.

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Sokhna, Egypt: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the port of Ain Sokhna located on the Red Sea Coast near the Suez Canal.
It is a gateway to Cairo which is about a 2-hour drive from Ain Sokhna.

Get around Sokhna, Egypt


The port is a popular gateway to Cairo.

Long-distance taxis and buses will get you from city to city quite easily. Buses are at fixed prices and tickets are bought at the bus station. It is worthwhile checking with different bus companies as the level of buses vary and some offer Elite buses. Taxis can be quite expensive and prices must be agreed first. Always get a recommendation for a taxi from a trusted source.

Cars can be hired and this is quite an economical and fun way to travel around. It is quite easy to navigate your way and for long journeys, you have the freedom to stop when and where you want. Always remember to take additional water with you in case of an emergency.

What to do in Sokhna, Egypt


Most cruise tourists take tours/rent cars to explore Cairo.
You can enjoy sightseeing tours, various shore excursions.
If you decided to spend your day in ​Ain Sohkna, you can go kitesurfing, snorkeling, take a boat tour, etc. 

What to eat and drink in Sokhna, Egypt


Eat

Egypt can be a fantastic place to sample a unique range of food: not too spicy and well-flavored with herbs. For a convenient selection of Egyptian cuisine and staple foods try the Felfela chain of restaurants in Cairo. Some visitors complain, however, that these have become almost too tourist-friendly and have abandoned some elements of authenticity. A more affordable and wider-spread alternative is the Arabiata restaurant chain, Arabiata is considered by locals to be the number one destination for Egyptian delicacies as falafel and fūl too.

Beware of any restaurant listed in popular guidebooks and websites. Even if the restaurant was once great, after publication, they will likely create a "special" English menu that includes very high prices.

As in many seaside countries, Egypt is full of fish restaurants and markets so fish and seafood are must-try. Frequently, fish markets have some food stalls nearby where you can point at specific fish species to be cooked. Stalls typically have shared tables, and locals are as frequent there as tourists.

Egypt is one of the most affordable countries for a European to try a variety of fresh-grown exotic fruits. Guava, mango, watermelon, and banana are all widely available from fruit stalls, especially in locals-oriented non-tourist marketplaces.

Drink

Bottled water is widely available. The local brands (most common being Baraka, Hayat, Siwa) are of the same price as foreign brand options which are also available: Nestle Pure Life, Dasani (bottled by Coca-Cola), and Aquafina (bottled by Pepsi). Evian is less available and is expensive. While safe to drink some may find the local brand, Baraka, has a very slight baking soda aftertaste, due to the high mineral content of its deep well water source.

No matter where you buy bottled water from (even hotels are not entirely reliable), before accepting it, check that there is a clear plastic seal on it and the neck ring is still attached to the cap by the breakable threads of plastic. It is common to collect empty but new bottles and refill them with tap water which drinking a bottle of might make you ill. Not all brands have a clear plastic cover but all the good ones do.

It is important not to buy strange brands, as they may not be safe for drinking.

Shopping in Sokhna, Egypt


Egypt is a shopper's paradise, especially if you're interested in Egyptian-themed souvenirs and kitsch. However, there are also a number of high-quality goods for sale, often at bargain prices. Some of the most popular purchases include:
  • Alabaster Alabaster bowls, figures, etc are common throughout Egypt.
  • Antiques (NB: not antiquities, the trade of which is illegal in Egypt)
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Cotton goods and clothing
  • Inlaid goods, such as backgammon boards
  • Jewelry Cartouches make a great souvenir. These are metal plates shaped like an elongated oval and have engravings of your name in hieroglyphics
  • Kohl powder Real Egyptian kohl eye make-up (eye-liner) can be purchased at many stores for a small price. It is a black powder, about a teaspoon worth, that is generally sold in a small packet or a wood-carved container and it is generally applied liberally with something akin to a fat toothpick/thin chopstick to the inner eyelids and outlining the eye. Very dramatic, and a little goes a very long way Cleopatra would have had her eye make-up applied by laying on the floor and having someone drop a miniature spoonful of the powder into each eye. As the eye teared up, the make-up would distribute nicely around the eyes and trail off at the sides, creating the classic look. However, beware that most of them contain lead sulfide, which is a health concern. Ask for lead-free kohl.
  • Lanterns (fanūs; pl. fawanīs) Intricately cut and stamped metal lanterns, often with colorful glass windows, will hold a votive candle in style.
  • Leather goods
  • Music
  • Papyrus (bardi) However, most papyrus you'll see is made of a different type of reed, not "papyrus", which is extremely rare. Know what you are buying, if you care about the difference, and haggle prices accordingly. If in doubt, assume it is inauthentic papyrus you are being offered for sale.
  • Perfume - Perfumes can be bought at almost every souvenir shop. Make sure that you ask the salesman to prove to you that there is no alcohol mixed with the perfume.
  • Water-pipes (shīsha)
  • Spices (tawābel) - can be bought at colorful stalls in most Egyptian markets. Dried herbs and spices are generally of a higher quality than that available in Western supermarkets and are a fifth to a quarter of the price, though the final price will depend on bargaining and local conditions.
When shopping in markets or dealing with street vendors, remember to bargain. This is a part of the salesmanship game that both parties are expected to engage in.

Safety in Sokhna, Egypt


The weather can be very hot and it is essential to drink a lot of water. On long journeys ensure that enough water is taken.

Always use registered/licensed taxis.

Language spoken in Sokhna, Egypt


The native spoken language in most of the country and the national lingua franca is Egyptian Arabic.

The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic. It is taught in schools and thus understood by nearly everyone. Standard Arabic is the Arabic used in most written and official forms such as television, newspapers, government speeches, teaching, and educational institutions. Egyptian Arabic is one of the numerous (mostly mutually unintelligible) regional dialects of Arabic.

Most educated people learn English at school. You are unlikely to encounter difficulties finding someone who speaks English. Older generations may also be able to speak French as well.

Other languages such as German, Italian, Spanish and Russian might be spoken by tour guides, due to the high number of tourists who come from Europe speaking these languages.

LOCAL TIME

11:59 am
November 14, 2019
Africa/Cairo

CURRENT WEATHER

25.97 °C / 78.746 °F
sky is clear
Fri

23.16 °C/74 °F
sky is clear
Sat

22.14 °C/72 °F
light rain
Sun

24 °C/75 °F
sky is clear
Mon

23.8 °C/75 °F
few clouds

LOCAL CURRENCY

EGP

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1 CAD = 0 EGP

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