Welcome to Nuweiba
Nuweiba means, bubbling springs in Arabic and it is one of the big oases in South Sinai. The 7-km long stretched town developed from a barren isolated place with no infrastructure into a promising and attractive tourist destination. Nuweiba is just recently discovered by tourist investors establishing hotels along the coastline south and north of Nuweiba, connecting it with Taba in the north and Dahab in the south. Nuweiba can roughly be divided into 3 main sections:
Nuweiba Tarabin, the northern part, consists of a thick grove of palms, a shallow bay and the ruins of a Turkish fort. The well inside the ruins has served the Bedouins as a fresh water source for centuries. In the early 80s the process of settling started, when families of the Tarabin tribe who occupy the area north of Nuweiba permanently moved to live in their summer location. At this time the Bedouins set up the first simple accommodation made of scrap wood and metal - the only material available - rooms for travelers. With an increase in tourism and an improving infrastructure soon many campsites and small hotels sprouted like mushrooms along the bay. Tarabin is known for its lively oriental atmosphere. Restaurant by restaurant and bazaar next to bazaar gives you the impression of a colorful oriental market place.
Along the beach you find lively outdoors restaurants in Bedouin style furnished with carpets and cushions that invite to lay back and relax and let the time pass by. back to top
The Town is built around the former Moshav Neviot, which was established during Israeli occupation in 1971. Its significance lies in marking the tribal boundary between the Tarabin tribe in the north and the Muzeina tribe in the south. Up to now Bedouin tribes of the area respect tribal territories.
Nuweiba Town is frequently visited by travelers. It is the center for the tourist places: the Dunes in the south and Tarabin.
The only bank in Nuweiba Town is found at the Helnan Hotel. A new commercial area opposite the Helnan is in development. Some restaurants and supermarkets are already operating.
Opposite the small commercial center lies the public bakery that provides you from early morning until midday with fresh pitta bread. A little path leads you to the Post Office: open from 9.00 to 14.00 except Fridays and on holidays, and to the 24-hours opened Telephone Communication Center, the Centraal, from where you buy your telephone cards.
Separated through a little park lies the veteran center of Nuweiba with supermarkets, bazaars and vegetable shops. back to top
The Dunes are the extension and connection between Nuweiba Town and Nuweiba Muzeina. Along the shore exist a conglomerate of many camps and small scale hotels on the beautiful sandy beaches with spectacular coral reefs just in front of them. The Dunes are divided in "Duna" and "small Duna". Most of the campsites and hotels are built in the southern "small Duna", while "Duna" stayed a romantic virgin place with simple accommodation of thatched beach bungalows and some small restaurants with brilliant views. back to top
Nuweiba Port or also known as Nuweiba Muzeina is the industrial area. With the construction of the port in 1985 trade business between Egypt and the Arab countries on the other side of the Gulf of Aqaba increased. A highway was built through the mountains connecting mainland Egypt with the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptians from all over the country came to live in Nuweiba as work flourished. Homes and schools were built, shops and business centers opened and the first hotels were established.
Originally Nuweiba port was the summer location for the Muzeina tribe. It was a sparsely inhabited oasis, which came only into life in the late summer, when the Muzeina flocked to the palm groves to pick dates. The thriving trade encouraged the Muzeina clan to settle. They are running their own businesses by renting out their places as shops or other facilities to the Egyptian newcomers.
Here you can provide yourself with some goodies out of the Duty Free. Several Banks to cash your checks are close to the port's entrance and so is the ticket-office where you can purchase your tickets for the ferry to Aqaba, Jordan. However, Al Mina is as any common port area scattered with shops and supermarkets. Yet, it is here that you find a good bargain for commodities not available in Nuweiba Town and of course good and cheap local food in the restaurants. back to top
Important Telephone Numbers City Council : 500303
Police Station : 500242
Tourist Police : 500231
Port Authorities : 520216
Post Office 500242
Hospital : 500302
Dr. Sayeds Clinic : 500551
Dr. Magdy Abdel Malek (at the Hilton) 520320
Mobile : 012-3507485 ( Representative : Int'l Insurance & Health Companies )
Pharmacy: 500605 back to top