Why is Hurghada called Hurghada!
Once upon a time, the Bedouins of the Al-Abbadi clan lived. Bedouins who have always roamed along the coast of the Red Sea and not far from it. They loved two elements equally — the sea and the desert, and they were engaged in fishing. In the place where modern Hurghada is now, on the seashore, a tall lonely palm tree grew.
From time to time, Bedouin fishermen of the same clan gathered under it, and then they completely stayed here to live. The Bedouins called this place El Garda — a tall tree.
And they lived for so long, breathing in the hot desert wind, listening to the sound of the surf, admiring the ever-blue sky and fishing in the turquoise Red Sea.
But … other times were coming …
At the beginning of the last century in Egypt, the time came when fishing and trading in fish became a profitable occupation and Egyptians began to come to the village. The population began to grow gradually and El Garda, imperceptibly, turned into a small town.
The father of modern Hurghada is undoubtedly the Egyptian multimillionaire Mohamadi Hovaydak. His meeting with the German millionaire Falko Engelhard, a great lover of diving, determined the future of the town. They decided that the warm Red Sea, wonderful climate and almost always clear skies would help turn the small fishing village into a major resort city of world importance in the coming years. The German millionaire rented a small house and turned it into a diving hotel. Naturally, this first hotel was full year round. Then two more hotels were built: Sheraton and Magawish
In those years, Major General Youssef Afifi was the governor of the Red Sea Province. He allocated land to Khovaidak next to new hotels. On these lands, swimming pools, sports grounds were built, beaches were equipped. In the summer of 1983, Hurghada declared itself a new resort city, and in 1984 another hotel was built — Giftun Village. The mechanism was launched and a construction boom began in the city.
The first Russian plane landed in Hurghada in 1993. Since then, it has been one of the most beloved resorts among Russians.
Now Hurghada is the seat of the Governor of the Red Sea Province and a world famous resort. The city has its own International Airport, a seaport, a coast guard base of the Navy, schools, kindergartens, several colleges, a provincial court, and a modern library. Near the city is a military radar base (radar station, radar for detecting air, sea and ground objects).
The modern name of the city of Hurghada comes from a combination of words — the road to Gaddah (Jeddah). From the port of Hurghada, pilgrims went by sea to Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia. It takes over the main stream of pilgrims heading to Mecca and Medina.
So, in a relatively short period of time, from a small fishing village, Hurghada grew up — a hospitable resort city, which many fell in love with as a comfortable vacation spot, and for some it became a home!
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