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Divers taking a break between dives on a beautiful day out on the Red Sea. The Red Sea with its colorful reefs and abundance of fish attracts millions of tourists every year.

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A: Sharm El Sheikh Garden

by www.360tourist.net, 2.5 km away

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Sharm El Sheikh Garden

B: Concord Hotel in the winter,,

by Vladimir, 2.5 km away

Concord Hotel in the winter,,

D: Royal Rojana Resort.Beach.

by Vladimir, 2.8 km away

Royal Rojana Resort.Beach.

E: Soho Square Ice Skating Rink, Sharm El Sheikh

by Tina Gauer & Oli Burle - www.360tourist.net, 2.8 km away

This beautiful, newly constructed building is home to the new Ice Skating Ring in Soho Square, Sharm ...

Soho Square Ice Skating Rink, Sharm El Sheikh

G: Royal Rojana Resort.

by Vladimir, 2.9 km away

Royal Rojana Resort.

H: Coral Beach Tiran hotel in Sharm-el-Sheikh

by Andrew Usatyuk, 3.1 km away

Coral Beach Tiran hotel in Sharm-el-Sheikh

I: Sunshine Diving Center

by Tina Gauer & Oli Burle - www.360tourist.net, 3.2 km away

Sharks Bay in Sharm El Sheikh has turned from a deserted little bay to a busy place with diving cente...

Sunshine Diving Center

J: Red Sea Beach

by Oleg Lobanov, 3.3 km away

Red Sea Beach

This panorama was taken in Sinai peninsula, Middle East

This is an overview of Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.

The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.

Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!

When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.

Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.

Text by Steve Smith.

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