[ El Gouna, EGYPT ]
El Gouna is the flagship project of Orascom Development, a private self-sufficient town built on 10 km of the Red Sea coastline in Egypt. El Gouna comprises a total land area of 36.9 million sqm, of which 14.7million m2 has been developed, thus providing a large land bank for future development.
Established more than 20 years ago, the town is now home to a population of between 22,000 – 24,000 permanent residents and visitors from all over the world, to whom it offers a wide range of international-standard facilities such as a landing strip, a European-standard hospital, a nursing institute, 18-hole championship golf course, three marinas, four schools, child daycare facilities, a library linked to Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a branch of the American University in Cairo (AUC), and TUB Berlin University that opened and operational in October 2012, 419 outlets including restaurants, bars, shops, various services, and a vibrant town center.
In addition to first-class amenities, year-round sunshine, picturesque scenery, El Gouna boasts 16 hotels, 15 of which are controlled by the Group for a total capacity of 2,707 rooms. The hotels accommodate holiday guests from all over the world,. El Gouna was chosen as the pilot destination for the Green Star Initiative, a partnership between the Group, the German consulting firm AGEG Consultants and the German Technical Cooperation. El Gouna was the pilot project for the Green Star Initiative and in 2008 eleven of the 14 hotels got certified as Green Star hotels.