Additional Reporting by Mary Gaied
April is here and with it comes warmer weather and time off during Sham El-Nessim and Easter to put this good weather to use along Egypt’s many beaches and destinations. Invest-Gate surveyed a number of holidaymakers asking about their whereabouts this Sham El-Nessim, as well as, what they look for when choosing a holiday destination and the possibility of investing in a second home.
Alia Tork, a 29-year-old account manager at a marketing agency tells Invest-Gate that she is spending this Sham El-Nessim at the Red Sea’s Nuweiba, specifically at Bawaki. She adds that beaches and a much-needed relaxation are her top priorities when booking a vacation. Tork, whose favorite vacation spots are all along the Red Sea, says she might consider investing in a second home to “save the hassle of booking, save money on the long term, and always have the option of travelling at a moment’s notice.”
Similarly, Sally, a 34-year old communications manager is going to spend her Sham El-Nessim vacation in Nuweiba, her favorite vacation destination in the country, however, she adds that she does not consider investing in a second home in a vacation destination as she “does not like to be tied to one place.”
Moving along the Red Sea coastline, 28-year old Orthodontist Marwan Yaser will spend his time off in Ras Sudr, a four-hour drive from Cairo. Yaser’s main preferences when looking for vacation spots are beaches, pools, and hangout areas, where he can listen to music while enjoying his shisha. He adds that he is considering investing in a vacation home “to travel whenever with friends and family and because it is a good investment for the future.”
Ain Sokhna is also a popular destination this Sham El-Nessim, which is where Ali El-Alfy, 27, will be heading to. He tells Invest-Gate that a main priority for his vacations is “tranquility,” along with the availability of eating venues, as well as, beaches that provide amenities as showers and beach games. El-Alfy, whose favorite destination is the North Coast, says he does not consider buying a second home as “it would only be put to use seasonally.”