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Taba

Taba, "The gateway to Sinai" is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Sinai Peninsula, it is a beautiful, fast growing resort 75 km north of Nuweiba in Egypt's South Sinai Governorate, and it is the location of Egypt's busiest border crossing with neighboring Israel.

Taba well known for its charming bays and coastline, tourism has blossomed recently with the opening of its International Airport, which has direct flights from many par...

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Taba, "The gateway to Sinai" is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Sinai Peninsula, it is a beautiful, fast growing resort 75 km north of Nuweiba in Egypt's South Sinai Governorate, and it is the location of Egypt's busiest border crossing with neighboring Israel.

Taba well known for its charming bays and coastline, tourism has blossomed recently with the opening of its International Airport, which has direct flights from many parts of Europe. The 12th century fortress of Saladin on Pharaoh's Island is a joy to visit as it is in a remarkable condition.

It is surrounded by blue and turquoise waters and its reefs are a paradise for snorkelers and divers. Just 50 km south of Taba is the stunning Coloured Canyon, a marvel of the natural world and a kaleidoscope of colour. The Fjord, another spectacular site, just 15 km south of Taba, is a delightful and protected bay with stunning coral reefs and unforgettable scenery.

Taba is a frequent vacation spot for Egyptians and tourists, especially those from Israel on their way to other destinations in Egypt or as a weekend getaway. It is the northernmost resort of Egypt's Red Sea Riviera.

Taba was located on the Egyptian side of the armistice line agreed to in 1949. During the Suez Crisis in 1956 it was briefly occupied but returned to Egypt when Israel withdrew in 1957. Israel reoccupied the Sinai Peninsula after the Six-Day War in 1967, and subsequently a 400-room hotel was built in Taba.

Following the 1973 Yom-Kippur War, when Egypt and Israel were negotiating the exact position of the border in preparation for the 1979 peace treaty, Israel claimed that Taba had been on the Ottoman side of a border agreed between the Ottomans and British Egypt in 1906 and had, therefore, been in error in its two previous agreements.

Although most of Sinai was returned to Egypt in 1982, Taba was the last portion to be returned. After a long dispute, the issue was submitted to an international commission composed of one Israeli, one Egyptian, and three outsiders. In 1988, the commission ruled in Egypt's favor, and Israel returned Taba to Egypt in 1989.
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