Nuweiba

Nuweiba (also spelled: Nueiba; Arabic: نويبع‎ IPA: [neˈweːbeʕ]) is a coastal town in the eastern part of Sinai Peninsula Egypt. Located on the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba.


History
Historically the area was inhabited by two different Bedouin tribes: the Tarabin to the north and the Muzeina some 8 km (5 mi) to the south. After the Six-Day War when Israel occupied the area Nuweiba Town was established just 1.5 km (1 mi) south of Tarabeen under the Israeli name Neviot (Hebrew: נביעות‎). After the departure of the Israelis the town expanded and Nuweiba Port some 7 km (4 mi) to the south was established and developed with several car ferries now running every day to Aqaba in Jordan by the Arab Bridge Maritime company and with a small town growing up around itself.

Nuweiba castle (or Newibah castle) built on top of the remains of a still older castle in 1893 has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.[1]

Geography
Nuweiba lies on a large flood plain measuring about 40 km2 (15 sq mi) sandwiched between the Sinai mountains and the Gulf of Aqaba and is located some 150 km (90 mi) north of Sharm el Sheikh 465 km (290 mi) southeast from Cairo and 70 km (40 mi) south of the Israel–Egypt border separating Taba and Eilat. Nuweiba Port was built in 1985 on the Gulf of Aqaba and serves as a ferry port as well which allows for easy travel between Jordan and Egypt.

Climate




Tourism
Between the town and the port are a strip of modern hotels catering to beach holiday makers and divers. One km north of Nuweiba City Tarabin village is well known for its Bedouin-style camps where cheap huts are available for rent. Further north in the direction of Taba are several other beaches with similar accommodation options.