Taba Travel Guide
About The City Of Taba
Taba is one of the small cities of Sinai. Located less than 2 kilometers away from the Israeli borders, Taba was the last city which the Israeli authorities controlled after the war of October 1973 before Egypt regained once again in 1989 under the leadership of the former Egyptian president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.
Although it was never certain what does the word Taba means, it is most probably an ancient name which the Pharaohs gave to this small trading transit point in the way of the commercial caravans coming from Egypt, through Sinai, reaching the Arabian Peninsula and Asia Minor at the end of the journey.
More than 20 years ago, Taba only consisted only of a small hospital, some local oriental cafes, a few markets, a police station, and the famous Hilton Taba Resort.
Today the city enjoys having more resorts and some international hotels which serve a large number of visitors; many of them come from Israel to indulge themselves in the wonderful beaches of the city.
In 1988, the city of Taba, and the area around it was added to the protected areas of Sinai to safeguard the beauty of the region which includes the colored Valley or the colored canyon, which was formed by an ancient river that tended the sandstones.
Taba is now among the favorite destinations of diving and snorkeling fans. With areas like the so-called Fjord which is the most beautiful and striking inlet of the entire Aqaba Gulf and many other attractive diving spots, Taba has been the focal point of many visitors of Egypt.