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Egypt Opens First Water Park in the Middle East

Cheap holidays in the Middle East are growing in popularity as more and more airlines begin operating routes to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

Cheap holidays in Egypt have of course been one of the great success stories of the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of western tourists descending every year on the country’s so-called “Red Sea Riviera” to enjoy the excellent facilities of resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh – just one of the Egyptian destinations flowering thanks to the Egyptian government’s determination to pump investment into its tourism industry.

Now the Red Sea Riviera has an extra attraction – the Middle East’s first ever inflatable water park, in the resort town of El Gouna. The facility, named Liquid Park, offers families and other visitors an exciting range of water-based slides, tubes, log flumes and trampolines at a highly affordable price – just £10 each for entry, although children who are aged six or under need to be accompanied by an adult.

El Gouna is run by the management firm Orascom Hotels & Development, which declared that the lagoon environment of Liquid Park was a “truly original” setting for “fun in the sun that can be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart.”

As well as the fun of the theme park, visitors to El Gouna can also enjoy other leisure activities, including golf, horse riding, kite-surfing, wake-boarding and water-skiing.

Orascom Hotels & Development managed several resorts in Egypt and the Middle East – Haram City, which can be found just outside Cairo, Taba Heights, which is located on the Sinai peninsula, and The Cove in Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates.

Theme parks look likely to be the next big thing for the Middle East holidays sector, following the opening this year also of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest indoor theme park.