If you look up "In The Middle Of
Nowhere" in an encyclopaedia you'd probably find a picture of Hamata there. It's
basically one mosque, one school, one coffee shop, some camels and a few goats located
about 3 hours south of Marsa Alam Airport, and about 360km south of Hurghada.
You get kind of a "Baghdad Cafe"
feeling when you see the sign for Hamata Resort (left) on the way into
the village. Something like the last frontier in the old wild west.
All you see around you the whole
way from Marsa Alam is desert, sand and mountains and of course the Red Sea. All
of the sudden there are a few buildings and that's
With the finished construction of the new
harbour (right) it seems like Hamata is telling the rest of Egypt "Watch out!
We're preparing to take over the dive industry" and to be fair, Hamata has the
main attributes to attract divers: Some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea
reachable with daily diving.
For sure Hamata will grow into a
more developed dive destination but at the moment there are two hotels and you
can be almost sure to be the only dive boat at the dive site. Now is the time to
go and explore. To see the real Hamata and the unspoiled dive sites in the area.
The School in Hamata (right) is founded by
US AID. It's a fairly modern building with good learning facilities. Strangely
sticking out as something alien in the otherwise primitive village.
The main reason for US AID to
support Hamata with a school was of course the remote location. Without this
help there is no guarantee that the children would have had a classroom let
alone a teacher.