Hospitals & Emergency

HealthHealth Tips

Always remember to bring plenty of sun screen and protective clothing–the sun is intense in Sinai. Although temperatures can reach 100° F during the day, at night the desert turns cool, even freezing, so some warm clothing is also necessary. Finally, carrying bottled water is indispensable. Tap water outside the Sharm el-Sheikh area is largely undrinkable, and the arid, hot environment can dehydrate you very quickly.

New diving recompression chamber was recently opened in Dahab (end of 2005), diving emergencies will no longer have to be treated in Sharm el Sheikh, which makes diving in Dahab much safer.

Diarrhea is common among visitors to Sinai. Unusual spices, change of diet, lack in hygiene, and water from an unknown source are some of the reasons. The main reason yet is a change of climate. Often the visitor forgets to drink an adequate amount of non-alcoholic fluid -at least 3 l - during long hours of activity out in the sun.
Sensitive stomachs should simply follow the advice: peel it, boil it or forget it.

Physicians are well trained and usually operate from a private clinic. Most hotels employ a practitioner. Pharmacies are well equipped.

Sharm el Sheikh alone has several hospitals and a hyperbaric chamber, while the hospitals in Dahab, Nuweiba, and St. Catherine don’t meet at all with minimum requirements of western standard.