Hadaba Holidays – A peaceful resort close to popular Ras Um Sid beach
One of the six main areas that now make up Sharm el Sheikh, Hadaba is a relatively quiet, peaceful area of the city compared to lively central Naama Bay area. Hadaba means ‘the cliff’ in Arabic, relating to the areas elevated position on the Ras Um Sid promontory, which offers spectacular views of the mountains and out to sea. This area is also known as Ras Um Sid and Om El Sid – all refer to the same place. You’ll find a range of accommodation options here, from villas to luxury hotels. This is also one of the few areas in Sharm el Sheikh where it is possible to book self-catering accommodation. The resort has a good selection of restaurants and bars, as well as the Alf Leila Wa Leila (Fantasia) and Il Mercato shopping centres.
For a lively night out, the bars and clubs of Naama Bay are a 10 minute taxi ride away, while Sharm Old Town (El Maya) takes a few minutes to reach. There are two waterparks in the area, which make a great day out for families. Hadaba is a great spot to arrange a scuba diving trip to the spectacular Red Sea reefs located just off Ras um Sid beach. Ras Um Sid is a long, sandy stretch of coast with gorgeous, crystal-clear waters. There is a jetty here that takes you over the coral reef- an ideal spot for snorkelling.
All in all, this is a great choice for those who want a quiet, peaceful base, but easy access to the lively nightlife of Sharm el Sheikh’s centre.
When to go
The best time to visit Hadaba, unless you like temperatures scorching hot, is between October-April. This is the region’s winter season, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 20-30C. This can also be a more expensive time to visit however, particularly over the Easter and Christmas/New Year periods. October-November is the best time for excursions to the ancient historical sites, as well as trekking in the desert.
The summer season of May-September can get swelteringly hot, which many will find uncomfortable. Prices are generally cheaper over this period due to the lack of demand. If you’re planning on scuba diving, the summer months are actually the best months to visit, as there are far more fish due to the migration of the shoals as they chase nutrient-rich currents. The winter months see less fish and in spring visibility can be impaired due to the birth of thousands of baby fish.
The weather in Hadaba
The climate in Sharm el Sheikh is divided into two distinct seasons; summer and winter. Winter runs from October-April and summer runs from May-September. Winter has the more manageable temperatures, with an average of 21-30C and between 8-10 hours of sunshine a day. Summer is far, far hotter, with average temperatures of 32-35C and up to 13 hours of sunshine a day. On particularly hot days in summer it can get well above 40C. Sea temperatures are warmest between July-October.
Getting the best deal
To get the cheapest prices on Hadaba holidays over more popular winter period, it is advisable to book as early as possible. Christmas and Easter both get particularly busy, with the best-priced rooms and the most popular accommodation selling out fast. If you can handle the extreme temperatures, the summer months can see some great deals due to decreased demand. All-inclusive holidays to Hadaba are another good way to keep an eye your spending; with all meals and drinks paid for upfront, all you’ll have to worry about paying for are any excursions that you fancy going on. Find the best prices we have to offer by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals page here.
Airport and transport need to know
Holiday makers staying at Hadaba will benefit from the resort close proximity to the nearest airport, which is around 25 minutes’ drive away. You’ll land at the modern and spacious Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH). Two terminals – one for solely international traffic (T2) and one for both international and domestic flights (T1) are set in an attractive building that has been designed to look like a billowing Bedouin tent. The majority of flight from the UK will land at T1. You’ll find a good selection of cafes, restaurants and shops here, as well as cash machines and currency exchange facilities.
More often than not, your hotel will arrange a transfer from the airport for you. If this is not the case, you can easily catch a taxi to Hadaba from outside the Arrivals hall at T1. Taxis operate on a fixed price basis. You should be sure to agree the price before you get in, make sure the price is for the vehicle not per person, and agree on the currency you’ll pay in. You should expect to pay around 40 LE for the journey.
The cheapest way to get from the airport to the resort is by bus. You can catch a blue minibus on the Peace Road outside the airport. You need to have the right money, as no large notes will be accepted (or they will, but you won’t be getting change back). It costs around 10LE. Female travellers should be aware that this is the main transport choice of locals, so to avoid unwanted attention it is wise to dress modestly.
Another option is to hire a car for the duration of your holiday, to be collected at the airport. Reputable companies such as Europcar provide this service from around £250 a week depending on the size and model of car.
The best beaches in Hadaba
Hadaba is located in a prime spot for enjoying Sharm el Sheikh’s fantastic coastline, being situated on the Ras Um Sid peninsula. With miles of golden sand stretching all the way from Naama Bay to Nabq Bay, this is a great destination for a beach holiday. Beaches tend to be divided in to hotel-owned and resort-owned areas; some hotels may charge you for using their sun loungers and parasols. Please note, topless sunbathing is illegal in Sharm el Sheikh.
Naama Bay is the bustling heart of Sharm el Sheikh, with a lively beach to match. You’ll find an attractive promenade here, lined with bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels. This beach has numerous sun lounger and thatched parasols, as well as a variety of watersports on offer including windsurfing, parasailing, banana boating, and kayaking.
For some of the best snorkelling and diving in the area, head to Ras Um Sid beach, located a stone’s throw from Hadaba. Here you’ll find more endless golden sand, as well as a jetty that takes you out over the coral reef. Scuba diving excursions leave here for the spectacular Ras Mohammed Marine National Park.
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