Marsa Alam is located on the western shore of the Red Sea. It is currently
seeing fast increasing popularity as a tourist destination and development following the
opening of Marsa Alam International Airport in 2003. Among the most famous beaches around
Marsa Alam is the Abu Dabab beach. In Abu Dabab, turtles are a common sight and it is nearly
guaranteed that when diving, one will see at least one turtle. For tourists who seek to see
something less typical, there is marine wildlife like sea snakes, crocodilefish and
octopuses. Marsa Alam also has some inland attractions, such as the Emerald Mines and the
Temple of Seti I at Khanais.