From emailing to video conferencing to computing in ‘the cloud’, the Internet has made the traditional office building significantly less relevant. As a result, an increasingly number of professionals are choosing to become digital nomads, travelling the world and working from one farflung location after the next. Sharm el-Sheikh, on Egypt’s stunning Red Sea coast, is an ideal destination for the remote worker. Here’s why:
Sunny day at the office
Typical temperatures in Sharm el-Sheikh in January range from 18 to 23 °C and only get warmer as spring and summer approach. Rise early with your laptop, and you could have the views from Naarma Bay or Shark’s Bay all to yourself.
The city is also known for its warm night temperatures during the winter months. Even if you’ve put in an extra hard day’s work, the warm evenings make the days feel longer, and the city’s famous nightlife makes staying up late well worthwhile.
Inspiring your venture
One of the main reasons people choose Sharm el Sheikh holidays is to enjoy world class scuba diving in the Red Sea region. In fact, if a project is proving difficult to get off the ground, the undersea bounty of Sharm could be just what you need.
Ras Mohammed National Park is one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world, and the Park is worth a visit for the stunning scenery above and below the waterline. Imagine: you wake up early, fire off a few emails, finish your to-do list by 3pm and then head to the sea to swim with blue spotted stingrays, grey reef sharks, parrotfish and an array of other tropical sea life. This could be your daily routine during your time in Sharm el-Sheikh. You must admit, it certainly beats that hour and a half commute on the motorway.
And if you’re craving a more cultural inspiration, the legendary peak of Mount Sinai is only a day trip away. Ascending the peak with local Bedouin people at dusk as hundreds gather at St Catherine’s Monastery is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Mixing business with pleasure is one of the perks of life as a digital nomad. As an expat hub, Sharm el-Sheikh is a great place to meet fellow travelling professionals, and you never know what valuable business connections you might make during your visit. Whilst it might sound strange, the city’s nightclubs can offer the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded professionals.
Chain nightclubs Space and Pacha are both popular hangouts for internationals, and La Dolce Vita is known for throwing some of the best parties in the city. For a more low-key night out, the Britannia Bar is the perfect place to watch a Premier League football match with friends.
Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Life as a digital nomad may not have the same level of job security as a 9-to-5, but the pros far outweigh the cons, especially in a Red Sea highlight like Sharm. Moreover, the chance to gain an insight into the culture and warmth of the Egyptian people is too good to miss. So if you’re looking for a sunshine spot for your next nomading stop, the famous resort might offer more than you think…
Images by Svetlana Grechkina and Shahib Amin, used under Creative Commons