of ancient Shali
||WHAT IS AN
An oasis is a depression in the
desert comprising springs, wells and trees and
reflects the beauty, charm and diversity of
It is usually surrounded by desert, with green
valleys, refreshing wells, high plateaus and
sometimes therapeutic sulphur-rich springs.
In Egypt, there are many oases in the Western
Desert. The most significant are Fayyum, Kharga,
Dakhla, Paris, Farafrah, Bahereya, Siwa and the
The word oasis is often used to describe a place
where you can forget the cares of everyday life,
relax, rest and renew yourself.
Egypt's oases are just that: unspoilt refuges
from the modern world, pockets of civilisation in
the dramatic setting of the desert. Surrounded by
sand and sky, the oases have a sense of
timelessness rare in the 20th century.
Oasis was originally an Egyptian word ( from the
Coptic ouahe ) and Egypt's oases are still the
most varied in the world, each with a special
character of its own.
Wherever you stay, enjoy the
tranquillity of the Bedouin lifestyle,
the date groves, pigeon towers and blue-washed
For adventure and excitement, explore the majesty
of the desert by camel or jeep safari, spend a
night under the stars and take a morning dip in
the hot springs.
Let the night skies and the silent spaces create
your own personal oasis - an inner peace to take
back with you when you leave.