el gouna specializes in watersports, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and snorkelling. there are two main beaches: zeytuna beach located on its own island and mangroovy beach. a network of canals allows many houses to have their own strip of beach, there are three centralized areas in el gouna, housing shops, bars and restaurants: downtown. there are 18 hotels with 2,895 rooms rated from one star to five stars. el gouna has a fully equipped hospital that can handle many medical treatments including dentistry, plastic surgery, pediatrics, ophthalmology and general surgery. it also features an intensive care unit and a decompression chamber in case of diving accidents. the town hosts the el gouna international school, a campus of the tu berlin an environmental geographic information system and a small private airport for charter aircraft. the town’s location offers good access to many of egypt’s natural wonders, historical sites, and archaeological treasures. the ancient temples of luxor and aswan are only a ride away. day and overnight trips to luxor, aswan, cairo, and sinai are also easily arranged from el gouna. . in recognition of the success of the initiative, in 2014, el gouna was granted the global human settlements award for being a global green town great lengths have been taken to ensure that the town and its buildings conform to the highest architectural standards. designed by world renowned architects, el gouna offers everything from exclusive private villas to cozy apartments in the heart of the town. all properties are waterfront and feature a variety of architectural styles, sizes, and locations.