With a dazzling bounty of underwater attractions to explore and improved access to key diving hubs, there has arguably never been a better time to strap on a dive tank in the waters of the Middle East. From revived favourites to up-and-coming diving destinations, here are the region’s scuba highlights.
With scorching temperatures and a sun that doesn’t quit from 5am to 8pm, summer in Cairo is a time of mass exodus for those who can afford coastal retreats. But if you want to play in the urban jungle during these hot months, you can still navigate the city with a few basic rules, such as touring as early as possible, avoiding hot microbuses in the afternoon and knowing exactly where the nearest pool is.
Despite its dusty reputation, springtime in Cairo unleashes bursts of warmth and colour, from puffy oleander bushes to jacaranda trees shouting with purple blossoms. Sidewalks are shaded under blooming acacia trees, and Cairenes are happily shedding their winter coats and thick scarves for sandals and t-shirts. As the city reawakens, it’s the picture-perfect time for a visit.