Published: March 2009

The Sinai

Beachgoers near Sharm el Sheikh

A Separate Peace

Amid a sea of conflict, the Sinai offers pleasure, spiritual refuge, and—potentially—harmony

By Matthew Teague
Photograph by Matt Moyer

All seemed quiet in the coastal village of Taba. On this night, as on every other, the sun dropped west behind the Sinai mountains so that darkness slid downhill, gathering speed as it approached the sea. At the Hilton resort, guests shrugged off bikinis in favor of evening dresses and sport coats. The desert wind blew cold at night in October, so the hotel's management drained the seawater pool until morning.

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