Sharm is also the home of a congress center, located along Peace Road, where many international political and economic meetings have been held, including peace conferences, ministerial meetings, world bank meetings, and Arab League meetings. The Maritim Sharm El Sheikh International Congress Centre can host events and congresses for up to 4,700 participants.
The UNESCO nominated Sharm El-Sheikh as the “City of Peace” on grounds of its pivotal role in promoting justice and comprehensive peace in the Middle East region. International and regional peace conferences and summits, in addition to a group of political, tourism and scientific conferences were convened in Sharm El-Sheikh throughout the past years.
Sharm El sheikh gained its nickname “City of Peace”. The city was granted with this international recognition because of the role the city played in establishing the principals of justice and comprehensive peace in the area of the Middle East.
Aso, the land of peace is witnessing conferences and summits on peace and many of the political, scientific conferences and tourism.
Sharm has built a reputation as one of the most popular conference venues in the world.
Its easy access from major capitals, along with great facilities and high service standards, mean that it has become a firm favorite.
Some describe Sharm as the “city of peace” because of the many conferences here which have led to harmony for nations previously in conflict.
The business world has also been quick to understand its big advantages, and many companies choose to hold conferences here with some time off in the sunshine for hard working staff afterwards! Even if you are never likely to attend a business event or conference yourself, this market means that Sharm el-Sheikh’s offer is getting better every year.
The airport’s facilities are getting better each year, and barely a week goes by without a major hotel or travel operator announcing new plans for the area.
One thing which is clear is that Sharm has achieved the very difficult trick of offering a huge range of visitor goodies without spoiling the reason why the resort sprang up in the first place.
By a very clever programme of management, the Egyptian Government has protected the stunning beauty of land and sea, while still making space for the quality hotels and facilities which the modern visitor expects.
Summit of Peacemakers (1996)
An international one-day summit convened in Sharm El-Sheikh, a coastal city along the Red Sea, on 13 March 1996. This Summit, which was co-chaired by Bill Clinton, former US president, and Hosni Mubarak, former president of Egypt, addressed the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and counterterrorism. At the conclusion of the Summit, the participants, including late President Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres; the Israeli Prime Minister, the UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and a group of heads of states and governments, adopted a declaration, which illustrated their strong support for the Oslo Process; their vigorous condemnation to terrorism, and their determination to enhance counterterrorism efforts in order to maintain regional peace and security.
The Sharm El-Sheikh Memorandum on Implementation Timeline of Outstanding Commitments of Agreements Signed and the Resumption of Permanent Status Negotiations (1999)
A Memorandum signed by Yasser Arafat; former PLO Chairman, and Ehud Barak; the-then Israeli Prime Minister, under the auspices of the United States, Egypt and Jordan, on 4 September 1999 in Sharm el-Sheikh. Its purpose was basically reaffirming both sides’ commitments to fully implement all mutual agreements concluded between them under the Oslo Accords, in addition to other commitments under prior agreements. The Palestinian and Israeli governments signed this Memorandum to resume the Permanent Status negotiations. Therefore, two agreements: the Framework Agreement on all Permanent Status Issues (FAPS) and the Comprehensive agreement on all Permanent Status Issues (CAPS) were concluded. The former term refers to the mutual agreement that addresses, first and foremost, finality claims, end of conflict and end of occupation. The latter term refers to the conclusion of a comprehensive agreement within a year once the negotiations are resumed between both sides. It also tackled the two phases of the Israeli redeployments, and the release of Palestinian prisoners. Additional clauses stipulated for the Safe Passage for the movement of persons, goods and vehicles; the construction of the Gaza Sea Port; the operation of the Shuhada Road in Hebron for the movement of Palestinian vehicles, and joint security cooperation for combating terrorism.
Sharm El-Sheikh Conference 2000
An emergency Summit convened in Sharm El-Sheikh, on October 17, 2000, following the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada, with the participation of former US president Bill Clinton; former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak; the-then PNA Chairman Yasser Arafat; King Abdullah II of Jordan; former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan; former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak; and the-then EU High Representative Javier Solana. The closing statement called on both parties to end confrontations and acts of violence, and resume permanent status negotiations. It also called for the establishment of a fact-finding committee, subsequently known as the Mitchell Commission, for investigating the causes of the post Camp David Intifada. The Mitchell Commission reported and published its findings in 2001.
Sharm El-Sheikh Summit 2003
A three-way summit held between former U.S. President George Bush, Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and a group of Arab leaders, including the-then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II of Jordan. It was held amidst the Second Uprising, and shortly after the publication of the Road Map for Peace. The Summit concluded with a statement by former president Mubarak on the behalf of the Arab leaders, and one by former president Bush. Mubarak stressed on the Arab countries’ commitment to the Road Map, and affirmed their strong refusal to acts of terror and violence. Bush referred in his statement to his vision for peace which had been introduced in June 2002. Besides, he stressed on the urgency of combatting terrorism. Both leaders, additionally, referred to the war in Iraq.
Sharm El-Sheikh Summit 2005