Unrelenting turmoil in the Middle East has perturbed the world's political leaders, but it has also worried thousands of holiday-makers.
GV Road on border between Egypt and Israel.
GV Arabs and camels near checkpoints. (3 SHOTS)
SV Nuweiba city sign.
GV Egyptian military base near Nuweiba city. (4 SHOTS)
GV Gardens and trees on beachfront. (3 SHOTS)
SV Canoes in outbuilding.
SV PAN Passenger jet arriving Eilat airport. (3 SHOTS)
SV Tourists greeted by girl and boarding bus. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Empty hotels on beach. (5 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM OUT Construction work being carried out on beachside. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Unrelenting turmoil in the Middle East has perturbed the world's political leaders, but it has also worried thousands of holiday-makers. They used to relax at the beach resorts of Sinai. One such resort is Nuweiba, 65 kilometres (40 miles) south of Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea. During the 15 years of Israeli occupation, visitors from Israel and Europe, flocked into luxury hotels there. But, since the region was returned to Egypt last April, tourist industry has collapsed; Nuweiba had generated into little more than a ghost town. Tourist facilities -- including petrol stations and food stalls - have been closed or down-graded. Replacing the tourist are Egyptian military personnel, attached to an Air Force base near Nuweiba. Another Red Sea resort, Eilat, is suffering the same - its worst tourist season for three decades. Israel's most famous resort has been hit by several factors, among them anti-Israeli feeling over the war in Lebanon. Tourist posters have been defaced and holiday plans cancelled. Charter flights have been cut back, with one operator dropping the route completely. By contrast, the first British charter flights arrived in Eilat in early November. However, the hotels stand largely empty, and the beaches, apart from a few construction workers, remain deserted.