Hi it's Luke from Emperor Divers. I wanted to break some news on here before the message gets out in the wrong way and has a potentially damaging impact on people's perception of Egypt. On 1st January, TGI Fridays, Grand Cafe and Fusion (the 3 main bars and restaurants in Port Ghalib) stopped serving all alcohol. Please note that this was a decision made by the multinational (14 countries) franchisee of the chains, the Americana Group and is no way linked to any policy or trend in Egypt. I know that some idiotic right wing papers ran some articles recently about bikini and beer bans but this was all nonsense as the current poll leaders have explicitly said they will not make any decisions to negatively impact the vital tourist trade in Egypt. It is very unfortunate that Americana made this decision as ultimately I'm sure some people will put 2 and 2 together and make 5, so please look out for any forum posts or reviews that start to spread any rumours that might affect our beloved Marsa Alam area :)
For your information, alcohol is still freely served in all hotels (there is a sports pub on the Resta Grand grounds also that welcomes outside guests), in Boudours Court (the Lebanese restaurant on the marina), in the VIP club and I'm sure an independent will step up soon and set up a bar proper on the marina.