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Taba (Egyptian Arabic: طابا Ṭāba , IPA: [ˈtˤɑːbɑ]) is a sma Egyptian toun near the northren tip o the Gulf o Aqaba. Taba is the location o Egyp's busiest border crossin wi neighborin Israel. Little mair than a bus depot an a luxury hotel (complete wi casino), Taba is a frequent vacation spot for Egyptians an tourists, especially those frae Israel on their way tae ither destinations in Egyp or as a weekend getaway. It is the northmaist resort o Egyp's Red Sea Riviera.
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Taba wis locatit on the Egyptian side o the airmistice line agreed tae in 1949. Durin the Suez Crisis in 1956 it wis briefly occupee'd but returned tae Egyp when Israel athdrew in 1957. Israel reoccupee'd the Sinai Peninsula efter the Sax-Day War in 1967, an subsequently a 400-room hotel wis built in Taba. Follaein the 1973 Yom-Kippur War, when Egyp an Israel wur negotiatin the exact position o the border in preparation for the 1979 peace treaty, Israel claimed that Taba haed been on the Ottoman side o a border agreed atween the Ottomans an Breetish Egyp in 1906 an haed, therefore, been in error in its twa previous agreements. Although maist o Sinai wis returned tae Egyp in 1982, Taba wis the last portion tae be returned. Efter a lang dispute, the issue wis submittit tae an internaitional commission composed o ane Israeli, ane Egyptian, an three ootsiders. In 1988, the commission ruled in Egyp's favor, an Israel returned Taba tae Egyp in 1989.
As part of this subsequent agreement, travellers are permitted to cross from Israel at the Eilat - Taba border crossing, and visit the "Aqaba Coast Area of Sinai", (stretching from Taba down to Sharm el Sheikh, and including Nuweiba, St Catherine and Dahab), visa-free for up to 14 days, making Taba a popular tourist destination. The resort community of Taba Heights is located some 20 km (12 mi) south of Taba. It features several large hotels, including The Hyatt Regency, Marriott, Sofitel and Intercontinental. It is also a significant diving area where many people come to either free dive, scuba dive or learn to dive via the many PADI courses on offer. Other recreation facilities include a new desert style golf course.
On October 7, 2004, the Hilton Taba wis hit bi a bomb that killed 34 fowk (BBC), including Israeli vacationers. Twinty-fower days later, an inquiry bi the Egyptian Interior Meenistry intae the bombins concludit that the perpetrators received nae external help but wur aidit bi Bedouins on the peninsula. (Reuters) (BBC)
Taba Protectit Aurie[eedit | eedit soorce]
Locatit juist soothwast o Taba is a protectit aurie on 3590 sq. km.
This protectit aurie includes geological formations such as caves, a string o valleys, an muntainous passages. There are an aa some natural springs in the aurie.
The aurie haes 25 kynds o mammals, 50 kynds o rare birds, an 24 kynds o reptiles. 
Transportation[eedit | eedit soorce]
Since Taba existed only as a sma Bedouin veelage, there wis niver ony real transportation infrastructur. Mair recently, Al Nakb Airport, locatit on the Sinai plateau some 35 km (22 mi) frae Taba, wis upgradit an renamed Taba International Airport (IATA: TCP, ICAO: HETB), an nou handles hauf a dozen chairter flichts a week frae the UK as well as weekly chairter flichts frae Germany, Belgium, Fraunce, Netherlands, the Czech Republic an Ukraine. Mony tourists enter via the Taba Border Crossin frae Eilat, Israel an a marina haes been built in the new Taba Heights development, some 20 km (12 mi) sooth o Taba, an which haes frequent ferry sailins tae Aqaba in Jordan, although these are restrictit tae tourists on organised tours.
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