Approaching Hurghada, Egypt

APRIL 2002 – View across the construction site of the Magawish quarter during approach of Hurghada airport in Egypt. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s another proof for the speed of change in some areas. I took this photo during the approach to Hurghada airport, coming from the south. I remember that my first thought was: “This is where we are going to spend the next two weeks?” It seemed to be one huge construction site. (It turned out that our hotel, the excellent Grand Resort, was not in this area but closer to the airport and fully completed.)

Anyway, if you take a look at recent satellite images, you will see that not only the area at the beach has been extended with an awesome pool landscape, but the section at the bottom of the image has completely changed. Twenty years ago there were just streets drawn into the sand – just like in a giant sandbox. Today you see villas, supermarkets, hotels, and more.

So, this image is all about change. Of course, it’s not a super important historic photo, but still interesting and unique as the area will never be like this again.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-APR-2002, 16:40
LocationHurghada, Egypt
CameraKodak DC 4800 Zoom Digital
Exposure1/750 sec at f/8
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2160 x 1440 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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