Life As It Should Be

‘Life As It Should Be’: the tag line of El Gouna, an Egyptian holiday resort on the Red Sea. Cultivated by one of the wealthiest families in Egypt, and dominated by foreign investment since the late 1980s, the area has see an increase in five star hotels and luxury holiday homes. However, in recent times, political unrest in the country has led to social and economic instability with particularly devastating effects upon the tourist industry. The Arab Spring in 2011 saw mass protests and the ousting of a long standing president and has since led to a political vacuum with increasing social unrest. Consequently investment into tourism has ground to a halt, with many building sites left to crumble. This socio-political landscape holds the potential for recovery, development or complete abandonment.

 

Foreword and Series by Jasper Jones

PhotographyRyan Berg