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The Business of Private Beaches

Here’s one sector that hasn’t suffered through the downturn. Often secluded, always carefully chosen, private beaches offer security and exclusivity to the affluent.

July 13, 2010 6:16 by

Women-only beaches

Beaches for veiled women are finding plenty of takers, too, as specialty private resorts are springing up, catering to growing numbers of women choosing Islamic dress. Al-Yashmak beach, north of Cairo, is one such venue. “It is a women’s haven,” said Dalia Samir, the beach manager. “We managed to employ women lifeguards, vendors, bouncers and ushers,” Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily reported.

This women-only beach ensures privacy and a range of amenities for the veiled women who purchase memberships. Here, women enjoy the privacy to don a bikini, catch some rays, and dance to the tunes of a female DJ. Privacy is guaranteed by bouncers at the door and soaring high fences all around. The beach also enforces a no-camera policy, including mobile phone cameras.

“Religiously-correct fun designed with the trendy upper class woman in mind,” Al-Ahram reported.


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