Will Egypt's Most Famous Beach Resort Survive the New Regime?

A worker on a private beach at dusk in Naama Bay in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Photograph by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

At a little past 1:00 a.m., the Ukrainian girls at Pacha start to mob the dance floor. Pacha is the glitziest, most over-the-top nightclub in Sharm el-Sheikh, on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The interior of the club is typical of clubs: dark, cavernous, with a huge, constantly rotating, video montage behind the DJ, who is Egyptian and has a headset wrapped around his neck and stands atop his record-player throne rocking mechanically. There are also wind machines and long, orange-red flames made of crepe paper billowing out of two columns, and a sprinkling of Arab men along the perimeter of the dance floor, and a clutch of girls with dyed, flaxen hair, smoking and talking to each other and drinking vodka. As the girls stream onto the small swatch of dance floor, a voice bellows over the hi-fi: “We’re Brooklyn! We’re Brooklyn!”

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