Famous for its pyramids, rich history, scenery and sunny weather, Egypt is unsurprisingly a popular destination for yachts and superyachts. Yachting Pages recently spoke to Captain Yasser Gamal of Meesa Egypt, one of the leading yacht agents based in Egypt, who explained what is available to superyachts visiting the African country.
Tell us about Meesa Egypt…
Our management staff consists of ex-captains, like myself, who have graduated from maritime academies and are very well educated with a comprehensive yachting background. This enables them to communicate professionally with the yacht's captain using the same maritime language in addition to understanding what’s involved, and the needs and requirements life at sea can demand.
We can join every yacht for their journey along the Suez Canal and stay on board for the duration of the transit time; which can take up to 17 hours, in order to ensure a smooth process for the captain and crew, taking care of all the hassle and stress.
We have a fleet of vehicles, which are owned by Meesa, in order to ensure the safety and security of the crew when they’re joining the yacht from Egypt.
Is there anything new with your company?
We offer our new clients a 30% discount from agency fees for the canal transit in addition to a 10% discount for any crew change fees when they join from Port Said or Port Suez. We can also now provide a luxury BMW to transport the captain anywhere inside Port Said or Port Suez, free of charge.
What are the superyacht facilities like in Egypt?
We have many marinas such as Abu Tig Marina in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh Marina in the Red Sea in addition to Port Ghaleb Marina in Marsa Alam, which is also on the Red Sea. Meesa Egypt arranges tailored trips to superyacht owners, captains and crew to visit anything from the pyramids and the sphinx to the Egyptian museum for mummies in Cairo. We can provide very luxurious trips.
In which areas do you operate and provide services?
We cover all of Egypt, including Alexandria, Port Said, Port Suez, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam.
What is there to do and see in Egypt for visiting yachts? What would you recommend?
There are many unique things to do here in Egypt. I would highly recommend diving in Sharm El Sheikh, which is one of the best diving sites around the world. I would also recommend Diving in Shuab Ali, visiting Two Brothers Islands in the Red Sea, visiting the pyramids and sphinx in Cairo, the Egyptian museum for mummies as well as visiting Alexandria to see the oldest library in the world!
Have you worked with any superyachts that you can share with us?
We have worked with a great deal of superyachts, facilitating anything from crew changes to assistance on the Suez Canal. The yachts include: M/Y Pelorus, M/Y Pegasus VIII, M/Y Mogambo, M/Y Queen K, M/Y Titania, M/Y Ecstasea, M/Y Quattroelle, M/Y Sequel P and many more.
What would your top tips be to yachts?
I would say that it’s not a matter of choosing the cheapest agent, as in my past experience in the industry, hiring cheaper agents can lead to disasters for yacht owners and yacht management companies as well as to captains and crew. It’s always better to use an experienced agent who has previous experience dealing with yachts and superyachts.
Who would be your dream client?
My dream client would be the agent of M/Y Azzam, the biggest yacht in the world.