Eilat is Israel’s southernmost city, a busy port as well as a popular resort, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Eilat (or Gulf of Aqaba). Home to 47,700 people, the city is part of the Southern Negev Desert, at the southern end of the Arava. The city of Eilat is adjacent to the Egyptian village of Taba to the south, the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east, and within sight of Saudi Arabia to the south-east, across the gulf. Eilat’s arid desert climate is moderated by proximity to a warm sea.
Temperatures often exceed 40 °C in summer and 21 °C in winter, while water temperatures range between 20 and 26 °C. The city’s beaches, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism.