Egypt Travel Destinations: Sinai

 

 Sinai

 

Sinai

Lying in the extreme north eastern part of Egypt, Sinai is shaped like a triangle, bounded by the Gulf of Aqaba on the eastern side, and the Gulf of Suez on the western side.

North of this triangle, the remaining part is a trapezium-shaped area bounded by the Mediterranean coast on the northern side, the demarcating line running between the capes of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez on the southern Egypt's international borders with Israel on the east and Suez Canal on the west.

Sinai Peninsula has an area of approximately 61,000 sq. km, accounting for about 6 % of Egypt's total area. Sinai's important geographical and strategic position has been the password and the decisive factor across history and so it is at present and will remain in the future.

The Peninsula is surrounded by water masses on three sides: the Mediterranean on the north , with 160 km of coasts, the Gulf of Suez on the south west, with 240 km of coasts and the Gulf of Aqaba on the east and south east, with 150 km of coasts. Of the total length of Egypt's coasts, Sinai alone accounts for 30 %.
Sinai is the land bridge between Asia and Africa and civilizations of the ancient world in the Nile Delta, Euphrates-Tigris Delta and Syria.

Sinai is honorably mentioned in the Holy Quran and other Heavenly Scriptures. Prophet Abraham ( peace be upon him ) crossed it; Prophet Moses lived and the stone tablets there and the Holy Family also crossed en route to the mainland. Sinai's geographic and economic importance has so strongly reflected on its historical development that it became an all-encompassing record of major events of the region in both the remote and near past.

 

 

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