South Sinai Province
With an area of 33,140 square kilometers and a population of over 70,000, South Sinai is situated in the south of Sinai Peninsular, bordering the Red Sea to the south and the Gulf of Suez and Suez Canal to the west. El Tur, the capital of South Sinai, is surrounded by the Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba and overlooks the Red Sea from a high terrain.
Egypt enjoys rich tourism resources. In fact, tourism, petroleum, remittance from the Diaspora population and the Suez Canal constitute the four pillars supporting the Egyptian economy.
Mount Sinai is the highest mountain in Egypt. It is recorded in the Bible that Moses received the Ten Commandments from God at the peak of Mount Sinai. The 1500-year-old Saint Catherine's Monastery sits right at the foot of the mountain and is considered sacred by the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions. As the most famous tourist site in the Sinai Peninsular, the Monastery attracts tens of thousands of tourists and worshipers each year.
In addition, South Sinai is endowed with picturesque hills and congenial bays and beaches. The tourist city of Sharm El Sheikh was occupied by Israel in 1956 and 1967 respectively and was returned to Egypt in 1982 according to the Camp David Treaty. Currently, there are over 70 hotels (including those planned for construction) in South Sinai, with a total of more than 30,000 rooms, providing accommodation for over 2 million visitors each year.
In recent years, Egypt has vigorously promoted eco-tourism in a bid to enhance public awareness of environmental protection. Nature reserves account for 15% of the tourist areas nationwide.
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