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Sinai Desert

Listed under Deserts in Egypt.

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The Sinai Desert is a mountainous and historically significant desert that provides great opportunities for holidays. Invaded and ruled over centuries by outside powers (including the Egyptians, the Israelis and the British in recent years), the Sinai Peninsula is home to indiginous Bedouin tribes, a million of whom still live a nomadic lifestyle in the mountainous interior.

Much of the modern Egyptian settlement and infrastructure is along the coastal strip, which depends almost entirely on tourism. Large concrete resorts and some of the best (though also most crowded) diving in the world attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Once in the interior, however, the landscape becomes dramatic, and the best way to experience it is to find a Bedouin guide and a couple of camels and take a walking safari. Many of the tourist companies on the coast will offer them - but most are day trips to crowded, over-touristed spots. To really get into the desert you need to spend at least two nights under the stars.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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