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The Red Sea Facts & History

The Red Sea Facts & History

The Red Sea Facts & History

The Red Sea - Egypt Tours Portal

The Red Sea Dimensions and History

The Maximum width of the Red Sea is 355 km and the maximum length is 2,250 Km. The water Volume in the Red Sea is 233,000 km3.

The first exploration of the Red Sea started around 2500 BC. In the 6th century, Darius I of Persia made the Red Sea his navigation project. After two centuries, Alexander the great continued the exploration process and he sent his naval expeditions to harness the resources of the Red Sea. From that time, the Red Sea has played a crucial role in trading and linking countries together.

Weather in the Red Sea

The weather around the Red sea tends to be warm in summer and cold in winter. The average water temperature is 22 °C. The temperature in winter can be 28 °C and 34 °C in summer. Its climate is a result of two monsoon seasons, which are a northeasterly monsoon and a southwesterly monsoon.

The Red Sea Location

It is also known as the Gulf of Arabia, which is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean that is located between Africa and Asia. It is about 2200 km long and its width is 330 km. the Suez Canal connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and Bab El-Mandab that is why many ships go through the Red Sea. There are many Ports of the Red Sea like Jeddah, Suez, Safaga, Aqaba, Eilat, Port Sudan, and many more. The Sea is the home of more than 1000 different species and 200 hard and soft corals. There are many countries next to the Red Sea such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, and Israel.

The Red Sea Map - Egypt Tours Portal
The Red Sea Map – Egypt Tours Portal

The Economic Aspects of the Red Sea

Resources: There are five important types of resources in the Red Sea, which are Petroleum deposits, evaporate deposits, sulfur, phosphates, and heavy-metal deposits.

Navigation: It is difficult to navigate in the Red Sea. There are two channels are kept open for shipping at Bab El-Mandab strait and Suez. The irregular water currents add to the navigational hazards.

Interesting Facts About the Red Sea

  • The north part of the Red Sea is considered to be one of the seven underwater wonders of the world by CEDAM (Conservation Education Diving Awareness and Marine).
  • It is the home to over 1200 fish species and 250 different types of coral. 17% of the fish and 8% of the coral species are endemic that you can explore during your Egypt tour packages.
  • It is the northernmost tropical sea in the world as its water cross the tropic of cancer.
  • The land around this marvelous sea is one with incomparable beauty in marine life, which makes it one of its kind.
  • It’s the home to about 25 islands including Tiran, Giftun, the islands of Brother, and many more.
  • Nine countries share the shoreline of the Red Sea.
  • The maximum water temperature is 30 degrees Celsius and its minimum temperature is 20 degrees Celsius.

The Role of the Red Sea in Ancient Egypt

This fanciful sea played a crucial role in shaping the life of Ancient Egypt and changed the way people lived and thought through providing different facilities and possibilities such as:

Transportation: Sea transportation is much easier than land transportation that’s why civilizations who had direct access to water had the advantage in their life, which facilitate the trade of goods, technological achievements, and cultural ideas. The Red Sea helped Egypt to have access to Africa and the east part of the world.

Stability: The stability of the geographical location is the thing that helped in the flourishment of Ancient Egyptian Civilization. It helped to have a stable agricultural system. Without the Red Sea, Egypt would have been an isolated place and there won’t be any technological development and stability.

Cultural Exchange: The Red Sea provided not only access to Africa and the east but also it helped in exchanging things much further than goods. It helped the ancient Egyptians to exchange culture and knowledge with other places.

What is the Red Sea Famous For?

  • The Red Sea is famous for its perfect Diving spots.
  • It is the major spot for scuba diving and snorkeling which many tourists prefer to enjoy it during their Egypt tours.
  • It has more than 1200 fish species that including 44 sharks, which makes it the best place to get into marine life.
  • The best diving spots in the Red Sea can be experiences through Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Sharm El-Sheikh, Thistlegorm Wreck, Dahab Blue Hole, the Brothers, Fury Shoals, and El-Phinstone Reef.
  • The World’s Fastest Fish: The fastest fish in the world live in the Red Sea that swims with a speed of more than 68 miles per hour, which attracts tourists all over the world to see such beauty.
  • Colorful Coral Reefs: Many of these gorgeous reefs are protected by the Egyptian government as part of Ras Mohammed National Park. These coral reefs stretch for more than 1240 miles along the coastline.
  • Lost Shipwrecks: Fish is not the only thing that you are going to see beneath the water of the Red Sea. There are many lost shipwrecks there and the most important one is the SS Thislegorm that was sunk because of the German bombers during World War II.
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General Tips:

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

Quality Measures:

Professional Egyptologist Tour Guides.

Modern Air-Conditioned Vehicles.

All Accommodations at 5* Hotels and Cruises.

Entrance Fees to All Sites that Mentioned at the Itinerary.

No Hidden Charges or Taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.

Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

We have been creating the finest vacations for more than 10 years around the most majestic destinations in Egypt. Our staff consists of the best operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort make you have the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time consultants to fit your every possible need during your vacation. It doesn't go without saying that your safety and comfort are our main concern priority and all of our resources will be directed to provide the best atmosphere until you return home.

You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read More

Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.

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