Egypt: Tour Egypt Monthly: A Brief Look at the Sinai

Volume II, Number 6 June 1st, 2001

A Brief Look At The Sinai

By Jimmy Dunn

Having taken my family to Egypt, my 13 year old was not always ready to make the morning bell for early tours. At one point, he informed me that he would just look at the pictures. In fact, there are probably a number of people who feel this way about visiting the ancient monuments of Egypt. Certainly one may not really appreciate the scale of the Great Pyramid from a picture, but perhaps that is enough for some.

Their majestic of the mountains of the Sinai.

Yet, if there is a place in Egypt that can never even remotely be appreciated in this manner, it is the mountains of the Sinai. Their majestic domination is truly inspiring. But the hard part, when it comes to pictures, is the color streaming through these bare rock ranges. For some novice travelers, these mountains will come as a surprise. Those who think of pine trees and mountain storms will find a landscape so odd that they may find themselves thinking of an alien planet. Granite peaks jut upwards, often with ridges of multicolored minerals crisscrossing their faces.

Sinai landscape is full of with ridges of multicolored minerals.

I could not help but think of this as an unspoiled heaven for rock climbers. It seems a perfect itinerary for such adventurous souls. But I know that there are few who come for this reason. Most come as a supplement to a beach or diving holiday, or a short trip from a mainland classical tour. They seek nature treks, cultural exchanges with the Bedouins, or religious sight-seeing.

Visiting sinai in egypt helps understanding cultural exchanges with the Bedouins, or religious sight-seeing

Indeed, what seems a barren landscape, upon closer examination, is not. There are the occasional trees, along with about 37 other endemic plants that grow at high altitudes. There are also a number of large, and small animals, which inhabit the area, including hyenas, foxes, gazelles and hyraxes. Riding along in an air-conditioned van, one is often startled to see a Bedouin woman walking along in what seems like an inhospitable wasteland. Here, one finds the last of the traditional desert wanderers, with their customs mostly in tact. Many treks into the Sinai are arranged including a lunch or dinner with a Bedouin family, which for many westerners end up being great fun, as well as educational.

Sinai dessert have occasional trees upon the closer look.

Finally, there are the religious monuments, which include some of the most famous sites in the world. Mount Sinai is here, though there is still speculation about which mountain exactly is Mount Sinai. Mount Moses, with ancient St. Catherine's Monastery located at its foot, is traditionally considered to be the peak that Moses climbed.

Sinai and the religious monuments Mount Moses and with ancient St. Catherine's Monastery.

In all, the Sinai is a fun place to visit in every respect. Party towns such as Sharm el-Sheikh provide endless opportunities for entertainment, while exotic beach front communities such as Nuweiba offer laid back beauty in a location that time seems to have forgotten, where camels swim in the sparkling clean waters of the Red Sea while children romp about their humps.

childern use camels to swim in the sparkling clean waters of Sinai

Sinai mountains

the heigh mountains  with diffrent kinds of plants and animals

How the Ancient Egyptians Put Their Feet Up: Furnishings in Ancient Egypt By Ilene Springer

Mr. Mohamed Arabi: The "Bird Man" of Aswan By Dr. Susan L. Wilson

A Brief Look at the Sinai By Jimmy Dunn

Mummies of Ancient Egypt: The Process and Beyond By Catherine C. Harris

The Lost Feeling, Or Was It a Mummy? By Arnvid Aakre

Breaking the Color Code By Anita Stratos

Alabaster: Egypt's Rock of the Ages By Sonny Stengle

Wreck Diving in the Egyptian Red Sea By Ned Middleton

The Animals of Ancient Egypt By Caroline Seawright

Editor's Commentary By Jimmy Dunn

Ancient Beauty Secrets By Judith Illes

Book Reviews Various Editors

Hotel Reviews By Jimmy Dunn & Juergen Stryjak

Kid's Corner By Margo Wayman

Cooking with Tour Egypt By Mary K Radnich

The Month in Review By John Applegate

Egyptian Exhibitions By Staff

Egyptian View-Point By Adel Murad

Nightlife Various Editors

Egypt On Screen By Carolyn Patricia Scott

Restaurant Reviews Various Editors

Shopping Around Various Editors

Web Reviews By Siri Bezdicek

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