Egypt plans to award Red Sea to Mediterranean rail tender in H2 2018

Monday, 12 March 2018

Egypt plans to award the tender for a high-speed railway between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in the second half of 2018, transport minister Hisham Arafat said Monday. The project will connect the eastern resort of Ain al-Sokhna to El Alamein, a town west of Alexandria that was scene of a battle in World War Two. “We are working currently on the technical evaluation and the financial evaluation of this project,” Arafat told Reuters at a conference in ...

PHOTOS: Russian tourist delivers baby in Red Sea during Egypt holiday

Monday, 12 March 2018

Photos of a woman giving birth in Egypt in the Red Sea in the South Sinai Governorate went viral on social media after a Russian tourist snapped photos from her balcony and posted them online. The woman, also believed to be a Russian tourist, gave birth in the sea with the aid of a Russian doctor who specializes in water births. Egyptian media outlets, which verified the authenticity of the photos, said water births have recently become common, especially among Russians who go to deliver their ...

PICTURES: The beautiful beaches of Amlaj, the ‘Maldives of Saudi Arabia’

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Al-Hawra is an old name for the Saudi province of Amlaj, which has picturesque islands and charming beaches. Amlaj has great archaeological and historical treasures, stretching 147 km north of Yanbu in western Saudi Arabia. Photographer Nasser Abdulla Al-Kathiri documented its aesthetic views in photos that promise a lot of potential as a touristic destination worthy of calling it the “Saudi Maldives,” he says. "Despite the small size of the Saudi province of Amlaj, it is on ...

Yemeni army thwarts Houthi attempt to plant mines on coast of Midi

Monday, 22 January 2018

The Yemeni army killed five Houthi gunmen and arrested another while they were trying to plant naval mines on the coast of Midi, adjacent to the Red Sea, in the Hajjah Governorate, West of Yemen. A military source said Yemeni soldiers on four boats clashed on Sunday with Houthis on three other boats while they were trying to plant the landmines. They burnt one of the latter’s boats, seized the other while the third fled, he added. Work is underway to remove the mines as soon as possible, ...

Saudi Arabia to build 9 desalination plants on Red Sea

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Saudi Arabia plans to build nine desalination plants for more than 2 billion riyals ($530 million) on the Red Sea coast, its environment minister said on Sunday. The plants will have capacity of 240,000 cubic meters of water per day and will be completed in less than 18 months, Abdulrahman al-Fadhli wrote in a Twitter post. The project, which the minister said was ordered by King Salman in a royal decree, will help government-owned Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corp (SWCC) raise production ...

Houthi militias threaten international navigation in Red Sea

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

In spite of the losses suffered by the Houthi militias on more than one front in Yemen, Houthi leader Saleh al-Samad, threatened, on Monday, to "cut international navigation route through the Red Sea" as a "strategic option" to consider if progress continues towards the west of Yemen, and if "a political solution reaches a dead end," as he put it. During his meeting with the Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen Moin Shreim, he ...

PHOTOS: A volcanic mountain in the middle of Red Sea in Saudi Arabia

Monday, 8 January 2018

An island alongide an island in the middle of the Red Sea on the Saudi Arabian side exists within the blue waves of the ocean right across from al-Qahmah beach in the Asir region, southwest of Saudi Arabia. The island is visited by many tourists who have to take a boat to reach it. It is also considered a volcanic mountainous island which is covered in sand and rocks with little greenery, and a 360-degree view of the ocean. The island attracts hunting enthusiasts, who hunt birds including ...

Saudi Arabia to open up for tourists next year

Friday, 24 November 2017

The Kingdom aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year, a senior Saudi official told CNN, as the government seeks to find new sources of revenue to diversify its economy. At present, foreigners traveling to Saudi Arabia are largely restricted to resident workers and their dependents, business travelers, and Muslim pilgrims who are given special visas to travel to holy sites. “The targets are people who want to come and literally experience this country, and really the ...

Bride of the Red Sea gets a facelift

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Soon, Jeddah will have a new, renovated and a state-of-the-art coastal front that is sure to provide quiet enjoyment with popular seaside entertainment and community facilities. This new seafront is sure to be an attractive and must-see destination for the people of Jeddah and visitors from all over the Kingdom.The size of this new seafront can harbor more than 120,000 people at the same time. The sheer numbers that it can hold is sure to provide a place for families and friends to visit, making ...

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Forest Whitaker and Arab stars crown closing ceremony of El Gouna Film Festival

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Egypt’s El-Gouna Film Festival, GFF, wrapped up its first edition with smashing success amid huge presence of top Egyptian, Arab stars and international guests. The star-studded red carpet brought to red sea resort middle-eastern celebrities including actress Yussra, Bushra, Aser Yassin, Amina Khalil, Nelly Karim, Hana Shiha, and many more. US star Forest Whitake received an honorary Career Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the filmmaking industry. Among the ...

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