Egypt’s natural reserves gear up for Eid Al-Adha

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Jun 2023

Natural reserves across Egypt, particularly the coastal ones, are fully prepared to welcome thousands of visitors during the four-day Eid Al-Adha holiday, Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad said.

Wadi El-Rayan
File Photo: A waterfall is seen at Wadi El-Rayan in the Al Fayoum Governorate, southwest of Cairo, Egypt. REUTERS


With their strong emphasis on visitor comfort and an immersive ecotourism experience, the reserves will offer a unique connection with nature during Eid Al-Adha, noted Fouad. 

She further stated that the Ministry of Environment completed preparations for the holidays at the reserves, especially those along the picturesque coastline, such as South Sinai's Ras Mohamed natural reserve and the enchanting Wadi Al-Gemal protectorate in the Red Sea governorate.

"These preparations reflect the Ministry of Environment's ongoing efforts to create a bond between citizens and nature. They also encourage citizens to explore and appreciate the natural wealth within these protected areas," explained the minister.

During the Eid festivities, the reserves will offer programs to educate visitors about Egypt's remarkable biological diversity. Furthermore, environmental researchers will be on-site to engage with the visitors and guide them through the natural wonders, Fouad added.

The reserves, especially marine ones, will have ambulances and trained rescuers stationed to ensure the safety of visitors, she noted.

Egypt is proud to be home to 30 natural reserves nationwide, spanning regions such as Sinai, the Red Sea, Matrouh, Port Said, Greater Cairo, Kafr El-Sheikh, Fayoum, Aswan, Assiut, Beni Suef, Luxor, and the New Valley.

Some notable reserves include the Red Sea's Nabq, Abu Galum, Taba, Saint Catherine, and Cairo's Wadi Degla.

Situated on the outskirts of the Maadi district, Wadi Degla attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually, with entrance tickets costing no more than EGP 10 per individual.

With its wealth of fossils and limestone formations, which have endured for millions of years, the reserve offers a fascinating glimpse into Egypt's geological history.

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