South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda, Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad and Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat (Photo by UNDP Egypt-Marc El-Mankbady)
The Ras Mohamed Visitor Center is officially open, complete with world-class services ready to receive the national park’s visitors.
Rated among the world’s best, the Ministry of Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Sinai Protectorates, through “Egypt’s Protected Areas Self-Financing” project, officially launched Ras Mohamed National Park Visitor Centre on 24 November.
Together, the partners opened the new services in the protected area for visitors to be able to enjoy its beauty while preserving its unique natural resources
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, Major General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, Randa Aboul-Hosn, the UNDP Country Director in Egypt, Biodiversity Coordinator and Senior Biodiversity Specialist at the GEF Mark Zimsky, as well as environment ministers from the region, opened the new services at the national park.
The newly-launched services include a visitor centre, which promotes the protected area through educational materials and provides visitors with needed information.
The protected area’s facilities, natural areas of particular interest, access to dive sites and conditions for the use of campsites are among the available information for tourists.
The partners also toured the exhibition hall and saw the new tracks and interpretative signs that were completed at the protectorate.
An eco-friendly cafeteria also opened to serve the visitors of Ras Mohamed.
At the event, Randa Aboul-Hosn welcomed the newly launched services, which will promote ecotourism. She added that “we cannot work alone, it should be hand in hand with the local communities to help the public understand the importance of biodiversity for the next generations to come. Let’s work together to protect our planet.”
Ras Mohamed National Park is famous globally for the diversity and richness of its coral reefs, rated amongst the world's best, particularly amongst scuba divers.
It includes desert ecosystems as well as mangroves and is a central spot for migratory birds. The protectorate provides visitors with a unique experience which makes it a major touristic and recreational attraction.