Egyptian President reviews developments of the Great Transfiguration of South Sinai project – Society – Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi reviews the developments of the largest transfiguration project in South Sinai. Egyptian Presidency

The Great Transfiguration project aims to transform the sacred mountainous area into a spiritual sanctuary and a destination for mountain, medical and environmental tourism, Housing Minister Assem El-Gazzar said in December.

The first phase of the project, worth EGP 4 billion (about $255 million), is expected to be inaugurated in April, according to El-Gazzar.

The project was first announced by the state in 2020 and is being funded by the New Urban Communities Authority based on guidelines from El-Sisi to develop the area.

The Saint Catherine area has significant historical and religious value, serving as a sacred site for the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

At Saturday’s meeting, El-Sisi ordered officials present to pay close attention to all details of the project, ensuring they are consistent with the status of such a sacred place, according to a presidential statement. .

El-Sissi also ordered that this region be presented to the world in a way worthy of its unique spiritual value as an incubator of the three monotheistic religions.

The project should be integrated with ongoing efforts to develop the city of St. Catherine, El-Sisi ordered, urging maximum use of the city’s tourist, archaeological, environmental, religious and medical potential.

The president said the services should be made available to visitors from around the world, while preserving the environmental and visual character of the area.

He also ordered officials to pursue sustainable development by relying on clean and renewable energy and taking care of green spaces.

The meeting reviewed the components of the project, including the establishment of an ecolodge, an inclusive mountain hotel and a new administrative complex, according to the statement.

The project also includes the development of the Bedouin area of ​​the city, housing and walking paths, and improving the efficiency of infrastructure and facilities as well as flood prevention works.

The development works also include the setting up of the “Place de la Paix” to host various celebrations, activities and performances.

According to El-Gazzar in December, plans for the development of the city of Saint Catherine include the establishment of the “Darb Musa” path which simulates the historical route that the Prophet Moses took to reach the mountain, where he would have been witness to the transfiguration of God.

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