Nuweiba- CC via Wikimedia
CAIRO – 31 March 2018: The government agreed to establish a free-zone in Nuweiba city, announced South Sinai governor Khaled Fouda in a Saturday press conference.
“Nuweiba has suffered of drop in tourism rates over the past seven years, although the industry is active in both cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab, reaching 40 percent,” said Fouda.
He went on explaining that Nuweiba’s infrastructure enables it to have a free zone, which will have a positive impact on trade and tourism in the city.
According to Fouda, the foundation stone of the free zone will be laid soon, and the project will be executed over the course of two years. He added that the project will provide 14,000 job opportunities and will benefit the $500 billion mega city of Neom.
In 2016, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement upon which an industrial zone will be developed north of Sinai, and will be linked with Neom city that will be constructed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.
One of Nuweiba’s hidden gem is Wadi el-Weshwashy, which is located only a few kilometers away from Ras Shitan camp. A natural rainwater pool that is full year round, yet even deeper during the winter, lies between high red granite mountains, with marvelous magma dike formations all around. A car ride off road will take you to Wadi el-Weshwashi (the valley of whispers), but it feels much better when you hike in and out.
A man jumps from a cliff into a rainwater pool in Wadi el-Weshwashi, Nuweiba in a 2014 trip organized by The Hiking Club - Beshoy Fayez