Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Egypt announced that the recently constructed 36-kilometer concrete barrier surrounding Sharm El Sheikh will help protect tourism within the Red Sea resorts on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.
The Egyptian authorities in South Sinai hope to revitalize tourism, which was affected by the unrest after the 2011 uprising in Egypt, the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai in 2015, and finally the Corona virus epidemic.
And in 2005, the Sharm el-Sheikh bombings killed dozens of people in one of the deadliest attacks in Egypt.
The security barrier consists of concrete slabs with extensions of wire fencing separating the resort from the surrounding desert, and some panels are marked with black “peace” symbols.
Those wishing to enter the city of Sharm el-Sheikh by road must pass through one of the four gates equipped with cameras and scanners.
Sharm el-Sheikh is located about 360 kilometers south of North Sinai on the Mediterranean Sea.
For his part, the governor of South Sinai, Khaled Foda, told reporters during a tour of the region over the weekend, “The distance between them is huge, in addition to a large security presence with the Egyptian Second Army securing North Sinai, and the Third Army securing South Sinai.”
Fouda indicated that the entrants to the city of Sharm el-Sheikh will be searched by land, and security cameras will identify them, and all vehicles will be subject to examination, and arrival will be after a comprehensive inspection.
A museum containing ancient Egyptian artifacts was opened in Sharm El-Sheikh last year amid efforts to diversify the beach resort’s tourism activities.