The new Egyptian authorities decided to increase the inbound tourist flow by expanding the range of traditional tourist offers. At the same time, they took an unusual step for the country of the Pyramids, adding to the traditional beach and excursion tourism a completely new segment for Egypt — skiing.
For this, on the Sinai Peninsula, not far from the traditional tourist «point» — the monastery of St. Catherine and Mount Moses, a ski resort «Jabal Serbal» will appear on Mount Serbal. “We hope that this initiative will provide Egypt with an additional influx of tourists in the winter season, which will help return the total number of foreign tourists to the pre-revolutionary level, as well as create additional jobs,” the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Egypt Mr. Mr. Fadi Abboud during his press briefing in Hurghada.
They are going to compensate for the lack of «natural» snow on the Sinai by technical means — the newest American snow cannons, as well as chair and drag lifts, snow groomers and other equipment have already been purchased for the new resort. It is planned that the work on equipping the slopes will be limited to summer time, and the ski resort Jabal Serbal will begin its work from the first of December this year. How much the «undertaking» will cost is not disclosed yet.
We add that the new authorities decided to take this undertaking really seriously. Thus, it is planned to build a whole chain of hotels for skiers around Jabal Sebral in the next 2 years, and even its own airport in the future. In the meantime, the authorities expect that the combined programs of Sharm El Sheikh plus alpine skiing to Jabal Sebral will be in greatest demand among tourists. “No country can offer ski and beach holidays at the same time. Surely it will be especially loved by such extreme lovers as divers, many of whom are also avid skiers, ”said the Deputy Minister of Tourism of Egypt. The likely plans to promote the new resort include financial and advertising support for tour operators who have decided to organize charter programs specifically for Jabal Sebral.
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