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36km wall goes up around famous resort town

After it experienced a drop in tourist numbers over the last 15 years, Egyptian authorities have erected a massive 36 kilometre wall around the renowned resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.    



With the new security measures, tourism industry chiefs hope to bring back visitors to the once massively popular destination, euronews reported. 


As authorities look to restore confidence in the Sinai Peninsula resort, those entering the city by road will now need to pass through the wall via one of its four gates, which are equipped with cameras and scanners. Local governors told media that all visitors would also be searched.


With its beautiful coastline and nearby Mt Sinai, Sharm el-Sheikh has drawn tourists for decades. It also recently opened an ancient artefacts museum in an attempt to provide visitors with a different type of attraction.


But since 88 people were killed at one of its resorts in July 2005, visitor numbers have fallen. In 2011, the city was also impacted by the Egyptian Revolution protests across Cairo, and more recently the coronavirus pandemic.  


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 10 February 2021

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