Tourism along the Sinai Peninsula’s Gulf of Aqaba coastline has staged a post-COVID revival of sorts thanks in large part to hordes of Israeli Jews headed in the (historically) wrong direction. This Passover, for example, roughly 3,500 years after leaving en masse, thousands of Jews were expected to retrace their people’s ancient steps back into the Sinai Peninsula. An article appearing in the April 13 Times of Israel anticipated that more Israelis would visit Sinai this Pesach than “since the Red Sea split.” The surge was to be aided by a new, direct flight from Tel Aviv to Sharm el-sheik International Airport provided by Arkia, Israel’s discount airline, its second-largest, founded in 1949.
Sharm El Sheikh, which lies at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula beside the Red Sea, is known as one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations featuring magnificent coral reefs and two sunken shipwrecks from World War II. It sits 40 miles south of prime Israeli vacation hotspot, Dahab, 70 miles south of equally popular Nuweibaa, and 100 miles south of Taba, all of which lie in along Egypt’s Gulf of Aqaba coastline.[Read more…]