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When the Bedouin are betting on a destination for walking in Egypt
06/Sep/2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - "Darb Sinai" is a tourist attraction with its heights, sand dunes and historical status, and appears between the folds of golden sand dunes that separate the continents of Asia and Africa. The Sinai Route extends 230 km from the Gulf of Aqaba to the mountainous interior. It was established in 2015 as the longest route for long-distance walking. Derb Sinai works to provide a livelihood for its Bedouin population, while preserving their traditional heritage of migration. The trip, which lasts for two weeks, guides men belonging to one of the three nomadic tribes in the region: Tarabin, decorated and mountainous, in cooperation with an Italian organizer. The enchantment of the Sinai Trail lies in the fact that it is not just an ordinary path. It is a path that the ancient Bedouin passed through when the St. Catherine monastery was founded in the 6th century. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian included a group of guards with the task of protecting pilgrims and monks. Its historical importance lies in the fact that it is a land route for human migration from the African continent to the Levant 120,000 years ago, according to the theories of some scholars. The journey in Sinai offers a glimpse into the traditional Bedouin life, which begins with a breakfast made up of bread and coffee that smells of halo, interspersed with legends of a man who has confirmed a wolf or a golden city hidden in a Sinai mountain. You can also enjoy more modern activities such as rock climbing and mountain biking. However, political events negatively affected tourism activities in the region, such as the Egyptian revolution in 2011, the terrorist attack at the Sufi mosque in northern Sinai, and the fall of the Russian plane. These events left many Bedouin without work, as the region witnessed travel warnings from various governments, as well as the cancellation of many tourism programs. The fragility of the tourism sector can be seen, especially after the Bedouins had to sell their camels and move to the cities in search of work. "We want to teach our children to work with camels and desert," said Muslim Abu Faraj, a nomadic Bedouin leader from the tribe of Tarabin. "This is our tradition that we have inherited over generations." Therefore, the three tribes collaborated and launched a campaign to emphasize the safety of the region entitled "Sinai safe." The campaign focused on photographing the organizers of the trip, carrying banners with the title of the campaign and then published through social networking sites. The campaign was a success, especially through the social networking site "Facebook."