Published on : Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Egypt is gearing up to open one of the largest religious projects in the world, the “Great Transfiguration,” in the governorate of South Sinai, said Gov. Maj. Gen. KhaledFouda.
The area is a sacred place for the world’s three major monotheistic religions and includes Saint Catherine’s Monastery along with Mount Sinai, where the Bible mentions that God spoke to Moses.
To quote Fouda, “The Great Transfiguration project includes unique things and will completely change the city, and is being implemented within the framework of the political leaders’ interest in developing the tourism sector.”
The project is aiming to launch a spiritual temple above the mountains surrounding the Holy Valley, making it a destination for spiritual, healing and environmental tourism on a global scale. It also plans to provide entertaining services for visitors while conserving nature.
The Great Transfiguration will get to witness establishment of more than 14 projects in the mountains surrounding Wadi Towa in the South Sinai Governorate, changing the region into a major religious tourism hub.
Foudasaid that the project would becarried on in two phases spending around 4 billion Egyptian pounds ($216 million). The first phase will be completed in May and the second at the end of 2022.
Fouda said, “The world will witness the city of Saint Catherine’s in her new dress in just a year.”
A new residential area in Zaytouna will be built, encompassing 580 housing units. The project will also have new 216-room eco-lodge, redevelopment of an existing eco-lodge, along with a desert garden and mountain hotel.
A “Darb Musa” walk will be established that would imitate the historical path of Moses through Wadi Al-Raha to Mount Sinai.
A Peace Square will also be constructed as part of the Great Transfiguration project.
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