Ras Mohammed is part of the Tentative list of Egypt in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Ras Mohammed National Park lies at the southern extreme of the Sinai Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Suez on the west and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. It is a coastal and marine reserve with a coral reef system, underwater caves and mangrove forest. The shore includes a diversity of hyper-arid desert habitats.
Map of Ras MohammedLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Ever surfaced from a dive to be greeted by a herd of dromedary camel herd? Going diving at Sharm el-Sheikh gives you an easy opportunity to go diving at Ras Mohammed National Park. The fuel costs to go that extra bit means the dive shop will charge you more but it's totally worth it. You can of course stay close to the park if you plan on dive there for longer and they shouldn't charge you extra for the trip.
The park is extremely popular with tourists and for a good reason. Excellent diving, flawless conditions for most of the year, easy access, abundance of corals, fish (many sharks including whale sharks if you are lucky, ignore the oceanic whitetip shark attacks from 2010), turtles, nudibranches, and crustaceans. The ecosystem doesn't seem unique at first sight, it may be great from a tourism point of view, but the few instances of glimpsing the underwater world hardly covers a fraction of the entire park. I will have to take research, management and dive reports to understand that the uniqueness of this place
The fragile corals in the park are at high risk according to the management, in part they say due to divers and snorkelers. I've seen my good share of bad diving behavior and snorkelers can easily reach the shallow soft corals from the surface, with trampling being the main cause for concern - you can't and shouldn't walk/sit on corals! More protection would improve the state of the park's shoreline ecology. Another reason this park is at risk because every boat that comes in, may it be dive boats (who usually know better and use anchor lines), private yachts or cruise ships will drop the anchor and do a huge amount of damage in little time. This is Palawan all over again. Aside from the direct impact within the park, other problems include pollution that stems from over-development along the coast, dredging, pollution, sedimentation, sewage drains all ending up in the red sea. The park itself is helpless against this problem.
My recommendation for this site would be to inscribe but put at risk immediately.
To extend the boundaries of the nomination
2002 Added to Tentative List
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