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The Red Sea

20,000 ships pass through the Suez Canal every year, accounting for eight percent of the world’s annual seaborne trade.

Scuba diving and associated tourism accounts for ten percent of the Red Sea region’s income.

Mount Sinai is important to Islamic, Jewish and Christian traditions as the holy place where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

Up to 1.5 million people were involved in building the Suez Canal over a ten year period between 1859 and 1869.

The Red Sea is home to over 1,200 species of fish, ten percent of which are found nowhere else in the world.

The centre of the Gulf of Suez marks the official physical border between Africa and Asia.

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Flying at 13,000m - The border between Africa and Asia

 

Flying at 1,000m - The Sinai Peninsula

 

Flying at sea level - The Suez Canal

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