Sinai history is rich, and was known by the ancient Egyptians as the land of turquoise. For thousands of years turquoise was mined from the Serabit el Khadim region, which later also become a temple dedicated to Hathor known as the goddess of Turquoise. The temple is one of the few remaining ancient Egyptian temples

Since the late 1960’s South Sinai has been a popular tourist destination. Originally the untouched beaches fringed with palm tree’s were a major draw for back packers and hippies. The coral reefs and the oldest tourist destination in South Sinai being Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery helped South Sinai to become a popular place