A man-made waterway in Egypt, Suez Canal acts as a connect between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea and allows ships to bypass the lengthy and dangerous voyage around the African continent. The canal was completed in 1869 and has since become one of the most heavily used shipping lanes in the world, handling more than 8% of global shipping traffic. The canal is also a major source of revenue for Egypt, with the country collecting tolls from ships passing through the canal.
The surrounding desert landscape, with its vast expanses of sand dunes and rugged terrain, can be breathtaking and offer a glimpse into the rugged natural beauty of Egypt. In recent years, some efforts have been made to develop the area surrounding the Suez Canal into a tourist destination. The canal has been incorporated into some Nile River cruise itineraries, allowing tourists to view the canal from the water.
Port Said, Egypt