“Take off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the ground on which thou standest is holy ground,” said the Lord to Moses (Deuteronomy 3:13). And on that spot Roman emperor Justinian built a fortress monastery in 537 C.E. St. Catherine’s, named for an Alexandrian 4th Century martyr, has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. The Chapel of the Burning Bush, the incredible 6th Century mosaics, climbing to see the sun rise on Mt. Sinai — these are all part of the experience you can share.
Further up the coast the small town of Dahab offers diving as well as camel trekking into the interior. Yes, you can even get to your dive destination via camel…the camels tote tanks and all equipment and it probably worth doing for the photo value alone! It’s practically impossible to fall off a camel and once you get accustomed to the rolling gate, you can focus on the view from sitting 7 feet high. It gives the world a whole new perspective, decidedly laid-back and “Bedouin.” And offers an insight as to what native life has been for hundreds of years in Sinai’s 10,000 square miles of breath-taking emptiness.
Yes, the Sinai has been, and always will be, a very special place.