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Nabq

 

Nabq, the Managed Resource Protected Area, is located approx. 35 km north of Sharm el Sheikh and can easily be visited in one or even half a day. It is very peasant visiting, since only few visitors come here, mostly people that are interested in botanics or fauna.

Coming from Sharm El Sheikh, you will find the entrance if you keep on the streets close to the coast line. At the gate a fee is being requested and visitors may get a leaflet about the protectorates of Sinai (Ras Mohamed, Ras Nabq, and Ras Abu Galum) for that.

The area of Nabq covers more than 600km² and is especially interesting for plant and animal enthusiasts. More than 130 plant species can be found, about 85 are unique. Try to bring binoculars to observe birds or other animals.
This natural resource shows various remarcable ecosystems and habitat types. Most worthwile are probably the dunes located at the mouth of the Wadi Kid and the beautiful mangroves (Avicennia Marina), that can be seen in various places.

 

 


As part of their work, the EEAA (Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency) protects this natural resource area in terms of:

the most nothern stand of mangrove trees (avicennia maria) of the Indian Ocean complex, that the Red Sea forms a part of.
the coral reefs
one of the larges single stands of Arak bushes (Salvadorea persica) in the Middle East. They are covering the higher dunes of Wadi Kid alluvial fan.
more than 130 plant species of which six are found exclusively in protected area of Nabq.
animals like the Gazelle, Nubian Ibex, Hyrax and small mammal populations.

 

Sea grass habitat: Beds of sea grasses may be found in some lagoons or on sediments before the mouths of valleys. The Red Sea harbours seven species of phaneragamous grasses belonging mainly to three families, some of them can be seen at Ras Nabq.

The Mangroves: The main species of the Red Sea is the evergreen white mangrove, a plant of shallow tidal zone. Specialized cells in roots and leaves are capable of secreting salt crystals. The mangrove biotope is a self-sustaining habitat rich in nutrients that supports a distinct salt-water community. This provides a home for a variety of marine wildlife and algal flora.


 

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