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Published on : Thursday, November 17, 2016
Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UNWTO said that Sudan’s Sanganeb Island in Red Sea is an international wealth that needs to be preserved and developed into a tourism resort. He said that all necessary steps should be taken to make it a happening tourist destination and invited the world to take interest on the island.
Sanganeb Island is Sudan’s first sea reserve, and lies around 13 nautical miles from Port-Sudan harbour on the eastern coast of the Red Sea State in eastern Sudan. This island is home to around 124 species of coral reefs, around 250 species of fish, sharks, while some types of whales and dolphins occasionally visit the island.
To quote Rifai, “I did not know that Sudan maintains a huge fortune like this island. I was surprised by the beauty of this island which enjoys all elements of maritime reserves.” He requested the Sudanese authorities to provide infrastructures at the island, encourage tourism and protect it from marine pollution. The island is called “the Bride of Maritime Tourism in the Red Sea” as it is completely submerged in the water. It is a wonderful place for scuba diving and underwater photography for its crystal clear blue water. On June 17 this year, Sanganeb Island was celebrated on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO during a UNESCO committee meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. Mohammed Abu Zaid, Sudan’s Tourism Minister said that they are they are very happy with this remarkable honor and his country would work diligently to preserve and protect this maritime reserve and punish violators to maintain the island’s ecological balance.