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Alexandria, Egypt, Africa Cruise

    Alexandria port is the main port in the Arab Republic of Egypt, dating back to 1900 BC when the pharaohs established a port west of the Pharoon and Pharous islands. This port was called Rakouda and was located north of Pharous Island which is now Ras El Teen. Since 1935 several detailed studies have been done by foreign and Egyptian experts concerning expanding Alexandria port. Alexandria port is located at the western end of the river Nile Delta at the Mediterranean Sea. It is considered the second most important city in Egypt and its main port. Moreover, three quarters of the country's foreign trade pass through it. Dikheilah Bay is the natural geographical western extension and configuration of Alexandria port. The new port, known as El-Dikheilah accommodates foreign trade traffic which increases every year. It opened in 1986, and has the capacity to handle 5.2 million tons of ores required annually for the industrial sector. The container terminal has the capacity to handle 500,000 teu annually. The passenger terminal was established in 1962 and is provided with all services required for tourists and passengers. The terminal building is surrounded by four quays allotted for the reception of passenger and tourist vessels.
    The port is located approximately 360 km from Suez and 490 km from Cairo, at the head of the triangle of the Sinai peninsula and at the point where both the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba meet with South Sinai. The port is mainly for tourism, yachting and diving, and is also a base from which to visit the holy and ancient area of Saint Catterine. The quays measure 240 metres in length with a draft of approximately 8 metres. These quays are used for smaller vessels and fuel and water supplies are provided by the port. A marina with a capacity of nearly 400 yachts was established to accommodate and serve yachts and pleasure craft and for water sports activities. Around 1,000 yachts and smaller vessels visit the port annually, while nearly 28,000 tourists visit over the same period.

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