Sustainability of Tourism Development in the city of Ain-Sukhna, Egypt

Authors

  • Professor Dr. Yasser Mahgoub Faculty of Architecture, Galala University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25034/ijcua.2022.v6n1-2

Keywords:

Coastal Tourism, Sustainable Development, Cultural Resource, Ain-Sukhna, Galala City

Abstract

Tourism is a major economic source for Egypt, due to its significant natural and cultural attractions. Yet, rapid development and construction of touristic facilities have a negative impact on the fragile natural and cultural heritage. This paper studies the recent touristic developments of the coastal stretch of Ain-Sukhna on the Red Sea coastal region of Galala Mountain, and their impact on the surrounding natural and cultural attractions. Coral reefs and rich marine life have made this stretch among the prime fishing and scuba diving destinations in the world. The area is also famous for its year-round sunny beaches and the spectacular coastal scenic drive where Galala Mountain reaches the Red Sea. Recently, development has started on the mountains following the construction of Galala Mountain Road. Galala City started with Galala University and several residential, touristic, and commercial facilities. This paper studies the pattern of development in the area during the past 40 years and assesses its impact on natural and cultural resources.

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Author Biography

Professor Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Faculty of Architecture, Galala University

Dr. Yasser Mahgoub is an architect, academic and scholar. Currently, Program Director, Faculty of Architecture, Galala University. Received his Doctorate in Architecture degree from The University of Michigan in 1990. Held several academic positions at Ain Shams University (Egypt), United Arab Emirates University, Kuwait University, Qatar University, Dar Al Hekma University (Saudi Arabia) and Galala University (Egypt). Practised as a professional architect and consultant.. Teaches design studios, research methods, environment and behaviour, creativity and innovation, professional practice, graduation/senior projects and graduate courses. His research interests include social and cultural aspects of architecture, sustainable architecture, architectural education and the impact of globalization on architecture. Published several refereed research papers in internationally refereed journals and book chapters. Attended and presented papers in several international and regional conferences. Served as a scientific referee for many scientific conferences and journals. Was a member of the Agha Khan for Architecture Award reviewers for the 2010 cycle and currently country nominator.

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Published

2021-08-14

How to Cite

Mahgoub, Y. (2021). Sustainability of Tourism Development in the city of Ain-Sukhna, Egypt. Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs, 6(1), 13–22. https://doi.org/10.25034/ijcua.2022.v6n1-2