Industrial zone, new airport to be established in South Sinai
Tourists enjoy the sunny weather at the beach of the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh - AFP/Mohammed Abed

CAIRO: A total of 3,909 acres in Abu Znima and 4,734 acres in Ras Sedr in South Sinai have been allocated to an industrial zone project and building a airport, respectively, according to a Wednesday Cabinet statement.

Ras Sedr Airport is expected to draw more tourists to the Red Sea resort, as well as the entire governorate, while the industrial zone, which was approved in 1996 then canceled in 2004, is hoped to create thousands of job opportunities.

South Sinai is a site of planned development by the government, as the Armed Forces and the Arab Contractors have been assigned projects worth 600 million EGP ($83.9) in the governorate to protect it from annual floods and to use the excess water in irrigation and power projects.

Meanwhile in North Sinai, military operations are still ongoing to eradicate terrorist acts committed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, as well as establishing the one-kilometer buffer zone along the borders with Gaza Strip to eliminate smuggling through hundreds of tunnels.

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