Egypt’s housing ministry has held an expanded meeting to review the Great Transfiguration Project, which aims to the restoration of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, South Sinai, in an attempt to revive the historical site, Invest-Gate reports.
Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El Gazzar said the Great Transfiguration Project will open up new investment horizons, enhance the existing telecommunication networks, and promote the destination’s tourism, security, and service upsides, according to an official statement on November 25.
“Scope of work includes the establishment of a spiritual shrine on Saint Catherine’s mountains surrounding the Holy Valley, paired with accommodation to host a wide capacity of visitors and employee housing in the vicinity of the 1,700-year-old monastery,” El Gazzar explained during the meeting, in the presence of several ministerial officials and government bodies.
Upon completion, the heritage site will be the ultimate go-destination for those looking to enjoy nature and spirituality, while also providing visitors with an assortment of entertainment and attractions, whereby showcasing Saint Catherine’s strategic location and natural blessings.
The Great Transfiguration Project will also link Saint Catherine to neighboring areas such as Tur Sinai, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Dahab, the minister added, reiterating the preservation of the city’s architectural heritage throughout the advancement process, in a bid to keep the holy city’s historical, spiritual, and cultural value alive.
On his part, South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda highlighted the annual organization of a religious forum since 2015, under the slogan “Here We Pray Together,” to conform Saint Catherine’s reflection of heavenly religions and send a message of religious tolerance to humanity, in the attendance of officials and ambassadors of more than 30 countries.
The project’s marketing vision was also reviewed to ensure the greatest manifestation of Saint Catherine as the “Land of Peace,” thereby attracting spiritual tourism from all over the world and luring followers of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in particular, owing to their age-old values linked to the 200+ religious sites worldwide.
Marketing representatives said the core message is to revive the spirit of peaceful coexistence and the values of an inclusive society within Saint Catherine and promote it at a global level, and thus, contributing to the realization of world peace and prosperity.
Saint Catherine has been long deemed as a go-to destination for local and international visitors. Specifically, it encompasses the Orthodox Monastery, which is among the sites shining on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.