Red Sea Vacation Homes

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Red Sea Vacation Homes

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The Red Sea (Arabic: البحر الأحمر, romanized: al-Baḥr al-ʾAḥmar; Hebrew: יַם-סוּף, romanized: yam sūf or Hebrew: הַיָּם הָאָדְוֹם, romanized: hayyām hāʾāḏōm Coptic: ⲫⲓⲟⲙ ⲛ̀ϩⲁϩ Phiom Enhah or ⲫⲓⲟⲙ ⲛ̀ϣⲁⲣⲓ Phiom ǹšari; Tigrinya: ቀይሕ ባሕሪ Qeyih Bahri; Somali: Badda Cas) is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. Its connection to the ocean is in the south, through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden. To its north lie the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal). It is underlain by the Red Sea Rift, which is part of the Great Rift Valley.

The Red Sea has a surface area of roughly 438,000 km2 (169,100 mi2), is about 2250 km (1398 mi) long, and — at its widest point — 355 km (220.6 mi) wide. It has an average depth of 490 m (1,608 ft), and in the central Suakin Trough it reaches its maximum depth of 3,040 m (9,970 ft).

The Red Sea also has extensive shallow shelves, noted for their marine life and corals. The sea is the habitat of over 1,000 invertebrate species and 200 types of soft and hard coral. It is the world's northernmost tropical sea, and has been designated a Global 200 ecoregion.

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean lying between Africa and Asia and it is the world’s northernmost tropical sea.

The Red Sea is perhaps most famous for its association with the Biblical account of the escape of the Israelites led by Moses in the Book of Exodus where God parted the sea allowing the Israelites to cross on dry ground. Along with this narrative, the Red Sea was the site of many explorations from the Ancient Egyptians to Alexander the Great and was used by the Romans for trade with India. Check this region out on an Egypty vacation.

It was also important during the Middle Ages when it was part of the Spice Trade. When the Suez Canal was opened in 1869, the Red Sea was able to maintain its status as an international trade route as well as a travel route for Europeans.

Egypt’s Red Sea Coast runs from the Gulf of Suez to the Sudanese border and the special biodiversity in the area has resulted in the creation of Ras Mohammed National Park. Through the park, the Egyptian government is able to protect the waters and marine life in the area. As a result, Ras Mohammed has become, on an Egypt tour, a major draw for diving enthusiasts who come to visit each year from around the world.