Wall Sea Pass Naqb Shahien
Naqb Shahien is a well known sea pass along the coastline north of Dahab.
This sea pass connects the famous dive and snorkeling site Blue Hole with Ra’s Abu Galum further north on the coastline and is therefore a busy sea pass. The sea pass belongs to a National Park.
After young camels and even adult camels fell off this narrow pass into the sea, with fatal consequences, the Foundation built in 2008 a solid wall for the safety of all camels and Bedouin who work here.
The wall is built with pebbles and rocks from the surrounding mountains and merges completely into the landscape, it is 21 meters long and quite thick.
It was a difficult job to build this wall because it’s located on a pass, high and difficult to reach. Also the path had to be cut and shaped wider.
Naqb Shahien is now safe for Humans and Animals!
Normally the National Park should have built this of course, but this aside.
We are quite proud of this wall and hope someday we’ll be able to buy a plaque with the names of both the foundation and the main builders to attach to the wall.
Right: chief of building, Khudaiyir abu Shtewi, consulting on the edge of the sea pass from where Camels had fallen down.
Naqb Shahien how it was …
The sea pass coming from Ra’s Abu Galum
Water Basin Ra's Amm Shook
Amm Shook, also called legume wadi, is a wadi not far, outside of Dahab.
A wadi is a riverbed that has been dried up millions of years ago.
In this wadi there are many acacia trees that carry legumes in the spring when it’s blooming time, very healthy for camels but also for goats and sheep.
Wadi Amm Shook has a natural basin shape at the very top of the wadi, high in the mountains which, when there is enough rainfall, fills with rainwater. Camels, however, cannot reach this water spot because it is quite a climb over big granite boulders.
That’s of course a waste if precious rain water only evaporates!
After the rainfall started in 2011, the foundation therefore built a water basin in 2015, again with stones and boulders from the surrounding mountains.
If the natural water basin in the mountains is filled with rain water again, the rain water is led down through a 350 meter long hose to the water basin.
Not only water for Camels but also for Wild Life & Birds!
Last building phase water basin Amm Shook (2015)
At the top of wadi Amm Shook there are 2 natural basins, the hose goes all the way to the top one which is the first one to be filled with rain.
The climb towards the natural water basins … unreachable for Camels
The 350 meter long hose that leads the rainwater from the top of the mountains to the water basin.
Water for grazing female camel herds and their offsprings!