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Eastern Desert

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Subject: Kalawy Bay, Monastery of Saint Anthony, Mining industry of Egypt, Anthony the Great, Outline of Egypt
Collection: Deserts of Egypt, Deserts of Eritrea, Deserts of Ethiopia, Deserts of Sudan, Red Sea, Sahara
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Eastern Desert

The Nile River and the Eastern Desert.
A close view of Eastern Desert mountain range along the Safaga-Qena Road.

The Eastern Desert is the section of Sahara Desert east of the Nile River, between the river and the Red Sea. It extends from Egypt in the north to Eritrea in the south, and also comprises parts of Sudan and Ethiopia.

The Eastern Desert along the Hurghada-Safaga Road.
Early morning at Eastern Desert with the Eastern Desert mountain range on the horizon (Egypt).


The Eastern Desert's main geographic features are the western Red Sea coastline—with the "Red Sea Riviera"—and the Eastern Desert mountain range that runs along the coast, the highest peak of which is Shaiyb al-Banat (2,187 m). Other notable ecological areas are Wadi Gamal National Park and Gebel Elba. The Eastern Desert is a popular setting for safaris and other excursions.

See also

External links

  • National Parks of Egypt

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