Port Said is an Egyptian city at the northern end of the Suez Canal, on the Mediterranean Sea. A concrete lighthouse dates from the canal’s opening in 1869. The history of establishing Port Said dates back to digging the Suez Canal. It is named after Khedive Said who gave the approval to dig.
Port Said is situated at the mouth of the Suez Canal to the north, it is bordered with the Mediterranian, east Sinai, west Manzalah lake and south Ismailia Governorate.
It is an essential part, as vessels coming from Europe transit it on their way to the East and also those ships which come from the Eastbound for Europe. Port Said has could be visited during Cairo Day Tours and if you book the Suez Canal day tour you may get the chance to explore the ship-repairing facilities in Port Said. The Canal Authority building with that green dome is located near the Suez Canal bank. Now that Port Said is a free zone, it is crowded with merchandise, in addition to big and small industries helping the market.
Marketing this area and its projects are presented for consideration among investors and international firms. The Free Zone: has been established to become a linkage point among the three ancient continents. It is situated in Asia, in close contact with Africa, near Europe and connecting the Arab world's East to its West, also it is close to the production centers in Europe, Asia, and consumer markets in the Middle East and Gulf area. The authorities have started to take their part in propagating for this area then attracting the best international investments to it.
Port Said is ranked second among the Egyptian cities according to the Human Development Index for 2009 and 2010, and the city's economic base is fishing and industries, such as chemicals, processed food, and cigarettes. Port Said is also an important port for exporting Egyptian products such as cotton and rice, but it is also a terminal for supplying ships to pass through the Suez Canal. It is booming as it is a duty-free port, as well as a tourist resort, especially during the summer. It is home to Port Said Lighthouse (the first building in the world built of reinforced concrete). Port Said celebrates it on December 23 annually. It is the day when the enemies left this brave city, which faced forces with a great challenge, ended in victory.
In Port Said people burn cotton dolls during Egypt Easter holidays, blow up large balloons to spread their marriage, and open shops in small streets that exploit half the streets where cars cannot park.
It is one of the most charming cities in Egypt, it is a beautiful port, the international trade center, and the place where different cultures have lived and learned from each other. Today, the most beautiful thing to keep together is lasting love as few elderly people and Zou remain vast life experiences.
Despite the changes taking place in the coastal city, our love for it never disappears. We do not want to forget what was before and every inch of Port Said has a story behind it. The more you drive your car around Port Said, the more you realize how small it is. If it's not about the excessive amount of cars that seemingly outnumber its population of 603,787 people, it takes minutes to get anywhere and anytime.
The Suez Canal started wars and built homes and made its impact on history. The canal’s water surrounds a tail of land featuring small houses that spreads to the city itself. From my balcony, the far left of the canal continues behind the Suez Canal Authority building, one of Port Said’s most significant landmarks, representing the canal itself. It’s a white building with three green domes, one on either side and one big one in the middle that is always visible as you drive around the area. The canal extends after that building along with its Corniche. The Corniche is a long pavement looking over the canal. The Canal’s dock is where most of the ships can be seen, sailing into town and stopping there. Some of the ships that dock are big enough to be confused for a building from the streets looking into it. Moving along, the canal reaches a corner where the famous De Lesseps statue lies, or rather what's left of it. Ferdinand De Lesseps was a French diplomat who developed the Suez Canal and had a concrete-based statue built in his honor on the Corniche. The statue was destroyed in a revolt during the Suez crisis in 1956. Now all that remains is a stone block missing a body and a climbing exercise for Port Saudis to enjoy during the holidays.
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