Prime Minister: Developing the site of the Great Transfiguration will be Egypt’s gift to the world and to all religions

Written by Hend Mukhtar – Photographed by Suleiman Al-Atefi

Sunday, March 10, 2024 03:10 PM

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, made television statements today, at the conclusion of his inspection tour in the city of St. Catherine, to follow up on the final stages of the projects to develop the “The Great Transfiguration on the Land of Peace” site.

At the beginning of his speech, the Prime Minister congratulated the Egyptian people on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, wishing that it would be a month full of goodness, prosperity and blessings for our beloved Egypt and the Islamic and Arab world. He also congratulated the Coptic people of Egypt on the occasion of the beginning of the “Great Fast.”

He said: “In these blessed days, I was keen, accompanied by a number of distinguished ministers and also hosted by the Governor of South Sinai, to visit one of the purest places on earth, which has a religious and historical reference in the conscience of all humanity, with all its sects and three heavenly religions, Islamic, Christian and Jewish. Namely, the area of ​​the “Holy Valley of Tuwa,” “Mount Al-Tur,” Mount “Moses,” and the area of ​​“The Greatest Transfiguration,” which is this pure and blessed point, as it is the only point on the globe in which God Almighty appeared with His noble face.

He added: “Many verses in the Holy Qur’an, in the Bible, in the Old Testament and in the Torah, spoke about the sanctity of this place, and therefore the Egyptian state, represented by Mr. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the President of the Republic, and the government, was keen to develop this region and to implement a project there.” It is, by all standards, a global project.”

He continued: “This area is registered within UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and at the same time it is a “natural reserve” according to Egyptian law. Therefore, there was difficulty and complexity in implementing development work, and the need for development work to be consistent with the standards set by UNESCO. Or the standards related to it being a natural reserve, and in light of that, this wonderful design that we are witnessing today was developed.”

He added: “The whole project is designed as if it were part of nature, which has extreme privacy, and therefore the buildings were designed in such a way that they do not overshadow at all the natural and heritage dimension, the colors and existing crops, and the nature of the general site layout, and so that they are all inspired by the original place, and that The trees used in furniture are olive trees, which are mentioned in more than one place in the divine books, especially in the Holy Qur’an.

He continued: “We are here now and our background is the “Great Mountain of Transfiguration,” which is also mentioned in all the heavenly books, and it is the pure point where God Almighty appeared to our Master Moses in this area. We also visited the Monastery of St. Catherine, and it has the famous bramble tree mentioned in the heavenly books. And in the pure spot, about which the Qur’an said: “Take off your shoes, for you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.”

The Prime Minister indicated that the development of the “Great Transfiguration on the Land of Peace” site will be Egypt’s gift to the whole world and to all religions, as it will become a wonderful destination for all visitors, whether for religious, recreational or environmental tourism, pointing out that the Egyptian state has made a great effort to implement this project. So far, starting with the development of St. Catherine Airport and transforming it into an international airport that includes a large passenger terminal befitting the city’s status, as well as many other projects such as the eco-lodge, the mountain hotel, and the new residential neighborhood in Zaytouna, adding that the size of the tourist and hotel rooms that the project will provide exceeds 1,000 rooms. The city is an important tourist destination.

In this regard, the Prime Minister said: “We were pleased today with one of the largest international hotel chains, Steigenberger International, signing management contracts for one of the hotels in the city, in preparation for its opening,” adding that there are negotiations with other international companies to begin operating the rest of the facilities, and also affirming the commitment. Under the directives of Mr. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, that the project includes the development of the old city, pointing out that old houses are being developed, and unified government buildings are being constructed to provide advanced services to the people of the city, stressing that the project is integrated and will be ready for opening as soon as possible.

At the conclusion of his speech, the Prime Minister renewed his congratulations to the Egyptian people of all sects, whether Muslims or Copts, on the occasion of these blessed days, seizing this opportunity by calling on God Almighty to bring all goodness and blessings to our beloved Egypt and the entire region.

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