The El Arish International Airport is an airport found in the city of Arish (Al Arish or El Arish, variations) in the country of Egypt. The airport is the primary air carrier for passengers in the Arish area, as well as the whole of Egypt, the Gaza strip, and a few Palestinian territories. The airport is home to Palestinian Airlines – the only airline travelling to the airport - who transferred from the Yasser Arafat International Airport as it [the airport] was rendered non-operational due to the destruction of its runway in 2001 (caused by Israeli forces). El Arish International Airport is also the closest air facility to the Gaza strip, but despite of its proximity and prominence, it was not recognised by Egyptian Civil Aviation.
Flights from the El Arish International Airport are limited to three destinations, namely Amman (Jordan), Cairo (Egypt), and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). The airport is primarily used by Palestinian passengers travelling to Jeddah for the annual Hajj Muslim pilgrimage.
What to see & do
Arish (Al Arish or El Arish, variations) is the home to the El Arish International Airport in Egypt. It is found on the northern border of the country, a city on the Mediterranean coast of the Sinai Peninsula, some 344km northeast of Cairo. The city is the capital and the largest metropolitan in the Egyptian governorate of North Sinai, and the largest city on the entire Sinai Peninsula, boasting of clear blue waters, widespread fruitful palmy wood on its coast, and soft white sand. Complete with a marina and a few luxury hotels here and there, the city is hospitable and beautiful in its own right. Aside from its share of the Mediterranean coast, its beautiful sand beaches, and marina, Arish is also home to two informative museums, namely the Sinai Heritage Museum and the Al-Arish Museum. Both establishments tell the story of the Sinai people, as well as the beautiful and rich Egyptian history set in the city of Arish. The massive, fortress-like building of the Al-Arish Museum may be quite daunting because of its facade, but inside is a full breadth exhibition of Egyptian history: from Pharaohs right to the Islamic era. In contrast, the Sinai Heritage Museum is small and is found on the outskirts of Al-Arish along the coastal road to Rafah, but what it lacks in size it makes up with the information it could give. Originally established to educate visitors about the Nomadic life in Sinai, the exhibitions in the museum include Bedouin tools, handicrafts, clothing, and traditional medicines, all explained in (somewhat) odd English. Moreover, the Bedouin Market is another site to visit in Arish. Found at the Southern edge of town near the main market, this fascinating area is vibrant in its own way, with goats and chicken intermingling with mounds of onions and other items for cooking, along with semi-precious metals, beadwork, and embroidered dresses. Last but certainly not the least, the Zerenike Protectorate is one of the gems in the city of Arish. Stretched along the Mediterranean coast from the Eastern side of Lake Bardawil, this 220km2 protectorate is a haven for migratory birds. It is a good destination for nature lovers, with 250 avian species most of the year along with some flamingo sightings.
How to get around within Al Arish
Modes of transportation are limited to buses, mini-buses, and taxis. Taxis are the most expensive, although if a traveller knows his way around haggling and has knowledge on the base prices, then the cost will be no problem. Mini-buses and buses transfer passengers from city to city, up to Alexandria, Dahab, and Nuweiba. Same goes for buses.
How to get there
To get to Arish, the main international hub would be the El Arish International Airport found in the vicinity of the city. Although only three flights are served here, travellers may still opt to use the airport if flying from Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Amman (Jordan), as well as the local city of Cairo. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online source of the cheapest flights from 600 airlines including Palestinian Airlines.
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