National Park of Nabq – Oasis of Mangroves – Wadi Qabila

Mangrove flowers and seeds, National Park of Nabq, Sharm El Sheikh, Sinai

A beautifully plush area, brimming with life right in the middle of the desert, the region of Nabq has been announced as a protected spot in 1992, and has been made part of the Ras Mohamed National Park’s territory.

Spreading to over six hundred square kilometers (two hundred square miles), Nabq is a perfect location to contemplate the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, especially the lagoon, where hermits and mud crabs - among other creatures - roam around freely on the beaches.

The Park’s authorities are very strict in their regulations and policies to maintain the area’s delicate natural balance, upheld by its occupants. Like for example, the mud crabs that play a crucial role in the oxygenation and fertilization of the land in the area, simply with their constant and vehement – and seemingly useless - digging.

Spreading along more than four kilometers (two-and-a-half miles) of the shoreline, Nabq contains the largest mangroves forest in Sinai. These plants are a true wonder of nature, as they manage to purify seawater from its salt with its roots, and expel the unwanted salt from the back of its leaves. That way they live without eroding the coastline by preventing residues from reaching the soil.

The mangroves’ shallow water also provides shelter to all kinds of marine life, big and small, where they come to place their eggs. And above water, birds use their branches to nest, as their location is convenient due to their closeness to a rich source of food.

Among the birds that live or pass through the area during migrations are herons, ospreys and storks. Other wild animals living in the oasis include foxes, hyenas and gazelles, among others.
National Park of Nabq bay, Sharm El Sheikh
Local population – mainly consisting of Bedouin fishermen - reaches its height during the migration season of snappers, when they move from the Gulf of Aqaba to the warmer waters of Ras Mohamed to mate.

One of Nabq’s interesting sights is the Maria Schroeder wreck. Sinking back in 1965 along the coral reefs, the Maria Schroeder is a proof of how dangerous this region is for boats.

Local fishermen living in the area inhabit these primitive huts built out of wood and palms, make their living by fishing, fixing their nets and preparing dried fish.

So in an effort to help develop the local Bedouin community, the Park’s authorities have set up the first aquaculture project, breeding shrimps in large tanks, to provide stable jobs for the resident Bedouins.

Last Updated on Saturday 15th January 2011