Mount Sinai is located in Saint Katherine City, which is on the south of the Sinai Peninsula. Situated next to Mount Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai stands at 7,497 feet (2,285 meters). Though not the tallest mountain in its greater range, Mount Sinai has ample religious significance, as the Bedouin tradition has it as the location where God gave laws to Israelites (but this is disputed). Today, people can ascend Mount Sinai on two different routes, on foot or on camel. The summit of this mountain has a mosque and Greek Orthodox church.
Gebel Elba, or Elba Mountain, is a peak that is currently under Egyptian control, but this ownership is disputed with neighboring Sudan. It is situated in the southeast region of Egypt, by the Red Sea, in the Hala’ib triangle. Gebel Elba has a height of 4,708 feet (1,435 meters), and there are some other nearby peaks, like Gebel Shellal and Gebel Shendib. The summit of Gebel Elba is considered a “mint oasis,” as it is affected by dew, mist and clouds, creating an interesting environment unlike any other place in Egypt. This area has a higher concentration of different plant species than anywhere else in Egypt.
Mount Shaiyb al-Banat
Mount Shaiyb al-Banat is situated in Egypt’s Eastern Desert, close to the coast of the Red Sea, between the cities of Safaga and Hurghada. This area is known as the Red Sea Hills, and is inhabited by the nomadic Ma’aza Tribe. There are several peaks in this mountain range, the tallest of which is 7,175 feet (2,187 meters).