Sharm el Sheikh, like most Egyptian cities, is dotted with statues. They are not tourist attractions in themselves, but for the locals they are initially a curiosity and then become a familiar part of the scenery, and for tourists they feature in many holiday photos simply because they are reminders of the place, just like a famous antiquity such as the Pyramids or, in the case of Sharm, scenes from the beach, the Old Market, or the Naama Bay clubs and restaurants.
A new statue has just been installed on the pathway in the middle of the road which runs up to the cliff top. The landscaping of this pathway has been slowly happening for some months, with flowering plants, lighting, and now some statues added. The finished path will make the walk from the Old Market, at the bottom of the cliff, up to the hotels and resorts more entertaining for some tourists.
We have always enjoyed walking along the side of this road, although the path there is not in good condition, because you get excellent views across the Old Market and surrounding neighborhoods. For the tourists, the wide pathway with steps and ramps will be easier, and the statues will end up with many people posing with them for holiday photos.
Most of the statues in Sharm are cliches of Egyptian tourism, for example the camels and faux pharaonic characters, and the statue of the seated Egyptian man who has been added at the base of the path falls into that category. But we like this statue of a woman, she has some personality, unlike the others. There is no sign, at least not yet, saying who she is modeled on, or if she is a generalization of Egyptian woman. When the path is complete we will bring you some more photos of her, settled into her new home.