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Currency in Taba


The History Of Taba


In ancient times, the same as many other areas in Sinai, Taba was the meeting point of many trading caravans coming from the Arabian Peninsula to the Egyptian lands and vice versa.

When Khedive Tawfiq passed away in 1892, the Topkapı Palace, the seat of the Ottoman Empire which was controlling Egypt at the time, the same as many other countries in the region issued a decree to make his son, Khedive Abbas Helmi II ascend his father to become the ruler of Egypt.

Since Abdel Hamid II, the Ottoman Sultan wanted to decrease and limit the presence of the British occupation of the Ottoman lands, he issued a decree to prevent Egypt from having any outlets on the Aqaba Gulf.

However, after many debates and after the Egyptians rejected the decision of the Ottomans. Egypt had clear Eastern borders which begin with a point to the East of the city of El Arish at the North and ends in the location of the city of Taba today at the tip of the Aqaba Gulf.

Again in 1906, the Ottomans wanted to take control of Taba and they decided to position a number soldiers and two large cannons on a high plateau which was called Ras Taba. However, the Ottomans had to go back in this decision and the British authorities identified clear internationally recognized borders of Egypt which included the city of Taba.

After Great Britain recognized Egypt as an independent country with sovereignty, the Eastern borders of Egypt which included Taba were internationally approved by the leaders and presidents of different countries around the world.

After the Tripartite Aggression carried out by the armies of Britain, France, and Israel over the Egyptian lands after the former Egyptian president; Gamal Abdel Nasser, declared the nationalization of the Suez Canal, peace treaties were signed between Egypt and Israel and the armistice line was decided to be to the North of Taba which was another recognition that the city belongs to the Egyptian territories.

After the war of 1967 between the Israeli army and the armies of Egypt and Syria, Israel took control of the Sinai Peninsula as a whole for a period of six years before Egypt regained its sovereignty over Sinai after defeating the Israeli forces in the war of October 1973.

Step by step Egypt, in the period from 1978 until 1982, after the signing of the famous Camp David peace treaty between the former president of Egypt, Mohamed Anwar El Sadat, Egypt regained control over all regions of Sinai except for Taba.

After a long period of negotiations and international arbitration, Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, was able to regain the Egyptian authorities over Taba on the 19th of March 1989. From this point on, the Egyptian government has started giving attention to the city of Taba where the infrastructure and roads were largely promoted and many other facilities were constructed. 

Thanks to the establishment of the nearby Nabq international airport which turned Taba to an important touristic center with more than 10 hotels and various resorts serving the needs of different tourists and visitors.