The emerald mines of El Quseir
In ancient times, Egypt was the source of almost all the world's emeralds. The area surrounding El Quseir is home to a number of these historic emerald mines, dating back as far as 2000 B.C. Thousands of pits were rediscovered in the 19th century, and now serve as an important attraction for tourists, scientists and historians.
Many of these ancient desert gold and emerald mines can be found just 30 kilometres from the Radisson Blu hotel in El Quseir, which offers guests upscale comfort and easy access to the best of the Red Sea coast.
Explore the history of El Quseir
Rich in deposits of emeralds, gold, copper and lead, the red sea coastal area was vital to the ancient Egyptian economy and home to the world's first emerald mines. South of El Quseir, tourists can visit Cleopatra's Mines, popularly believed to have been in operation during the time of the famous Egyptian Queen, who is said to have loved the emerald above any other precious stone or metal.
In total, it is estimated the Eastern Egyptian Desert produced around thirty types of gem or metal, contributing heavily to the wealth of Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire.
Take a trip into the Egyptian Desert from the Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir
Perfectly situated on the sparkling Red Sea coast, guests of the Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir can book a day trip into the fascinating Egyptian interior to explore the ancient emerald mines. Back at the beach, visitors can cool down with an easy stroll to El Quseir's old harbour, a dip in one of the hotel's temperature controlled pools or a spectacular dive into the depths at the resort's on-site scuba centre.