Along the Mediterranean coasts are the Awlad Ali, Arabs who originated in the Arabian Peninsula. The Hamitic, Bishariin and Ababda live in the southern portion of the Eastern Desert; The people of the Siwa are Berbers. There are many more.
Since 2001, millions of people both Egyptians and foreign visitors have visited the Protected Areas. In many PAs, the infrastructure is in place to receive them, in other PAs it is in the process of being set up. One of the most popular occupations is diving in the Red Sea and Germany alone annually sends a nearly million divers to explore the spectacular reef system.