For the benefit and the convenience of visitors as well as to increase tourist traffic at the Saint Catherine of Sinai, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities undertook and completed renovation works that were opened to the public in early September.

The works included repair of the roads leading to the Monastery and to Mount Moses, creation of large parking lots for cars and tourist buses, landscaping of the surrounding area and installation of security systems. The monastery where the skull of St. Catherine and the Mosaic of the Transfiguration are kept, is visited by tens of thousands of people from all over the world every day.

The aim of the works was to offer unhindered access to visitors and to increase their numbers since St. Catherine is one of Egypt's most visited monuments and well presented in travel guides.