• Young man From Serabit:

    Young man From Serabit:

    Young man who was born and grew up in Serabit el-Khadim, in the neighborhood of the Hathor temple, a living example of youth who have inherited the stories of the ancient history of the place and who are the potential actual and future guide of the area.

  • Hieroglyphs Sessions:

    Hieroglyphs Sessions:

    In the frame of giving sessions about the archaeological heritage of Serabit el-Khadim to its actual living community, one of the most enjoyable experiences to the whole team of the projects was the sessions of hieroglyphs with the smart and eager to learn children of Serabit el-Khadim.

  • Barakat Camp:

    Barakat Camp:

    Barakat Camp in Serabit el-Khadim

    In the actual village of Serabit el-Khadim located in the neighborhood of the Hathor temple, Barakat Camp is the only option to stay for some days in the area; it is owned by the leading family of the area (the Barakat Family).

  • Serabit Crafts:

    Serabit Crafts:

    Textile crafts are an example among many others such as beads and copper crafts made by the talented hands of the Serabiti women.  Although they represent a part of the sinaitic handmade products, the serabiti crafts has their own special taste and style.

  • Documenting the Mining Expedition:

    Documenting the Mining Expedition:

    Tens of commemorative stelae in the temple of Hathor in Serabit still bear the stories of the ancient mining expeditions to Serabit el-Khadim. The Middle Kingdom stela of “Her-Wer-Re” is considered the best intact example of these stele due to its good state of preservation.

  • Temple of Hathor:

    Temple of Hathor:

    Located on an elevation, almost 800 meters above sea level, the temple is built of dozens of stele inscribed by the chiefs of ancient expeditions from the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom Period to honor Hathor.

 About Beit Hathor


Beit Hathor is located on the Red Sea shore close to Abu Zenima town on the way from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh. Beit Hathor aims to act as a visitor center that includes exhibition hall for the cultural and archeological heritage of the Serabit el-Khadim region. Despite the importance and uniqueness of the archaeological heritage of this region, which bears the traces of considerable ancient Egyptian mining activity, it has rarely been known to the general public.

Its name is attributed to Hathor, the principal ancient Egyptian goddess of the region, the “Lady of Turquoise.” Beit Hathor primarily aims to increase public awareness of the region through its exhibition rooms, publications and website and also to give advice and guidance to visitors planning to visit the archaeological area.


About Cultnat


Egypt's heritage is of a worldwide interest and importance due to its continuity over a period of more than five thousand years. It encompasses various aspects of human civilization, monitors the development of human heritage and represents a cultural as well as natural heritage of national and international value. This wealth, in archaeological sites, architecture, arts, folklore and natural beauty, needs to be accurately and purposefully documented.

Hence, the establishment of the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, CULTNAT, which is affiliated to Bibliotheca Alexandrina and supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The Center's mandate is to document the various aspects of Egypt's tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well as its natural heritage. This involves the implementation of the national plan of action towards the documentation program, making use of the latest information technology in collaboration with the national and international specialized organizations.

The Center also aims at increasing public awareness of Egypt's cultural and natural heritage using all available media as well as capacity building of professionals in the fields of conservation and documentation of cultural and natural heritage.