Eritrea: Development of 42 eco-resorts in Dissei island underway
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Development of eco-resorts in Dissei island
With the aim of attracting European and Gulf tourists to its pristine Red Sea territory, private businessmen, headed by the owner of the Dahlak Hotel in Massawa, have quietly been developing 42 eco-resorts on the hilly Dissie island in Eritrea.
According to reports, shortages of supplies and the difficult conditions on the island have slowed down construction significantly in the past. But with the introduction of new machinery and construction materials, development on the Island have picked up of late.
In a similar project, phase two construction has been underway in the Dahlak Kebir island. Costing over US$115 million to build, the project will feature a number of high-end amenities, including an international airport, a luxurious hotel, dozens of modern villas, desalination plants, eco-resorts and much more.
Location of Dissei
Located five miles south of the beautiful Madote islet, Dissei is a two hour boat ride from the port city of Massawa. The island sits in the Gulf of Zula and is part of the larger Dahlak Archipelago which comprises of approximately 125 islands off the Red Sea coasts adjacent to Massawa.
Inhabitants of Dissei
Dissei is one of the few Dahlak islands that has a permanent population. The inhabitants of the island mostly make their living from fishing and selling souvenirs to tourists. With development on the island, new job opportunities in construction and other services have also opened up.
History of Dissei
Archaeological survey of Dissei shows that a prosperous Roman settlement was established on the Island in the 1st century C.E. In the late 16th century, the Island became a battleground between the Bahri Negassi (Sea King) of Medri-Bahri (Land of the Sea) Kingdom and the invading Ottoman Turks.
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