Port Fuad

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Port Fuad
بور فؤاد
Port Fouad as seen across the Suez Canal from Port Said.
Port Fouad as seen across the Suez Canal from Port Said.
Port Fuad is located in Egypt
Port Fuad
Port Fuad
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 31°15′N 32°19′E / 31.250°N 32.317°E / 31.250; 32.317
Country  Egypt
Governorate Port Said Governorate
Population (2015)
 • Total 81,591
Time zone UTC+2 (EST)

Port Fuad or Port Fouad (both spellings are commonly used in English sources) (Egyptian Arabic: بور فؤادBorfoʾād or Porfoʾād, IPA: [boɾ.foˈʔæːd, poɾ.foˈʔæːd], the first syllable has its pronunciation from French) is a city in north-eastern Egypt. Located across the Suez Canal from Port Said and considered a suburb of Port Said, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Port Said Governorate.[1][2] It forms the northwesternmost part of Sinai Peninsula and has a population of 81,591 (as of 2015).[3][4] Together they form a metropolitan area.[citation needed]


Port Fuad was established in 1926, principally to relieve overcrowding in Port Said, and was named after King Fuad I (also transliterated as Fouad), the first holder of the title King of Egypt in the modern era (having previously held the title Sultan of Egypt).[4]

After the war of 1967 Port Fuad was the only piece of Sinai held by the Egyptians. The Israeli army tried to capture Port Fuad during the War of Attrition, but failed. After the October War, the Camp David Accord in 1978 Israel agreed to return Sinai to Egypt peacefully, and later the two countries signed a peace treaty. Today Port Fuad is a major Air Defence Position for Egypt. Despite its important location, as of 2006, Port Fuad was still considered a residential zone, with very few facilities and no major downtown or city center.[4]


The city is located on Port Fuad Island, a triangular island bounded by the Mediterranean to the North, the Suez Canal to the West, and the relatively new eastern channel from the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean to the East.[3] Lying on the eastern side of the main canal, the island is considered part of Asia.[5][6]

The Suez Canal Authority forms the main employment of the city, and its employees comprise most of the population. It has one general hospital.[4]

The ferry from Port Said


Until 2016 the town was accessible only by Ferry to Port Said.[4] Three ferry lines: the "Port Fouad Ferry" and "Al-Raswa Ferry" from Port Said, and the "Tafreea Ferry" from Port Said East.[7]

In 2016 the floating bridge to Port Said was opened.[8][9]

Port Said East[edit]

On the Sinaii side of the canal,[10] Port Said East is a recently launched development that contains the Suez Canal Container Terminal which opened in 2004.[11] A side canal at Port Said East was opened in 20016.[12]

In November 2015 president Al-Sisi publicly launched a new harbour development project at East Port Said.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shores, Louis (1963). Collier's Encyclopedia: With Bibliography and Index. Crowell-Collier Publishing Company. p. 265. 
  2. ^ Gellhorn, Eleanor Cowles (1965). McKay's Guide to the Middle East. McKay Company. p. 91. 
  3. ^ a b El-Bastawisy, Magdy M. (1 January 2016). "Incorporating Local Urban Environmental Conservation and Regional Development: Port Fouad, Egypt" (PDF). Procedia Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. pp. 271–284. doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2016.04.025. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Cavendish, Cavendish (September 1, 2006). World and Its Peoples, Volumen 1. Marshall Cavendish. p. 1130. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  5. ^ McLachlan, Anne; McLachlan, Keith Stanley (2000). Egypt handbook. Footprint. p. 399. ISBN 9781900949682. It is one of Port Said's suburbs, ... and thus being part of Asia 
  6. ^ "The Near East". 22. s.n. 1922. The Suez Canal Co. is ... at Port Fouad, opposite Port Said, on the Asiatic side of the canal ... 
  7. ^ Boulos, Jacqueline (6 January 2016). "Sustainable Development of Coastal Cities-Proposal of a Modelling Framework to Achieve Sustainable City-Port Connectivity" (PDF). Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. p. 981. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.12.094. 
  8. ^ "Egypt's local news digest Sept. 16: Floating bridge in north-eastern of Egypt to be inaugurate in December- official". Cairo Post. September 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sisi arrives in Port Said to inaugurate Nasr Floating Bridge". www.arabstodayen (in Spanish). 29 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Location". ep-egypt.com. 
  11. ^ "Industrial Area Port Said East". SCCT. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "East Port Said Canal Inauguarted". World Maritime News. 25 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Suez Canal Axis Development project becomes economic zone". www.tradearabia.com. 29 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Port Fouad at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 31°15′N 32°19′E / 31.250°N 32.317°E / 31.250; 32.317