Identifying a critical need for the preservation of Egypt’s natural resources and celebration of its unique cultural heritage, Eco Nubia transformed the abandoned island of Bigeh in Aswan into one of the first ecolodges in the area serving local and international guests, activating a unique location using natural locally sourced materials, and creating much-needed capacity building and career opportunities to the struggling Nubian community. In partnership with its indigenous Nubians communities, and placed the island on the Egyptian Ecotourism map.
Within its first three years, Eco Nubia rebuilt the island’s old collapsed homes; created an integrated utilities network of electricity, water and sewage in an eco-friendly way; and received – along with a host of guests from around the world – recognition and accolades from the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism for outstanding achievement in sustainable development. Eco Nubia also garnered the attention of local and international media and was the subject of a recent CNN special.
Job opportunities were provided to the Nubian people with a rewarding return, and empowering Nubian women and youth to present their cultural heritage in a creative way.
Eco Nubia has succeeded in reaching the desired balance between a successful tourism project, a distinctive economic return for the local community, and the revival of the cultural heritage in the region, as well as preserving the surrounding environment, reducing the island’s carbon emissions and spreading awareness and environmental solutions. Its competitive edge includes being the only Eco lodge of its kind in the area built with all eco-friendly materials, the only lodge with a view of Philae Temple, the only offering heritage Nubian recipes at its restaurant. The suppliers that we use are all local suppliers of fresh food, and also transportation equipment and services, as well as service providers such as the local event management companies. In terms of technology, Eco Nubia is utilizing tech for promotional purposes as well as online reservations and restaurant, event and activity booking.
Eco Group Founder