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El Dekheila is situated 7 km west of Alexandria and serve as an extension to that port,
located in Egypt at 31.1502N, 29.8059E. Dekheila port is a natural extension to the port of Alexandria due to the increasing of the containers movement at Alexandria, and the increasing growth of industrial development and free zones in Alexandria's west delta.


Dekheila is the probable location of the ancient Christian monastic complex of the Pempton at the fifth milestone west of Alexandria. There is evidence of a Gaianite community there.


On 2 July 1798, Bonaparte and his armies landed by night on the shores of the small fishing village of Dekheila near Mex, approximately 30km northwest of Alexandria. E M Forster recounts that the inhabitants of the town awoke to the vision of the normally empty sea, covered with an immense fleet of 300 vessels anchored opposite the Isle of the Marabout.

R.N. Air Station,

In September 1940, an airfield was commissioned as 'Grebe,' 3 miles South West of the outskirts of Alexandria. The Royal Navy facility was required for fleet duties and disembarked troops. It was situated at El Dekheila on a narrow strip of land between lake Maryut and the sea. The airfield was closed in January 1946 after World War Two. There was access by road and rail to
Alexandria, the earlier city built by Alexander the Great, was washed into the Mediterranean Sea in 365 AD, following an earthquake and subsequent tsunami.





Map of the Mediterranean where umpteen cities have been lost to the sea, including Alexandria



The Mediterranean Sea is awash with sunken treasures. When Alexander the Great died in Babylon in 323 BC, his companion, Ptolemy I, laid claim to Egypt as his domain. He founded a dynasty that was to rule for three hundred years from Alexandria. Ptolemy II made Alexandria the center of culture and founded the Alexandria Library and Museo, the first research center and “think tank.” The Pharos Lighthouse was built, and it was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its beam of light could be seen for thirty miles.






Queen Cleopatra's royal barge, last of the Pharoahs      Egyptian royal barge, sails and oars for propulsion      Ancient Egyptian royal funeral barge, or solar boat      Pharoah Khufu's royal barge, solar boat for the afterlife



Cleopatra's royal barge on the Nile, last of the Pharaoh Queens - Khufu's royal barge - solar boat for the afterlife









The ocean has swallowed umpteen civilizations, just in the past 10,000 years. We may never discover other lost towns and cities, such as to understand our past, or even explore those we know of, unless the secrets of the ocean are shared.


Ocean awareness, or literacy is not presently high on academic agendas. It is a shocking statistic that we know more about Outer Space, than we do our underwater kingdom. Televised documentary programmes have done a great deal to make life under the waves more popular, highlighting the marine litter problem that is of major concern to oceanographers and biologists. With plastic now seen in the remotest corners of the globe and deepest trenches of the ocean.





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