What makes the Southern Red Sea region attractive for tourism industry is its richness in marine, domestic and wild animals. The islands are potential breading places for sea turtles, species which are in danger of extinction world wide.
The Southern Red Sea Region is one of the six regions of the country endowed with rich natural resources, spectacular landscapes and historical sites. The region, which is located within the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa, is 23, 384 square kilometers out of which 49% is a plain and sandy land and 44% mountainous and hilly. Moreover, the region is endowed with around 30 islands of different sizes. Most of the islands possess spectacular landscapes very attractive to conduct variety of tourism activities such as swimming, diving and camping. The region comprises four administrative sub-zones with 72 villages and 31 administrative localities.
There is more in Zoba Gash Barka. Zoba Gash Barka is the region where the first modern mining industry of its kind is located. This mining industry has opened the prospect that Eritrea is also endowed with rich natural resources along with its hard working people and especially the youth working day and night to put their country in the list of those countries that are developed and capable of feeding their people by not expecting hand outs from outside.The agro-industries, animal breeding, factories such as milk processing in addition to the mining industry will make Zoba Gash Barka, for sure, the bread basket of Eritrea.
Zoba Gash Barka as a place of huge developmental activities in the country is also the place where the spark that led for thirty years of bitter struggle for independence was lit. When the Ethiopian regime, encouraged and backed by some international powers, broke the terms of the UN resolution condemning Eritrea to be forcefully federated with Ethiopia, reducing Eritrea to the status of occupied country, the Eritrean people had to go through concerted diplomatic efforts including by sending delegates to appeal that the UN body condemns the illegal measures being taken by the regime in Ethiopia. All diplomatic efforts, however, received deaf ear by the international community.
Twenty two years for nation building, especially amidst external ill intended hostilities, conspiracies and open aggression, is very challenging and hard task. All the hostilities and open aggression were emanated from extreme jealousy and disgraced that Eritrea didn’t go to the way of their wishful thinking that it cannot carry on as a nation by itself, let alone be able to build a promising nation with hard working people living in harmony and peace. Hence, they resorted to scare the people with white propaganda campaign and after realizing that what they were doing was doomed to failure they engaged to open aggression through their subservient regime. But all their white propaganda smear campaign and open aggression was foiled by the gallant and ever more vigilant Eritrean people.