Quseir is still a typical, quiet Red Sea town, but this is changing as the area is being developed for tourism. The older houses are built of coral with ample installations casting shade:
Being an almost exclusively Muslim society, located on one of the traditional routes to Mecca, there are many places in Quseir where one is encouraged to remember God:


Objective of visit:
Shopping for food, water and accommodation during the various projects in the Eastern Desert and participating in the preservation project of the Ottoman fort in the center of town.
Date of visit:
  Passing through every summer and every winter between 1994 and 2002, involved in the town itself during the spring and summer of 1998. 
Fellow visitors:
  Willeke Wendrich, Steve Sidebotham, Michael Mallinson and various members of the Quseir Fort Preservation Project and the Berenike Project.
A small exhibition, on the Eastern Desert and its ancient and modern inhabitants, in the Ottoman fort in the centre of town (see also al-Ahram Weekly, 15-21 August 2002; 599: p. 22).
Approximate position and date of the site:   Quseir is located on the Red Sea coast, approximately 150 km. south of Hurghada and 130 km. north of Marsa Alam. The town is at the end of the ancient route from the Nile trough Wadi Hammamat and must have been a port since time immemorial, although the site of the Pharaonic harbour remains unknown. In Roman times the town was called Myos Hormos and located a bit to the north. Later, the town turned into a port for the pilgrimage to Mecca and a fort was built which was restored by the French in 1799. Even more recently the town obtained a beacon for ships traveling through the Suez-canal while the harbour was used for the export of phosphates.
Short description of the site:   The center of town is dominated by the large Ottoman fort and a quarantine area for pilgrims returning from Mecca. Surrounding these landmarks are the older houses of Quseir, built of coral in a style which is typical for the Red Sea coast (cf. Suakin). On the coast itself are the loading installations for the ships collecting the phosphates mined in the Eastern Desert next to a place where small fishing vessels are beached and build. North of this is a quarter with houses where the European proprietors of the mining installations used to live until these changed into Egyptian hands. On the outskirts of the town, modern concrete buildings are being built while the center of town is quickly taken over by more tourist oriented enterprises.
Additional remarks:
This work would not have been possible without the support of the Berenike Project, the American Research Center in Egypt, Mallison Architects as well as many individuals.