It was interesting travelling down the Suez Canal. What was apparent was that it was a militarized zone. It has featured in the Israeli/Egypt wars. There are military camps, gun towers, pontoon bridges and armed troops all along its length.
The canal also provides a living for local fishermen. Small boats can be seen all along. It seemed a dangerous business to me with all these huge ships heading through.
There were also ferries beetling back and forth between ships.
The towns and cities, with a backdrop of huge sand dunes and foreground of palm trees, sat in the middle of desert sand.