- Qasr Ras at-Tin Anfushi
Lonely Planet review for Ship Yards
While steel and fibreglass construction techniques dominate the modern shipbuilding industry, more traditional methods of construction remain in Alexandria. At the Ship Yards at the northern end of Anfushi, yachts are still constructed by hand and made entirely from wood. Along this stretch of coast lie dozens of yachts in various stages of completion, many with the slick modern designs more reminiscent of their fibreglass cousins.
Here, skeletal wooden hulls of three-storey vessels tower over the sand like beached dinosaur exhibits and dozens of smaller craft compete with them for beach space. In between curving hulls, small shacks line the beach housing building materials, many with artisans specialising in particular components, like intricately carved helms (steering wheels) and fine cabinets. It's a fascinating place to wander around and appreciate the sort of craftsmanship that has been replaced by industrial machinery in other parts of the world.