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With the development of the tourist industry, thousands of mainland Egyptians flocked into the area to work in the newly built facilities, easily outnumbering the original inhabitants, most of whom are of the Mzēnah tribe. The Bedouin themselves usually work in jobs like driving taxis, guiding tourists on desert safaris, etc. The central part of Sinai, on the Tīh plateau, is inhabited mainly by tribes who speak a group I dialect-type. Tribes inhabiting the lower coastal areas on the Gulf of ʿAqaba and the Gulf of Suez are also speakers of this dialect-type. The primary aim of this chapter is to give a synchronic description of the Bedouin dialects of central and southern Sinai and thus to complete the description of the Bedouin dialects of the Sinai Desert.

Keywords:Bedouin dialects; Sinai



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