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Not so long ago, the sight of Umm Yasser clad in a black abaya leading hikers through the intricate trails of the majestic South Sinai mountains would have been unthinkable. But now, along with three other women from the Hamada tribe, she is a guide for "Sinai Trail". Ben Hoffler, a founder of Sinai Trail, said the number of hikers had gone up from 100 in 2016 to 1,000 last year.For the first time, Bedouin women last month led a group of hikers through the territory of the Hamada tribe.Theirs is the only one of eight tribes in South Sinai to have agreed so far for women to work as guides.Hoffler told AFP it took five years to negotiate a deal for women guides, and he is looking for more women to sign up with tribal consent.
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