Suez is located in the north-eastern part of Egypt, with a population of over 500,000. It has two harbours, Port Ibrahim and Port Tawfiq, and extensive port facilities. Together they form a metropolitan area.
Following the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869, the city's importance caused instability in the region. Many imperial powers tried to put their hand over this vital canal that connected the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and became one of the most important water channels worldwide in international trade, as it offers a significantly shorter passage for ships than going around the Cape of Good Hope.
This resulted in many wars in the region before Egypt reopened the passage in the 1970s, and ever since it has become a vital contributor to the Egyptian economy especially in the last decade. The revenues collected from the passage fees of the ships passing through the canal represent the third source of Egypt's national income.
The resort of Ain Sokhna will be the main accommodation area for the teams, officials and fans travelling to this venue, as it is rich with multipurpose hotels and resorts in addition to the long Red Sea beaches.
Fishing trips are a major attraction in an addition to other water sports.
Suez Union club was the city's principal team, but their failure to maintain a position in the Egyptian top flight has turned the attention of the fans to other clubs, who also belong to the same city but do not enjoy the same support from the fans. Those clubs are less than ten years old but because they were founded and sponsored by rich companies, they were able to maintain good results. Petrojet, indeed, have recently emerged as contenders in the Egyptian Premier League.