The Blue Desert – marked as Blue Valley on some maps and known locally as the Blue Mountain – is a big open plain close to the town of St. Katherine. Several boulders have been painted blue by Belgian artist Jean Verame to commemorate the peace between Israel and Egypt. It is a popular picnic site, usually approached by car from Nabi Salah, but the best views on it are from the pass of Naqb Dirwa. You could easily arrange a hike, with a car first dropping you off at Farsh Umm Qaysum, then picking you up at an agreed point in the Blue Desert. The area is also the starting point of several treks to different directions.
Other names/spellings: Blue Valley, Blue Mountain – Jabal, Gebel, Gabal, Djebel, Djabal – Mlawn, Mlaun