Port Fouad  is a city in north-eastern Egypt under the jurisdiction of Port Said Governorate  located across the Suez Canal from Port Said  It forms the northwesternmost part of Sinai Peninsula and has a population of 560,000 (as of 2003). Port Fouad and Port Said are on opposite sides of the canal and face each other  Together they form a metropolitan area


Port Fouad was established in 1926, principally to relieve overcrowding in Port Said, and was named after King Fuad I (also transliterated as Fouad), the first holder of the title King of Egypt in the modern era (having previously held the title Sultan of Egypt 

After the war of 1967 Port Fouad was the only piece of Sinai held by the Egyptians. The Israeli army tried to capture Port Fouad during the War of Attrition, but failed. After the October War, the Camp David Accord in 1978 Israel agreed to return Sinai to Egypt peacefully  and later the two countries signed a peace treaty  Today Port Fouad is a major Air Defence Position for Egypt  Despite its important location, as of 2006  Port Fouad was still considered a residential zone  with very few facilities and no major downtown or city center


The city is located on a triangular island which is bounded by the Mediterranean on the north, the Suez Canal on the west, and the relatively new junction between the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean on the east  The Suez Canal Authority forms the main employment of the city, and its employees comprise most of the population. It has one general hospital. Residents of Port Fouad travel to Port Said by ferry