Egypt after the revolution

The Tourism Minister Inaugurated a Marina for The Special Needs


Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour today inaugurated the first marina for people with special needs in the Middle East and North Africa.

The inauguration comes during World Tourism Day festivities in Aswan, Upper Egypt.

This marina is a turning point for Egyptian tourism as it works toward meeting the needs of all tourism demands, and it provides the means for comfort, said Abdel Nour.

“Egypt will launch Nile cruisers from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan; the Nile crusiers will have a powerful impact in reviving Egyptian tourism.”

“The Amarco Nile Cruise Company resumed this project despite the halt in Nile cruises,” said the company’s CEO Mohammed Othman, adding that the company expects an improvement in the future.

The new marina costs about seven million EGP (U.S. $1.17 million) and construction is expected to take one year. The project provides full-service for special needs tourists, including transport from Aswan Airport to the marina, Othman said.

“The project also includes a floating hotel with a special escalator,” he added.

The floating hotel will have two royal suites, each of which is 116 meters. There will be four main suites measuring 76 meters and 48 suites measuring 38 meters.

The hotel will also have a conference hall large enough to hold 350 people, a health club, a gym and other 5-star level equipment.

“This new project will help activate tourism for people with special needs from all over the world, roughly 750 million people in the Arab and European world,” Othman added.

Thirty-five million such people exist in the Middle East, according to recent statistics from the World Tourism Organization.

Deputy Chairman of Amarco Kamar Samir today assured the return of Nile cruises from Cairo to Aswan.

First Assistant to the Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou, Tourism Ministry’s Advisor to the Ambassador Helmy Bedir, other leaders in the Tourism Ministry and leaders in the Union and Tourism sector attended the inauguration.

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Egypt’s Sinai peninsula Has the Potential to be a Show Case in Human and Resource Development for the New Egypt.

Ras Mohamed
Sinai’s 1,000km shore line offers a window to two great seas, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Its mountainous
Monastery which was built by Emperor Justinian and considered the oldest populated monastery in the world and is currently the home for fifteen monks. Its library is the most ancient in Christianity. Catherine (or Katrin) is an Egyptian Coptic martyr from Alexandria who died in the late 4th century defending her church against the invading Romans. central-southern area has two peaks of 2,300 and 2,600m. One mountain has a great religious significant to Muslims, Christians and Jews; Mount Sinai where God talked to Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments near the Burning Bush.
Sinai includes another site of great religious significance. Stand at the foot of Mount Sinai is the famous St. Catherine
Human settlements in Sinai date back to 5,000 – 7,000 BC. Ancient Egyptians used widely Sinai’s turquoise and copper deposits in an advanced technology for their daily life and for their tombs and temples.
Sinai was, and still is used as an east-west land route between Asia and North Africa. Sinai provided routes to millions of travelers to the Muslim Holy sites in Jerusalem, Mecca and Medina, especially at the time of Hajj.
Sinai was invaded by ancient Asian tribes and most recently by Britain, France and Israel in 1956 and by Israel again in 1967. It was threatened by the Crusaders and by the Moguls. In all cases, Egyptians manage to liberate Sinai from foreign invaders, to end any threats and even to liberate other countries in Asia in the process as was the case of liberating Palestine, Syria and Iraq from the Crusaders and the Moguls.
Sinai is an area of great zoological importance, its fauna is an intriguing assemblage of African, Asian and European and its wildlife is both fascinating and rare. It is the home for many rare animals including the Sinai Leopard.
Sinai has the potential to be the world’s leading example for using alternative energy sources to satisfy its needs. Both solar and wind power generation can be the highest per capita. It has an average of over 10 hours of daily sunlight over the whole year, one of the highest in the world. Its average wind speed per year is over 25km per hour. Also dams can be built to make use of seasons of heavy rain in hydraulic power generation.
Agriculture and integrated farming, and a fishing industry can provide jobs for millions of workers from the Nile Valley. Sinai can provide the country with its needs in vegetables, fruits, fish, honey and meat and become a world leading exporter of these products. It is ideal for growing wheat, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, apples, oranges, mangoes, figs, olive and date. It has an average rainfall in the mountainous central-southern region of 300 millimeters, enough to form plenty of underground springs.  It has several unique plants and shrubs which are used to cure many diseases, a well-known fact to the local Bedouin community. Its mangrove ecosystem can be studied and duplicated throughout the peninsula and related industries can be established.
The Mediterranean north coast can accommodate a California-style IT silicon oasis dotted with software and hardware design houses and research centers. The northern city of El-Arish, Sinai’s largest city with some 100,000 inhabitants can be the first to turn into the Great El-Arish Area (GEA) with modern schools, hospitals and universities competing with
the best in the region. The city can be a great seaside summer resort with its sandy beaches and great expanse of palm trees. It can also house the world’s largest historical and culture center for Bedouin and nomadic life.
The South Red Sea shores are suitable for an all-year tourist industry which, with a massive promotion campaign, can become one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world. It has what it takes; history, sunshine, mild temperature most of the year, sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, mountains and natural protectorates at both land and sea which are second to none. Sothern Sinai can attract millions of tourists while protecting Sinai’s natural environment, heritage and culture.
I invite readers interested in the development of Sinai to contribute and/or attend the first international conference on Sinai for New Egypt which will be held in Cairo at The American University of Cairo near Tahrir Square, just before the first anniversary of the January 25 revolution.
Reference :The Egyptian Gazette
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ECTAA & The Egyptian Authorities Discuss Ways to Promote Tourism in Egypt

The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association met the Egyptian Minister for Tourism, Dr.Monir Fakhri Abdel Nour, and the Chairman of the Egyptian tourist authority, Mr Amr El Azabi, to discuss how  to revitalise and strengthen tourism in Egypt.

For the European travel industry Egypt is a holiday destination of paramount importance and this meeting is the first step towards a broader collaboration that will target promotional and communication activities as well as addressing practical problems and issues of tour operators in Egypt, for the benefit of both Egyptian and European tourism operators and ultimately of the consumer.

Said Chairman of the Destination and Sustainability Committee, Mr. Claude Perignon: “The past political events have created a faulty image of Egypt. Together, European tour operators and Egyptian Authorities have to convey to customers the feeling that they are welcome in Egypt and that their safety is guaranteed. We will work together to improve the image of Egypt and deliver high quality tourism services, so that travellers can fully enjoy the natural, historic and cultural richness of this beautiful country. Now it’s the time to bring back tourists to Egypt!”

ECTAA represents the national associations of travel agents and tour operators of 29 European countries. Altogether it represents some 70.000 enterprises.

Reference: TravelDailyNews

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1,109 Israeli tourists arrived at Sinai resorts

During the swap deal of Ilan Grapel and the 25 Egyptian prisoners, the Taba crossing border received 1,109 Israeli tourists heading to South Sinai.

Despite the recent events at the crossing border witnessed on Thursday October 27, traffic movement there is normal on Friday October 28 and before the closing of the border crossing during the accomplishment of the swapping.



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Spanish and Egyptian, Break-dancing and graffiti night

Thursday night, in the stark warehouse space of the Townhouse Gallery, a small crowd of young men and women stood

around drinking soda and smoking cigarettes. Many wore track jackets and over-sized baseball caps, baggy clothes and

Adidas shoes. Some posed to have their pictures taken in front of graffiti adorning the walls, folding their arms, leaning back, and letting the brims of their hats cover their eyes.

This was the first night of the fourth annual Urban Culture Gathering, sponsored by a long list of institutions, including the Spanish Embassy in Cairo-Egypt, the Egyptian Sector of Foreign Cultural Relations, and the Townhouse Gallery.

Over the course of three nights, several events took place to display how “Spanish and Egyptian youth speak the same cultural language,” including “hip-hop, rap, graffiti, b-boying, free-styling, and parkour.”

For the first night, two Spanish graffiti artists had spent the day covering the bare walls of the constantly reinvented

Townhouse. DEN, from Bilbao, and ZETA, from Madrid, had collaborated to the point that their two individual styles blended seamlessly together.

On one wall, a young boy, his hair highlighted with turquoise, looks sideways at the Ottoman-style domes and minarets of the Mohamed Ali mosque. Across the room, a pair of hands held a pair of ritualistic Pharaonic staves. Below the hands, an intricately detailed scarab sprouted huge, multi-colored wings.

Much of the imagery was Pharaonic and Islamic, signaling a desire among the artists to tailor their work to the cultural exchange represented by the festival. Surprisingly, though, none of the art referenced the revolution in January. In Cairo, graffiti, a form of painting that has historically been overtly political, has been totally subsumed by the themes of the revolution, and so here the absence of those themes — of tanks, Tahrir and crowds — was striking.

After a few minutes of standing around looking at the graffiti, a few dancers showed each other their moves tentatively. The music slowly grew louder and louder until it took over the room, and the dancers grew in number and seriousness.

Eventually they cleared away to make room for two young Spanish women, who launched into an impressive, quick hip-hop dance routine. After a minute or so, a third woman, in spray painted stockings, replaced them, whipping her body
Hip-hop, generally speaking, is a minor presence in Cairo, so one wouldn’t expect break-dancing to have taken off, but somehow it has. Developed in the 1970s in African American and Latino neighborhoods of New York City, break-dancing (also known as b-boying) became famous throughout urban areas in the US in the 1980s. One famous break-dancer, known as Crazy Legs, called the dance “a true American art form.” around violently in circles.

Everyone watching the first few dancers cheered, and everyone else in the room jogged over to gather around the dancing area. A succession of 30-second solo dances proceeded in rapid fire. An Egyptian young man in a striped sweater vest glided through a hip-hop rendition of the “robot.” Another burst into the center, splaying his legs and spinning in stunningly fast circles, making way for another dancer who walked on his hands. The final dancer virtuosically held a soccer ball between his foot and calf as he spun his body in quick, acrobatic circles.

The crowd of Spaniards and Egyptians watched, mesmerized. A form of dance developed in New York City in the 1970s was bringing together two groups of young men and women across the Mediterranean.

Reference: Daily News Egypt

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The Foreign Ministry denies Britain issuing warnings against travelling to Egypt

Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Counsellor Amr Rushdi, absolutely denied some media circulated that the British Foreign Office issued warning to its nationals against travelling to Egypt, and even said that London has advised its citizens to leave Egypt, which is totally untrue, as the British Travel Guide is keen on stressing that there are no restrictions on travelling to Egypt.

The Spokesman added that the foreign ministries in many countries, including the Egyptian Foreign Ministry itself,

The Spokesman wondered why people circulate such rumours which might damage Egypt’s tourism, the main revenue resources. He also appealed to all media to seek accuracy and be responsible at such important stage. usually issue general instructions including recommendations to citizens before travelling abroad. The latest edition of the British Travel Guide, issued on Tuesday, did not include more than advising the British travelling to Egypt to carry their personal identifications; commit to the instructions of tourism companies and the Egyptian authorities and take into account the customs and Egyptian traditions.

Reference: Arab Republic of Egypt-Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Egypt to restore ancient boat found near pyramid

CAIRO, Egypt (AP): Archaeologists have begun excavating a 4,500-year-old wooden boat found next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of Egypt’s main tourist attractions, Egypt’s top antiquities official said Thursday.

The boat is one of two buried next to the pharaoh Khufu in what appeared to be a religious custom to carry him in the afterlife. Khufu, also known as Cheops, is credited with building the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Sakuji Yoshimura, a Waseda University professor who is leading the restoration project with Egypt’s Antiquities Council, said scientists discovered that the second ship is inscribed with Khufu’s name.

Khufu founded the 4th Dynasty around 2680 B.C. and ruled Egypt for 23 years.

Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, called the excavation “one of the most important archaeological and conservation projects in the world.” He hoped its display would boost tourism in Egypt, which has fallen sharply since the country’s popular revolution that deposed President Hosni Mubarak in February.

The boat was originally found in 1954 along with another ship, which was restored and is regarded as one of the most significant discoveries on the Giza plateau for its age, size and condition. Experts say the ships are the oldest surviving vessels from antiquity.

The second boat is thought to be smaller than its sister ship, which is about 140 feet (43 meters) long.

Using a pulley system, a team of scientists lifted the first of 41 limestone slabs, each weighing about 16 tons, to uncover fragments of the ancient ship. Over the next two months, experts expect to unearth about 600 pieces from the boat’s underground resting place. Restoration is expected to take about four years, and then it will be displayed at the Solar Boat Museum near the huge pyramid, which routinely attracts millions of tourists, boosting one of Egypt’s most important industries.

Both boats were made from Lebanese cedar and Egyptian acacia trees.

The experts hope to restore the second ship as successfully as the first. Hawass said the boat’s condition was better than he expected. “I was really afraid when I first saw the wood,” he said. “I am very optimistic that in four years there will be another boat.”

The entombed boat remained untouched until 1987, when a team from the National Geographic Society threaded a tiny camera under the site’s limestone surface to see what lay beneath and found it. Other similar cavities nearby were empty.

After receiving a $10 million grant from Waseda University, Egyptian and Japanese scientists in 2008 began preparing for the ship’s excavation process, conducting environmental surveys and building a temperature and humidity controlled structure around the site.

After the excavation process is complete, scientists will devise a computerized schematic of the boat to aid in its reconstruction.


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Amy Lauren and Cairokee hold concert in al-Azhar Park

American pop and rock singer Amy Lauren and Egyptian group Cairokee will present a concert on Monday, July 8 in al-Azhar Park at 8pm.

The concert is the first part of Amy’s Egyptian tour. She will hold concerts in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhur from July 6 to July 12.

Amy Lauren gathers the best American country music, like Sheryl Crow.


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33 acres of land allocated for medical tourism in Giza

Giza Governor Ali Abdel-RahmanGiza Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman

GIZA: Around 33 acres in the Bahariya Oasis will be allocated for investment in medical tourism, said Giza Governor Ali Abdel-Rahman.

During his visit Wednesday to Bahariya Oasis, Abdel-Rahman inaugurated the new development and service projects and said the area will be set aside this year in coordination with the Egyptian cabinet. He added that these projects aim to encourage investment in Egypt.

After holding discussions with the cabinet, a new area for youth will also be allocated to encourage agricultural investments, according to Abdel-Rahman.

The governor said the Oasis should not depend only on date cultivation and tourism, but should also establish other industries.

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Italy sponsors ad campaigns promoting tourism in Egypt

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) smiles in front of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R, behind) as he unveils a plaque during an inauguration ceremony for the renovated Egyptian Academy in Rome on September 23, 2010. Mubarak is in Rome as part of a two-stop European tour.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi instructed the Italian Ministry of Tourism and tourism magazines to create advertising campaigns promoting travel to Egypt, said an Egyptian diplomat in Rome.

Egyptian Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour as well as Prime Minister Essam Sharaf visited Italy last week and Sharaf attended celebrations of Italy’s National Day on 2 June.

The director of Egypt’s Tourism Office in Italy, Mohamed Abdel Gabbar, said that Berlusconi issued strict orders to the Italian Minister of Tourism to take interest in promoting tourism to the country.

He noted that there are 3000 Italian tourism companies in Egypt.

Abdel Gabbar added in statements to Al-Masry Al-Youm that these companies will be exposed to bankruptcy in case tourism in Egypt does not recover soon. He pointed out that Berlusconi has personal interests in Egypt as well.

He said the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism sponsored large audio and visual media advertising campaigns in metro stations, on public transport and in airports.

The deputy editor of Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily newspaper, said that advertising campaigns are not enough to restore tourism to pre-revolution levels. He said the security situation must return to normal, as insecurity is a major impediment to tourism.


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