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5 Cities to Visit in Russia

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Did you know that Russia is is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land?!

 

Hence, Russia offers a unique travelling experience.  From treks up the slopes of glacier-capped mountains to strolls along the shoreline of Earth’s oldest lake, Russia is rich with historical and cultural sites and activities.

And since we know a lot of you are flying there to support our national football team, we have brought you 5 Russian cities to visit that also will host the World Cup matches:

 

Moscow:

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 12.2 million residents in the city and 17.1 million within the urban area. Moscow is known for its tremendous history, art and culture; it also has the world’s largest community of billionaire. Moscow is known to be a hub for the creatives and intellectuals. Moscow is the city that has it all. You don’t want to miss the best museums, galleries and cultural institution like the Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Fine Arts Museum. And whether or not you are into the Russian literature, you need to check Pushkin Memorial Museum, the Tolstoy House Museum, the Dostoevsky House Museum, the Mayakovsky Museum and  Gogol Memorial Rooms. And of course, you will take a walk around Kremlin, Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral The big city also has a variety of fashion stores, night clubs, bars and restaurant.

 

St. Petersburg:

With over 2,000 libraries, 220 museums, and 80 theaters, Saint Petersburg is regarded as  Russia’s most European and forward-looking city, it is as well listed as  a historic center by the UNESCO. St. Petersburg has a fascinating network of canals lined with eye-catching Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. Make sure to take a look at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Vasilyevsky Island. The former capital of Russia also is rich with museums like the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. Nevsky Prospekt is the city’s main avenue and its premier destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife.

 

Sochi:

located on the Black Sea coast, Sochi is Russia’s largest resort and makes a great holiday destination technically in any season. The city has a mix of sunny beaches, luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and countless cultural and natural attractions. Sochi hosted the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic games.

 

Kazan:

known as one of the beautiful cities in Russia by locals. Kazan has an outstanding diversity in culture and religions with beautiful mosques and cathedrals. The city hosted hosted numerous international tournaments, including fencing, hockey, and aquatics.

 

Samara:

The city is worldly known as the space and aviation capital of Russia. Besides the Aviation Institute, Samara offers beautiful beaches along the Volga and plenty of old charming buildings contrasted with Soviet monuments and architecture. the city also has Great Mosque of Samarra that you should totally pay a visit.

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Egypt Hopes to Land Another Spot on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site With Wadi El Natrun

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Egypt Hopes to Land Another Spot on UNESCO's World Heritage Site With Wadi Natrun

Egypt has applied Wadi El Natrun monastery to the UNESCO World Heritage List, in an attempt to gain the country its 8th site on the list.

Egypt already has six cultural sites and one natural on the list including Abu Mena heritage site of Alexandria, Thebes and Memphis, Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, historic Cairo, Catherine area and the Whale Valley in Fayoum.

Egypt has applied with Naturn Valley after finally preparing all the needed procedures to include the site to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The area that is home to four beautiful ancient monasteries that still boast monastic life.

These monasteries date back to the fourth century of saints Bishoy and Macarius, the Parameos Monastery, and the sixth-century Syrian Monastery.

The Vatican has approved the valley as a pilgrimage point back in 2018, because the areas are believed to have witnessed the arrival of the holy family during their journey of fleeing the persecution of King Herod.

If Wadi El Natrun makes it to the heritage list, this will mark Egypt’s third Christian site to be included in the World Heritage list and is a proof of how Egypt has always embraced Christianity.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!

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Tutankhamun Opera to Debut During The Opening Ceremony of the GEM

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Acclaimed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has given a lecture in Nessour Cultural salon, during which he made a few announcements regarding the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM.) 

First thing he said was that the GEM is truly the most important archaeological project of the 21st century, he then revealed that the script for Tutankhamun Opera has been finished and will debut during the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum in late 2020.

He further announced that one of the most significant scenes in the Opera will revolve around Nefertiti’s attempt to kill Tutankhamun and snatch the throne from him to give for one of her six daughters.

The opera is composed by Zamboni and shall be completed this December.

Hawass also added that the 4th of November will mark the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun tomb, and the DNA tests will let the world in on several information regarding his death and will reveal to the entire world how the young king dies.

We can’t wait for this remarkable work of art to open and to witness it change tourism in Egypt for the better good!

 

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Cairo Makes it to the List of Top Favored Destinations For Kuwaitis

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According to the General Administration of Civil Aviation’s initial analysis of February, Cairo has made it to the list of top favored destinations for Kuwaitis who are seeking a getaway on their holidays.

Air Transport Observer for Aviation Operations in the General Administration of Civil Aviation, Raed al-Taher says that around 500,000 tourists are going to spend their February national holidays outside the country.

For Kuwaitis, they are used to traveling outside the country from February 20 until February 29.

Taher also added that the total number of flights at Kuwait International Airport is expected to reach 3681 flights, delivering with it around 258,000 passengers. Noting that Cairo, the Kingdom and Dubai are among the top favored travel destinations.

This follows the success of Egypt being named one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in December 2019. 

 

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