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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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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence

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Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).

File: The three ISO certificates received by GEM.

Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.

This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.

It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!

These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.

 

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Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai

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As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.

The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.

The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.

According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.

 

 

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43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates

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So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates. 

These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA). 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.

The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.

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