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Egypt Launches New Initiative to Explore the Ancient Land

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Have you guys ever found deep interest in the ancient land of Kemet that is known as Egypt today? Growing up, some of you might have had vivid dreams of becoming an archaeologist some day.

Egypt specifically is one of the hottest spots for archaeology till this very day. It is no new news that we keep finding ancient artifacts, mummies, and tombs to learn more about. You might think that your dream of becoming an archaeologist might be over due to the coronavirus pandemic, but needless to worry, because we have some amazing news for you history lovers!

Fortunate for us, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has decided to commence launching tours for the country’s most intricate and historical archaeological land sites as well as museums to allow visitors to view and enjoy the ancient heritage all the way from home! Isn’t that cool?

The tours will be guided by the most professional tour guides as well as archaeologists in town which shows that the experience will be an amazing one, indeed. For those of you who are interested, you’ll find more details as well as these guided tours on the Ministry’s website and various social media platforms.

The slogan to this newfound initiative is “Experience Egypt from Home. Stay home. Stay safe.”  This is all a part of the Ministry’s genuine efforts to allow people to explore and visit the ancient Egyptian civilization all the way from home in these rough times.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, Egyptian’s tourism levels have decreased tremendously which is why this is a hopeful method of trying to gain back our tourists as well as locals. Believe it or not, Egypt is one of the first countries to think of such an interesting idea to start things up again.

The first tour that will be granted to you is a deep look inside the Menna Tomb in Theban Necropolis, one of Egypt’s oldest lands. This is in cooperation with the ARCE, the American Research Center in Cairo.

We hope you all find this initiative quite exciting and intriguing, don’t forget to visit the website for more information on your virtual tour! Stay safe, folks!

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Work Almost Completed at the Cairo International Airport Museum

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Head of the Museums Sector at Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Moamen Othman inspected the ongoing work and latest preparations at Cairo International Airport Museum.

Othman looked into the progress and made sure that all artifacts were placed at the main exhibit hall of the museum according to the display scenario.

So far, the work in the galleries of the museum have been completed and all artifacts have been placed and distributed inside two display cases in accordance to the museum display scenario. Right now, the lighting and labels are being finalized.

 

According to Othman, the museum will be an asset to the Cairo International Airport and will play a role in attracting visitors, expatriates and transit travelers.

Hala Hagag , director general of the Cairo Airport Museum, said that the artifacts were carefully selected by the Supreme Committee for the Museum Display Scenario, from the storages of a number of museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Suez Museum and the Greco-Roman Museum, it showcases the different civilization of Ancient, Coptic and Islamic Egypt.

Moreover, the museum will display two mummies. One of them is decorated with a golden mask and colored inscriptions.

 

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Cairo International Book Fair Postponed In Light of Coronavirus Concerns

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The Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) has been postponed to June next year over coronavirus concerns, the High Committee of the CIBF said following a meeting that was held on Monday, headed by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem.

The book fair was supposed to take place early next year in January and February, giving the chance to several Egyptian, Arab and even international vendors to exhibit their books. The book fair is seen as one of the Middle East’s largest annual cultural event.

According to the statement released by the committee, the new date for the 52nd CIBF is expected to be between 30 June to 15 July.

“The committee discussed the latest developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic globally, and its impact on book fairs worldwide, which led to the cancellation or postponement of international exhibitions,” the statement noted.

This decision also comes to support those who will be participating in the fair from foreign countries, in an attempt for them to be able to fly to Egypt.

Due to the same reason, the committee said that it has agreed with Greece that it will delay its participation in the exhibition as a guest of honor to the next year.

 

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Opera Book Fair Launches Today For the First Time

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To all the book worms out there who wait around every year for the Book Fair to satisfy their obsession, we’re happy to tell you that this year the Ministry of Culture is launching the very first Opera Book Fair and it kicks off today!

Egypt’s Minister of culture Inas Abdel Dayem announced the launch of the Opera Book Fair for the first time, and it is set to be held in El-Hanager Art Center.

The Book Fair is organized by the General Egyptian Book Organization in cooperation with a number of sectors of the ministry. The opening will be held today at 6:00 PM in the external Opera Square.

You can still catch the book fair until November 28 with the participation of 32 publishing houses in addition to the various sectors of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, including the General Egyptian Book Organization, the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, the National Library and Archives, in addition to the participation of Dar Al Maarif.

The Minister explained that the Book Fair comes in light of the ministry’s framework of enriching the system of cultural service and supporting the publishing movement and book industry in Egypt.

Visiting hours start at 10 AM until 8 PM.

 

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