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Egypt Wins Chairman of the Committee on Tourism and Sustainability (CTS)

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Egypt has won the chairman of the Committee on Tourism and Sustainability (CTS) for two years starting this month, according to the announcement made by the Egyptian Ministry.

Meanwhile Serbia has been elected as the Vice President of the committee that includes the following members, Algeria, Angola, Bhutan, Croatia, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Philippines, and Serbia.

Also, a meeting was held in light of the biggest tourism fair the FITUR that took place in Madrid and was chaired by the Egyptian Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs Ghada Shalaby.

During which, Shalaby highlighted Egypt’s efforts in promoting sustainable tourism and the intention of meeting the development goals set by the United Nations. 

According to Shalaby, Egypt has already started addressing sustainability issues by starting an eco hotel initiative in 2017, and so far the number of green hotel have reached 83.

It’s also worth mentioning that the fair FITUR is the third largest tourism and that taking part in it is quite promising.

 

 

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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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