TIME magazine released on Thursday their second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places which features 100 destinations from around the world that offer tourists an extraordinary experience, and Egypt’s Red Sea Mountain Trail has made it to the prestigious list.
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AMAZING to see EGYPT’s beautiful Red Sea Mountain Trail recognised in @time magazine’d World’s Greatest Places for 2019. It is one of the 1st hiking trails & the only project in Egypt to be listed. HUGE congrats to the Maaza Bedouin who made it and to the incredible community of people who helped us along the way & who made it all possible. Please share & help us spread the news! @omarsamra @raniaalmashat @experienceegypt
This list is created through a number of nominations from the magazine’s own editors and correspondents, in addition to experts in the industry. Categories vary from restaurants, landmarks, to hotels and theme parks, and they are divided into places to visit, to stay and places to eat&drink.
The Red Sea Mountain Trail is a community tourism initiative that was developed five years ago and was founded by British geographer, Ben Hoffler with the help of mountaineer and adventurer, Omar Samra.
The project aims at supporting the Bedouin community economically, while at the same time preserving their endangered cultural heritage, the Trail is headed by Sheikh Merayi Abu Musallem of the Bedouin Khushmaan tribe of Maaza, which is yet another move at empowering Bedouins to take charge in developing sustainable adventure tourism for their own areas.
Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat expressed her enthusiasm and pride for this remarkable achievement saying, “Egypt’s diversified authentic offerings making headlines worldwide. Thank you @LandoftheSand & @OmarSamra for your efforts in developing and encouraging adventure travel in Egypt. Congratulations to the Egyptian communities who have brought the trails to life.”
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#Egypt’s diversified authentic offerings making headlines worldwide. Thank you @LandoftheSand & @OmarSamra for your efforts in developing and encouraging adventure travel in Egypt. Congratulations to the Egyptian communities who have brought the trails to life. @TIME @RedSeaMountainTrail #MyEgypt #PeopleToPeople. ًًًًان الثراء والتنوع والأصالة التي تقدمها مصر للعالم تتصدر عناوين الصحف والمجلات العالمية، شكرا للرحالة الإنجليزي بن هوفلر والمغامر المصري عمر السمرة OmarSamra@ على ما بذلتموه من جهد لتطوير ودعم سياحة المغامرات في مصر. وكل التهاني للمجتمعات المحلية المصرية التي ساهمت في اعادة الحياة الى هذه المسارات والدروب.@TIME @RedSeaMountainTrail #MyEgypt #PeopleToPeople
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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence
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).
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.
Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai
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.
43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates
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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