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Hurghada Museum Opens to the Public With More than 1,500 Artifacts on Display

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Hurghada Museum Finally Opens to the Public With More than 1,500 Artifacts on Display

Hurghada’s very first museum has finally been inaugurated after a long anticipation and it’s the first space to exhibit Egypt’s marvelous antiquities on the Red sea coast.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El Enani and head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, have all attended the inauguration of the museum that took place earlier on Saturday.

The Museum sheds the light on ‘Beauty and Luxury’ across ancient Egypt all the way to its modern history, it will house more than 1,500 artifacts which are exhibited according to several themes such as daily life, sports, royal imagery in ancient Egypt.

“Under the title ‘Beauty and Luxury’, the museum will have displays showing the beauty and luxury of the ancient Egyptian civilization through its different dynasties,” Mahmoud Mabrouk, advisor to the minister of antiquities on exhibitions said.

More items are now on display including Coptic icons, a decorated case which encases the Torah scrolls, oil painting portraits and a unique bust statue of queen Meritamun.

Another interesting part of the museum is the section where a model showing how perfumes were made and how ancient Egyptians decorated their tombs are exhibited.

The museum is the first one to be entirely funded by a private sector, but the profit will be divided between them and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

“The Ministry of Antiquities will be the sole authority responsible for the management and security of the Hurghada Museum collection, as well as anything related to antiquities, such as exhibition halls, and the maintenance and restoration labs,” El-Enany said, explaining that the private investors will be responsible for the management and administration.

 

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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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