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In Pictures: Well-Preserved Mummies and Ptolemaic Tomb Discovered

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Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police had uncovered another archaeological discovery, while investigating illegal expectations happening near the area of Al-Dayabat in Upper Egypt’s Sohag, where a tomb and well-preserved paintings were discovered.

After the completion of the on-going investigations, the Ministry of Antiquities assigned a scientific archaeological mission, that was led by Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, to start excavations of the tomb.

The exceptionally painted tomb dates back to the Ptolemaic-era, and is made up of two small rooms that belonged to a nobleman named Toutou and his musician wife. A well-preserved mummy has also been discovered and recovered from the tomb.

“Although it is a very small tomb from the Ptolemaic period, it is exceptionally painted with beautiful scenes,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Besides these remarkable discoveries, the two small rooms included two limestone sarcophagi, in addition to a number of mummified animals and birds, such as falcons, eagles, cats, dogs and shrews.

Wziri explained that the ancient Egyptians believed that the shrews had the power to cure blindness, and that is because of their good sight at night, he also added that those discovered shrews are in a good condition.

 

 

 

 

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Major Development Plan Announced For the Egyptian Museum in Tahir

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The Ministry of Antiquities announced yesterday the start of development works for the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

A protocol of cooperation was signed as well in the declaration aiming to be later submitted to the UNESCO, in order to put the Egyptian Museum on the World Heritage List. 

The development project will last for 3 years and in the first phase, major developments will take place with the cooperation of five European museums, the Egyptian Museum in Turin in Italy, the Louvre Museum in France, the British Museum in England, the Berlin Museum in Germany, and the Leiden Museum in Holland. The European Union will support the development plan as well.

The development plan will include changing of the paint and lighting circuit, developing both the entrance and ground floor show halls, also maintenance of displays of artifacts.

Moreover, monuments will be restored and the explanatory cards will be developed, basically the museum’s master plan is keen on  developing everything including the mission and vision of the museum.

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Minister of Tourism Al-Mashat Escorts South African tourists to the Pyramids

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Egypt’s Minister of Tourism, Rania al-Mashat, escorted yesterday the group of South African tourists who were targeted earlier by an explosion, reported the Ministry’s media office. 

The tourists faced yesterday an unfortunate incident, whereas an explosion hit their bus at Al Remaya district in Giza governorate. 

Al-Mashaat took the appropriate action and visited the injured at the hospital, and then escorted the rest of the group to visit the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. 

After the tourists were briefed on the history of ancient Egypt, and after their visit to the Pyramids were concluded, Al-Mashat escprted them back to the hotel.

The minister also met up with the South African ambassador to Egypt, where she briefed him on the conditions of the victims.

Al-Mashaat later tweeted updates about the incident on her Twitter account.

 

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A Glimpse of Egypt’s Breathtaking Beaches

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Egypt is one of the top touristic destination in the Middle East, known for its dessert life and Great Pyramids of Giza. However, it’s a shame that many tourists are ignorant about the fact that Egypt has several spectacular beaches that make up a perfect vacation.

The following are mind-blowing beaches in Egypt, that would leave anyone who visit them in awe.

They certainly compete with international ones, and in my opinion can be a great substitute for traveling abroad.

1. Ras Hankorab (aka Sharm El-Luli)

The beaches there can easily compete with the white sandy beaches of the Maldives, I know you will hardly believe this, but it is true. The beach is located around 60km south of Marsa Alam, inside the national park Wadi El-Gemal. The area, however, is undeveloped with no shops, hotels or restaurants, but it also means that you basically get to walk right into the middle of the sea.

2- Blue Lagoon

The beach is a usual go-to for regular Dahab visitors, who mostly enjoy kite surfing. Because waking up in a hut, surrounded by the turquoise lagoon and mountains, makes the perfect getaway for those who are looking for simplicity and relaxation.

Our recommendation would be to go hiking in the mountain and pay a visit to Ras Abu Galum, which is a tiny Bedouin village close-by.

3- Ras Muhammed

Ras Muhammad is the most famous national park in Egypt and one of the most famous diving sites in the world. It is a protected area near Sinai Peninsula, makes an ideal day trip from Sharm Al Sheikh and Dahab. The place is perfect for those who are looking for solitude and tranquility, as it is guaranteed to put your mind at ease.

4- Agiba, Marsa Matrouh

The beach is located 24 km west from Marsa Matrouh, it is certainly one of the best beaches that I have personally been to. The beach translates to ‘miracle’ in Arabic, and if you’re wondering why, you have got to see it yourself! The cove that’s only accessed from a small path leading down from a cliff top gives a magnificent view.

5- Qulan, Marsa Allam

Qulaan is a unique quiet resort town south of Marsa Alam on the Red Sea. The beaches are great for diving and snorkeling, and it is quite magical; seeing that not many people are aware of this beautiful gem. Qulaan boasts vast tracts of large mangrove trees growing in the salty water and hosting several endemic birds, therefore giving the area a breathtaking scenery.

 

 

 

 

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