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Lonely Planet Ranks Cairo the Third Best City to Visit in 2020

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Cairo has been ranked third place in Lonely Planet’s list of the top 10 destinations for 2020, earning its rightful place as one of the top touristic destinations.

Lonely Planet is a large and well-known travel guide book publisher and for 45 years, they have been helping travelers explore by recommending the best destinations, and this time Cairo has been recognized among the top 10 cities to visit in 2020.

Next year marks indeed an exciting one for Egypt with the expected inauguration of the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which will be the largest museum in the world devoted to a single civilization.

Lonely Planet invited its followers to visit the GEM that is “entirely committed to one civilization.”

In response  to such great recognition, Tourism Minister Dr. Rania Al Mashat expressed her excitement for Cairo’s global rank, saying: “Happy to see Egypt—Tourism Reform Program (E-TRP)’s vision paying off.”

Lonely Planet also described Cairo as “chaos at its most magnificent, infuriating and beautiful.”

“Your nerves will jangle, your snot will run black from the smog and touts will hound you at every turn, but it’s a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm Ad Dunya – the Mother of the World,” the article read.

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Egypt Set to Participate in Spain’s International Tourism Trade Fair

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The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is set to take part in the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) held in Spain, headed by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs Ghada Shalaby.

This 40th edition of the the fair will launch today in the the capital of Spain, Madrid and will resume until the 26th of January.

The fair is among the top most important international exhibitions across the world which makes Egypt’s participation quite significant, and also a great chance to develop and enhance the Egyptian presence on an international touristic level.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities further explained that a number of intensive meetings will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition’s opening day, which gives Egypt a chance to enhance its image and promote tourism.

The Egyptian pavilion that will be showcased in the exhibition is designed in the form of a Pharaonic temple, but in modern colors, equipped with columns, with hieroglyphic writing. This comes in light of promoting the cultural tourism in a style that suits and appeals to the Spanish tourists.

The fair will witness the participation of 31 participants representing 10 hotels and 20 tourism companies, and EgyptAir will also be participating in the Egyptian pavilion this year.

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King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Is Heading Soon to Boston

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The famed exhibition “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh”which is currently being displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in London is getting ready to continue its tour with 150 artifacts in Boston.

The news have been made by the Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh as he revealed a large statue of the king dressed in his royal outfit, in front of the entire city hall. The exhibition’s official website also confirmed the news.

“Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness King Tut’s stunning treasures before they return to Egypt forever!” The announcement read.

“Nearly 100 years after the discovery that captivated the world, KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh — the largest collection of Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt — will open at The Saunders Castle at Park Plaza in Boston for a limited engagement beginning Saturday, June 13.” It added.

The exhibition will temporarily take place at Saunders Castle in Park Plaza, as of June 13th. It is then expected to carry out the tour to the Australian Museum in Sydney.

The exhibition will display 150 artifacts are of the boy King’s belongings, in addition to life-sized statute of him, a small shrine, an alabaster cup with beautiful inscription and a number of pots.

The exhibition has already witnessed great success during its previous tours in Paris and Los Angeles, and is now being held at the Saatchi Gallery in west London until May 3rd.

 

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356 Artifacts From King Tut, Ramses II and Thutmose III Transferred to the GEM

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A collection of 356 artifacts have been successfully transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the Grand Egyptian Museum, 37 artifacts from the treasures of the Golden King Tutankhamun were among the collection and are set to be displayed on the grand staircase of the museum.

The artifacts included a pink granite statue of King Ramses II, a black one of King Thutmose III and a naos for King Nectanebo, in addition to a box of quartzite that is used in preserving canopic pots from the collection of King Thutmose III.

Significant artifacts that have been previously transferred included the statues of King Ramses II, Sekhmet and Seti, and a huge pink granite portray of Ramses VI. 

Just last week, the Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism announced that the GEM is done with restoring around 47,000 artifacts from the items in the restoration center of the Grand Egyptian Museum.

And with 50000 artifacts to be displayed, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest in the world dedicated to one civilization only.

 

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