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Moscow says no deadline set for resuming flights to Egyptian resorts

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CAIRO – 1 February 2019: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS on Tuesday that no deadline has been set for the resumption of flights between Russia and the Egyptian resorts.

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot already resumed flights to Cairo in April after more than two-and-a-half years of suspension.

Bogdanov said that despite the absence of charters, a considerable number of tourists still visit Egyptian resorts through third countries. “In terms of distance, quality and price of products, Egypt is a unique place,” he stated.

Flights were suspended at the end of 2015 after a bomb downed a flight carrying holidaymakers from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, killing all 224 people on board, mostly Russian tourists. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Since the crash, Egypt has been implementing new, tighter security measures at all of its airports to meet the Russian demands necessary for the resumption of flights, with multiple visits from Russian security delegations to observe changes implemented by the government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed to resume flights from Moscow to Cairo in January 2018. On April 11, 2018, the first flight of Russia’s Aeroflot airlines arrived to Cairo International Airport.

An Airbus 320 with 160 Russian passengers on board arrived at Terminal 2 of the Cairo International Airport; the Egyptian Aviation Services Company facilitated all the procedures for the Russian passengers.

On October 15 2018, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi embarked on a three-day official visit to Russia, during which he met with his Russian counterpart.

Sisi told press he reviewed with Putin the resumption of direct flights from Russia to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, and others. Putin agreed during the meeting to resume flights between the two countries, referring that Egypt exerts extensive efforts to secure air flights.

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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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Ministry Of Tourism Partners With Italian MediaSet For a Documentary Series

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A new promotional campaign with the Italian MediaSet channels group has been launched by the Ministry of Tourism, in which a series of documentary films about Egypt will be aired.

The documentary will include top destination and attractions in Egypt, and is set to be aired on Freedom OrtleIl Confine channel.

The series will be presented by Italian presenter Roberto Giacobbo and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.

Giacobbo is one of the well-known presenters of touristic programs in Italy.

The films will be aired on the Italian TV, in addition to the official social media pages of the General Authority for Tourism Development. 

Archaeological sites of touristic significance will be included in the films.

Head of Italian Channel 4 (Rete 4), Sebastian Lombardi said that they worked with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism “to show the beauty of Egypt and its civilization depicted in the construction of the pyramids.”

He also added that they are trying “to explore Egypt in a different and attractive way amid the momentum of its civilization.The program will talk about the Egyptian beauty and history. Tourists have a lot of expectations and interest in knowing more about Egypt’s ancient civilization.”

This marks yet another significant collaboration, after last week’s partnership with CNN. All of which aligns with the Ministry’s efforts to promote for tourism in Egypt and help revive it.

The Ministry also recognized the importance of Social Media as a marketing tool, and took advantage of it by signing agreements with bloggers to promote for Egypt as a top notch destination.

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