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Nile Cruises Between Luxor & Aswan Finally Resumes After 7 Months

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As life slowly starts to return to normal, Egypt is keen on returning touristic activities with respect to all precautionary measures and now, after 7 months of suspension, Nile Cruises will finally resume between Luxor and Aswan governorates.

Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for the Control of Tourist and Hotel Establishments, Abdel Fattah al-Assi made the announcement, he also added that 11 floating hotels out of 22 will soon receive the required health safety certificate, which is needed for the resumption of the cruises.

While 22 hotels applied to obtain the certificate, only 11 were granted it from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Two hotels have already kicked off their tourism trips right away and saw tourists coming from America, France and Spain.

Minister Al-Assi also pointed out that inspection committees will continue to inspect and check these floating hotels, the ones who have applied for a health safety certificate.

Luxor is a city known to draw tourists in winter as it’s one of its best seasons all year, the rates of tourist occupancy in hotels saw an increase by 80 to 90 percent in 2019-2020.

 

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Another Great Discovery Uncovered in Minya Governorate of an Ancient Tomb

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Another great discovery has been made in Egypt’s Al-Ghuraifah, in Minya Governorate, where a tomb of an ancient Royal Treasury supervisor has been unearthed.

The ancient tomb was discovered the Egyptian archaeological mission working in the antiquities area of ​​Al-Ghuraifah, in Minya Governorate’s Tuna Al-Jabal, the tomb belongs to Badi Est, a Supervisor of the Royal Treasury.

A number of stone statues were found inside the tomb, all of which are in a good shape and preservation.

According to Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Head of the Mission, the cemetery contained a 10 metre deep burial well that leads to a large room with niches carved into the rock.

The well is enclosed by regular shaped stone slabs and contained two limestone statues, one of which is in the shape of the Apis calf, and the other is shaped as a woman.

Waziri also added that the mission discovered 400 blue and green Ushabti statues bearing the name of the deceased, alongside the burials of six of his family members.

 

 

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Work Almost Done at the GEM and Here Are the Latest Updates You should Know!

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The largest museum in the world dedicated to ancient Egyptian culture, the Grand Egyptian Museum will soon be ready for the world to be wowed with its magnificence with 96.5% of the work in the museum finally done!

The general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Major-General Engineer Atef Moftah revealed that 96.5% of work at the GEM has finally been completed, amounting to the transferal of 55 thousand artifacts to the museum.

He also added that the display vitrines for the King Tutankhamun galleries are fully completed and are being tested at the moment. Moreover, 90% of the artifacts has been installed at the Grand Staircase and the surveillance and control system are being finalized.

Moftah also discussed the possibility of installing cable cars! He said that there is an ongoing study that is looking at connecting the beginning of the Fayoum Road with the museum. How cool would that ride be!

These cable cars will be used to transport tourists from the GEM’s hotel area all the way to the bottom of the Giza Plateau, making the ride both easier and much more enjoyable!

Also, there is another study is discussing the possibility of directly linking Cairo Airport and hotels that will be developed within the museum area.

Commenting on the recent discovery in Saqqara, Moftah said: “I requested that the Saqqara Cache be added to the artefacts scheduled for display in the GEM, as well as the Asasif Cache, both will join the museum’s exhibition programme. We will prepare two exhibition halls of the GEM to be called the ‘Hidden Hall’ to hold the coffins. The GEM has two museum exhibition halls with a total area of 2500 square meters, in addition to three halls measuring 600 square meters for temporary displays and exhibitions of both ancient and modern art”.

We can’t wait for the opening of the museum that will completely transform tourism in Egypt, a place that will display the first ever hanging obelisk on show at the entrance of the museum!

Who’s as excited as we are for the grand opening?

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Another Significant Discovery In Minya Unearthed Ancient Amulets and Scarab Figurines

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It looks like the Ministry of Antiquities is on a streak with some continuous discoveries that keep on blowing us away! This time, the Egyptian archeological mission uncovered amulets and scarab figurines in Minya Governate.

The amulets and scarab figurines that come in different sizes and shapes were discovered in ​​Al-Ghuraifa, Tuna Al-Jabal in Minya, they were found inside the coffin of Jehuty Imhotep, the chief priest of the god Jehuty from the 26th dynasty.

This discovery follows the announcement of yet another remarkable discovery just last week of over 59 coffins (also in the Minya Governate).

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عثرت البعثة الأثرية المصرية بمنطقة آثار الغريفة بتونا الجبل بالمنيا على مجموعة من التمائم و الجعارين مختلفة الأشكال و الأحجام الأسبوع الماضي داخل بئر للدفن، وذلك داخل تابوت جحوتي إم حتب، كبير كهنة الإله جحوتي من الاسرة 26. أسفرت أعمال الحفائر بالمنطقة كذلك عن العثور على بئر آخر للدفن بعمق ١٠ آمتار، وسوف تقوم البعثة بإزالة هذه الألواح للكشف عما ورائها من أسرار. The Egyptian archaeological mission in ​​Al-Ghuraifa, Tuna Al-Jabal in Minya discovered amulets and scarabs of different shapes and sizes inside the coffin of Jehuty Imhotep, the chief priest of the god Jehuty from the 26th dynasty. The discoveries were found by the mission last week inside a burial shaft. Excavations in the area also revealed another burial shaft, 10 meters deep. Inside it is a large burial chamber containing niches carved into the stones and lined with stone slabs. The mission will remove these panels to reveal more secrets behind them very soon.

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According to the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and head of the excavation mission, Mostafa Waziry, some of the newly discovered amulets are in the shape of hearts and others depict god Hathor’s head, the four sons of the god Horus, and a winged amulet.

Also worth mentioning is that a 10-metre-deep burial shaft was also discovered in the area, it houses a large chamber with three niches covered by stone beams.

Who knows what else lies hidden deep down in the underground of our magnificent country, waiting for us to discover it and dug it out!

 

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