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Vatican and Al-Azhar standing against extremism

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Earlier on Monday, the Vatican and Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque and university had signed a document regarding the fighting against extremism.

The signing took place in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Pope Francis to the Arabian peninsula, a visit that is considered to be a historical one; that attempts at outreaching Muslims on his behalf.

The Pope is the first leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to visit the Arabian Peninsula, and his visit also included the attending of an interfaith meeting in the UAE.

Today, the country expects its largest public gathering ever, that includes an open-air mass for 135,000 of the Muslim country’s million Catholic residents.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed expressed his delight in meeting the pontiff and described Abu Dhabi as the ‘homeland of tolerance”.

He also tweeted, “We discussed enhancing cooperation, consolidating dialogue, tolerance, human coexistence and important initiatives to achieve peace, stability and development for peoples and societies.”

 

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Egypt’s Ministers Sit Down to Discuss Egypt’s Participation in Dubai Expo2020

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Egypt is getting ready for its participation in one of the biggest events the Dubai Expo 2020 and to prepare for the event, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani met with Minister of Trade and Industry Nevine Gamea to go over the arrangements. 

After getting postponed due to the virus, the Dubai Expo will take place for six months from October 2021.

The meeting was attended by Ms Ghada Shalaby, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Maghawry, Head of the Commercial Representation Authority and General Commissioner for the Egyptian Participation at Expo Dubai 2020, and Mr. Hatem Al Ashry, Adviser to the Minister of Trade and Industry for Institutional Communication,.

In addition to representatives from the Ministries of Housing, Finance, Higher Education, Culture, Immigration, Tourism and Antiquities among several officials.

Dr. Khaled El Enany said that the ministry intend to present Egypt as a global archaeological and touristic destination in the pavilion at the Expo. According to him, the temporary exhibition at the Expo will showcase a number of Egyptian antiquities to reflect Egypt’s rich ancient history.

The minister also added that they’re keen on having a digital presence during the exhibition, which is why a a live broadcast of a number of Egyptian monuments and archaeological sites will be presented.

We can’t wait to see the history of Egypt beautifully presented at one of the hugest events of the time!

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Work Almost Completed at the Cairo International Airport Museum

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Head of the Museums Sector at Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities Moamen Othman inspected the ongoing work and latest preparations at Cairo International Airport Museum.

Othman looked into the progress and made sure that all artifacts were placed at the main exhibit hall of the museum according to the display scenario.

So far, the work in the galleries of the museum have been completed and all artifacts have been placed and distributed inside two display cases in accordance to the museum display scenario. Right now, the lighting and labels are being finalized.

 

According to Othman, the museum will be an asset to the Cairo International Airport and will play a role in attracting visitors, expatriates and transit travelers.

Hala Hagag , director general of the Cairo Airport Museum, said that the artifacts were carefully selected by the Supreme Committee for the Museum Display Scenario, from the storages of a number of museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Suez Museum and the Greco-Roman Museum, it showcases the different civilization of Ancient, Coptic and Islamic Egypt.

Moreover, the museum will display two mummies. One of them is decorated with a golden mask and colored inscriptions.

 

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Cairo International Book Fair Postponed In Light of Coronavirus Concerns

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The Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) has been postponed to June next year over coronavirus concerns, the High Committee of the CIBF said following a meeting that was held on Monday, headed by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem.

The book fair was supposed to take place early next year in January and February, giving the chance to several Egyptian, Arab and even international vendors to exhibit their books. The book fair is seen as one of the Middle East’s largest annual cultural event.

According to the statement released by the committee, the new date for the 52nd CIBF is expected to be between 30 June to 15 July.

“The committee discussed the latest developments concerning the coronavirus pandemic globally, and its impact on book fairs worldwide, which led to the cancellation or postponement of international exhibitions,” the statement noted.

This decision also comes to support those who will be participating in the fair from foreign countries, in an attempt for them to be able to fly to Egypt.

Due to the same reason, the committee said that it has agreed with Greece that it will delay its participation in the exhibition as a guest of honor to the next year.

 

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