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What You Need to Know About Egypt’s GEM

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Located in a close proximity to the Pyramids, the Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to play a focal point for the touristic sector in Egypt. The area will mainly consist now of the GEM, the Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx, in addition to Egypt’s newest Sphinx International Airport.  

The project’s foundation was laid back in 2002, while constructions started in May 2005. Ever since, the long await for this mega project to open has been eagerly anticipated.

The museum is built on a land area of 117 acres, and is set to become one of the largest archaeological museums worldwide. Whereas thousands of artifacts will be displayed in the museum for the whole world to witness, and in the hope to attract more tourists to the country.

A few days ago, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat announced that the museum will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020; giving the long wait a final closure soon.

Al-Mashaat also announced that the belongings of King TutanKhamun shall be displayed in a Holographic 3D imagery, during the opening of the museum in 2020.

Egypt has already been racing to restore the glory of King Tut’s collection, and is finalizing the artifacts to be ready for display.

The 5,000 piece collection will be permanently displayed in its new home, the Grand Egyptian Museum. 

Rami Magdy working on the restoration of a chariot from Tutankhamun’s tomb at the Wood Laboratory in the Grand Egyptian Museum’s conservation center. 

GEM’s General Manager, Tarek Tawfik, previously said that Tutankhamun’s collection is taking a space of two 7,000 square-meters galleries in the museum; thus giving us a wide look at the life of the King behind the Golden Mask, including how he dressed, lived and ate.

During an interview with CNN, Al-Mashaat expressed her faith ‘that the GEM is going to revive the cultural tourism again, not just to Egypt, but the whole world. This is the only museum that has the full collection of TutanKhamun. ”

“Also, the only place with the Pyramids as the backdrop,” She added.

Last Thursday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled el Anany issued a decree declaring Dr Tayyeb Abbas, archaeological affairs manager at the Great Egyptian Museum for one year.

Dr Abbas is currently the deputy dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels for education and student affairs at Minya University. He is well fit for the role, for his wide experience and knowledge.

Also worth-mentioning is that King Ramses statue is placed in the GEM’s lobby entrance; to welcome the eager attendees.

Furthermore, the facade of the museum is coated with alabaster stones, and the walls of the GEM that overlooks the Pyramids will have a glass panoramic view! Thus, giving the visitors an extra privilege and an even better experience of Egypt’s ancient history.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will cost $1.100 billion financed by the Japanese government through two loans worth $450 million. Even though, the amount may shock you, it is however, money well spent.

According to Al-Mashaat, the GEM “is a clear testament that Egypt has a lot of heritage and a lot of antiquities to show to the world in an era where cultural tourism is on a decline.”

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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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