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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.”

To read more about the GEM, click on this link.

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Honeymoon Guide: 7 Heavenly Island Destinations In Greece

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Greece is such a fairy-tale place to spend your honeymoon in, I mean what could possibly ever beat a sunset on a Greek isle? Most of the places and islands there are breathtaking, but some are more romantic than others and so here is a guide to help you pick the ideal place for you to spend your honeymoon in.

Crete

Crete is the largest Greek island and it is such a dreamy place to spend a week or two in just relaxing with your partner, you can head to Chania or enjoy the most romantic views from the lighthouse or simply dine in one of the town’s restaurants that overlook the water.

Romantic activities include horseback riding, luxury spas, and the option to stay in adults-only resorts.

Santorini

By far, the most popular destination in Greece and well, it is practically another synonymous with romance. Your trip to Greece will never really be fulfilled without witnessing a Santorini sunset.

For adrenaline junkies, you will definitely enjoy cliff jumping, hiking, and riding ATVs, and for those looking to just lay back and relax, there are plenty of beaches including black sand beaches.

Tip: Make sure to reserve as early as you can if you have a certain place to stay in mind, because there’s just too much competition for those honeymoon suites.

Mykonos

The island is known as Greece’s premier party island but sill giving the opportunity for some romantic getaways, you can for instance enjoy a walk in Little Venice before getting a romantic dinner just the two of you. Also, who wouldn’t crave someone relaxing in literal paradise on Paradise Beach?

You can also go scuba diving or take a day trip to the nearby island of Delos, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mykonos shopping is some of the best in the world, so save some room in your luggage!

Athens

Athens combines between urban sophistication and world-class cultural experience, making it the perfect destination for couple looking to mix their experience. You can enjoy a rooftop dining while viewing the Parthenon alight above the city or stroll in the ancient Agora.

You can also escape to one of the three islands closest to Athens for a day trip or as another destination on your list.

Zakynthos (Zante)

Couples would usually go for this destination for its famous beach Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Cove, the beach is known not only for the shipwreck but also for its towering cliffs that make one of the most picturesque spots in the Balkans.

Besides that, you will get to enjoy snorkeling with the island’s famous loggerhead turtles.

Paros

Paros is such a dreamy island, well actually it is two islands connected together by a bridge, and it is just a ferry ride away from Athens. You and your partner will get to enjoy stunning waterfront restaurants and cafes, and Paros’s most famous landmark, the white clock tower.

You can also hire a boat to enjoy a private boat ride to nearby Hydra or Aegina.

Kefalonia

Compared to the other islands, Kefalonia is the least known island outside of Greece. However, it is packed with several getaways opportunities for couples, as it has gorgeous beaches galore, opportunities to see sea turtles, and a plethora of charming island villages to escape to.

It’s also very easy to take a day trip from there to Zakynthos (Zante) from Kefalonia, that way you get to discover two islands and not only one.

 

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Ministry of Tourism Wins World Travel Market’s 2019 Global Leaders Award

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The Ministry of Tourism has won the World Travel Market’s 2019 Global Leaders Award for their the ministry’s “Outstanding Achievements to the Industry” in the past two years.

Tourism Minister Rania Al Mashat received the award during a ceremony that took place in London between November 4-6 and taking part in the event was more than 500 representatives from major travel and tourism agencies from across the world.

Al Mashat expressed her honor and gratitude through her official Instagram page saying: “We are honored to have been chosen as the Ministry of Tourism that has contributed the most to the global travel and tourism industry over the last 24 months.”

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𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 #𝗘𝗴𝘆𝗽𝘁'𝘀 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗹 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 “𝗢𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆”. We are honored to have been chosen as the Ministry of Tourism that has contributed the most to the global travel and tourism industry over the last 24 months. The award represents another year of strong growth for #Egypt’s tourism sector reinforcing its role as a driver of economic growth and job creation. The overarching objective of E—TRP is to have at least one individual from every Egyptian household work directly or indirectly in the tourism sector. We have demonstrated that setting policy frameworks is not a theoretical approach but actually executable, as tourism revenues accelerated reaching an all-time high in 2018/2019. It is also a testament to the efforts done by the Ministry of Tourism to contribute to the global tourism industry, with #Egypt taken as an example for resilience and the ability to reinvent itself. Tourism plays a major role in global economic activity, generating 10% of GDP and providing 1 out of 10 jobs worldwide. Since I took office in Jan 2018, we have been working relentlessly with global partners for development such as the @UNWTO, @wtandtc, WTO and ITC to create awareness on the importance of tourism, strengthening and realizing the potential of Egypt’s tourism, and maximizing contribution of the sector on Egypt’s economic welfare. Once again, Congratulations #Egypt. @WTMLondon مبروك لوزارة السياحة المصرية حصولها على جائزة الريادة الدولية للساهمة الفعالة في صناعة السياحة عالميا من بورصة لندن الدولية للسياحة 2019 ، للجهود التي قامت بها الوزارة على مدار الـ 24 شهرًا الماضية، لتحقيق عامًا آخر من النمو القوي لقطاع السياحة في مصر وصياغة وتنفيذ برنامج الإصلاح الهيكلي لتطوير قطاع السياحة.

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The award represents another year of strong growth for #Egypt’s tourism sector reinforcing its role as a driver of economic growth and job creation. The overarching objective of E—TRP is to have at least one individual from every Egyptian household work directly or indirectly in the tourism sector. We have demonstrated that setting policy frameworks is not a theoretical approach but actually executable, as tourism revenues accelerated reaching an all-time high in 2018/2019.” She added.

The statement also explained how this award comes in light of the Ministry’s efforts in enhancing the global travel and tourism industry, considering all the global partners that the ministry joined forces with for development such as the UNWTO, wtandtc, WTO and ITC, in order to create awareness on the importance of tourism, strengthening and realizing the potential of Egypt’s tourism, and maximizing contribution of the sector on Egypt’s economic welfare.

 

 

 

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First-Ever Roman Cemetery Discovered In Saqqara

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For the first time, an archaeological cemetery from the Roman era has been discovered in Saqqara, Ministry of Antiquities announced.

The cemetery has been discovered during the last excavation season which was led by a joint Egyptian-Japanese archaeological mission in North Saqqara, and headed by Nozomu Kawai of Kanazawa University and Waseda University in Japan.

The mission succeeded in unveiling a roman catacomb tomb that dates back to the first and second centuries AD, Among the discoveries were two lion statues that are made of limestone, and each of them is around 55 cm in length.

According to Saqqara’s General Manager Sabry Farah, the catacombs were found in the northeast of the old Saqqara region, an area that never had excavation work done before.

 

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