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Winter Destinations For a Romantic Valentine’s Getaway

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Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse for your and your hubby to escape real life and renew your love, but does it seem impossible to relax with all the troubles of Cairo’s busy life chasing after you? Well then it is time to escape all this to a romantic getaway and leave your troubles behind!

Thankfully, Egypt has been blessed with numerous winter destinations, all of which are breathtakingly romantic with stunning scenery. Here are our top picks for a romantic getaway, right here in Egypt!

Dahab

The place for the adventurous couple! 

Dahab isn’t just affordable and budget friendly but is also one of the most dreamy and relaxing destinations in Egypt, it’s a long way from Cairo but definitely worth it.

From diving into the deep blue waters to mountaineering on Mount Catherine, Dahab is a special place for enjoying a number of activities especially for the adventurous couples. You can bless yourself with the scenery of a romantic sunset from the highest summit in Egypt, hike in the middle of Sinai’s colored canyons or go on a safari trip in the middle of the desert.

If you’re looking to stay luxuriously, you can book at Le Meridien Dahab Resort or Dahab Paradise and for a quick getaway, they won’t cost you much.

El Gouna

For the party-animals couples! 

If you’re the beach lovers or the outgoing type, El Gouna makes the perfect destination for you with its magnificent beaches and lit night life. It’s like vacationing in a private island made specifically for tranquility and peace, one that welcomes you with open arms, and the restaurants there make everyday suitable for a fancy delicious date night.

Luxor and Aswan

For the cultural loving couples! 

Luxor and Aswan are the 2 ideal destinations for the couples who are into history, and the best way to see it is through a luxurious three- to four-day Nile cruise. These cruises will save you the effort of planning and will arrange for you all the must-see attractions, so you don’t miss out on anything.

Go back in time and revisit the ancient Egyptian temples and monuments as you take in the beauty of the Nile banks.

Siwa

For the chill couples! 

Who said you have to travel abroad in order to devour new cultures? Siwa is that kind of destination, where beauty meets their unique culture. In Siwa, you can enjoy cycling around while taking in the fresh and amazing weather, you can also blow off some steam by relaxing in hot springs that make a natural Jacuzzi.

Marsa Alam

For the laid-back couples!

Marsa Alam is a top destination for beach lovers, the area is also home to picture-perfect beaches if you’re still looking to sit back and chill, such as the famous natural pool, Al-Naizak, El Qulan Mangrove Forest and Sharm El Luli Beach.

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Grand Egyptian Museum Granted Three ISO Certificates Reflecting Its Excellence

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Another reason to be proud of our Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), as if we needed more reasons!

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), received on behalf of the museum two ISO certificates: a certificate of accreditation of international standards for environmental management systems (ISO 14001: 2015) and certification of the international standard specifications for the quality management systems (ISO9001: 2015).

File: The three ISO certificates received by GEM.

Engineer Mohamed Habib, General Manager of OSS Middle East and Dr. Tarek Rizk, consultant of OSS Middle East and witnessed by Dr. Hussein Kamal, were the ones to present the certificated in the presence of General Director of the GEM Conservation Center, Dr. Eissa Zidan, Director of Executive Affairs of GEM Conservation and Transportation, and Dr. Elshimaa Eid, Head of Health and Safety at GEM.

This brings the total of certificated that the museum has been awarded to three, as the museum obtained the ISO certificate for occupational safety and health last September.

It’s also worth mentioning that this makes the GEM the only museum regionally and internationally to obtain three ISO certificates in less than 60 days!

These certificates resemble the positive impact that the museum have on the area and its surroundings, it also positions the museum as a sustainable and environmental museum.

 

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Diving & Scuba Activities to Resume in Parts of South Sinai

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As of December, diving and scuba activities for yachts on cruises will resume in six nature reserve diving sites in South Sinai, according to a statement made by Egypt’s Ministry of Environment.

The diving sites include: the Temple, North Laguna, South Laguna, White Island, Electricity, and Map.

The decision by Egypt’s Environmental Affairs Agency follows the cessation of diving activities that lasted for nine months, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Egypt’s health ministry announced Wednesday that South Sinai, Minya, Suez and Ismailia have recently seen a drop in infection rates, unlike Cairo and Alexandria.

According to the statement, “These sites were chosen after carrying out a number of field studies and scientific surveys, and after ensuring that they are distinguished by all the appropriate environmental requirements for diving sites to achieve the enjoyment of those involved in diving activities,” quoting Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad.

 

 

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43 Floating Hotels & Nile Cruises Obtain Health and Safety Certificates

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So far, a total number of 43 floating hotels and Nile Cruise ships have obtained the government mandated health and safety certificates. 

These hotels and ships have started the resumption of their trips in October and ever since, they have been obtaining the certificates that are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Egyptian Hotels Association (EHA). 

According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, these floating hotels obtained the certificates for meeting the health and safety requirements set out by the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry’s inspection committees approved 26 floating hotels between Luxor and Aswan last week, including: Nile Dolphin Hotels; Solaris 1; Premium; Amo Boat; Abercrombie 2; Zaina; Medea; La Travita; Tosca; Beau Rivage 1; Château Lafayette; Esmeralda; Champollion 2; Abercrombie Nile Adventure; Crown Jewels; Royal; Regency Louvain; Miss World; Nile Plaza; Nile Shams; Emilio; Miss Beau Rivage 2; Nile Marquis; Blue Shadow; and Farah. In addition to these, the Nile Vision and River Boats in Cairo also received ministry approval to resume their trips.

The inspection committees will continue looking at the rest of Egypt’s floating hotels, the ones that submitted applications for the certificate.

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