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Egypt makes it to CNN’s list of “best 19 places to visit in 2019”

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Egypt made it among cities such as New Zealand, Grand Canyon and Kerala, in CNN’s “best 19 places to visit in 2019”, it came second on the list before Fakouka in Japan and Ghana.

It’s fair to say that this year has been of remarkable archaeological discoveries for Egypt, both a tomb and a well-preserved mummy were discovered, the tomb dates back to a Fifth Dynasty royal priest and the mummy was discovered in Luxor by an expedition led by the French.

“Mummies, sphinxes, tombs and fresh pyramid mysteries have all been unearthed over the past year, as Egypt proves time and again it has many more secrets yet to be revealed,” the article stated.

There’s no doubt that the tour bus bombing left Egypt at unease and worry that such an incident will cause a setback in tourism. However, according the Associated press, a number of tourists weren’t hesitant to visit the pyramids the very next day.

And according to a report done by The United Nations World Tourism Organization, Egypt is indeed the second fastest growing destination in the world.

 

 

 

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5 places to go during this Christmassy spirit

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It is this wonderful time of the year, and a personal favorite to me; because when December arrives, it brings along the wonderful lights of Christmas. Most of the places are either beautifully lit up with a gigantic Christmas tree or even a mini one for small places, what matters is, anywhere you go, you can feel that December spirit! Whether you are a winter lover or not, this article will guide you through where to go during this month, and for winter haters, we’ll try and keep you warm.

1- Capital business park

Capital business park in 6th of October  has a variety of cafes and restaurant, which not only serves delicious food but most of them serves blankets as well so you can enjoy the weather outdoors. But honestly, restaurants aren’t the only attraction force here, but also their humongous Christmas tree that you can actually walk inside of!

The place is suitable for a group hang out, a family night or a date.

2- Villa Belle Époque

Villa Belle Époque is a small but very cozy hotel in Maadi, its restaurant makes the perfect go to for a romantic dinner. You’ll also be enjoying a pool/ garden view during your meal. So if you’re looking to take your partner out on Christmas Eve, you better hurry and reserve now!

3- Laser tag

Now, if you’re not the type to sit in a place and is eager to let out some energy in a fun way, then adrenaline laser tag is your way to that! Laser tag is a new fun experience, you can find it in Dandy mall. The place is impressively decorated, and suitable for big groups as they divide into two teams and you compete on two different missions.

4- Galleria40

Galleria40 is quite similar to Capital business park, same attractions force. What makes it special at the moment is that Dara’s ice cream had recently opened its first branch in Galleria. I know you’ll probably wonder who the heck would want to have ice cream in this cold! Well, ask the really long line that stands at Dara’s, awaiting to be served. Yep, a line … for an ice cream, in December; because it is that good!

5- Andrea New Giza

If you’re a foodaholic, then you probably know Andrea. And if you don’t, then it is a must try! Their chicken is top notch, and so is their breakfast. The food is one thing, the location itself is another, it’s located on a hill which makes the weather even better and the view, an incredible one.

It’s suitable for group hang-outs, family nights and dates.

 

 

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Tahrir’s Egyptian Museum receives guests for free on Tuesday

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Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani announced opening the Egyptian Museum to the public for free on Tuesday for locals and foreigners residing in Egypt, marking the 116th anniversary of the museum’s opening.

During the ceremony organized by the ministry on Monday at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square, Anani said that the Egyptian Museum is the first reference to all archaeological museums in the world, as it contains over 160,000 unique and varied artifacts, noting that the museum will not be affected by the transfer of the Tutankhamun collection to Giza’s Grand Egyptian Museum, which is currently under construction.

Thepresence of as many as 31 ministers and over 34 ambassadors and cultural advisers confirms the Egyptian state’s interest in history and civilization and its strong support for heritage, Anani said.

Anani said that the Antiquities Ministry began to implement a plan of development of the Egyptian Museum, which includes exhibiting antiquitiesthat will replace the collection of Tutankhamun, as about 4,500 objects were already transferred to Giza’s new museum.

The development process is funded by a grant from the European Union for a period of seven years, Anani said, adding that the plan is implemented by the Ministry of Antiquities and an association of the directors of five European museums, including the Turin’s Egyptian Museum in Italy,London’s British Museum, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.

Sabah Abdel Razek, director general of the Egyptian Museum of Liberation, said Monday that the celebration of the 116th anniversary of the opening of the Egyptian Museum coincides with the presentation of rare relics of the royal tomb, Yuya and Tuya.

In an interview with al-Youm on dmc, Abdel Razek said that the archaeological collection has replaced the Tutankhamun collection, which was moved this year to the Grand Museum.

She explained that the artifacts of theYuya and Tuya tomb werecompletely discovered in 1905, about three years after the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was officially inaugurated.

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The Egyptian Museum is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It displays 120,000 artifacts. The museum was first build in 1835 near Al-Azbakeyah Garden and in 1855 it was moved to the Cairo Salaheddin Citadel.

In 1855, the Egyptian government gave Archduke Maximilian of Austria many of the artifacts that are now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

In 1858, following the establishment of Egypt’s Antiquities Service under the direction of French archaeologist August Mariette, a new museum was established at Boulaq’s Nile bank.

But regretfully in 1878, the building suffered significant damage from the Nile River flooding. In 1892, the collections were moved to a former royal palace in Giza where they remained safe until 1902 when the museum in Tahrir Square was built.

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TOURISM INDUSTRY IN EGYPT IS RECOVERING

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According to the tourism minister, the figures of tourists visiting the country raised up to 40 percent in the first nine months of 2018 from a year earlier; where Egypt is recovering from the collapse that began back in 2011 and remained stubbornly persistent.

“We expect that by the end of 2018 we will not be at the levels that we’ve seen in 2010, but we are approaching that,” Rania Al-Mashat -tourism minister- declared in an interview. She added, “The rebound is quite steep and we’re trying to put the industry on a competitive base compared to our peers.”

The minister also gave a hint about the government plans to announce a new private equity fund to upgrade its hotels as well as new investment opportunities on islands in the Red Sea.

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