Egypt Tourism Authority Launches New #thisisegypt Campaign

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The Egyptian Tourist Authority (ETA) has announced today the launch of a new campaign titled “This is Egypt” (#thisisegypt), to kick-start a major domestic campaign to drive growth in the tourism sector.

♦In a departure from previous ETA campaigns, #thisisegypt will be adigital-first, focusing on peer-to-peer advocacy and digital media.

In addition to the traditional advertising methods that will be undertaken by the ETA, #thisisegypt will be the first new campaign for the tourism sector since 2012.
This Is Egypt focuses on personalizing the Egyptian experience by encouraging Egyptians to celebrate and share what theyvalue most about their country on all social media platforms – and play a positive role in retelling the nation’s narrative.
The hashtag, #thisisegypt, originally began as a grass-roots movement developed by Egyptians, and was adopted by the ETA as the campaign to give all Egyptians a chance to play a role in boosting tourism by portraying an experiential and authentic image about the country to the world.
♦The three-year campaign will focus on attracting and engaging diverse audiences, with a focus on millennials who are driven by personal experience, passion and adventure. Recent studies have shown that millennials take a higher number of trips annually compared to other age groups, driven by the aforementioned factors.

♦Millennials also have the highest level of influence in their respective communities, which indirectly affects the travel decisions of their peers – upon which this campaign heavily relies.
♦The campaign will highlight Egypt’s touristic destinations into four main geographic attractions: the Nile Valley, the Red Sea Riviera, the White Mediterranean and the Western Desert. The four destinations will be promoted across different audiences and seasons based on each of the targeted markets’ unique attraction points.
♦“The #thisisegypt campaign is built for Egyptians, by Egyptians,” said Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou. “Now more than ever we want all Egyptians to explore our country and share their positive visuals, and help reshape Egypt’s image to the world.”
The campaign comes as Egypt continues to work around the clock to enhance safety and security procedures to ensure the well-being of all travelers.

♦The country recently passed an assessment by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with inspectors from Russian, Dutch, Emirati and Italian airlines, and is also collaborating with delegations from the United Kingdom, Germany and Russia to implement the strongest security measures possible. As it launches the #thisisegypt campaign, Egypt has pledged to do all that is possible to provide all visitors – internal and external – with a safe and enjoyable experience in the country.
♦The domestic campaign will be followed with another extensive GCC and international campaign at a later stage.

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About The Egyptian Tourist Authority
Egyptian Tourist Authority was established in March 1981, by presidential decree No. 134 endorsing a recommendation by the Minister of Tourism.

♦ The Authority is dedicated to promoting Egypt as a first class tourist destination, in line with the rise of tourism marketing as an independent discipline and the emergence of new tourism promotion tools.

♦ The Authority responded to the increasing competition in the travel and tourism industry, by adopting an advanced structure capable of dynamically dealing with the situation.

♦The completion is due to the rising number of new attractive destinations, budget airlines and the huge progress made by the airlines industry.

Largest #tourism #project launched in #Giza – #Egypt

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CAIRO, Egypt – In an effort to revitalise the tourism sector, Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman announced on Sunday the details of the “largest” tourism service project in the governorate at a cost of EGP 7.5m, according to a statement from the governorate.

Ministry of Tourism will fund the project which will be implemented by Ministry of Antiquities, Abdel Rahman said. Situated near Haram Street, the project will include 280 bazaars, commercial shops, touristic restaurants and cafes with the aim of serving tourists.

According to Abdel Rahman, the tender to implement the project will be issued on a usufruct basis for the developers within a month. The announcement followed a Sunday visit by the governor to the project site, which he said would attract tourists due to proximity to the Giza Pyramids.

A total of EGP 21m has been allocated by the governorate to develop roads in the area of Haram Street, with Abdel Rahman pointed out that the governorate has spent EGP 25m on this over the past two years.

The tourism sector struggled in 2013 after many European and foreign governments warned travel agencies in August to stop selling holiday packages to Egypt amid rising fears of violence after the dispersal of a sit-in held by supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi.

The Ministry of Finance recently announced that tourism revenues in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2013/2014 are down 66% year on year, registering $1.9bn. Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou announced last week an increase in visa fees for tourists visiting the country from $15 to $25. In a positive outlook, however, Zaazou said he expected the number of tourists to increase by 3 million in 2014 to 12.5 million, up from 9.5 million in 2013, generating $11bn in revenues.

Source: dailynewsegypt.com

Classic Egypt back on map as FCO relaxes advice for tourists visiting Luxor and Aswan

British tourists wishing to visit the Valley of the Kings, home to Tutankhamun’s famous tomb, can once again do so safe in the knowledge that they will be covered by travel insurance after the British government relaxed long-standing advisories.

The FCO is still warning against all but essential travel to a large part of the country including Cairo and the North Sinai but destinations such as Luxor, Aswan and the Abu Simbel temples in Nubia are back on the map.

A spokesperson for the FCO said: ‘We continue to urge British nationals already in Egypt to follow the instructions of the local authorities and obey curfews where they are in place. There remains a high threat from terrorism throughout Egypt. This has not changed.’

They continued: ‘As always, the safety of British nationals is a priority. We continue to follow developments carefully, and keep our travel advice under continuous review.

‘British nationals should continue to monitor FCO travel advice closely for any updates and stay away from any demonstrations or protests.’

Speaking at a holiday industry conference in London last week, Egypt’s minister of tourism Hisham Zaazou told journalists: ‘More than 18 countries have lifted the travel advisory on Luxor and Aswan. As soon as the FCO revises its travel advice for the UK, we will work tirelessly with our valued media, travel agent and tour operator partners to communicate that the whole of Egypt is open.’

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Lavrov hopes to restore tourism cooperation with Egypt

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Moscow is confident that the scale of tourism cooperation with Egypt will be restored after the lift of the state of emergency in that country, the Voice of Russia correspondent Ksenya Melnikova reports.

“We have agreed on the intensive development of dialogue on tourism. This is an extremely important area of our relations and part of stabilization efforts in Egypt; as I understand, the lift of the state of emergency regime which occurred yesterday can restore the scale of tourism cooperation. I am absolutely positive about that,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference after his negotiations in Cairo.

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Minister of Tourism said : Egypt open for tourism

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Egypt will end its state of emergency and lift all curfews in the country by November 14, according to Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Hesham Zaazou Speaking at World Travel Market at London’s Excel, he said, ‘Over 18 countries have now lifted their negative travel advice to key regions of the Red Sea, Luxor and Aswan. Egypt’s compass is now pointing in the right direction.’

Apart from the Red Sea resorts, the UK government currently advises against all but essential travel to most of Egypt including Luxor and Aswan, but the Minister hopes this is reviewed and expects to meet with the Foreign Office in the coming days.

 

Following this summer’s revolution and subsequent protests, Egypt has seen a huge drop in tourist arrivals. ‘It’s been a challenging time as over 4 million Egyptians work in tourism,’ he said. ‘In the last week of September, we saw a drop of 90% compared to last year which is huge. However, while the media has focused on negative images of Cairo, I want to stress that not one single tourist has been targeted.’

 

As part of the mission to win back tourists, the tourist board has launched their ‘Egypt Now’ initiative with live streams of key tourist hot spots in Egypt available on their website, as well as an ‘Egypt Travel’ mobile application  for visitors to plan their holiday.

 

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Message from Andy & Debbie McKnight for ETA Chairman

Dear Chairman.
My wife & I (both British Sub Aqua Club divers) have just returned home to Cyprus from Dahab where we enjoyed an eight day diving holiday with Desert Divers.  Before travelling to Dahab we had been quite concerned regarding the civil unrest that had made up most of the media reporting relating to Egypt in the weeks prior to our departure.  We need not have worried, as there was not a trace of tension in the air for the duration of our holiday.  We felt safer walking through the streets of Dahab at night than we would have done on many streets in London.

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We were met at Sharm El Sheikh airport by the shuttle bus from Blue Beach Club Hotel and transported to that hotel very efficiently despite the many police roadside checks en route.  Setting aside a mix-up with our room on arrival, we enjoyed the first of many restful nights at the hotel.  Our room mix-up was sorted out the very next morning with efficiency and courtesy and after a welcome breakfast, we went to along Desert Divers to deliver our dive kit and sort out the registration formalities with Tanis Newman, the proprietor.
The dive guides, Mahmoud (or Barracuda) and Khalid were helpful, efficient and accommodating.  Of the dive sites 95% were everything we had been expecting and more, with the one exception being Bannerfish Bay. My wife, a keen underwater photographer, was in her element and I got to see some very impressive walls, the next best things to wrecks for me.

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As always, we found the Egyptian people to be most friendly and helpful, although the restaurant “hustlers” and shopkeepers along the seafront were somewhat too persistent at times, but it was always good-natured banter.  We sympathize with them for their predicament given that the resort in general was obviously suffering from a severe shortage of tourists and wish for them a return to normality as soon as possible.
Full marks to Egyptair, especially on our return trip to Cyprus.  We left our hotel in Dahab at 10:00 hrs. and opened our own front door in Larnaka just eight hours later, with all our luggage accounted for and without having to worry about retrieving and re-checking it in at Cairo.
Our thanks also go to the civil and tourist police for their re-assuring presence during our holiday, we did not feel that it was in any way intrusive at any time.
Would we go back?  You bet, in fact, the “return fixture” is already in the planning stages.
Andy (& Debbie) McKnight.Cyprus Sub Aqua Club.BSAC Branch 2496.

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Hurghada Again & Again

One of Egypt’s very first tourist hot spots, Hurghada, still retains the charm of the good old days, yet with a brand new look.
For long, Hurghada has been regarded as a divers’ haven. By all means it is. Whether you are looking for colorful corals, or for wreck diving, there is something to keep you busy underwater.
Windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, swimming, snorkeling and diving are all activities you can do there.
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Beaches
All the beaches in Hurghada are privately owned by hotels and clubs and are accessible only to their guests or for a fee for outsiders. Some of the recommended beaches are:
Elysees Dream Beach, located at the entrance of the boule-vard. It is a private beach open 9 am to 7 pm. There is a restaurant and a bar on the beach and the cost is reasonable for non-resort staying guests.
Old Vic Beachis one of the most well-known and populated beaches as it is protected
from the waves and winds of the sea. There is a good water sports center, a bar and restaurant and sun beds with umbrellas. Also located at the Boulevard.
Aladdin Beach Resort has a nice amphitheater, beach disco, an open air animation studio,coffee shop and more. Sports and beach activities are available, as well as, sun beds.
Aside from these beaches, outsiders can also use hotel beaches by paying for day use such as the Steigenberger Al Dau, the Marriott Beach Resort, Coral Beach Rotana Resort and others.
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Other Egyptian restaurants with good ratings are:

Hefny’s seafood, if you can overlook the décor, you will not be sorry, especially if you order the calamari dish.
It is located on Mina Street and El Minathat is said to have fresh fish always. Order grilled or fried along with a variety of side dishes. Also located on Mina Street.
Also don’t miss on Felfela located on the sea shore with a great panoramic view. Dishes offered include mixed grills and lentil soup.
An Evening Out
Have a walk after dinner on the Marina Boulevard before you head to one of the many bars dotting Hurghada Marina Boulevard. The town’s most famous Papas Bar is a great place to watch the game or shoot some darts, while Shade Barwith its funky coloured and comfy beanbags is a great place for a casual get-together.

As a finale to your night out at the boulevard, there is no better place to be than the hip and trendy Hed Kandi, to dance the night away at Hurghada’s ultimate clubbing venue.
Papas Bar Tel: +2-016/8833554, Shade Bar Tel: +2-010/3441813
Hed Kandi: Tel: +2-016/8833556

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Other evening venues
Hurghada is never without evening outings including Little Buddha with its trendy cocktails and chic ambiance and excellent Sushi. Located at Sindbad Resort on Village Road.
The Ministry of Sound has the DJ from the London Ministry of Sound flying in regularly to play great tunes and there are several theme nights. Located on the beach near Sakkala.
The Hard Rock Cafe comes complete with a guitar, old photographs adorning the walls and an incredible collection of rock memorabilia. There is an open-air seating, a pool bar
and great music. Located at Alkora Road. The Dutch bar
is one of the oldest in town and known for its kitsch appeal
and interiors. Located inside the Princess Hotel.
Hotels
There are over 270 hotels in Hurghada alone. You can make your choice from 2-star hotels to 5-star international chain hotels. Some have their own beaches and others
are located inside the city.
Other Options
Over and above, if you opt for an apartment hotel there are the Resort Apartments. The apartments have a mix of 1 and 2 bedrooms, fully equipped with linen and towels and
kitchen utensils. The main feature is the two large swimming pools and is a 15-minute walk from the Old Vic Village beach.
Address: Mohamed Said St. Al Kowthar.

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Spas in or nearby Hurghada
The Oberoi Spa, managed by Banyan Tree, offers a safe haven from busy schedules and the rush of daily life.
The Oberoi Massage uses the palms and fingertips to apply pressure to stimulate blood circulation and induce a state of total relaxation. For those who prefer a firm massage,
the Pharaoh’s Massage uses a technique of deep pressure that helps to relax worn out tissues and muscles in the body.
Tel: +2-065-3440777

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Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel features a full-service spa that includes massage and treatment rooms, facial treatments, body treatments, and beauty services.
Tel: +2-065-3465400
The Desert Rose Resort offers a full-service spa that features massage and treatment rooms and beauty services. In addition to an outdoor pool and a children’s pool,
The Desert Rose Resort provides a private beach, a health
club, and a spa tub.
Tel: +2-065-3460600
Hurghada Marriott Red Sea Resort features spa services, massage and treatment rooms, beauty services, and a hair salon. In addition to an outdoor pool and a children’s pool and a private beach.
Tel: +2-065-3446950
Swiss Wellness Spa Resort 30 comfortably furnished en-suite rooms. The steam room
and sauna are available as well as recognized treatments and therapies including professional massages and a fitness room. A menu for vegetarians and diabetics is available.
Sheraton Road, Riviera Village. Telephone: +2-065 344 94 78 &
+2-065 344 94 79
Getting around Hurghada
Local taxis from the hotels are the best transportation. The only public transport available is the Jals Jalls, Toyota minivans and have no fixed routes, if you find one, just wave. It would do well, if you hire a car or bike, from agencies around the airport or town center.

Soma Soma-bayBay:

An all-in-one Red Sea experience Did you ever dream of experiencing the whole of the Red Sea without having to travel from one spot to another? Well, no need to dream anymore, just head to Soma Bay.Located about 45 km south of Hurghada International Airport, the fast-growing tourist complex of Soma Bay offers a reminiscent experience flavoured by its over-the-top accommodation facilities and wide array of activities, sports, and excursions on offer.The latest addition to Soma Bay’s hotelier scene is the exquisite Kempinski Soma Bay. Service exceeds your expectation of a five-star hotel with the individualized experiences the place offers. Having your lunch table set in the sea and enjoying your meal while the water tingles your feet is not a wishful thinking; all you need to do is voice your wish and Kempinski Soma Bay will manage the rest. Another mind-blowing accommodation facility in Soma Bay is the elegant and classy La Résidence des Cascades. A golfer’s dream-land, the place is designed and equipped to give you a dream golfing vacation. It comes with a stunning 18-hole par-72 golf course designed by the South African golf leg-end Gary Player. Enjoy golfing with the open sea in sight and the surreal Red Sea mountain peaks in the backdrop. La Résidence des Cascades is not all about hole-in-ones or perfect swings, there is more into it that just golfing. The hotel’s spa, Les Thermes Marins, offers a rare opportunity to revitalize your well-being with the much appreciated Thalasso treatment. Its wide range of therapies includes underwater massages, jet showers, and seaweed wraps. Les Thermes Marins trademark is actually its Aquatonic Pool; a 750 square meter body-toning pool that leaves you floating on clouds of relaxation.Soma Bay offers a wide range of activities that keep out-door addicts coming back for more. Diving is still the Red Sea prime sport and Soma Bay has its good share of diving spots. Right on its doorstep there are sites like the amazing Seven Pillars. It is a 10- to 12-meter dive into a surreal world of underwater colors. Look for the giant Napoleon fish – it is quite friendly with humans.

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If you are looking for other underwater adventures, the dive clubs in Soma Bay offers a long list of diving spots including sites like Panorama Reef, Tobia, Abu Kafan,
Claude Reef, Ras Abu Soma, Hamdallah Reef, and the Salem Express wreck.Soma Bay is the perfect place for the thrilling water sport Kite Surfing. The place is blessed with an amazing reef-less lagoon and a constantly blowing wind; together they make
the perfect conditions for kite surfing. If you are not that much into kite surfing and prefer a more classical water sport, you can always head to Kempinski’s water sport center. There you can have some good old windsurfing or go for a propitious catamaran sail enjoying the cinematic sunset views of the glamorous Red Sea.
Kempinski Soma Bay
Tel: +2-065 3561500
http://www.kempinski-somabay.com
La Résidence des Cascades
Tel: +2-065 3542333
http://www.residencedescascades.com
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Egypt Participating at ITB Berlin 2013

Egyptian Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou headed a high level delegation representing Egypt at ITB Berlin 2013 that took place during the period from 6th to 10th of March 2013.

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Nearly 100 exhibitors representing the most important Egyptian hotels, travel agencies, the Hotel Association, and the Travel Agents Association where exhibiting at the Egyptian pavilion covering an area of 1515 m2

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It is worth mentioning that Egypt was the partner country of ITB Berlin in 2012. In this respect Egypt had taken the opportunity to maximize the coverage and promotion about the Egyptian destinations through a marketing strategy that included intensive advertising campaigns through conventional and non-conventional advertising channels as well as a public relation strategy that has been launched since the beginning of 2011. The campaign focused on wide participation in all major touristic and cultural events, the launching of press conferences and workshops.

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ITB Berlin hosts around 106644 exhibitors representing 187 countries, in addition to 7000 Journalists representing 94 countries.

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10 Things not to miss in Egypt

1 The pyramids

It would be a travel-weary soul indeed who failed to be impressed by the spectacles of Giza, the only survivors of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It took teams of 10,000 workers they have non-farming months of 20 years to build each pyramid and they are awesome. Although climbing the pyramids is no longer permitted, you can walk right around them, take a camel ride between them and even go inside to the main chambers (providing you don’t suffer from claustrophobia as the entry tunnela are narrow, steep and hot). By contrast, the nearby Sphinx is, as English playwright Alan Bennett observed, like meeting someone famous who turns out to be smaller than you might have imagined from seeing them on TV or in photographs.

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2 Egyptian Museum in Cairo

You could spend a month in this vast, fusty and cavernous museum and barely scratch the surface. Highlights include the Tutankhamun Galleries with everything from clothes, funerary couches, golden sarcophagi and statues to canopic jars containing the boy king’s internal organs. Tut’s death mask, 11kg of solid gold with details in lapis lazuli, obsidian and quartz, completes the sensory overload. Don’t miss the royal mummy room with 11 of Egypt’s most celebrated rulers laid out for the passing parade, or the animal mummy exhibit where royal pets from cats and dogs to crocodiles are preserved. The ancient Egyptian jewellery room is also astonishing, particularly for the inspiration it has provided modern jewellers with lots of seashell and star?sh motifs.

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3 Old Cairo

The history of the Coptic Church is tied to the history of Christian monasticism. The ancient tradition of monasticism continues to be practiced in Egypt and offers a great opportunity to visit Coptic monasteries, such as the monastery of St Simeon in AswanSt Anthony and St Paul Monasteries in the Red Sea mountains, and Deir Al-Kashef Monastery, an early Coptic monastery in the Western Desert. Some of Egypt’s churches also rank among the oldest Christian landmarks in the world, such as the church of the virgin in Asyut and the Coptic Cathedral of St. Mark in Alexandria.Several churches and monasteries also mark the Holy Family Journey trail as described in the Bible. Take an angle’s advice and “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt.”

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4 Khan Al-Khalili

Cairo’s bustling central market since the 14th century, it meanders across countless alleys. In the midst of all the touts and tat, this is a great place to pick up souvenirs as long as you’re prepared to bargain. Take a break at Fishawi’s Cofee house, which claims not to have shut in 200 years except in the mornings during Ramadan when everyone is fasting. And try fateer from the stall that has “Egyptian pancakes” written on the wall.

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5 A ride on the Nile

A felucca ride on the Nile is the best way to escape the hustle on land. We took a two-hour sunset cruise in Luxor, but there are full-day and even week-long cruises on these time-honoured Nile sailing boats. Longer cruises usually head up-river from Aswan — the strong current keeps you moving even when the wind drops.

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6 Luxor Museum
If Cairo’s museum is old-school, the Luxor Museum is new age, with multi- media presentations and well-documented exhibits. There are mummies (including one thought to be the mummy of Rameses I) and statues aplenty, but we delighted in the everyday objects including sandals, a quiver of arrows and even a slingshot from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
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7 Luxor
Allow at least a couple of days to explore the temples and tombs of Luxor . Anything less and you’ll end up with pharaonic fatigue not able to tell a sphinx from a scarab. Karnak and Luxor temples are the highlights of the East Bank in the actual city of Luxor, while on the West Bank you can visit the underground tombs of The Valley of the Kings (including Rameses II and Tutankhamun), the temple of Hatshepsut, the queen who ruled ?rst as regent and then as pharaoh, even to the extent of dressing as a man, the twin pillars of the Colossi of Memnon and the tombs of the Valley of the Queens. It gets very hot in these parts, so start early, wear sunscreen and take plenty of water.

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8 Alexandria’s waterfront walk
A stroll along the Corniche in Alexandria, two hour’s drive north of Cairo, provides a pleasant respite from antiquity overload. The fishing boats place you firmly on the Mediterranean and the Alexandrian Bibliotheca (library) is a modern architectural wonder worth visiting. Stroll down the seafront to see the Hotel Cecil where Lawrence Durrell stayed when he came to Alexandria in 1942 and later immortalised in the Alexandria Quartet. Somewhat incongruously, it’s now a Sofitel.
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9 Oriental cuisine 
From dips such as baba ganouj and homous to salads including tabbouleh and fattoush and chickpea-based felafel, it’s almost impossible to eat badly in Egypt. We fell in love with fattah, a slow-roasted lamb dish with a rich tomato sauce, and hamam, pigeon stu?ed with spiced rice. Sweet-tooths are well catered for, with honey-sodden pastries ?avoured with rosewater and pistachios, pinenuts, almonds and cashews. Though most Egyptians don’t drink alcohol, beer is easy to come by (a bit harder during Ramadan). Egypt also has an emerging wine industry producing creditable wines under licence to French winemakers. Wine and spirits are mainly available in the tourist hotels. There’s also an astonishing array of juices, from limoon (lemon) and rumman (pomegranate) to karkadai (hibiscus flower).

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10 A dip in the Red Sea 

The Red Sea is justifiably famous for the spectacular coral reefs and more than 1000 species of making it a diving and snorkeling paradise. Many Egyptians and tourists base themselves in the resort town of Sharm el Sheikh on the point of the Sinai Peninsula and explore Ras Mohammed National Park, 20km to the west.

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Why I fell in love with Egypt…

Click Me On my first trip to Egypt, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect.  I knew that I was in for the classics: towering pyramids, ancient relics, rolling dunes, and a sun rising over the desert. But what I found was that and so much more.

Located just five hours from London by air, Cairo International Airport was easily accessible and located just a short cab-ride from downtown Cairo.  Upon arrival in the city center, I realized that Egypt was a mixture of the ancient and modern, the spiritual and the commercial.

Cairo itself is a city that has been built  and re-built hundreds of times over throughout the millennia and the site of sky-scrapers located adjacent to Victorian-era mosques was a sight that I was not expecting by utterly delighted by.  Bedouin run stalls selling amazing food, handmade clothing and carpets, jewelry and antiques sat beside modern high-street shops.  From the latest fashions to ancient relics, the shopping in Egypt was without doubt as varied as any I had ever seen.

Outside of the city, I was expecting rolling deserts and caravans of Bedouin travelers.  I was not disappointed.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the variety of landscapes and activities available throughout Egypt.  From Africa’s largest man made lake – Lake Nasser – to the beaches of Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt offered so many activities I was kept busy for a week.  Scuba diving at Sharm el Sheikh offered me the chance to see the variety of sea-life on display in the crystal clear waters while – if I had had a bit more time – windsurfing, parasailing, and canoeing were available to help scratch the action sport fix.

Further south, along the Nile River, lake Nasser offered a chance to angle for the Africa’s biggest fresh water fish: the Vundu Catfish.  Some areas of the lake are preserved for wildlife and sight-seeing tours provide a chance to see massive alligators, delicate birds, and beautiful sunsets while other shore-lines provided me a safe and exciting fishing experience – wading out into clear, cool waters to cast a line in my hunt for a fish that can reach up to 55 kilograms.

It seems that Egypt provided more memories in a short time than I could hope to catalog easily in this blog: tasting authentic Bedouin cuisine, camping under the stars in the desert, and dancing the night away in some of Africa’s most famous night clubs, Egypt provided an experience unlike any other in the world.  I fell in love with Egypt during my time there and I am ready to go back as soon as I can.

http://undiscoveredegypt.co.uk/why-i-fell-in-love-with-egypt/

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