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  • 05/11/2009 - December 09




    • International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) is the leading annual business to business event for the global luxury travel community, bringing together over 3,600 suppliers and personally invited professional luxury travel buyers in Cannes this December.

      The world’s most sought after destinations, ultra-luxurious accommodation, elite transportation and unique travel experiences are showcased for the most discerning international luxury travel buyer via an unrivalled pre-scheduled appointment system and effective networking and information opportunities.



      Fire, Safety and Security Exhibition Middle East and Africa
      Cairo International Convention Center
      12-15 December 2009

      Fire Fighting
      Police Expo
      Security
      Safety at Work
      Rescue
      Border Control

      The mission of MEFSEC is to facilitate knowledge transfer and business opportunity in key sectors of the firefighting, safety and security market. The aim of this event is to build networks by bringing together experts, industry leaders and distributors.
      MEFSEC is held yearly at the Cairo International Convention Center in Egypt. In 2008, the event hosted 4100 visitors from 34 countries with a growth expectation for 2009 as safety awareness and investment continues to expand in the Middle East and Africa.
      This year, MEFSEC will be inaugurated by International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) - Keith Scott, Chairman.


      New Look Egyptian Open Set For European Challenge Tour Future



      Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, sixty professional golfers will line up with a selection of the Middle East’s best amateur and professional players to contest $200,000 in prize-money when one of the world’s oldest Open golf events – gets underway at Cairo’s Mirage City Golf Course in November 2009.

      The event will enjoy European Challenge Tour support with the Egyptian Open set to attain full Challenge tour status in 2010 and 2011 with the potential of achieving full European tour status in years to come. We will also have Egyptian-based professionals, as well as local and regional amateurs participating.

      European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie will make his first playing appearance in Egypt participating in the event. Colin is an eight-time Order of Merit winner and one of the biggest names in the world of golf.Following the curtain-raising Pro-Am on November 4, the Egyptian Open will be a 72-hole event with no cut, giving all the visiting professionals a chance to experience four days play over the Peter Harradinedesigned course. The Open, which was first staged in 1921, is back at the forefront of golf in the region.

      Golf has a historic relationship with Egypt dating back to 1882 and the building of the Gezira Club. Legends Bobby Locke and Peter Thomson, who between them won nine Open Championship titles, competed in Egypt in the 1950s. This year’s competitors will be following in the footsteps of the legendary Gary Player who began a stellar run of 164 international tournament titles with victory on Egyptian grass back in 1955. In December 2005, Egypt won The Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award, voted for by the Golf Travel Writers Association, comprising 60 leading golf travel journalists from fifteen countries. Since then, the sport has continued to grow with new courses and resorts catering to an increasing demand from golfers from around the globe.


      A true sence of luxury at the Safir Hotel Cairo after renovation


















      The Safir Hotel Cairo has recently completed a major renovation to meet the growing demand of business & vacation travelers.It is ideally located at the city center; it is situated in the immediate vicinity of the River Nile, 22 km from the Cairo International Airport and a few minutes away from downtown, the Egyptian Museum, Sakkara, Giza Pyramids and Sphinx.

      The renovated hotel has re-launched its all new 267 guest rooms & suites with modern amenities to guarantee to guests a true sense of luxury. A wide variety of specialized restaurants are featured including international, Asian, Lebanese & Oriental cuisines.

      In addition, an outdoor swimming pool, fully equipped Health Club & Spa & Business Center were all part of the renovation program.



      Fairmont Nile City opens



      Nestled between the two towers of the Nile City complex, Fairmont Nile City opened its doors this month. With its stunning panoramic Nile view and contemporary elegant Art Deco furnishings, the 567-room Fairmont Nile City is the ultimate in urban chic.

      The acclaimed chefs of Fairmont Nile City have created a culinary adventure for guests. One can enjoy Vietnamese and French cuisine at the signature restaurant Saigon Bleu, or have a more laid back ‘California comfort food’ meal at Napa Grill. As a Fairmont hallmark,the kitchen sources much of their ingredients locally like the fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables and the delicious fish from the Red Sea. Two hot spots are in the pipeline opening soon, planning to juice up Cairo’s nightlife. The elegant O Bar (opening in November) will be offering live jazz by a talented New Orleans band ‘Diamond Life’ for entertainment, and a special raw bar concept offering sashimi, lobsters and caviar. For cigar smokers, the bar offers a wide selection as well as a walk-in cigar humidor with personalized cigar lockers for regular guests.


      Opening in March 2010, the Sky Bar will provide unrivalled and stylish entertainment booked through British record label Kinky Malinki. Fairmont Nile City is well located for business. There are 13 meeting rooms including a ballroom with an outdoor terrace. Located on the twenty-fourth floor and covering over 22,000 square feet, the Willow Stream Spa yet to be opened will be the biggest spa in Cairo offering both relaxation and premium fitness.




       












       
      Press Release- Tomb of Tutankhamen Conservation Project

       



      Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and the J. Paul Getty Trust announced a new partnership for the conservation and management of the tomb of Tutankhamen, a five-year collaborative effort between the SCA and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

      Located in the Valley of the Kings within the World Heritage Site of Ancient Thebes, the tomb of Tutankhamen is perhaps the most famous of Egypt’s Pharaonic tombs. Although it is the smallest of the 26 known royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of this short-lived 18th Dynasty pharaoh was found with its spectacular funerary contents virtually intact on November 4, 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter. The tomb’s extraordinary collection of artifacts – including numerous gold objects – is now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and has fascinated museum visitors for decades.

      Today the tomb is among the most heavily visited sites in the Theban necropolis and the large number of visitors may be contributing to the tomb’s physical deterioration. The Tutankhamen project will undertake detailed planning for the conservation and management of the tomb and its wall paintings.

      By comparison with other tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamen’s tomb is relatively simple. Of the tomb’s four rooms, only the walls of the burial chamber are decorated.





      Fastest vehicle crossing the Egyptian Western Desert


      Abu Simbel, November 10th, 2009 – Authority, the Guinness World Records announced that adventurer Hesham Mohamed Nessim, has successfully set another individual Egyptian world record for the fastest crossing connecting the two farthest points of the Western Desert - from Siwa Oasis in the north west to Abu Simbel in the south east.

      On the morning of November 10th at 6:35 am, Egyptian adventurer Hesham Nessim has Under the auspices of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion traversed a distance of 1,280 kilometers in a Land Rover LR4 in three stages. The first stage was represented in crossing the Great Sands Sea, followed by the open desert and reach the final stage in crossing the mountains and rocks area. The crossing was achieved in 13 hours and 54 minutes at a speed between 110 - 120 kms per hour.

      The Guinness World Records has elected this day for the event to coincide with the GWR Day Celebrations that take place annually during the month of November. The crossing of the Egyptian Western Desert is one of the greatest world achievements being recorded in addition to being the first time that an Egyptian or an Arab would break the record twice in one year in the Guinness World Record.

      The Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority has sponsored the event in significance to its strategy to highlight the natural beauty of the Western Desert, as well as promote Desert Tourism product.

      To prepare for this adventure, Hesham Nessim has made three discovery trials in preparation for the Fastest Vehicle Crossing the Egyptian Western Desert adventure in cooperation with the Land Rover Car Company that provided Hesham with an LR4 car.

      The Land Rover LR4 is comprised of a Turbo Diesel motor that comes with a 245 hp and 600 Newton Meter in addition to using direct injection V-6 in the capacity of 300 liters. The LR4 also includes a double overhead cam, brake assist system, electronic traction control, cornering brake control, terrain response offering a sand launch control and hill descent control and front fog lights.

        Beyonce and Salma Hayek Tours In Egypt







      Grammy award winner and popstar diva Beyonce visited Cairo to take a tour of Egypt's many adventurous tourist attractions. Beyonce saw the Great Pyramids of Giza as well as the Sphinx. She listened to a presentation on the Pyramids' treasures and learned how Egypt's exploration methods and latest technology discovers new antiquities until today. The presentations informed the American superstar of the secrets of the Great Pyramid corridors and mysterious stories of the Sphinx as Beyonce showed her admiration and appreciation of the ancient Egyptian culture and rich history. Beyonce came to Egypt for her concert in Port Ghalib, Red Sea, on November 6th, where thousands of Egyptians watched the popular singer blast the stage.

      International superstar Salma Hayek visited Egypt to attend the Cairo International Film Festival on November 10th. During her stay, Hayek visited the Pyramids of Giza along with her French husband Francois and her two-year-old daughter Valentina. Hayek and her family saw the monuments of Sakkara and they were told about the wonders of Egypt and its ancient glory. They watched presentations of the secrets that lie beneath the Sphinx and Hayek also went inside the Pyramids and saw the new pyramid that was recently discovered. Salma Hayek and her family toured Egypt's many splendid destinations.

  • 28/10/2009 - Newsletter Oct 09

    • Egypt stops collaboration with the Louvre Museum




      By Hazel Heyer, eTN Staff Writer | Oct 14, 2009
      A harsh decision was handed down by Egyptian antiquities authority this weekend.
      “The decision taken by the Permanent Committee at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) to stop archaeological collaboration with the Louvre Museum does not have any relation to the result of the recent UNESCO election for Director-General in which the Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni was a candidate,” said Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). Hawass added that such a decision was in response to the actions of the Louvre in January - eight months before the UNESCO election.
      Egypt is not willing to support the French museum as the Louvre bought five fragments removed from the wall of Theban Tomb 15, the tomb of the nobleman Tetiky in Dra Abu'l Naga, an area on Luxor’s west bank. The fragments were illegally taken from the country and sold to the Louvre, in spite of the fact that Christian Ziglere, then curator of the ancient Egyptian department at the Louvre allegedly knew that these fragments were stolen in 1980.
      Hawass stated that the SCA did not know that the Louvre owned these fragments until a German mission working at Dra Abu’l Naga notified the SCA in January 2009. The SCA presented their evidence to the Louvre and attempted all friendly means to secure the return of the stolen fragments. However, the Louvre claimed that no action could be taken until they received approval from scientific authorities and the French Ministry of Culture.
      “If these procedures were met the whole issue could be resolved very quickly,” said Hawass. “But the Louvre delayed the accomplishment of such procedures. The Louvre has to implement the regulations and laws enacted in the 1980’s and again in 2002, which stipulate that museums must return any stolen object to its country of origin.”
      Hawass asserted that this is not the first time the SCA has suspended archaeological cooperation with a museum or scholars for involvement in illegal antiquities dealings. The Permanent Committee made a similar decision concerning the Saint Louis Art Museum in the United States, which houses the stolen mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer. Although the SCA provided all required documents proving that the mask was stolen from Saqqara in 1930, the St. Louis Art Museum refused to hand it over to Egypt.




      Tourism Minister Extends Period for Charter Flights Incentive Program
       


      The unprecedented impacts of the economic crisis accelerated the process of change in the tourism industry, and raised the need for considering alternative solutions including incentives for the travel trade to be able to wither the storm.
      In order to cope with the impacts of the economic crunch, Mr. Zuhair Garranah, the Egyptian Tourism Minister, found it necessary to undertake instant actions to minimize the prevailing adverse impact of the reduced levels of travel. These actions included launching a program to motivate the operation of more charter flights to Mersa Matruh, Al Alamain, and Borg Al–Arab airports. In consequence to the positive
      effects that the program had on the industry, Mr. Zuhair Garranah decided to extend its validity till 31/10/2009.
      This decision was taken to alleviate the negative effects the crunch had on the industry, shed the lights on new Egyptian destinations that are flourishing nowadays,
      and to boost the number of inbound flights to these areas.
      Mersa Matruh Airport is a vital one, as it’s one of the most imperative factors behind the importance of the city, and it efficiently serves the city’s community. It’s
      also considered another tool to promote untouched destinations in Egypt. It was launched in 2006, and by 2008 the airport served 189,064 passengers.




      The Supreme Council of Antiquities Enforces Use of Audio Systems

       

       
      In order to preserve the antiques and monuments at the Egyptian Museum, the
      Supreme Council of Antiquities has enforced a new rule stating that all tour guides and tourists – exceeding 5 persons - entering the museum should have a “Walky Talky”. This device will be provided against charge, and entry will not be permitted without it.
      The decision was made to ensure the comfort of the visitors to the museum, and will be effective as of the 1st of November, 2009.




      Characters of Egypt An Egyptian festival celebrating local tribal heritage


      Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, and in cooperation with Wadi Environmental Science Centre (WESC), and the Egyptian Desert Pioneers Society (EDPS), the Characters of Egypt Festival’s second round will be held on the 29th till the 31st of October at Fustat Wadi El Gemal, located 45 km south of Marsa Alam.  
      The number of tribes partaking in this year’s festivities has risen to twenty-one, hailing from Siwa, Matrouh, Farafra, Aswan, Arish, Nuweiba, St. Kathrine, Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, the Red Sea Mountain Range and Marsa Alam, covering the Western, Eastern and Southern deserts, Nile valley, as well as north and south Sinai. These tribes will reveal Egypt’s shrouded diversity in a three-day cultural extravaganza, unprecedented in the region.
      The Festival will showcase traditional sciences and arts, fuel friendly competitions through age-old games, and provide guests with the chance to catch a glimpse of life as it exists in the different areas of Egypt’s extensive deserts.
                                                                         
      Attendees will have the opportunity to discover desert navigation, shadow reading and camel riding, mountain running, high rope jumping and the highly-prized camel races, as well as gain knowledge about the fauna and flora of the desert, tribal costumes and jewels, and traditional dishes.
      To learn more, visit www.charactersofegypt.com



                                      
                          Cairo Islamic monuments and tourist attractions launched


       
      By Hazel Heyer, eTN Staff Writer | Sep 18, 2009 On September 17, five Islamic monuments were officially inaugurated in the Al-Darb Al-Ahmar area of Cairo. The Al-Imam mosque, the Al-Laythmosque, the Al-Set Meska mosque, the Ali Labib house and the well zone of Youssef at the Salah El-Din Citadel have all been undergoing restoration work, which cost around LE 9.5 million. These monuments including the first phase construction of the new lighting system of the Salah El-Din Citadel were inaugurated at the ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Salah El-Din Citadel.
      Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Dr. Hamdi Zaqzouq, the Minister of Endowment, and Cairo Governor Abdel Azim Waziri inaugurated the special ceremony along with top governmental officials.
      The restoration of these important historical edifices is a part of the Supreme Council of Antiquities' dedication to preserve Egypt's Islamic heritage.
      The most outstanding restoration-conversion attraction, amid the decrepit villages of the Egyptian capital unfamiliar to visitors, one extremely ambitious project has been undertaken with the creation of a vast, green open space in a once run-down area of Cairo. Interestingly since the project was started, another dimension has been added –a rehabilitation of the surrounding residential district called Darb Al Ahmar, so impoverished it needed the Aga Khan to give it a facelift.
      For years, tourists have long been kept off the area by the virtually unofficial wasteland or rubbish dump lying alongside the derelict eastern rim of old Cairo’s medieval city walls. From its early beginnings as the massive wastebasket to a gigantic mountain pile of dirt, it ended up obscuring residents' views of the fortress wall and pretty minarets nearby through the years. It has become, in a sense, irreverent that it lies beside the walled old cemetery known as the City Of the Dead, where scores of homeless Cairenes have found shelter in tombs housing urns of the more-privileged.
      In 2004, on the metropolis shared by the living and the dead, where dust, debris and garbage have collected through the millennium, arose a $45 million project the Aga Khan Development Network designed to complete in 7 years to uplift the destitute.
      Four years after unexplained shoveling, digging and earth-moving the contractors were doing much to the perplexity of locals, the project finally took shape. Out of the barren 30-hectare Darassa Hills came a lush, green park overlooking Cairo’s Islamic city. It would bring hundreds of jobs, a place for the busy Cairenes to de-stress, open views of the Citadel never there before; notwithstanding, give people hope in a hometown that had never produced them profits.
      Opened to the public end on a trial basis, it welcomed the first guests. Once the city built in ancient times by the Fatimids and named Al Quahire or the victorious, the previous 20 percent devoted to open space now had tourists flocking to it. From Easter till end of September, for about 5 and a half weeks, the park construction concentrated on the finer details of what would become an interesting rehab site inaugurated September 17 during a special event at the Citadel.




            Egypt Retrieves 454 Ancient Artifacts From Myers Museum


      Egyptian authorities have recovered 454 ancient Egyptian artifacts, including pharaonic pottery and bronze coins, from the U.K ’s Myers Museum. They had been removed from the country more than 30 years ago.
      The items included 12 bronze coins, four scarabs, 94 beaded necklaces, 99 fragments of pottery with colored drawings and 109 funerary figures, 60 pieces of pharaonic fabrics, 4 pottery pieces and pottery and stones statues.
      Dr. Hawass , secretary –general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities said the pieces belonged to the family of Ron Davey who offered them to the museum.The recovered artifacts were taken out of the country between 1972 and 1988 after Unesco banned antiquities trafficking in 1970. Since 2002,as recovered some 5,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts that were taken out of the country.
                               
                         

         FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009



       
      The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 17th tournament to be contested, will be hosted by Egypt from September 25 to October 16. Six stadiums in four Egyptian cities, Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Ismailia, host the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2009.Open to young players under 20, the tournament sees 24 teams from six confederations battle it out for the trophy.
      Qualified countries are UAE, Australia, Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, ungary, Tahiti, Spain and Egypt.
      The first match will take place on the 25th of September in Alexandria’s Egyptian Army Stadium, which can hold more than 13,000 spectators, while the final match will take place at the Cairo International Stadium on October 16th.
      The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the second FIFA competition organized by Egypt, which hosted the U-17 tournament in 1997. The top 24 teams from all over the world will compete for the title.
      The 2007 tournament was played in Canada and won by Argentina in a 2-1 defeat over Czech Republic.
      FIFA was founded in Paris on 21 May 1904 and has 208 member associations. In the fifteen tournaments played, only seven countries have won the title. Argentina comes first, with six wins, followed by Brazil with four wins and Portugal with two wins, while Germany and Spain have won the title once.
      The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the international governing body of association football. Its headquarters is in Zürich, Switzerland, and the current resident is Sepp Blatter. FIFA is responsible for the organization and governance of major international football tournaments, most notably the FIFA World Cup, held since 1930.

 
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