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An overview of the untapped potential of tourism in Egypt
When any of us thinks about Egypt, an image of the pyramids of Giza immediately comes to mind, although they are enormously stunning and visiting it is essential, but there is much more in Egypt than the pyramids.
Thanks to the rich history that the ancient Egyptians left behind, people all over the world feel in awe of this ancient civilization and make them do anything to stand in front of the foot of the pyramids or even walk through the temples that have stood through time.
However, what many tourists who intend to visit Egypt do not realize is the fact that the era of the ancient Egyptians is not only the only remarkable and distinctive era in Egypt. In fact, Egypt moved from its own rule to Greek rule and then to Roman rule and to Ottoman rule, until it eventually came under British occupation in the nineteenth century and then transformed from a monarchy to a republic after the 1952 revolution.
All these different time periods contributed to the formation of a culturally rich and vastly diverse history, and even now everyone can still see and feel their remains, aside from the glorious relics of history scattered across the country. Also, the many cultural traditions in Egypt that are still practiced by the population all over the country today are worth experiencing. From the Tanoura folk dance show to the Sufi dervish session, a religious ritual accompanied by dance and music.
Above all, Egypt has a variety of the best beaches in the world, whether on the shores of the Mediterranean or the Red Sea, in addition to many desert landscapes worth exploring – from sand skiing to seeing the edge of the Magic Lake in Fayoum For camping under the stars In the white desert.
Although tourism has always been one of the influencing factors in boosting the country’s economy, the number of tourists changes over the years according to the social and political climate. There have been many efforts to revive and re-establish tourism since the 2011 revolution, such as the establishment of the new Grand Egyptian Museum and the building of new cities, but the global Coronavirus pandemic has had negative effects on both tourism and ongoing plans.
In light of the steady increase in the number of tourists before the spread of the epidemic and the efforts made by the Ministry of Tourism to revitalize tourism by launching various campaigns, here are some examples of what Egypt can offer to attract tourists from all over the world.
From the Abu Simbel temples in Aswan to the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor and the Great Sphinx of Giza in Cairo, there are many monuments all over Egypt that will simply put anyone who visits it in a state of awe.
The bulk of the ancient monuments and temples that must be visited are mainly found in the beautiful governorates of Luxor and Aswan, both of which surround the calm waters of the Nile.
Other than the most famous landmarks among all, there are also some temples and ancient ruins that can be found in the lesser-known cities and governorates around all of Egypt.
For example, there is the temple of Khnum, which is located in the small city of Esna. You can also find ancient churches dating back to the fourth century in Coptic Cairo, such as the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus; Not to mention the Citadel of Saladin in Cairo, a medieval Islamic fortress built in the 12th century.
Then comes the museums as Egypt has a large number of all kinds of museums that are worth visiting. In addition to the most famous museums that house ancient Egyptian artifacts and the like (such as the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square), there are also many museums that house artifacts and other interesting pieces from the history of Egypt. Examples include the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo and the Umm Kulthum Museum, where you can see various pieces belonging to the late artistic legend, Umm Kulthum.
Egypt has an impressive architectural heritage that can be seen across the country. And when we talk about Cairo, we can contemplate the Islamic architecture in the eighteenth century through the House of Al-Suhaimi, or the palace of Muhammad Ali in Manial, which dates back to the nineteenth century, and the architectural edifice inspired by the Hindus. For the palace of Baron EmpainOr, you can discover it even by strolling to see downtown buildings that reflect the architecture of the early eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Cairo is full of architectural gems, some of which are well-known and some to be sought, from old palaces and buildings in the neo-renaissance style to the old stately “villas” that are on the verge of collapse, yet the city still carries a nostalgic atmosphere to a sacred era in Egypt.
These buildings can be found in a number of governorates of Egypt as well as Cairo. Alexandria, for example, is filled with magnificent ancient architecture and palaces such as the Montazah Palace, as well as the scenic city of Ismailia, full of beautiful homes that remain intact since the British occupation, such as the home and office of Ferdinand de Lesseps, and Port Said.
Egypt prides itself on its soft sandy beaches with pristine blue waters, as well as majestic desert landscapes – each offering a different kind of unforgettable, unique magical experience.
Whether you choose to visit the Mediterranean through the northern coast, or see the calm and colorful waters of the Red Sea by visiting South Sinai, Hurghada or Marsa Alam, all Egypt’s beaches are known for their beautiful, peaceful nature. Additionally, the world’s best and most famous diving spots are located in Egypt, in areas such as the Blue Hole in Dahab Or Ras Mohammed in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Other than the beaches, you can also see the picturesque beauty of the desert, whether by a Bedouin night in the mountains of South Sinai or camping in a magical place like Faiyum. As for the magnificent Siwa oasis in the Western Desert, it is a small urban oasis with a unique charm unparalleled anywhere else.
You can continue to learn about the wonderful wonders and the many magical experiences that Egypt has to offer; No, they are things that only words or pictures can do justice to, experience is essential to enjoy them.
Translation: Iman Khrouche
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