FOOD & TRAVEL

EGYPT: MOTHER OF THE WORLD

The council for tourism revival in Egypt invited us to visit Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh. I answered the invitation right away, since the idea was beautiful and Egypt is, as they say, “mother of the world”  “Um al-Dunya”,  a country you’d love to return to after only one visit. Egypt has a unique magic that permeates it.

 The pyramids
The pyramids

The visit took four days spent between Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh. Once we reached Cairo International Airport, the media delegation and I headed to Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis. There is a uniqueness and magic that’s indescribable and can only be experienced if you visit this heavily-populated city overlooking the Nile – which is probably what makes it so special; its charm revitalises the soul.

My view from the Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis
My view from the Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis

On our first day, we visited The Egyptian Museum, whose abundance showcases Egypt’s long history. Afterwards, we visited the pyramids, those brilliant structures that witnessed Egypt’s majesty and functioned as royal tombs on the Nile’s west bank. We spent a wonderful time there, discovered the history of the city then ended the day with a delicious dinner.

The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum

On the next day, we met the adviser of the council Dr. Adel Al Masri, and the head of the national tourism sector Mohammad Abdul Jabbar, who expressed happiness in our answer to their invitation and explained that the reason behind it was the revival of tourism in Egypt. Al Masri also added that invitations are one of the many methods the council is using to revive Egyptian tourism since the changes it has undergone; he explained, “The current political situation has greatly affected the tourist sector, and Egypt’s economy relies to a large extent on this sector. There’s a decrease in the number of visitors, especially after the revolution. Before the revolution, 15 million tourists entered Egypt, while now the number has decreased to 9 million.” Abdul Jabbar then explained that they’re currently working on big promotional media campaigns which focus on a number of different axes. “At the moment, we’re seeking cooperation with airline companies – the Emirates Airline, for example – to offer special flights directly to Sharm el-Sheikh. We’re also paying attention to alternative markets which weren’t affected by the political atmosphere, such as the Indian market, as well as the Chinese and Latin American. Lastly, we’re targeting the tourism of Egyptians outside Egypt, to attract them to visit Egypt again.”

2With the council Dr. Adel Al Masri, and  head of the national tourism sector Mohammad Abdul JabbarAfter the meeting, we went to Khan el-Khalili, a beautiful charming old souk in the islamic district of Cairo. And of of course, no visit to Cairo is complete without a stop at El Fishawy coffeeshop!!

 Khan el-Khalili
Khan el-Khalili
 Khan el-Khalili
Khan el-Khalili
El Fishawy coffeeshop
El Fishawy coffeeshop
El Fishawy coffeeshop
El Fishawy coffeeshop
Khan el-Khalili,
Khan el-Khalili,

After Khan el-Khalili, we went to the hotel and had a wonderful dinner. Afterwards, we headed to the airport

We reached Sharm el-Sheikh and checked at SAVOY hotel. Next morning, we visited Ras Mohammad National Park, which allows divers the chance of seeing a big variety of sea life in one place: more than 2000 species of fish and 260 varieties of coral reefs, as well as three types of endangered sea turtles.

The most beautiful feature in the place was the mangrove trees, which grow in salty waters. Our tour to Ras Mohammad National Park was gorgeous and we stopped at Soho Square on our way.

SAVOY hotel Sharm el-Sheikh
SAVOY hotel Sharm el-Sheikh
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
our tour guide at Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park
Ras Mohammad National Park

Next day we met Mr. Khaled Fouda, governor of South Sinai. He told us about the municipality’s plans to revive tourism in Egypt, especially in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt’s cosmopolitan tour-magnet, as it was before.

Time flashed by and this tour that was full of visits and rounds ended. I highly recommend you visit Egypt, to get to know its civilization, history and people.