Egyptian Travel News in Brief
by Egyptain Tourist Authority (ETA)
Tourism On The Rise
Dr. Mamadouh El-Beltagui, Minister of Tourism asserted that the increase of Egypts hotel capacity to 123, 000 rooms will help increase the tourist inflows into the country. He also praised the Egyptian private sector and said that adding 65,000 hotel rooms over the last 8 years, indicates the confidence in the cost-effectiveness and prospects of tourism investment and the growth of the Egyptian tourism sector. He added that tourism development has in the past twenty years witnessed the highest growth rate due to the tenuous work to ensure safety, peace, stability and expansion in infrastructure projects. Dr. El-Beltagui also said that Egypt is careful not to over-increase the hotel capacity in order to preserve the natural resources and to achieve a balanced and sustained development .
A New Pyramid in Egypt
Archaeologists have discovered the 110th pyramid in Egypt, a 4,500-year-old tomb of a queen whose identity remains a mystery. The site of the new pyramid is just a few miles from Cheops Great Pyramid, one of the worlds best-known pyramids.
Al Fayyoum is currently the focus of interest and cooperation between the governorate of Fayyoum and the ministries of environment and tourism . The plan of cooperation aims at transforming Al Fayyoum into a eco-tourism region, due to its unpolluted environment and agriculture, folk and local hand crafts as well as its overall cultural heritage. Al Fayyoum has been known for being rich in its cultural and natural resources such as
Lake Qaroun and Wadi Al Rayyan, as well as the city of Madi, which was built in the second century BC. The governor of al Fayyoum stated that Al Fayyoum is considered the ideal place for eco-tourism, as it owns archaeological remnants from the pre-historic , Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic eras in addition to 12 mammal species out of a total of 28 species worldwide.
Dandara Temple Renovated
The Governor of Qena and Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities inspected the renovation and development-taking place at Dandara Temple and the surrounding structures in order to prepare it as a tourist attraction.
The Governor said that the development includes the building of a wall surrounding the temple whilst preserving the archaeological nature of the site and the service region including the bazaars and telephone cabins, in addition to a five-star hotel overlooking the Nile.
Dr. Hawass added that the National Qena Museum is being constructed and will contain temporary and permanent exhibition halls to display local archaeological monuments representing different eras of Egyptian history .
Protected Areas and National Parks In Egypt
Egypt is more beautiful than any one can think or imagine, still Egypt has a lot to offer to its visitor. One of the greatest attractions & treasures which Egypt possess are protected areas & national parks. These are places where we preserve wildlife and keep the beautiful environment from the damage of human beings. In Egypt they are considered among the most beautiful in the world.
Realizing the great importance of these treasures, The Ministry of Environmental Affairs has created the nature conservation sector, whose only aim is to protect our endangered environment. This sector exerts great efforts to preserve these areas.
Existing Protected Areas Proposed Protected Areas
|No||Protectorates Names||Square km||Governorate|
|1||Ashtum el Gamil Protectorate||180||Port Said|
|2||Zaranik Protectorate||230||North Sinai|
|3||Ahrash Protectorate||8||North Sinai|
|4||El Omayed Protectorate||700||Matrouh|
|5||Elba National Park||35600||Red Sea|
|6||Saluga and Ghazal Protectorate||0.5||Aswan|
|7||Wadi Alaqi Protectorate||30000||Aswan|
|8||Lake Qarun Protectorate||250||El Fayoum|
|9||Wadi El Rayan Protectorate||1225||El Fayoum|
|10||El Hassana Dome Protectorate||1||Giza|
|11||Wadi El Assuti Protectorate||35||Assuit|
|12||Wadi Digla Protectorate||60||Cairo|
|13||Petrified Forest Protectorate||7||Cairo|
|14||Ras Mohamed National Park||850||South Sinai|
|15||Nabaq Protectorate||600||South Sinai|
|16||Abu Galum Protectorate||500||South Sinai|
|17||Taba Protectorate||3595||South Sinai|
|18||St. Katherine National Park||5750||South Sinai|
|19||Nile Islands Protectorates||160||All Governorates on the nile|
|20||Sammur Cave Protectorate||12||Beni Suef|
|21||Lake Burrullus Protectorate||460||Kafr El Sheikh|
|22||Gulf Kabir||33700||Wadi Gadid|
|23||Um Dabadib||4200||Wadi Gadid|
|24||White Dessert||2300||Wadi Gadid|
|25||Kurkur & Dungel||5800||Aswan|
|27||Um El Ghuzlan||3900||Matruh|
|31||Ras El Hekma||150||Matruh|
|32||El Gala||4300||Red Sea|
|33||Wadi Qena||5900||Red Sea|
|34||El Shayeb||4300||Red Sea|
|36||Sabkhat Ras Shukeir||75||Red Sea|
|37||Great Red Sea Reef||5000||Red Sea|
|39||Gabel Maghara||900||North Sinai|
For more information please contact:
Egyptian Environment Affairs
Department of Natural Protectorates
Cairo: Tel. 2-02-3406777 Fax. 2-02-3405962
23a Ismail Mohamed St., Zamalek