Newsletter / Travel

Issue, November 2020

Resumption of cultural tourism

In light of the resumption of cultural tourism in Egypt, starting from the beginning of last September, a number of tourist groups from France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ukraine and Belarus flocked to Luxor from Hurghada as part of "one-day" trips, to enjoy visiting various archaeological sites.

These groups visited the temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East bank, then went to the west bank to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

In a related context, The Egyptian Museum welcomed a number of tourist groups coming from several countries, including Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Ms. Sabah Abdel Razek, Director General of the Museum, explained that the visit of these tourist groups included tours of the museum’s various halls, including the Tutankhamun Hall, Yuya and Tuya Hall, among many others.

For his part, Ashraf Mohieddin, Director General of the Antiquities of the Pyramid, said that the area was visited by groups from Belarus, Ukraine and Serbia, and that during the visit they praised the precautionary measures applied in all archaeological sites and museums, the hotel and other tourist facilities in Egypt.

300,000 tourists have visited Egypt over the past three months

Over the past three months, ever since air travel reopened in July 2020 after the Coronavirus lockdown, almost three hundred thousand tourists have travelled to Egypt from all across the world.

The influx of tourists into Egypt grew unexpectedly fast.

Egypt's destinations most popular on TripAdvisor

Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada have made it on TripAdvisor’s list of the top 10 most popular Middle East destinations, based on tourists’ reviews.

With the gorgeous, glistening waters of the Red Sea, the overwhelmingly colourful coral reefs and some of the world’s best spots for diving and snorkeling, the biggest travel platform in the world, Tripadvisor , has named Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh the 2nd and 4th most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East for the year 2020, respectively.

According to TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice rankings, destinations that have made it to the list are the ones most-raved about by travellers on their website throughout the year.

Cairo made it to number 6 on the list.

1st Easy Jet flight coming from UK lands in Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport received on Saturday October 17, 2029 the first flight of Easy Jet airlines coming from London Gatwick Airport.

Easy Jet will operate one flight per week until the end of October. The flights are expected to increase in November.

The airlines re-operated its flights to Hurghada in September after the resumption of the tourism movement to Egypt.

Zech Republic introduces four weekly flights to Hurghada

As hundreds of thousands of tourists see Egypt as a global travel destination after months of lockdown, a new air route is being added to the roster at Hurghada International Airport. Starting Saturday, October 17th, the airport started receiving four flights a week from Prague.

Arriving each Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, Czech airlines including CSA will be flying to Hurghada, in addition to the Cairo flight routes that are already in place.

Egypt's Marsa Alam Airport receives its first-ever Ukraine International Airlines flight

Egypt's Marsa Alam Airport received its first-ever flight by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), arriving from Kiev.

The UIA flight, carrying 128 passengers on board, was welcomed on with a water cannon salute as the first flight by the operator to land in Marsa Alam.

A public relations team at the airport completed the arrival procedures and anti-coronavirus measures were implemented to ensure the safety and health of passengers and airport workers.

Sharm El-Sheikh receives 1st Polish flight after 7 months

Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport received the first flight of Enter Air, coming from Poland with 189 tourists on board, after the resumption of air traffic to Sharm El-Sheikh.

Airport authorities received the passengers with flowers. The public relations team has provided all the necessary services, and a speedy completion of the arrival procedures. Strict precautionary measures and social distancing were applied to preserve the safety of travelers.

A weekly flight will be operated from Poland.

11 Nile cruise lines reopen in Luxor and Aswan after obtaining health certification

Eleven of Luxor and Aswan’s floating hotels have reopened after undergoing coronavirus-related health and safety inspections conducted by Egypt’s ministries of health and tourism.

The establishments that received certification met all health and safety controls set by the ministry

Some floating hotels have already resumed cruise trips at 50 percent capacity, with tourists coming from the US, France, and Spain.

Luxor's hot air balloons return to the skies

Hot air balloon rides in Luxor are returning to business.

Balloon operators in Luxor will resume trips abiding by some strict conditions, such as disinfection, social distancing and the implementation of a 50% capacity rule.

The hot air balloon stations have received some upgrades recently, such as more up-to-date surveillance cameras and a GPS tracking system to ensure that the balloons stay on the right track and guarantee their safety.

Tourists enjoy dining in the 9 Pyramids Lounge

After just two days of its launching, the Nine Pyramids Lounge in the Panorama area of the Giza Pyramids received tourist groups.

Many tourist groups flocked to the antiquities area of the Giza Pyramids, including a group from Belarus and Ukraine, coming from Sharm El-Sheikh as part of "one-day" trips, to enjoy visiting the Giza pyramids, and dining at the Nine Pyramids Lounge that was opened on October 20 in the Panorama Area.

In addition, a trial run of the first environmentally friendly electric bus has been conducted, which will be tested on the path of the visit area through six major stations within the archaeological area.

Tourist groups were impressed by the view that the restaurant overlooks, describing it as "amazing", as they were for the first time able to see the nine pyramids located in the area from a single spot.

It is worth noting that the area development project ensures the provision of transportation within the Giza Pyramids area of buses and vehicles powered by electricity and environmentally friendly energy and providing the area with portable and self-cleaning toilets, providing food and beverage services in the region in the places specified and approved by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and other agreed upon tourism services.

This is in the context of the ministry's keenness to improve the quality of services provided to visitors in the region, which is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.

Egypt's Grand Egyptian Museum to provide the highest international standards for access to all its visitors

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will provide the highest international standards for access to all visitors in its mission to preserve heritage and spread cultural awareness to all lovers of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Upon the arrival at the GEM, there are parking and rest areas for all visitors. Access ramps provide the opportunity for all guests to visit the first Hanging Obelisk Square in the world, located at the front of the main façade.

After entering at the Atrium, where the huge statue of King Ramses II stands welcome, visitors will find escalators and elevators offering a quick and comfortable route through the museum.

All visitors can find easy access up to and movement around the exhibition galleries and the huge exhibition showcases that include the pyramids from inside the museum.

All needs are taken into consideration with regard to accessibility standards in museum displays such as the height of showcases and labels, as well as the use of Braille and audio guides.

Replicas of artefacts from different galleries have been made to be handled in order to provide tactile information.

Cairo's tree of the Virgin to be redeveloped

The Tree of the Virgin is where Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph once rested during the Holy Family’s journey through Egypt. It is said that the Virgin Mary found refuge from the sun under the sycamore tree, where a water spring appeared so that she could wash Jesus— thereby creating, the Well of the Virgin Mary.

Although the tree still exists at Cairo's El Matareya district, it has been weighed down by 3,000 years of age. While one could see the effort made to maintain the tree and its surrounding area for its steady audience of pilgrims - wooden pillars have been installed to keep parts of the tree off the ground, while a wall has been built around it with a garden to keep the place from falling apart.

But soon, as part of a nationwide effort to revitalize religious tourism across the country, the Tree of the Virgin will see the surrounding area redeveloped.

The project will further beautify the garden in which the tree is contained.

EgyptAir resumes Alexandria-Dubai flights

After 7 months of suspension, the state-owned EgyptAir resumed its flights between Alexandria and Dubai International Airport at a rate of 3 flights per week, with the launch of discounts on flights for the first week.

It is in light of the plan set for the gradual return of international flights to many countries around the world.

In addition to this, Kigali (Rwanda) flights resumed with one flight a week, Johannesburg (the largest city in South Africa) two flights per week, and Entebbe (Uganda) with one weekly trip.

As yet, the number of destinations to which Egypt resumed its flights increased to more than 47 stops, providing more options for EgyptAir's customers.

The Cairo International Airport authorities have already taken all precautionary measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Ministry applies all preventive measures in accordance with the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health to ensure the safety of travelers and arrivals. This is by reducing congestion, especially in the places of counters and passports, inspection for the entry of passengers and elevators inside the airport.

EgyptAir receives final A220-300 aircraft from Airbus

EgyptAir received its 12th and final Airbus 220-300 aircraft.

An EgyptAir statement explained that the new aircraft, registered as SU-GFI, arrived at the Cairo International Airport to join the national air carrier fleet.

EgyptAir said that the A220-300 model offers 140-seat capacity, internet services on board, and superior comfort to customers. It is characterized by large windows in every row which provide more natural light for each passenger alongside full-color LED lighting.