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Celebrities & Politicians at the Pyramids in 2017
Will Smith - Hollywood star, Lionel Messi - Argentinean superstar and FC Barcelona football legend, Angela Merkel - Chancellor of Germany, Boris Johnson - UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Prince Henrick of Denmark all visited the Pyramids of Giza during their visits to Egypt.
Argentina’s and Barcelona’s legend Lionel Messi visited Egypt on Feb 21st, 2017 for a health campaign to fight Hepatitis C. The campaign was coordinated by Egypt’s Health and Tourism ministries, and launched by the Egyptian government in order to motivate patients of Hepatitis C from all around the world to seek treatment in Egypt, as it is cheaper and more effective.
Having cured nearly 1 million patients in Egypt in 2016, the Tour n’ Cure program is committed to putting an end to Hepatitis C worldwide by starting a global movement to #StopTheWait for their treatment. www.tourncure.com
Messi toured the Pyramids and entered its structures. “It’s great to be at the Pyramids. It was a great moment when I entered the Pyramid and touched its stones,” he said
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson toured the ancient Pyramids area during a visit to Egypt; aimed at promoting tourism in Egypt.
The chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, paid a two-day visit to Egypt in March 2017, to discuss several political and economic issues between Egypt and the most powerful industrial country in the European Union. Throughout the visit, it was scheduled for Merkel to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and the Coptic patriarch, Pope Tawadros II.
Meetings between German and Egyptian businesspeople also took place during the visit, according to a press statement issued by the German embassy in Egypt.
El Sisi and Merkel enjoyed dinner and a show by the Pyramids. The two leaders arrived at the historical site for a photo, after which they enjoyed a dinner with an appropriately themed Pharaonic dance for entertainment
Hollywood superstar Will Smith arrived to Egypt with nine of his family members to visit tourist sites in Egypt. Will Smith and his family paid a visit to the Giza Plateau where they met renowned archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, who guided the family on a tour around the Sphinx and inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
Will Smith also visited the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo, before he started a trip to Luxor and Aswan, to see the relics of Pharaonic Egypt
Prince Henrick, husband of Danish Queen Margrethe II, came to Egypt on unofficial visit during recent weeks. Prince Henrick toured several archeological sites at Giza and paid a visit to the famous Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. Accompanied by Dr. Zahi Hawas, former head of Egyptian Antiquities, Prince Henrick visited the pyramids plateau to see the Great Pyramids and then the tombs of the pyramids workers where excavations are still taking place. Prince Henrick remained in Egypt for one week.
Massive statue of ancient Egyptian Pharaoh found in Cairo:
Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have discovered the remains of an ancient Egyptian statue they believe could depict one of history's most famous rulers.
The three-ton torso of a massive statue was lifted from mud and groundwater where it was recently discovered in a Cairo suburb.
Thought to represent Ramses the Great, it was pulled up by a crane as dozens of workers supported it. The first part of the colossus & a large portion of the head were pulled up last week. The unearthed pieces are made of quartzite and could be upwards of 3,000 years old.
The country's Ministry of Antiquities said the statue's parts would be pieced together and restored at the Egyptian museum in central Cairo. It will then be moved to the yet-to-open Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza Pyramids.
Ramses II took the throne in his early 20s and ruled Egypt for 60 years more than 3,000 years ago. He is credited with expanding ancient Egypt's reach as far as modern Syria to the east and modern Sudan to the south.
What is now Cairo and its suburbs is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Thousands of ancient treasures sit beneath the vibrant, busy, modern city.
Egyptian Pound devaluation promotes tourism:
The devaluation of the Egyptian pound has a positive impact on the tourism sector in Egypt as it creates a good value for money, providing affordable services to tourists, said Fillippo Sona, Head of Hotels (MENA) at Colliers International.
On the morning of 3 November 2016, after mounting pressures, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced in a surprise move that it had fully floated the Egyptian pound (EGP). This came after a parallel market had slowly flourished and the market differential reached close to 100% by the end of October. The CBE also raised interest rates by 300 basis points on the same day. The decision to “liberate exchange rates” and move away from the long standing partially pegged EGP envisages to return foreign-currency trading to the formal banking sector. In fact, less than a month after floatation the banking sector had pulled in more than USD3bn, as reported by the CBE.
Undoubtedly, in the simplest terms, Egypt has become a more affordable destination than before.
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