vrijdag 17 december 2010

Archeologische schatten gevonden in Egypte - Kunst & literatuur - AD

Archeologische schatten gevonden in Egypte - Kunst & literatuur - AD

LUXOR - Archeologen lijken op de westelijke oever van de Egyptische stad Luxor een schat aan beelden van ongeveer 3400 jaar oud te hebben gevonden. Dat heeft Zahi Hawass, hoofd van de Egyptische archeologische dienst, laten weten.

Zahi Hawass. © epa Archeologen groeven eerder deze week ten westen van de dodentempel van de farao Amenhotep III twee roze granieten delen van beelden op, aldus Hawass.

zondag 28 november 2010

Top Doctors in Luxor for the poor.

I just love this aspect of Egyptian life. Thirty five really top doctors are here in Luxor giving their time free for several days seeing poor people on the West Bank. Local business, hotels and restaurants donate money for medicine, accommodation and meals for these doctors. So really poor people get to see the creme de la creme of the medical profession and don't have to pay a penny. This is the heart of Egypt and why I moved here and love living here in Luxor.
http://luxor-news.blogspot.com/

zondag 21 november 2010

Scheiding Groen En Beige – Luxor, Egypte | Reisreporter.nl

Scheiding Groen En Beige – Luxor, Egypte Reisreporter.nl

Prinses Maxima in Egypte ter promotie van Inclusive Finance

Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Prinses Máxima der Nederlanden brengt van 23 – 25 november een bezoek aan Cairo, Egypte, in het kader van haar VN-werkzaamheden op het gebied van ‘Inclusive Finance’. Inclusive Finance staat voor toegang tot financiële diensten, tegen een redelijke prijs en op duurzame wijze, voor iedereen die dit nodig heeft.

Prinses Máxima houdt onder meer een toespraak op de Amerikaanse universiteit van Cairo en brengt een veldbezoek aan boeren op het platteland net buiten de stad. De Prinses spreekt tijdens haar verblijf met presidentsvrouw Mubarak en de Egyptische ministers van Financiën, Landbouw en Handel en industrie.

Ook heeft ze diverse ontmoetingen met vertegenwoordigers van banken, microfinancieringsorganisaties en mobiele telefoonaanbieders. In haar toespraak op de Amerikaanse universiteit voor studenten en genodigden zal Prinses Máxima ingaan op de vooruitgang die Egypte geboekt heeft bij toegang tot financiële diensten en het belang hiervan bij armoedebestrijding en ontwikkeling.

Ze benadrukt de urgentie van consumentenbescherming, transparantie en regulering in de sector. Huishoudens en bedrijven hebben een veilige plek nodig om te sparen en de mogelijkheid om een verzekering af te sluiten, een krediet te krijgen of een bankrekening te openen. Innovatieve technologie, zoals bijvoorbeeld samenwerking tussen banken en mobiele telefoonaanbieders, speelt een belangrijke rol om arme mensen en mensen in afgelegen gebieden te bereiken.

Prinses Máxima gaat op veldbezoek bij boeren in de deltaregio vlak buiten Cairo om van henzelf te vernemen welke ervaringen zij hebben bij het veilig kunnen sparen, het verkrijgen van leningen of het verzekeren van hun oogst. Ook ontmoet ze medewerkers van banken over de financiële serviceverlening richting de boeren. Dit is het tweede VN-bezoek van Prinses Máxima aan Egypte. In oktober 2008 bezocht ze het land als lid van de VN-Adviseursgroep voor een Toegankelijke Financiële Sector.

Prinses Máxima is in september 2009 benoemd als speciale pleitbezorger van de Secretaris-Generaal van de Verenigde Naties, Ban Ki-moon. Prinses Máxima adviseert in deze functie Ban Ki-moon over toegang tot financiële diensten en zet zich tevens wereldwijd in om financiële diensten voor iedereen toegankelijk te maken. Dit draagt bij aan de ontwikkeling van met name de lage inkomensgroepen en de MKB-sector.

Wereldwijd kunnen 2,7 miljard mensen en miljoenen bedrijven geen gebruik maken van financiële diensten als leningen, bank- en spaarrekeningen of verzekeringen.

Red Bull sponsors squash tournament inside Luxor temple


woensdag 17 november 2010

http://www.drhawass.com/blog/press-release-19-objects-tomb-tutankhamun-returning-egypt

Press Release - 19 objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun returning to Egypt!


Under the auspices of Farouk Hosny, the Minister of Culture, Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, and Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, announced jointly today that, effective immediately, the Metropolitan Museum of Art would acknowledge Egypt’s title to 19 ancient Egyptian objects that have been in its collection since the early 20th century. All of these small-scale objects, which range from study samples to a three-quarter-inch-high bronze dog and a sphinx bracelet-element, attributed to Tutankhamun’s tomb, which was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings. The Museum initiated this formal acknowledgement after renewed, in-depth research by two of its curators substantiated the history of the objects.

Bronze figurine of a dog with a painted gold collar (Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)“This is a wonderful gesture

on the part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said Hawass. “For many years the Museum, and especially the Egyptian Art department, has been a strong partner in our on-going efforts to repatriate illegally exported antiquities. Through their research, they have provided us with information that has helped us to recover a number of important objects, and last year, the Museum gave to Egypt a granite fragment that joins with a shrine on display in Luxor, so that this object could be restored. Thanks to the generosity and ethical behavior of the Met, these 19 objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun can now be reunited with the other treasures of the boy king.” Hawass continued that “The objects will now go on display with the “Tutankhamun” exhibition at Times Square, where they will stay until January, 2011. They will then travel back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will be shown for six months in the context of the Metropolitan Museum’s renowned Egyptian collection. Upon their return to Egypt in June 2011, they will be given a special place in the Tutankhamun galleries at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and then will move, with the rest of the Tut collection, to the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, scheduled to open in 2012.”
At the time that Howard Carter and his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon, discovered the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun (reigned ca. 1336-1327 B.C.), the Egyptian government generally allowed excavators to keep a substantial portion of the finds from excavations undertaken and financed by them. However, during the decade that it took Carter and his team to recover the thousands of precious objects from this king’s tomb, it became increasingly clear that no such partition of finds would take place in the case of the Tutankamun tomb.

Owing to the splendor of the treasures discovered in the tomb, conjectures soon started nevertheless, suggesting that certain objects of high quality, dating roughly to the time of Tutankhamun and residing in various collections outside Egypt, actually originated from the king’s tomb. Such conjectures intensified after the death of Howard Carter in 1939, when a number of fine objects were found to be part of his estate. When the Metropolitan Museum acquired some of these objects, however, the whole group had been subjected to careful scrutiny by experts and representatives of the Egyptian government; and subsequent research has found no evidence of such a provenance in the overwhelming majority of cases. Likewise, thorough study of objects that entered the Metropolitan Museum from the private collection of Lord Carnarvon in 1926 has not produced any evidence of the kind.
The 19 objects now identified as indeed originating from the tomb of King Tutankahmun can be divided into two groups. Fifteen of the 19 pieces have the status of bits or samples. The remaining four are of more significant art-historical interest and include a small bronze dog less than three-quarters of an inch in height and a small sphinx bracelet-element, acquired from Howard Carter’s niece, after they had been probated with his estate; they were later recognized to have been noted in the tomb records although they do

Lapis lazuli bracelet inlay in the form of a sphinx (Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art)not appear in any excavation photographs. Two other pieces—part of a handle and a broad collar accompanied by additional beads—entered the collection because they were found in 1939 among the contents of Carter’s house at Luxor; all of the contents of that house were bequeathed by Carter to the Metropolitan Museum. Although there was discussion between Harry Burton (a Museum photographer based in Egypt, the Museum’s last representative in Egypt before World War II broke out, and one of Carter’s two executors) and Herbert Winlock about the origins of these works and about making arrangements for Burton to discuss with a representative of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo whether these works should be handed over to Egypt, that discussion was not resolved before Burton’s death in 1940. When the Metropolitan Museum’s expedition house in Egypt was closed in 1948, the pieces were sent to New York

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http://www.luxoregypt.org/English/About_Luxor/Luxor_Investment/InvestmentOpportunities/Pages/Tourism.aspx

Tourism is the main investment in Luxor, because the city of Luxor contains one third of the world’s archeological sites as well as being blessed with a temperate climate all year round.

In addition to Luxor’s fame for being home to the greatest civilization to inhabit the earth more than 7 thousand years ago, Luxor is also developing different modes of tourism to fit in with today’s lifestyle, such as conference tourism and sports tourism. Luxor is now hosting a minimum of 10 international conferences a year, as well as several local ones. With the completion of the covered sports arena Luxor will be able to host several international sporting events.

At present the new airport in Luxor receives 4500 tourists per hour and is able to absorb any increase in tourists up to the year 2018. The train station has been upgraded to receive 5 trainloads of tourists a day, and a network of highways has been established to link the city of Luxor to Cairo, Hurghada ,Aswan and Mersa Alam.

Medical facilities have been established and existing ones upgraded, as well as state of the art ambulance services on the ground and on the Nile.

An IMAX theater is currently under construction as well as other entertainment venues.

Through the Luxor portal on the internet, prospective tourists can now visit many of the historic sites on line, as well as book their hotel rooms and plan their travel itineraries.

Currently there are 50 tourist hotels, 35 local hotels, 41 restaurants, 177 travel agencies and 180 floating hotels. 18 more hotels are under construction as well as 5 resorts.

Looking to the future, the ultimate goal is increasing the hotel capacity in Luxor such that within twenty years from today there will be enough rooms to accommodate 4 million tourists a year.

A new marina is under construction that will alleviate many of the problems of the existing system for docking the floating hotels.

There are several new areas being developed around Luxor to increase the number of hotel rooms dramatically. One area is south of the Tod Plateau, this lies on 1500 feddans and will have 10,000 rooms upon completion. Another area is east of the railway station that lies on 500 feddans and will have 2000 rooms. A third area being developed is North Zinia and it is 145 feddans.

Several areas are planned for development on the West Bank, close to Hassan Fathy village and Modira village.

Another area being developed close to the Avenue of the Sphynx will house 1000 rooms, and this is a joint project between Ain Shams University and Clemson University.

There are also plans for developing safari tourism, as well as plans for building a new conference center and a new entertainment complex, complete with restaurants and new taxi services and group transportation.

maandag 15 november 2010

12 sfinx-standbeelden

Nabij de tempels van Karnak, in de Egyptische regio Luxor, zijn 12 sfinx-standbeelden aangetroffen uit de periode van farao Nectanebo I, die regeerde van 380 tot 362 voor Christus. Dat meldt de Egyptische Hoge Raad van Antiquiteiten (SCA - Supreme Council of Antiquities).

De standbeelden werden ontdekt op een 600 meter lange oude weg die vertrok bij de Nijl, aldus SCA . De weg in kwestie voegt zich bij de 'Straat van Sfinxen', een 2,7 kilometer lange laan die de tempels van Luxor verbindt met die van Karnak. Tijdens de opgravingen, die worden voortgezet, werden eveneens voorwerpen uit de Romeinse tijd aangetroffen. (afp/eb)

donderdag 11 november 2010

Parlementsverkiezingen

De parlementsverkiezingen in Egypte worden op 28 november gehouden, heeft de Egyptische president Hosni Mubarak woensdag bekendgemaakt.
Inzet van de verkiezingen zijn 508 zetels in het parlement. Mubaraks Nationaal Democratische Partij heeft momenteel de meerderheid.
Naast Mubaraks partij hebben drie oppositiepartijen alsmede de verboden Moslim Broederschap laten weten met kandidaten te zullen komen. De Broederschap probeert het verbod te omzeilen door haar kandidaten in te schrijven als 'onafhankelijk'.
Nieuws.nl 21.10.2010

Schatten Toetanchamon terug in Egypte

Het "Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York geeft schatten van Toetanchamon terug aan Egypte. Het gaat in totaal om negentien voorwerpen uit de graftombe van de legendarische farao. Na tientallen jaren komen negentien kunstschatten van de Egyptische farao weer terug naar Egypte,
Het Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York geeft onder meer een klein, bronzen beeld van een hond en een beeld van een sfinx terug. De kunstwerken kwamen in het bezit van het museum uit de erfenis van Howard Carter. Deze archeoloog ontdekte het graf van Toetanchamon in 1922.
De objecten hadden volgens de regels Egypte nooit mogen verlaten. Zahi Hawass, het hoofd van oudheidkundige zaken, is al jaren bezig om alle bekende Egyptische historische voorwerpen terug te halen. Hij is dan ook heel blij met het besluit van het Metropolitan Museum. "Dankzij de vrijgevigheid en het ethische gedrag van het Metropolitan Museum, worden deze negentien objecten uit de tombe van Toetanchaom, herenigt met de andere schatten van de kindkoning." De voorwerpen zijn tot juni 2011 nog te zien in New York, waar ze deel uit maken van de Egyptische collectie van het Metropolitan Museum. Daarna verhuizen ze naar Caïro. Samen met de rest van de Toetanchamon-collectie zijn ze uiteindelijk onderdeel van het Egyptische Museum. Dit museum opent in 2012 in Giza.

zaterdag 23 oktober 2010

Egypt's Plans for Luxor: Vegas on the Nile?

Luxor has long been Egypt's prize possession. It was here that the ancient Egyptians at one time built their capital of Thebes; where Pharoahs dedicated massive temples to their gods; and where Howard Carter unearthed the world-famous boy King, Tutankhamen, in his tomb full of riches in 1922. "It has been one of the biggest and most famous tourist attractions for at least 200 years."says Francesco Bandarin, the head of the World Heritage Center at UNESCO. Adds Mansour Boraik, who oversees Upper Egypt for for the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities, "30% of world monuments lie in Luxor, and 70% of the monuments in Egypt are in Luxor."


In an effort to preserve the riches — and beef up the number of tourists they attract — local authorities have been pressing an ambitious project to reinvent and revive Luxor; rehabilitating tombs, and expanding the city's tourist infrastructure at a dizzying pace to the tune of hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars. Egyptian authorities are in the process of excavating an ancient "Avenue of the Sphinxes," a 2.7 kilometer pathway once lined with the human-headed lion statues from the pharaonic past; after it has been resurrected, the avenue will link the Luxor Temple on one end to the colossal Karnak temple on the other. The plan is to turn the city into an open air museum by the year 2030. "Luxor needs a pioneer project like this to preserve it for the new generation," says Boraik of the ongoing work.

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zaterdag 9 oktober 2010

zaterdag 25 september 2010

Zahi Hawass, Director General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities

Zahi Hawass, Director General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), recently attended ceremonies marking the reopening, after major restoration work, of a number of Islamic monuments in Cairo. It follows his appearance at similar ceremonies recently marking the completion of a number of big-budget developments in and around the area of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.
The restored Islamic monuments – all in the Al-Darb Al-Ahmar area of Cairo – include The Al-Imam mosque, the Al-Layth mosque, the Al-Set Meska mosque, the Ali Labib house and the well zone of Youssef, at the Salah El-Din Citadel.

The Al-Imam mosque, which dates from 1048 AD, was used for the burial of people who wanted to be laid to rest beside the Imam, whose grave is nearby. Architectural work has been carried out on the structure, and a rest house added, where people can hold funerals and recite the Koran. The Al-Set Meska mosque – built in AD 1339 in tribute to sultan Al-Nasir Mohammad’s loyal wet-nurse – has meanwhile been restored to its former glory after being heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1992. The 18th century Ali Labib house has been purchased and returned to its original style, and there are plans to eventually turn it into a school or library teaching hieroglyphs or Islamic and Coptic history.

Hawass has been accused in the past of overlooking Egypt’s Islamic history in favour of its pharaonic past; his backing of these facelift projects – which, together, over six years the SCA have funded to the tune of 9.5 million EGP (over 1 million GBP) – will go a long way to answering his critics. A new lighting system at the Salah El-Din Citadel is also on the long-term agenda, and the first phase of that project – the lighting of the mosque of Mohammad Ali – was unveiled too. Hawass was evidently impressed. “It captivated me and all those who saw it,” he wrote on his website blog. “When people witness the beauty of this light, it will capture their hearts and make them forget their troubles.”





The opening of a new visitor centre at Deir el-Bahri and the re-opening of the Youssef Abul-Haggag mosque after major restoration work were among the completed projects Hawass inaugurated as part of his recent ceremonial tour around the area of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. He also highlighted progress in a number of other ongoing projects, including the conversion into a museum of the rest house used by Howard Carter while excavating the tomb of King Tut. The combined budget for all of the work is a hefty 127 million EGP (over 14 million GBP).

Hawass was joined by Samir Farag, head of Luxor City Supreme Council (LCSC). First up was the small run-down mud-brick residence used by Carter while exploring KV62 in the 1920s. It’s being restored in a four month project by a French team, at a cost of 1.121 million EGP (about 124,000 GBP). It will feature two rooms displaying items left behind by Carter and Lord Carnarvon – such as tools, instruments and items of furniture – as well as a photographs and diagrams relating to their historic investigation. It’s hoped that the museum will be finished by November 4, just in time for the 86th anniversary of Carter’s discovery.

The inauguration of the site management programme at Deir el-Bahri was next up. Previously, the area surrounding the 4,000 year-old complex of mortuary temples and tombs on the west bank of the Nile was a mess – polluted and swamped with ramshackle, unlicensed bazaars. Now it boasts a neat car park, and a visitor centre in which tourists can view photographs, a short film and a detailed scale model of the site. There’s also a café, a bookshop and an area for 52 licensed bazaars (the rest have all been cleared out). A small electric railway leads to and from the temple complex.

Howard Carter's house, which is currently being converted into a museum. Picture by JohnDoodo.A large wall will eventually surround the various Luxor monuments on the Nile’s west bank, to protect them from various threats. That was inspected too, as was, in the evening, the first test of another new lighting system, the 52 million EGP (5.25 million GBP) one which upon completion will stretch six kilometres from the Valley of the Kings to Deir el-Bahri, lighting up the various sites along the west bank of the Nile such as the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, various mortuary temples and Deir el-Bahri itself. This will further boost their accessibility to tourists, by allowing them to all be visited after nightfall.

The final stop was to open the freshly restored Youssef Abul-Haggag mosque, which was built in the 1286 – on top of one of the original parts of the Temple of Luxor – to commemorate the Sunni Sheikh Youssef Abul-Haggag. Over the centuries, cracks had spread across the mosque’s walls, and the foundations had been rotted by a leaking water fountain; a 14 month, 13.4 million EGP (approximately 1.5 million GBP) project has seen it returned to its former glory.

Hawass additionally took the opportunity to announce that a scheme to protect the Tombs of the Nobles on the west bank – which he warned is in danger of being destroyed within 100 years without drastic action – is to be implemented, using a Spanish grant of 150 million euros. He also again highlighted future plans to build replicas of the tombs of Tutankhamun, Seti I and Nefertari. “This is the only way to ensure that these tombs will be preserved for eternity,” he commented on his website

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Luxor Heritage Centre

This recently building was recently opened by Susan Mubarak and is situated at the junction between the airport road and sphinx avenue. If fact it actually overlooks the Sphinx Avenue which was an added bonus when visiting.

Over three floors and built with a mixture of donations and government funding it is a very impressive building. I was shown round by a member of the staff Mona, she spoke excellent English, and she and the rest of the staff could not do too much to show off their new building.

The Egyptology Library on the first floor is decorated with photos donated by Mr Gaddis showing Luxor as it used to be but the books inside are up to date modern editions. Although there are some classics as well. They are in a variety of languages and cover all aspects of Egypt’s history pharaonic of course but including its Islamic past as well. There is computer access all over the building where people can research, catch up with current affairs or play as the example of the children.

Also on this floor is a large map room where both historic and current maps are stored. It was quite fun finding my own house. This room also has facilities for video conferencing

The Arabic library on this floor seemed to have a large range of reference books, videos and tapes. I could see the Dummies Guide books in Arabic, Guinness World Records and was told there were also books on law, religion, and physiology.

The top floor had lots of children’s facilities, a well stocked lending library and reading hall. There was a great children’s activity area with wall displays and bright colours. And lots and lots of kids having fun. Computers, a green corner for environmental studies and internet access at 1LE per hour. There was a second adult Arabic library with Agriculture, Business studies, Chemistry and Geography. I also saw a complete range of Naguib Mahfouz books so there must be fiction in there as well. Also a computer teaching room and language hall. Not all these facilities were in operation yet but judging by the children’s area when they are they will be well used and fully equipped.

Downstairs in the basement there was a Star Riders exhibition where some of the compasses, time keeping devices and other wonderful devices from the past were displayed. There is an area with a huge screen where you can explore to Eternal Egypt Website, Animation halls are planned and there will an interactive Culturama.

With disabled access, clean toilets and coffee shop this is a centre to be proud of.

Projects are:

• Panorama of Culture (CULTRAMA): An interactive showcase of the documentation of Pharonic, Coptic, Islamic, natural and modern Egyptian heritage. This panorama is the first of its kind in the world.

• Forsan al-Sama’a Hall: A hall where astrological equipments are displayed to demonstrate the contributions of the Islamic culture and the Arab leadership in astrology.

• 3D Show Hall: The hall comprises three rooms for 3D showcase of selected Pharonic, Coptic and Islamic archeological pieces. Visitors can view these pieces as they are showcased in Egyptian museums by using special eye-glasses.

• Eternal Egypt website: www.eternalegypt.org is a unique interactive website that showcases selected treasures of the Egyptian cultural heritage covering all Pharonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic ages.

CULTNAT has participated in designing these halls so that they can occupy the largest number of tourists daily. Regular shows will be presented in Arabic and English languages in the first phase and other languages will be added in the future.

donderdag 23 september 2010

Nieuwe Koptische kerk bij het station


Nieuwe Koptische kerk bij het station



dinsdag 7 september 2010

Nieuw Boulevard


The old Promenade is being lowered by 3 metres. These old booths are about to be demolished and 3 kilometers of booths will replaced  once the new promenade is finished.





vrijdag 20 augustus 2010

Egypte bespoedigt bouw zonne-energiecentrale

Egypte wil de eerste grootschalige zonne-energie centrale sneller operationeel hebben. Oorspronkelijk zou de centrale eind van het jaar ten zuiden van Cairo geopend worden met een capaciteit van 140 MW. Maar het land is bezig de stroomvoorziening te diversificeren en alternatieve bronnen te ontwikkelen.


Egypte kampt elk jaar in de zomer met tekort aan elektriciteit.
Reden waarom Hassan Younis, de Egyptische Minister van Elektriciteitszaken, de stroombedrijven gesommeerd heeft om export van elektriciteit te staken en zich te concentreren op interne levering van stroom.


Naast zonne-energie wordt ook een windpark ontwikkeld bij Zaafarana met een capaciteit van 120 MW en wordt de capaciteit van de High Dam Turbines bij Aswan met 175 MW uitgebreid. Al met al breidt Egypte haar opwekkingscapaciteit uit met 2660 MW.

Duurzameenergie.nl 19.08.2010

zondag 15 augustus 2010

Boulevard opgebroken?


Op Nile life blog lees ik dat men nu begonnen is met het afbreken van de Nijlboulevard.

Its 40 years since the Chinese sent a load of convicts to build the Promenade in Luxor Egypt did a good job on it too. this in its hey day was the masterpiece to show off the two temples here in Luxor.
And here we are in 2010 digging the whole thing up and lowering by 3 meters it seems Luxor is short of bazzars as its the only reason I can see for this extravaganza.
A walkway with 3 kilometers of bazzars and maybe a few coffee shops for tourists to sit and have a pricey beer coffee or waterpipe sitting looking at the Nile, there will be no cruisers to spoil the view as these are being moved 5 kilometers upstream ,

donderdag 12 augustus 2010

Boost for Luxor tourism threatens local lifestyle

Yolande Knell
BBC News, Cairo

Um Abdul Aziz said she would never move from her village home to make way for a tourist marina All her life, Um Abdul Aziz has lived on the green banks of the River Nile, close to Luxor in Upper Egypt.
Now 95, she rests on a bench with her great-grandchildren and proudly points out the mangoes, guavas and other crops which thrive in the family garden.
"I look at the Nile as soon as I wake up," she declares. "If I don't, it's like I've not seen my children. If they offered me millions I wouldn't move."

Until last month, residents of the village of Marees feared that 10,000 of them would have to leave their homes and fertile land because of a scheme to build a huge marina for sight-seeing boats.
It was only after they threatened legal action that the government backed down, saying it would consider other locations.

Wide-ranging plans to redevelop Luxor, 15km (10 miles) away, have stirred up a debate about putting tourists' interests before those of locals.
Thousands of visitors come to see the site of the ancient capital, Thebes, each day and the authorities want to add to their holiday experience.

"The big vision is to change the city into the largest open-air museum in the world," says governor Samir Farag.

I'm not happy because I lost my bazaar. As I do not have a bazaar, I do not have work”
Mohamed
Work is under way to restore the ancient avenue between Luxor and Karnak temples, which is lined with more than 1,300 sphinx statues.
It was built in the time of Pharoah Amenhotep III, who ruled 3,350 years ago.
"Just five years ago, it was covered by mud and when we removed this we were surprised to still find all the sphinx," Mr Farag says.
"It will be a very beautiful place to visit. The avenue is nearly 3km long and connects the temples. When tourists walk through they will see Luxor as it was millennia ago."
Widespread demolitions
Some 2,000 families lived in buildings that were removed to uncover the route. They were offered compensation or new apartments.
Visitors explore the newly restored sphinx avenue close to Luxor Temple Other projects to redevelop Luxor have also led to large-scale demolitions.
Bulldozers have knocked down old bazaars and Belle Epoque (late 19th Century) buildings close to the temples. The local football pitch has gone

By 2030, a master plan shows the city will have new luxury hotels, golf courses and a pedestrianised corniche. It is expected to boost tourism, bringing more jobs and foreign currency.
"We hear that Luxor will be the best city in the world," remarks Ahmed, an enthusiastic restaurant owner. "Already you see the streets are now clean and we have many open spaces. Also we have very good new schools."
However, other residents have concerns.
"Nobody knows the future here because a lot of changes have happened. They don't know what will be taken and what will be destroyed," says one student.

Recent heritage
There were protests near Karnak temple two years ago when locals were forced to leave and in 2006 and 2007 when Qurna, close to the Valley of the Kings, was cleared to access tombs beneath it.
Bulldozers cleared modern homes in central Luxor to expose the ancient Egyptian causeway Over 3,000 households now live in New Qurna 5km away, but many still have complaints.
"I'm not happy because I lost my bazaar," says a middle-aged man, Mohamed, who moved with his wife and four children. "As I do not have a bazaar, I do not have work."
The experience of the villagers in Marees has given hope to others who say that traditional ways of life and more recent heritage should be preserved as well as the ancient Egyptian monuments.
A fight continues to protect the 150-year-old Pasha Andraeos Villa on the Nile boardwalk and other Victorian-era buildings.
"Luxor's history is its history through the centuries. It's not just about ancient times," observes a foreign resident who believes the city is losing some of its charms and authenticity.
"People coming here don't want sterile holidays. If they wanted that, they'd go to Las Vegas or visit a theme park."

woensdag 11 augustus 2010

Sofra Restaurant & Café


Dear All,

Sofra Restaurant & Café in Luxor has finally opened after 2 months of renovation work.
After a lot of hard work, we are excited to welcome back our guests to Sofra Restaurant and Café.

See you soon.


Kind regards,

Sofra Restaurant & Café

90, Mohamed Farid Street

Luxor, Egypt

Phone: 0020 95 2 35 97 52 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0020 95 2 35 97 52 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

E-mail: info@sofra.com.eg


Howard Carter house


Howard Carter’s house is located on the west bank of Luxor just before you enter the Valley of the Kings. Unfortunately, it was neglected for a long time and was not being used for anything except collecting dust. I decided that this was unacceptable and that the house of Howard Carter should be returned to its former glory.
Howard Carter's house on the west bank of Luxor (Photo: Katy Dammers)I designated a team to develop this area to think of how it could be used in the future as a valuable asset for the Valley of the Kings. I hired an excellent architect who has transformed the run-down house into a beautiful museum. Tourists can now walk through Carter’s kitchen, dining room, bedroom, office and photography studio. The most impressive thing in my opinion is a film with a real Howard Carter lecturing you. This 20 minute film is presented by a holographic Howard Carter who transports you back to the time of the discovery and shares the excitement of the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamun.


Around the same time that the Carter House project started, I began a very important project with a foreign team to make laser scanning of three tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. The three tombs are: Seti I, Tutankhamun and Nefertari. (Go here to view short videos on how this work was carried out.) I chose these tombs because they are unique and can never be repeated again. Therefore we have to preserve them. Currently the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens are visited by thousands of tourists each year. If this situation is not changed the tombs will be
Office of Howard Carter with his original paperwork from the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb (Photo: Katy Dammers)irreversibly damaged and eventually completely destroyed.

My plan then is to finish the laser scanning and make a replica valley to the north-west of Howard Carter’s house. This replica valley will have the three tombs of Seti, Tutankhamun and Nefertari and we will be closing the original three tombs to the public (Nefertari and Seti’s tombs have been closed off to the public for several years now). Some visitors might think that this is denying them the chance to see these tombs. However, this is the only away of preserving the tombs for humanity. As of right now visitors cannot see Nefertari or Seti’s tomb at all, so in fact the replica valley will provide access to these tombs that have been closed off completely.

The other important thing that we are doing is lighting the mountain of Qurna in the west bank from the Valley of the Kings to Deir el Bahari. This lighting will help us to make the west bank accessible to visitors at three times of the day: morning, afternoon and evening. By breaking the visitors into three time periods we will stop the habit of hordes of tourists pouring into the west bank every morning and overcrowding the monuments. Because of the large number of tourists it is impossible for the guards to keep a close eye on everyone, making sure that they don’t take pictures with their cameras or

The west bank of Luxor with the tombs of the nobles (Photo: Meghan E. Strong)scrape their bags across the fragile walls of the tombs. Therefore it is very important to break the overwhelming number of tourists into three separate, more manageable groups. This will be of great benefit to the monuments and will also provide tourists with a more enjoyable and less crowded experience. We hope to have this in place by October 1, 2010.

As part of this new plan for the west bank of Luxor, we are building a tourist center next to Howard Carter’s house. This center will not only serve as the hub for tourist activity with a nice cafeteria, ticket office, restroom facilities and gift shops, but will also serve as the offices for site management of the west bank. Through this center we can control tourist activity, plan restoration and conservation projects, and plan for the future of tombs and temples in Luxor.


Further information: Site Management and Restoration at Luxor

Further information: Press Release - New Discoveries in Luxor

Zahi Hawass's blog
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zondag 8 augustus 2010

Ard el Amal

Na mijn bezoek aan Nederland begon langzaam het idee te groeien om één en ander te combineren. Na lang praten en ideeën uitwisselen hebben Ans en ik besloten de stichting Ard el Amal op te richten om zo onze ideeën en wensen te combineren met dat wat noodzakelijk is …..dagopvang voor verstandelijk gehandicapten van alle niveaus. Ik ben momenteel verantwoordelijk voor het deel van de stichting dat zich afspeelt in Egypte.
Het is een enorme uitdaging, ik heb A gezegd en B zal volgen!

Lees het hele artikel

vrijdag 30 juli 2010

Life is Beautiful

woensdag 28 juli 2010

De Noord-Zuidraad van Hemiksem, de adviesraad van de gemeente inzake ontwikkelingssamenwerking en hulp aan de Vierde Wereld, kent aan enkele projecten subsidies toe. Daardoor kunnen Hemiksemnaren Kris Huybrechts en Lydie Vanderbeeken rekenen op 1.000euro voor hun humanitair project in Egypte. Met dat project, Life is Beautiful, wordt onder andere voor schoolmateriaal gezorgd voor weeskinderen in Luxor. Daarnaast zorgt dit project mee voor de bouw van een gemeenschapshuis met een schooltje en een gezondheidscentrum.
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woensdag 28 juli 2010

Abu Haggag Festival

The Mosque of Abu Haggag is a mosque located in the Egyptian city of Luxor. Specifically, it stands atop the ruins of Luxor Temple, an Ancient Egyptian centre of worship dating back to the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in the 14th century BC.


Although its positioning atop the pharaonic columns seems both precarious and invasive, the Mosque of Abu Haggag (or Abu l-Haggag) must be seen as more than just a coincidental intruder. First, when the mosque was built, large parts of the temple were covered with earth. Secondly, it is not uncommon for a religious kinship between ancient Egyptian cult places and the local version of popular Islam to be recreated. When the pharaonic temple was unearthed in the late 19th century, locals fiercely resisted any attempt to tear down the mosque. For them, the geographical position was important, and a new mosque also dedicated to Abu Haggag has never become very popular.

Abu Haggag was a Sufi shaykh, born in Baghdad, but he spent the latter half of his 90 years in Luxor. He died here in 1243, but it is believed that the minaret is older than him, dating back to the 11th century. The mosque itself has been rebuilt many times, and completely in the 19th century. Abu Haggag is Luxor's main saint, and his mosque is the core of local religious activities. Locals believe that his mosque is a particularly important religious spot, full of baraka, divine blessing.

When Shaikh Abu El Haggag came to Luxor, Islam at the time was not the major religion in Egypt; Coptic Christianity was the leading religion at the time. The city was a colony owned by a religious Coptic lady. She used to be called The Princess. Her soldiers saw Sheikh Abu El Haggag there and was immediately recognized as a foreigner, therefore he was taken to the Princess for questioning as they feared that he is a spy from a different tribe/region. He complained to her about the treatment he received and expressed that he wishes to become a local citizen. The lady was generous and offered him to stay as long as he wishes. He asked her to give him a land as big as a camel’s skin to sleep on it, she thought that would be maximum of 2 square meters, so she agreed as she was a generous Lady, he asked her to sign a contract confirming the deal which she agreed to.

At night, he took a camel’s skin and he cut it into a very thin line at the front of some local witnesses, something similar to a very thin washing line, he used it to border a big part of Luxor Temple. In the morning, soldiers saw this line and reported it to the Princess, and then she realised that he owns this bordered part of the temple as per their written agreement. As much as she was feeling deceived by his plan, they met few times afterwards, she was impressed by his knowledge and then she converted to Islam.

At the time, there was a church in the place of the mosque. Shaikh Abu El Haggag agreed with the princess to convert the building to a mosque, which stands till today. In the upper ground foundation the old part of the church, which is clear that it is not a part of the temple, can still be seen.

Lots of people claimed that he became a monk and was given a power to practice miracles, such as walking on water, healing rare diseases, and even people see him in the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia while others sees him at the same time in Luxor. When he died he was buried in the mosque.

The festival is held for 2 days how I describe it is a big sweet selling time anything that makes a noise

donderdag 15 juli 2010

donderdag 8 juli 2010

Tunnel

After three years of hauling out rubble and artifacts via a railway-car system (rails visible at left), the excavators have hit a wall, the team announced last week. It seems the ancient workers who created the steep tunnel under Egypt's Valley of the Kings near Luxor (map) abruptly stopped after cutting 572 feet (174 meters) into rock.

Hawass, also a National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, believes work on the tunnel began during the pharaoh's 15-year reign (1294-1279 B.C.), but after the tomb above it was already complete. Work may have stopped when Seti I died.

Archaeologist Mustafa Waziri, regional director for the Egyptian antiquities council, said: "I think they were planning to make another burial chamber down there. Suddenly they stopped. But the condition of the stairs is amazing."

(The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)
Published July 7, 2010

vrijdag 11 juni 2010

zondag 30 mei 2010

Sohag

Sohag has a long history. It was a great metropolis during the Ancient Egyptian and Coptic eras.
Today, Sohag is home to the Red Monastery, the White Monastery, Akhmim Temple, and Abydos Temple. Sohag is on the Nile, it has the west bank and the eastern bank, there is going to be an international airport soon in Sohag by 2010, in 2010 a new road from Sohag to Hurghada was accomplished. There are a lot of attractions in Sohag such as, the Nile, the statue of Merit Amon in Akhmim, Abidos temple in Al Balina, there is also al kawsr culb close to the desert and the mountains.


Eerste beeld wat ik zag van Sohag


de volgende dag
zagen we dit
vanaf ons brede balcon





Tijdens een tocht op de Nijl zagen we dit
rimpelloos water
een moderne stad
grote bruggen



We picknikten
op een eilandje
waar allemaal bungalows opgebouwd zijn






veel bloemen
en bloeiende struiken



De avond viel


donderdag 27 mei 2010

zaterdag 22 mei 2010

Sofra Restaurant and Café


Sofra Restaurant and Café is closed from Tuesday the 1st of June 2010 until Thursday the 15th of July 2010.

Sofra Restaurant and Café in Luxor, Egypt will be closed for renovation commencing Tuesday the 1st of June 2010 to make improvements to the kitchen, hoping to make the most of the space. We hope that the renovation will give our chefs the opportunity to improve their culinary skills.
Sofra Restaurant and Café will re-open on Friday the 16th of July 2010.

donderdag 20 mei 2010

Rood granieten standbeeld

Egyptische archeologen hebben een rood granieten standbeeld van de oude Egyptische god Thoth gevonden. Het beeld is 3,5 meter hoog en bevond zich in Luxor, aan de noordwestelijke zijde van de tempel van Amenhotep III. Deze farao regeerde Egypte zo’n 3000 jaar geleden.
Thoth is de god van de wijsheid. De oude Egyptenaren zagen hem als de uitvinder van het schrift. Het ontdekte beeld van Thoth is enkele meters hoog. De god staat afgebeeld als een mens met het hoofd van een baviaan.

In hetzelfde gebied werd vorig jaar ook al een beeld van Thoth gevonden. Dit was vijf meter hoog en ook hier werd de god als een aap weergegeven.
Het lijkt misschien raar dat goden als een aap worden afgebeeld, maar de baviaan speelde een belangrijke, mysterieuze rol in de Egyptische religie. De baviaan werd als indrukwekkend en gevaarlijk gezien. Het is dan ook niet gek dat de goden ervoor kozen om zich soms tot een baviaan te laten transformeren.

"A red granite colossus of the ancient Egyptian deity of wisdom, Thoth, was unearthed at the northwestern side of King Amenhotep III's funerary temple on the west bank of Luxor.
Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced the find today, explaining that the statue is 3.5 meters tall and 140 cm wide, and was discovered during routine excavations carried out by an Egyptian archaeological team led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).
Hawass said that evidence at the site where the colossus was found suggests that more colossi could be found here, as a similar statue 5 meters in height was discovered there last year.

Afifi Rohayem, the assistant of the mission's director, said that the site could contain an avenue of Thoth statues that once outlined the original path leading to the temple. Traces of these colossi were first uncovered at the site during the execution of a development project aimed at controlling the
subterranean water level on Luxor's west bank. As part of the process Dr. Hawass assigned a special excavation mission to explore the site. "

vrijdag 14 mei 2010

Old Winter Palace Hotel


Old Winter Palace Hotel

In 1886 it was opened a hotel in Luxor, built in British Colonial style and soon to become a legend. This was what today is called the Old Winter Palace. The first New Years Eve party had Crown Princes and Pricesses from Europe and Royal families from the Orient to the masked costume ball.


It was here Howard Carter himself announced for the first time the finding of the now so famous tomb of TutAnchAmon.


Luxor was a city famous for its dry climate and pleasent winter temperatures, and this hotel was the best place to stay. Of those who have stayed here can we mention King Farouk and King Fouad of Egypt, The Agha Khan, Empress Eugenie of France, the Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Prince Charles. Sir Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery, President Giscard d'Estang, President Gamal Abd el Nasser, President Anwar El Sadat and President Hosny Moubarak. President Jimmy Carter and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Prime Minister M. Tatcher and Councilor Helmut Kohl. Of course Agatha Christie and Howard Carter, as Egypt's own Omar El Sherif - and the list goes on...

dinsdag 11 mei 2010

1600 jaar oude kerk gevonden

Archeologen hebben in Egypte de ruïnes van een kerk gevonden. De kerk is opgetrokken uit kalkstenen blokken die oorspronkelijk deel uitmaakten van Ptolemeïsche en Romeinse tempels. Ook troffen ze er een nilometer aan. Dit oude instrument werd gebruikt om het waterpeil van de Nijl te meten.


De kerk is zo’n 1600 jaar oud en behoort toe aan de Kopten (Egyptenaren die zich tot het christendom hadden bekeerd). De Kopten maakten voor de bouw ervan gebruik van stenen van heidense tempels. Op deze stenen staan diverse afbeeldingen van Ptolemeïsche en Romeinse koningen die de Egyptische goden hun offers aanbieden.

De archeologen ontdekten de kerk en nilometer terwijl ze werkten aan de restauratie van de straat van sfinxen. Deze 2700 meter lange laan verbindt de tempels van Luxor en Karnak.

Naast de kerk en nilometer werden ook funderingen aangetroffen. Deze funderingen zouden gebruikt zijn om sfinxen op te plaatsen.

excavating

Back to Karnak, they are excavating the area to the right of the first pylon. There used to be houses and bazaars there. Further excavations have revealed the heating room. Just at the bottom of the picture.