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”
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!

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