donderdag 10 januari 2013

Political crisis pains Egyptian tourism

THE lush green sugar cane fields that line the Nile River governorate of Luxor cannot disguise the level of poverty in which many locals are forced to live. 
Poor agricultural prices, combined with a downturn in the lucrative tourism market, has meant many families - urban and rural - are barely making ends meet.
For those who rely on the steady stream of international tourists to Luxor - dubbed by some the world's greatest open-air museum - the ongoing political instability in Egypt has been the death of their livelihood. Last year the number of visitors to Egypt dropped to 10.2 million, down 32 per cent from 2010, while tourism revenue fell from $US12.5 billion in 2010 to $US9 billion ($A8.6 billion).
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Cold weather

The unusually cold weather around Egypt will continue until Thursday, an official from the General Authority for Meteorology said Tuesday.
Ali Qutb, the official, said in a phone interview with Al-Hayat satellite channel that he expects the lowest temperature Thursday to hit 5C. For Wednesday, he said to expect a high of 12C and low of 7C.
Qutb also told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he predicts heavy rains and strong winds. He warned fishermen of dangerous weather fluctuations in both the Mediterranean and Red seas, especially on the northern coast of the Red Sea. He advised citizens to wear heavy clothing.
Qutb said dust-filled wind is also predicted alongside the cold weather.
Rainfall is expected in the North Coast, Lower Egypt, the northern parts of Upper Egypt and areas north of the Red Sea.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

woensdag 9 januari 2013

 A funeral mass for the slain daughters of King Farouk-era Wafd MP Tawfik Pasha Andraus will be held on Tuesday at Al-Sayeda Al-Adhraa church in Luxor in Upper Egypt.

The two women, 79-year-old Laudy Andraus and 82-year-old Sofi Andraus, were killed at their historic palace in Luxor on Monday by unknown assailants.
The reason for the killings remains unknown. Security sources said that the palace's main gate had been broken.
The Andraus daughters will be buried at their family's graveyard, near Al-Karnak district.
While the prosecutors continue investigating the crime, the head of the Wafd Party El-Sayed El-Badawi has commissioned a legal committee headed by Abdel-Sand Yamama, a member of the party's supreme body, to follow the investigations.
El-Badawi further vowed in a press statement on Monday that the Wafd will not let the crime pass without the perpetrators being punished.
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