Newsletter of Egypt Tourism Feb 2012

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  • Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority EGYPT THIS MONTHFebruary 2012 www.egypt.travel Issue 32 THE MOST IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS AND HISTORICAL ROUTE OPENS IN MARCHThe Avenue of Sphinxes Live Colors Egypt An important event will take place in Luxor in March of thisyear with the official inauguration of the Avenue of Sphinxes.The Avenue which connects Luxor and Karnak temple, isone of the most important archaeological and religiousroutes in Luxor, and where the historical and religious festival- Opet Festival took place in ancient times. It marked theannual voyage of God Amun Ra, transferred from Karnaktemple on a sacred boat to Luxor temple, where he visitshis wife Goddess Mut. The restoration project started nearly five years ago,It was built by King Nectanebo, who ruled Egypt during February . 2012 1
  • Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority News letter Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority News letter SHERATON CAIRO CLOSED FOR MAJOR RENOVATION Starwood Hotels & Resorts & the owning company of Sheraton Cairo Hotel Towers & Casino currently closed as of 1 October 2011 to allow renovation works to be completed while ensuring an on time re-opening in the summer of 2012. The renovation, which began in 2010, is considered one of the most comprehensive ever done within an operating property. The project includes 656 fully ren- ovated guest rooms, nine renovated restaurants and bars, a new entrance, new faade, fully-equipped business center, new ballrooms, health club and lobby. All public areas will continue to reflect the historical standing of the hotel as one of the citys landmarks since its opening in 1970. Singers tomb unearthed in Egypt Archaeologists have unearthed the 1,100-year-old The excavation and restoration work is a purely Egyptian tomb of a female singer in Egypts Valley of the Kings, the 30th dynasty between 380-362 B.C. and replaced an initiative- a collaboration between the former Supreme officials revealed. older path, which dated back to the 18th dynasty New Council of Antiquities (SCA) and Luxor Government to It is the only tomb of a woman not related to the Kingdom. The avenue measures around 2,700 meters long revive the Avenue. Ancient Egyptian royal families ever found there, said and 76 meters wide, and is lined with a large number of Mansour Boraik, the top government official for the statues in the shape of sphinxes, (the body of a lion, and in The SCA allocated a large amount of money to remove antiquities ministry in the city of Luxor. that case, King Nectanebos features). all encroachments around the area to make way for a The coffin of the female singer is remarkably intact. complete view of the Avenue and compensate those who The singers name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was The project was preceded by a series of excavation work, own houses and shops along the route, as well as for the believed to be protected by the feline deity Bastet. during which workshops of clay pots, wine factories, a huge excavations and restoration works. Live Colors EgyptLive Colors Egypt The tomb was found by accident, according to water cistern and several reliefs were unearthed.One of Elina Paulin-Grothe, field director for excavation at the reliefs bears the cartouche of Queen Cleopatra VII In total, excavators unearthed more than 650 sphinxes out the Valley of the Kings with Switzerlands University (51-30 BC). It was believed that Queen Cleopatra visited of the original 1350. The most preserved and nearly ready of Basel. this Avenue during her Nile trip with Mark Anthony and for the inauguration is the section behind the Luxor Heritage Archaeologists concluded from artefacts that she implemented restoration work that was marked with her Center, or south of the road that leads to the airport, sang in Karnak Temple, one of the most famous and cartouche. Remains of Queen Hatshepsuts chapels, which which has a little over 600 meters of the total Avenue. A largest open-air sites from the Pharaonic era, accord- were reused by King Nectanebo I in the construction of descending ramp from the main road makes way down to ing to evidence at the site. sphinxes, have also been found. Queen Hatshepsut has the Avenue, where tourists can enjoy a leisurely walk back The unearthing marks the 64th tomb to be discov- recorded on her red chapel in Karnak temple that she built in history. Moreover, approximately another 200 meters of ered in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. six chapels dedicated to the worship of God Amun Ra on the total Avenue is currently complete and is located right this Avenue, denoting a mere religious importance to the in front of the Luxor temple. The remaining three sections Avenue. are visible from the road level, but visitors cannot gain access to all of it yet, pending removal of any obstacles. 2 February . 2012 February . 2012 3
  • Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority News letter Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority News letter the egyptian paViLion at the Stuttgart hoLiday eXhibition 2012 aWarded beSt diSpLay paViLLion The CMT Stuttgart Holiday Exhibition is one of the leading events related to tourism held at the begin- ning of each year. The Egyptian Tourism Office in Frankfurt took part in this event with a 50m booth, CroCodiLe muSeum to open and in the Stuttgart Golf & Wellness Holiday exhibition in aSWan neXt month with a 30m booth. The first Museum of Crocodiles is opened last The CMT Stuttgart Holiday Exhibition includes more month in front of the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan, than 1900 exhibitors from 96 countries and received coinciding with Aswans National Day. this year around 250,000 visitors to discover unique The museum will display a collection of mummi-