Egypt celebrates World Heritage Day
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CAIRO: The Ministry of Antiquities began its celebrations of World Heritage Day Friday in Saqqara and the Giza Pyramids, in addition to other archaeological sites.

Every year on April 18 the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The theme for 2012 is World Heritage, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, according to UNESCO.

The general manager of Saqqara, an archeological site in Giza that is part of the Memphis necropolis, Alaa el-Shahat told Youm7 that the celebration of the day will take place in different historical sites in Egypt. In addition, they will be launching an awareness campaign amongst the school and university student about the importance of the Egyptian monuments.

Meanwhile, the archaeological inspector at Saqqara Mahmoud Shaaban added that it is very important for students to visit the archaeological sites and learn their history.

Shaaban added to Youm7 that the World Heritage Day is for archaeological awareness and to affirm the importance of the Egyptian monuments.

He added, however, that the turnout may be weak this year due to the current political events, clarifying that they have not celebrated  the day since the January 25 Revolution in 2011.

The celebrations are set to last from Friday to Thursday.

Reporting by Alaa Omran.

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