Pharaohs’ int’l cross country rally to boost tourism
Photo of Pharaohs’ International Cross Country Rally - Photo courtesy of PHARAONS RALLY official facebook page.
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO:  Officials in Wadi Gedid governorate finished the necessary measures to welcome the second phase of Pharaohs’ International Cross Country Rally according to several media reports Monday.

About 600 contesters from 25 countries will participate in the rally’s second phase, and they are expected to arrive Wadi Gedid governorate on May 21.

“The race starts towards Luxor then through the Egyptian desert, touching Dakhla and Baharija’s oasis,” according to the statement on its Facebook page. “The traditional and always exciting finish line is on Saturday May 24th in Cairo under the Pyramids of Giza.”

According to their official website, the rally was launched in 1982 and this year’s rally will be “dedicated to the pleasure of driving over different types of terrains and also to the pleasure of sight.”

Wadi Gedid Governor Mahmoud Ashmawy issued orders to distribute CDs to all the rally’s participants about the governorate and its most important landmarks in attempts to promote tourism in Wadi Gedid.

Ashmawy added in his press statement that bands of folkloric arts will accompany the rally throughout the period of its organization in Wadi Gedid, which is expected to last for three days, to present shows with the unique culture of the governorate.

Ashmawy held a meeting on May 8 to discuss security measures to protect and facilitate the rally, in attendance of security, tourism, and health officials, according to several reports.

Ashmawy said during the meeting that the governorate will provide all aid and facilitations to the participants.

The rally is divided into five phases, two in Wadi Gedid with a distance over 600 km.

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