CAIRO: The Ministry of Tourism deployed 150 million EGP to develop the governorate of Beheira and to establish a number of infrastructure projects, Al-Balad reported Tuesday.
Head of Tourism Development Authority Nasser Hamdy met with Governor of Beheira Mostafa Hadhod Monday to discuss methods to develop the governorate and put it on the map of touristic areas in Egypt.
Hadhod said during the meeting the governorate has many historical monuments from Roman and Islamic eras, in addition to beautiful environmental sceneries and landscapes.
He added that officials are researching all needs to develop Beheira in a way to add touristic nature to it.
He pointed out the importance of Wadi el-Natrun with its four ancient Christian monasteries that are vital for religious tourism.
The governorate is also planning to benefit from salt water lake of Nabeaa el-Hamra that has fresh water spring and could be used for therapeutic tourism.
Beheira includes the Rashid ancient area, considered an open museum with 22 ancient houses and 12 historical mosques including the mosque of Zaghloul.
The projects will include connecting Kafr el-Sheikh City with the governorate with a river line that passes through these archaeological sites.
Head of Domestic Tourism Sector in the authority Magdy Selim said they will plan to promote tourism in the governorate
They will also add 128 kilometers for tourism investment in addition to organizing touristic festivals.
In the meeting, the officials discussed methods to attract international grants to develop the historical areas among the authority activities this year, Al-Dostor reported.
They also discussed turning Rashid into a place similar to Old Cairo since it has a third of Egypt’s Islamic monuments.
Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou is expected to organize a tour early August to check out the places that will be added to the map of touristic places in Egypt.