Egypt celebrates New Year with fireworks at Giza Pyramids
Egyptians celebrate in front of pyramids during New Year's day celebrations on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, January 1, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: Egypt celebrated the New Year with impressive fireworks in front of the iconic Giza pyramids Thursday night.

The event, dubbed as “Egypt Sparkles,” was held in the New Year’s Eve at the open area facing the Sphinx and the Temple of Pharaoh Khafre. It was held under the auspices of the Egyptian ministries of tourism and culture.

The event was set to promote the country’s ailing tourism industry, which has been striving for a robust recovery amid political turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

The show featured the latest technology in lighting techniques, visual effects and fireworks, Hazem Hamada, CEO of the United Group Company that sponsors the celebration was quoted by Al Dostor newspaper.

“Tourism will be back to normal rates and even better than before,” Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou said to reporters during the celebration.

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