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Egypt reduces fees for filming at archaeological sites in a bid to revive tourism
Fees for filming movies and TV shows at Egypt’s archaeological sites will be reduced by 50 percent as of Nov., 2017, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Tuesday.
The decision aims to boost Egypt’s tourism sector through attracting more tourists who watch the movies and TV shows, Antiquities Minister Khaled Al Anany said.
Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
“Egypt was expected to receive 17 million tourists in 2015 but the number declined by approximately 47 percent due to terrorist attacks and consequent travel advice issued by several European countries,” Chairman of Egypt Tourism Authority (ETA) Sami Mahmoud announced earlier this year.
Grand Egyptian Museum restores 17 colossal artifacts
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) announced it has completed the renovation of 17 colossal artifacts, which were brought to the museum from Alexandria’s archaeological storerooms in May, Youm7 reported.
Osama Abu el Kheir, director of the GEM’s restoration centre said the artifacts, with weighs ranging from 200 kilograms to two tons, were among other sunken treasures found under the modern city of Alexandria.
Thousands of artifacts were brought to the GRED from archaeological sites all over Egypt ahead of its inauguration scheduled for August 2018.
Culture minister visits Bairm al Tonsi theatre ahead of inauguration
Culture Minister Helmy al Namnam paid a visit to Bairam al Tonsy theatre in Alexandria on Wednesday ahead of its inauguration scheduled for later this month, Youm7 reported.
The visit comes on the sideline of al Namnam’s visit to Alexandria to inaugurate the activities of the summer theatre festival organized by the Cairo Opera House.
Grand Egyptian museum receives 418 artifacts date back to 2,600 B.C.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) announced it has received a total of 418 artifacts from the collection of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the antiquities ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
All the artifacts date back to the reign of Pharaoh Zoser, better known as Djoser, the founder of the third Dynasty around 2,600 B.C., Osama Abu el Kheir, director of the GEM’s restoration centre said.
The artifacts, which include of a collection of alabaster pots, pans and jars, will be restored ahead of the inauguration of the museum, Abu El Kheir added.
Al tanoura troupe to perform at Wekalet al Ghoury
Al-Tanoura Troupe for Cultural Heritage will perform at the 1500s Wekalet al Ghoury on Wednesday.
The weekly show features folk music from all over Egyptian regions, Sufi dance and the breathtaking whirling dervish show.
The show starts at 08:00 p.m. and lasts for two hours. Entrance fees 10 EGP per person.