Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 3: Two Egyptian schoolyards transformed into wedding party venues; Egyptian-American chemical physicist Mostafa A. El-Sayed elected as Zewail City President
A schoolyard in the city of Faraskur, Damietta, transported into a wedding part venue- Photo by Youm7

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Two Egyptian schoolyards transformed into wedding party venues at night

A reader sent Youm7 a video footage showing a schoolyard was used a wedding party venue in Faraskur city of Damietta Governorate on Saturday.

The reader said that it is not the first time that a wedding party to be organized in the schoolyard; Faraskur Educational Directorate reported the event and will conduct an investigation with the officials.

It has been reported that another school in Haram district of Giza was used as a wedding party venue; a committee has been formed to investigate the incident.

Egyptian-American chemical physicist Mostafa A. El-Sayed elected as Zewail City President

Egyptian-American chemical physicist Mostafa A. El-Sayed was elected to be the president of the Zewail City of Science and Technology to be a successor to the late Nobel Prize laureate Ahmed Zewail, said the city spokesperson Sherif Fouad in a statement on Sunday.

El-Sayed is one of the city’s Board of Trustees and co-founder. He was appointed by U.S. President Obama as a member of the President’s National Medal of Science Committee in 2014; he also is a Regents’ Professor at Georgia Chemistry and Tech Biochemistry college of Sciences.

Zewail City is a non-profit scientific institute and was proposed in 1999, but a Cabinet decree on May 11, 2011 labeled the project a “National Project of Scientific Renaissance” and called it Zewail City of Science and Technology.


96 unregistered migrants arrested at Egypt-Libya border crossing of Sallum

Egyptian security forces have foiled an illegal migration attempt by a total of 96 unregistered migrants along the western border crossing of Sallum before feeling into Libya, Youm7 reported on Monday.

All the migrants are Egyptians except for six Sudanese people. Such arrests happen routinely at Egyptian borders, where security measures were intensified to curb the practice of illegal immigration. Border guards have also seized dozens of attempts to smuggle contraband and drugs.


Egypt, Aga Khan Development Network signs cooperation MoU

Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aga Khan Development Network, Youm7 reported on Sunday.

Per the MoU, The ministry provides Egyptian experts trainings in Toronto-based Aga Khan Museum, which is museum of Islamic art, Iranian art and Muslim culture.


Sharm El Sheikh airport receives 1,699 tourists on Monday

The Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport received 22 flights carrying more than 1,699 Egyptian and foreign tourists on Monday as part of promotional initiative to boost domestic tourism.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,096 tourists (Egyptians, Arab, and foreigners) left the Airport after enjoying themselves on the Red Sea’s resort shores.


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