UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 25: Egypt advances 10 spots in FIFA Nov. ranking
Football Soccer - Egypt v Ghana - 2018 World Cup Qualifying - Africa Zone - "Army Stadium" Borg El Arab, Alexandria, Egypt - 13/11/2016 - Egypt's Aly Gaber and Ghana’s Jordan Ayew in action. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egypt advances 10 spots in FIFA Nov. ranking

Egypt has climbed 10 positions in the FIFA global rankings that were published on Nov. 24, to be the world’s 36th ranked national team, after placing 46th last month.

The Pharaohs have moved 10 places following the 2-0 hard-fought win over Ghana in Alexandria’s Borg al Arab Stadium earlier this month, while Ghana have slumped to 53rd from 45th place from the last month rankings.

The Pharaohs now lead the 2018 World Cup qualifiers group E with six points, five ahead of main challengers Ghana.

According to the Thursday standings, the seven-time African champions are fourth in Africa and second among Arab states after Tunisia (34.)

 

Egypt’s Sharm al Sheikh to host conference on tourism and hospitality

Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm al Sheikh will host the 10th International Conference on Tourism and Hospitality (ICTH) on February 8, Youm7 reported.

Organized in tandem with UK’s Bournemouth University and Italy’s Salento University, the four-day event aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of tourism and hospitality.

The conference comes amid low tourism in all Egypt’s destinations following the Russian plan that crashed over Sinai last year killing all 224 people on board.

The event will focus on several tourism and hospitality related issues, including marketing and rebranding of post-conflict destinations, tourism’s contribution to global trade and economic growth and safety and security measures for tourist safety.

 

5 forex black market traders arrested in Giza

Security forces in Giza arrested five people over involvement in foreign currency trading, Youm7 reported Friday.

A total of 14 million EGP and $580,000 were found in their possession during the arrest, security source at Giza security directorate told Youm7.

The arrestees confessed to possessing the seized amounts of money for black market trading purposes.

In June, Egypt’s government approved prison sentences for traders selling foreign currency outside the official exchange rate, which, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) governor Tarek Amer  “destabilizes the country’s economy.”

Earlier this month, CBE decided to freely float the pound and raise key interest rates as part of a set of reforms aimed at alleviating a dollar shortage and stabilizing the country’s economy.

 

15 injured after bus flipped over in Upper Egypt

A bus flipped over on Qena-Sohag road, leaving 15 injured people and no deaths thus far, announced the Ministry of Health.

The ministry said in a statement that a total of 28 ambulance vehicles were deployed to the accident site.

The injuries were transferred to Qena General Hospital for treatment; their health status has not been revealed yet.

 

Luxor Hotel Occupancy rate jumps to 30% this year: official

Hotel Occupancy rate in Luxor jumps to between 20-30 percent in 2016, compared to only 10 percent last year, Youm7 quoted Mohamed Othman, member of the Upper Egypt Tourist Promotional Committee.

Othman added that Luxor will host for the first time a balloon marathon with the participation of 43 states and 80 balloons during the period from Dec.9 to Dec.16.

The event is part of a campaign aiming to improve the image of Egypt abroad, in order to restore flow to Egyptian tourist attractions.

 

Land transgressions since 2011 affected 19.9K feddans: official report

An official report by Ministry of Agriculture stated that the total land transgressions across the country since January 25 Revolution have reached 1,615,000 cases.

The total area of violations is estimated at 71,773 feddan. The report said that violations on 19,900 feddans of them were removed so far.

 

Cairo sees moderate weather of 21 °

Forecasters expected a moderate weather to prevail Friday during the day hours, and decline at night.

Cairo will see highs of 21°, a minus three-degree from Thursday, while at night; the temperature will record 14°.

 

Emergency state raised across Egypt after flood warnings

Meteorological Authority has warned of expected floods to hit some governorates, and subsequently, the Holding Company for Drinking Water and Sanitation has raised state of emergency, Youm7 reported.

The Spokesperson for the holding company, Mohey el-Serafy, said that the company has carried out maintenance to around 22 tunnels in Cairo in anticipation of heavy rains.

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