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Giza, August 4, 2018 (MENA) - The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received the red granite head of the statue of King Senusret I from an antiquities' storehouse in Cairo Citadel in order to be displayed with the opening of the museum in 2019.

In a statement late Friday, GEM general supervisor Tareq Tawfiq said the head is carved from red granite and has the common artistic features found in pieces attributed to the Middle Kingdom.

The head, which was discovered in 2005 in Souq Al-Khamis at the Matriya archaeological site by an Egyptian-German mission, portrays the facial features of King Senusret I wearing a partial headdress.

The statue's royal beard, which was discovered 10 meters away from the corresponding head in 2008, was also transported to the museum.

The head, according to Ayman Ashmawy, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Section who discovered the artifact in 2005, measures 122 cm x 108cm x 75cm and weighs roughly two tons.

Eissa Zidan, general director of the First Aid Restoration Department at the GEM, said Friday that the restoration team and archaeologists used the latest technology in the packing and transportation of the head and beard, which required wooden beams to settle the objects onto a hydraulic crane for lifting.

The head and beard are now at the GEM conservation center for restoration, study, examination, analysis and documentation, while a three-dimensional imaging technique will be used to illustrate the suggested methods to re-attach the head to the beard.


CAIRO, July 27, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat had a meeting on Friday with Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya and State Minister of Tourism Development Ranjith Aluwihare to discuss aspects of cooperation between Cairo and Colombo.

The meeting was also attended by Sri Lankan Ambassador in Cairo Ramiah Yogarajan. It falls within the framework of the Sri Lankan delegation's current visit to Cairo that will last till Sunday, July 29.

In a statement, the Tourism Ministry said that the meeting stressed the importance of the human factor in the tourism sector.

In this context, Mashat said training and qualifying the staff of the tourism sector tops the ministry's agenda, as the ministry develops a comprehensive strategy to create well-qualified cadres able to improve the quality of the services provided to the tourists.

Answering the delegation's question on the possibility of cooperation through the tourism training centers here, she stressed that these centers will be activated again in the coming period.

The minister lauded the economic growth of Sri Lanka over the past period, adding that the Asian market is one of the emerging markets, which the ministry targets.

"Egypt witnesses noticeable increase in the number of the Asian tourists who visited the country," she pointed out.

Jayasuriya, for his part, expressed his country's interest in increasing the number of flights between the two countries.

The visiting Sri Lankan delegation expressed keenness on boosting cooperation with Egypt in the field of hotels management and exchanging expertise in tourism promotion and marketing.

CAIRO, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - Bahrain backs efforts meant to develop inter-Arab tourism in order to stimulate the Arab countries' economy and achieve the desired sustainable development goals, Bahraini Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani said on Sunday.

Zayani, who is chairman of the 22nd session of the executive office of the Arab Tourism Ministers Council, that kicked off today at the Arab League premises, was delivering his inaugural speech at the event attended by delegations from Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya and Morocco.

The Bahraini minister said that the global tourism market saw a notable rise over the past two decades and last year recorded its highest rate in seven years to stand at 7%, with the number of tourists reaching 3.6 million daily.

The Arab region saw growth in the percentage of incoming tourism in the first half of the current year compared with the past year, he said, pointing out to World Tourism Organization expectations of a continuing steady growth, ranging between 4% and 5 %, in the region in 2018.

He also asserted the importance of increased efforts to develop the Arab tourism industry, urging Arab governments to prioritize tourism development policies.

CAIRO, June 1, 2018 (MENA) – The Egyptian government is keen to develop Upper Egypt governorates and lure further investments in the industrial and trade sectors, in addition to promoting all forms of tourism, Local Development Minister Abu Bakr el Gindi stressed on Friday.

In this regard, el Gindi cited a recent investment map set by the government in which it includes 4,136 investment opportunities covering eight industrial sectors in several Upper Egypt governorates.

The local development ministry is working on to prepare a database and feasibility studies on all projects expected to be implemented in Upper Egypt, he said.

The ministry seeks to offer all possible facilitation to all investors for finalizing those projects, which in turn could secure more jobs for youths, he added.


CAIRO, May 23, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt’s tourism revenues jumped 83.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 to $2.2 billion, a government official told Reuters.

The number of tourists who visited Egypt in that time jumped 37.1 per cent to 2.383 million, added the official who asked to remain anonymous.

The tourism sector is one of the country’s main sources of foreign currency. A total of 14.7 million people visited Egypt in 2010 before the Egyptian revolution.

SEOUL, May 14, 2018(MENA) - Head of Egypt's House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Tareq Radwan discussed on Monday in Seoul with a delegation of South Korean lawmakers means of boosting bilateral partnership in the political and economic domains.

The delegation members expressed dissatisfaction at the restrictions imposed by the South Korean government on travel to Egypt, pointing out that South Korea is still the only country that imposes restrictions on travel to Egypt since 2011.

The delegation members stressed the importance of resuming direct flights to boost partnership between the two countries, praising the House of Representatives role in finding solutions to the problems the South Korean investors faced in Egypt in 2016.

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