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Egypt to get 122 artifacts from Australia


Australia has returned to Egypt 122 archaeological artifacts to Egypt, the state-run MENA news agency reported. They said Egyptian ambassador to Melbourne Omar Metwali reported he had received 122 artifacts that had been discovered at an auction house in the city last November.

According to a statement from the Egyptian Embassy in Canberra, Australian officials uncovered the pieces after the embassy officially requested Australian authorities investigate the issue.

The archeological pieces date back to the Pharaonic, Greek and Roman eras.

Australia is returning 122 artifacts to Egypt

The Egyptian ambassador hosted a big celebration in embassy headquarter and praised the Australian authorities’ cooperation in restoring the pieces. Many Australian officials attended the celebration.

“This is the third time the Australian authorities delivered archaeological pieces to Egypt in the past 6 months,” said Metwali.

Australia is also set to host the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries in Melbourne with the Tutankhamen Exhibition.

Egypt has, in recent years, pushed to have countries across the globe return ancient artifacts.

 

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Your 24 Hours in Cairo


Cairo is one of the world’s richest cities when it comes to tourist visits and historic sites. Though there is so much to see and experience in Cairo, many people find themselves with only one day in which to see the main sights of the city. If you find yourself in this position, there are a few musts that simply cannot be missed.

Here is your ultimate guide to a one-day visit to Cairo.

Begin your one-day tour of Cairo with an early morning visit to the Giza plateau. It is essential to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx, no matter how many pictures you have seen of them before. The experience will leave you humbled as you will be taken aback by the sheer size of the structures and the brief history that your tour guide will give you about how and when they were built.

Giza plateau

After visiting the Giza plateau, head towards central Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum. Though you can spend an entire day at the museum alone, there are a few must-sees that can compensate for the short nature of the duration of your trip. The mummy rooms and the King Tut rooms are a simple must. You can also shop in the museum gift shop for books and memorable souvenirs.

The Egyptian Museum

Tutankhamen's mask

Tutankhamen's mask

Once you are done with your visit to the Egyptian Museum, get ready to get lost in the labyrinthine of fascination that is Khan El Khalili. The 600-year-old Khan El Khalili Bazaar is where truly authentic art pieces that are crafted to perfection can be bought. It is also where a completely different face of Cairo is uncovered as a switch from Pharoanic Egypt to Islamic Egypt occurs.

Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili

To see Cairo from yet another completely different angle, visit the Cairo Tower. It is the tallest building in Egypt and its design was inspired by the lotus flower, which is symbolic of Egyptian history. The capsula at the top of the tower contains a revolving restaurant that gives a spectacular 360-degree view of the entire city of Cairo, all while enjoying a hearty and healthy meal amidst friendly and professional service.

Cairo Tower

Cairo Tower

View from the Cairo Tower

View from the Cairo Tower

Night view from the Cairo Tower

Night view from the Cairo Tower

End your day perfectly by paying a visit to Al-Azhar Park in the heart of old historic Cairo. The park commands stunning panoramic views and offers lush green landscaped gardens and walkways. This 30-hectare (74-acre) Al-Azhar Park lets you enjoy exotic settings amidst a variety of unique cafes and restaurants that are thoughtfully positioned for visitors to appreciate the most dramatic views of Cairo.

Al Azhar Park

Al Azhar Park

Though Cairo is a city that you can rediscover daily, these basic guidelines can be your first step to what will be one of many visits to this magical city.

Al Azhar Park

Al Azhar Park

 

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Revolution Rescreened


BMI Voyager                                                                                                                                                        Words by Andrew Humphreys

For anyone flying into Cairo who has done the Pyramids and exhausted the museums, there’s a novel new alternative to experiencing the history of the Egyptian capital.

After getting married two years ago, Egyptian journalist Hend El-Hallage accompanied her new husband out to South Korea. To keep herself busy she signed up to write online travel guides for US Company Crimson Bamboo. This Spring, when anti-Mubarak revolutionaries took over Tahrir Square in her hometown on Cairo, she found hereself sitting 5,000 miles away watching events unfold.

Inspired by what she was seeing, El-hallage put aside the guide on which she was working and instead began linking images and sound files from Tahrir Square to Google Maps. The result is an iPhone app that allows visitors to tour sites connected to the revolution from the camps of protestors’ tents to volunteers repainting the street curbs during the post-revolution clean-up.

“After Mubarak stepped down,” says El-Hallage, “I read many reports on how the revolution had damaged tourism in Egypt. With this app I wanted the revolution to give tourism a boost.”

Revolution Rescreened


BMI Voyager                                                                                                                                                        Words by Andrew Humphreys

For anyone flying into Cairo who has done the Pyramids and exhausted the museums, there’s a novel new alternative to experiencing the history of the Egyptian capital.

After getting married two years ago, Egyptian journalist Hend El-Hallage accompanied her new husband out to South Korea. To keep herself busy she signed up to write online travel guides for US Company Crimson Bamboo. This Spring, when anti-Mubarak revolutionaries took over Tahrir Square in her hometown on Cairo, she found hereself sitting 5,000 miles away watching events unfold.

Inspired by what she was seeing, El-hallage put aside the guide on which she was working and instead began linking images and sound files from Tahrir Square to Google Maps. The result is an iPhone app that allows visitors to tour sites connected to the revolution from the camps of protestors’ tents to volunteers repainting the street curbs during the post-revolution clean-up.

“After Mubarak stepped down,” says El-Hallage, “I read many reports on how the revolution had damaged tourism in Egypt. With this app I wanted the revolution to give tourism a boost.”

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