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Pure beauty awaits in Egypt

Now is the perfect opportunity to explore many Egyptian wonders in a serene atmosphere


By Johannes Makar

I remember my first impressions of Egypt quite well. When I was young, setting my first footsteps in the arrival hall of Cairo Airport implied endless encounters with those archetype tourists you’d only expect to see in parody movies. Fully equipped with Indiana Jones-like clothing, and an enormous sense for adventure, masses of tourists flocked to Egypt on a daily basis.

Whether their final destination was an all-in resort at the Red Sea coast, the sandy facades of ancient temples in Upper-Egypt or the deafening streets of Cairo, almost always, they were surrounded by many a fellow holidaymaker.

Yet, for the traveller who likes to get lost in a previously unexplored world, travelling to Egypt was a frustrating activity. Today, however, three years after the outbreak of the Arab Spring-branded developments in the region, Egypt’s tourism industry has been shaken severely.

For this reason, the masses have decided to stay away, and world-famed temples and fairytale bazaars have been left behind empty. Although it is distressing to those making their money from the industry, it forms a temporary opportunity for those who ever dreamt of wandering (virtually) alone around many a fabled site.

 

The dungeons of the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria beckon its visitors to explore its hidden hallways (Photo by Johannes Makar)
The dungeons of the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria beckon its visitors to explore its hidden hallways
(Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city. (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city.
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city. (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ibn Tulun is one of the more beautiful mosques in Cairo, known for its spiralling minaret, believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the city.
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Few tourists make it to Luxor these days; those who do are mostly Egyptians (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Few tourists make it to Luxor these days; those who do are mostly Egyptians
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Go to the enchanting peaceful desert lands around the town of Bahriya and get lost in its silent beauty (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Go to the enchanting peaceful desert lands around the town of Bahriya and get lost in its silent beauty
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo's ever-rumbling streets (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo’s ever-rumbling streets
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo's ever-rumbling streets (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Trade the busy streets of Cairo for the peaceful alleys and churches of Coptic Cairo; a peaceful haven amid Cairo’s ever-rumbling streets
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Get a taste of Nubian hospitality in Aswan (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Get a taste of Nubian hospitality in Aswan
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

Ever wondered why the Nile is considered Egypt's source of life? Take a feluca on the Nile and enjoy the magic of the journey (Photo by Johannes Makar)
Ever wondered why the Nile is considered Egypt’s source of life? Take a feluca on the Nile and enjoy the magic of the journey
(Photo by Johannes Makar)

 

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  • mkvali

    nice try to paint the picture as if everything is going smooth but it will only take one fool to fukc up your whole tourism sector up!

    • realist789

      That ‘fool’ has had three years to ‘fukc’ up the whole tourism sector. And he/she hasn’t. Tourism is dead because the public is fearful of Islam, watches Fox News, and believes the Middle East is one big country. It’s all about what you know and the government is doing NOTHING to combat the situation.

      • mkvali

        if the generals think they can keep egypt living on financial aid and tourism they are sadly mistaken , they will need to give up their market share they have of the egyptian economy and accept reform which will be against their financial interests , as long as they are willing to run a black economy together with the egyptian elitists and bourgois civilians at the expense of the majority of impoverished civilians and as long they think they can keep corrupting the whole society and as long they think they can satisfy egyptians by subsidizing their bread oil sugar fuel and utilities they will perpetuate their status as a failed state only true independant civilian rule without the presence of the generals elitists and old corrupt political generation can give egypt and egyptians a stabilized free and peacefull outlook to their future !

        • injinuity

          You lost the general audience when you used the word bourgois, you do realize that socialism/communism is nothing but equal distribution of poverty right?

          • mkvali

            you Americans and your propagandist and perverted notions of socialism and communism
            a social democracy is not about CASTRO STALIN or MAO like you have been indoctrinated to think
            you do realize that corporatism is nothing more than the unequal distribution of wealth right and the monopolization of the political and financial sectors by the elite !
            just look to america where the disparity of wealth has destroyed the middle class and pushed more people under the poverty line while the rich have gotten richer to such a degree that the majority of the senators are millionaires who now control the politics who have given the elitists the carte blanche to multiply their wealth on the back of the majority of people who have been asked to save those who have been exploiting them for decades , corporatism or whatever system that doesnt caters and respect the needs of the majority of people will destroy your society one step at a time !

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