This Issue is : 10-2008

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Treasures of the desert are crawling in the Egyptian tourism’s agenda

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Treasures of the desert are crawling in the Egyptian tourisms agenda
In an attempt to alleviate the impact caused by the kidnapping of a group of tourists in Egypt and tracking their movements from Egypt to Sudan, Libya and their safe return again to Egypt, the area of the grand Gulf in Owainat Mount on the borders of Libya, Sudan and Egypt seemed to be the scapegoat for destroying a very important touristic pattern preferred by safari travels’ lovers. Government officials claimed that the accident took place due to the lack of security and safety in that so remote area and that, they added, would never affect the ministerial plan designed to attract 14 million tourists by 2011,140 million tourist nights, revenues estimated at 12 billion dollars and provide 1.2 million job opportunities.

Officials underestimated the kidnapping accident by simply saying” Do not worry because safari tourists in Egypt do not represent more than 5% of the total tourists coming every year”.

The Grand Gulf is abundant in all natural infrastructures free of any kind of environmental pollution. It always catches the attention of visitors who are fond of desert views such as the wonderful murals that dates back to ten thousands years ago and which became well- known after filming the world movie “The English patient” in 1996.

The area is considered the most natural reserve that brings together world treasure. Desert and mountainous caves as well as picturesque landscapes covering an area of 48523 km. among the charming arms that one can visit in the Grand Gulf are Al mistkawy cave that includes more than 2000 copies of inscriptions and drawings of the ancient man .the area also includes the glassy Silka region formed 8 million years ago, the valley of Abdel Malik, valleys of Bekheit and Homra as well as many other prehistoric pharaonic monuments.

In short, eco-tourism is actually a promising market a global; specializing industry worth hundred billion dollars.

Natural reserves in Egypt is the cornerstone in that find of tourism and it suffices to know that the tourist usually pays 10 thousand dollars to enjoy life among the pure nature and watch remnants of treasures what had died out million years ago only in a two- week trip.
And so, I ask the decision- makers in our state to provide the security and safety standards for Egypt’s visitors and present guiding information for safari tourist in order to be fully aware of desert routes and hence we can avert such awful accidents that blacken Egypt reputation in general and desert treasure in particular.
Reham Elbarbary