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‘Begging tourists’: Grand Museum donations plan for tourists slammed

‘Begging tourists’: Grand Museum donations plan for tourists slammed | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Antiquities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Ministry and the Chamber of Hotel Facilities to launch a donation campaign to collect money from tourists to complete the establishment of the Grand Egyptian Museum, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

“Has begging in Egypt reached this extent?” asked Saher, commenting on the initiative.  “Well, I guess in Egypt everyone begs now: Ministries, officials and the citizens themselves.”

The initiative will ask tourists to donate $ 1 or its equivalent in Egyptian pounds for each night they stay at an Egyptian hotel. The donation request will be printed on the hotel receipt tourists receive as they check out, though a maximum donation of $7 for one complete period has been set.

These funds will then be transferred to a Ministry of Antiquities account, said minister of antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim.

 

Hend El-Behary | Daily news Egypt

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/04/08/begging-tourists-grand-museum-donations-plan-for-tourists-slammed/

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Grand Egyptian Museum to open August 2015, says minister

Grand Egyptian Museum to open August 2015, says minister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Expected to be a “monument” in itself, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) entered its third and final phase of construction this week and will open in August 2015, the minister of antiquities said on Tuesday.

Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt’s minister of antiquities, said at the signing ceremony that there will be no delays to “the inauguration of the museum, which is expected in August 2015. …This is a commitment to ourselves and to you all.”

Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) and the Belgian BESIX Group announced Tuesday their dedication to completing the project on time as they signed the official contracts. A joint venture between the two companies was awarded the contract for phase three last month, a deal valued at $810 million. (Daily News Egypt)

 

More : http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2012/01/11/grand-egyptian-museum-to-open-august-2015-says-minister/

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Egypt launches fundraising campaign to complete construction of Grand Museum

Egypt launches fundraising campaign to complete construction of Grand Museum | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

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Egypt has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure that construction of the world’s largest museum is not affected by the economic and financial crisis in the country.

The project was launched in March 2012 with a budget of $800 million. A big part of the money is coming from the Japan International Co-operation Agency and the remaining amount was meant to come from the Egyptian government.

But the government is running on a tight budget these days, and fears that it may not be able to pay its part prompted the tourism and antiquities ministries to launch a fundraising campaign.

Tourists will be optionally charged one dollar per night to ensure the projected is completed on deadline in August 2015.

The museum will overlook the Giza pyramids and will hold many of Egypt’s archeological treasures displayed in chronological sequence of historical periods.

 

Al-Arabiya

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/2013/04/06/Egypt-launches-fundraising-campaign-to-complete-construction-of-Grand-Museum.html#

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