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Hundreds blocked Hurghada streets, squares over man's death

Hundreds blocked Hurghada streets, squares over man's death | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hundreds of protesters in Hurghada blocked several main squares on Tuesday using iron barricades and burning tires.

The demonstrations were prompted by burial of young man Tuesday, who died in a fight over money between the owner of a property and the person renting the space.

The family of the victim held banners, demanding justice and retribution for his death.

Protesters barred vehicles from passing through al-Saqala, al-Arousa, Aka and al-Dahar Squares as well al-Sheraton al-Siyahy and al-Sayadin Streets. They also barred people from entering or exiting the city's marina.

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Light news:Egypt shows off its sweet tooth as dessert goes super-sized in the desert

Light news:Egypt shows off its sweet tooth as dessert goes super-sized in the desert | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Last Tuesday Hurghada hosted a world record attempt for cooking the largest ever Om Ali. Chefs, 450 of them from 45 hotels across Egypt put on their hats and prepared the traditional Egyptian dessert in a specially built tagine, a covered oven dish.

Made from milk, nuts, raisins and filo pastry, according to legend it is named after Om Ali who killed the powerful Egyptian queen Shagaret El-Dor in retaliation for killing her husband the Sultan Aybak. Om Ali invented the dessert and dished it up to the people to celebrate her vengeance.

The Om Ali that was prepared last Tuesday weighed more than seven tonnes and was cooked in a specially built pan 15 metres long and two metres wide. Six large burners heated the tagine. The ingredients used to cook the Om Ali included 6000 litres of milk, 800 kg of filo pastry, 100 litres of cream, 1200 kg of sugar, 50 kg of coconut, 150 kg of mixed nuts and 50 kg of raisins. The total cost of the ingredients for Om Ali was EGP 20,000, which was covered by several Egyptian food and beverages companies and 45 hotels that sent chefs from its staff.(…)

It took the chefs staff five hours to cook seven tonnes of perfect Om Ali and the finished product was distributed to charities, tourists and passersby.

The reason behind the event to draw attention to the fact that Egypt is a safe holiday destination. “The event was an initiative from the chefs of Hurghada and Egypt to energise the tourism industry,” said Essam Sayed, senior chef in a five star hotel in Hurghada.(…)   The chefs have high hopes that this year’s Om Ali will be accepted as a world record by the Guinness organisation..

 

The event was organised by the ECA, (the Egyptian Chefs Association), which represents around 3200 Egyptian chefs. (….)

Last Tuesday also commemorated the national day of the Hurghada governorate and the Russian Egyptian friendship week. Several festivals were held in Hurghada to celebrate these events, including one sponsored by the Freedom and Justice Party under the slogan “Yes for Tourism.” FJP leader Helmy Al-Gazzar accompanied by the secretary general of the Hurghada governorate attended the creation of the Om Ali.


Mohamed Abdul-Aziz, manager of a tourism agency, said it was a good step from the FJP to support the festival and that both the Ministry of Tourism and the media should use the event to reassure foreigners that Islamists are backing tourism. “The main reason behind the decline in tourism activity are the extreme quotes and actions of some fundamental Islamists about tourism, which scared foreigners and prevented them from coming,” he said.


Reservation rates briefly surged after President Mohamed Morsi’s election, but following the presidential palace events last month, it dropped again by 80%. Hurgahda’s streets are normally teeming with tourists, but these days the town is empty, except for the local population and a few foreigners.


“The whole world is witnessing the political turmoil taking place in Egypt. We must reassure the world that Egypt is safe and the ruling party has no hostile position toward foreigners,” said Abdul-Aziz.


Basem Hala’a, the chairman of the Tourism Syndicate, said Egypt’s president must take tourism development seriously and that he should visit all the Egyptian touristic cities and resorts to prove his support of the tourism industry.

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