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Egypt's Islamist rulers get tough on alcohol

Egypt's Islamist rulers get tough on alcohol | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Drinkers say rises in taxes on beer and wine suggest hardliners are gaining more power in Mohamed Morsi's government

Last month, Egyptian authorities announced plans to ban alcohol sales in new developments outside Cairo. Most worryingly (...), they said existing licences would not be renewed in towns beyond the capital – towns such as 6 October City, a satellite development built in 1979 of about 1 million people.

 

To add to the gloom, the government doubled beer tax to 200% this month, with wine tax rising from 100% to 150%.

Then last Monday, the civil aviation minister mooted banning alcohol from duty-free shops in airports.

For many liberals, this triple blow adds to the impression that Egypt's Islamist-led government, headed by President Mohamed Morsi, intends to turn the country significantly more conservative.

 

"If this government continues on this same path, we'll be like Saudi Arabia," said Akram, assistant manager at Charwood's – one of a handful of restaurants that sell alcohol in 6 October City – who preferred not to give his surname. (...)

 

But other restaurateurs were more relaxed. "It's not relevant," argued Rafaat Habib, manager at the nearby Piccolo Mondo,(..)

 

Habib's nonchalance may also derive from a wider expectation that the authorities lack the political will to enforce new licensing legislation."The thing about licences – it's a thing to scare people," said Ramez, stocking his fridge with a recent Stella delivery.

 

In any case, for all the talk about Egypt's Islamisation, countered one of Ramez's customers, many Egyptians would not adhere to a licensing ban. "It wouldn't make a difference," said Emam Hussein, a logistics manager, popping in to buy vodka. "There are tonnes of people who drink, even the religious. There are tonnes of Copts and tonnes of Muslims who drink underground."

 

More on: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/24/egyptian-alcohol-sales-cairo

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Egypt’s ruling Islamists move to ban selling of alcohol

Egypt’s ruling Islamists move to ban selling of alcohol | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s Islamist government will no longer issue licenses for selling alcohol in certain areas of Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities, an official has said.

Nabil Abbas, the vice president of the New Urban Communities Authorities (NUCA) told Reuters on Sunday: “NUCA has stopped renewing licenses to sell alcohol but the current ones will continue until they expire.”

The current law states that only licensed outlets can sell alcoholic beverages.

The authority said the move will reduce access to alcohol and will increase safety in Egypt’s suburbs. In his statement Abbas said that the consumption of alcohol has led to deviant behavior in the country such “attacking women and randomly ringing doorbells of people’s homes.”

However, Ahmed Abdulhay, a Cairo resident and an opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood rejected Abbas’s statement as “totally untrue.”

In an interview with Al Arabiya, he said only a small number of Egyptians drink heavily. “They cannot be causing such a large problem that deserves this much attention by the government.”

This is just a way for the authorities to “impose their views” on society, Abdulhay said.

Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s government increased taxes on alcoholic beverages in December 2012, but they reneged after the move was criticized.
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Tourism concerns

Karim Mohsen, board member of the Egyptian Travel Agents Association, said if the government were to ban alcohol in hotels and restaurants across the country it could hurt Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, hard hit by political turmoil.

Abdulhay added: “When foreigners see this story aired on news channels around the world, they will think Egypt is a mess and they will not visit.”

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Egypte-Plus de licences d'alcool dans les quartiers résidentiels

Le gouvernement égyptien ne délivrera plus de licences de vente d'alcool dans les nouveaux quartiers résidentiels du Caire, d'Alexandrie et d'autres grandes villes pour des raisons de "sécurité", a dit dimanche une source gouvernementale à Reuters.

"La NUCA a cessé de renouveler les licences de vente d'alcool mais celles qui existent resteront valables jusqu'à leur expiration", a déclaré Nabil Abbas, vice-président de l'Autorité des nouvelles communautés urbaines (NUCA).

"Des représentants des habitants des nouvelles banlieues se sont plaints du fait que la vente d'alcool provoque des problèmes comme des agressions de femmes ou des coups de sonnette intempestifs aux portes", a-t-il justifié.

Nabil Abbas a ajouté que les habitants qui vivent près des magasins d'alcool avaient exprimé leur inquiétude en raison des pillages dont ces derniers ont été la cible depuis la révolution et la dégradation des conditions de sécurité qui en a résulté. (Reuters, via Les Echos)

 

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Egypt's alcohol ban raises tourism doubts

Egypt's alcohol ban raises tourism doubts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

This week the government – led by Mohamed Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party, which has strong links to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood – said it will no longer issue licenses to sell alcohol in some urban areas, including newly-built “satellite cities” on the outskirts of major population centres.

Announcing the move, Nabil Abbas, vice-president of the New Urban Communities Authority, said: “We cannot allow stores spreading debauchery in our society.”

Although the ban is unlikely to affect any key holiday destinations – particularly Red Sea resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh – it has raised fears that growing conservatism could soon affect those travellers wishing to visit the country and enjoy a drink. One Cairo-based news website described the move as “the end of alcohol in Egypt”.

But Peter Lilley, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Travel Association, which promotes the region, argued that “financial realities” would discourage the Egyptian government from restricting the sale of alcohol further. (Oliver Smith/Telegraph)

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Authority stops issuing new liquor licenses in new areas

Authority stops issuing new liquor licenses in new areas | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Authorities have put a halt to issuing new liquor licenses in some of Cairo’s recently built areas and new settlements, Senior Vice President of the New Urban Communities Authority Nabeel Abbas confirmed to the independent financial newspaper Al-Mal Sunday.

 

Abbas first said the authority would not issue any new liquor licenses to shops or trade centers operating in the new neighborhoods in a letter dated 11 November 2012, which Al-Mal obtained from one new neighborhood’s governing agency.

In the letter, Abbas wrote that establishments would be observed to see that they ended all alcohol selling operations. He said the authority had the right to revoke the rights of any activities that might disturb the residents of the area. (Egypt independent)

 

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Egypt considers ban on sale of duty-free alcohol

Egypt considers ban on sale of duty-free alcohol | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry is considering a ban on the sale of alcohol in airport duty-free stores after it received complaints that it goes against the country's Islamic principles, ministry officials and a senior lawmaker said Tuesday.

Duty Free officials said the ministry has been reviewing the policy for about four months after citizens and ministry officials complained.

Liberal and secular opponents of Egypt's Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, fear he and his supporters are seeking to slowly enshrine a more conservative system in Egypt based on Islamic law. There are also concerns that steps such as banning alcohol would drive away tourists, a critical source of income for Egypt's faltering economy.

Morsi's Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has emerged as the most powerful political force in Egypt since the uprising two years ago that ousted the authoritarian regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Civil Aviation Minister Wael el-Maadawi, a former general who is not affiliated with an Islamist party, raised the idea of the ban in a meeting Monday with members of the interim parliament's transportation committee, said committee head Mohammed Sadeq.

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Egypt's move to ban alcohol sales could hit tourism

Egypt is banning alcohol sales in new urban areas prompting fears that the curbs could spread wider.

Ruling Islamists have decided not to renew licences to sell alcohol but current ones will run until they expire.

Tour operators are concerned that the current move could give a negative message to potential tourists and decision-makers in tourism and that the alcohol ban could extend to hotels.

Nabil Abbas, the vice president of the New Urban Communities Authorities (NUCA), told Reuters on Sunday that the government would no longer issue licences for the sale of alcohol in new residential settlements on the outskirts of Cairo, Alexandria and other big cities.

"NUCA has stopped renewing licenses to sell alcohol but the current ones will continue until they expire," Abbas said. "Representatives of the residents in new suburbs complained that the sale of alcohol leads to problems including attacking women and randomly ringing doorbells of people's homes."

Karim Mohsen, managing director of Sylvia Tours and board member of the Egyptian Travel Agents Association, told Reuters if the ban spread to hotels and restaurants, it could really hurt Egypt's ailing tourism industry.

He said: "The fear where tourism is concerned is not of banning alcohol stores. The fear is that alcohol would be banned from hotels which would impact foreign tourists, and in restaurants it could also impact Arab tourists.

More on:  http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2005202&c=setreg&region=2


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Alcohol sale to be banned in Egypt's new residential suburbs

(Reuters) - Two years after the Egyptian revolution that ousted an authoritarian regime, liberals are increasingly concerned that the ruling Islamists are out to curb personal freedoms and build a society in their own image.

Alcohol, forbidden to Muslims but enjoyed by some Egyptian Christians and by foreign tourists, is one area where the Islamist authorities are introducing controversial change.

Nabil Abbas, the vice president of the New Urban Communities Authorities (NUCA), told Reuters on Sunday that the government would no longer issue licenses for the sale of alcohol in new residential settlements on the outskirts of Cairo, Alexandria and other big cities.

"NUCA has stopped renewing licenses to sell alcohol but the current ones will continue until they expire," Abbas said. "Representatives of the residents in new suburbs complained that the sale of alcohol leads to problems including attacking women and randomly ringing doorbells of people's homes."

Egyptians opposed to the country's Islamist leaders condemned the move as an infringement on personal freedoms.

 

More : http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/17/us-egypt-alcohol-idUSBRE91G0BT20130217?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

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Egypt's alcohol ban raises tourism doubts

Egypt's alcohol ban raises tourism doubts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Holidaymakers to Egypt have been reassured about the future of the country as a tourist destination after authorities moved to restrict the sale of alcohol.

This week the government – led by Mohamed Morsi of the Freedom and Justice Party, which has strong links to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood – said it will no longer issue licenses to sell alcohol in some urban areas, including newly-built “satellite cities” on the outskirts of major population centres.

Announcing the move, Nabil Abbas, vice-president of the New Urban Communities Authority, said: “We cannot allow stores spreading debauchery in our society.”

Although the ban is unlikely to affect any key holiday destinations – particularly Red Sea resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh – it has raised fears that growing conservatism could soon affect those travellers wishing to visit the country and enjoy a drink. One Cairo-based news website described the move as “the end of alcohol in Egypt”.

 

But Peter Lilley, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Travel Association, which promotes the region, argued that “financial realities” would discourage the Egyptian government from restricting the sale of alcohol further.

 

“Egypt is very volatile so it’s impossible to give cast-iron guarantees, but tourism is absolutely vital to the country’s economy,” he said. “Even those in government who dislike some of the 'negative’ aspects of tourism which offend Muslims – such as alcohol – know it would be madness to effectively close the door to tourists. (....)

 

More on: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9872242/Egypts-alcohol-ban-raises-tourism-doubts.html

 

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Egypt Bans licensing for liquor stores in new cities

Egypt Bans licensing for liquor stores in new cities | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Senior Vice President of the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), Nabil Abbas,  issued on Sunday a decision to ban new licenses and renewal  for stores that sell alcoholic beverages in new cities.

Abbas said that the NUCA has the right to terminate any activity that disturbs society in new cities.

He compared liquor stores to mechanic and plumbing workshops saying they both represent an annoyance to the public.

Abbas had sent a letter to the new cities heads stating, once the operating licenses of the already existing liquor stores end, they are expected to  change their trade  in accordance with the requirements for developing the city.

 

He stressed that this decision was immediately supported

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