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Chris and Steve Calling… second update from Cairo

Our Directors Chris and Steve have sent this second update from their Egypt trip…

“The rest of our week in Cairo has gone well as we have caught up with several suppliers and partners.   While tourism numbers are down in Egypt there seems to be enough visitors (thanks largely due to Russians, Eastern Europeans and new visitors from places like India and China) laking Egypt trips to enable local tourism companies and hotels to keep their core staff employed.  On Monday Steve and I went to the pyramids to visit a new Bedouin style restaurant (called ‘Sehraya’, although we haven’t completely understood the translation) that one of our long time local partners, Ramy, opened a few months ago along with some friends of his.  We were certainly impressed by it, not least of all by the view over the great Pyramids!”

“On Tuesday Steve impressed all of us by going on an early morning run – he was out almost an hour!  He left the Havana Hotel (where our Egypt trips start) and ran along the Nile as far as opposite Zamalek Island and back again.  Not surprisingly he did not see any other joggers!  In this chaotic traffic congested city the local’s must have thought ‘what is this crazy tourist doing!’  We then checked out a couple of hotels before meeting up with Tamer ‘Tommy’ and Hamada, Oasis Overland’s two main Egyptologist Tour Leaders.   Along with Keren, our Egypt based tour manager, the five of us spent the afternoon chatting about the past year and talking over new ideas, changes and improvements to trips in 2013.  I’m very excited to announce that all of our Regional Explorer trips that visit Aswan will now include dinner with a local Nubian Family.  We think this is a great addition to the tours.”

“Our trip has also taken us near to Tahrir Square where we visited the Egyptian Museum.  It’s always interesting to see the artefacts in there and we are pleased that all of our tours have time to take in this interesting visit.  Outside of the Museum we could still see evidence of some of the demonstrations that have been going on.  Tahrir Square has certainly been the focal point for a lot of media coverage, but Steve and I felt very safe both around there and in Cairo in general.”

“We spent most of our last evening watching AL Jazeera TV at the hotel which showed scenes of the demonstrations in front of the president’s palace.  Thankfully, even with tens of thousands of pro and anti government supporters, it seems like the rally has passed off peacefully.”

“As usual, we have sampled lots of local food.  It has been a useful visit to Cairo and are both so pleased to see that the Egyptian spirit is still alive and well.  Whilst tourist numbers may be down, the Egyptian peoples’ enthusiasm about their amazing country is certainly not.”

Chris and Steve

If you are interested in travelling to Egypt take a look at our Egypt tours

 

 

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