Articles - January 2021

Culture Museums in Egypt: Discover a history full of treasures, culture and art July 13, 2021

What if we gave you a time machine to go back to the old days, live in ancient times, participate in its details, and see the most important kings and presidents? This legendary machine is not needed in Egypt because once you visit the most famous museums in Egypt, you will feel like you have been born in the past with all its details. When anyone hears about Egypt's museums, the first thing that comes to their mind is the Egyptian Museum, the source of Egyptian treasures, but Egypt has many more treasures than one museum can display. Egypt is famous for being home to antiquities and one of the most important tourist destinations for history and art lovers. All you need is an entry ticket, a phone with a good camera, and know some of the best places to explore artifacts in Egypt's museums. Types of Egyptian museums In addition to the Islamic Museums in Egypt that showcases Islamic art in Egypt and art museums in Egypt to display paintings and artists' works. There are many types of Egyptian museums, the most important of which are the Pharaonic Museums of Egypt that show the life of the Pharaohs, their kings, their treasures, and the archaeological museums of Egypt where artifacts are collected and displayed beautifully for visitors. Egyptian Museum- Cairo No tour of Egypt is complete without a visit to this pink palace overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square. Since its establishment, the Egyptian Museum has been the first place in the world to show ancient Egyptian artifacts, as it includes over 150,000 artifacts dating back more than 5,000 years. It also includes huge statues, royal mummies, manuscripts, jewelry, and treasures of King Tutankhamun. The museum has a large library that includes books on archeology, history, civilizations, and religions in various languages. Paying it a visit is definitely one of the must-dos in Cairo! Address: Tahrir Square - Cairo Graeco-Roman Museum- Alexandria It is considered one of the most famous museums in Alexandria. It is an archaeological museum that was built in 1892. It shows a large collection of antiquities dating back to the Ptolemies and Romans, and it consists of 22 various halls with artifacts of various types. Alexandria also has several museums, such as the Library of Alexandria Museum and the Alexandria Underwater Museum. Address: Al Mesallah Sharq, Al Attarin, Alexandria Governorate   Alexandria National Museum This museum is regarded as one of the most important tourist attractions in Alexandria. The Alexandria National Museum houses some of the most important historical artifacts in the world with more than 1,800 artifacts that narrate the history of Alexandria through various eras, including the Greek era, the Roman era, the Coptic era, and the Islamic era. There are also mummies on display in the underground rooms. Address: 110 El Horreya Road - Raml Station - Alexandria   The Nubia Museum- Aswan When visiting Aswan, most tourists prefer to enjoy the sunset on the Nile or visit the Philae Temple, but you should also visit the Nubia Museum, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Aswan. The museum, which was established as part of the UNESCO international campaign, consists of more than 3,000 artifacts, including vessels, crowns, and gemstones that represent Nubian culture across history. Through it, visitors can learn about the Nubian customs and engineering processes for building the Aswan Dam. This museum is considered a modern one as it was opened in 1997. Address: Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate   Luxor Museum Like the Egyptian Museum, the Luxor Museum is an important part of Egypt's history, as this archaeological museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Egypt that you should visit when traveling to Luxor. It was opened for visitors in 1975 as one of  Egypt’s first modern museums. It is located close to the Temple of Karnak and overlooks the Nile. The museum consists of two floors and displays many of the rare artifacts discovered in Luxor, such as statues of kings and gods. The museum also includes many collections that cover various historical eras of Egyptian civilization. The museum also shows some of the possessions of King Tutankhamun that were found in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922. Address: Nile Corniche Street - Luxor   Religious Museums in Egypt Islamic Art Museum- Cairo This two-story museum is one of the largest Islamic art museums. It was designed in an Islamic architectural style and was opened in 1903 to show a large collection of Islamic antiques. It contains more than 100,000 pieces collected from different countries such as India, China, Iran, Arabia, and Egypt, making it a beacon of Islamic arts and civilization throughout the ages. The museum has fantastic lighting and space is well used to give the visitor an organized show of antiques. Address: St، El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate  Coptic Museum It is considered one of the most famous museums in Cairo. This museum focuses on the art and artifacts of Egypt's Coptic civilization, as it includes more than 16 thousand artifacts dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras. Among these artifacts are fabrics and textiles dating back to the sixth century, as well as multiple pieces of glass and wood. This museum is surrounded by gardens and six ancient Coptic churches. Address: 3 Mari Gerges, Kom Ghorab, Old Cairo.   Biographical museums Umm Kulthum Museum The most famous voice in Egypt is immortalized in this small museum in Cairo that evokes its visitors a sense of nostalgia. It has been uniquely designed to highlight its historical role in enriching Egyptian and Arab art. When you enter the museum, you will find her famous handkerchief and catch a glimpse of her black glasses and elegant dresses. The museum also includes many memorabilia from Umm Kulthum's life, such as her clothes, musical instruments, medals, rare recordings, and speeches that she has written and received from important personalities such as politicians and public figures. Address: Al-Malek Al-Saleh, Manial Al-Rawda, Giza   Muhammad Ali Palace Museum On the island of Rawda, there is Prince Muhammad Ali’s palace. Muhammed Ali recommended turning the palace into a museum, which is one of the most beautiful and important historical museums in Egypt and an architectural masterpiece that still maintains its marvelous architectural style. Muhammad Ali museum consists of an external wall surrounding the palace entrance and includes a reception palace within its walls. It has the clock tower, the mosque, the hunting museum, the throne palace, the private museum, the golden hall, in addition to the wonderful and unique garden surrounding the palace. Address: Al-Saraya, Manial, Cairo.   Egypt has hundreds of museums that include millions of monuments dating back to ancient times, and there are specialized museums such as the Geological Museum, the Military Museum, Wax Museum in Helwan, and the Agricultural Museum. Other museums belong to historical figures who passed through Egypt, like Saad Zaghloul, Mustafa Kamel, and Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as the royal and presidential palaces that later became museums. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this unique country with a great heritage. Do not miss visiting and exploring Egypt's magnificent museums full of historical treasures that will surely impress you.   Also Read Luxor and Aswan: Best places to visit in ancient Egypt's capital cities  

Destinations Camping in Egypt: 7 Spots to Enjoy the Most Pleasant Camping Experience December 06, 2021

Thinking about getting away from the hassle of urban life, to a more natural environment? From waterfront camps to desert camps and even city camps, there's no place that can rival the stunning experience of camping in Egypt. Camping has a huge number of benefits for everyone old and young that you and your friends or family can enjoy while spending time in the great outdoors, and Egypt's many natural paradises can easily offer you all of that. Take a look at the best places for camping in Egypt! White Desert & Black Desert The White and Black Deserts are located in the Western desert of Egypt near the Bahariya and Farafra Oases. Camping in Egypt in The Western Desert is a must-do so if you haven't been there before then you should give this spot a go. The White Desert in particular is popular among campers because of its massive white formations, which are some of the astonishing natural wonders in Egypt. They were formed over millennia of wind and sandstorms. The Black Desert got this name because of the layer of black volcanic material concentrated on top of the yellow sand dunes. Popular activities in those two amazing spots include stargazing, 4x4 safaris over sand dunes, visiting the Crystal Mountain and Aqabat valley, and swimming in natural springs at the oases. The White & Black Deserts are only about an hour and 15 minutes apart, so you can easily camp in both on a 2-night trip. Ras Abu Galum Ras Abu Galum is a national protectorate that lies on the Gulf of Aqaba, 15 km from Dahab. There, you can camp on the beach with a view of the mountains, skies, and the sound of the water that you’ll never forget. Abu Gallum has a big number of huts and camps belonging to the local Bedouin where you can stay overnight. However, it's a better idea to bring your own sleeping bag and water bottles. Ras Abu Gallum is also home to Egypt’s Blue Lagoon, one of Dahab’s most awesome spots, that sets away from all the hotels and bustle of the town. The Blue Lagoon is a piece of heaven on Earth with calm turquoise waters and clean beaches made of thousands of colors. For camping in Abu Gallum, Contact any of the tour agencies or hotels in Dahab and they’ll organize the camp and a guide for your group. Siwa Oasis Siwa Oasis is the most famous and most remote oasis in Egypt. It is located in the Western Desert 50 km from the Libyan border. What's really awesome about Siwa is that it's untouched by modernity so it's an ideal place to camp and get away from it all. Surprisingly, this marvelous piece of land was isolated from the rest of Egypt up until the 1980s when a road connecting it to Marsa Matrouh was built. Today, thousands of people visit Siwa constantly to experience its unique heritage, history, and culture. People of Siwa even have their own language which is closer to Berber than Arabic. Camping in Siwa under the Milky Way in the Great Sand Sea is an experience to remember for as long as you live. Other activities you can do there are visiting Mountain of the Dead, Cleopatra's Bath, Shali Fortress, Temple of the Oracle of Alexander the Great, as well as swimming in the hot springs. Ras Shetan Lying in the east of Sinai between Taba and Nuweiba on the Gulf of Aqaba, Ras Shetan is one of the most popular places for beach camping in Egypt. Ras Shetan is known for its bohemian beach camps run by local Bedouins. The camps are a mix of beach huts or bare-bone chalets, and of course, you can set up your own tents right on the beach. If you’re staying in a beach hut or tent, then you’ll have access to a common bathroom. Most of the camps have simple menus and you can eat your meals in the shared main hut right on the water. And the most magical thing about the night is that there’s usually a large campfire where the Bedouins and guests from all over the world gather, talk, play instruments and sing together. Wadi El Hitan Located in the Fayoum oasis very close to Cairo, Wadi El Hitan is a natural reserve that is perfect for a weekend camping trip to escape the noise of the city. As there's no phone signal in the reserve, Say goodbye to your social media, sit tight, and enjoy the most beautiful stargazing experience in your whole life. Wadi Al-Hitan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 for its natural beauty as well as scientific significance. Millions of years ago, this area used to be a prehistoric sea with a myriad of marine life, all of which is extinct now. Today, with unique whale fossils it possesses, Wadi Al-Hitan is offering key insights into the evolution of whales from land-dwelling mammals to marine-living animals. Each year, thousands of tourists and scientists come from all over the world to enjoy this paradise. From starry nights to hiking, this fantastic protected area has something for everyone. Marsa Alam Marsa Alam is a resort town on the Red Sea and it is literally a treasure full of magical natural spots. One of the best areas to camp in Marsa Alam is Wadi El Gemal National Protectorate. Situated on the Red Sea, Wadi El Gemal is one of the most underrated destinations in Egypt. The national park is a great camping site for bird-watchers, it is home to many different ecological habitats including some endangered species. Another perfect spot for camping in Marsa Alam is Kolaan area. Kolaan is truly one of Egypt's hidden gems; you can easily pick up a tent and go camp there. It’s probably the most gorgeous part of the Red Sea coastline, and some even refer to it as Egypt’s Maldives. Additionally, Marsa Shagra Village, Marsa Nakari Village, and Wadi Lahami Village all offer different types of camping in Egypt. You can either stay in a basic beachfront tent, a ‘royal’ tent, or even a beach hut or a chalet. But keep in mind though that camping here is not cheap. Wadi Degla Lying just minutes from Maadi neighborhood in Cairo, Wadi Degla Nature Protectorate is a perfect piece of the desert inside the city. This excellent camping trip is a getaway for those who are unable to travel to distant locations. With nothing but sleepy hills and spectacular landscapes, there is nothing but serenity and peace of mind at this place. At Wadi Degla Protectorate, you can enjoy a myriad of activities from jogging and mountain climbing to BBQing, hiking, and biking. Also Read: Best places to visit in Luxor and Aswan