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Egypt's Sisi orders start of development at Alexandria's historical Montazah area

MENA , Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Jan 2019
A file photo for the Montazah cabins before they were demolished in Alexandria on Monday (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting on Monday with the committee responsible for developing the Montazah district in Alexandria, giving orders to proceed with a comprehensive development of the area.

The president also called for studying the best way to optimise the use of the seaside Montazah neighborhood to be a tourist destination given its unique heritage and historical urban masterpieces, as well as its distinguished geographical location and beaches. 

The meeting was attended by presidential aide for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail, Tourism Minister Rania Al-Mashat, head of El-Montazah for Tourism and Investment Bahaa Tahoun, and presidential adviser for urban planning Amir Sayed, among others.

Presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said that El-Sisi tasked the officials with completing all technical and engineering studies required to develop the district and promote services to attract tourists from all over the world.

On Monday, authorities began to evacuate and demolish 206 cabins in Montazah after a legal dispute that started in 2013 between the Montazah for Tourism And Investment Company and cabin tenants over a failure to pay rent.

Montazah was an exclusive resort for the Mohamed Ali Royal Family since 19th century till 1952, when it was first opened to the public following the 23 July revolution that overthrew King Farouk.

In the 1950s, the Montazah cabins were built along some beaches in the area. 

Former ministers and famous public figures were among the tenants of the 896 cabins that extended over six exclusive beaches in Monatazah areas like Cleopatra beach and Aida beach.

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