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Egypt's 'first' no-alcohol resort opens in Hurghada

The hotel allocats a floor for women only; owner says he is promoting a new type of tourism

Ahram Online, Sunday 28 Apr 2013
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A general view showing a partially empty beach at a Red Sea resort in Egypt. Tourism in Egypt was hit hard in the aftermath of the 2011 popular uprising (Photo: AP)
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Hurghada saw the opening of a no-alcohol resort on Saturday – dubbed by state media as the first of its kind in the Red Sea – allocating an entire floor for women only.

Resort owner Yasser Kamal told state news agency MENA that the decision is not influenced by one ideology or force, but is an attempt to promote a new tourism approach.

"Tourists have alcohol in their countries, and they must find other alternatives in Hurghada for the purpose of diversity," Yasser explained, adding that the hotel is open for all nationalities and both Muslim and Christian Egyptians.

The owner added that only women will be allowed on the top floor of the hotel where female security will be placed.

The opening ceremony included lining up alcohol bottles on a bar and breaking them, spilling the alcohol, to announce the beginning of a new tourism approach under the new administration, the agency reported.

Muslims' holy book, the Quran, forbids alcohol consumption.

Tourism, an important driver of Egypt's economy, has suffered dramatically due to political unrest that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Rising fears have peaked since an Islamist government, headed by the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, was elected to power last June.

This article was published in Aswat Masreya

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Now You Know Why Islam Isn't from God
03-04-2015 01:48pm
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Muslim Brotherhood Resort
Have you ever asked what type of resort separates the men from the women, and promotes homosexuality through this? Have you ever wondered why a resort doesn't serve alcohol, yet it has Casinos to gamble? Have you ever thought, what type of person the CEO of this resort is like, what he believes and what would happen if he ruled Egypt? ..That's right. It's Muslim Brotherhood, the same Muslim Brother that Egypt cried and screamed to have removed after putting it in power after Hosni Mubarak. The same Muslim Brotherhood that had to cheat to win the elections and placed bombs all around Cairo to blackmail the army in order to win. The same Muslim Brotherhood that broke out of prison, raised food prices, cut petrol, cut water in many areas, and stopped public freedom of speak, freedom of religion, freedom of choice. And the same Muslim Brotherhood you all run to on Fridays in the Mosques that preach to you - the Imams. YOU HYPOCRITES!!! No you know why people say Arabs are STUPID!
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Sarah
05-05-2014 11:57pm
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MashaAllah
Its good to hear this type of tourism is increasing... There are already quite a few in turkey... I've been to a couple... Does anyone know the name of this resort?
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Democracia
09-05-2013 03:00pm
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Nice vision...
I have already a nice vision for this hotel: Visitors from Saudi Arabia and other lovely countries like that one will come to this hotel, close their wives away in the "women's only-floor" and then go outside to enjoy everything of Hurghada's nightlife, hahaha...
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AKR
02-05-2013 09:01pm
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.... hope there are also no cucumbers on the buffet.... come on guys. Since when women need a special security in Egypt... are we that far???? P.S. I like the previous comment: Are there camels allowed in the parking place?!?! I'm happy that my Egyptians friends are open mined and are fighting to keep Egypt open minded and welcoming!
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Farid
29-04-2013 09:50am
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Censorship on alcohol :(
Thank you Ahram for not posting my previous comment. I did mention that there is no any single verse in Quran forbidding to drink alcohol. All parts recommend not to drink or make aware of it. Is this that hard to accept and post it? as example: (An-Nahl; 16:67); (Al-Baqara; 2:219); (An-Nisa; 4:43); Quran does not use the word "prohibition" in the context of alcohol (khMr) anytime, anywhere. KhMr is the arabic term used for anything that causes intoxication. In other words, alcohol has not been categorized as "haram" in the Quran. Only three things have been categorized as "haram". These are (1) animals that die of any basis other than being sacrificed ("halal") in the name of Allah, (2) blood of animals and (3) flesh of pigs.
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Ag
28-04-2013 07:32pm
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Who said this is really because of "Islam"
He didn't focus on Islam in this article at all, yet you all took the opportunity to attack Muslims. What he is identifying is what he feels is an "untapped market". Some conservative people from arab countries or other people who are family oriented or alcoholics might want to come to Egypt and if they know there is a place that is alcohol free the may see that as a plus and pick his place over others. He's not talking about Islam, he's talking about business. Of course if you choose to see everything through that particular lens you will always see conspiracy theories. I don't see what the tourism minister has to do with this by the way?. This is not a government run hotel. While we are on the topic, why do Egyptians think the government is responsible for absolutely everything!? I think that's the problem in Egypt, no personal responsibility. You don't want to work to earn more money you want the government to increase wages, you don't want to fix things yourself you want the government to do it. At the same time, you don't like the government. What nonsense! Please become responsible for yourselves and stop being children. The government is not your mother or father. You need to take responsibility for yourselves and if you see something that needs to be done, get your friends together to do it. If you cannot convince your friends what makes you think you can convince the government?
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Auntie B
28-04-2013 06:08pm
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Interesting
Would like to know the name of the resort? For some people a non alcohol environment is welcomed, especially for families or ex alcoholic's. But in general it probably isnt a good business model for the current time. Most Egyptians cant afford to stay in such resort hotels, they are struggling to survive and eat, and the Arab tourists they are considering normally come to Egypt to 'party' as they cant do it in their home countries. But would like to know the name of the resort, for the few people that might be interested in stay in such.
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almisry
28-04-2013 04:36pm
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Well done the hotel owner. We were made to think and strongly believe, should we need tourism to flourish in Egypt? answer: 1st agree to alcohol and the rest of it. In Malaysia's tourism have increased very rapidly after 9/11. Why ? amongst other things, large number of muslim middle-class, high spenders have found facilities suitable for both alcohol user and non-user communities. It suits their life styles. Here in Egypt we have Muslims from the west in large numbers who live and study in Egypt. In each of these families would be spending at least $4000 per month. We can make them spend even more when we provide something suitable for their life style. If you look at UK all super market chains sell Halaal Meet. There are fewer food outlets that are not Halal. I saw even a casino with its restaurant advertising Halaal food. I see no reason why we should not aggressively target an extra client groups. Lol
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Abu Saif
28-04-2013 04:15pm
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Why now and not before
I dont belive this will last long I was just in AD in the UAE with family in a Rotana Hotel that sells itself as Islamic The bathing suit was still there Just no mini bar or wine at dinner No great deal The hawagas still go there Really The fastest growning market for alcolhol is here in Egypt in the Meditraian countries Even Turkey is declain while we grow But here with all this show and promt of breaking bottles I belive it was off to a bad start and will pass to a new owner just as fast
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Roslyn
28-04-2013 03:40pm
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How to turn off tourists!
This news will travel the world, for sure it will 'encourage' tourism.....what on earth are they thinking? Conservative Arab women will never travel to Hurghada alone to have a holiday, will be interesting to know the occupancy rate of the 'women only floor'......and buying alcohol just to smash it on the bar is probably one of the most absurd things I have heard about any hotel in the world....will women have to also abide to a certain dress code to enter the front door? The tourism minister needs to be replaced, he has lost the plot....he is actually working to 'keep tourists out of Egypt' and doing a perfect job!
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