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Free admission to all of Egypt's archaeological sites, 18 & 19 April

Antiquities ministry opens all its archaeological sites for free to the public on 18 & 19 April to celebrate World Heritage Day

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 15 Apr 2014
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the Giza Pyramids plateau
General view of the Giza Pyramids plateau February 16, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

To celebrate this year's World Heritage Day, Egypt's antiquities ministry has decided to open its archaeological sites for free to visitors on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19.

Antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online that this decision is not only to celebrate World Heritage Day but also to encourage Egypt's local tourism and raise citizens' cultural awareness, especially of sites that are on the World Heritage list such as Abu Mena Monastery in Alexandria, the Giza Pyramids and Islamic Cairo.


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18-04-2014 05:06pm
The museum was clearly not included in the list of free sites today, which was a shame. Or maybe it was free only for locals and not tourists.
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Stefan Gerke
18-04-2014 09:56am
What a Shame!
When I read this news, I thought: great, a splendid idea! I talked to friends and forwarded the article. Today, I went to the Temple of Karnak. I was surprised to find out, that the free admission applies to Egyptian nationals only. The article clearly states, that all archeological sites are open to visitors. The english web site of Al Ahram is mainly read by foreigners who can not read arabic. So if you read there is free admission, there should be free admission. While discussing this with the guards at the temple, some other visitors asked for free admission which was denied. Welcome tourist to Egypt- not like this! In my point of view this action makes people feel angry and cheated instead of welcome. Stefan Gerke, Luxor
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16-04-2014 10:28am
in all Egypt ?
it will be in all Egypt even in Luxor ?
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28-09-2014 10:13am
Free admission to all of Egypt's
NOT TRUE. No sites are free, not on the East bank or the West bank. No one knows anything about this. I spoke to: Ticket Office near Habu, State Information Services, Media Manager and Ministry of Tourist Office in Luxor.They know nothing, nit even that it was advertised. How can this happen. One tourist here hired a car to take some locals for visits. Now has to make other plans for the day. She is not impressed. Not a good way to promote tourist.

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