In Photos: Croatian national football team explores ancient Egyptian wonders in Egypt

Ahram Online , Nevine El-Aref , Monday 25 Mar 2024

The Croatian national team led by Real Madrid's star Luka Modric, amid their participation in the Cairo Cup Football Championship in Egypt, embarked on a unique cultural journey to the Giza Plateau to explore ancient Egyptian wonders.

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Sports United Company under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, represented by the Egyptian Tourism Authority, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports has organized the championship.

General Director of the Pyramids Antiquities Area Ashraf Mohie El-Din has accompanied the team, including standout players Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, and Josko Gvardiol, on their tour in the Giza Plateau.

They began their tour with a visit to the iconic Great Pyramid, the only surviving wonder of the ancient world, where they received a comprehensive briefing on its historical significance, construction techniques, and the laborious efforts of ancient Egyptian workers who built it.

Then, the Croatian team visited the Sphinx, where they learned about its storied past and intricate craftsmanship.

The tour concluded with the panorama area, where the players took memorable snapshots, expressing their awe and appreciation for the timeless monuments, a testament to the grandeur of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The team embraced their passion for football and casually dribbled the ball against the Giza Pyramids' backdrop.

Tourism holds immense significance for Egypt's economy, being a key source of revenue alongside other sectors like remittances, the Suez Canal, and foreign direct investments.

 

 

Egypt is expected to experience an unprecedented year in terms of tourism in 2024, according to Google searches.

Egypt ranks third among the top 10 most-booked destinations list for 2024, recent data of the trip booking platform Flash Pack, specializing in trips for solo travelers in their 30s and 40s, indicated.

Moreover, Egypt maintains its sixth-place ranking in the Lonely Planet travel guide among the Best in Travel 2024 destinations.

 

 

The country has recently witnessed a record-breaking number of tourists, which resulted in revenue growth.

Egypt's tourism revenues reached a remarkable $13.6 billion in FY2022/2023, a 26.8 percent increase from FY2021/2022.

Egypt targets attracting 30 million visitors annually by 2028, doubling the 14.9 million tourists in 2023.

 

 

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