2019: Egypt's year in pictures

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Dec 2019

The newly discovered coffins (AFP)
The newly discovered coffins (AFP)

As 2019 comes to a close, Ahram Online takes a look back at some of the pictures that captured the news from Egypt this year.

Although the year got off to a rough start with a blast at a church in Cairo in January, it ended on a positive note with resumption of British and French charter flights to Sharm El-Sheikh airport in December.

In between there were economic announcements, a major sporting tournament and a constitutional referendum – see some of the pictures below.


2 January

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launches initiative to provide ‎dignified life for the needy.

6 January ‎

An IED explodes near a church in Ezzbet El-Hagana in Nasr City, killing a policeman.

7 January

El-Sisi opens the region's biggest cathedral and a large mosque in the New Administrative Capital. ‎

15 January

The Eastern Mediterranean Gas forum takes place in Cairo.

24 January

Ancient tombs are discovered in the Nile Delta.

‎25 January

The first nanotechnology faculty in Egypt is established at ‎Cairo University.

27 January

Sphinx International Airport in ‎Giza

Sphinx International Airport in ‎Giza

Sphinx International Airport in western Greater Cairo begins trial operations.

29 January

President El-Sisi and Emmanuel Macron

Egyptian-French summit between ‎El-Sisi and President Emmanuel Macron takes place in Cairo.‎



‎4 February 

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb and Pope Francis visit the United ‎Arab Emirates.

7‎ February 

Egypt gets the fifth $2 billion tranche of a $12 billion loan ‎from the International Monetary Fund.

‎11 February

African Union Summit

El-Sisi assumes the presidency of the African Union during the ‎‎32nd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

‎16 February 


El-Sisi visits Germany, addresses the annual Munich security conference‎.

20 February 

prosecutor-‎general in 2015‎
(Mohamed Abdo)

Nine executed in Egypt for assassination of prosecutor-‎general in 2015‎

21 February 

Re-opening of the maritime line between Port Tawfiq and ‎Jeddah after a 13-year hiatus.

‎25 February 

Arab-European summit

First Arab-European summit convenes in ‎Sharm El-Sheikh in the presence of Arab and ‎European leaders.

27 February 

At least 22 people killed in deadly crash at major train station in Cairo.



13 ‎March

The Civil Aviation Authority bans the passage, landing or ‎take-off of Boeing 737 Max aircraft from Egyptian airports ‎and airspace.

‎‎15 ‎March

Diaa Rashwan wins press syndicate elections.

‎17 ‎March

 the first Arab-African youth platform

El-Sisi opens the first Arab-African youth platform ‎in Aswan.

19 ‎March

The government takes decisive action against drug-using ‎employees at all governmental and private sector ‎institutions.

21 March

Treasures of the Pharaoh exhibition brings 'Tutankhamania' to Paris.

‎‎28 ‎March

Political parties agree to constitutional ‎amendments and to increase the presidential term from four ‎to six years.

‎‎30 ‎March

El-Sisi raises the country's minimum ‎wage from EGP 1,200 to EGP 2,000 a month.



‎1 April 

Red Sea governorate bans single-use plastics.

9 April 

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2019. (AFP)

El-Sisi and Trump hold a summit in Washington.

‎15 April 

Joint air and naval drills between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus begin in Egypt.

18 April 

largest ‎ancient tomb

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly opens an ancient tomb in Luxor.

23 April 

Egyptians vote in favour of constitutional changes‎.

25 April 

Egyptian-Chinese summit in Beijing

Egyptian-Chinese summit in Beijing.

‎26 April 

The largest passenger ship in the world crosses the ‎Suez Canal for a fee of $964,000.

28 April 

Egypt gets a $3 billion loan from a Chinese bank for the establishment of a central zone in the New Administrative Capital. ‎



‎3 May 

Cairo receives its third submarine from Germany at a ‎ceremony in the Baltic Sea city of Kiel.

‎4 May 

Ancient tombs discovered near the pyramids in Giza, dates to 5th ‎dynasty.

‎5 May 


El-Sisi inaugurates a number of major ‎development projects in Ismailia and Central Sinai, as well as tunnels ‎under the Suez Canal.

‎15 May 

El-Sisi opens Egypt’s widest-ever suspension ‎bridge and other development projects.

‎17 May 

IMF approves fifth review of reform plan.

‎28 May 

terrorist Hisham El-‎Ashmawy

Egypt receives wanted terrorist Hisham El-‎Ashmawy from the Libyan National Army.


17 June ‎

Egypt's ex-president Mohamed Morsi dies while attending a court session in his trial.

21 June ‎

Glamorous opening ceremony for the AFCON 2019 at Cairo ‎Stadium.

25 June ‎

Largest budget in Egypt's history for 2019/2020 in effect on 1 July ‎‎worth EGP 1.6 trillion‎.



1 July 

New health insurance system underway in Port Said in ‎lead-up to nationwide roll-out.

2 July 

Egypt and France start a joint naval and air military drill‎.

‎4 July 

Sale of Tutankhamun bust at London auction hall Christie's ‎for $5.97 million.

‎5 July 

Egypt increases fuel prices in its latest round of subsidy cuts.

15 July 

New draft law on civil society organizations gains final parliament ‎approval.

17 July 

Tutankhamun’s golden coffin under restoration for the first time ‎since the discovery of his tomb in 1922‎.

‎24 July 

IMF disburses final $2 billion tranche to Egypt, concluding $12 billion loan package.



5 August 

El-Sisi witnesses the signing of a contract for a monorail‎ project.

5 August 

 the National Cancer Institute

Terrorist bombing outside the National Cancer Institute kills ‎‎22 people and injures 47 others.

7 August

largest fertiliser complex

El-Sisi opens largest fertiliser complex in the Middle East at Ain ‎Sokhna.

22 August 

Egypt's central bank cuts interest rates.‎



4 September 

Tutankhamun exhibition hits a record high in terms of number of ‎visitors in Paris.



‎6 October 

Negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam end in deadlock.

‎8 October 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L), Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (C), and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) give a press conference at the presidential palace in the Cypriot capital Nicosia . (AFP)

Egypt, Cyprus and Greece slam Turkey for offshore drilling in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean.

21 October 

US invites foreign ministers of Egypt, ‎Ethiopia and Sudan to a meeting in Washington to discuss the ‎GERD project on Ethiopia's Blue Nile.

23 October 

El-Sisi-Putin summit in Russia discusses boosting bilateral ‎ties

El-Sisi-Putin summit in Russia discusses boosting bilateral ‎ties.

24 October 

Egypt and Ethiopia agree to resume GERD talks‎.



12 November

First Roman catacombs found in Saqqara.

15 November

Central bank cuts interest rates for third consecutive time.

18 November

Egypt marks Suez Canal's 150th anniversary.

‎26 November

El-Sisi launches new health insurance system nationwide, ‎opens development projects in Port Said and North Sinai.

‎26 November

An Ariane V rocket lifts off the launchpad at the European Space Center at Kourou in French Guiana,
An Ariane V rocket lifts off the launchpad at the European Space Center at Kourou in French Guiana, on the November 26, 2019 AFP

Tiba-1 satellite launched into orbit‎.

27 November

Terrorist leader Hesham El-Ashmawy sentenced to death‎.

29 November

Egypt condemns MoUs signed by Turkey and Libya's prime minister.



5 December

First flight attendant with Down's syndrome leads crew on International Day of Disabled Persons.

19 December

A British Airways Airbus A320 aircraft sits on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport (Reuters)
A British Airways Airbus A320 aircraft sits on the tarmac at Heathrow Airport (Reuters)

First UK flight since 2015 lands at Sharm El-Sheikh airport.

21 December

First flight from France since 2015 lands at Sharm El-Sheikh.

22 December

Egypt parliament approves cabinet reshuffle involving 11 portfolios.

‎22 December ‎

Former Egyptian army chief-of-staff Sami Annan released from ‎prison.

24 December

Alexandria removes barriers obstructing view of the Mediterranean.

*This list was compiled by Amal Abou Elalla, Fatma Emara and Hala Yousef from Al-Ahram Information Center.


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