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Raising tourism awareness

Internal awareness campaign faces both criticism and support CAIRO: In a bid to increase the current 8.6 million tourists per year to the planned 16 million and encourage repeat tourist visits, the Ministry of Tourism kicked off a five-year campaign to increase internal awareness of the importance of individually supporting tourism. Many are now familiar …

Sarah El Sirgany

Banks on upstream projects to yield more water

Reuters CAIRO: Egypt must persuade countries in the Nile basin to improve their water management so that more water flows downstream for its growing population, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mahmoud Abu Zeid said. Egypt depends on the Nile flowing in from Sudan for 95 percent of its water as no significant tributaries add to …

Jonathan Wright

A vast perspective

CAIRO: With a fleeting first glance you see a faded azure landscape, vast and desolate. Then, slowly – as the images seem to come closer, even as you stand still – you glimpse a small image on the horizon, where the sky meets the sea two people stand in the still waters. Part of a …

Aida Nassar

Seventeen bidders vie over Ganope new concessions tender

Seventeen international oil companies have obtained documents of the fourth tender launched by the Egyptian Ganoub El Wadi Holding Petroleum Company (Ganope) earlier this year, said Hassan Akl, chairman of Ganope, on Tuesday. Akl pointed out that when the areas under the recent tender are assigned, about 50 percent of Ganope’s work area will have …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

London protests support assaulted journalists

Egyptian and British activists rise in support of Egyptian journalists By Daily Star Egypt staff CAIRO: After organizing worldwide protests for the judges’ cause, Egyptians residing in London, with the help of British activists, rose in support of two female Egyptian journalists who were assaulted by police in Egypt. Around 30 protestors from organizations including …

Pakinam Amer

Court case highlights confusion between ministry and the people

CAIRO: When Minister of Interior Habib Al Adly announced that demonstrations needed to have a permit from the ministry before they would be allowed on the street, it was regarded as an official decree from the ministry. However, with the recent case against Al Adly’s Ministry of Interior, brought on by the Egyptian Organization for …

Joseph Mayton

IT multinationals' multifaceted strategy for the regional market

CAIRO: One striking aspect of the Cairo ICT conference earlier this year was the multitude of government departments present as exhibitors. A range of e-government projects, such as smart cards for subsidies and portals for various government services, are underway. Another field in which IT companies, particularly multinationals, feature prominently is education. The volume of …


Brotherhood calls for release of leaders

Supreme guide issues a statement on the government CAIRO: In a statement to the press, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammad Mahdi Akef renewed his criticism of Gamal Mubarak, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and the government and called for the release of all detained Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The police arrested nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders …

Pakinam Amer

Analysis: It's not the Emergency Law that keeps detainees behind bars

CAIRO: On Saturday, the government released two detainees and renewed the detention of three others; the five had been detained since April 24. The release and subsequent renewal has opened the doors of questioning the legality of such practices by the government. Does the Emergency Law allow for such practice is a question that has …

Joseph Mayton

The burden of illegitimacy

The resolution of the long running court case between actor Ahmed El Fishawy and costume designer Hind El Hennawy brought to end a drama that has captured the rapt attention of Egyptian and Arab viewers over the past 20 months. However, the real debate, which is of the child caught in the middle of divisive …

Abdel-Rahman Hussein

Interbank rate rises to 8.3 percent

CAIRO: The median overnight interbank rate on the pound jumped to 8.3 percent on Tuesday, from 8.083 percent on Monday after a central bank auction drew liquidity from the market, traders said. The central bank auctioned 7-day certificates of deposits worth LE 8 billion ($1.4 billion). Few banks traded between themselves, preferring to enter the …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Regional affairs

“Damascus Nights portrays life in the Arab world today CAIRO: The New York Times Book Review calls it “timely and timeless at once. Rafik Schami’s “Damascus Nights, while being both timely and timeless, is so much more. “Damascus Nights is a novel that transcends not only time, but borders. Set in Damascus over a half …

Joseph Mayton

Operatic expression

Cairo Opera House to host performances by Italian composer Verdi CAIRO: This month, patrons of the Cairo Opera House will be treated to Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpieces. Soloists Iman Mostafa (Soprano), Alessandra Franceschi (Mezzo-Soprano), Sergio Panajia (Tenor), Reda El Wakil (Bass) conducted by Elio Boncompagni will perform a selection of Verdi’s operatic works this week. …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Cliffhanger in the Valley of the Kings

Agence France-Presse LUXOR: Egyptologists are holding their breath over the mystery surrounding the first tomb discovered in Luxor s Valley of the Kings since that of the boy king Tutankhamun in 1922. News of the surprise discovery in February by an American team from the University of Memphis has had repercussions far beyond this famous …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt's call center industry in the spotlight

CAIRO: Analysts, journalists, technology and communications professionals from around the world gathered in Cairo yesterday for the first of three days of the Offshore Customer Management International Conference. The conference highlights key developments in the Egyptian call center industry and examines administrative, cultural and regulatory issues that affect the industry. This is the event where …


Young talent

  ŠΘ # # # Many of the works on display were produced under examination conditions and the pieces had to be finished within two days, here, Najla Ismail with her colorful design of the Sydney Opera House and Habiba Moawad # # Nabila Abdel Nabi with her stunning portrait of an Egyptian woman, which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel promises Egypt to give talks a chance

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Israel promised Egypt on Sunday it would give negotiations with the Palestinians a chance but in the end it reserved the right to find other ways to end conflict with its neighbors. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on his first visit to Egypt since taking office, also apologized for the Israeli troops who …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Let the games begin

Part 2 CAIRO: In group D, it is quite apparent that Portugal, alongside Mexico, will make it through to the second round. Both teams are superior to Iran and Angola in regard to their World Cup experience. Iran takes part for the third time after an eight year absence, while Angola is appearing in the …

Daily News Egypt

Egyptian police break up Brotherhood meeting

CAIRO: Egyptian police raided a Cairo study center connected with the opposition Muslim Brotherhood and arrested nine leading members of the Islamist group, police and the Brotherhood said on Monday. After giving the Brotherhood a margin of freedom last year, Egyptian authorities have started to crack down on the movement, calling it a secret organization …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Inquiry opens into Egypt's worst ever shipping disaster

CAIRO: The inquiry into the February 3 sinking of the ferry Al-Salam 98, which went down with the loss of more than 1,000 lives, opened Monday in the Red Sea port of Safaga, a legal source said. The hearing began in the absence of the main accused, Mamdouh Ismail. He owns Al-Salam, the firm which …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Israel imprisons several hundred refugees

Sudanese had walked across its border with Egypt MAASIYAHU PRISON: Militiamen burned down his village, killing his father, uncle and cousin. He was imprisoned in Sudan and hunted down in Egypt. The Sudanese architect believed Israel could put an end to his misery. Instead, one year later, the 30-year-old man is in a cell at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Press Round-up

Outrage over shooting of policemen leads headlines CAIRO: Reactions to Friday’s border incident where two Egyptian policemen were shot dead by Israeli border guards still dominate the news. According to national daily Al-Akhbar, Egypt’s lower house has vociferously condemned the attack, calling for an advancement of the investigation into the incidents in order to “put …

Pakinam Amer

Artist's authentically reflects society

Little black and white figures give insight into social reality CAIRO: “You don’t feel naive optimism; in a way there is a critical reality but in a way a peaceful observation and a very strong acceptance, says artist Hisham El Zeiny, referring to the new exhibition Installation by fellow artist Hani Rashed. The showroom in …

Farah El Alfy

Gulf countries turning sights toward Egypt

CAIRO: An Egyptian-Saudi holding company for real estate has been established under the name of Al Oula Egypt, with a paid-in capital of LE 500 million. Al Oula Development, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest real estate companies, together with other Gulf partners, will retain 50 percent ownership of this new company, while a consortium made …

Najla Moussa

The question of subsidies

CAIRO: As parliament continues to debate the state budget for the next fiscal year, booming oil prices have raised questions about how to deal with the rising cost of subsidizing energy. Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros-Ghali warned the Shura Council last month of the danger of funding additional petroleum products and natural gas subsidies with …


U.S. democracy institute asked to shut down all operations

CAIRO: Egypt has told the U.S.-based International Republican Institute (IRI) to stop its activities in Egypt, saying comments by its representative were interfering in the country s internal affairs. The Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it had summoned country director Gina London and told her to suspend all activities until the organization, which monitors political …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Wafd elects new leader

CAIRO: Egypt s oldest opposition party, Al-Wafd, on Friday elected a new leader, who promised to open up the internal debate over how to revive an organization that was trounced in last year s elections. Mahmoud Abaza, 58, a lawyer, was assured of victory as he was the only candidate who stood in the leadership …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Muslim Brotherhood initiative controversial

CAIRO: Regardless of its popularity among the grassroots population, Muslim Brotherhood policies and reform initiatives are still surrounded by controversy, especially among intellectuals; the idea of a constitution derived from Islamic law has given birth to speculation over the group’s political, economic and social policies. The reform initiative, penned by senior leaders and members of …

Pakinam Amer

Mubarak, Olmert meet to strengthen ties

By Agence France-Presse SHARM EL SHEIKH: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Hosni Mubarak were to meet in Sharm El-Sheikh Sunday in the first talks between the two leaders since Olmert assumed his position. I intend to strengthen ties with Egypt, the largest Arab country in the region, Olmert told Israeli public radio before …

Daily News Egypt