Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Uber of 7antoors: You Can Now Order a Horse Carriage in Luxor with a Mobile App



The Uber of 7antoors: You Can Now Order a Horse Carriage in Luxor with a Mobile App: Luxor Governor announced that an uber-like 7antoor e-hailing app will soon be available throughout the city. Authorities are also working on providing 'diapers' for horses in order to keep the city's streets clean.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Foreign Ministry raises entry visa fees | Egypt Independent

Foreign Ministry raises entry visa fees | Egypt Independent



The Foreign Ministry has decided to raise entry fees to Egypt from
various land, sea, and air ports from US$25 to $60, starting March 1st,
amid the rejection of tourism sector companies and officials.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017 - YouTube

The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017 - YouTube



Fascinating lecture about the recent work at the Workman's village. Together with site management and making access easier for tourists, not disabled exactly but certainly easier



Ramses II statue to be restored in Luxor Temple   - Daily News Egypt

Ramses II statue to be restored in Luxor Temple   - Daily News Egypt: Aiming to inspect the restoration processes of one of King Ramses II statues that was destroyed in the fourth century AD, Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, and Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, visited the city of Luxor along with Governor Mohammed Badr. The statue was destroyed as a result of a devastating earthquake that swept the country at that time.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Egyptian Visa Rules

Lots of discussion on the internet about the new Egyptian visa rules.



NONE OF THIS IS CONFIRMED BUT THE RUMOURS ARE STRONG 



Single entry visa will be 400 egp and multiple entry 500 egp



Visa's for 6 months cost 550le Second 6 months 550le during which time you must leave the country at least once



You can get a one year visa if you own property with green contract and you have a bank account or if you are married to an Egyptian



Overstay Penalties.
first 3 months penalty 1053 le
3-6 month 1500,
6 month - 1 year 2500

Friday, 17 February 2017

New Exhibition at Luxor Museum plus disabled access

Tonight was the official opening on the new exhibition at Luxor Mseum from the 'The Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project’, led by Hourig Sourouzian. There was one part that was actually outside in the floodlit area and the rest was in the special temporary area.

This is a very special project, the largest temple in Luxor, where everyone thought there was nothing but 2 large colossus has been revealed by Dr Hourig  to have much much more than anyone thought. It is a huge project, employing one of the biggest teams of local workers ever assembled.  On the west bank there are lots of story boards explaining their work, the Northern colossus have recently been reassembled and now this temporary exhibition reveals even more.

I went there on my trusty mobility scooter to try out the disabled facilities. My taxi was able to stop at the south end of the pedestrian area and I trundled along quite happily. The entrance to the museum had a ramp from road to pavement. The people at the ticket office let me in the exit as I couldn't go through the turnstile, they were quite happy to do that. The grounds were easy to negotiate. There was a step into the museum but I suspect this will have a ramp very soon because the museum director was there because of opening she saw and discussed the problem with me and she seemed committed to resolve it.In the meanwhile helpful staff lifted the scooter into the building. I skipped the turnstiles, going in the exit. Inside slightly to the left there was a nice gentle ramp to the upper levels and by using it and going down the other ramp you could avoid the set of steps in the entrance. There was a wheelchair lift inside, between the two sections of the museum but it was not suitable for the scooter but yet again willing men leapt forward to assist me. The only area with only steps was the small area of court du cachette area but everything else was super accessible either by ramps or willing men.

Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

house Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: After 12 months of restoration, Stoppelaëre House is to be opened with a view to developing it into a cultural and scientific centre for heritage.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

(14) Mohamed A Fahmy - It's official now, a golf car to take senior...

Mohamed shared this with me on Facebook, not Luxor but it is about disabled access. Golf carts to take people round the temples at Abu Simbel.Wonderful idea and only 10LE




Mohamed A Fahmy - It's official now, a golf car to take senior...



Friday, 10 February 2017

Necropolis finds in Luxor - Ahram Weekly

Necropolis finds in Luxor - Ahram Weekly: Jiro Kondo, head of the Japanese mission, described the discovery as “important” because it raises hopes that more tombs could be discovered in the Al-Khokha necropolis on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor.

It had earlier been thought that no more tombs would be found as innumerable tombs have already been discovered in the area over the past 200 years.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

AWOL Home Page - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

The latest newsletter has just been released. AWOL is primarily for working animals but it was great to read of the latest updates for small animals, especially Ingrid's cats. I know people will be quite surprised that donkeys need coats!

AWOL Home Page - Animal Welfare Of Luxor

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tomb of Ramesside-era royal scribe uncovered in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online



discovery





Tomb of Ramesside-era royal scribe uncovered in Luxor - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online: A Japanese mission from Waseda University discovered a private tomb in the Theban necropolis in Luxor, Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the antiquities ministry's Ancient Egypt Department, said on Tuesday.

Afifi says that the tomb, located at the El-Khokha area on the west bank of the Nile, is beautifully decorated and likely dates to the Ramesside period, based on its style. Early inspection of the tomb suggests that it belonged to a royal scribe named Khonsu .

New tomb in Luxor

You will need Google translate but the pictures are excellent



Tumba de un escriba real descubierta en Luxor - Reseña AE