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Luxor Times: 29 Dec 2013

Luxor Times

Sunday 29 December 2013

Minister of Tourism announces "The Million Indian Tourists campaign"

Minister of Tourism, Minister of Civil Aviation and the governor of Luxor signed with different Indian tour operators an agreement to start a campaign to attract a million Indian tourists to visit Egypt in the next 3 years till the end of 2017.

The initiative includes facilitating obtaining visa at Egyptian airports upon arrival, encouraging EgyptAir to start direct flights to different major cities in India and encouraging Indian investors to start projects in Egypt.

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26th dynasty statue back in the Egyptian Museum

Ministry of Antiquities will receive tomorrow the upper part of the green faience statue of a nobleman from the 26th Dynasty.
The upper part of the statue was stolen from the Egyptian museum in Tahrir in January 2011 but was never reported stolen then as the lower part was still at the museum.
It wasn't till a Belgian citizen asked a French archaeologist to value the statue after check authenticity. 
The French archaeologist whom had studied the statue in 1989 so he contacted MSA and the ministry took the legal procedures in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs to return the statue.
According to Ali Ahmed, Director of retrieved antiquities department, the 29cm length ushabti figure was found in Memphis in 1858. 
The statue owner held noble titles including the north deals bearer.

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