Thursday, February 10, 2011

Egypt is a popular tourist destination... but not now...

This image is on the frontpage of The Star today. At first glance, I thought the big patch of brown was a swarm of bees. They are actually Egyptian anti-government protesters gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square yesterday as they mark the 16th day of protests against the 30-year-old regi me of President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt with her rich history and interesting attractions is a popular holiday destination but sadly tourists were seen leaving the country when the protest started. I read that close to a million tourists have left the country. There goes the tourist dollar, and lots of it too.

What do we normally associate Egypt with? The pyramids come to mind, don't they? The pyramids even made it into the Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen, which incidentally, is being shown on HBO this month. The Nile River cruise, according to my friends who have taken the cruise, is a must-do when visiting Egypt. Let's hope all this will come to an end soon and life can pick up where it stopped for their citizens.

Image source: The Star..Protesters believe military won’t shoot them


  1. Wowie people mountain people sea..haha Oh oh there goes the tourist dollars..will sure to nosedive with till machines coming to a complete halt for the time being.

  2. Anonymous7:58 PM

    Yes, definitely not a place to be visiting at the moment. I hope to be able visit again sometime in the future. My first trip there was in 2005.

  3. All of us are really shocked to see the present situation of Egypt. It is really not expected because a huge number of tourist from around the world are headed toward Egypt to see the Pyramids but tourism is badly hit by this situation.

  4. well, there goes to prove how true a chinese saying is -- 和氣生財 (harmony brings prosperity).. hopefully things will settle down soon in Egypt..

  5. WOW! Overwhelmed with people!

  6. Bananaz, indeed.

    Mei Teng, great places are worth revisits.

    LVG, shocking indeed. Tourism dollars are important for a country.

  7. SK, how true. Every action has a reaction, good or bad.

    Ai Shiang, people power, if you will.