Despite COVID-19, will the recent archaeological discoveries in Egypt restore tourism?

There is no doubt that the year 2020 witnessed important archaeological discoveries that had not been discovered before, as dozens of unopened coffins were found this year, in addition to other artifacts.

Recently, in the Saqqara region of Giza, 159 wooden coffins dating back to the 26th Dynasty, that is, more than 2,500 years ago, found most of them with mummies. These coffins are also intact, brightly colored, and written on. It is for servants and priests in that Pharaonic family.

In addition, during this year, the Step Pyramid of Djoser inaugurated after its restoration process lasted for 14 years—and the Pyramid of Djoser, which is considered the oldest stone building in history. It belongs to King Djoser in the reign of the Third Dynasty, i.e., 4,700 years ago.

In recent months, Egypt has opened many tourist attractions, such as hotels and museums. The Egyptian government has provided many facilities to support the tourism sector, such as tax exemptions and delaying payment of debts and fees to tourism companies.

It was expected that these discoveries and new openings of tourist attractions would be a reason for the demand for tourism in Egypt, but the COVID-19 pandemic is still a barrier to the demand for tourism in Egypt. Egypt relies heavily on the tourism sector, as it contributes about 10% of the country’s domestic product, especially as it has begun to return to its previous state in recent years after it had been affected by the insecurity that Egypt had experienced since 2013 and beyond.

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Since the beginning of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused most tourism companies to cancel their trips to Egypt, museums, and archaeological sites have closed, while precautionary measures have taken to confront the epidemic. Especially because of the number of people infected with the coronavirus, infections in Egypt recorded more than 107,000 cases, while the number of deaths exceeded six thousand, according to official sources at the Ministry of Health.

Despite all this, we remain optimistic. We are awaiting the arrival of tourism to Egypt and a return to its previous state in the event that COVID-19 is eliminated.

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