Spokesman for Alexandria Port Authority، Reda el Ghandour، announced Saturday that the Alexandria Port has received MS Viking Sun cruise ship carrying، 786 tourists of different nationalities on board.
Noteworthy، Egypt’s tourism receipts almost tripled and worker remittances rose in the last three months of its fiscal year، marking another step in the country’s economic recovery from a crippling dollar shortage، according to Bloomberg.
Tourism revenue rose to $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter that ended June 30، from $510 million in the same period a year ago، according to initial central bank data that it shared with Bloomberg.
Full-year receipts rose 16 percent to $4.4 billion. Remittances grew 9 percent to $4.8 billion in the fourth quarter، and rose 2 percent to $17.4 billion for the year.
- Alexandria Overview- The Port of Alexandria is on the West Verge of the Nile Delta between the Mediterranean Sea and Mariut Lake in Alexandria، Egypt. Considered the second most important city and the main port in Egypt، it handles over three quarters of Egypt’s foreign trade. Alexandria port consists of two harbours (East and West) separated by a T-shaped peninsula. The East harbour is shallow and is not navigable by large vessels. The West harbour is used for commercial shipping. The harbour is formed by two converging breakwaters.
Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt and a major economic centre، extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. Its low elevation on the Nile delta makes it highly vulnerable to rising sea levels. Alexandria is an important industrial center because of its natural gas and oil pipelines from Suez. Alexandria is also a popular tourist destination.
Alexandria was founded around a small، ancient Egyptian town c. 332 BC by Alexander the Great. It became an important center of Hellenistic civilization and remained the capital of Ptolemaic (Greek) Egypt and Roman and Byzantine Egypt for almost 1000 years، until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in AD 641، when a new capital was founded at Fustat (later absorbed into Cairo). Hellenistic Alexandria was best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos)، one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its Great Library (the largest in the ancient world; now replaced by a modern one); and the Necropolis، one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Alexandria was the second most powerful city of the ancient world after Rome. Ongoing maritime archaeology in the harbor of Alexandria، which began in 1994، is revealing details of Alexandria both before the arrival of Alexander، when a city named Rhacotis existed there، and during the Ptolemaic dynasty.
From the late 18th century، Alexandria became a major center of the international shipping industry and one of the most important trading centers in the world، both because it profited from the easy overland connection between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea، and the lucrative trade in Egyptian cotton.
Among famous neighbourhoods in Alexandria are: Loran، Miami، Azareeta، Somouha، Shateby، Ras-El-Teen، Bahary، El-Mandara، Sidi-Bishr، Asafra، Mansheyya and Abu-Kir.