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Egypt to open tourist-only beaches in Alexandria

Saturday 07/July/2018 - 02:29 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmad El-Assasy
EGYPT is planning to make some beaches available only to tourists، but local people aren’t happy about it according to "The Sun".

Several beaches in its second largest city، Alexandria، may soon become tourist-only، to promote the city as a holiday destination.
While Egypt is increasing in popularity this summer as Brits flock back there، Alexandria is still not particularly well-visited، but the government wants to put it back on the map.

Egyptian publication Al-Monitor reports that Egyptians are “outraged” over the plans.

Ali al-Manesterly، chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Travel Agencies revealed that the plans will “suit the needs of foreign nationalities.”

He also revealed the beaches will give privacy that “suits [tourists’] needs”.

One local who disagrees is Amro Ali، an Alexandria-based sociologist.

He said: "The few remaining public beaches are not well-kept، and citizens still have to pay to get in.

“The few good beaches that exist charge a lot of money and are beyond the means of the average Egyptian، so there is already a class barrier in place.”

Earlier this year، the country's government revealed it would be fining aggressive touts who hassle tourists.

The bill approved by parliament in April would fine anyone pestering tourists "with the intention of begging or promoting، offering or selling a good or service" up to 10،000 Egyptian pounds (£409).

Sun Online also revealed that people are heading back to Turkey، Egypt and Tunisia this summer for cheap holidays - despite fears over terror attacks.

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