Thursday, January 21, 2010

Development: Luxor heritage management

Egypt State Information Service

President Hosni Mubarak will inaugurate a project to refurbish the ram road in the ancient Upper Egyptian archaeological city of Luxor in March, a project that should turn the city into an open outdoor museum.

Luxor Governor Samir Farag made the statements during a meeting with Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif.

Farag posted Prime Minister on a plan to install surveillance cameras across Luxor to help protect the city. It will be the first electronically-secured city in Egypt, Farag said, noting that the project will be completed within a year.

The governor also reviewed a blueprint to turn Luxor into an environment-friendly city, replacing petrol and diesel oil with natural gas. This also includes a programme to turn to solar energy in the city.

Farag said that Luxor will attract more tourists as an environment-friendly city, especially amid growing international awareness of the ecosystem.

Projects to upgrade the Luxor walkway, the Luxor Temple, the Karnak Temple and the Rams Road were also probed.

Slowly but surely, Luxor is gaining a position on the map of international sports and cultural events.

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