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Egypt Modern Architecture featured by many sites in Egypt which are worthy to visit. Alexandria Library houses 4 permanent museums dedicated to Antiquities, Manuscripts, the former Egyptian President Sadat, and History of Science. A remarkable feature of the library is CULTURAMA, an interactive display of Egypt’s cultural heritage: 9 huge computer screens are arranged in a semi-circular shape thus creating a display resembling the traditional war or history panoramas. Thanks to the interactivity of the screens, the presenter can explore 5000 year long timeline; when specific items and milestones are clicked on by the presenter, the exhibition displays a further level of data.
Stanley Bridge is a 400 meter-long proudly standing Egyptian modern monument. Go ahead, walk along the corniche, sample the Alexandria lifestyle, see old men playing backgammon and youngsters enjoying the Alexandrian night skyline from a nearby café. See the harbor, Stanley Beach down below and the elegant towers of the bridge. There are plenty of local and international cafes in the area. Try to visit this spot on a summer evening, when the sky is clear and the sunset more inspiring than ever; a perfect point to take great pictures of the whole Alexandria seafront.
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Prepare yourself for a particularly overwhelming sightseeing experience: the Aswan High Dam is truly impressive. The Dam is 3600 meters long, 980 meters thick at base and 111 meters tall (at its highest point). The waters of Lake Nasser, the world’s largest man-made lake, have amassed behind it. It provides irrigation water and electricity for the whole of Egypt. Located 13 km south of Aswan, the High Dam is usually included on south Aswan daytrips itineraries. These tours can be booked through your hotel or through any tour operator in town.
In the 11th century Ibn Al-Haytham (Al-Hazem) was called from Iraq to Egypt by the Caliph to engineer the first Aswan Dam. Ibn Al-Haytham’s field work convinced him that attempting to build the dam would be a disaster and rather than face the wrath of the Caliph, he feigned madness and went to jail. It wasn’t until the British occupation of Egypt, over eight centuries later, that the first dam across the Nile was successfully built (1898-1902). At the time of the Old Aswan Dam’s construction, nothing of that scale had ever been attempted. It was the largest masonry dam in the world. The British design allowed ships to pass upstream, before overland transport was necessary.
After Egypt obtained independence from the United Kingdom, the new High Dam is was constructed. It took ten years for it to be built and was completed in 1970. The Old Dam now provides control of tail water for the High Dam. It also supports two hydroelectric power plants, the Aswan I and II. From its 187 meters, the Cairo Tower offers the most amazing panoramic views of the Egyptian capital. It is advised to go up to the tower’s circular observation deck in the late morning or late afternoon for the clearest views of the city. You’ll also find a restaurant at the top of the tower. Occasionally, the restaurant revolves around the tower’s main axis.
The tower was designed by the Egyptian architect, Naoum Chebib. Its completion took 5 years, from 1956 to 1961. The largest state-of-the-art Business & Convention Centre on the Red Sea Riviera is located in Marsa Alam, hosted by the luxurious resort of Port Ghalib. The facility offers a total meeting space of 1950 sq. m. designed to host all scales of corporate, political and private events and meetings. It is the perfect venue for hosting large scale corporate conventions of up to 2000 participants, and smaller informal meetings. The center also houses a VIP lounge, a dignitary salon, and a fully equipped business center.
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As you approach the resort town of Sahl Hasheesh, you’ll be greeted by a magnificent colossal “Pharaonic Gate” reminiscent of the rich ancient history of the region. The gate is an approximate reproduction of the entrance to the temple of Karnak in Luxor. It is preceded by a pathway bordered on both sides by majestic Ancient Egyptian-like statues depicting soldiers of the Pharaohs, standing grandly to welcome the guests entering the resort. It might remind you of the avenue of the sphinxes, a 2 km long alley connecting the temples of Luxor and Karnak, bordered by sphinxes from both of its sides.