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Sunday, 1 November 2020

El Sisi’s inauguration of national projects in Sinai top story on talk shows

Coverage of the opening of King Salman University and Sharm El Sheikh Museum was the only thing of note in what was a fairly tedious night on the airwaves.

El Sisi inaugurates national projects in Sharm El Sheikh: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal and Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary covered President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Sharm El Sheikh for the opening of King Salman University and Sharm El Sheikh Museum. The museum houses just over 6k antiques displayed both inside and outside the exhibition halls (watch, runtime: 1:42), (watch, runtime: 9:08). Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi mentioned that the cost of all national projects in Sinai during the last six years ranges between EGP 600-700 bn (watch, runtime: 0:45). El Hekaya’s Amr Adib phoned Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El Enany, who said that the Royal Vehicles Museum and Kafr El Sheikh Museum were also inaugurated yesterday (watch, runtime: 3:05).

Sharm’s King Salman University a regional first: Adib phoned Osama Naqli, the Saudi ambassador in Egypt, who said that the newly-inaugurated university is the first institution in the region to offer a program in desert agriculture. He added that it is a growth sector given the vast deserts in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world (watch, runtime: 6:04). Adib phoned Higher Education Minister Khaled Abd El Ghaffar, who said that the university is not for profit, and aims to fight extremist ideologies with scientific teaching. The university cost EGP 14 bn, has a student capacity of 30k, and has two other branches at Al Tur and Ras Sidr (watch, runtime: 5:45). Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa also spoke with Abd El Ghaffar, who said that the university has accepted 1k students for the first term of its first academic year (watch, runtime: 50: 35).

Sinai tourism in covid times: Moussa also spoke with South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda who commented on covid precautions for tourists. Fouda said that they’re checked upon their arrival at the airports, and isolated immediately if they test positive, as with some Ukrainian tourists who were recently returned home to recover (watch, runtime: 27:00).

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