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Monday, 12 September 2022

COP27 + tourism was the running theme on last night’s talk shows

Preparations for November’s COP27 summit got attention across the airwaves last night after Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly paid a two-day visit to Sharm El Sheikh to inspect the venues.

Sharm will soon be COP-ready: Most of the preparations for the summit will be finished by the end of this month, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 4:18). That includes the upgrades to the city’s airport, which will now be able to handle larger passenger volumes, Sharm Governor Khaled Fouda told Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 18:49). Meanwhile, the 18 EV charging stations being installed by our friends at Infinity will be up and running by the end of September, company spokesperson Hesham El Gamal told Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 2:56).

Ticket prices for the Pyramids aren’t getting more expensive — yet: Entry prices for the Giza Pyramids Plateau will remain unchanged until next 1 May, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities Mostafa Waziri told Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 4:39). Ticket prices are currently set at EGP 200 for foreign visitors, and EGP 60 for nationals, with exemptions for some, he said.

On the subject of tourism: Madbouly’s ambitious tourism revenue targets got coverage, with Deputy Tourism Minister Ghada Shalaby phoning in to El Hekaya to discuss the announcement (watch, runtime: 7:53). More on this in this morning’s news well, above.

The National Dialogue remained one of the most talked about topics last night after the board finished appointing rapporteurs to the committees on Saturday. Al Hadath Al Youm (watch, runtime: 7:37), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:18) and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 5:10) all had coverage.

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