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The historical expedition of Prince Kamal El Din Hussein

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The expedition will retrace the footsteps of Prince Kamal El Din Hussein who first discovered the Gilf Kebir Plateau

A 13-day expedition will follow in the footsteps of the famous explorer (Photo from Kamal Expedition Facebook page)

A 13-day expedition will follow in the footsteps of the famous explorer
(Photo from Kamal Expedition Facebook page)

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the retracing of the expedition of Prince Kamal El Din Hussein will take place from the 14-26 March 2014.

The expedition’s aim is to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the transportation of Prince Kamal El Din Hussein’s memorial plaque to the Gilf Kebir Plateau. Prince Kamal El Din was the one who first discovered the Gilf Kebir Plateau in the Western Desert of Egypt in 1925. The prince was also the first to introduce the automobile to deep desert explorations, in Egypt and the Middle East.

Well-known national and international scientists will take part in this expedition and will share intriguing lectures on relevant topics. In addition, a never seen before original film material will be shown concerning the expedition. The expedition will be organized by Dabuka new horizons and Darb 1718.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Egyptian Automobile and Touring Club in Cairo.  Guests will then fly by charter flight to the New Valley Oasis where the real expedition starts. The tour encompasses 13 days of travel across the vast Western Desert, visiting the Gilf Kebir Plateau and Gebel Uweinat “In the footsteps of the Prince”.  On the last day, the closing ceremony will take place at the Mena House Hotel at the foot of the Pyramids and the adventure will come to a close.

The transportation of Prince Kamal El Din’s memorial plaque to the Gilf Kebir Plateau in 1933 was featured in the film “The English Patient”, which won nine Oscars in 1996.

Since this release of the film, this remote part of the Egyptian desert has seen an increased number of tourists, scientists, historians as well as simple desert enthusiasts.

For more details you can visit : http://www.kamalexpedition.com

Originally published on the Egyptian Tourism Authority website.


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