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Ministry of Tourism celebrates Earth Hour

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The Ministry of Tourism turned lights off at major monuments around the country

The Mohammed Ali mosque at the Salaheddine Citadel before and during Earth Hour in 2010 (Photo / AFP/ Khaled Desouki)

The Mohammed Ali mosque at the Salaheddine Citadel before and during Earth Hour in 2010
(Photo / AFP/ Khaled Desouki)

The Ministry of Tourism said that it had participated in the Earth Hour celebrations as part of its efforts to encourage ecotourism to Egypt. According to the ministry, it celebrated by cutting electricity at the three Giza pyramids as well as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Karnak Temple.

This is part of the ministry’s focus on saving the environment and the steps it is taking to develop ecotourism and sustainable development in Egypt through encouraging hotels to become more eco-friendly and use renewable energy.

Earth Hour is held on 29 March and is celebrated by turning lights off at a number of famous monuments in countries around the world for an hour starting from 8.30pm. It is done to help raise awareness to save the environment as well as guide people to using energy responsibly.

It is the sixth time Earth Hour is celebrated around the world and it is covered by major international media outlets; Egypt’s participation in the event is proof of its dedication to focusing on the environment and the responsible use of energy, the ministry said, adding that being environmentally aware is an important subject in many countries, and it has become one of the factors that influence tourists’ choice of one destination over another.

Translated by AlBorsa newspaper


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