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  • Abdeen Palace Museums to Open Doors for First #Etmat7af Tour

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    The plight of the tourism industry in Egypt is well-documented, but here’s a quick recap: it’s all a bit of a train wreck. While pseudo-initiatives like  #ThisIsEgypt have split opinion on how effective pretty montages of the country really are, one school of thought continues to make a bit more sense: encouraging local tourism.

    One of the latest ideas to emerge from this line of thinking is set to see the historic Abdeen Palace welcome its very first #Etmat7af tour of its museums, after being closed for what seems like an eternity.

    Taking place on Saturday December 17th, the #Etmat7af (trans: get museum-ed) initiative has teamed up with several of Egypt’s Rotaract Clubs for a special day at what is one of the Cairo’s most historically significant landmarks.

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    Also considered one of the most lavish in the world, the palace, now a museum, houses thousands of ornaments and paintings, as well as some rather fetching  pure gold-decorated clocks. Built by Khedive Ismail between 1863 and 1874, the palace spans over 24 feddans of lands and was designed and decorated by Egyptian, French, Italian and Turkish decorators and architects and boasts almost 500 suites. Fancy.

    Now, as a museum, the lower floors of the palace contain the Silver, Arms, Royal Family and Presidential Gifts museums, as well as the most recently established Historical Documents museum.

    Tickets for the #Etmat7af are just 30LE, with proceeds set to be donated to the less fortunate for blankets for the coming winter.

    For more information, click here.
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    By Kalam El Qahaira

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