It’s no secret that tourism in Egypt is down in the dumps; after all, we’ve had two revolutions (or one revolution and a military coup, if you like) in the last two-and-a-half years and have woken up to carnage most Fridays.
From the outside looking in, it doesn’t exactly paint a welcoming picture.
With that in mind, homegrown project, asknative, may be providing an alternative way for Egyptians to represent Egypt themselves. The iPhone app, which launched at the end of 2012, has been designed as a platform for travellers and natives from across the globe to share their experiences and knowledge, allowing the former to ask about everything from mobile phone network recommendations to restaurants. Just one search of ‘Egypt’ brings up a whole host of conversation threads, and you can even follow other users.
But asknative’s passionate team of developers and travel enthusiasts aren’t resting on their laurels, and are about to launch a web version.
We think it is a perfect way for Egyptians to let foreigners and travellers know that our Egypt is still awesome. Download it or throw your name into that hat for an invitation to asknative’s new web version here. Do your patriotic duty. Lie if you must.
Disclaimer: Don’t lie – you’ll go to hell.