by Marwa Yahya CAIRO
Egypt (Xinhua) -- "The
exhibition is incredibly successful with high turnout, and we
study holding it in different museums inside and outside Egypt,"
said Dorwis Hana, head of Center for the Revival of Ancient
In a bid to stimulate the declining
tourism revenue, Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anany
inaugurated on Thursday the first exhibition of replicas of
artifacts at the Egyptian Museum in the Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
"The goal of the exhibition is to create alternative
financial resources to ease the tourism sector’s poor revenue,"
Hana told Xinhua.
Egypt’s tourism industry, a cornerstone of the economy and
critical source of hard currency, has been struggling to rebound
after a political and economic upheaval triggered by the 2011
uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
Egypt netted just 6.1 billion dollars in tourism revenues in
2015, a drastic downturn from 12.5 billion in 2010, according to
the country’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and
The gift shop at the museum selling replicas of original
monuments was reopened after more than four years of closure,
"The exhibition and the gift shop will help raise people’s
awareness about Egyptian archeology and the unique antiquities
displayed in different museums across the country," she added.
"I bought two papyrus pictures and five accessories as
souvenirs for my relatives with only 300 dollars in total," said
Jessica Holand, a British tourist.
CAIRO (Xinhua) --
Egyptian Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed receives an
interview with Xinhua in Cairo. Egypt has seen promising
growth in the number of Chinese tourists this year, yet
the country is exerting more efforts to increase the
number in the near future, Yehia Rashed told Xinhua in
XINHUA PHOTO: ZHAO
It is pretty good to buy high copies with low prices from a
licensed place, she told Xinhua, adding the exhibition protects
the tourists from greedy sellers.
"Now I can choose the pieces I prefer after spending good
times in the museum," added the visitor.
The exhibition includes replicas of artifacts that were
reproduced by the Center for the Revival of Ancient Egyptian Art
affiliated with the Antiquities Ministry as well as
archaeological books printed by the ministry.
From July 14 to 29, the ministry offers a discount of 20
percent on replicas of artifacts, 75 percent on the books
printed before 2011 and 20 percent on books printed after 2011.
In the exhibition, the prices of the high-copy replicas range
from 10 Egyptian pounds (about 1 U.S. dollar) for a geotrupidae
to 180,000 pounds (about 20,000 U.S. dollars) for some status.
"Despite the relatively high prices of the replicas, still
they look almost the same like the original ones," said Mahmoud
Badran, a man in his 50s staring at a small wooden statue of
ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
The people were more crowded near the books with big
"The turnout for the books is highly unexpected," said Sadyah
Abdel Raziq, head of the Commercial Department at the
"Good prices and a variety of old and rare books attract many
people," Abdel Raziq told Xinhua.
The exhibition displays more than 3,000 books in different
fields, and every day the museum has new series of books, she
Books titled "History of Ancient Egypt" and "Egyptian
Civilization" are the best sales in the exhibition, she added.
"I bought 50 well-printed books," said Ahmad Ismael, 42 years
Ismael said the exhibition is a golden opportunity to find
such treasure of old and valuable books on Egypt art pieces with
very low prices. "Many rare books are available and the
exhibition is well organized," he added.
Dina Karim, a female student at the department of history in
Cairo University, echoed Ismael by saying that she found four
very important books on ancient Egyptian queens with only 20
pounds (about two U.S. dollars) for each.
"It is not only about low prices, but the content of the
books is the most attractive factor in this exhibition," she
Karim said she thinks it is a very good project to encourage
people to read their history, and she hopes that the exhibition
will tour other museums in the Egyptian provinces.
She ended up buying 24 books here, most of which were about
Tutankkamun and the secrets of his tomb and were expensive to
buy at bookstores.