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Radio Guest List–Conrad Hotel in Cairo, Egypt–December 8, 2018

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This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts on the banks of the Nile, from the Conrad Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Joining Peter, with an update on all the new archaeological finds in the desert: Dr. Tarek Tawfik, Director of the new Grand Egyptian Museum (opening in 2020), who also gives us the recent and fascinating history of King Tutankhamun’s exhibits, and the artifacts that have never been displayed before. And how its restoration work is 24/7 on both the new discoveries and its original collection. Then Rania Al-Mashat, the first female Minister of Tourism in Egypt, on her challenges (and campaign) to fight what she considers long standing and false perceptions about her country. Sean David Hobbs, Senior Editor at The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, discusses his experience living through the tail-end of the Arab Spring and the changes it brought to Cairo. And Helmy Elsaeed, Guinness World Record Cyclist, on his record-winning experience cycling across Europe and why–and how–he walked all the way from Egypt’s city of Aswan to Cairo. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the Conrad in Cairo.

 

The photo above is at the Anwar Sadat Memorial in Cairo, Egypt. In 1981, I was there when they buried him here. And whenever I return, I stop by to remember…

 

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Dr. Tarek Tawfik, Director of the Grand Egyptian Museum, talks about the museum’s fascinating artifacts that have never been displayed before. Because of the modern technologies, every day there’s a new discovery about the collection. Then, Dr. Tawfik reveals the truth about King Tutankhamun’s exhibits. You would be surprised to find out what article of clothing is in the museum.  Also, can you guess what the museum’s team recently found 60 feet under the city of Luxor?

Helmy Elsaeed, Guinness World Record Cyclist and Endurance Athlete, talks about his record-winning experience cycling across Europe and what it taught him. He also explains why he walked all the way from Egypt’s city of Aswan to Cairo. Can you guess what he was eating during this walk?

Mido Barsoum, Food Blogger and Founder of MidoEats.com, comments on the increase of food blogging in Cairo. The city has become more open to diversity and stronger influences from different cultures. He then talks about unique dishes you can try in Cairo and shares his favorite places to eat.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani, Owner of  Al Sorat Farm, tells the story of coming, staying and thriving in Cairo–a place she recalls thinking was utterly insane and delightful. Despite not being a farmer in Egypt, she started her own farm.

Sean David Hobbs, Senior Editor at The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, discusses his experience living through the tail-end of the Arab Spring and the changes it brought to Cairo. He also talks about tourism in Egypt and the prevailing power of the American dollar.

Gihan Amin, Author of Greater Than a Tourist – Cairo Egypt: 50 Travel Tips From a Local, gives her advice to first-time Egypt visitors. There is a specific place in Cairo, where she says you can find anything.  

Giovanni Bolandrini, Italian Expat and Stylist, tells Peter his story of growing up in southern Italy, living in London and settling down in Cairo. Egypt is still an undiscovered destination, which according to Bolandrini, has all the resources to become extraordinary.  

Omar Samra, Adventurer, Entrepreneur and the first Egyptian to Climb Mount Everest, explains how he went from an investment banker to an adventurer who climbed the highest summit in every continent. Samra also discusses hiking passages in Egypt that have been there since Biblical times. Additionally, he tells Peter some Egyptian jokes about the pyramids.

 

By Alisa Sokolova for PeterGreenberg.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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