Minister discusses filming in Egypt with Hollywood filmmakers

A view shows the “iconic “Hollywood” sign overlooking Southern California’s film-and-television hub in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. (Reuters)
Updated 27 March 2018

Minister discusses filming in Egypt with Hollywood filmmakers

CAIRO: Filmmakers from Hollywood have expressed their willingness to shoot films at tourist attractions in Egypt, a report by Al-Masry El-Youm has said.
Egyptian Tourism Minister Rania Al-Mashat highlighted the importance of film production opportunities in Egypt as a means to promote tourism at a meeting with US filmmakers and representatives from the New York-based History Channel.
Mashat noted how cinema plays an integral role in providing a platform for people around the world and discussed ways of how this can contribute to encouraging Egypt’s ailing tourism sector.
The minister also pointed that Egypt is rich with places that can provide multiple settings for filming, given that the country is home to significant archaeological sites as well as beautiful beaches.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the opening of the King Tut exhibition in Los Angeles.


Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

Updated 04 July 2020

Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

  • The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make

PUNE: An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewelry weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade — whose company makes industrial sheds — said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver.
“People are asking me for selfies,” he said.
“They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.”
India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities.