Egypt tells Elon Musk: no, the pyramids were not built by aliens

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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is known for his provocative online demeanour. (File/Reuters)
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Experts say proof that the pyramids were constructed by humans can be found in the tombs within the structures. (File/AFP)
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Updated 02 August 2020

Egypt tells Elon Musk: no, the pyramids were not built by aliens

  • Builders’ tombs are proof they were constructed by ancient Egyptians, experts say.

LONDON: Egypt has invited billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk to visit its pyramids after he took to Twitter to claim they were built by aliens.

The Tesla and SpaceX boss shared the oft-repeated conspiracy theory on Friday, saying “Aliens built the pyramids obv.”

 

The tweet has since received more than 85,000 retweets and half a million likes.

In response, Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation, Rania al-Mashat, tweeted her admiration for Musk and his work at SpaceX, and extended an invitation for him to visit the pyramids to see them for himself.

She suggested he research how they were built and visit the tombs of the builders.

“Mr. Musk, we are waiting for you,” she added — followed by a rocket emoji.

 

Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass also responded in a short Arabic video, posted on social media, and said Mr Musk's argument was a “complete hallucination.”

“I found the tombs of the pyramids builders, which tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and were not slaves,” he said.

There are more than 100 surviving pyramids but the most famous is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt — standing at more than 137m.

Most of them were built as final resting places for ancient Egyptian royalty.

Musk is known for his provocative and often erratic tweeting, which has landed him in hot water a number of times, particularly for tweets that discuss his car company Tesla’s stock prices.


Free tickets for life for baby born on board Cairo-London EgyptAir flight

Updated 18 September 2020

Free tickets for life for baby born on board Cairo-London EgyptAir flight

  • The Egyptian national carrier witnessed the brith of a baby girl on one of its flights

CAIRO: EgyptAir said it will gift free tickets for life to a newborn child who was born on board a flight from Cairo to London Heathrow. 

The Egyptian national carrier witnessed the brith of a baby girl on one of its flights between Egypt and the UK this week. 

The child's mother, Hayam Nasr Najy, who is from Yemen, went into labor prematurely on Wednesday, The plane diverted to make an emergency landing in Munich, Germany.

 A statement by the airliner thanked members of the flight crew and passengers for “their professional handling of this exceptional circumstance.”