Direct flights resume between Cairo and Moscow

EgyptAir is resuming direct flights between Cairo and Moscow from Sept. 17. (AFP/File)
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Updated 09 September 2020

Direct flights resume between Cairo and Moscow

  • A result certificate must be in Russian or English to allow passengers to board their flight

CAIRO: EgyptAir is resuming direct flights between Cairo and Moscow from Sept. 17 following a halt to services amid the pandemic.

The company will operate the flights three times a week on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

EgyptAir said Moscow-bound travelers should obtain a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result from an approved lab in Egypt, issued no more than 72 hours before the date of arrival.

A result certificate must be in Russian or English to allow passengers to board their flight.

The company will also ask passengers to follow other health measures on arrival as part of coronavirus precautions.

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya said that Russian and foreign airlines could begin regular flights to Egypt, the UAE and the Maldives from Sept. 8.

“According to the Russian government’s decision, specific Russian and foreign airlines can start operating regular flights to and from Cairo at a rate of three flights per week,” it said in a statement.

Ihab Nasr, Egypt’s ambassador to Russia, said that coronavirus cases are declining in Russia.

Nasr added that Egypt is Russia’s second-most frequent destination among the three countries resuming flights.

“The return of flights at this time will be in the interest of our attempts to reinforce and promote new Egyptian tourist destinations,” he said.

For the past two decades, beach travel has been a favorite of Russian tourists.

Nasr said the first trip to Egypt has been fully booked.

He added that signs of a tourism comeback are promising after a decline in Egyptian virus cases.


First government headquarters launched in Egypt’s new administrative capital

Egyptian police guard in front of the new government district in the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt May 2, 2019. (REUTERS)
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First government headquarters launched in Egypt’s new administrative capital

  • The establishments occupy 250,000 square meters of that area, with a total building area of ​​2 million square meters and a construction rate of 20 percent

CAIRO: Egypt has launched its first ministerial headquarters in the New Administrative Capital project, in preparation for the transfer of the most prominent government headquarters in Cairo to the new location in the coming months.

During Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s visit to the administrative capital, he inspected the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance, which has been furnished and equipped as a model for the rest of the ministries.

According to a statement from the Egyptian Cabinet, officials confirmed that the implementation rate of the government district had reached 87 percent and that the structure and internal buildings were fully complete. So far 234 floors, roofs and basements and 2,086 service rooms have been delivered.

The prime minister listened to an explanation from Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces officials about the executive position of the government district in the New Administrative Capital, which is located on an area of ​​1.5 million square meters.

The establishments occupy 250,000 square meters of that area, with a total building area of ​​2 million square meters and a construction rate of 20 percent. The rest of the space consists of gardens and roads.

The project includes 10 ministerial complexes with a total of 34 ministries, in addition to the Cabinet Presidency building, the Parliament building and the main axis in the middle of the ministerial buildings.

The prime minister witnessed the casting of the walls of the “L 45” floor of the Iconic Tower, the highest tower in Africa, and one of the distinctive icons of the New Capital project, which rises to about 385 meters. So far it sits at a height of 220 meters, which exceeds the height of the Cairo Tower, according to the Middle East News Agency.

Madbouly explained that the central business district will become a distinctive landmark in the new capital. He instructed the Chinese company implementing the project to complete all external construction work on the towers in late October 2021.

He revealed that the government is working to implement a new city near the New Administrative Capital in the coming period. Madbouly said that the decision on the construction of the new city will be issued soon, noting that work has started in the city as commissioned by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

“The New Administrative Capital is a model for nearly 20 new cities, whose construction is being carried out at the same level, which aims to absorb the increase in population and increase the globalized area in Egypt, preceded by proper planning,” he said.