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Alexandria, capital of Arab tourism – new stamp from Egypt

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The Egyptian Post has issued a stamp dedicated to Alexandria, chosen this year the capital of Arab tourism.

The city founded by Alexander the Great has been selected as the capital of Arab Tourism for 2010, chosen among 12 Arab cities which applied in the competition. The celebration ceremonial will continue during the period from April 2010 to December 25. Festivals, cultural, artistic, touristic and sports events with different Arab and Foreign embassies will be organized.

The idea of selecting an Arab city as a capital of Arab tourism is due to an initiative proposed by the Arab League to annually select one of Arab city to be the capital of tourism. It aims to encourage the inter-arab tourism highlighting customs and traditions each city is characterized by and accentuating the role that every Arab city undertakes in the Arab tourism industry.

The raison to select Alexandria as a capital of tourism is related to the deep-rooted history of Alexandria considered a city with a rich history of several civilizations. Alexandria is home to Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs Kom Al Shokkafa, the forts of Quayetbey, The Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, The Greco Romanian Museum and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Arab world that includes a lot of unique manuscripts and reference books in all domain and science.

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