“Not to correct the day with the efforts of the luminaries,” said the poet. Where, if not in Egypt, these lines involuntarily come to mind. In the past few weeks, social media has been full of pictures in which foreigners hand in hand with the residents of the resort region on the Red Sea convinced everyone and everything: «everything is calm in Hurghada and El Gouna.» This is not the first attempt to convince everyone around that «our happiness is constant: chew coconuts, eat bananas.» The main thing is that tourists return to the Red Sea. Alas, since Egypt got involved in civil confrontation and was even forced to impose a curfew, hopes for a revival of the tourism industry are melting like March snow. Who would the Europeans rather believe: their governments, which strongly recommend refraining from travel to this Arab country and backing it up with eloquent media reports, or these pictures? The answer suggests itself. And here’s the result: Egyptian tourism is at zero.
If everything is quiet in Hurghada, it is because there is no tourist smell here. And this is in the midst of the season, when the city was literally choked with foreign guests. September has always been good for everyone to come to this region: the scorching heat has already passed, the harsh winds are not playing yet, and only a light breeze comes from the sea. And it has not yet cooled down, and this is the best time for divers.
And yet there were enthusiasts in Egypt who decided to fix the matter and try to return tourists to the country. One of them, Karim Elmotayam, the lead singer of the Scream Band and also an avid Harley fan, decided to hold a motorcycle rally along the coast of the Red Sea. The race starts on September 8th. It was organized by Human Eye TV. Its owner, Mirko Ybka, addressed the audience with an appeal «to prepare thoroughly and join him and his associates in the first motorcycle parade on the Red Sea.» “Let’s support Hurghada, let the whole world make sure that nothing threatens people on our streets,” reads a statement that Rybka posted on his Facebook page.
“We want to hold a campaign to support tourism. Let the good news begin to come from Egypt, ”Rybka explained. The main focus is on convincing the world community of the safety of the Red Sea tourism destination. On a motorcycle, scooter or four-wheeled «wreck» — it doesn’t matter, you are welcome. The requirements (also reported on Facebook) are as follows. Two flags must be installed on the vehicle: Egyptian (you can also have your own national one) and a flag with your company logo.
The event is absolutely free. “We have no taxes, no duties, no other fees. There are no sponsors either. The only thing that is required is free time and will, ”says Rybka. During the rally, its participants will drive a considerable territory. The meeting is scheduled for 14-00 in the New Marina Boulevard area (Hurghada), from where the path lies along the city streets towards Sal Hasheesh. Having reached this destination, the riders will move along the seaside promenade. Then everyone will return to El Gouna (north), and from there to New Marina. The event will take half a day.
In New Marina, bikers will be able to listen to a concert sponsored by the event organizers. “It will be attended by five performers representing different directions: pop, reggae, etc. Their performance will last 3-4 hours, ”Rybka says. Akhmed Salam (Modern Music), the Russian duet «Cherries» (pop), Hisham Hamad (South American music), Mansour (rock), the group «Karim Scream» (reggae, African and South American directions) agreed to take part in the concert. The concert will start at 18-00.
Rybka expects to see at least forty bikers among the participants. However, this is just the beginning. “Given the powerful promotion of the event, there should be much more bikers,” he said, drawing attention to the positive response from those to whom he made his appeal.
Be that as it may, but they will not regret: they will be able to revel in full. It couldn’t be otherwise in the Red Sea.
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