Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news en Risk of rain, flooding from Wednesday: meteorologists <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Ahmed abdel Aal, head of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA), said unsettled weather is expected in Egypt, starting on Wednesday, with rain in most areas, including Cairo.<br /><br />The rain could be heavy and accompanied by thunder on Thursday and Friday in the Red Sea mountains, Sinai and Upper Egypt, resulting in flooding.<br /><br />The EMA urged governors to take precautions to prevent and control flooding, preparing the appropriate responses to minimize the impact on citizens.<br /><br />In a statement on Tuesday, Abdel Aal said temperatures will be normal from Wednesday to Saturday, but there will be fog in the mornings.<br /><br />The predicted temperature ranges for the coming few days are as follows:<br /><br />North Sinai: 25-27 degrees centigrade;<br />Cairo and Lower Egypt: 27-28 degrees;<br />North of Upper Egypt: 28-29 degrees;<br />South of Upper Egypt: 30-33 degrees;<br />South Sinai: 30-31 degrees.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:24:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473776 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/10/484151/190289_0.jpg Security approves attendance of 75,000 fans at Egypt-Ghana football match <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Alexandria Security Department has approved the attendance of 75,000 fans at the football match between Egypt and Ghana in November, in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers.</p><p>The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has received security approval for the match, which will take place on November 13 at the Borg al-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.</p><p>The sports minister has notified the EFA of the approval and tickets will be available from November 1, according to Nile News television channel.</p><p>The Fifa World Cup draw placed Egypt in Group E in the race to Russia 2018, along with Ghana, Congo and Uganda.</p><p>Egypt has won seven AFCON titles, including three in a row starting in 2006. However, their last appearance at the World Cup was back in 1990, when many of the current Pharaohs&rsquo; players were not even born.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:47:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473767 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/27/94/egypts_national_football_team_training.jpg Sisi meets US trade delegation, highlights quality Egyptian exports <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on Monday with a US business delegation on a visit to Cairo, seeking to assert the positive nature of US-Egypt trade relations and boost bilateral trade.<br /><br />Sisi told the delegation, headed by the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State David Thorne, that Egyptian food and agricultural exports meet the standards set by US authorities, and that US exports are very popular in the US market.<br /><br />His comments followed US media reports in recent months relating to allegations of poor quality Egyptian fruit on sale in the United States, as well as claims from Russia that Egyptian fruit exports did not always meet its hygiene standards.</p><p>In his presentation to the delegation, the Egyptian president likewise praised the US companies operating in Egypt, saying they enjoy a good reputation. He said that Egypt was looking for further US investment, as well as to increase bilateral trade, which would benefit both nations.</p><p>The delegation represents 50 major US companies in various fields, and they gathered in the presence of Egypt&#39;s ministers of foreign affairs, telecommunications, petroleum, trade, finance and investment, in addition to the US Ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft.</p><p>The president reviewed the various national projects currently underway, with prominence given to the Suez Canal development project. He also highlighted the current economic reforms aimed at reducing government expenditure and raising taxes, all of which are aimed at improving the Egyptian economy while attracting more foreign investment.</p><p>The preliminary agreement reached with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) regarding a proposed US$12 billion loan over a three-year period was also highlighted during the president&#39;s speech.</p><p>Sisi also stressed the need to boost communication with investors in order to resolve any issues they face in making investments or doing business in Egypt. He said meetings with US business representatives in the US last month were helpful in identifying areas of future cooperation.</p><p>Stategic ties between Egypt and the US are of the utmost importance, said the president, if the nations are to face up to the current array of issues in the international arena.<br /><br /><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:31:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2473765 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/09/21/505446/520816_0.jpg Egypt seeks new markets, boosts security as tourism drops <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egypt hopes to encourage tourists from new markets like China, Japan and Ukraine, a year after Russia and Britain suspended flights to the land of the Pyramids, the country&#39;s tourism minister said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s tourism industry, a crucial source of hard currency, has struggled to rebound since a mass uprising in 2011. Conditions worsened after the suspected bombing of a Russian plane carrying 224 people from a Red Sea resort in October 2015.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The attack prompted Russia to halt all flights to Egypt and Britain to suspend flights to Sharm al-Sheikh, a resort on the Red Sea. The impact was clear. Egypt&#39;s tourism receipts halved in the 2015-16 fiscal year to $3.77 billion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since then, Egypt has made significant efforts to improve airport security and persuade the world it is safe, said Yehia Rashed, the country&#39;s tourism minister. It is also looking to attract tourists from countries that until now have not provided many visitors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We are trying to build up on some of the market sources that have potential ... The German market, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese ... ,&quot; Rashed said at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit. &quot;We have to go around and tell people, come and see Egypt with your own eyes ... we have a lot to offer.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rashed faces an uphill battle. An EgyptAir plane crashed en route from Paris to Cairo in May, killing 66 people. The cause remains unknown. In March, an EgyptAir plane was hijacked by a man wearing a fake suicide belt. No one was hurt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In addition, Egyptian warplanes fired on a group of picnicking tourists last year, thinking they were militants. Eight Mexicans and four Egyptians were killed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ban on flights by Britain and Russia to Sharm al-Sheikh has delayed recovery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We respect every country&#39;s decision,&quot; Rashed said. &quot;They have to be comfortable in coming, and we will work on sending the message that Egypt is safe.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Security at the airport has been stepped up very professionally, and there are new equipments everywhere.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rashed declined to give projections on the number of tourists expected to arrive next year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Terrorism is hitting tourism hard everywhere in the world, not just Egypt,&quot; he said. &quot;We shouldn&#39;t be scared. We should... show them we have courage and confidence to move around.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:05:00 +0000 Reuters 2473760 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/09/94/a_once_busy_popular_tourists_promenade_in_sharm_el-sheikh_is_seen_largely_vacant_as_the_resort_city__complains_of_visitorss_scarcity_since_the_fatal_crash_of_a_russian_plane_in_2015.jpg