Thursday, 21 October 2010

Egypt's plans for Luxor: Vegas on the Nile?

In an effort to preserve the riches — and beef up the number of tourists they attract — local authorities have been pressing an ambitious project to reinvent and revive Luxor; rehabilitating tombs, and expanding the city's tourist infrastructure at a dizzying pace to the tune of hundreds of millions of US dollars. However, all this construction may be at the expense of the current generation of Egyptians living in Luxor. On the project's agenda is the creation of protective "buffer zones" between local communities and the ancient relics. That is, as some critics suggest, keeping the natives away from the treasures.
Read more: Time

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