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Ancient civilisation replicated
By a staff reporter January 21, 2013
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DUBAI: The Egyptian Pavilion at Global Village was officially opened on Friday, under the auspices of Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, the Egyptian Minister of Monuments, in the presence of Tamir Mansour, the Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE, a large number of VIPs and other invitees.

The reception was held as men dressed in the pharaoh’s costumes stood in a row to welcome guests to the pavilion.

After the tour, the guests headed to World Culture Stage to attend the concert of the popular Egyptian singer Hakim in celebration of the opening. Crowds gathered to cheer and enjoy Hakim’s hit songs from his old and new albums.

“We encourage tourism between the two countries and hope for a better tourism season in Egypt this year. We are pleased to attend the official opening of the Egyptian Pavilion at Global Village as it represents an expressive model of the Egyptian civilisation, which goes back to thousands of years,” said Dr Ibrahim, the Egyptian minister.

“No doubt, the pavilion will prompt visitors to come for tourism and visit all the historic places. Foremost, Global Village resembles a unique concept of bringing the whole world under one roof, whereby people can visit pavilions to know about a country’s civilisation before visiting that country,” he added. 

From outside, the pavilion is a replica of a temple with the pharaoh’s drawings and hieroglyphics. Inside the pavilion, the scene changes to old town Cairo of Tahrir Square and Khan Al Khalili.

Benchmarking the pavilion are the Museum of the Pharaohs, children’s puppet stage and the Pharaoh’s photo studio.

The museum was designed like the ancient Philae temple and contains 52 replicas of artefacts brought from the last exhibition that was held in Germany.

Additionally, replicas of two mummies, Tout Engh Amon, Nefertiti and Ramses the second are all showcased in the museum.  

More than 100 exhibitors are showcasing handcrafts, carved copper, antiquities, cotton clothes and Egyptian traditional dresses (Jalabiyia) and national costumes.

A bazaar of home furniture with Egyptian-Ottoman designs and chandeliers are also on display.

On the sides of the pavilion are restaurants serving Egyptian traditional food, from Koshary, Mishilatit, to special grills in addition to serving sugarcane juice.

The puppet show is on almost every evening, in addition to the folk dance of Tanoura presented on the pavilion stage.

More than 5,000 years of history are reflected in Egypt’s pavilion, shedding light on how the social and cultural diversity has evolved over the years.

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