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Taxing use of Egypt's beaches stirs wave of controversy

Egypt announced a plan to impose a tax fee on resorts and tourist facilities on public beaches, stirring controversy.
People enjoy on a beach at the Red Sea resort of El Ain El Sokhna in Suez, east of Cairo, Egypt May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RC111D7D6110

The Egyptian government is mulling over imposing new taxes for the use of beaches on the grounds that they are considered public property and not owned by tourist villages, a matter that has sparked a public row over the legality of such decision, as well as the mechanisms of its implementation.

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly decided Sept. 4 to form a legal committee to review the possibility and legality of collecting taxes in return for using beaches. The committee is to include Cabinet advisers along with representatives of the Ministry of Local Development, concerned governorates and the Egyptian Tourism Authority

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