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Virtual tours bring Egypt's museums, archaeological sites online

Cairo had hoped that 2020 would be a golden year for Egyptian tourism, but the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the industry.

Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had expected 2020 to be a year of success, particularly with the planned opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, a large complex bringing together artifacts representing the country's archaeological heritage. Then the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, keeping the world’s tourists at home.

Following the lead of many Egyptian artists who have turned to the internet to reach their audiences, On April 3, the ministry began to offer virtual tours to Egyptian museums and archaeological sites via its websites and social networking platforms. According to the ministry's statement, the tours are organized in cooperation with its partners from scientific and archaeological institutes.

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