Egypt’s gov to start demolishing vacated ‘Maspero Triangle’ homes next week

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The Egyptian government will start next week demolishing vacated homes in the low-income area of the ‘Maspero Triangle,’ central Cairo.

According to a statement released by the Housing Ministry on Tuesday, the government is planning to demolish the homes to pave way for the area to be turned into an investment and residential hub.

Recently, the government started to compensate over 900 out of the 4,500 families who are residents in the area after they were evicted from their homes. Compensation for the families is being provided by the Housing Ministry in cooperation with Cairo governorate.

The ‘Maspero Triangle’ has been the target of a governmental development plan for years, though many obstacles, including the eviction of residents in the area, has long stood in the way. Residents and workers, who have lived in the area for decades, have repeatedly met the government plans with defiance.

The government has compensated 936 families from the area financially or by providing them alternative apartments located in the newly established residential area Al-Asmart.

State-run newspaper Akhabr Al Youm reported that Housing Ministry Mostafa Modbli said that the demolition of the homes will start next week.

He also said that all residents who aim to stay in the ‘Maspero Triangle’ after the development has begun will be compensated with one-years worth of rent until it is complete.

The Maspero Triangle was given its name because of its triangle shape on the map. The area covers 74 feddans (77 acres) and is home to at least 18,000 residents, according to 2014 estimates by Madd platform, an independent urban development institution.

The dispute over the area dates back some three decades, when development projects began to be proposed and Gulf Arab investors who started to acquire buildings and blocks of land in the area.


Source  :  Egypt Independent

Egypt Air offers discounted prices by up to 40%

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Egypt Air announced a 40 percent discount on its flights to John Kennedy Airport in New York every Monday and Wednesday and to more than 42 other destinations in the United States in cooperation with JetBlue Airways.

Customers can take advantage of this offer by purchasing their tickets before or on October 15 if their trip is no later than December 17.

Egypt Air has also offered reduced prices on its flights to several European and Maghreb destinations (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria).

Customers can enjoy a unique travel experience on the company’s latest Boeing and Airbus aircrafts to 15 cities in Europe at prices ranging from LE4,241 for the economy class and LE8,461 for the business class including taxes, Egypt Air announced.

The airline has offered excellent prices on its flights from Cairo to Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco at prices starting from LE4,160 for economy class and LE8,183 for business class including taxes.

Travelers can take advantage of these prices by buying tickets until October 15 if their trip is no later than December 10.

Discounted offers are not limited just to European and North African cities, but also on flights to the Lebanese capital Beirut at prices ranging from LE 3,627 for the economy class and LE 7,948 for the business class including taxes.

Customers can enjoy the offer on their tickets until October 21 if their flight is until December 15, between January 15 to March 24, 2018, or from April 25 to June 1, 2018.

The company also offered 25 percent discount on its flights from Cairo and Alexandria to Dammam and 20 percent discount on flights from Cairo and Alexandria to Riyadh on both tourist and business classes. Customers can take advantage of these offers by purchasing their tickets until October 5 if their flight is no later than December 10.

Egypt Air has made other offers at its foreign offices for travelers heading to Egypt and many of the company’s destinations around the world.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm