Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tourism: Seaside resort planned for Al Alamein

Gulf News reports that Egyptian billionaire Ebrahim Kamel is planning to construct a $500 million seaside resort near the World War II battlefield of Al Alamein.

Kamel said his Kato Group will construct 4,000 hotel rooms, a golf course, mall and entertainment complex in Ghazala Bay on the Mediterranean within five years.

Kato is building the resort in Ghazala to cut travel time for tourists from Europe. Al Alamein is where British forces defeated General Irwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in 1942.

Today, the village located about 66 miles east of Alexandria is mostly a port facility for shipping oil. However, it was once described by Churchill as having the best climate in the world.

Kamel is a member of the country's ruling National Democratic Party, is chairman of Egyptian for Tourism