H.E. Dr. Khaled El Enany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, H.E. Dr. Rania Al Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, H.E. General Khaled Shoeib, Governor of Matrouh, and a delegation from the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, as well as from the UNFPA office in Egypt inaugurated the restored Shali Fortress in the Siwa Oasis, and toured the restored archaeological site.
The project is implemented under “The Revival of the Shali Fortress in the Siwa Oasis Initiative”, funded by the EU and co-financed, designed, and implemented by Environmental Quality International for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (EQI-SME).
Designed to revive, restore, and conserve Shali’s kershef-built archaeological site and the partially abandoned and degraded settlement surrounding it, the Initiative will also stimulate Siwa’s economy by improving its international standing as a leading eco-tourism destination.
“Siwa is a unique, magical place. It offers its own blend of natural beauty, heritage sites, and culture, which is built and nurtured by the community that has lived here for generations. I am proud to see that the EU is encouraging a sustainable approach to heritage preservation that is not only attracting more tourism, but also benefitting the local community, by offering better opportunities for sustainable economic growth,” said H.E. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the EU to Egypt.