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Egypt has a unique and strategic geographic location between East and West that brings together a great mixture of civilization

Egypt , that spot inhabited by Egyptians since the early beginning of history, lies in the centre of the world. It has been a geographical and cultural crossing-point for ages.

The Heart of the Middle East and North Africa, an integral part of the massive African continent, Egypt enjoys a unique geographical location, a favourable climate, a rich history and an incredible cultural heritage manifested in the Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic monuments.

People have been coming to for many thousands of years, for it is all things to all people. By their very nature, the Egyptian people have always been known for their love, tolerance, cordiality and hospitality and thus has been a natural sanctuary for those who sought refuge from persecution.

Egypt also plays an important role in cultural, intellectual and political fields in the Arab region. It always seeks for stability, peace and development in the Arab world and plays a major role in creating peace and fraternity among people worldwide.

At its heart, where historically Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt meet at the confluence of the River Nile and the Nile delta, is its bustling capital of 17.2 million, Cairo. The largest city in the Arab world, Cairo is a beacon to the region and an important player throughout modern world history.

Egypt is a safe country that will ensure the safest stay for its guests in addition to a friendly and ever-welcoming people. Now it wishes to demonstrate its friendship and striving for universal fraternity by inviting the youth of the world to celebrate the Summer Olympic Games of the Year 2016 in the City of the Ages - Cairo!

Egypt has a great history of participating in international tournament sporting events. Egypt was the first African country to participate in the Olympics in 1912, at the Stockholm Olympics. Egypt has also participated in two FIFA World Cup tournaments in 1934 and 1990.

Greek-Egyptian businessman George Avaraoff was an influential figure in the organisation of some of the earliest modern Olympic Games, and helped spearhead attempts by Alexandria to host the Summer Games of the years 1916 and 1920. Cairo spearheaded Egypts next Summer Games bid, for the games of 2008.

Egypt is experienced in organizing international and regional tournaments and championships, such as the Mediterranean games in 1951 and the African All Games tournament in 1991 and the Pan-Arab Games of 2007. Moreover, Egypt has had the honor of organizing four African Nations Cups in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

From Egypts first participation in 1912 till 2004, Egypt won a total of 21 medals in the Summer Olympics. Of the 21 medals, 7 were gold medals, 6 silver medals and 8 bronze medals. Egypt participated only once in the winter games.

The two leading events for Egypt have been wrestling and weightlifting. In wrestling, the foremost wrestlers have been Ibrahim Moustafa, Ibrahim Orabi, Karam Ibrahim, Abdel Rashid and Ali Hassan. Ibrahim Moustafa won the first gold medal for Egypt in the Greco-Roman Light Heavyweight category in 1928. Karam Ibrahim. won the medal in the Greco-Roman 96kg category in the most recent Olympics held in 2004.

Egypts major share of medals comes in the weightlifting event. The Egyptian weightlifters have won a total of 5 gold medals in the event..

Egypt lies in the dry equatorial region except its northern areas, including Cairo, located within the moderate warm region with a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean region. It is warm and dry in the summer and moderate with limited rainfall increasing at the coast in winter. Cairo 20-16 proposes holding the games from September 30 to October 9, when the heat of summer in Cairo gives way to the cooler climes of Spring/Winter with average day and nighttime temperatures of 25 and 17 respectively.

Egypt has a variety of hotels and restaurants that enable it to host a large number of sports fans and spectators, as it generally receives over 5 million tourists each year.

In September 2007, the Egyptian Tourism Ministry noted that the nation had 183,000 rooms with more than 130,000 rooms under construction. Amr El-Ezabi, head of the Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) said: As many as 665 new hotels are in the pipeline to host 16 million visitors annually by 2014 almost double the 2004 numbers.

Cairo alone in 2001 boasted more than 20 five star hotels, which collectively averaged more than 80% occupancy rates.

By virtue of an advanced communication system, Egypt provides easy nationwide and overseas communications including reliable internet, cell phone and satellite services. A full, High-Definition Ready International Broadcasting Centre will be built for the use of the Host broadcaster Rights Holders next to the main Olympic Park at El Nasr.

It is easy to travel to Egypt due to its highly sophisticated network of international and national airlines. Internally, Egypt enjoys the finest network of domestic airlines, highways and railways. Cairo International Airport is the major civilian airport in Cairo. It is the primary hub for Egypt Air. It is located to the northeast of Cairo, about 15 km from the downtown area and 10km from the central Olympic Precinct. In 2006, the airport served 10,778,097 passengers (+5.5% vs. 2005). It is the second busiest airport in Africa.

In Cairo itself, the Cairo Metro in Egypt is Africa's only full-fledged metro system. The system currently consists of two operational lines, with a third Line currently under construction.

Four more lines are proposed with Line 3 (green) from Imbaba / Mohandessin to Abbasiya, and eventually to Cairo International Airport at Heliopolis. Line 4 ito go from the southwest at Al Ahram to the east at El Nasr; Line 5 is planned as a half-circular line connecting all the other lines, from Nasr City to Port Said Street and Shubra El Kheima; and Line 6 is to be a north-south line from Shubra to Maadi.

Cairos notoriously crowded and chaotic road traffic will be rigorously and mercilessly restricted and regulated during he duration of the games period.

With many of the venues and infrastructures in place already, organisers predict costs of renovations to existing structures and construction of those new venues required will be $US1.5 billion. The Government of Egypt will undertake to underwrite any expenses to be incurred, though will also actively seek private sector partners to aid in up to 65 per cent of fundraising. Revenues from ticketing, sponsorships, rights and merchandising is estimated at $1.6 billion.A series of International Monetary Fund arrangements, coupled with massive external debt relief resulting from Egypt's participation in the Gulf War coalition, helped Egypt improve its macroeconomic performance during the 1990s. Through sound fiscal and monetary policies, the Government of Egypt has tamed inflation, slashed budget deficits, and built up foreign reserves. Organisers believe it is a sound fiscal position to carry out its commitments towards staging the games.

Tickets will be issued to Egyptian and international buyers from mid-2015 via a cascading ballot system. Allocations of cheap ticketing will be set aside for poorer Egyptians.

Within Cairo city itself, organisers plan to hold all events within two main clusters, spanning a straight line from east-to-west. This ``Olympic Path of Re'' will duplicate the daily progress of the Ancient Egyptian Sun God as he rose each morning on the east bank of the Nile, traversed the heavens and descended each evening on the Nile's west bank to continue his journey through the underworld. The bulk of these events, will be held within a single main cluster at El Nasr, which will be designated the chief Olympic Park.

El Nasr Cluster/Olympic Park

With the Cairo International Stadium, which will hold the ceremonies and athletics events, as its centrepiece, the El Nasr cluster will form the focal point of the 2016 Olympic Games. The precinct, located conveniently 10km from Cairo International Airport on the way to the the city centre, has already gained experience in staging large international events including the 1991 All-Africa Games,

the 2007 Pan-Arab Games and the Africa Cup of Nations football tournaments in 1974, 1986 and 2006.

The 74,100 seat multi-purpose Cairo Stadium is known for its tremendous atmosphere and its very large capacity. Until recently the largest stadium in Africa, it was refurbished to 21st century standard for the 2006 African Cup of Nations. For the 2016 Games, it will again get a facelift, raising permanent capacity to 85,000, with an additional 15,000 temporary seats for the games and the erection of covered roofing to protect spectators from the Egyptian sun. A practice and training track already exists next door to the stadium.

Also next door to the stadium is the Cairo Covered Stadium complex, built in 1991 and comprising four covered halls. The largest, at 20,000 seats, is one of the largest covered halls in the world and has hosted such events as the finals of the Handball Youth World Cup in 1993. In 2016 it will hold the Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastic competitions. The adjoining 3000-seat hall will be expanded to 5000 seating and host Rhythmic Gymnastics as well as Badminton and Fencing finals (preliminaries will be held in one of the other

covered halls, expanded from 1000 to 2000 seats), while the final covered all will be expanded from 1000 to 3000 seats for Table Tennis and Taekwando.

The adjacent open air swimming complex, currently comprising an Olympic swimming and diving pool, will be expanded with a warm-up pool, and existing seating

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