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Unique hotel in historic downtown Cairo

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The Amun Ra Hotel will be located on the top 2 floors of a beautiful c1910 Italianate building. It will have 39 rooms and stunning views across Cairo from the vast roof terrace.

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Cairo Governorate, Egypt

It takes someone with vision to look at two floors and a rubbish strewn roof, in the heart of Cairo’s historic Downtown district, to see the 39 room hotel and roof terrace (with stunning views across the ancient city of Cairo) that lay beneath.

This person is my husband, Atef El Hawary. With 28 years in the tourist industry in Egypt, Atef knew how important it was for central Cairo to have a reasonably priced hotel that truly reflects the culture and history of this amazing city. From his industry contacts, Atef was told that there was an opportunity to acquire the 6th and 7th floors of a beautiful, perfectly situated turn-of-the-century Italianate building; and so the Amun Ra Hotel was born.

That's when the real work began.

The two floors are in the process of being converted into a 39-room hotel; a mixture of single, twin, double and triple rooms, all of which will be en-suite. The hotel will be priced in the middle of the market. Cairo has plenty of expensive chain hotels, and numerous budget-priced hostels and cheap hotels. But there is a need for a reasonably priced, clean, family run, friendly hotel, with outstanding levels of service. In fact, Colliers International, the global network of specialist consultants in the hotel sector, has stated in their latest Egypt quarterly review that this is a gap in the Cairo hotel investment market, particularly in the lucrative Downtown area of Cairo.

The Amun Ra Hotel is named after the ancient Egyptian sun god, appropriate for one of the sunniest countries in the world. The hotel’s crowning glory — and reason for the name— is its incredible roof terrace. Running around three sides of the hotel, the terrace will be a fabulous place for residents and non-residents to gather with friends or business associates, and relax over food and a coffee, while experiencing breathtaking views of Cairo and its surrounds. This is unique. We will even offer a sunbathing terrace for sun worshippers.

The hotel will also have its own booking desk, staffed by experts in tourism and local culture and history. It will allow guests to book their entire holiday, including flights, and trips outside of Cairo. We will be offering so many options that it is impossible to describe them all here; but by way of a taster: there will be trips to the Red Sea for a beach holiday that includes diving or snorkeling in its clean, warm waters and world famous coral reefs; cruises on the River Nile with stops at a plethora of ancient temples and sites; trips to famous religious sites such as St Catherine's Monastery; or beautiful green oases. We will even have literary options - following in the footsteps of Agatha Christie when she wrote Death on the Nile, or exploring the Cairo of the Nobel Prize winning Egyptian author, Naguib Mafouz.

Egypt was the world’s original tourist destination (the ancient Greeks came to Egypt on holiday!), and is still the most fascinating country in the world to visit. Cairo itself is so much more than the Pyramids. It is layered in history and culture. Atef's years of experience in the industry, and his extensive network of experienced guides and drivers, will be able to show our guests not just amazing sites, but also parts of Cairo that tourists don't normally see. It's a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.

How can you be part of this unique hotel?

The work to convert the two floors into a hotel is underway, and most of the construction work has been completed. All the rooms have been built, one floor has been plumbed, and 75% of the electrical work has been completed. We are now looking for investors to complete the project to the high standards required to make this hotel truly unique in Cairo. The money will be used to decorate all the rooms and the roof terrace; purchase furniture and equipment for the rooms, kitchen, terrace and other public areas; purchase the air conditioning units for all rooms (a necessity in Cairo!); and complete the plumbing.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism is investing a lot in attracting tourists to Egypt, and this is starting to bear fruit. The number of tourists coming to Egypt is increasing month on month. In addition, Egypt has been named in Bloomberg's top 20 "Where to Go in 2017" list.

Cairo hotel occupancy for January 2017 was around 69%, which is on a par with London. It has been showing an increase month on month, and occupancy rates are considerably higher than the Africa average of 51%. All available sources for marketing the hotel will be utilised; our business and marketing plans are available to view.

With Atef's vision and experience, my background in finance, risk and HR as well as my understanding of the tourist market in Western Europe, we believe we have a unique opportunity to create something that will offer visitors to Egypt a magical experience that they will never forget.

Please take a moment to look at our photos and see the ongoing transformation from two ancient floors and a rubbish filled terrace, to a beautiful 39 room hotel. We just need you help to add that element of glory.

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A note on rewards:

All rewards are flexible. All include 7 nights staying at the Amun Ra, but all other options can be tailored to suit you. They can also be transferred to anyone else. Also, we can book all travel, including flights to Egypt and all travel, tours, accommodation outside Cairo etc within Egypt.

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The beautiful Italianate building, home of the Amun Ra Hotel on the 6th and 7th floors.

The beautiful Italianate building, home of the Amun Ra Hotel on the 6th and 7th floors.

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Carol El Hawary
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I am a British woman married to an Egyptian man. After many years in the banking sector in the UK, I moved to Egypt to be with my husband. We live in Cairo, Egypt, and are building a unique hotel in historic Downtown Cairo. I want to share my love of this beautiful country and its incredible history and culture with as many people as possible.

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I am a British woman married to an Egyptian man. After many years in the banking sector in the UK, I moved to Egypt to be with my husband. We live in Cairo, Egypt, and are building a unique hotel in historic Downtown Cairo. I want to share my love of this beautiful country and its incredible history and culture with as many people as possible.

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With 28 years experience in the travel industry in Egypt, Atef has a wealth of knowledge about travel in this most fascinating of countries. It has long been a dream to own his own hotel in Cairo.


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7 nights in the Amun Ra Hotel for 2, inc breakfast

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7 nights for two including trip to Pyramids

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7 nights for two, 3 trips, Nile dinner cruise

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11 nights inc. Cairo and Nile cruise for two

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14 nights inc. Cairo, Nile cruise, Red Sea for two

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Full Egypt holiday experience inc. flights for 2

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