25 November 2021
Egypt Post Issues Commemorative Stamps on Opening of Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor

The Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) has issued a set of commemorative postage stamps featuring a QR code to commemorate the opening of the Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor, an event that is drawing the world's attention. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) took this step to cooperate with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in documenting that momentous event.

On this occasion, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat stated that the stamps were issued to document the opening of the historic Avenue of the Sphinxes, one of the world’s greatest monuments. This comes within Egypt Post’s pivotal role in commemorating major national occasions and events, and as part of the concerted efforts to document that remarkable global event.

Talaat highlighted that the opening of the Avenue of the Sphinxes, which connects the Karnak Temple Complex in the north with the Luxor Temple in the south, reflects Egypt's greatness and keenness on preserving its archaeological heritage through restoring the oldest historic avenue. The event also conveys a civilized image of Upper Egypt in a way that fuses authenticity with modernity, especially since the opening coincides with the announcement of the transformation of Luxor into the world’s largest open-air museum.

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany thanked MCIT and ENPO for issuing postage stamps to commemorate that momentous event of great interest at the local and international levels. He said that the event is aimed at promoting Luxor City as an all-encompassing tourist attraction, as part of the efforts made to promote tourism and shed light on Egypt's tourism facilities.

For his part, ENPO Chairman Sherif Farouk stated that the opening of the Avenue of the Sphinxes is a historical event that the whole world has been awaiting to watch the celebrations that the ancient Egyptians used to have over 5,000 years ago in the heart of the Pharaonic Avenue. Such celebrations were held every year in Luxor to crown kings or celebrate major events.

Farouk added that ENPO took the initiative to participate in and document this important event by issuing a set of commemorative postage stamps featuring a QR code, allowing philatelists and fans to obtain information on the stamp and the occasion on which it was issued, through linking the stamp to the Internet. This was done as part of Egypt Post’s comprehensive development plan, which aims to achieve digital transformation in different departments, sectors, and services.

The set consists of three 3x5cm stamps, each for EGP 5. The stamps were created using multicolor offset printing and anti-counterfeiting technology and featuring a QR code.

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