16 Times Good News Emerged Out of Egypt in 2016
2016 wasn't all bad news, and although many think it was the worst year, we compiled enough evidence to prove that there was plenty of good news from Egypt in 2016.
Many are calling 2016 the worse, but the truth is there's plenty of good news that emerged out of Egypt, but sadly it seems completely overshadowed by the bad news that dominated the news and, subsequently, our timelines. In an effort to break the cycle of negativity, we decided to compile 16 times good news emerged from Egypt in 2016.
After it was announced that Egypt had handed over these two islands to Saudi Arabia, Egyptians decided to protest the decision. Not many expected the deal to be blocked, but coming as a shock to the nation was the administrative court's decision not only to reject the deal, but also the government appeal of the ruling. The saga continues to unfold as this week, parliament voted against the court's decision.
International Flights Resume to Sharm El SheikhAfter the Russian plane crash in 2015, almost all flights to the popular tourist resort were cancelled, decimating Egypt's tourism sector. Thankfully, in 2016, the flights started resuming from various countries, including Belgium, Germany and Italy. However, still holding out is the UK, while Russia has announced that flights should resume at the beginning of 2017.
Although Egypt only returned with 3 bronze medals, it managed to qualify the largest delegation of athletes in the country's history. Competing over the summer was 120 Egyptian athletes, an accomplishment in its own right. Adding the icing to the already sweet Rio cake, was the fact that Egypt's Paralympic heroes managed to capture 11 medals.
Deserts are often so dry and barren that little to nothing can grow in them. Well, for a few years now, a team of scientists have been making the impossible possible by not just growing a few flowers in the sandy grounds of the Egyptian desert but more than 20 mini-forest plantations.
Aly Ghazal Becomes 1st Egyptian Footballer To Captain A European ClubEgyptian footballers continue their invasion of European football leagues, with Aly Ghazal making history as the first Egyptian footballer to captain a European team. Joining the Nacional da Madeira footballing club in 2013, coach Manuel Machado decided to hand the Egyptian footballer the captain armband in hopes of leading the Portuguese club to the top of the league.
Egyptians Dominate Over 50% of the World's Top 10 Squash RankingsHow dominant are Egyptians at squash? Well for the first time in PSA’s World Squash Ranking history, seven of the top 10 men’s ranks, as well as five of the top 10 women’s ranks, are incredibly occupied by Egyptian superstars. Joining Mohamed El Shorbagy in the top 10 are fellow Egyptians Omar Mosaad (3rd), Karim Abdel Gawad (4th), Ali Farag (6th), Marwan El Shorbagy (7th), Ramy Ashour (8th), and Tarek Momen (9th). As for the women, Nour El Sherbini took the number one title, also becoming the youngest ever PSA Women’s World Champion. Looking to overtake her number one ranking are Egyptians Nouran Gohar (4th), Raneem El Welily (5th), Omneya Abdel Kawy (8th), and Nour El Tayeb (10th).
How This 17-Year-Old Egyptian Invented a Product That Could Save Lives Around the WorldThis year, Egypt was introduced to one of its brightest and most brilliant young minds like Deena Mousa. The prodigy invented a mixture of chemical components that can stop severe bleeding faster than the medicines currently used in hospitals.
The First Burn Hospital in the Region to be Opened by Egypt's Ahl Masr FoundationOver an area of 24,000 square metres in New Cairo, the Ahl Masr Foundation burns hospital is set to provide medical services for burn victims, in addition to psychiatric treatment, outreach programs, and social rehabilitation.
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