Their other disasters are their portos along the Mediterranean coast which go hand in hand with the rest of the butchery that has been ongoing there for the past decade. Again they have built huge constructions that are completely out of harmony with the nature of the sea and its surrounding landscape. Again, they have created eyesore after eyesore that harm our eyes, the environment and no doubt the Roman archaeological remains in the vicinity.
But they are not stopping there. Today, we learn that 'Amer group' will go ahead with two new projects - Porto Fayoum and Porto Pyramids
Quoted from the article:
Porto Pyramids, with capital worth 5 million Egyptian pounds ($838,900), will develop a 102,000 square-metre project including 240 residential villas near the Pyramids of Giza, the paper said.
The other Egyptian-based firm, called Porto Fayoum, with 10 million pounds of capital, plans to begin a resort on 2.7 million square metres in Fayoum, south of Cairo, by the end of 2011, according to al-Borsa.
Although it is unclear how close Porto Pyramids will actually be to the pyramids of Giza, the fact that they have a view of the pyramids is already too close. At the same time, I am sure many will share my sentiment that any more 'portos', no matter where they are located have no place in Egypt anymore. Building a monstrosity like these 'portos' anywhere near archaeological sites is a catastrophe that has to be stopped.
The same goes for Porto Fayoum where 'Amer Group' is planning to build one of its huge complexes on the northern shores of Lake Qarun, on top of a neolithic site! If this project goes ahead as planned, it will completely destroy the unique environment and landscape of this magnificent place and endanger its wildlife. It will also ruin the remains of Neolithic sites scattered along the shores of the lake and that were inhabited 9000 years ago. Excavations at these sites are still helping scholars piece together what Neolithic life in ancient Egypt was like and no other area in Egypt has as yet offered so much information.
Amer Group HAS to be stopped. Enough with these greedy, selfish businessmen who will stop at nothing to make money. They have no conscience, no regard for the landscape, the environment, nature, and definitely no appreciation of our cultural heritage which they are more than happy to destroy. The group has to be taken to court and tried for its crimes.
And finally, where is Zahi Hawass in all of this? The all so-divine Minister of Antiquities, who "cannot live without antiquities, and antiquities cannot live without him"? Oh sorry, he's busy trying out his new clothing line and seeing if it goes well with his hat. Or maybe he's busy chasing mummies - quite difficult tasks he has at hand. Or making new 'discoveries' or falsifying history or.....the list goes on. Of course our mini-mubarak of antiquities doesn't have time to save archaeological sites from destruction - he only has time to blab about how great he is and how he is gods gift to 'OUR' antiquities (not his) - something he always tends to forget.
These antiquities are MINE you Egyptian bastards!