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Egyptian resorts still have bikinis and booze, says minister

Egyptian resorts still have bikinis and booze, says minister
7 May 2013

Visitors to Egypt are still free to drink alcohol and don swimwear on the beach, the country's tourism minister has insisted.

Hisham Zaazou, who is trying to bolster Egypt's tourism sector after recent setbacks, spoke out after calls from radical Salafi Muslims to impose bans on both.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Mr Zaazou said: 'Bikinis are welcome in Egypt and booze is still being served. We had talks with these Salafi groups and now they understand the importance of the tourism sector.'

The minister was speaking from the United Arab Emirates, where just last month in Ras Al Khaimah signs were erected at beaches advising visitors not to wear swimsuits.

However, police later insisted that the messages urging people to dress in 'modest clothing' were designed to act as cultural guidelines rather than to catch people out, the National reports.ADNFCR-408-ID-801581864-ADNFCR

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