Khaled el-Enany (M), Hawass (L) and Ambassador of Poland to Egypt (R) - photo via Egypt's Min. of Tourism & Antiquities
In a ceremony held at the garden of the Polish Embassy in Cairo, the Polish government awarded Khaled el-Enany, Egypt's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, and Zahi Hawass, the renowned Egyptologist, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
During the ceremony, the Polish ambassador said that Enany and Hawass were awarded the Order of Merit for their efforts and achievements in the field of archeology and their outstanding contributions to the cooperation between Poland and Egypt in the field of archeology and tourism.
The ambassador stressed on the depth of relations between the two countries.
In his speech, Enany expressed his happiness for being awarded the Order of Merit from Poland.
He added that Poland has always been a partner for the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the fields of archeology and Tourism.
Also, Enany said that Poland was one of the first countries he visited after the resumption of international flights last August, where he had fruitful meetings with Polish authorities and colleagues in the fields of tourism and archeology.
Moreover, Enany said that among the multiple aspects of the fruitful Egyptian-Polish cooperation, it is worth mentioning that in 2017 "I had the honor of attending the opening of the Sanctuary of Amun-Ra in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahari, Luxor after its restoration, as well as the opening of the “Villa of Birds” and the New Visit Pathway in Kom El-Dekka, Alexandria."
He added that Poland is among Egypt’s top 10 ranking source markets, where Egypt received over 400,000 Polish tourists in 2019.
Furthermore, Enany added that after international flights were resumed after the halt period caused by COVID-19, Poland placed Egypt in the green travel zone and flights resumed to Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Allam in August.
Enany concluded his speech by thanking the government and people of Poland.
In his speech, Hawass referred to the ongoing cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of archaeology and the training of archaeologists.