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Egyptian Strongman provokes lion in attempt to boost Egypt holidays

  • 07-Jul-11 09:41
  • Egypt
  • nine msn

Al Sayed al Essawy recently attracted an audience of journalists, television crews and travellers on Egypt holidays, after he performed a unique daredevil stunt which involved provoking a caged male lion in a wheat field in the Nile River Delta.

Egyptian Strongman provokes lion in attempt to boost Egypt holidays

Egyptian officials have condemned a man who performed a dangerous stunt involving a lion in order to attract foreign travellers to Egypt holidays. Al Sayed al Essawy, an Egyptian strongman, provoked a lion in front of television crews and journalists in efforts to boost tourism to the country following a turbulent first quarter of 2011.

Mr Al Essawy originally planned to stage the fight by the Great Pyramids of Giza but after public criticism and lack of support from the Egyptian government, who said the act was “barbaric”, the stuntman moved the fight to a wheat field in the Nile River Delta.

During the stunt, Mr Al Essawy tried to agitate a caged lion with a spear and a shield made from a satellite dish, and the lion briefly reacted to his efforts.

When the lion sat down, the strongman declared "victory" and left the cage to celebrate with the crowd of onlookers and media.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Al Essawy said that he had never planned to kill the lion but to instead, force it to surrender and show the world that "in Egypt you can see events that you can't see anywhere else".

He added that the stunt was an attempt to entice travellers to take holidays to Egypt once again following the political unrest which included violent riots across the country in February this year.

Since the country’s revolution in February where President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down, the country has struggled to attract tourists to come on Egypt holidays. Tourism employs approximately ten per cent of the country’s population, and the industry has been severely affected by the decline in travellers visiting the nation’s attractions, ancient sites, main cities and Egypt hotels.

The country’s street protests and riots are said to have cost the country’s holiday industry £500 million, and despite other countries lifting their travel advisories, the recovery for Egypt’s tourism sector is slow.

Tourism officials are hopeful that marketing efforts across the world will boost tourism numbers and last month, the BBC documentary: “Egypt’s Lost Cities”, unveiled the findings of 17 lost pyramids during a new satellite survey that was carried out in the country, which is likely to encourage history and archaeological enthusiasts to take holidays in Egypt.

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