Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decree on Saturday making 21 September a paid day off for both public and private sector workers on the occasion of the start of the Islamic new year 1439, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
The first month of the year 1439 in the Islamic calendar is named Muhurram.
The Hijri calendar, which began in AD 622, is a lunar calendar that determines for Muslims around the globe the date of the holy month of Ramadan — during which Muslims fast during daylight hours — as well as the Hajj pilgrimage and Muslim festivals.
An Egyptian rights watchdog said Sunday they detected a shortage of 1420 drugs in August, 54 of which have no alternative. Mohamed Fouad, the head of the Egyptian Centre to Protect the Rights for Medicine (ECPRM), said that the most … read more
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in New York on Sunday for the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he will hold talks with US President Donald Trump, the Egyptian president’s office said on Saturday. Dignitaries from 193 … read more
Egypt’s Court of Cassation cancelled a 15-year prison sentence against ousted president Mohamed Morsi, but upheld a life sentence against him in what is known as the Qatar espionage case. The court also confirmed death sentences against three convicted in … read more
US companies are keen to increase investments in Egypt, Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr said. According to a ministry statement released on Thursday, Nasr met several representatives from US companies, including conglomerate General Electric, Johnson, food provider Cargill, … read more
Minister of Electricity, Mohammed Shaker, revealed in a Wednesday press conference that the ministry has drafted the contracts for al-Dabaa nuclear project in preparation for laying its foundation during the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Egypt. The … read more
Egypt’s interior ministry signed on Wednesday a joint training protocol with Italy’s interior ministry in Rome on organised crime and illegal immigration, the Egyptian interior ministry said in a statement. The protocol states that 360 policemen from 22 African countries … read more
Antiquities Minister Khaked al-Anani expressed his full appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government in cooperation with UNESCO in the relocation and rescue of the Abu Simbel temples during the last century, which was part of the international … read more
Egypt’s annual urban rate of inflation dipped slightly in August, dropping to 31.9 percent from 33 percent in July, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Sunday. Urban inflation climbed in July to its highest level in decades following subsidy … read more
Egypt’s budget deficit dipped to 9.5 percent during the fourth quarter of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which ended in June, compared to 11.5 percent during the same quarter last year, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told a global financial inclusion conference in … read more