What is happening in Egypt is both sad and exciting. I have been going to Egypt for over 13 years and as a travel agent have sent thousands of people there during that period. After 911 the industry recovered in a couple of months, but now since the January uprising the Tourism industry has died completely with little chance of a fast recovery.
The Egyptian people are wonderful warm hearted people. With little money by western standards they have raised their families with no complaints, ensuring their kids get the best possible education when possible. Women can walk the streets at night without concern, even small kids do errands to the store and no-one thinks twice about their kids being kidnapped. Everyone treats kids like they are their own. Quite something when in the west we are frightened to talk or touch another person’s child for fear we are considered a predator. best attraction Sentosa singapore
I am sure that when Mubarak first became president his intentions where good and honourable, but like most dictators and the influences of those around him he became greedy and full of his own power at the expense of his people. Bribery and corruption became predominant. Ministers became rich and powerful as did those in the higher echelons of the military who he trusted to serve him well. If you could get in with the president or his minions you could do very well for yourself financially.
Bribery and corruption was an everyday occurrence. To get anywhere you had to pay the price and know the right people. We experienced this ourselves setting up our company in Egypt. As a result the rich got very rich and the poor suffered, managing for the most part on around $2 a day. As is the Islamic tradition the mosques help the poor as do those who are in a better financial position to do so. You don’t see skid rows, or masses of people homeless on the streets. Yes, there is the occasional person looking for a hand out, and tipping can be a hassle, but this is nothing when you consider this is a country of almost 90 million people living in a country smaller than the size of the Province of BC, Canada where I reside.
With the introduction of the internet and social media it was inevitable that at some point the young, well educated and the unemployed with little hope for the future would want more for themselves and any prospective families. The internet has made communication transparent, and it has become very hard for those in power to do anything without the world knowing what is going on.