Amitabh Bachchan visits Egypt to launch India by the Nile festival
Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan was recently on a three-day visit to Egypt’s capital Cairo city. During his visit, he inaugurated the third edition of the ‘India by the Nile’ festival.“It is my fourth visit to this wonderful country. Every time I come to Egypt I feel as though I come home. There is a lot of similarity between India and Egypt in terms of culture, ancient history, tolerance, warmth and friendliness of the people,” said Bachchan during a press conference in Cairo.During his stay in Egypt, Bachchan also visited the Pyramids and Cairo Opera House. Talking about the safety concerns in Egypt, Bachchan said, “I am an example of how Egypt is save to travel and I am going to go back and say that in India too. I would also love to come back and shoot a film in Egypt.”Ramy Nicola, Chairman, Lady Egypt Tours, a leading travel agency in Egypt added, “The history and stunning monuments of ancient Egypt, the romantic cruise along the river Nile, the hospitality of the Egyptians and their love and respect for Indians will definitely leave an everlasting impression in the minds of Indian travellers.”The 18-day India by the Nile festival is considered to be the biggest foreign fair in Egypt. The festival is organised by The Embassy of India, Cairo (through the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture) in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Cairo Opera House and managed by Teamworks Arts. Egypt Tourism is hoping that Bachchan’s visit will boost Indian tourist arrivals to the country in the coming years.