• Short Summary

    A NEW GOVERNMENT HOTEL, THE OHMAR KHAYYAM, WAS OPENED IN CAIRO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). THE CEREMONY?

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    A NEW GOVERNMENT HOTEL, THE OHMAR KHAYYAM, WAS OPENED IN CAIRO YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). THE CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY ABDUL KADER HATEM, THE MINISTER FOR CULTURE, NATIONAL GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION.

    THE BUILDING WAS FORMERLY A ROYAL PALACE BELONGING TO PRINCE HAGILE LOTFALLA. MANY OF THE APARTMENTS RETAIN THE FURNISHING THEY HAD BEFORE THE BUILDING WAS NATIONALISED.

    A FEW MONTHS AGO THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO TRANSFORM THE PALACE INTO A HOTEL OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS. WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, WORKMEN HAVE NOW COMPLETED THE TASK AND THE HOTEL IS READY TO WELCOME ITS FIRST GUESTS. THE BUILDING ITSELF HAS FORTY BEDROOMS AND FURTHER ACCOMMODATION IS PROVIDED IN TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY BUNGALOWS ERECTED IN THE SPACIOUS PARK SURROUNDING THE FORMER PALACE.

    ONE OF THE NEW HOTEL'S MORE AMBITIOUS FEATURES IS A HELIPORT WHICH IS BEING BUILT IN THE GROUNDS. FROM HERE THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO OPERATE HELICOPTER SERVICE TO THE FAMOUS TEMPLE OF ABU SIMBEL, ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S PRINCIPAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.

    THE HOTEL ALSO HAS A SWIMMING POOL, A THEATRE SEATING EIGHT HUNDRED PEOPLE, A CAFETERIA AND AN EXCLUSIVE NIGHT CLUB. WITHIN THE PARK GROUNDS WORK HAS STARTED ON A TWENTY-FIVE STORY BUILDING WHICH WILL COMPLETE THE HOTEL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA87KJPDSTW8HW4XCI1STGKSHX2
    Media URN:
    VLVA87KJPDSTW8HW4XCI1STGKSHX2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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