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Zekrayaat follows the design of an original Dahabiya from the late 18th and early 19th century. This traditional two-masted boat is about 39m long and 7m wide and has two decks. The Dahabiya is powered by wind. Relying on the river currents and a gentle breeze, this is the traditional way to cruise the Nile. A small river tug can help if the natural elements fail.
The boat is fully air-conditioned and heated with individual controls, an electric generator for electricity, water filters for fresh water and safety equipment. Accommodation Zekrayaat can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in four spacious, tasteful decorated cabins and two larger suites, each with a private terrace. All cabins and suites are air-conditioned and individually decorated with antique oriental furniture and Egyptian fabrics.
The cabins each have two large antique beds, French windows and a private bathroom with bath, shower and toilet. At the end of the central corridor are both suites. Each suite has an antique double bed, a private bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, French windows and a private terrace overlooking the Nile. Salon & dining room The fully air-conditioned salon & indoor dining room at the front of the boat is furnished with comfortable sofas, a large dining table and a small library.
Meals can be served here as well. This cosy area with two large French windows on each side is the perfect place to end the day. Meet your fellow travellers, read stories about Egypt and the Nile or enjoy a Turkish coffee or a glass of Alexandrian wine. Sun-deck On the upper deck is the sun-deck, an ample open and shaded space, with wooden deckchairs, daybeds and dining tables. From every angle there are fantastic views over the Nile and rural life in the villages along the riverbanks.
Usually guests spent most of their time here. Relax on a deckchair, read a book or enjoy delicious Egyptian meals, prepared by our creative chef. Life on board Life on board of a Dahabiya is peaceful and idyllic. The day is full of things to look forward to.
You can lie in a deckchair reading a book or watching the children playing and women doing their washing on the riverbanks. Every day there is a chance to walk around villages, visit local markets or explore Paranoiac monuments along the Nile.
All meals, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, are freshly prepared on board and served on the sun-deck, in the dining room or on a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile. Nothing can beat an evening dining under the stars by the light of a campfire. You’ll find no flashing disco here, but it might be possible to attend a show by local musicians under a twinkling night sky.
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The Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced that a tunnel in the tomb of King Seti I (1314-1304 BC) has been discovered by Dr. Zahi Hawass and his team in the Valley of the Kings. They’ve been searching for this tunnel for over twenty years in the West Bank necropolis. Dr. Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the head of the mission, finally succeeded in completely excavating the 174m long tunnel after several seasons of work that began in November 2007. The tunnel was cut into the bedrock near the end of the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I. In addition to excavating the tunnel, the team braced the walls and ceiling with metal supports. They also built a wooden walkway over the original stone staircase of the tunnel to preserve it and installed a mining car system to remove rubble from the team’s excavations. During their work, the mission uncovered many shabtis and pottery fragments that dated to the Eighteenth Dynasty (1569-1315 BC). Several limestone ostraca fragments, as well as a small boat model made of faience were also found. During their excavation of the staircase, the team found that three of the steps were decorated with red graffiti.
The only other excavation of the tunnel took place in 1960 under the direction of Sheikh Ali Abdel Rassoul. His team was able to reach a depth of 136m but they had to stop their excavation because it was too hard to breath. Upon reaching the end of the 136m section, which had been partially excavated by Abdel-Rasoul's workmen, Dr. Hawass’s team were shocked to uncover a descending passage which measures 25.60m in length and 2.6m wide. The mission eventually uncovered a fifty-four step, descending staircase.
After the first descending passage, a second staircase measuring 6 meters long was cut into the rock. At the beginning of this passage the team found a false door decorated with hieratic text that reads: “Move the door jamb up and make the passage wider." These written instructions must have been left from the architect to the workmen who were carving out the tunnel. Dr. Hawass said that when he went inside the tunnel of King Seti I for the first time he noticed that the walls were well finished and that there were remains of preliminary sketches of decoration that would be placed on the walls. Unfortunately none of this was every completed. Dr. Hawass added that he was very surprised to find a second staircase inside the tunnel. It appears that the last step was never finished and the tunnel ends abruptly after the second staircase.
Dr. Hawass believes that the workmen and artists first finished the original tomb of Seti I during his twelve-year reign and then began to construct the tunnel. It appears that Seti I was trying to construct a secret tomb inside a tomb. It is likely that when Seti I died his son, Ramesses II (1304-1237BC), had to stop the work and bury has father. Dr. Hawass believes that Ramesses II continued where his father had left off and constructed his own tunnel within his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Egyptian mission is currently working in the tomb of Ramesses II to preserve the wall paintings and to look for a similar tunnel to the one in the tomb of Seti I.
The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb. The statue was found beneath the southern false door of the tomb, and even before the room had been opened, I could see the statue's crystal eyes gazing back at me. The statue shows Kai sitting on a high-backed chair. He wears a shoulder length wig, decorated with horizontal rows of curls. Each eye is framed in cooper, while his eyebrows are in raised relief. The lips are thin and finely drawn. The musculature of the body is very well defined and Kai's right arm is bent across his chest. His left arm is resting on his lap on top of his short, white shendyt-kilt. The base of the statue is decorated with five lines of hieroglyphic text which list Kai's title including the "Steward of the Great Estate." On either side of Kai are his two children. They are very small figures and barely reach to his knee caps. His daughter is sitting next to his left leg in a long white sheath dress. Kai's son is standing naked next to his right leg. Depictions of naked figures with their finger to their lips, was an ancient Egyptian artistic convention for depicting male children.