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Major events of 2021 in Egypt

KUWAIT, Dec 28 (KUNA) -- Here are the main events in the Arab world throughout 2021, we continue with the Republic of Egypt.

Jan 1: Egypt signs nine oil and gas agreements worth USD 1.4 Billion, with six international and Egyptian companies to explore for oil and gas in the Mediterranean and Red Sea.

Jan 2: Veteran Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76 as a result of heart attack and lung problems.

Jan 12: Egypt ends a ban imposed on Qatari Airlines. Jan 14: Egypt signs memorandum of understanding with Siemens to implement a 1,000-ilometer-long high-speed electric train project at a total cost of USD 23 billion.

Jan 14: The former Egyptian Minister of Information, and Former Shurra Council head Safwat Al-Sharif dies at the age of 87. Jan 18: Egypt Air starts operating daily flights to Doha after lifting the air ban on Qatari airlines.

Jan 18: Egypt signs two agreements with China's Dongfeng Motor Corporation to reconstruct the factory of Nasr Automotive Manufacturing Company.

Jan 20: Egyptian Foreign Ministry restored diplomatic relations with Qatar within the framework of Al-Ula GCC summit statement. Jan 24: Egyptian President Abdulfattah Al-Sisi issues a decree to extend state of emergency nationwide for three months.

Jan 24: Egyptian Health Ministry starts the first phase of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccination campaign for health staff in the isolated hospitals.

Jan 29: The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announces the discovery of 16 stone-carved tombs at the ancient Egyptian Temple in Alexandria.

Jan 31: The Danish men handball team wins the world championship for the second year in a row over its Swedish counterpart, in the 19 days ornament hosted by

Egypt. Feb 5: Actor Ezzat Al-Alaili dies at the age of 86 after a productive artistic career. Feb 18: Egypt launches an international bid for oil and gas explorations in 24 areas in Gulf of Suez, the Western Desert and Eastern and the Western Mediterranean.

Feb 28: Veteran Actor Yousef Shaaban dies at the age of 90 after a productive career included more than 100 film and series. March 14: The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) signs nine agreements worth USD 981 million to drill 18 wells.

March 15: Egyptian President Al-Sisi orders raising the minimum wage to LE 2,400 ( USD 150).

March 26: At least 19 people died and 185 others injured in collision of two trains in Suhaj province southern Egypt.

March 27: An apartment building collapses Western the capital Cairo leaving 10 people dead and 29 injured.

March 23: Huge container ship (EVER GIVEN) shifted from the shoreline southern the Sues Canal, blocking one of the world's busiest trade routes, forcing companies to reroute ships and causing delay for hundreds of vessels.

March 29: The Sues Canal reopens after Ever Given successfully refloated, and traffic resumed normally. March 31: Former Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Al-Janzouri dies at the age of 88.

April 3: Chairman and Managing Director of Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced completing the crossing of all waiting ships since movement of Ever Given.

April 3: Egypt transfers 22 mummies from the Egyptian museum in the middle of Cairo, where they spent more than a century to be displayed in a permanent location inside in The National Museum of Egyptian civilization in Al-Fustas area in Egypt.

April 7: President Al-Sisi warned Ethiopia from affected the share of Egypt of Nile River, warning "All options are open."

April 8: An Egyptian mission announced discovering a "lost golden city" buried under that sands in southern Luxor Governorate, called (Saood Aton), dating back to King Amenhotep III, and later was used by King Tutankhamun3,000 years ago.

April 11: The Egyptian government announced signing the economic area for Suez Canal on a long-term financing contract for its projects, in cooperation with six Egyptian Banks, led by Al-Ahli Egyptian Bank, at the value of EGP 10 billion around (USD 637 million).

April 18: Egypt announced 11 people killed, and the injury of 98 in the train accident in Toukh, Al Qalyubia Governorate.

April 23: President Al-Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed on resuming flights between both nations after Russia suspended flight to Egypt, following a Russian plane crash after its take off from Sharm El-Sheikh Airport onOctober 31, 2015, resulting on the death of 224 passengers.

April 25: Al-Sisi issues a decree of extending the emergency status for three months.

May 4: Egypt announced signing a contract with France to import 30 military combat aircraft of Rafale, produced byDassault Aviation French Company.

May 20: Egypt announced the success of its mediation in reaching a mutual?ceasefire in Gaza Strip starting

May 21. May 20: The Representative Professions Syndicate announced the death of Egyptian iconic actor Samir Ghanim, at the age of 85.

May 25: Suez Canal Authority blames again the captain of Panamanian ship "Ever Given" for blocking traffic in the canal, adding that the guides of the Canal were not to blame.

May 25: Al-Sisi welcomed during his meeting with Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Thani, the latest developments in the bilateral ties.

 June 16: Kuwait's Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi agrees with The Head of the Supreme council in Egypt Kareem Jaber to launch a Kuwaiti-Egyptian initiative to support creative people in the media.

June 25: The Egyptian Minister of Information Inas Abduldayim, and Secretary General of Aswan International Festival for Women Films Ambassador Mervat Al-Talawi honor Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi with the leadership prize as being the first female head of a university in the Middle East region.

July 3: Egyptian President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the strategic a Naval Base, West of Alexandria, which includes 47 naval units.
July 5: Egypt expressed unequivocal rejection of Ethiopia's unilateral decision to start the second filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) reservoir.
July 7: Egyptian Suez Canal Authority will release the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March for six days, after it agreed a compensation deal with the vessel's owners and insurers.
July 8: A ministerial conference kicked off in Egypt to tackle gender equality and steps to regulate membership for independent institutions eager to join the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
July 9: Jehan Al-Sadat, the widow of Former Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat died at the age of 88 years old.
July 9: Egypt has signed a USD 7.5 billion deal with US group Petrochemicals Company to construct a petrochemical complex in the Ain Sokhna industrial zone, the deal aims to produce value-added petroleum products in order to fill Egypt's domestic needs and enable exports.
July 11: Egyptian court sentences 10 people who support the Islamic Brotherhood to prison for their role in the prison break and unrest of January 2011 revolution.
July 11: Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced USD 5.8 billion of profits, the highest in its history, with 2.2 percent increase compared to last year's profits.
July 12: Egyptian parliament approves President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi decree of extending the state of emergency for three months nationwide as of 25 July 24.
July 14: Egyptian President Abdulfattah Al-Sisi received in Cairo Kuwait National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, who conveyed a verbal message of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the Egyptian leader regarding bilateral relations and cooperation.
July 15: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and Egypt's House of Representatives Speaker Hanafy El Gebaly tackled coordination efforts in the region and challenges facing the Islamic and Arab world.
July 28: Egypt's highest appeals court upheld the sentencing of 15 leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, including the group's head Mohammad Badie, to life imprisonment.
August 1: Egyptian Armed Forces target terrorists killing 89 of them, while injuring and killing eight military men.
August 2: Egypt's Grand Mufti, Dr. Shawki Allam, opened the inaugural session of the 6th international conference currently held by the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide under the umbrella of Egypt's Dar la-Ifta.
August 3: Egyptian President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi inaugurated "Silo Foods", a city for food industries in Sadat City, Menoufia Governorate.
August 6: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities transferred King Khufu ship from its current location in the pyramids' archeological area to its new display at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
August 7: Egypt's Feryal Abdelaziz defeated Azerbaijan's Iryna Zaretska 2-0 to win the Olympic gold medal in the women's karate "kumite" +61kg category.
August 9: Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport receives first Russian flight after six year suspension of flights from Moscow due to plane crash in 2015.
August 12: - The Egyptian Military announced that nine of its personnel were either injured or killed while 13 extremists were killed in clashes in northern Sinai.
Sept 1: Egypt signs a USD 4.45-billion contract with a consortium including Siemens to construct a high-speed electric rail line between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, the railway will run 660 kilometers (410 miles) between Marsa Matrouh on northern Egypt's Mediterranean coast to the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna in the east.
Sept 8: Kuwait Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Mohammad Al-Sabah delivers letter from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Egyptian President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi.
? Sept 10: Egypt's Zamalek handball team beat arch-rivals Al-Ahly 28-27 to be crowned African champion for the 12th time.
Sept 17: Egypt concludes the Bright Star joint military drill with 21 countries, including Kuwait, after one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sept 21: Egypt Armed Forces Field Marshal and Former Minister of Defense Mohammad Husein Tantawi dead at 86 years old.
Sept 27: Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mustaf Madbouli praises historic relations between his country and Kuwait.
Sept 27: Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) Director General Marwan Al-Ghanim underline importance of Bahr Al-Baqar water treatment station, due to being key vital projects globally.
Dec 6: Joint Egyptian-Russian naval exercise "Friendship Bridge-4" kicked off days in the territorial waters of the Northern Fleet in the Mediterranean and expected to continue for several days.
Dec 6: Arab Institute for Planning in Kuwait has signed an agreement with Egyptian Industries Union as part of efforts to bolster scientific research and give impetus to joint projects.
Dec 16: Egypt and Saudi Arabia underline importance of Arab joint action, full solidarity to preserve Arab national security.
Dec 17: Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration of ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) warned against increasing risks of corruption on economic spending and health relief.
Dec 20: Egypt has retrieved from Spain 36 pieces of antiquities that were smuggled out in 2014.
Dec 21: Egyptian petrochemical companies inked a contract to construct a project deemed the biggest industrial complex to produce methanol, ammonia, and derivatives.
Dec 22: Egyptian Al-Ahli Club wins Africa Super Cup, the eighth time in history, after beating Moroccan Al-Raja Club in penalties. (end) ed