On Thursday, November 25, 2021, the opening ceremony of the Sphinx Avenue in Luxor has finally taken place. The Sphinx Avenue has turned Luxor into an open museum for the whole world to witness the greatness of our ancestors.
Egypt has been preparing to dazzle the world by reviving the historical avenue that linked the temples of Karnak and Luxor for over 3,000 years, surrounded on both sides by rams and the famous Sphinxes.
The grand ceremony witnessed the presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, high-profile Egyptian statesmen, and a number of foreign ambassadors and celebrities.
The superstar, Mohamed Hamaki, gave us a great performance of "Baladna Helwa", the official song for the concert, along with, Lara Iskandar. The song included beautiful words welcoming the visitors of Luxor. The song was broadcast in conjunction with a dance segment from the Savoy Market to the tunes of the famous Reda band’s song “Luxor Baladna.”
Hamaki and Lara performed the song directly in front of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, his wife, and the rest of the audience.
The ceremony also witnessed the broadcast of a documentary film, titled "Luxor ... The Secret," about the city and its people. The TV presenter introduced this segment saying that the most beautiful thing about Luxor is its cheerful and kind people as they are the faithful guardians of Luxor’s monuments and secrets. The film witnessed the special appearance of the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani and a group of actors, including Asmaa Abu Al-Yazid, Amr Wahba, and the famous tour guide, Basant Nour El-Din.
The documentary has included live footage from the railway station in Luxor, the Nile River, and the recently developed Corniche with a length of 2,000 meters. In his speech, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, said that every place in Luxor bears witness to its civilization and the Luxor Temple is an icon of the city's landmarks, which was built in the 14th century BC. He mentioned that the Visual Identity project has been finalized, explaining that one of the goals of the ceremony is to promote Luxor.
Inspired by the ancient Opet Festival, an occasion of special significance to the ancient Egyptians, the theatrical show started. In conjunction with the dazzling artistic performance, the singer Heidi Moussa performed "The Hatshepsut Song."
The theatrical show was performed with the participation of 160 percussionists from the Egyptian Gymbi Rhythms Youth Group, the rhythms of military music, and the Union Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. The singer, Ezz Al-Ostool, performed the song "Amon Raa", accompanied by more than 400 young men and women dressed in the ancient Egyptians’ festive costumes, who presented a simulation of a Pharaonic procession and walked to a soundtrack inspired by Pharaonic songs.
On the stage of Luxor Temple, the singer Wael El-Fashni, accompanied by the Egyptian folk band, re-performed the famous Reda band's song "Luxor baladna.” The huge artistic show ended with a great performance by Shahd Ezz, Heidi Moussa, and Wael El-Fashni on the Luxor Temple theater with hundreds of fireworks flying high in the sky of the city.