Cairo: The ban on wearing bikini and drinking alcohol will be removed in Egypt, a government official said. The change came soon after the election of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party as the president.
Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Alaa El Hadidi told that Egypt would not restrict tourists since tourism accounts for about 12 percent of the country's GDP. El Hadidi's statement came after Morsi's allies said during the presidential campaign that there will be restrictions for tourists if Morsi is elected.
The restrictions forecast included a ban on selling alcohol, wearing bikinis outside hotels and dividing beaches into male and female zones. "Turkey is also a Muslim state. However there is no such beach division there. Why should it exist in Egypt?"
Morsi is Egypt's first civilian president since Gamal Abdel-Nasser, he became president by garnering 51.7 percent of the vote after Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down following an uprising in February last year.
The Egyptian tourism industry was significantly affected by the Arab Spring uprising that toppled long-serving president Mubarak and put the country under an emergency situation.