No haram here? Egypt opens first alcohol-free hotel in Hurghada
Egypt's first no-alcohol hotel was opened in the touristic city of Hurghada on Saturday, with an entire floor for women only.
Resort owner Yasser Kamal told the state news agency that the decision is not influenced by one ideology or force, but is an attempt to promote a new approach to tourism.
"Tourists have alcohol in their countries, and they must find other alternatives in Hurghada for the purpose of diversity," Yasser explained, adding that the hotel is open for all nationalities and both Muslim and Christian Egyptians.
The owner added that only women will be allowed on the top floor of the hotel where female security will be placed.
The opening ceremony included lining up alcohol bottles on a bar and breaking them, spilling the alcohol, to announce the beginning of a new tourism approach under the new administration, the agency reported.
Muslims' holy book, the Quran, forbids alcohol consumption.
Tourism, an important driver of Egypt's economy, has suffered dramatically due to political unrest that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
Rising fears have peaked since an Islamist government, headed by the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi, was elected to power last June.