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When Mubarak goes out, the tourists flood in

When Mubarak goes out, the tourists flood in

Egypt’s $12-billion tourism revenue stood still with the uprising, even in Sharm el-Sheikh where violence wasn’t felt. Now Red Sea businesses are relieved to see Mubarak in trial in Cairo.

August 3, 2011 11:47 by

food, was weakening, and was in a deteriorating psychological state in the hospital.

Despite the talk about whether he would attend trial or not, there was little sign of commotion at the hospital or elsewhere in the resort.

Outside the hospital gates, a few dozen police officers stand watch under the shade of beach umbrellas. Further down the road, holiday-makers, many of them from Egypt rather than abroad, enjoyed the summer sun and clean beaches.

Some say the mystery about Mubarak’s movement has not changed.

“You can tell it is the same security-driven attitude that blocks any information about where Mubarak is and keeps everyone guessing,” an Egyptian official in Cairo said. (Writing by Marwa Awad; Editing by Edmund Blair and Angus MacSwan)

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