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Ahmed Saeed Omar, 35, looks on inside his new "Mini-Car-Egypt" car at his workshop, near Egypt's pyramids of Giza, in Kerdasa, Egypt, May 10, 2017. VOA
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In his workshop near Cairo’s pyramids, Ahmed Saeed Omar has manufactured a mini four-wheeled vehicle that he hopes will fill a gap in the market.

Omar’s “mini car,” a rectangular vehicle made of a solid steel body which seats up to six people, is cheaper than the widely-used imported auto rickshaw — not much more than a covered three-wheel scooter with a passenger bench — because it is almost entirely locally produced.

Prices of imported products have soared since Egypt devalued its currency in November as part of measures to stimulate the economy.

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A rickshaw can cost around 38,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,105)and has a 175cc engine, while Omar’s mini car costs 34,000 pounds and has 300cc engine.

“This is a better alternative to the [rickshaw], more cost-efficient and more spacious,” Omar, 35, told Reuters. Three-wheeled rickshaws are widespread in many Egyptian cities, usually in neighborhoods with narrow alleyways, and are mostly imported from India.

Since the cost of imports has soared, Omar thinks there may be market for his design.

“The cars are in some showrooms and people have bought them,” he said. “There is demand.” (VOA)

($1 = 18.0500 Egyptian pounds)

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New Artifacts Found in Cairo, Egypt: Archaeologists

Egypt frequently announces archaeological discoveries

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This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows part of a stone slab that was discovered at a dig in eastern Cairo's Matariya neighborhood, Egypt. The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, that archeologists working at the dig have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions dating back up to 4,000 years. Some of the fragments date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent. VOA

Egypt says archeologists working at a dig in Cairo have found several fragments of stone slabs with inscriptions dating back up to 4,000 years.

The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday that the artifacts were the latest finds in eastern Cairo’s Matariya neighborhood.

Some of the fragments date back to the 12th and the 20th Dynasties and the Third Intermediate Period while others are more recent.

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A statue workers say depicts Pharaoh Ramses II who ruled Egypt over 3,000 years ago was unearthed on Thursday in the Matariya area in Cairo, Egypt, March 9, 2017. (VOA)

Egyptologist Dietrich Raue, the head of the mission, says one inscription points to Atum, an important and frequently mentioned god, as being responsible for the flooding of the Nile River in the Late Period, from 664-332 B.C.

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Egypt frequently announces archaeological discoveries, hoping this will spur interest in its ancient treasures and revive tourism, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising. (VOA)