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Talking Issues: Industry of Tourism

by : Mohammed Abdullah

Sudan was gifted by all types of tourism factors such as long beaches, beautiful landscapes, good nature and archeological sites in different parts of the country.
Tourism has become an important industry nowadays and it contributes and brings a huge amount of money to increase the public revenue of countries. The problem that faces tourism in Sudan is the absence of a set plan, tourists’ needs in, how to attract them and types of laws that should be made?
Tourism will bring hard currency and open Sudan to the world.
The plan must address foreigners; this mean that we need to deal with different cultures, traditions and habits.
Archeologists have to convey ancient areas and to inform tourists about Sudan, its history, food and all interesting aspects related to tourism.
The Minister of Investment in Sudan has prepared an investment plan which targeted all states and each of them submitted a proposal about the type of tourism it will present. On behalf of the country, the ministry of investment will present to the market of tourism laws to regulate tourism investment.
The country needs to facilitate the mission of investors and encourage them through flexible legislations.
It is not difficult to create a good atmosphere and offer tourism services based on international criteria. However, this dream has been translated into action by Al-Saraf Tourism Complex, a national company managed to penetrate the world of tourism through a Sudanese restaurant called Al-Housh. This complex was designed to receive ambassadors, international organizations and all foreigners from different parts of the world. The restaurant has an international staff, which is well trained to serve people of multi-cultures.
Those who stand behind the idea managed to create an attractive, breath taking Nile beach in Omdurman.
The Sudanese government appreciated the idea and promised to encourage national investors and to host guests to establish businesses in Sudan.

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by : Mohammed Abdullah


Golden Links: Tourism Prospects in Sudan,The Northern State

The Northern State

The Northern State of Sudan was the cradle of many Nubian Kingdoms and civilizations. It has a wealth of historical monuments including Pyramids, graveyards and relics of old communities that attract tourists.
Towards boosting tourism in the state the Dams unit in the city of Meroe set up a tourist resort hotel or what is known as Meroe tourist village on 23 acres, in an area as wide as that of the former Meroe administrative center, which includes irrigated orchards and the home of the famous Jackson Pasha the General Governor of the administrative unit. The ownership of the village has turned to the “Mada” governmental company that runs the village now.
The village is located in a strategic place in the city of Meroe on the western bank of the Nile, 400 km north of Omdurman, along the “Sheriyan Shamal” road.
The Village, where the Merowe Dam is located 40 kilometers south of it, lies among the biggest tourist attractions of the Northern State, like: Gebel Barkal, the pyramids of Nuri and the historical Koru Graveyard.
The tourist village consists of hotel units in the form of two storey Villas, 4 small size Villas, each containing 6 rooms and there are 6 big Villas each one with 10 rooms, including 8 rooms as en suite wings.
The tourist village is also equipped with meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 200 people, and supplemented with two small halls.
The village contains a historical museum that displays the civilization of the old Kingdoms of Kush and Napta, a restaurant equipped with 3 Dining rooms in addition to a health club that contains an under construction gym, a swimming pool, steam baths, a sauna and a mosque beneath which is located a supermarket.
There are a number of projects under construction containing a range of sports fields, one floor villas facing the Nile River, and children playgrounds including a variety of Games, and a zoo. But what is most important of all is a project for the rehabilitation and restoration of historic buildings, offices and houses that were constructed during the British and Egyptian rule of Sudan.

By A. S. Alkoronki – GMS

Sudanese Sufism

Sure, it’s not the “whirling dervishes” that most Westerners would imagine when a Religious Studies undergrad breathlessly gushes over a newfound Rumi poem, but Sudanese Sufism is just as dramatic. You just have to throw in a little Africa.


The prophet’s (peace be upon him…) birthday celebrations this past February.

During the prophet’s birthday party, all the Sufi sheiks in the Omdurman area converge on the Khalifa mosque courtyard for 10 days of zikr prayers, called the mowlid. This involves enormous tents packed with the pious and the curious, hypnotic fist-pumping and dust-stomping, and sometimes even giant fountains shaped like jabbana pots.


Usually the “dancing,” “singing,” and other zikr prayers begin a few hours before sunset. The prayer starts slowly, with a few chant leaders singing melodically, and soon builds into a frenzied “La illaha illallah!” (“There is no god but Allah”) with all the male participants, followers of this sheik, crouched, bobbing, and pumping their arms in time with the chants.
On a normal Friday or Wednesday, they usually close just as the sun sets for the moghrid prayer – the fourth prayer of the day. During the mowlid, the zikr will continue until around 12am, powered by sweet coffee with cloves, tea with milk, rice pudding, fried dough, and any number of sickly-sweet candies-by-the-kilo available only once a year.


Thebasic idea is that we do not need intermediaries to reach god, and that prayer such as the ritual frenzy of the zikr allows us to access places within ourselves where meeting god is possible. Jalaladin Rumi, of course, is the most famous sufi, whose poetry continues to inspire both lovers and lovers of god.
When the sweet glance of my true love caught my eyes,
Like alchemy, it transformed my copper-like soul.
I searched for Him with a thousand hands,
He stretched out His arms and clutched my feet.
From Thief of Sleep
Translated by Shahram Shiva
Hamid al-Nil is a popular site for the few travelers and foreign aid workers living in Khartoum. The sufis of this sheik come to pray in a raucous and compelling zikr every Friday which inspires many budding photographers, despite the sheik’s uncharacteristic and infuriating practice of intimidating women to stand in the back.
Hamid al-Nil is the name of the 19th century sheik buried in this tomb at the center of a vast graveyard, and his followers continue to have significant influence in Sudanese politics. The overall atmosphere during the zikr is festival-like and highly charged, with stalls of pamphlet-vendors, talkative tea-sellers, and prayer bead hawkers surrounding the tomb site.
Enormous strings of prayer beads, patchwork jellabia, dreadlocks, and sometimes even leopard-print accents are characteristic of sufi dervishes in Sudan.
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