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Sudan looks to pyramids to attract tourism
Sudan has more - though smaller - pyramids than Egypt, but attracted only about 700,000 tourists in 2018 compared to some 10 million in its northern neighbor.

Conflicts and crises under veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir, a tough visa regime and a lack of roads and decent hotels outside Khartoum have made Sudan an unlikely tourist destination.

But Bashir lost power in April, and the new civilian transition government is easing visa rules to attract more visitors with their hard currency to places such as the Royal Pyramids of Meroe. A film crew was shooting a promotional video for a travel agency in Khartoum.

Like the Egyptians, the Nubian Kush dynasty that ruled in the area some 2,500 years ago buried members of the royal family in pyramid tombs.

Near Meroe's pyramids lie an array of temples with ancient drawings of animals and the ancient city of Naga, and there are more pyramids further north at Jebel Barka.
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November 14, 2019
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State,...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State...
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Tourists take pictures of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Tourists take pictures of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State
Tourists take pictures of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State,...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State...
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State,...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State...
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
A tour vender displays miniature statues of lions and pyramids near the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids...
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Tour vender displays miniature statues of lions and pyramids near the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids...
A tour vender displays miniature statues of lions and pyramids near the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya, River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State,...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State...
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State,...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State...
Creeping desert sands surround the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Tourists walks to the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November...
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Tourists walks to the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State
Tourists walks to the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
Tourists look at site map inside the site information centre of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids...
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Tourists look at site map inside the site information centre of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids...
Tourists look at site map inside the site information centre of the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A man walks past the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Man walks past the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State
A man walks past the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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November 14, 2019
A tourist walks near the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November...
BEGRAWIYA, Sudan
Tourist walks near the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State
A tourist walks near the Royal Cemeteries of Meroe Pyramids in Begrawiya at River Nile State, Sudan November 10, 2019. Picture taken November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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