Local authorities in Hurghada city of Red Sea governorate started installing pay toilets in el-Dahar Square on Tuesday, in a response to an Al-Masry Al-Youm report last week that the main touristic areas in the city lack public toilets.
Tourists and citizens have complained that they must resort to using poor toilets in popular cafes, houses and shops on side streets.
Head of the Tourism Guides’ Syndicate in Hurghada, Bashar Abu Talib, said that the city not only lacks adequate toilets, but that several of the toilets built on the walkway since its establishment have since been closed. He pointed out that these facilities have been taken over by street vendors, some who who rent children toys and bicycles. Talib called on the Ministry of Tourism and the Governor to install pay toilets on the streets.
The owner of a restaurant, Sayed Khaled, said that the tourist strip is about seven kilometers long and has about three toilets, some of which are closed or have no running water. These out of order facilities are then turned into storage for vendors, while officials of the city of Hurghada turn a blind eye.
Edited Translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm