Arsenale SpA behind luxe ‘rail cruise’ project in Egypt

'Guardian of the Nile' slated to debut in 2027 between Cairo and Aswan

Arsenale SpA, the Italian multi-brand company that develops luxury hospitality assets, has signed an agreement with Cairo National Railways to launch Egypt’s first luxury train.

Dubbed the “Guardian of the Nile,” the new rail journey will link Cairo to Aswan when the rail cruise debuts in 2027. The project builds on the escalating trend in ‘slow travel,’ and ‘slowcations’.

This new Egyptian rail journey is the latest in a string of luxury infrastructure projects backed by Arsenale. The firm is also behind the La Dolce Vita Orient Express launching in Italy in 2025, another luxe railway that will connect the emirates of the UAE, the ‘Dream of the Desert’ in Saudi Arabia that will connect Riyadh with Qurayyat, and The Samarkand Express in Uzbekistan which has been slated to debut in 2026.

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Similar to the other projects in Italy, the UAE, Saudi and Uzbekistan, the ‘Guardian of the Nile’ will feature 15 carriages with 40 cabins divided into three categories: deluxe, suite, and the “honor suite”, with a total capacity of 80 passengers.

“I am pleased that Egypt and Italy can collaborate, also thanks to this agreement, to introduce a new model of sustainable tourism to Egyptian tourism,” Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale Group said on Sunday.

“This model is aimed at attracting new flows of travellers from around the world who will want to visit this wonderful and historically rich land aboard our trains.”

Egypt’s Minister of Transport, Kamel El-Wazir said the luxury train will represent a blend of luxury, elegance and entertainment, providing visitors a unique experience of traveling between Egyptian cities in great comfort.

The interior design and exterior appearance will reflect the country’s cultural civilisation

“This train will also have a distinctive positive impact on the tourism sector, allowing tourists to learn about Egypt’s diverse history and enjoy the country’s wonderful tourist sites and landmarks from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan until Nasser Lake,” Minister El-Wazir said.

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