Alexandria has long been the gateway to Egypt by ship and with the resurgence of the cruise liner in the last two decades. At the end of the fifties when the tourist industry began to expand the Egyptian Government initiated a comprehensive programme to improve tourist facilities included the building of a new maritime station at Alexandria giving its justification that Alexandria is a tourist area justified by its position in the Mediterranean and the volume of tourist traffic that goes through it.
In 1958 work was started on the new station which was completed in 1961. The new station was designed along modern architectural lines, and both aesthetic and practical criteria were scrupulously observed. All tourist facilities having been introduced so that the passage from the quay through customs was an easy and pleasurable experience.
|Its possibly a bit ironic that the commemorative stamp for the maritmes staion was issed as an airmail stamp.|