This decision was refuted by the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ghada Shalaby, and was a comment on a rumor saying that women under the age of 40 are prohibited from staying alone in hotels.
Shalaby said, in media statements: "There is no age, nationality, gender, decision, law or anything that limits this residence at all. On the contrary, we encourage tourism in all its forms and categories."
She added that the lawsuit demanding that women under the age of 40 be allowed to stay in hotels on their own may be an individual act by a hotel that is not affiliated with the ministry.
The minister added: "All the hotels affiliated with the ministry cannot refrain from housing any of the frequent visitors and tourists."