Ali is a farmer in Luxor, Upper Egypt. Over the past decade he and his family have had to rely more heavily on farming after the collapse of the tourism industry. A terrorist bomb blast in Luxor in 1997 started the downturn. Further bombs in Taba, Nuweiba, Sharm, Cairo and Dahab have further discouraged visitors. Some estimates state a reduction in visitor numbers by 95%. During the week when I was in Luxor in 2013 a hot-air balloon crashed killing 19 tourists.
Ali, age 34, is carrying alfalfa to use as cattle-feed. He lives on the Luxor's West Bank in-between the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Luxor contains a third of the world's most important monuments and antiquities making it a special travel destination.