Born in Cairo during World War II, Elhamy Elzayat spent his childhood in a tolerant multi-cultural environment. He has seen regimes come and go, but through it all managed to lead an entrepreneurial life and develop Egypt as a popular tourist destination. He was the first man to establish tourism between Egypt and Israel, first by boat, then bus, and finally by air with Nefertiti Airlines. In 1999 he became Honorary Consul for New Zealand in Egypt and when an official embassy opened in Cairo seven years later, he became an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to that country. After the uprisings, which began in January 2011, Elhamy was appointed one of fifty Egyptians to rewrite to constitution, and he continues to this day with his work on behalf of the tourism sector in Egypt.