The security was heavy, the schedule overran and the refreshments were scarce but Egypt's attempt to bring money back to the country has been met with relative success, according to its new political leadership.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi - who has served just nine months of his current tenure - detailed $60 billion of direct investment and soft loans at its Economic Development Conference in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Already receiving the help from Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the event was a chance to showcase a series of investment opportunities within Egypt's private sector with the aim of creating jobs for Egypt's young people who have been shaken up by four years of political turmoil.
Sharm el-Sheikh, frequented by holidaymakers on package deals and apache helicopters from the nearby naval base, welcomed in more than 1,500 delegates from 52 countries with 30 heads of state making an appearance. A press release on Sunday said that number had grown to 3,500 delegates and over 50 heads of state.