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Giza Plateau cleaned of garbage and dung

After two years of neglect, the world famous Giza Plateau is spruced up and cleared of garbage

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 28 Apr 2013
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A private company is now cleaning Giza Plateau, the world famous archaeological site, removing garbage accumulated in the area and attempting to recapture its serenity.

Visitors to the plateau, where the three pyramids of ancient Egyptian kings Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure are located, along with the Sphinx, will be pleasantly surprised with the change. 

Due to a lack of security and the absence of police on the plateau, the site, like other archaeological sites, was subject to encroachment. Horse and camel owners violated the law and entered the archaeological safe zone in an attempt to find clients. After the revolution, the number of tourists to Egypt has decreased, leading to greater competition in the Egyptian tourism trade.

Animal dung also became a problem and is being cleared from the site.

Aly El-Asfar, director general of Upper Egypt monuments, told Ahram Online that the private company won a bid launched by the tourism ministry to help in preserving the plateau from urban encroachment. The company is using state-of-the-art machines to collect the dung and is recycling other garbage.

A collection of garbage baskets made of stone, similar to the plateau's bed rock, were installed in different locations on the site.

"Finally, the plateau has regained some of its respect, and I hope that this company will continue its success in keeping the plateau hygienic," said El-Asfar.

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Armando Buzzi
09-05-2013 09:23am
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Giza Plateau cleaned
What a good news! Is it perhaps a sign for some changing in antiquity management after the good time of Zahi Hawass? Why don't recall him.
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Kevin
30-04-2013 08:14pm
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This is good news...
I visited Egypt and was surprised how filthy this site was. Garbage blowing everywhere, animal manure everywhere, and salesmen everywhere. Hopefully they get rid of all the salesmen and allow tourists to enjoy the site. It was very annoying telling the salesmen you were not interested in the garbage they were selling. It was even worse to see such ancient history covered in garbage and manure. It just shows that only 1% of Egyptians care about their ancient history, which is the only reason to visit Egypt. You can keep "modern" Egypt.
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patkar
29-04-2013 09:36am
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and after
this laudable initiative could be considered as a victory and could continue in the garbage removal in the streets of Cairo and particularly the suburbs.
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Farid
29-04-2013 09:16am
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Finally
BRAVO !!! 1st step into proper maintenance has been made. Now hopefully they will remove all souvenir hustlers from the area.
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Fiona Ingram
29-04-2013 07:31am
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Good news for an inspiring historical site
How wonderful that Egypt's most famous site is being cleaned up and better preserved. I visited Egypt a few years ago and it was the inspiration for my middle grade adventure The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. The Giza necropolis also features at a very exciting point in my book.
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Aly Sadek..Toronto - Canada
28-04-2013 08:20pm
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The Nation...
Keep up the good work,and continue its success, in keeping the plateau hygienic......always..always
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