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US embassy warning over Giza pyramids is baseless: Minister
Minister of Antiquities Ahmed Eissa makes his case in a press statement that the Giza pyramids are safe for tourists
Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Jun 2013
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Tourists walk past the pyramids in Giza (Photo: Reuters)

The US embassy warning claiming the Giza Pyramids was not safe for tourists is baseless, says Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Ahmed Eissa in a press statement on Saturday, as neither his ministry nor the tourism police have received any complaints from visitors.

The US embassy in Cairo warned US nationals in Egypt on Friday to exercise caution and avoid visiting the Giza pyramids.

The message, sent via email, noted that the embassy had become aware of an increasing number of incidents of "criminal conduct" in and around Egypt's Giza Plateau area.

Eissa further argued that a group of over one thousand students from the American College of Cairo in the Maadi suburb just visited the Giza pyramids on Friday, underlining that among them were US citizens. The visit was part of the students’ graduation ceremony and went smoothly until the end, the minister’s statement assured.

He added that the number of visitors increased by 10 percent this year in comparison to 2012, reflecting that Egypt's security is improving.

The minister assures there is continuous cooperation between the ministry and police to guarantee that tourist areas are well-secured.

In conclusion, Eissa urged all tour guides to head to the nearest police station or any security guards in the vicinity if any problem occurs.

The US embassy statement claimed that a lack of adequate security at the pyramids heightens fears of possible violence.

The warning comes at a sensitive time for Egypt, when local tourism industry has been suffering from post-revolution political unrest.





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Corinne
04-06-2013 03:01pm
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Absolutely False
I was just there, as a young female, May 11th and the Gyza pyramids were one of the safest areas I visited. I was bothered very little by local tourist traps, except only to hear "yeah america!"....FALSE
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david
03-06-2013 12:04pm
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Safety at the Pyramids
I visited the Pyramids in 2012 while working in Cairo. I will never return and advise friends to avoid at all cost. The only surprise about the US Embassy article is how long it has taken to come out. The area IS dangerous and intimidating which is not helped by a lack of visible security. The response from the Minister is a lie and will not help resolve the problem. Face up to the facts and sort it out.
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Ahmed
02-06-2013 09:58am
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Let be truthful Mr. Minister of Antiquities
Baseless, he is very incorrect. i go with customer every week and this happens all the time, it is bad. I lose money because people what to visit the Pyramids but when men bang on cars and the police inside want money to take their pictures, tourist do not want to come back and see how wonder Egypt is. i agree with the US Embassy view.
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Alex Joannou
02-06-2013 07:47am
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Unfortunately the US embassy call on Guiza Pyramids security is correct
I was in Egypt in October 2012. The vendors attacked our taxi trying to force the driver to stop. Their objective is to sell tourists horse and camel rides. Security was not existant. Shame ! Total chaos !
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Jon
01-06-2013 09:33pm
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What about stopping corruption?
Sellers are inside the Sphinx area, right in the face of the tourist police, which they bribe quite openly. What about stopping this?
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