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Giza Plateau will open earlier to accommodate more tourist visitors

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 15 Jan 2018
Visitors film the light on the historical site of Giza Pyramids as they celebrate the New Year in Eg
Visitors film the light on the historical site of Giza Pyramids as they celebrate the New Year in Egypt, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP)
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The Giza Plateau archaeological site will be open to visitors one hour earlier in the mornings starting on Tuesday as part of a Ministry of Antiquities' effort to encourage more tourists.

Opening hours will now run from 7:00am to 5:00 pm instead of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Ashraf Mohi, director general of the Giza Plateau site, told Ahram Online that the decision was approved by the board of directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

"These changes aim to make the site available for more time, especially as the country’s tourism season has just started,” Mohi said.

He said that earlier this month the board of directors approved the extension of visiting hours at the Edfu and Kom Ombo temples in Aswan Governorate through the winter months.

The move was intended to accommodate delays in the arrival of River Nile cruise boats due to the low water levels on the river.

Edfu temple will remain open until 5:00 pm every day instead of 4:00 pm, and for Kom Ombo temple will be open until 9:00 pm instead of 8:00pm.

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