Giza Plateau cleaned of garbage and dung
Nevine El-Aref, Sunday 28 Apr 2013
After two years of neglect, the world famous Giza Plateau is spruced up and cleared of garbage


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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