Adjusted museum and archaeological site hours announced for Ramadan

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Mar 2024

With a handful of exceptions, museums will be open from 9am-3pm and archaeological sites from 9am-4pm during Ramadan, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced.

The Egyptian Museum
File Photo: The Egyptian Museum.


The ministry noted that these hours are set to accommodate the holy month, allowing visitors to enjoy visiting museums and archaeological sites during fasting hours.

However, there are some exceptions.

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria will remain open until 4pm.

Museums in Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada will be open from 10am-2pm, and from 8-11pm.

The Pyramids Plateau area and Salah El-Din Citadel will offer slightly extended hours, welcoming visitors from 8am to 4:30pm.

Meanwhile, archaeological sites in Luxor, Aswan, and Qena will operate as normal.

The ministry reminded prospective visitors that ticket counters at all museums and archaeological sites will close one hour before the end of visiting hours.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on 11 March and would last 30 days, according to National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG).

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Hijri (Islamic) Calendar, a lunar calendar in which the beginning and end of each month depend on the movements of the moon. During the month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and give more attention to religious duties such as praying, reciting the Quran, and giving alms.

Last week, the Ministry of Transport announced an hour-long extension to the operating hours of the Cairo Metro and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) during the holy month of Ramadan. With this extension, the three lines of the Cairo Metro will operate until 1:00 am, and the LRT until 12:00 am.

Furthermore, shops, restaurants, malls, coffee shops, and bazaars are permitted to stay open until 2:00 am during Ramadan, whereas they typically close at 10:00 pm on weekdays.

However, restaurants and coffee shops will still provide takeaway services and home deliveries round the clock. Supermarkets, grocery stores, and bakeries are not subject to any restrictions on their opening and closing times.

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