Giza pyramids are open to visitors, not closed for development: Supreme Council of Antiquities

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 3 Aug 2023

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri asserted that the Giza Plateau remains open to visitors as usual, stressing that the area has not been closed for development.

A file photo of the Giza Pyramids Plateau. Photo : Al-Ahram


Waziri stated that the area receives all visitors during the official opening hours, quashing the rumours about closing the Giza Plateau for two months for development. 

He pointed out that the project for developing the plateau is proceeding smoothly while the visitors enjoy their tour around the pyramids and Sphinx.

Waziri highlighted that the project aims to boost tourism by upgrading the services offered at the plateau. He added that the project is carried out under the cooperation protocol, signed in 2018, between the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and Orascom Pyramids Entertainment, noting that management of the area falls entirely to the SCA.   

A pilot operation of the project's first phase started in September and included the visitor centre, the international restaurant complex, and the Khufu restaurant.

The operation also saw the installation of shaded seats and benches and the organization of excursions for individuals and groups. 

Furthermore, the pilot operation included a trial of the first environmentally friendly electric buses and golf carts. It also included a trial of seven stops on the plateau fitted with services for visitors and parking lots.

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