Sunday, August 14, 2016

News: Pyramids Archaeological Development Project 70% Complete, Scheduled for Opening Before Year’s End

The new Visitors Centre will have a theatre to play a short introductory documentary for visitors

The archaeological area around the Pyramids of Giza is one of ​​the most famous and most important historic sites in the world. It has a special place in the hearts of tourists and visitors of all nationalities.

Daily News Egypt toured the site and discovered the latest developments of the Ministry of Antiquities’ plan to improve it and make visitors’ time there more enjoyable. The project includes the construction of a visitors centre, as well as second entrance to the site from Fayoum road, which will later become the main entrance, in order to prevent traffic and congestion on Al-Ahram road.

Director General of the Giza Plateau Ashraf Mohi said that the Ministry of Antiquities is preparing to finalise all works of the second (and last) phase of the development project, which will be opened before the end of the year. He added that 70% of the total work has already been completed.

The remaining 30% will be completed within the next few months. This includes finishing the administration building and the visitors centre, as well as completing the roads around the site and contracting with companies that supply electric cars.

Director General of the Giza Plateau Ashraf Mohi
The first phase of the project had already been completed before 2011, including the new ticket building and the construction of a new entrance on Fayoum road, in addition to fencing the site. The final stage includes moving the main entrance—currently located next to Mena House Hotel—to Fayoum road.

The new entrance will feature a wide-space parking lot to accommodate tourist buses and visitors’ cars. Visitors of the site will then be welcomed through the Visitors Centre, which will include stereographs of the pyramids and the monuments within the site, along with a map to the area. Moreover, the centre will have a theatre to play a short six-minute documentary introducing visitors to the site and its monuments.

Following the development, the site will offer electric cars to transport visitors around the shrines and monuments. The tour includes the three Great Pyramids, Khufu ship, and the Sphinx. The cars will then take visitors back to the parking lot.

The Ministry of Antiquities is considering a number of offers submitted by companies to secure the electric cars based on their efficiency and the cars’ ability to withstand the terrain, Mohi said.  special area will be designated for a promenade where horses and camels can be ridden. Bazaars and vendors will be moved to an area adjacent to the main entrance.... Read More

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