Egypt has opened its first-ever restaurant and lounge in Giza’s pyramid plateau.
Named the 9 Pyramids Lounge, the restaurant’s unique location will enable visitors to have a special view of the plateau’s nine royal tombs. Unveiled on October 20, the restaurant is built on a total area of 1,341 square meters and comes with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a private parking lot, according to authorities.
The restaurant was inaugurated last week in a ceremony which also saw the launching of a fleet of 30 electric buses that will shuttle tourists around the area.
The buses will be the only means of transportation at the site, amid other restrictions that have been made to preserve the monuments at the site.
“The completion of this development project, the increase in the capacity of Sphinx International Airport, and the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) next year will change the tourism map of Cairo,” said Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany
The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for over a decade and is expected to attract tourists when opened to help fund developmental projects in the country.
Tourists have already started visiting the 9 Pyramids Lounge where they can either be seated at tables or on cushions on the floor while enjoying the views of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Two “fine dining restaurants” and a cafe are expected to be opened in early 2021 in the area as other services will also be upgraded to match up to the “greatness of Egyptian civilization and the magnificence of the historical site.
Ancient Egypt has often been the main reference point when interpreting the past and experience of Africa. Egyptian civilization has been identified as the cradle of all human civilization and celebrated for its languages, governance structure and a long history of wealth, education and powerful Pharaohs.
All these have helped boost the country’s tourism sector, which was hit hard recently by the pandemic. In 2019, 13.6 million people visited Egypt and numbers were expected to exceed 15 million this year.