This week, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Naguib Sawiris, chairman and CEO of Orascom, in the presence of 50 ambassadors from foreign, Arab and African countries, witnessed the trial operation of the first environmentally-friendly electric bus in Cairo.
Within the framework of the joint cooperation between the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and Orascom Pyramids Entertainment to develop services on the Pyramids Plateau, they also announced the opening of “9 Pyramids Lounge” restaurant, it is the first restaurant and lounge to be located in the Giza Pyramids area.
The restaurant is located on the southern side of the plateau that overlooks nine royal tombs and has a superb view as it built on a total area of 1,341 square meters with indoor and outdoor seating and a tent area with a private parking lot.
“9 Pyramids Lounge” restaurant provides its various services of distinguished meals and drinks of the highest quality levels, in addition to holding a number of special events celebrating the great Egyptian civilization.
“In light of the 100% engineering completion of the project to develop services on the Pyramids Plateau, implemented by the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces with government funding, preparations are being made to receive visitors before mid-2021,” Al-Anany said.
“Today, we announce the opening of the first touristic restaurant in the Panorama area of the Pyramids Plateau, without any major construction work in accordance with the requirements of the archaeological area,” Al-Anany added. “This project is the first outcome of the protocol signed between the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Orascom Investment Holding company in December 2018.”
“The restaurant is built in a subtle wooden setting, with pillows scattered on the ground to emulate a Bedouin-style. Its unique location offers a view of the Pyramids,” Minister of Tourism and Antiquities mentioned.
The project provides transportation means within the archaeological area, including buses and vehicles powered by electricity and environmentally friendly energy, in addition to the provision of mobile and self-cleaning toilets, in addition to introducing fast food, food and beverage services in the places specified and approved by the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The project is part of the ministry’s keenness to improve the quality of services provided to visitors in one of the most important touristic destinations in the world.
“ Egypt was developing its touristic and archaeological infrastructure, and that this would have a positive impact on Egyptian tourism.” Al-Anani said. “With the completion of this development project, the increase in the capacity of the Sphinx International Airport, and the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) next year, the tourism map of Egypt would be changed .”
On his part, Sawiris said that his group’s main objective is upgrading services provided to the visitors of the pyramids.
“Our main objective is to upgrade the services in a way that suits the greatness of Egyptian civilization and the magnificence of this historical site, in addition to preserving the area from all forms of pollution and creating a fascinating experience for its visitors,” Sawiris said.
“Today we present the first restaurant in the project that was designed in a simple style, built entirely from natural materials such as wood, ropes and mobile units decorated with a design that matches the nature of the area and protects it from visual pollution,” he added.
Ashraf Halim, CEO of Orascom Pyramids Entertainment, confirmed that robust cooperation has been undertaken with Egyptian and international consulting firms to transform this unique site into a global archaeological tourist destination,.
Contributed by Omnia Ahmed