Egypt launches its first touristic restaurant at the Giza Pyramids plateau late on Tuesday.
“Today, we announce the opening of the first tourist restaurant in the Panorama area of the Pyramids Plateau,” Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany said at the opening ceremony.
Called “9 Pyramids Lounge,” the restaurant is the fruit of cooperation between the Supreme Council and Antiquities and Egypt’s Orascom Pyramids Entrainment (OPT), which is a subsidiary of the Orascom Investment Holding (OIH) group.
The restaurant is built in a subtle wooden setting, with pillows scattered on the ground to emulate the Bedouin style.
“The restaurant’s unique location offers a view of all pyramids in Giza,” al-Anany said, stressing that Egypt is keen to establish a tourist and archaeological infrastructure as it will have a positive impact on the tourism sector in the monument-rich country.
For his part, Naguib Sawiris, Chairman and CEO of OIH, said his group’s main objective is upgrading services provided to the visitors of the pyramids while preserving the area from all forms of pollution as well as creating a fascinating experience for its visitors.
He revealed that two more restaurants and a cafe would be launched in early 2021 in an old building located on the northwestern side overlooking the three pyramids.
“We will also convert the entire visit to the pyramids area to eco-friendly electric buses,” Sawiris said.
The attendees witnessed the trial operation of an environmentally-friendly electric bus in the area, which runs from the visitor centre station to Panorama One Station, reaching Menkaure, Khufu and Khafre stations and ending its route at Sphinx Station.