The first restaurant at the Egyptian pyramids has opened its doors
Imagine dining with the striking backdrop of the sole remaining wonder of the ancient world...
The first restaurant to ever overlook the Egyptian pyramids has finally opened its doors in an attempt to boost the country's badly-affected tourism sector.
Based on a 14,434 sq-ft plot of land on the plateau outside Cairo where the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx are situated, the 9 Pyramids Lounge first welcomed guests this past week amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has hit the country that accounted for the majority of Africa's tourism-related GDP contributions drastically.
As Reuters reports, Egypt's tourism sector has been reporting monthly losses of around US$1 billion since March, so opening this open-air restaurant is just one part of the plan to entice travellers back to the popular destination.
Offering what Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, describes as "a panorama view that cannot be matched anywhere in the world," the new facilities are easily able to be dismantled and reassembled so as not to permanently alter the UNESCO world heritage site in any way.
To ferry visitors around the site, a fleet of electric buses is set to be deployed as well, while next year the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to be the world's largest archaeological museum, is set to be opened just beyond the pyramids as well.
The US$19.23 million project to upgrade the plateau should not only bolster the destination's amazing sites with some much-needed facilities, but should also streamline tourists' experience.