While Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza may be the last of the original seven wonders of the world, the experience of going to the pyramids itself feels like a swift kick in the pants. Thankfully, all of that's about to change.
After lengthy negotiations, Egypt's Council of Antiquities recently signed off on a deal with Orascom Investment that will grant the company the right to provide and run high-quality facilities and services in the area surrounding the Giza Pyramids. The much-needed revamp of the place will include the company providing 20 golf carts and 30 buses, operated by renewable energy, to help the tourists move within the Giza Plateau. That doesn't mean you won't get your token horse or camel ride by the pyramids, though; instead, Orascom will train horse and camel owners – and the on-site photographers who'll take your odd pyramid Instagram shots – and will get them suited up in a uniform so you can recognize who's who while you're there.
Other additions to the experience that seem almost too good to be true include visitor maps, food trucks, photo booths, proper signage throughout the plateau, and what appears to be the digitization of the experience through a mobile application and free WiFi service. Oh, and there's going to be a cinema in the visitor's centre. No big deal.
Much to the local Pizza Hut's dismay, they'll also be installing 20 mobile toilets (hallelujah!) as well as a mobile medical center for first aid services in the area.
Along with operating the parking area outside the site in front of the entrance on Fayoum Road and prohibiting vehicles from entering the site, Orascom will provide both cleaning and security companies for the entire area as well.
Source: Ahram Online