File - Tourists in Luxor.
CAIRO - 9 March 2020: Tourist activities are proceeding normally in Luxor on Monday, as thousands of visitors have flocked onto its different archaeological sites such as Luxor and Karnak Temples, Valleys of the Kings and Queens on Luxor’s West Bank as well as its museums.
Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities says that tourists are enjoying Egypt’s unique heritage in Luxor’s bright sunny weather asserting that the number of tourists is increasing.
For example the number of tourists who are visiting Karnak Temples has exceeded similar number at the same time last year.
It is worth mentioning that the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is to become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.
The renovation of the Pharaonic Kebbash Road is considered a monumental moment for Luxor, as the project will bring the great road to life again.
Its new design is set to change Luxor’s position on the touristic map, as it will become the longest gangway and open museum in the world.
It is expected that the new makeover of Kebbash Road will attract tourists the world over and play a vital role in pushing the Egyptian tourism forward.
Kebbash Road will be reopened after its renovation.
In Ancient Egypt, Kebbash Road connected the Karnak Temple Complex with the Luxor Temple.
During the time of the Pharaohs, the road was one of the most important, as it hosted ceremonies and festivals.
The road was opened to the public in March 2013 by the Minister of Tourism.
Although Kebbash Road is 2.7 kilometers long, a walk through it is enjoyable as there are around 1,200 statues lining one side of the road, each resembling the Sphinx (where the head is that of a ram and the body is that of a lion) and sculpted from sandstone.
This meaningful decoration is dedicated to Amun, as the head of the statues are in the form of the god’s while the rest of the statue — the body of a lion — is a means of protecting the temples from looters.