Sun, 20 Sep 2020 - 03:49 GMT
Imaginary photo of the Giza Pyramid's surrounding area once development works are completed - ET
CAIRO – 20 September 2020: Transforming Giza into the capital of world tourism is a goal that the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities seeks to reach through a plan to transform the area surrounding the Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Egyptian Museum into a tourist service area of the highest international standards.
According to Atef Moftah, the supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area, the area’s development plan includes establishing a project to create a cable car as well as a tourist and cultural service area, according to the following plan:
- The surrounding area reaches about 9,400 acres. Its borders from the north and south are the regional ring road, while Al-Mansouriya Lake lays on its eastern side and Al-Fayoum Road and the Wahat Road are on its western side.
- The state took several decisions, the last of which was to annex 52 acres behind the Grand Egyptian Museum in the area between the museum and the ring road which leads to it.
- The decision to expropriate ownership for the public benefit was issued in favor of constructing Al-Fayoum tunnel. It is one of the most important decisions that change the features of the region, which will help secure the tourists while entering and exiting.
- Random parking spaces and encroachments have been removed along the road. The road will be diverted from Al-Fayoum Road directly to Al-Mansouriya axis, turning the area into a unified space and an open museum.
- Establishment of a walkway of 2 km in length and half a kilometer in width from the museum site to the Giza pyramids is underway.
- During the upcoming days, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will receive offers and studies submitted by three major international companies to establish a cable car linking the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids Plateau.
- The proposed cable car project also includes linking the Pyramids Plateau with some important hotels. There will be networks linking the regions and towers with ten stations to move through.
- The cable car route passes from the area behind the museum away from its facade, passing by Al-Fayoum Road, and parallel to the road to a station outside the archaeological area of the pyramids.
- A series of studies are being conducted to ensure that the cable car route is far from the archaeological area in a way that guarantees the preservation of the historical identity of the place, and that its presence does not constitute a visual distortion.
- The Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat will be linked at a future stage by a metro line so that visitors are able to take a trip along the Citadel, Fustat, the Pyramids and the Grand Egyptian Museum.
- The Shooting Club has been evacuated. It will be annexed to the area surrounding the museum. Cultural and tourism activities will be held there.
- Two north and south roads were created to separat the shooting club on an area of 117 acres, consisting of four lanes in each direction, in addition to developing Alexandria Road to have four other lanes in each direction. This aims to end the crowding on the road that leads to the museum.
- Two uphill lanes and two descending lanes were built on the Ring Road, along with two lanes for the northern road, bringing the total number of roads leading to the Ring Road to 14.