A new cafe, restaurant and lounge with up-close views of the 4500-year-old Pyramids of Giza will soon open as part of a site-wide revamp of Cairo’s most famous attraction and the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. The space, called 9 Pyramids Lounge, will be located on the southern end of the complex and will be the closest cafe to the pyramids for a much-deserved post-visit break. The cafe is expected to open this month.

9 Pyramids Lounge is the first part of a wider redevelopment scheme for the Pyramids of Giza site. Other planned amenities include a new visitors centre, cinema, public toilets, site-wide signage, food trucks, photo booths, free Wi-Fi, tickets that can be purchased through an app and a hop-on-hop-off electric bus route that will circle the area and drop travellers off at designated stops. Animal handlers who offer rides on horses and camels, often using aggressive tactics, will be trained to ‘better deal with visitors’, according to a recorded presentation given in March.

"The Pyramids represent a powerful symbol for the future of Egypt, connecting our rich legacy to our exciting future", Ashraf Halim, CEO of Orascom Pyramids Entertainment, the investment group that’s leading the redevelopment, said in a statement.

Pyramids of Giza and camel caravan in desert. ©Mark Brodkin Photography/Getty

Tourism officials in Egypt are expecting a surge of visitors when the nearby and much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum opens in 2021, delayed yet again, this time by the coronavirus pandemic. The museum was originally slated to open in 2011. The proceeds from the travelling Tutankhamun exhibition, which has been attended by millions in Los Angeles, Paris and London, will help fund the museum.

Egypt reopened its borders to international visitors in July, and the government has temporarily slashed the cost of tourist visas and ticket prices for the country’s attractions

You might also like:

Getting to know the Pyramids of Giza
Egypt’s unusual 'bent' pyramid reopens to the public after decades
Egypt is welcoming back travellers in July - but only at some hotels

Explore related stories

Luxor's Karnak Temple or a camel ride in the Sahara


Morocco vs Egypt: which north African country should you visit?

Jun 26, 2024 • 6 min read