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Is Egypt planning to rent out the pyramids ?


Posted on Monday, 4 March, 2013 | Comment icon 35 comments | News tip by: Atentutankh-pasheri


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There are indications that Egypt intends to rent out some of its most valuable ancient monuments.

The idea has been downplayed by many as preposterous, however in a recent interview with the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Adel Abdel Sattar, it appeared that there were indeed plans to rent out monuments such as the pyramids, the Sphinx and the Abu Simbel Temple to an international tourism firm for a period of five years.

Despite objections to the idea, the reality is that such a move could generate upwards of $200 billion, more than enough to pay off the country's national debt and to provide financial stability for decades. While it certainly makes sense from an economic perspective, renting out Egypt's more valuable historical assets however may be seen as a step too far for many.

"Egypt’s finance ministry sent a proposal to the country’s antiquities ministry to consider offering key monuments, including the pyramids, to international tourism firm as a quick solution to generate funds needed to overcome the financial crisis, an official has said."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #26 Posted by cladking on 7 March, 2013, 21:31
I think it would make a great water park. A covered walkway from the valley to the pyramid can keep more serious visitors from seeing the dessicration. Meanwhile on the outside everyone can beat the summer heat in their swimsuits. The air shafts could be used to pump water out and the whole pyramid would be a fountain. It might catch on and a lot of the plumbing is already in place. I would have one heck of a gift shop. Mummies and daddies would come from far and wide.
Comment icon #27 Posted by bom shankra on 8 March, 2013, 3:36
Leeds, you joined 14th feb 2013, your averaging roughly 500 posts a month. Clad~ has 6000 in 6 years or so, which is only 85 posts a month.
Comment icon #28 Posted by bom shankra on 8 March, 2013, 4:01
Nik Turner (i'll be surprised if anyone reading this knows who he is), recorded "sphynx" in the kings chamber in 1993 - the acoustics are meant to be unworldly...presumably he had permission, no doubt there was a liberal amount of baksheesh involved.
Comment icon #29 Posted by third_eye on 8 March, 2013, 11:45
are we getting audited for UM taxes ? are humor incentives deductible ?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 8 March, 2013, 17:12
I hope so because humour is sometimes missing from these Egypt threads. Too much this and not enough Hmm, and ...
Comment icon #31 Posted by third_eye on 8 March, 2013, 17:19
Ya better get your receipts in order , i think the council of smiley revenues just got a call
Comment icon #32 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 8 March, 2013, 17:37
No problem, everything is these guys can deal with tax collectors
Comment icon #33 Posted by Stephan1339 on 12 March, 2013, 17:18
It's a good idea. Someone can finally stop the local people climbing over the wall and ripping off tourists. It would also be nice to have a public toilet somewhere on the plateau. You know...something to stop everyone p***ing in the tombs. They might even remove the billions of coke bottle caps from the sand and clean up the area around the plateau.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Stephan1339 on 12 March, 2013, 17:23
Maybe they could just sell them and move them somewhere safer. One thing's for sure: When they were taken down, any last hopes the hippies had that they were built by aliens would evaporate. We'd get to see EXACTLY how they were built.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Junior Chubb on 12 March, 2013, 22:40
Now that would make a great episode of if they went for it without taking them apart...
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