Not Egyptology related, but for anyone travelling in Egypt, you may want a few “heads up”:
There has been a bout of renaming on the metro system, so some station names have been changed. Giza Suburb is now Omm el Misryeen. I think there may be a few others as well, so make sure when travelling to note of number of stops as well as the name, as some metro maps in circulation on the internet are out of date. Line 3 still isn’t open (surprise!).
Terminal 3 is now open and operating. Virtually all EgyptAir flights are now using this terminal.
OBELISK OF SENUSRET I AT HELIOPOLIS
Is CLOSED due to the site being developed into an “open air museum”. Note that this is actually closed instead of “Egyptian Closed”. It was meant to re-open in October, but don’t hold your breath.
LUXOR PUBLIC BUS FARES
Have gone up. It is now 35pt per person, not 25pt per trip on the East Bank. West Bank fares are, as always, something of a movable feast. 50pt remains a pain free rule of thumb for anything except very long rides (i.e. Seti Is mortuary temple).
WEST BANK BUS STATION AND VEHICLES
Has been changed. Now located immediately north, across the unfinished road, from the old station. Prior advice about heading into the village and flagging a already part-full bus on the main road out still stands. Also, a new fleet of vehicls has been introduced, so some buses are now of the East Bank minibus variety, rather than pick ups. The newer ones do look a little like the vehicles some tour companies use, so don’t let them sail by on the road thinking it’s just for people with bigger budgets than you and I.
Visitor centre is now open. Contains some models of the complex with not much explanation, and a short video in English. Has AC, but lies beyond the ticket and security check point, which is still at the 1st Pylon, and is the same as before. There’s some shops too, if you feel the need.
Does not accept Egyptian issued ISIC cards. Students, make sure to bring your own uni ID card as well! They are accepted provided they have the usual details (photo, name of your uni, your name, student number etc.) and look “legit” (i.e. produced on a proper card printer rather than stick on and laminate job)
AVENUE OF SPHINXES
Excavations are ongoing. Be aware that the excavation is being extended northward, so there are some road closures, including around the mosque previously just beyond the northern edge of the temple site. There mosque is still there, but the road has been mostly removed. See Google Earth image below:
CLOSURES AND DEMOLITIONS
Some buildings are being cleared to make far for a widening of the Corniche, and Avenue of the Sphinxes project. However there is a lot of rumour, much of it untrue. Before taking it off internet rumour that any particular apartments or hotels are closed, call and check in person.