"One guy jumped on the taxi trying to sell us a camel ride!" recounts Adam Koppeser, a Cairo resident who recently took some of his friends on a visit to the great Giza pyramids.
"And at the entrance, a guy asked me for my ticket but he wasn't wearing a tourism badge. When I asked him to show it to me, I pointed out that what he showed me was his national ID – not a tour guide permit."
To counter this kind of harassment and build bridges with the villagers of Nazlet Al-Samaan neighbouring the Giza plateau pyramids, the ministry of state for antiquities established The Plateau Committee.
The committee consists of representatives from the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA), ministries of tourism and interior as well as representatives from Giza governorate, civil society and Nazlet Al-Samaan residents. It will submit a monthly report on the problems in the plateau and suggest solutions.