Some information about Giza - The Pyramids of Giza Giza (الجيزة al-Gīza) is a Governorate to the west of the Egyptian capital Cairo - a city in its own right, but for a long time now absorbed as part of the heavily-populated and sprawling Cairo metropolis. Giza is best known as that part of Cairo closest to the world-famous Pyramids of Giza, situated high on the desert plateau immediately to the west of the urban district, itself located in the valley and centred around the Pyramids Road, linking central Cairo with the ancient wonders. One of the premier attractions of Egypt, if not the world, the Pyramids of Giza represent the archetypal pyramid structures of ancient Egyptian civilisation and - together with the Sphinx at the base of the Giza plateau - are the iconic image of Egypt. The efforts of the Egyptian government, tourism has not returned to its pre-revolution (2011) status pinnacle and the 95% decline in revenues have helped plunge Egypt into economic crisis at a time when it can least afford it. There has been an increase of 5.5% in early 2015 however, with an increase in Arab state visitors and Eastern Europeans.