New underground parking in Tahrir Square

Four-level facility opened by Egyptian premier

A four-storey underground parking facility in Cairo's Tahrir Square has been inaugurated by Egyptian premier Ibrahim Mahlab along with Cairo's governor Galal Mostafa.

The underground parking project is located adjacent to the Egyptian Museum, just off Tahrir Square, and authorities hope it will alleviate some of the congestion in the city centre.

There is space for 1,700 cars and 24 tourist buses, and there is also a daily mini-bus service offering transport from the garage to destinations around downtown Cairo.

The facility, which was built by the Arab Contractors firm, is the first stage in a redevelopment project around Tahrir Square which provided the backdrop to the revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The site above the parking lot will be used to offer goods and services to visitors, according to a government source quoted in local media.