On Wednesday, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, chaired the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Grand Egyptian Museum Authority, at the ministry’s headquarters in Zamalek.
During the talks, the minister discussed a number of issues, especially with regard to the latest executive works in the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), the progress of the archaeological work in the museum ahead of its opening.
On his part, Major General Atef Moftah, the general supervisor of the GEM project announced that about more than 99 percent of the museum work was finalized, with artefacts completely installed in the Great Hall and Grand Staircase, adding that more than 55,000 artifacts were moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum so far.
Dr. Eltayeb Abbas, Assistant Minister for Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum, added that mechanical, engineering and plumbing work at the museum, including the main building, the central square and the Ramses hall as well as the 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II that weighs 75 tons at present stands at 96%.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization only; the dazzling ancient Egyptian civilization.
GEM will include a children's museum, an educational center, a handicraft center, educational classes and a museum dedicated to sun boats, in addition to the first field for a hanging obelisk.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will turn Egypt to a main worldwide hub for Pharaonic artifacts and a must-visit place for both tourists and Egyptologists.
This great museum is tailor made to benefit from the persity of Egypt's monuments and artifacts to be displayed in one place and one location to maintain and preserve this one of a kind heritage.
GEM site is only 2km from the Giza Pyramids, located between the ancient Great Pyramids and the modern city of Cairo, at the junction between dry desert and the fertile floodplain, the Grand Museum is a portal to the past.
The Giza Pyramids and its Necropolis nominated by UNESCO among the world Cultural Heritage Sites as it houses unique monuments from the dazzling Egyptian civilization.
The Grand Egyptian Museum complex is built on a plot of land of approximately 117 feddans, about 480,000 square meters.
GEM opening will be attended by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as well as kings, princes, presidents, heads of international organizations, and senior officials from all around the world.
Translated by Hassanain Tayea