The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has launched the second phase of the extraction and restoration project of King Khufu’s second boat.
Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass participated in the project, along with Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), and Issa Zeidan, Executive Director of the Restoration at the GEM, as well as El-Tayeb Abbas, the Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Affairs at the GEM.
Hideki Matsunaga, Director General of Middle East and Europe Department of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan’s Ambassador to Cairo Oka Hiroshi, and Professor Sakuji Yoshimura, President of Higashi Nippon International University, also contributed to the project.
On his part, Hawass expressed his great pride in this project, lauding the exerted efforts that had been made in order to accomplish the first phase.
In the same vein, Waziri affirmed that this project is one of the largest restoration projects in the world, highlighting the fruitful cooperation between Egypt and Japan.
Moreover, Yoshimura stressed that the Egyptian-Japanese team began implementing the project to extract, restore and assemble the Khufu’s second boat in 1992.