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gearing up to open the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization later this
year and the Grand Egyptian Museum in early 2021.
To promote these important
events, Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly made a historic visit to the
archaeological site of Saqqara, located south of Cairo.
Oct. 19 the excavation works carried out by the Egyptian
archaeological mission working in the Saqqara antiquities area. He visited
the archaeological site and participated in the inspection works along
with the members of the archaeological mission — a first in the history of the
The visit boosted the
morale of workers and led them to expedite the discovery of antiquities,
artifacts and mummies dating back more than 2,500 years.
Madbouly went down one
of the three new burial wells that were found to inspect for himself the
coffins that were discovered inside.
Zahi Hawass, an
Egyptian archaeologist and former minister of antiquities, told Al-Monitor that
Egypt is conveying a message to the world that it is interested in antiquities,
culture and civilization.
Fattah al-Sisi is to receive the royal mummies that will be transferred in
a majestic procession to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo. The museum is set to display
antiquities discovered in the Saqqara necropolis, home to thousands of mummies,
statues and historical artifacts.
Starting next month,
Egypt is set to inaugurate several archaeological museums. Chief among
these is the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in the capital Cairo,
the Sharm Museum in the southern Sinai Peninsula,
the Royal Chariots Museum in Bulaq, the Kafr El-Sheikh Museum in the Nile Delta
region and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Hawass said that
for the first time in the history of Egyptian antiquities, a prime minister has
visited an archaeological site and went down an 11-meter (36-feet) deep well to
see such a discovery for himself.
This came after international agencies had
reported the discovery in an area containing thousands of coffins with
mummies and statues.
In early October,
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani announced at a widely publicized event
in the presence of local and international reporters that a huge archaeological
discovery was made in the Saqqara area near the pyramids, containing wells with
coffins of mummies, artifacts and statues dating back more than 2,500
Hawass stressed that
Egypt is announcing to the world its interest in antiquities and culture.
The cost of the Grand Egyptian Museum has thus far exceeded $1 billion, he
stated, adding that Egypt has spent millions of pounds to develop the Pyramids
area, the Sohag National Museum, the Baron Palace and the Sharm Museum.
Yaman al-Hamaki, a
professor of economics at the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University, told
Al-Monitor that Egypt is making great efforts to overcome the repercussions of
the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector, which was generating
about $1 billion per month. Cairo, she said, has resumed in
July the flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam on
the northern coast, thus giving a boost to the tourism sector. These
destinations are open areas where the necessary measures to stem the spread of
the coronavirus are implemented.
Hamaki noted that
Egypt is seeking to promote archaeological tourism through the large
inauguration events that are scheduled in the coming period.
continued, is encouraging tourists to spend more time in Cairo by
opening coffee shops, restaurants and hotels in the Pyramids area.
according to Hamaki, will play a major role in increasing the revenues
generated by the tourism sector.
She said that Madbouly’s
historic visit to the Saqqara necropolis was organized to promote to the world
Egyptian archaeological tourism, as the country seeks to generate tourism
revenues to the national economy as soon as the pandemic ends and the global
Amr Sidky, head of the
parliamentary Tourism and Antiquities Commission, said that Egypt is
putting itself on the global map of culture and civilization with the upcoming
openings of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian
Civilization and the development of the Baron Palace.
Add to this, she
continued, other important archaeological discoveries, all of which are set to
attract tourists to Cairo as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is over.
Sidky told Al-Monitor
that Egypt is currently showing great interest in workers in the tourism and
antiquities sector, which explains Madbouly’s visit to the Saqqara
archaeological site, which encouraged Egyptian archaeologists to speed up
new discoveries and promote them to various international media outlets so
as to convey to the world a positive image of the country.
This will play an
important role in reviving the tourism sector in the future and will be of
great benefit to the Egyptian economy.
He stressed that while
Egypt is currently boosting domestic tourism due to the decline of foreign
tourism, the ongoing pandemic and the lockdowns in a number of countries,
it is also working on improving infrastructure through the inauguration of
these large museums.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Saturday conducted an inspection tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum project at Giza.
He was briefed on the project’s recent construction work and the development of the surrounding areas. Madbouly then addressed the workers, saying “You contribute towards building a scientific, cultural, and tourist monument, and the state is not only buildiing a museum, but also a grand compound of Egyptian civilization.” The prime minister stressed that all preemptive measures against the coronavirus must be applied in all sites of the project, with full adherence to sterilization measures so that workers are protected. Minister of Tourism Khaled al-Anany presented a brief on the museum, set to be located on an area of 500,000 square meters. He explained that the visitor path will begin by entering from the Cairo-Alexandria desert road to the museum’s main entrance in front of the Egyptian Obelisk Square. There, visitors will be greeted with the museum’s majestic façade and the “wall of the pyramids” 600 meters wide and 45 meters high. The museum itself is made up of two main blocks, Anany said, namely the museum building on the left on an area of 92,623 square meters and the conference center on the right on an area of 40,609 square meters,connected by the entrance hall where the statue of King Ramses II is located. The conference center will consist of a large multi-use hall for conferences and theater, and a 3D film theater with a capacity of 500 individuals, in addition to rest areas and a garden for VIP visitors, a cultural center containing ten classes, two halls for lectures and another hall for computers. The project’s supervisor Atef Moftah said that engineering work is over 97 percent complete, and construction has been completed at 100 percent.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza has, amid tight
security provided by Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police, received 2,000
artefacts for display in its various halls. The artefacts were previously located at the Egyptian
Museum in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Museum Store in Tell El-Yahudiyeh
in the Nile Delta, and at the Giza Pyramids antiquities area. GEM General Supervisor Atef Moftah said that, following
the arrival of the new collection, the museum is now home to about 54,000
“Among the most important pieces received on Saturday are two columns of pink
granite from the reign of King Ramses II, each measuring 6 metres high and each
weighing 13 tonnes,” Moftah said, “They will be displayed in the Great
Staircase following the museum’s opening.” Issa Zaidan, Director
General of Executive Affairs for the Restoration and Transfer of
Antiquities at GEM, said that the process of transporting and receiving
antiquities is proceeding according to the specified schedule. The museum’s
opening has been delayed to 2021, due to the emergence of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He added that 47 wooden pieces have also been transferred
from the second Khufu boat located at the Giza Pyramids Plateau. A total of
1,053 wooden pieces from the boat now call the GEM home.
collection of 614 artefacts arrived safely at the Grand Egyptian Museum. Written By/ Nevine
collection of 614 artefacts were transported from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir
Square to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) by the pyramids on Monday. Osama
Abu El-Kheir, general director of the Conservation Department at the GEM, said
that the collection contains 11 objects from the treasure sof King Tutankhamun,
among them the king’s diadem.
included are items from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period, including a wooden
box of King Amenhotep II covered with a layer of a white mortar and engraved
with the king's cartouche and a hieratic text, as well as a collection of
Osirian statuettes and a limestone statue of the fifth dynasty’s top official
in the royal palace, Senefer, and a 26th dynasty relief bearing the image of a
transfer of Tutankhamun’s diadem was really a challenge,” Eissa Zaidan, head of
the First Aid Restoration Department at the GEM told Ahram Online.
explained that the diadem was in a very poor conservation condition. The
restoration team used all the required scientific methods to protect the diadem
and covered it with special kind of antibacterial and anti-acidic foam to
guarantee its safe arrival, he explained.The new museum is scheduled to open in 2020.
A collection of 71 artifacts were transferred to the Grand Egyptian
Museum in preparation for its opening in 2020. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received a collection of 71 artifacts
today from Al-Bahnasa archaeological site in the Minya governorate in Upper
Tarek Tawfiq, GEM Supervisor General, told Ahram Online that the
collection includes several important ancient Egyptian pieces, such as the
beautiful Nes-Ptah’s sarcophagus with an anthropoid lid. Nes-Ptah was a noble
and son of Thebes’ and overseer Montumhat. The sarcophagus is inscribed with
hieroglyphic texts and weighs a staggering five tons.
The collection also includes a red granite sarcophagus for a noble named
User Montu, weighing three tonnes, as well as three colossi depicting the
lioness goddess Sekhmet seated on the throne holding the symbol of life Ankh
and the sun disk upon her head. Lastly, four canopic jars, with lids depicting
the four sons of Horus, were also one of the artifacts transported to the GEM.
Eissa Zidan, Head of the First Aid Restoration Department at the GEM,
explained that the collection was subjected to documentation and restoration
before it was packed and transported.The valuable collection was placed inside wooden boxes and covered with
special foam layers which absorb the vibrations caused during transportation.
The GEM complex, located overlooking the Giza plateau, is a cultural
institution located on an area of approximately 500,000 m2. Adjacent to the
Pyramids of Giza, the complex includes one of the largest museums in the world,
displaying the heritage of the Egyptian civilization. It will contain over
100,000 artifacts, reflecting Egypt's past from prehistory through the Greek
and Roman periods in Egypt.
head of a statue of King Senusret I arrived safely at the Grand Egyptian Museum
for restoration. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received a red granite head Friday from a statue of
King Senusret I from the antiquities ministry storage galleries in the Cairo
Citadel. The transportation came within the framework of the Ministry of
Antiquities’ mission to prepare for the museum’s grand opening, which is
scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.
general supervisor, Tarek Tawfik, explained that the head is carved from red
granite and has the common artistic features found in pieces attributed to the
The head, which was discovered in 2005 in Souq Al-Khamis at the
Matriya archaeological site in 2005 by an Egyptian-German mission, portrays the
facial features of King Senusret I wearing a partial headdress.
statue’s royal beard, which was discovered separated 10 metres away from the
corresponding head in 2008, was also transported to the museum. The head,
according to Ayman Ashmawy, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities
Section who discovered the artifact in 2005, measures 122 cm x 108cm x 75cm and
weighs roughly two tons.
Zidan, general director of the First Aid Restoration Department at the GEM,
said Friday that the restoration team and archaeologists used the latest
technology in the packing and transportation of the head and beard, which
required wooden beams to settle the objects onto a hydraulic crane for lifting.
head and beard are now at the GEM conservation centre for restoration, study,
examination, analysis and documentation, while a three-dimensional imaging
technique will be used to illustrate the suggested methods to re-attach the
head to the beard.