The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Monday that all works related to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will be completed on September 30, in preparation for its opening.
The ministry added in a statement that Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani and head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces Ehab al-Far held an expanded coordination meeting at the museum to follow up on the executive position of the latest developments in the museum project in preparation for its opening.
The meeting reviewed the latest developments in the museum project and its surrounding area, completion rates and the development of the construction phases, especially the Khufu Boat Museum and halls and the equipment required for transporting and displaying artifacts in its permanent places at the museum.
The two officials stressed during the meeting the need to complete all the remaining work in the project in accordance to the specified timeline.
Construction and engineering works are due to be complete by June 30, 2022.
All the interior finishes, the commercial area, and the display areas will be completed by September 30, 2022.
This comes within the framework of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ endeavor to provide a unique and exceptional experience for visitors of the Grand Egyptian Museum to learn about the ancient Egyptian civilization by visiting the museum and its attached service area in accordance with the best international standards.
The Grand Egyptian Museum includes 12 exhibition halls.
The museum will contain 100,000 artifacts, including 5,000 artifacts belonging to King Tutankhamun, including 2,000 artifacts fir the golden king displayed for the first time.
Constructed on an area of approximately 500,000 square meters, the GEM is located just two kilometers from the pyramids of Giza, and will house the world’s largest antiquities collection belonging to a single culture’s heritage.
The GEM is set to showcase 5,000 relics from Tutankhamun’s collection as well — including 2,000 artifacts that will be displayed for the first time.
The museum was scheduled to open in 2020, but coronavirus outbreak delayed the opening.