Prime Minister discusses Grand Egyptian Museum opening

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met the Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani and the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project Atef Moftah on Sunday, discussing arrangements for the opening ceremony of the Grand Egyptian Museum, alongside utilizing unexploited Islamic Archaeological Buildings.

Madbouly called for optimal maintenance and utilization for these archaeological buildings and the promotion of Egyptian heritage.

Anani previewed the executive situation for several archaeological projects, such as raising efficiency for the Baron Empain Palace, completing construction of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, restoration work of the Pyramid of Djoser, constructing the Sharm el-Sheikh Museum and establishing Antique reproduction factory projects.

Anani referred that the total costs of these projects amounted to LE1,479 billion while costs of establishing the Grand Egyptian Museum Project reached US$970 million.

During the meeting, Anani added that the exhibition of “TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” will be held in Saatchi Gallery in London from November 12 till May 3 in 2020,and that Egypt will host the 12th International Conference of Egyptologists in November.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to be inaugurated in 2020, before the previously-announced official time of 2022.

Ten museums have been newly inaugurated in the past two years, including Minya’s Malawy Museum, which was raided by terrorists and burned, the Islamic Art Museum, which was destroyed by a car bomb on January 18, 2017, the Sohag Museum, and a museum in Marsa Matroh.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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