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What You Need to Know About Egypt’s GEM

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Located in a close proximity to the Pyramids, the Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to play a focal point for the touristic sector in Egypt. The area will mainly consist now of the GEM, the Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx, in addition to Egypt’s newest Sphinx International Airport.  

The project’s foundation was laid back in 2002, while constructions started in May 2005. Ever since, the long await for this mega project to open has been eagerly anticipated.

The museum is built on a land area of 117 acres, and is set to become one of the largest archaeological museums worldwide. Whereas thousands of artifacts will be displayed in the museum for the whole world to witness, and in the hope to attract more tourists to the country.

A few days ago, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat announced that the museum will be inaugurated in the first quarter of 2020; giving the long wait a final closure soon.

Al-Mashaat also announced that the belongings of King TutanKhamun shall be displayed in a Holographic 3D imagery, during the opening of the museum in 2020.

Egypt has already been racing to restore the glory of King Tut’s collection, and is finalizing the artifacts to be ready for display.

The 5,000 piece collection will be permanently displayed in its new home, the Grand Egyptian Museum. 

Rami Magdy working on the restoration of a chariot from Tutankhamun’s tomb at the Wood Laboratory in the Grand Egyptian Museum’s conservation center. 

GEM’s General Manager, Tarek Tawfik, previously said that Tutankhamun’s collection is taking a space of two 7,000 square-meters galleries in the museum; thus giving us a wide look at the life of the King behind the Golden Mask, including how he dressed, lived and ate.

During an interview with CNN, Al-Mashaat expressed her faith ‘that the GEM is going to revive the cultural tourism again, not just to Egypt, but the whole world. This is the only museum that has the full collection of TutanKhamun. ”

“Also, the only place with the Pyramids as the backdrop,” She added.

Last Thursday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled el Anany issued a decree declaring Dr Tayyeb Abbas, archaeological affairs manager at the Great Egyptian Museum for one year.

Dr Abbas is currently the deputy dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels for education and student affairs at Minya University. He is well fit for the role, for his wide experience and knowledge.

Also worth-mentioning is that King Ramses statue is placed in the GEM’s lobby entrance; to welcome the eager attendees.

Furthermore, the facade of the museum is coated with alabaster stones, and the walls of the GEM that overlooks the Pyramids will have a glass panoramic view! Thus, giving the visitors an extra privilege and an even better experience of Egypt’s ancient history.

The Grand Egyptian Museum will cost $1.100 billion financed by the Japanese government through two loans worth $450 million. Even though, the amount may shock you, it is however, money well spent.

According to Al-Mashaat, the GEM “is a clear testament that Egypt has a lot of heritage and a lot of antiquities to show to the world in an era where cultural tourism is on a decline.”

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Giza’s Bent Pyramid Opens To The Public For The First Time

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Egypt has opened the Bent pyramid of Dahshur to visitors, the pyramid was built for the pharaoh Sneferu and is considered to be a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction.

The pyramid is now open to the public after restoration works have been completed, and as of last weekend the public are now allowed into the massive 4,600-year-old pyramid and can climb its 79-metre narrow tunnel from a raised entrance that leads to two chambers inside.

A man walking through the passage in the ‘bent’ pyramid of King Snefuru.

Visitors will also have access to an adjoining 18-metre high “side pyramid” that was possibly built for Sneferu’s wife Hetepheres, the pyramid is now open for the very first time since its excavation back in 1956.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany also reported on Saturday that Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a collection of stone, clay, wooden sarcophagi and mummies, in the Dahshur royal necropolis. All of which were uncovered during on-going excavation work that took place near the pyramid.

Anany also exclaimed that the Bent Pyramid along with other pyramids located in the area of Dahshur are all registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

We hope that such astounding discoveries and restoration to ancient landmarks can spur tourism and drive more tourists to the historical parts of Egypt.

 

 

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A Path For The Visually Impaired Inaugurated in the Egyptian Museum

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A new path in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir was inaugurated on June 20 for the visually impaired.

The inauguration of the new path was opened by Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy in the presence of 16 foreign ambassadors.

Such an impressive reform was developed under the vision of the Vivere all’ Italiana programme by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair. 

The path for the visually impaired was made by the Archaeological Centre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, the Egyptian Museum and the Museo Tattile Statale Omero in Ancona. 

This is considered as a huge step and quite the impressive gesture as it will allow people with disabilities to visit the Egyptian museum and learn more about the history of their country.

The new special itinerary relies upon the expertise of the Omero Museum in Ancona, where the visually impaired can enjoy art along with the rest of the public.

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is the first to apply this initiative but won’t be the last as more museums in the future will follow the same steps.

 

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Major Development Plan Announced For the Egyptian Museum in Tahir

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The Ministry of Antiquities announced yesterday the start of development works for the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.

A protocol of cooperation was signed as well in the declaration aiming to be later submitted to the UNESCO, in order to put the Egyptian Museum on the World Heritage List. 

The development project will last for 3 years and in the first phase, major developments will take place with the cooperation of five European museums, the Egyptian Museum in Turin in Italy, the Louvre Museum in France, the British Museum in England, the Berlin Museum in Germany, and the Leiden Museum in Holland. The European Union will support the development plan as well.

The development plan will include changing of the paint and lighting circuit, developing both the entrance and ground floor show halls, also maintenance of displays of artifacts.

Moreover, monuments will be restored and the explanatory cards will be developed, basically the museum’s master plan is keen on  developing everything including the mission and vision of the museum.

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