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What You Need to Know About Egypt’s GEM



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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Egypt’s Plan to Reopen Archaeological Sites




Egypt's Plan to Reopen Archaeological Sites

So far, all open archaeological sites remain closed since the coronavirus outbreak as part of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ efforts in combating the pandemic.

But now, several countries have begun to reopen their sites once again for visitors so what is Egypt plan to follow in the same steps? Should we expect a reopening soon? Well, here’s what we know so far.

On this occasion, director of the Pyramids Archaeological Zone Ashraf Mohieddin spoke about the plan to reopen some of the areas for visitors.

According to him, once Egypt decided to reopen the archaeological Pyramids’ area for visitors, they will maintain all safety and precautionary measures.

These measures will be aligned with Egypt’s strict instructions in order to combat the spread of the virus, this means that both and visitors will be urged to wear masks and gloves at all times.

Mohieddin also added that the temperature of each visitor will be taken upon entering and that the area will be sanitized daily.

It’s also possible that the number of visitors will be reduced by 25% in order to maintain social distance and avoid any over crowding.

Finally, Mohieddin said that on the other hand, closed places including ancient graves may remain closed in the first stage of re-opening touristic sites.


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GEM Receives 346 Artifacts Including 10 statues of King Senusret I




A collection of 346 artifacts have been been transferred successfully from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the GEM, the transfer included the significant statues of King Senusret I.

According to the General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah, the statues have been temporarily placed in the grand foyer, awaiting to be moved to their permanent spot in the museum.

Director General of Antiquities Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Tayeb Abbas said that these magnificent statues of King Senusert were discovered back in 1894 at a crater in the funerary temple of King Senusert I.

The statues are made of limestone and were first placed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in 1895. The statues depict young King Senusert I sitting on the throne.

Another artifact of great significance that the GEM received is the seven oils rectangular plate, a tool that was used in burial rituals.

Director of the Department of Restoring and Transferring Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Eissa Zidan assured that the process of transporting the artifacts is done with great keen. The packaging and securing of pieces are all documented using internationally recognized scientific methods.

We’re glad to see that with the ongoing crisis, the GEM isn’t affected and we can see the great effort being put in order to have the opening ceremony as expected, later this year.

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How Development Work is Carried Out in GEM in Respect to Precautionary Measures 




How Development Work is Carried Out in GEM in Respect to Precautionary Measures 

The opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum was scheduled for the end of this year but after the coronavirus outbreak, a delay on the opening has recently been announced.

As much as it saddened us all especially that this is one of the most anticipated events worldwide, we are now hopeful that the delay won’t be too long after yesterday’s visit of Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled el-Anani to the museum and the President’s decision to carry out works on major projects


Yesterday, Minister Anani paid a visit to the museum in order to follow up on the latest developments of the project during the crisis, and to ensure that all preventive measures are being taken.

General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum Atef Moftah, Director of the Museum for Archaeological Affairs Al-Tayeb Abbas, and a number of leaders of the ministry and the museum all accompanied Anani during the visit.

The tour included a visit to the Archaeology Restoration Center, Wood Restoration Laboratory, where some of the artifacts of King Tutankhamun are being restored and an inspection of the museum’s construction site also took place.

According to Anani, that despite the current crisis of the coronavirus, development work of the museum hadn’t stopped and that is upon the President’s decision to carry out works on major projects but of course in respect to all precautionary measures.

Anani said that at the moment, 1700 laborers are working in the museum, besides 300 engineers and supervisors representing 33 Egyptian companies out of a total of 65 companies, completing work at the museum at a rate of 50 percent per day.

That comes in light of the decision to reduce the number of workers as a precautionary measure taken by the state to protect workers from the novel virus.

Moreover, sterilization and disinfection of the project’s site, restoration laboratories and administrative offices are taken place daily.

Moftah also added that workers are examined everyday upon arriving to the museum and before leaving, in addition to passing through a sterilization corridor before entering the museum.

Also worth noting is that two sterilization lanes/corridors have been placed on site, in order to reach the project’s full work capacity after the sterilization and disinfection procedures have been completed.

The process of disinfection and sterilization isn’t done once but throughout the day! It’s divided into three periods and that is to reach maximum safety measures.

Not only that, Moftah also added that a training course is being given to all museum staff, in an attempt to spread awareness on the virus.

We’re very proud of our Egypt, very proud of all the measures taken by the government and their efforts in ensuring maximum safety.

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