Egypt is in the final steps before finishing the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) project and the development of the surrounding area.
The General Supervisor of the project Atef Moftah announced the dismantling of the metal structure surrounding the Khufu ship, installed to cover it during its transfer in August 2021 from the old museum next to the Great Pyramid to the GEM.
The hull is currently being dismantled in order to prepare the boat and reassemble the pieces that were dismantled during transportation, he aid, which are the oars, and the bow and stern of the boat.
Moftah added that work has also finished for placement of the artifacts inside the display windows and on the bases, as well as the two halls displaying King Tutankhamun’s treasures and the Great Staircase have been completed after it was opened for visitors since December 2023.
He announced that by the end of February all work on the GEM will be completed – including engineering work and organizing the display of artifacts – with the museum ready to officially open its doors.
Egypt’s grandest museum
Constructed on approximately 500,000 square meters, the new GEM is located nearby the Giza Pyramids 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 displayed for the first time.
The museum includes huge exhibition halls, and is distinguished by its proximity to the Giza pyramids area and the New Administrative Capital, which makes it a gateway to Egypt’s past, present and future.
It is expected to attract about five million tourists.
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