The Egyptian city of Alexandria has been selected to host the General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 2022, following fierce competition from Oslo and Prague in the French capital Paris on Thursday.
The Mediterranean city received 67 votes, while Prague came in second with 52 and Oslo third with 11.
Alexandria will be the first city in Africa and the Arab region to host the International Council of Museums' General Conference.
The conference is the largest heritage event in the world and is attended by 4,000 experts and numerous tourism companies.
In 2016, ICOM’s 24th General Conference took place in Milan, Italy from 3 to 9 July. The upcoming edition will be held in Kyoto, Japan, from 1 to 7 September, 2019.
The countries that voted for Alexandria included China, Ecuador, Chad, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Morocco.
Egypt was one of the founding countries of the International Council of Museums in UNESCO in 1946, and has expanded its role in the Council in recent years.
Egypt was also elected last Friday as the first Arab country to chair the UNESCO committee for countering illicit trafficking of antiquities. The country will chair the committee from May 2018 to May 2019.