Work at Egypt's Grand Egyptian Museum nears completion: Ministry

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 16 May 2022

Architectural work at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is scheduled for completion by the end of June and interior finishes by the end of September, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced on Monday.

Ministry of Tourism and Archeology



The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Major General Ehab El-Far, head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, held a meeting on Monday to follow up on work developments at the GEM.
The ministry reported that structural work was completed, 99 percent of the work on site and interior finishes were wrapped up, 96 percent of the electromechanical systems were set up, and ICT and insurance were about 90 per cent finished. 
Meanwhile, 98 percent of the landscape around the museum has been completed and 92 percent of the surrounding roads were finished. 
The façade overlooking the Pyramids is nearly finished. The concrete and metal structure of the King Khufu Boats Museum has been completed and finishing works are ongoing. 
The GEM houses the first boat of king Khufu after it was transferred in August from its old wooden museum on the Giza Plateau, after it had been removed for the first time since its construction in 1982. 
A large collection of king Tutankhamun’s treasure are now installed in their permanent places inside 86 of the 107 showcases that will host the whole collection.
Procedures to make the GEM fully sustainable were reviewed at the meeting. The goal is to make the GEM Egypt’s first fully eco-friendly museum by obtaining the Egyptian Green Pyramid accreditation. 
Upon its official inauguration, the GEM, overlooking the Giza Plateau, will be the world’s largest museum for a single civilisation, and the icon of its treasured collection will be all the treasure of Tutankhamun, which will be displayed for the first time since the discovery of his tomb in 1922.

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