Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani (L) and Saudi Ambassador in Cairo Ossama Al-Nugali (C) viewing a piece of Kaaba's cloth (Photop:Ahram)
Egypt's Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anany received from the Saudi Ambassador in Cairo Osama bin Al-Nugali part of the Kaaba's cloth (Kiswa) to be displayed at the New Administrative Capital's (NAC) Antiquities Museum.
Al-Nugali congratulated Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and the Egyptian government on the construction of the museum at the culture and arts city in the New Administrative Capital, stressing it represents a cultural bastion for Egyptian history and civilisation.
El-Anany thanked Saudi Arabia for the Kiswa, saying the museum is set to be open by mid-2020.
Mahmoud Mabrouk, advisor to the minister of antiquities for museum displays, said the museum will showcase the history of Egypt's nine historical capitals in the main hall.
The second hall of the museum will display the afterlife antiquities in ancient Egypt.
Mabrouk said 162 artefacts have been transferred to the museum this far.
The Kiswa is the cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is draped annually on the ninth day of the Arabic month Zu El-Hejja. The term kiswa is Arabic for "pall", the cloth draped over a casket.