UNWTO chief Zurab Pololikashvili (R) meets with Egyptian Minister of Tourism Khaled El-Enani in Cairo. Photo courtesy of the Egyptian tourism ministry
Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili inspected on Friday night the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Al-Fustat, to which 22 royal mummies are set to be moved after parading through Cairo streets on Saturday tonight.
The mummies of the kings and queens who died more than 3,000 years ago will be moved from their decades-long residence in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.
Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anany accompanied Pololikashvili, who will be attending the parade, during the tour.
Pololikashvili visited the Giza Pyramids and took photos with the Sphinx in the background. He also toured the Pyramid of Khufu, the largest in the complex and the oldest of the Ancient World’s Seven Wonders.
He said he is keen to revisit the Giza Pyramids complex every time he comes to Egypt.
Egypt is organising tonight the historic parade to move 18 kings and four queens through the streets of Cairo to their new resting place.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, officials, actors, and key figures will attend the parade.
The 18 kings are Seqenenre Taa; Ahmose I; Amenhotep I; Thutmose I, II III and IV; Seti I and II; Ramses II, III, IV, V, VI and IX; Amenhotep II and III; and Merenptah.
The four royal queens are Ahmose-Nefertari, Tiye, Meritamun, and Hatshepsut.