Minister El-Enany speaking to reporters in the Saatchi Gallery. 1 November, 2019
Egypt's Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany held a press conference in London on Friday in the attendance of 400 journalists and media representatives, to mark the opening of the new “Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh.”
The exhibition, which is at Saatchi Gallery, is the first time since 1972 that the contents of the tomb of the boy king have been displayed in London.
The collection was displayed to record crowds in Paris this summer.
The press conference was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to London Tarek Adel and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, as well as a number of ambassadors, Egyptologists and representatives of travel agencies.
The display includes more than 150 treasured pieces from the tomb of the young king, 60 of which have never before been seen outside Egypt.
The first ever exhibition in London in 1972 attracted 1.7 million visitors.
Streets, shops, buses, the subway, and train stations as well as the façades of buildings, hotels and restaurants are adorned with posters featuring photos of the legendary Tut.
And at Saatchi Gallery, workers, restorers and archaeologists have been busy preparing the halls and installing objects.
At the press conference, El-Enany spoke of the British people’s deep appreciation of ancient Egyptian artefacts, ever since British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun on the west bank of Luxor in 1922.
The minister also called on the British people to visit Egypt, especially now that the ban on British flights travelling to Sharm El-Sheikh airport has been lifted.
El-Enany mentioned that a new archaeological museum would open in Sharm El-Sheikh soon.
He also invited participants at the conference to attend the upcoming ceremony of transferring royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a grand royal convoy, as well as the announcement of a new archaeological discovery during the coming few weeks.
The press conference was attended by Egyptian Ambassador to London Tarek Adel (R) and Egyptologist Zahi Hawass (L), as well as a number of ambassadors, Egyptologists and representatives of travel agencies.