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By Gazette Staff

With 50,000 artifacts to be displayed, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will be the world's biggest museum of ancient Egyptian civilisation, Minister of Antiquities Khaled el Anani  said on Sunday. The first phase of the GEM is to be finalised by the end of 2018 prior to its inauguration scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

The minister's statement came during the press conference organised by the ministry in cooperation with the ministries of investment and international cooperation and tourism.

The entire collection of King Tut will be displayed in one place for the first time including more than 5,000 pieces, Anani pointed out. A huge staircase will be allocated for displaying 87 statues of kings.

"The Antiquities Ministry will be the sole entity in charge of managing the artifacts, renovation centers, antiquities warehouses and exhibition halls as well as securing the whole museum," Anani stressed.

Around 4,400 antiquities of the Tutankhamun collection have been moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), Anani said, adding a total of 5,000 Tutankhamun artifacts had been planned to be transferred to the site before the inauguration of the first phase of the GEM in 2019.

Addressing the conference, Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat remarked that GEM is considered an investment experiment that aims to attract new brackets of tourists, namely young tourists by adopting modern techniques in displaying the artifacts.

Meanwhile, Minister of Investment, Sahar Nasr thanked Japan for its keenness on supporting the project noting that Egyptian and international companies will have the chance to manage the part of the project which is related to entertainment. 

It is worth mentioning that the new logo of the museum was forged by a German designing company that was selected by a high-level Egyptian committee.



CAIRO, June 9, 2018 (MENA) - A press conference will be held Sunday to announce the start of pre-qualification for the management and operation of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) services.

The conference will be held at the museum's headquarters at El Remaya Square in Giza in the presence of Ministers Rania el Mashat of Tourism, Khaled el Annai of Antiquities and Sahar Nasr of Investment and International Cooperation.

The museum's logo that will be used in the promotional campaign will be unveiled during the conference.

The museum, a home to nearly 100,000 artifacts, is established on an area of 500,000 square meters.

Also, 5,000 archaeological pieces of King Tutankhamun will be put on display at the museum for the first time.

CAIRO, June 8, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Antiquities Ministry, in cooperation with the Investment and International Cooperation Ministry and the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, will announce in a press conference on Sunday the launching of the preliminary management and operation of the services of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

A number of ambassadors and representatives of foreign countries in Cairo will attend the conference, which will be held under the auspices of the Tourism Ministry.

The new logo of the GEM will also be revealed during the conference.

In press statements on Friday, General Supervisor of the GEM Tarek Tawfiq said that the Egyptian and foreign companies, which will be responsible for the preliminary management and operation of the GEM's services should be experienced and efficient in this field, as the services, which these companies will provide, include the operation of a group of shops and restaurants.

Tawfiq underlined that the Antiquities Ministry will be responsible for the management of archaeological artifacts, laboratories, restoration centers, archaeological stores and exhibition halls.




CAIRO June 7 (MENA) - The Foreign Ministry handed over nine artifacts to the Antiquities Ministry after being restored from France, a foreign ministry official said Thursday.

The Egyptian embassy in Paris made necessary contacts with the French authorities to stop the sale of these artifacts and send them back to Egypt, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Cultural Relations Heba el Marasi.

She underlined the importance of enhancing cooperation with all bodies concerned to fight smuggling of antiquities and illegal trafficking of cultural property.

ASWAN, Egypt, June 5, 2018 (MENA) - Tourism and antiquities police in Aswan governorate foiled two attempts to dig for antiquities inside two houses in Kom Ombo in Aswan.

This comes as part of an extended security campaign.

Twenty-meter-deep holes were found in the houses.

Some of the owners of these houses were arrested.

CAIRO, June 4, 2018 (MENA) - Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA) Moustafa Wazeri will head for Italy on Tuesday in order to examine the suspected Egyptian artifacts seized in the Italian city of Naples.

The visit comes in line with a decision by the general prosecution to assign the Antiquities Ministry to take all needed measures pertaining to delegating Egyptian experts to examine the seized relics.

In statements on Monday, Wazeri underlined that the ministry coordinated with the Italian side in this regard, adding that a comprehensive detailed report will be prepared after examining the antiquities.

The report will be submitted to the antiquities minister then to the general prosecution, he noted, adding that the ministry cooperates with all bodies concerned to retrieve the relics.

Earlier, the Italian authorities said containers grouping artifacts belonging to various civilizations were seized including 118 Egyptian relics.

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