Construction of Grand Egyptian Museum 94.5% complete

Egypt's minister of antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani says the museum that is built on 50ha plot "is one of the ministry's largest projects"

The Grand Egyptian Museum will open in 2020.
The Grand Egyptian Museum will open in 2020.

Construction work on the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is being built by Belgian construction giant Besix with its 50% owner, Egyptian Stock Market- (EGX) and Dubai Financial Exchange-listed (DFM), Orascom Construction, is 94.5% completed, according to the North African nation’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani.

China’s state-held news agency, Xinhua cited Al-Anani, who said that the museum, which will open its doors in 2020, “is one of the ministry’s largest projects”.

Covering an area of approximately 50ha, the megaproject is located near Egypt’a Giza Pyramids.

According to Al-Anani, upon completion the museum will be home to a children museum, an educational centre, a handicraft centre, educational classes, a conference hall, and a cinema, in addition to shops for traditional crafts, bazaars, a museum for sun boats, as well as field for a hanging obelisk, Xinhua reported.

The museum also features 12 exhibition halls covering an area spanning 18,000m2 that will showcase excerpts from ancient Egyptian civilisation.

Additionally, 87 pieces will also be displayed on 6,000m2 area that will overlook Giza Pyramids.

Al-Anani said that around 49,603 artifacts were transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum from all the archaeological sites and museums.

Furthermore, the minister added that the museum will also be home to around 100,000 pieces from various periods of Egypt's history.

"The most important pieces that the museum will include is the statue of King Ramses II in the lobby and statues of King Thutmose III, and Amenhotep III in the main exhibition halls," Al-Anani added.

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