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The Progress of the Grand Egyptian Museum

The Progress of the Grand Egyptian Museum




The Grand Egyptian Museum or Giza Museum will be the largest museum in the world dedicated for single civilization. It sits on 50 hectares (120 acres). It located in the west site of The Pyramids of Giza. the museum is very close from Giza Pyramids and Sphinx about 2 kilometers from it. It will contain more than 100,000 artifacts from all the historical periods. The cost of the museum is $ 795 million. The museum will be an international gateway of communication between museums all over the world.


-The Progress of GEM


-On 5 January 2002, the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak set the foundation stone of the Grand Egyptian Museum.


-On 25 August 2006, the Statue of Ramesses II was moved from Ramses Square in Cairo to the Giza Plateau, in anticipation of construction of the museum. The Statue of Ramesses II was moved to the entrance of the museum in January 2018.


-In 2007, the Grand Egyptian Museum secured a $300 million loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. The Egyptian Government will fund $147 million while the remaining $150 million will be funded through donations and international organizations.


-In late August 2008, the design team submitted over 5,000 drawing to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. After that, the construction tender was announced in October 2008. Earthmoving has begun to excavate the site for the building.


-In September 2009, tendering was due with an estimated completion date of 2013.


-on 11 January 2012, a joint venture between Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) and the Belgian BESIX Group was awarded the contract for phase three of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), a deal valued at $ 810 million.


-The Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty announced in May 2015 that the museum will be partially opened in 2018


-On 29 April 2018, a fire broke out near the entrance of the GEM but the artifacts were nit damaged and the cause of the fire was unknown.


  -In May 2008, the last of King Tutankhamun's chariots was moved to GEM.


-In November 2018, the estimate for a full opening was pushed back to last quarter of 2020, according to Tarek Tawfik, GEM's director.


-The Grand Egyptian Museum is available for private tours in advance of its official opening.



-When to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum


You can visit the Grand Egyptian Museum all around the year. However, the prime months of tourism in Egypt are from September to April. Christmas and Easter are the busiest periods in the year. It is expected to be open many restaurants around the museum if you want to eat or drink something.


-How to visit the Grand Egyptian Museum


There are many ways of transports you can use to reach to the GEM. It’s close to the Cairo's metropolitan area. It will be connected to the Cairo metro when the new line is completed. It can be reached by air conveniently by the new Sphinx International Airport, 20 minutes away. Sphinx Airport will receive international fights. You can go to the Grand Egyptian Museum from the Red Sea resorts through the domestic routes, it's considered a main advantage.