Tourism Ministry discusses Khufu Solar Boat transfer to Grand Museum

The boat will be displayed in a special building within the GEM

  
Construction workers are seen around a Statue of King Ramses II at the site of Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), after the opening was postponed this year amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt April 13, 2020.

Construction workers are seen around a Statue of King Ramses II at the site of Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), after the opening was postponed this year amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt April 13, 2020.

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Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Anani has met with Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) representatives to discuss the transfer of Pharaoh Khufu’s solar boat to its new home at the museum.

Also present at the meeting were: Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of GEM and its surrounding area; Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities; and Al-Tayeb Abbas, Assistant Tourism Minister for Archaeological Affairs at the GEM.

Aside from discussing the latest developments at the museum, Abbas said that discussions were held on the transfer of the solar boat, which is currently in a museum in the Giza Antiquities area.

The boat will be displayed in a special building within the GEM. The meeting also looked at and reviewed the mechanism for transporting heavy antiquities and installing them in the museum.

The meeting also dealt with the progress of work on the museum’s displays in general, and the process of displaying the Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s artefacts in the halls designated for them.

Abbas added that the latest developments were reviewed concerning the negotiation and contracting process with the coalition that will provide and operate the museum’s services.

GEM is the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilisation, and its opening is eagerly awaited. It has been built on a total area of 117 feddan in Giza.

The museum will display over 5,000 artefacts from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, which will be displayed together for the first time since their discovery.

GEM also features the first hanging obelisk in the world, along with a Grand Staircase replete with monumental artefacts.

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