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Grand Egyptian Museum expected to attract 5M visitors annually

Baku, January 10, AZERTAC

The Egyptian Cabinet issued an infograph Wednesday indicating that the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will attract more than 5 million visitors annually, according to Egypt Today.

The infograph also clarified that the GEM will be the largest archaeological museum in the world to be dedicated to one civilization, according to Traveler Conde Nast and Architectural Digest magazines.

Furthermore, the infograph reviewed a number of the 2019 achievements in the antiquities sector, including implementing large projects, making new discoveries, developing and restoring a number of archaeological areas, organizing international and local exhibitions, and recovering smuggled artifacts from abroad.

The infograph showed that more than 90 percent of the Grand Egyptian Museum project has been successfully completed, and that the total number of artifacts transferred to the museum reached 49,603 artifacts, 46,600 of which were restored.

The infograph also pointed out that 98 percent of the third stage of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization project has been implemented, to be partially opened in the first months of 2020.

Also, the infograph touched on the development and restoration of some areas such as the completion of 99 percent of the development works taking place in the Pyramids area, and the completion of 99 percent of the project to revive the rams road in Luxor. This is in addition to the completion of 95 percent of the restoration process of the Jewish temple (Eliyahu Hanbi) in Alexandria, along with the completion of 95 percent of the restoration works in Baron Palace.

The infograph reviewed the 25 archeological projects that were inaugurated during 2019, most importantly the Pyramid of Mortar in Fayoum, the establishment of two stone obelisks in the City of Culture and Arts in the New Administrative Capital, and the completion of the first phase of the development project in St. Catherine's Monastery.

According to the infograph, the number of archeological discoveries in 2019 reached 18 discoveries made by the missions of the Ministry of Antiquities, the most important of which is the discovery of the cache of Assassif in Luxor, which includes 30 closed coffins. The discovery was classified as one of the 26 most important scientific discoveries in 2019, according to Business Insider newspaper.

Among the discoveries is the tomb of the noble, Khoy, in Saqqara, which dates back to the end of the Fifth Dynasty, and was ranked among the 10 best archaeological discoveries in 2019, according to the American magazine Archeology.

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