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GRAND EGYPTIAN SETS OPENING

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The opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, originally set for this summer, has been postponed to early next year. Although the pandemic has pushed the opening, none of the plans around the massive complex have changed. The complex includes the $1 billion dollar museum itself that will house the treasures of King Tutankhamu­n, which had formerly been housed in the Tahrir Square Cairo Museum, along with thousands of other, heretofore unseen treasures.

The GEM area, set on the Giza Plateau, also includes a 1,000 seat conference center and a luxury hotel. “The hotel is yet unbranded,” says Dr. Tarek Tawfik, associate professor of the Faculty of Archeology, Cairo University, and the first longstandi­ng former director general of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project.

Tawfik says the “space of over five million square feet will certainly lend itself to creative self-distancing methods,” adding, “With such space we will have good visitor flow.” gem.gov.eg

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