03 September 2019

The government of Egypt through the country’s
Ministry of Antiquities has signed a cooperation protocol with Almasa Group for the construction of
a new archaeological museum in the City of Arts and Culture located within the
New Administrative Capital (NAC).

The two floor structure, whose construction and
implementation of lighting systems will be overseen by the New Capital’s City
of Arts and Culture, will be built on an area of 8500 m2, housing a
main exhibition hall and an assembly of galleries.

According to Mostafa Waziri, the Supreme Council of
Antiquities Secretary General, the museum’s entrance will be ornamented with
two Egyptian obelisks, which are originally from the eastern San Hajar area in
Sharqiya. The museum will also exhibit the freshly discovered Toto cemetery,
which was recently unveiled in Sohag.

“This museum will feature a variety of artifacts
that reflect the history of all the Egyptian capitals from the ancient to the
modern as well as the country’s cultural past,” said Waziri.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities is responsible
for the organization of the full security of the museum, the design of the
showrooms, and the selection of artifacts to be displayed in addition to
setting them up.

NAC’s district of Arts
and Culture

The NAC’s district (city) of Arts and Culture will
also be home to a new opera house that sits on 86,000 m2 of land
accommodating up to 2,200 individuals. Within its perimeter, the city also has
a 9,000 m2 central library and a number of buildings for music,
cinema, painting and sculpture, in addition to a wide range of restaurants and
various services for visitors.

The construction of the city started more than a year ago upon the request of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The initial projects timetable was 7 years but it was revised to 2 years.

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