Minister of Antiquities Dr. Khalid Al-Anani said that the American Fund has provided a $ 695،000 grant for the implementation of restoration works of the dome of Imam Shafi'i mosque to preserve the cultural heritage. The restorations works are carried out by an initiative entitled "Al-Athar Lana". He pointed out that the initiative discovered some remains of a mausoleum، Stone floors and a brick dome below the Imam Shafi'i dome In statements to “Sabahak Masry” talk show aired on the privately owned MBC Masr2 TV channel، Al-Anani said that the discovered mausoleum’s remains may be dated to a period prior to the date of the current dome. The Minister stressed that the work team inside the ministry intends to carry out many studies and researches on the discovered mausoleum to determine the exact date.
The Antiquities Minister announced that the year of 2017 will be named the year of archaeological discoveries، pointing out that the coming days would witness the announcement of the discovery of two new tombs in the area of Draa Abu Naga containing archaeological treasures.