President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi held a meeting today Sunday with Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani and Minister of Tourism Rania al-Mashat. The meeting tackled the work progress for the construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) due to be inaugurated late 2020.
Al-Sisi، during the meeting، ordered to stage an international parade for the royal mummies to be transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square، to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Fustat، said Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi on Sunday.
The Egyptian Museum hosts 150 mummies for acclaimed ancient Egyptian kings like Amenhotep I، Thutmose I، Thutmose II، Thutmose II، Ramses I، Ramses II، and Ramses III.
Only 22 mummies (18 for royal kings and 4 for royal queens) and 17 sarcophagi - dating back to dynasties 17، 18،19، and 20 - will be transported to the NMEC، Head of the Egyptian Museum Sabah Abdel-Razeq told media on June 21.
Minister Mashat affirmed that Egypt’s tourism revival campaign promotes for the inauguration of GEM in all Egyptian tourism pavilions worldwide، Radi said.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the largest archaeological museums in the world. Thousands of artifacts will be displayed there، which will attract many tourists from around the world.