167,000sqm museum has had structural works fully completed, officials reveal
Work on the 167,000sqm Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is progressing at a steady pace, with structural works fully completed and the surrounding road network almost ready, it has been announced.
According to a report by Egypt Today, Egyptian Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouli inspected the latest developments in the construction of the project and its surrounding area. During the visit, he toured the ambitious project, which will consist of a main museum building, a main square, an entrance for main visitors, the Ramses Hall, a conference building, the Pyramids wall, a recreational park, a children’s park and restaurant outlets.
The Prime Minister also inspected the proposed site for the transfer of Khufu boats and instructed officials to deploy engineering and restoration experts for the project, the report added. He was accompanied by Dr Khaled Anany, Minister of Antiquities, and Major General Atef Moftah, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Anany pointed out that the implementation rate for the project is 91.5% and that the surrounding roads are over 90% completed, while structural works were 100% finished. He added that the entrance hall, which houses the statue of King Ramses II, is 92% completed, while the great staircase is nearly finished, at 98% completion. The main display sectors are at 85% completion, he added.
Major General Moftah said that the paving of the roads surrounding the museum was completed from the east and west approaches, and that the northern and southern approaches were implemented by 90%.
He added that the design works for the construction of the Fayoum Road Tunnel, which has a length of 1,200m, were completed in two directions, comprising of six traffic lanes each way.
“There are procedures to develop other ways that serve the great museum, the most important of which are the beginning of the Mansuriya road with the ring road, the roads of Mansuriya, Fayoum, Haram, Faisal, and the road ahead of the officers’ homes,” he was quoted as saying.
Moftah added that 47,952 archaeological artefacts had been transferred to date.