Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly visited on Saturday the Grand Egyptian Museum to follow up on the latest developments of the project.
Minister of Housing Assem Al-Jazzar, Minister of Local Development Hisham Amna, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Issa, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Tourism Affairs Ghada Shalaby, and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, participated in the tour.
The Prime Minister inspected the hanging obelisk which allows visitors for the first time to see the cartouche (the seal of King Ramses II), engraved on the bottom of the obelisk.
General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project and the surrounding area, Atef Moftah, said the hanging obelisk will be the first thing visitors will see in the museum, pointing out that it shows the ingenuity of the ancient Egyptian architecture and sculpting.
Waziri said that the obelisk belongs to King Ramses II and was moved from the San El-Hajar antiquities area in Sharqeya, along with two other obelisks that were installed in the New Administrative Capital.
During his visit to the museum, Madbouly followed up on the progress of work at the Grand Egyptian Museum metro station, which is scheduled to serve visitors to the museum and the surrounding archaeological area, and its implementation comes within the framework of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to provide a modern and fast transport service through the implementation of a network of mass transit lines by electric traction. The station is part of the first phase of the 19-km-long Cairo Metro Line 4; starting from the Ring Road in the 6th October City, passing through the Grand Egyptian Museum, then Al Remaya Square, then Al Haram street until the Giza station, to intersect with Line 2.
The Prime Minister also stressed the need to complete the development and upgrading of the facades of residential buildings on the Ring Road, which are located in the path of the road leading to the museum.
Moreover, the Grand Egyptian Museum will be linked with the pyramids plateau area, through bridges for electric cars and pedestrians.
The Prime Minister and the accompanying ministers and officials watched a documentary film entitled (The Grand Egyptian Museum: A Symbol of Immortality), which documents the construction stages of the Grand Egyptian Museum until now.